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A music festival is a community event oriented towards live performances of singing and instrument playing that is often presented with a theme such as musical genre (e.g., blues, folk, jazz, classical music), nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday. Some festivals are focused on women’s music.

They are commonly held outdoors, with tents or roofed temporary stages for the performers. Often music festivals host other attractions such as food and merchandise vending, dance, crafts, performance art, and social or cultural activities. At music festivals associated with charitable causes, there may be information about social or political issues. Many festivals are annual, or repeat at some other interval. Some, including many rock festivals, are held only once.

Some festivals are organized as for-profit concerts and others are benefits for a specific charitable cause. Another type of music festival is the educative type, organized annually in local communities, regionally, or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement.

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AncientEdit

 
Leigo Järvemuusika 2007

The Pythian Games at Delphi included musical performances, and may be one of the earliest festivals known.[1] During the Middle Ages, festivals were often held as competitions.

Music educationEdit

Another type of music festival is the music education type, often organized annually in local communities, regionally, or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement. Entrants perform prepared pieces or songs in front of an audience which includes competitors, family and friends, and members of the community, along with one or more adjudicators or judges. These adjudicators, who may be music teachers, professors, or professional performers, provide verbal and written feedback to each performer or group. The adjudicator may be someone whom they might never meet in any other way, as is the case when an adjudicator from another city is brought in to judge. They also usually receive a certificate, classified according to merit or ranking, and some may win trophies or even scholarships. The competitive element is often played down, however, as the important aspect is that participants can learn from one another. Such festivals aim to provide a friendly and supportive platform for musicians to share in the excitement of making music. For many, they provide a bridge from lessons and examinations to performing confidently in public; for a few of the top performers, they provide a pathway to further professional study of music in a college, university or conservatory.

Festivals around the worldEdit

Milwaukee, Wisconsin's 11-day event, Summerfest, promotes itself as "The World's Largest Music Festival", a title certified by the Guinness World Records and has been held since 1999. Operating annually since 1968, the festival attracts between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people each year, and hosts over 800 musical acts.[2][3] The Woodstock Festival in 1969 drew nearly 500,000 attendees, and the Polish spin-off Przystanek Woodstock in 2014 drew 750,000[4] thus becoming the largest open air annual festival in Europe and the second largest in the world. In comparison, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, attracts about 135,000 spectators each year.[5] Glastonbury Festival has a capacity of about 275,000 spectators, but has "fallow years" roughly every five years, so it is the biggest non-annual greenfield festival in the world. The oldest annual dedicated pop music festival in the world is Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands,[6] though in other genres, there are much older ones: the Three Choirs Festival in the UK has run annually[citation needed] since 1719.

Lists of music festivalsEdit

 
Parkenfestivalen 2012, The Prodigy

By year/eraEdit

Lists of music festivals organized by date:

