If you’re willing to travel a tad further for your festival fun then you’ll be highly rewarded with some absolute gems from the international festival pool! So if distance doesn’t scare you then tuck into this list of the best and biggest parties happening abroad this summer…
Explore by month…
Hot 97 Summer Jam
New York’s radio station, Hot 97’s Summer Jam returns to deliver one of the city’s biggest hip-hop festivals. This year they’ll be showcasing the talents of some of the genres biggest and best, including Cardi B, Meet Mill, Migos, Tory Lanez, A Boogie, Rich the Kid, Funk Flex, Davido, Casanova and so any more. There will also be a few surprise performers to keep an eye out for on the day, which may or may not include some other huge hip-hop chart-toppers.
When: 2nd June
Where: Metlife Stadium, New Jersey
Price: $70 – $365+ (+BF) seated stadium tickets
The Ultra Music Festival circuit has a huge international presence, but for eight years now it has always found a loyal home in Korea. This year’s Ultra Korea has a killer headliner act, one that you definitely wouldn’t be expecting after their split a few years ago. Get ready ’cause the Swedish House Mafia are reuniting at Ultra Korea! So if you didn’t get to see them before the split, here’s your second chance. Additionally, Skrillex, Martin Garrix and Jamie Jones are just a few of the acts that will be joining them.
When: 7 – 9 June
Where: Everland Speedway, Yongin, South Korea
Price: $260 (+BF) 3 day general admission combo ticket
The word ‘Bonnaroo’ is Creole slang for ‘good stuff’ and there sure is a lot of that at this impressive 10-stage festival. This year you can catch shows from Grand Ole Opry (Thursday), Phish (Friday & Sunday), Childish Gambino (Friday) Solange (Friday), Post Malone (Saturday) Odesza (Saturday), The Lumineers (Sunday) and Cardi B (Sunday). It’s much more than just music at Bonnaroo, there’s also comedy, cinema and arts, alongside a range of activities, including karaoke!
When: 13 – 16 June
Where: Manchester, Tennessee, USA
Price: $349 (+BF) tier 6 4-day general admission, including camping
Firefly Music Festival
Firefly festival transports you to a magical world inside a woodland setting of surrealism and endless possibilities. Headliners this year are Panic! At The Disco (Friday), Travis Scott (Saturday) and Post Malone (Sunday). Accompanying them are some of the biggest and freshest names in music at the moment, including Tyler the Creator, Kygo, Vampire Weekend, Zedd, Death Cab for Cutie and DJ Snake. The festival also hosts acoustic sets on the Treehouse Sessions stage for a more chilled out, relaxed atmosphere.
When: 21 – 23 June
Where: The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware, USA
Price: $319 (+BF) general admission weekend pass
18 years and going strong, Rabat’s biggest festival will be back again with a full week of A-class entertainment. On average, 2.5 million spectators come to Rabat for Mawazine. An added bonus of the festival is that many of the performances are free! The shows are spread across nine days, on six different stages with performances from the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Future, Dadju and OrelSan, J Balvin, David Guetta and Marshmello.
When: 21 – 29 June
Where: Rabat, Morocco
Price: Free! (Tickets must be purchased for premium spaces & shows
at the Mohammed V National Theatre & historical site of Chellah)
Summerfest (week 1)
Summerfest is one of the biggest festivals in the world and has been around for over 50 years now. There will be over 800 acts and over 1,000 performances across 12 stages during the two weeks. To kick off 2019 Summerfest there will be performances from Bon Iver with special guests Lord Huron & Julien Baker, Jason Aldean with special guest Kane Brown and Thomas Rhett with special guest, Dustin Lynch.
When: 26 – 30 June
Where: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Price: $120 (+BF) 11-day Power Pass; $57 (+BF) 3-day pass.
Tickets to concerts and Amphitheatre shows sold separately
Summerfest (week 2)
The second week of Summerfest will continue the party with more huge international stars performing at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. Week two includes shows from Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, The Killers, Billie Eilish and Lil Wayne. Tickets to those shows include day admission to the rest of Summerfest, where you can also catch performances from The Lonely Island, Steve Aoki, CHVRCHES and many more!
