World's 15 Best Summer Music Festivals

By Emily Wasserman
5/31/2014 10:36:36 AM

As the temperature rises, music lovers flock to massive music festivals around the world to see their favorite artists live and feed off the energy of fellow fans. And with each passing year, there are more and more options to choose from. From Chicago's quintessential Lolapalooza to a global music showcase in Morocco, these festivals provide multiple days of entertainment-and unforgettable concert-going experiences. Here are our picks for the world's 15 best summer music festivals.

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The Governors Ball Music Festival

Where: New York

When: June 6-8, 2014

A relative newcomer to the summer music festival scene, The Governors Ball offers an eclectic mix of performers and a taste of New York culture. Visitors can catch sets from rock, electronic, and indie performers, all while sampling food from popular New York City restaurants and food trucks. To take a break from the music, festival goers can participate in activities such as Silent Disco, ping-pong, or lawn games. Don't forget to snap a picture or two with friends at the festival's photo booths.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's New York City Guide

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Where: Barcelona

When: June 12-14, 2014

One of Europe's most vibrant cities is also home to one of its most colorful music festivals. Founded in Barcelona in 1994, Sonar features performances from cutting-edge artists. Every year, visitors flock to the city's Fira Gran Via area to watch shows by performers ranging from Robyn to Janelle Monáe. But the festival is not a one-trick pony; it also boasts eye-catching video art projections, installations from modern artists, and audio-visual displays.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Barcelona Guide

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Where: Roskilde, Denmark

When: June 29-July 6, 2014

Created by two Danish high school students, Roskilde has evolved from a hippie gathering ground to a mainstream music festival. The four-day extravaganza attracts an international following and features performances from more than 3,000 artists. Bands include a mix of contemporary and lesser-known performers, and visitors can watch their favorite artists perform inside large tents. Don't be surprised if you see a few scantily clad attendees; on the Saturday of the festival, Roskilde Festival radio hosts a naked run around the campsite.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Roskilde Guide

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