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Like fireflies and suntans, music festivals are one of the greatest things about summer. Nothing quite compares with the experience of standing out in the warm open air, drink in hand, listening to one of your favorite bands play live.
Fortunately no matter where you are in the world, or what your taste in music, there are some really amazing, rollicking fun music festivals that you can nab a ticket for this summer. Just don't forget your sunscreen!
A four-day eclectic music bash held on a farm in Manchester, Tennesee, Bonnaroo features nearly every music style imaginable from indie rock to gospel, electronica to hip hop. Famous past headliners include Stevie Wonder, the White Stripes, Bob Dylan and the Beastie Boys.
Glastonbury is actually a performing arts festival with a strong music element, but it also features theater, circus and more. Part of the experience for festival goers is camping outside in the sometimes unpredictable Scottish weather.
Held every summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Summerfest is widely known as the World's Largest Music Festival. It runs 11 days, features performances from 700+ bands and attracts as many as one million attendees each year. Admission to Summerfest is also relatively cheap - a day pass is between $8-$16.
What started as protest against the Serbian government has now morphed into an annual 4 day rock music festival every July. Exit is held in the 500 year old Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia and features a variety of metal, reggae and indie music as well as a spotlight on social issues.
The largest outdoor music event in Japan takes place over three days on Naeba ski resort in central Japan. Reaching some of the stages at Fuji Rock involves mountain trekking or gondola rides. The focus is squarely on Japanese and alternative rock. This year's lineup includes The Cure, the xx and Nine Inch Nails.
This dance festival has been taking over a small town in Cheshire, England for years, but has branched out with satellite events everywhere from Buenos Aires to Poland to Abu Dhabi. Wherever you manage to catch Creamfields you can expect house and electronic music, pyrotechnics and huge crowds of dancing revelers.
Held Labor Day weekend in Randall's Island Park, Electric Zoo aims to bring a little taste of Ibiza to New York City. Famous DJs representing all styles of electronic and house music play across 4 stages while over 100,000 people groove and dance. Last year's headliners were Skrillex, Pretty Lights and Above & Beyond.
Before you head to a music festival, check out these tips from RoamRight about traveling to a big event.
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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