Calling all music lovers! Plan your trips around these amazing music festivals happening in 2015. Fall Out Boy, Incubus, Armin Van Buuren, Aviici, Steve Aoki and even Lionel Ritchie. Those are some of the great acts in the festival line-ups around the world. Clean up that tent, pack your comfy shoes and get pumped for these epic music festivals.
Line-up includes: Incubus, Fall Out Boy, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Bayside, The Smashing Pumpkins and more
Who should go: The annual Australian festival is a must for rock, metal and punk music fans – bands headlining this year’s festival range from classic names to new up-and-comers worth uncovering live.
Future Music Festival
When and where: 28 February–9 March, various states across Australia
Line-up includes: Drake, Avicii, The Prodigy, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Robin Schulz, Sigma and more
Who should go: The annual Australian music festival showcases a mix of international and local acts – there’s a good mix of music to cater to wide-appeal and smaller subcultures, so anyone who’s up for a good music festival vibe should be in for a good time!
Future Music Festival Asia
When and where: 13–14 March, Singapore
NOTICE: Future Music Festival Asia was cancelled. For the official notice and refunds info, read more here.
Line-up includes: Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Afrojack, KnifeParty, Bassjackers and more
Who should go: The Asian edition of the Australian festival takes place right here in Singapore this year – great for anyone looking to discover local and regional talent alongside catching some of the bigger international names. (Psst – also great reason for a staycation)
South by Southwest (SXSW)
When and where: 17–22 March, Texas, USA (Film and Interactive Festivals take place from 13–21 March and 13–17 March respectively)
Line-up includes: Over 2200 artists from all around the world
Who should go: Anyone who wants to get the scoop on new, up-and-coming music acts – think super indie. The annual festival includes a set of conferences during the day, and musical performances and showcases in the evenings.
Ultra Music Festival
When and where: 27–29 March, Miami, USA
Line-up includes: David Guetta, Hardwell, Tiesto, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero and more
Who should go: Another annual electronic music festival, headlined by acts that aren’t playing at the other EDM festivals mentioned in this list – so if you’re a fan, it might be worth the trip to Miami to catch them live. Also great for anyone who’s ever wanted to party in Miami!
Ultra Worldwide: If you aren’t able to take a flight to Miami, there’s still something to quench your thirst for festival fun. Ultra worldwide comes to Asia too.
Road To ULTRA Thailand —June 12, 2015
Road to ULTRA Macau—June 13, 2015
ULTRA Korea—June 12, 13, 2015
ULTRA Japan—September 19,20,21, 2015
ULTRA Bali—September 25, 2015
“Following ULTRA Japan’s hugely successful debut outing in September 2014, which sold out more than two months in advance and saw over 42,000 fans descend upon Tokyo’s gargantuan Odaiba Ultra Park for the largest electronic music event ever to take place on Japanese soil, the world’s most international festival brand ULTRA Worldwide once again teams up with movie maker extraordinaire Final Kid to deliver yet another breathtaking aftermovie!”
When and where: 30 Apr–3 May, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Line-up: to be announced
Who should go: Tomorrowland is the festival to attend if you love electronic music. Started in Belgium, 2015 marks a brand-new Brazil edition that saw all 180,000 first-round tickets sold out within three hours of opening the ticket sales. If you want to experience electronica with a sultry South American vibe, you can still purchase tickets as part of a Global Travel Package which includes flight and hotel services – otherwise simply purchase under the category of International Ticket Sales which are still available for international audiences.
When and where: 24–26 July, Boom, Belgium
Line-up: to be announced
Who should go: The biggest electronic music festival in the world is back for another year in Belgium, where it all started. It’s the ultimate for electronica fans – if you haven’t already experienced it, make this your music festival pilgrimage for the year.
Alternatively, head to Atlanta for Tomorrowworld, the US edition which takes place from 25–27 September.
When and where: 10-12 April and 17-19 April, California
Line-up includes: Drake, AC/DC, Alesso, Axwell ˄ Ingrosso, Azealia Banks, Caribou, Chet Faker and more
Who should go: The annual two-weekend festival features a range of genres from indie to rock, hip hop, electronica and more – alongside art installations. Coachella is also as much about being seen as it is about seeing – gear up appropriately in ‘festival fashion’ and be prepared to do some serious celebrity spotting.
A State Of Trance Festival
When and where: 6 February (Sydney), 7 February (Melbourne), 21 February (Utrecht), 29 March (Miami), 11 April (Buenos Aires)
Line-up includes: Armin van Buuren, Audien, Arty, Orjan Nilsen, Simon Patterson, Cosmic Gate, Omnia, Gareth Emery and more
Who should go: Headlined under trance mega DJ Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance (ASOT) radio show, the ASOT festival features live and recorded sets by some of the top trance DJs around the world – trance fans will literally slip into a state of trance with these amazing melodies.
When and where: 24–28 June, England
Line-up: Lionel Richie and more
Who should go: The world-famous festival features contemporary music alongside an array of other performances from dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and other arts – there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are already sold out, but stay tuned for a resale of cancelled/returned tickets soon.