When: 2 – 7 July
Where: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Price: $120 (+BF) 11-day Power Pass; $57 (+BF) 3-day pass;
tickets to concerts and Amphitheater shows sold separately
Festival d’été De Québec
250 shows, 10 venues and 11 days of music is what it takes to make the Festival d’été de Québec, one of Canada’s biggest music festivals. Every year, an impressive one million festival-goers attend. Today, this non-profit event is a major cultural enterprise. The headliners for 2019 are Alt-J, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Twenty One Pilots, Slipknot, Kygo / Diplo, Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons and Blink-182. Stay on the lookout for clues to discover their free pop-up concerts with surprise artists performing in unusual places!
When: 4 – 14 July
Where: Various venues in Québec City, Québec, Canada
Price: $115 CAD (+BF) 11-day festival pass
Reggae Sumfest is the place to be for all reggae fans with its successful track record dating back to 1993. This is the home of the genre and there truly is no better place in the world than Jamaica to experience reggae artists at the top of their game. Some of the performances you’ll be able to catch this year include Tarrus Riley, Jah, Protoje, Shauna Chin, Munga Honorable, Chronic Law, Dexta Daps, Spice, Govana, Christopher Martin, Dalton Harris among many more hugely talented musicians.
When: 14 – 20 July
Where: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Price: $90 (+BF) general admission weekend ticket
Pitchfork Music Festival
Pitchfork festival brings together 60,000 people from 26 countries and this year they intend to keep their international reputation as one of the most welcoming, comfortable and fair-priced festivals alive and well! On Friday there are shows from HAIM, Mavis Staples and Earl Sweatshirt. On Saturday you can catch performances from The Isley Brothers, Belle & Sebastian and Stereolab; and finally on Sunday to wrap things up, Robyn, Charli XCX and Whitney will be taking to the stage.
When: 19 – 21 July
Where: Union Park, Chicago
Price: $200 (+BF) 3-day general admissions ticket
Splendour In The Grass
Splendour in the Grass brings three whole days of rock, pop, indie, hiphop and electronica music to beautiful Byron Bay. This year they have an incredible line-up with many big international artists, including Chance The Rapper, Tame Impala, Childish Gambino, SZA, Foals, Catfish and The Bottlemen, James Blake, Santigold, The Lumineers, The Streets, Courtney Barnett, Warpaint, Wolf Alice, Friendly Fires, Little Simz, Honne, Slaves, Sam Fender and so many more acts that you will go crazy for!
When: 19 – 21 July
Where: North Byron Parklands
Price: North Byron Parklands
Good Vibes Festival
Good Vibes is Malaysia’s very own diverse, multi-genre festival that takes place in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The festival line-up pulls together big names from the world of indie, pop, hip-hop and electronic music. This year’s headliners include Rae Sremmurd, 6lack, Anna Lunoe, Cashmere Cat, Cigarettes After Sex, Daniel Caesar among many more great talents. Whilst at the festival you can also enjoy a giant playground, market stalls and heavenly food from local businesses.
When: 20 – 21 July
Where: The Ranch, Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands
Price: Approx £83 (+BF) phase 3 2-day pass
Fuji Rock Festival
This year marks Fuji Rock Festival’s 23rd birthday and they plan to celebrate in style with this year’s headlining acts, The Chemical Brothers, The Cure and SIA. The last time The Cure came to Fuji Rock in 2013 they performed for three hours straight and this year they are also celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary, so we can only imagine how impressive this show will be! Alongside the headliners, you can expect a mix of artists covering an array of genres, such as Death Cab for Cutie, James Blake and Martin Garrix.
When: 26 – 28 July
Where: Naeba Ski resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Pref.
Price: Approx. £310 (+BF) 3-day ticket
Every year Lollapalooza promises to make hands wave, heads nod and crowds holler and 2019 aims to keep that reputation alive! There will be a total of eight stages, showcasing over 170 bands, so you can expect big things. This year’s top-quality line-up includes Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers, J Balvin, Hozier, Janelle Monáe, Lil Wayne, Kacey Musgraves, Rüfüs Du Sol, 21 Savage, H.E.R., Meek Mill, Death Cab for Cutie, Alesso and many more.