By continentEdit

By countryEdit

By genreEdit

Music festival topics and lists
Festival genre Festival
origins
List Category Media
Music festival 582 BCE List of music festivals   Music festivals   Music festivals
Folk festival 5th century(?) List of folk festivals   Folk festivals   Folk music festivals
Indian classical music festival (?) List of Hindustani classical music festivals   Hindustani classical music festivals   Hindustani classical music festivals
(?) List of Carnatic classical music festivals   Carnatic classical music festivals   Indian classical music festivals
Celtic festival 5th century(?) List of Celtic festivals   Celtic music festivals   Celtic festival
Celtic music festival 5th century(?) List of Celtic music festivals
Mod (Scotland) 19th century(?) List of mods   Mod (Scotland)
Fèis (Scotland/Ireland) 9th century(?) List of fèissana   Traditional music festivals in Ireland   Celtic festival
Eisteddfod (Wales) 12th century List of eisteddfodau   Eisteddfod   Eisteddfodau
Classical music festival 12th century List of classical music festivals   Classical festivals   Classical festivals
Early music festival 17th century(?) List of early music festivals   Early music festivals   Early music festivals
Bach festival 17th century(?) List of Bach festivals   Bach festivals   Bach festivals
Chamber music festival 17th century(?) List of chamber music festivals   Chamber music festivals   Chamber music festivals
Choral festival 17th century(?) List of choral festivals   Choral festivals   Choral festivals
Opera festival 17th century(?) List of opera festivals   Opera festivals   Opera festivals
Maritime music festival 19th century List of maritime music festivals   Maritime music festivals   Maritime music festivals
Blues festival 19th century List of blues festivals   Blues festivals   Blues festivals
Old-time music festival 19th century List of old-time music festivals   Old-time music festivals   Old-time music festivals
World music festival List of world music festivals   World music festivals   World music festivals
Hawaiian music festival 1970s List of Hawaiian music festivals   Festivals in Hawaii
Contemporary classical music festival 20th century(?) List of contemporary classical festivals   Contemporary classical festivals   Contemporary classical festivals
Experimental music festival 1960s(?) List of experimental music festivals   Experimental music festivals   Experimental music festivals
Country music festival 1930s List of country music festivals   Country music festivals   Country music festivals
Bluegrass music festival 1930s List of bluegrass music festivals   Bluegrass festivals   Bluegrass festivals
Christian music festival 1940s(?) List of Christian music festivals   Christian music festivals   Christian music festivals
Jazz festivals 1940s List of jazz festivals   Jazz festivals   Jazz festivals
Rock festival 1950s List of rock festivals   Rock festivals   Rock festivals
Pop festival 1950s List of pop festivals   Pop music festivals
Electronic music festival 1950s List of electronic music festivals   Electronic music festivals   Electronic music festivals
Electroacoustic music festival 1950s List of electroacoustic festivals   Electroacoustic festivals   Electroacoustic festivals
Free festival 1960s List of free festivals   Free festivals   Free festivals
Jam band festival 1960s List of jam band music festivals   Jam band festivals   Jam band festivals
Ska festival 1960s   Ska festivals
Circuit party 1970s List of circuit parties   Circuit parties   Circuit parties
Reggae festival 1970s List of reggae festivals   Reggae festivals   Reggae festivals
Heavy metal festival 1970s List of heavy metal festivals   Heavy metal festivals   Metal music events
Punk rock festival 1976 List of punk rock festivals   Punk rock festivals   Punk rock festivals
Indie rock festival 1980s   Indie rock festivals
Industrial festival 1970s List of industrial music festivals   Industrial music festivals   Industrial music festivals
Goth music festival 1980s List of gothic festivals   Goth festivals   Gothic festivals
Hip hop music festival 1980s List of hip hop music festivals   Hip hop festivals   Hip hop festivals
K-pop festival 1980s List of K-pop festivals   K-pop events
Antilliaanse Feesten - Caribbean Dance Music Festival 1983
Rave 1986 List of raves   Rave   Rave
Electronic dance music festival 1986 List of EDM festivals
Free party 1989 List of free parties   Free parties   Free party
Squat party 1989
Trance music festival 1990s List of trance festivals   Trance festivals   Trance music
Technoparade 1990s List of technoparades   Technoparade   Technoparades
Teknival 1990s List of teknivals   Teknivals   Teknivals
Doof (Australia) 1993 List of doofs   Doofs   Doof
Algorave 2011   Algorave   Algorave

