10 of the Best Music Festivals Around the World Worth Travelling For in 2020
1/10 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
When: April 10-12 and April 17-19, 2020
Where: Indio, California
An annual gathering of A-listers and celebrities, Coachella needs no introduction. This year, Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean will headline Coachella 2020, along with other amazing artists such as Calvin Harris and Lana Del Rey.
Beyond the music, the star-studded festival will also feature giant art structures, Instagrammable installations and summer fashion inspirations wherever you look. Luxurious travel packages are on offer for both Coachella weekends exclusively through Valley Music Travel.
2/10 Hydeout Music Festival
When: April 10-11 and April 17-18, 2020
Where: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Asia’s first multi-genre music festival has arrived in Singapore, bringing in the music industry’s tastemakers, from DJ Snake, Gucci Mane to ASAP Rocky and J Balvin (who is making his Singapore debut), for the ultimate music revelry.
Over two weekends, the festival will celebrate a diverse range of music genres represented by international and regional artists in a re-imagined arena. Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and come experience this Utopia of music in April.
3/10 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
When: April 23-May 3, 2020
Where: New Orleans, United States
An annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is also known as “Jazz Fest”, which also refers to the days surrounding the festival and other unaffiliated performances that take place in New Orleans nightclubs during the festival weekends.
In previous years, the festival has seen the likes of Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Lorde performing at the horse-racing course in the centre of the city, complete with cultural experiences such as crafts, marketplaces and food vendors reaching well beyond the music.
(Related: This Jazz Association Is Making Waves In Singapore’s Music Scene)
4/10 The Governors Ball Music Festival
When: June 5-7, 2020
Where: New York City, United States
New York’s answer to Coachella, The Governors Ball is one of the country’s most sought-after multi-genre music festivals, bringing together the most influential names in hip-hop, rock, pop and electronic music to celebrate music in all forms against the backdrop of the city’s iconic skyline.
This year, the three-day festival will be headlined by American rapper Missy Elliott, alongside artists such as Flume, Miley Cyrus, Ellie Goulding, Alessia Cara and more. The “VIP Luxe” and “Platinum” programmes offer luxurious amenities and perks, including exclusive access to on-stage viewing, backstage open bar and an elevated luxury suite that comes with shaded lounge seating with epic views of the main stage.
5/10 Seoul World DJ Festival
When: May 30-June 7, 2020
Where: Seoul, South Korea
The biggest DJ festival returns for its 14th edition with three separate shows, including a pre-festival concert at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium on April 30.
Taking place as part of the Formula-E Championship, which will be held in Seoul for the first time, the festival will play host to more than 170 artists this year. Previous headliners have included international electronic musicians such as Avicii, Justice, Above and Beyond and Odesza.
6/10 Download Festival
When: June 12-14, 2020
Where: Derby, United Kingdom
The UK’s number one rock and metal festival, Download, boasts a line-up of the scene’s best artists at its iconic Donington Park location each June.
This year, fans can expect to rock ‘n’ roll with heavy metal and rock icons Iron Maiden, KISS, and System Of A Down, who are the three major headliners in 2020. When the arena's music is over, the campsite’s afterhours zone comes alive with bars, funfair rides and a cinema.
When: July 17-19 and July 24-26, 2020
Where: Boom, Belgium
Started in 2005, Tomorrowland has since become one of the world’s most popular electronic music festivals. Stretching over two weekends, the festival invites the world’s best DJs and artists to perform across 15 spectacularly-designed stages against the backdrop of breathtaking fireworks.
It’s one of Europe’s most sought-after festivals, which means tickets get sold out fast but every minute you spend there will be the time of your life.
8/10 Montreux Jazz Festival
When: July 3-18, 2020
Where: Montreux, Switzerland
One of the longest-running jazz festivals, Montreux Jazz Festival is held each summer on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Legendary performers, from B. B. King and David Bowie through to Bob Dylan and Queen, have graced the Auditorium Stravinski since 1967.
This year, a much-anticipated line-up of big acts including Lionel Richie and Lenny Kravitz will headline the festival and perform in venues throughout the Swiss city.
9/10 Outlook Festival
When: July 30-August 3, 2020
Where: Tisno, Croatia
Croatia’s premier bass music festival is being relocated from the city of Pula to Tisno's Garden resort for 2020’s festival, which is now called Outlook Origins.
Showcasing its commitment to celebrating the sound system culture, the festival will feature leading artists from the worlds of dubstep, dub, hip-hop, grime, reggae, drum and bass, jungle, techno and more, while keeping the sound underground.
10/10 Fuji Rock
When: August 21-23, 2020
Where: Yuzawa, Japan
The largest outdoor music festival in Japan, Fuji Rock is a three-day rock festival that attracts more than 200 Japanese and international musicians every year. World-renowned artists such as Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Coldplay have performed here.
Just a 90-minute train ride from Tokyo, the beautiful natural scenery around Naeba Ski Resort—the ski resort where the festival takes place—is already worth the trip.