When: 1 – 4 August
Where: Grant Park, Chicago, USA
Price: $340 4-day general admission
Osheaga Festival Musique Et Arts
With a 40,000 turnout most years, Montreal’s big summer festival marks a special few days on the festival calendar. You can expect great things this year with a line-up of big music stars, such as The Lumineers, The Chemical Brothers, Childish Gambino, Flume, Logic, Tame Impala, J Balvin, City and Colour, Hozier, Interpol and Janelle Monáe. You can catch all these incredible performances across the festival’s six feature stages: River, Mountain, Green, Trees, Valley and Zone Piknic Electronik.
When: 2 – 4 August
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal
Price: $332 (+BF) General Admissions Pass
Outside Lands offers attendees three amazing days in the one and only, Golden Gate Park. Here you can celebrate all things food, wine, beer, cannabis, art, comedy and of course, music. In sunny San-Fran this year you can watch performances from some of the best acts across an array of different genres, including Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Flume, Blink-182, Kygo, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves and Lil Wayne.
When: 9 – 11 August
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, USA
Price: $385 (+BF) 3-day general admissions pass
Alfa Future People
Alfa Future People is one of the biggest EDM festivals of the summer with a line-up that explores all the subgenres, from techno to house to drum and bass. The headliners so far include Carnage, Camo & Krooked, Showte and Coone. Alfa Future People is renowned for creating some of the most impressive stage and visual productions. So if you want your mind-blown then this immersive experience in the quiet town of Bolshoye Kozino is sure to set festival-goers’ expectations high for years to come.
When: 16 – 18 August
Where: Bolshoye Kozino, Russia
Price: Approx. £158 Standard Alpha Pass, including camping
It’s Summer Sonic’s 20th anniversary so big celebrations are in order! This is one of Japan’s biggest rock festivals and to make the event as big as possible they’ll be hosting the festival in two different locations, Tokyo and Osaka. They’ve invited some huge global stars to join in with the 2019 party, such as B’z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chainsmokers, The 1975, Babymetal, Alan Walker/Brockhampton and so many more.
When: 16 – 18 August
Where: ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari, Tokyo; Maishima Sonic Park, Osaka
Price: Approx. £265 (+BF) 3-day festival ticket
It’s time to take a trip back in history, with the revitalisation of the one and only Woodstock festival 50 years later! The original Woodstock festival saw 400,000 people turnout to watch 32 acts perform outdoors and is regarded by many as a pivotal moment in festival history. To mark the next three days of peace, love and music the 2019 line-up include: The Killers, Dead & Company, Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, Imagine Dragons, Santana, The Black Keys, Halsey and so much more huge names in music right now.
When: 16 – 18 August
Where: Watkins Glen, New York
Price: Check the website
Afropunk began as a hundred-large gathering inspired by the 2003 documentary of the same name. But now it is an international festival with events all across the globe that seek to define culture by the collective creative actions of the individual and the group. This year’s deeply talented line-up spans hip-hop, electronic, jazz, soul and hardcore punk including names like Jill Scott, FKA Twigs, Leon Bridges, Kamasi, Gary Clark JR, Santigold, Lianne La Havas and Goldlink.
When: 24–25 August
Where: Brooklyn, NYC, USA
Price: $130 (+BF) General admissions weekend ticket
Electric Zoo: Evolved
Electric Zoo began on labour day weekend in 2009 and back then they had one mission and one mission only—bring electronic dance music to the forefront of New York City. Over a decade later and the festival is thriving with a reputation for bringing the latest electronic beats from a variety of sub-genres. This year the headliners include Marshmello (Friday), Martin Garrix (Saturday) and Tiësto (Sunday). Also joining them are Armin Van Buuren, Benny Benassi, Diplo and many more artists from the EDM scene.
When: 30 August – 1 September
Where: Randall’s Island Park, NYC, USA
Price: $239.99 (+BF) tier 2, 3-day general admissions pass