Historic music festivalsEdit

Selected historically notable festivals
Festival name Location Years Details
Fiera della Frecagnola   Italy 1450–present Based on old folk tradition
Annaberger Kät   Germany 1520–present Old folk festival
Three Choirs Festival   England 1719–present Early choral festival
Tyagaraja Aradhana   India 1846–present Early Carnatic music festival
Leeds Festival   England 1858–1985 Early classical festival
Þjóðhátíð   Iceland 1874–present Early folk music festival
Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan   India 1875–present Early Indian classical music festival
Long Plain First Nation Annual Pow-wow   Canada 1876–present Government-sanctioned pow wow
Nordic Music Days (many) Europe 1888–present Festival for new Nordic music
Royal National Mòd   Scotland 1892–present National Celtic mod
Ravinia Festival   Illinois 1904–present Oldest outdoor classical festival in US
Glastonbury   England 1914–25 Early classical festival
Donaueschingen Festival   Germany 1921–present Early experimental festival
Newport Jazz Festival   Rhode Island 1954–60, 1962–present Early jazz festival, later added rock and other styles
Reading and Leeds Festivals   England 1961–present Early rock/blues festival
Philadelphia Folk Festival   Pennsylvania 1962–present Early folk festival, later added other styles
American Folk Blues Festival (many) Europe 1962–1985 Introduced US blues circuit to Europe
Jazz Bilzen   Belgium 1965-1981 First festival in Europe combining jazz and pop
Shiraz Arts Festival   Iran 1967–1977 Diverse international genres
Woodstock   New York 1969 Culturally notable event
Ichthus Music Festival   Kentucky 1970–present Early Christian music festival
Roskilde festival   Denmark 1971–Present Largest music festival in Northern Europe, non-profit
Smile Jamaica Concert   Jamaica 1974 Early reggae festival
International Computer Music Conference (many) Worldwide 1974 Early electronic music festival
Heatwave   Canada 1980 Important event for new wave and punk
Spring Rhythms. Tbilisi-80   Soviet Union 1980 First official rock festival in the Soviet Union
Antilliaanse Feesten   Belgium 1983–present Largest Caribbean Dance Music Festival
Donauinselfest   Vienna 1984–present Largest music festival in the world, free entry (~3 mill)
Rock in Rio   Brazil 1985–present 1.5 million people attended the first event
Rendez-vous Houston   Texas 1986 Largest ticketed event in North America (1 to 1.5 mill)
Moscow Music Peace Festival   Russia 1989 Important event for glam metal
Love Parade   Germany 1989-2010 Massive early technoparade
Wacken Open Air   Germany 1990–present Large metal showcase
Big Day Out   Australia 1992–2014 Multiple stages and genres
Sziget   Hungary 1993–present Large Woodstock style event
CzechTek   Czech Republic 1994-2006 Large teknival closed by police
Przystanek Woodstock   Poland 1995–present Ticket-free festival with crowds up to 625,000
Vans Warped Tour   United States 1995–present Punk rock showcase
Fuji Rock Festival   Japan 1997–present In 2005, more than 100,000 people attended
Nashestvie   Russia 1999- One of the largest Russian rock open-air festivals
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival   California 1999–present In 2014 had 579,000 attendees over six days
Exit Festival   Serbia 2000–present Exit 2006 had 22 stages
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival   Tennessee 2002–present Annual attendance of 85,000-120,000
Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto   Canada 2003 Largest outdoor ticketed event in Canada (~half a mill.)
Live 8 (many) Many 2005 Ten simultaneous benefit concerts in eight countries
Live Earth (many) Worldwide 2007 Widely broadcast worldwide
Milege World Music Festival   Uganda 2010–Present Biggest music festival in Africa
Colour Day Festival   Greece 2015–Present Biggest music festival in Greece

Current music festivalsEdit

The following are selected music festivals that are recurring as of 2015. For a more complete listing of active and defunct festivals by region, see Category:Music festivals by country. Some sections may also have links to related lists of music festivals by country.

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Africa · Asia · Europe · North America · Oceania · South America

AfricaEdit

Malawi
Morocco
Namibia
South Africa
Uganda
  • Kampala Capital City Authority (KACCA) Festival, Laba Festival of the Arts
  • Milege World Music Festival, Bayimba Festival
  • Pearl Rhythm Festival, Nyege Nyege

AsiaEdit

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Bangladesh · China · Hong Kong · India · Indonesia · Israel · Japan · Lebanon · Malaysia · Nepal · Philippines · Singapore · Sri Lanka · South Korea · Taiwan · United Arab Emirates · Vietnam

BangladeshEdit

ChinaEdit

Hong KongEdit

IndiaEdit

IndonesiaEdit

On-going
Defunct

IsraelEdit

JapanEdit

LebanonEdit

MalaysiaEdit

Myanmar

  • Sunboxx Beach Festival, Ngwe Saung Beach

NepalEdit

PhilippinesEdit

SingaporeEdit

South KoreaEdit

Sri LankaEdit

TaiwanEdit

ThailandEdit

United Arab EmiratesEdit

VietnamEdit

EuropeEdit

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BelgiumEdit

BulgariaEdit

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Czech RepublicEdit

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EstoniaEdit

FinlandEdit

FranceEdit

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GermanyEdit

GreeceEdit

HungaryEdit

IcelandEdit

IrelandEdit

ItalyEdit

LatviaEdit

LithuaniaEdit

LuxembourgEdit

MacedoniaEdit

MaltaEdit

MoldovaEdit

NetherlandsEdit

NorwayEdit

PolandEdit

PortugalEdit

Puerto RicoEdit

RomaniaEdit

RussiaEdit

SerbiaEdit

SlovakiaEdit

SloveniaEdit

SpainEdit

Festival Internacional de Música de Canarias . Born 1985 Salas Principales Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas y Auditorio Adán Martin, Tenerife.

SwedenEdit

SwitzerlandEdit

TurkeyEdit

UkraineEdit

  United KingdomEdit

EnglandEdit
Northern IrelandEdit
ScotlandEdit
WalesEdit

North AmericaEdit

OceaniaEdit

  AustraliaEdit

  New ZealandEdit

South AmericaEdit

  ArgentinaEdit

  BoliviaEdit

  BrazilEdit

  ChileEdit

ColombiaEdit

EcuadorEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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