Someone once said music is for those who are searching for ways to connect with themselves. What better way to find your soul than to celebrate music and the era of great music makers with a music festival?
21st-24th June 2018, at the dawn of the midnight sun, Iceland is all set to hold one of the biggest and costliest music festivals of all time, Secret Solstice 2018. With stunning landscapes along the way to the heart of the capital, Reykjavik and breathtaking views amidst Iceland’s oldest geothermal bath pools, Secret Solstice music festival will be one of the most epic experience you are sure to have. The lineup of 2018 includes some of the world’s best, from Gucci Mane and Clean Bandit’s world-famous beats to the swaying Icelandic tunes of Bjarki and Hogni. With that said, the standard ticket costs $215 while the VIP tickets cost as much as $1 million which is a little high on our pockets.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t have to be just Iceland’s Secret Solstice or California’s Coachella to fulfill our music fantasies. Here is a list of 10 world’s famous music festivals of 2018 which are affordable yet guaranteed to give you the time of your life.
1. Annual Roots Picnic, Philadelphia, US
It is all about a perfect kickstart to the summer in Philadelphia’s biggest music picnic, The Roots Picnic hosted by hip-hop group, The Roots. 2nd of June 2018 saw the most ultimate event filled with varieties of music genre at the Penn’s landing, the hometown of The Roots hosted by the world’s famous comedian, David Chappelle. Their pride lies in creating unique moments that their attendees won’t find anywhere else. Music, you say? Well, that’s not all. They have been known to dedicate the entire stage for hilarious yet culturally relevant podcasts. In 2018, this one-day festival featured jam sessions by 2 Chainz, DVSN, 6lack, Brandy and Rapsody to name a few, along with Madden and NBA2K video game tourneys for their Podcast and Lifestyle stage. Can you imagine all this madness for tickets starting at just $75! You may not have been able to make it this year but you can definitely wait for next year.
2. OpenAir, Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Take in the essence of the breathtaking alpines while dancing to the beats in a star-studded festival. It is now one of Europe’s largest hip-hop and urban festival attracting over 10,000 people each year to the lush meadows of Frauenfeld and what’s better? You can camp in the clear fields with overlooking alpine ranges! Once the main event is over, the local clubs such as Bacardi Dome and Fabric Klub blast their tunes till the early hours. So book your dates for 5th-7th July 2018 for an ‘unforgettable’ weekend festival featuring, French Montana, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Uzi Vert, Skepta and many more. Get the best of your dab steps up for just $ 120-day pass.
3. Sea Dance Festival, Budva, Montenegro
Dancing to your heart’s content on an exotic beach with the glory of music, what could be a better combination? Budva in Montenegro has it all to offer you one of the memorable music festivals in your chic bikinis splashing in blue waters with colourful cocktails in your hands at the Sea dance festival. What better way to celebrate your summer on a beach with some of the world’s greatest pop and electronic music artists! With tickets starting at just $70, Montenegro should be on top your list as the next music destination for 30th August to 1st September 2018. Although the lineup is yet to be announced, you can always hope for the best. Last year’s line up included best of the grooves from Sean Paul, Fatboy Slim and John Newman.
4. Beauregard Festival, Normandy, France
Rock, pop and alternative rock set in a stunning chateau overseen by legendary John Beauregard, this festival should be the reason for your reserved tickets to France for 6th-9th July 2018. This year will mark a decade of this huge yet inclusive festival in its serene and mesmerising surroundings brought to life by the celebrity lineup. This 2018, take a visit to the thrift shop with Macklemore, feel up the beats with Depeche Mode or take a ride of love with Jack White, all with $50 pass per day or $110 pass for 3 days. If you still want to cut down some cost, then camp in the grounds of the manor!
5. Vida Festival, Spain
With an hour drive from Barcelona is the coastal town of Vilanova i la Geltrúwith its picturesque architecture, woodland and beaches and amidst it, all is the indie folk music festival, Vida. It is the perfect festival to go all out with the best of folk music while taking in the essence of the timeless town. The truly magical experience is set to go all out with its fifth edition from 28th June to 1st July 2018. The lineup includes some major artists along with some promising new ones. Of Montreal, Elvis Perkins, Hookworms, Josh Rouse to name a few in the list of the lineup, the festival is said to be hosting as many as 30 artists with tickets starting at $22.
6. Afropunk Fest, Brooklyn, US
A celebration of a culture through music, art and drama, Afropunk fest has been honouring the black arts and culture for the past 11 years. With the best of punk and hip-hop music, Afropunk fest brings another edition to Brooklyn with a crazy huge lineup of talented artists like Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Janielle Monae, Trash Talk, Miguel and many others. It is the ultimate black cultural experience which should be on your lists for your best musical ailment. From 25th to 27th August 2018, celebrate pride and culture with tickets starting for just $65, you won’t regret it!
7. Cactus Festival, Belgium
The Cactus festival is a staple in the music world and has been going on since the 1980s in the middle of the Cactus Oasis in Bruges, Belgium. The festival grounds and the music are known for their family-friendly amenities and the oasis even features a swimming pool. What a great chance to catapult into the waters while dancing to the grooves of great music! You should probably book your tickets for 13th to 15th July 2018 because time doesn’t wait, mate! The line up includes HER, The Mystery Lights, SUUNS, Douglas Firs among many others. Tickets won’t even take a toll on your pocket because they are just $50 for one and $119 for a three days extravaganza pass.
8. Float Fest, Texas, US
Combine two of summer favourites, outdoor music and river floating and that is what makes the Float Fest of Texas. It is all about living in outdoor camps, river floats and of course, music! What better way to relax in the summers! The two-day experience is the best you will ever have and it is not too late to book the tickets; the fest is to take place on the 21st and 22nd of July 2018. Chug down those beers of Texas to some amazing lineup artists like Snoop Dogg, Tame Impala, BassNectar, Lil Wayne to name a few with tickets starting at $99, all inclusive through the weekend, camping, admission and transportation.
9. Panorama festival, NYC, US
It is true what they say, America never sleeps! If you were sad about not being able to make it to Coachella then don’t fret anymore, the producers of the latter have got you one of the fabulous music festivals right off the coast of Manhattan in Randall Island. It may not be the cheapest in the list but a $99 per day ticket will get you the highlighters of the festival like the Weeknd, The Killers and Janet Jackson this year. This three-day event will be bigger than ever from 27th to 29th of July, 2018.
10. Melt Festival, Germany
This one on the list is the biggest festival in Germany you must visit, especially if you are a techno and electronica fan. Those bass drops echoes throughout the old coal mines and towering iron cranes of Gräfenhainichen perfectly adding on to the character of the festival. The music echoes 24-hours through the course of three days on the sleepless floors with one of the most uniquely lit laser backdrop of the stage. You should probably get your barbeque and camping kit ready because the ground is all yours with the best of lineup heating it up in the background. This year’s 21st edition lineup includes the best of Florence and the Machine, The XX, Mura Masa, Alma and how could we forget, Jon Hopkins! All of it just for the ticket price of $150 for a three days pass from 13th to 15th July 2018.
Well, perhaps now, you could rethink your music getaways because the world is always ready to serve you with the best while putting the least of weight on your pockets. So gear it up and head on to these places for an experience of a lifetime. As the dates draw closer, the tickets sell out faster so book your tickets now!
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