The world’s 10 best music festivals

Summer is coming and that means one thing: festival season! With so many great festivals going on around the world, AllTheRooms has rounded up the world’s top ten festivals, so you can start planning your summer.

1. Sonar Festival

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Where: Barcelona, Spain

When: June 15-17, 2017

Sonar Festival in Barcelona is one of the world’s best music festivals. What is really amazing about Sonar is that is is set in Barcelona, so you can hit ‘two-birds with one stone': satisfy your festival cravings and also explore Spain’s most vibrant city. The festival is spread over a weekend, and include loads of top DJs and cool art displays.

AllTheRooms has tons of options for places to stay in Barcelona, from cute apartments in the Gothic Quarter, through to beachside couches where you can stay for free.

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2. Exit Festival

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Where: Novi Sad, Serbia

When: 5-9 July, 2017

It is not everyday that you get to party in an old, Eastern European fortress – and why not make the most of seeing some of Eastern Europe while you are there?

EXIT is one of Europe’s hottest festivals, featuring themed stages, from rock to electronica. It is set in Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, making it one of the most unique festivals out there.

Find your perfect place to stay in Novi Sad here.

3. Governor’s Ball

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Where: New York City, America

When: June 2-4, 2017

Governor’s Ball draws in a huge crowd every year, featuring an amazing line-up and great summer experience. This year’s top acts include the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifia, Franz Ferdinand and Chance the Rapper.

We have some amazing accommodation options for you in NYC, from cute Williamsburg lofts, to boutique Manhattan hotels.

Explore all accommodation options in New York City here.

4. Glastonbury Festival

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Where: Worthy Farm, UK

When: June 21 – 25, 2017

Glasto Fest is the UK’s biggest festivals, involving an enormous 3,000 artists spread over 100 hundred stages. Past years have seen the likes of Jay Z and Beyonce headline. We are eagerly awaiting this year’s line-up, which is set to be released at the end of this month.

Glastonbury festival is really near to London, so why not spend a few days after the festival exploring one of the world’s most exciting cities?

From boutique hotels to couches, you can find every type of room in London here.

5. Coachella

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Where: Indio, California, USA

When: April 14-16 and April 21-23, 2017

Every year the world’s most beautiful and well-dressed flock to California for Coachella Festival. Celebrities aplenty can be spotted strolling the arena and some of the world’s best acts always make an appearance. This year’s top artists include Lady Gaga, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.

The festival is a perfect excuse to see some more of California and we have tonnes of options for places you can stay near to the site.

Find a place to stay near to Coachella here.

6. Rock Al Parque

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Where: Bogota, Colombia

When: July 1-3, 2017

Every year Colombia’s capital hosts a free rock festival. The three-day music festival requires no admission fee and festival-goers get to enjoy a combination of international bands and Latin American bands. The music ranges from classic rock to ska to punk.

In recent years Bogota has started to appear on the map as a top place to party.  It is worth spending a few days in the capital just to experience its amazing nightlife scene, before heading on to explore Colombia.

Here are all the options for places to stay in Bogota.

7. Lollapalooza

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Where: Chicago

When: August 3-6 2017

Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago is one of the world’s best music festivals, drawing in an enormous 170,000 visitors every year. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced, however there will be over 170 bands spread across eight stages. Last year’s line-up saw the likes of LCD Sound System, Lady Gaga, J Cole and Lana Del Rey.

Explore all places to stay in Chicago City here.

8. Tomorrowland

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Where: Boom, Belgium

When: July 21-30, 2017

Tomorrowland is an electronic music festival that takes over a small town in Belgium. Party lovers flock to Boom, Belgium, to dance all night to some of the best electronic acts.

Explore all accommodation options in Boom, Belgium, here.

9. Benicassim

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Where: Valencia, Spain

When: July 14-17, 2017

Benicassim is perfect for people who want to combine a festival experience with a holiday. Set only twenty minutes away from the beach in sunny Spain, it is easy to see why it is one of the world’s best music festivals! Benicassim is perfect for long days of tanning, followed by long nights of partying. Music starts at 5pm and goes on until 7am the following day, so make sure you take plenty of siestas during the day.

Find every type of room near to Benicassim festival here.

10. South by South West (SXSW)

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Where: Austin, Texas

When: March 10-19, 2017

Last but not least is South by South West festival (SXSW). The ultimate hipster festival draws in the world’s coolest crowd, featuring music, films, talks and screening. The festival takes over the city of Austin, and we have every type of accommodation option that you could want.

Explore all places to stay in Austin here.


Carmela is a Journalist from London. She recently quit the rainy UK and moved to Medellin, Colombia, where she is a Content Writer for

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