Top music festivals of 2013 around the world

From Australia to the Brazil, the USA to the UK, check out some of 2013's biggest and best festivals below. 

Big Day Out
January 18-28
Australia, various venues

Held over five dates in five separate venues in Australia (Sydney January 18, Gold Coast January 20, Adelaide January 25, Melbourne January 26 and Perth January 28), the Big Day Out Festival is one of Australia's leading live music events. Each date of the Big Day Out Festival features near identical line-ups. 2013 headliners include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Tickets to the events are largely sold out and begin at around 165 Australian dollars.

Future Music Festival
March 2-11
Australia, various venues

The Australian Future Music Festival takes in Brisbane (March 2), Perth (March 3), Sydney (March 9), Melbourne (March 10) and Adelaide (March 11). The line-up includes The Stone Roses, The Prodigy, PSY and Dizzee Rascal among many others. Tickets start at around 149 Australian dollars.


March 8-17
Austin, Texas, USA

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music (March 12-17) and film conference and festival (March 8-16) held in Austin, Texas. The music lineup in 2013 includes Alt-J, Atlas Genius, Of Mice and Men, Pacific Air and many, many others.  

Future Music Festival Asia
March 15-16
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpar 

The Future Music Festival Asia places a strong focus on dance/trance music and in 2013 includes Dutch superstar DJ Van Buuren.

Winter Music Conference

March 15-24
Miami, Florida

This premier electronic music event features 2,000 artists and DJs every year with numerous events such as club parties and workshops. The event also attracts industry representatives from around the world for a DJ Spin-off, Record Collectors Show and International Dance Music Awards.

Lollapalooza Brazil
March 29-31
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Annual alternative music festival Lollapalooza was incarnated in Brazil in 2012 and now heads into its second year. 2013's lineup includes Pearl Jam, The Killers and The Black Keys among others. Tickets are available for around $158.

Lollapalooza Chile

April 6-7
Santiago, Chile

The third annual to be held in Chile Lollapalooza features The Black Keys, Pearl Jam and Deadmau5 among many others. Tickets start from around US $114.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
April 12-14, April 19-21
Indio, California, USA

Held over two weekends in the California desert, the annual Coachella Festival is renowned for featuring performances from some of the hottest musical acts around. The lineup has not yet been confirmed but acts rumored to play include everyone from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds to Tegan And Sara and The Stones Roses. Tickets cost around $349.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 26-May 5
Louisiana, USA

The New Orleans jazz fest attracts thousands of musicians, playing across 12 stages, spanning genres from blues to R&B and African to Latin. Artists have included Senegal's Youssou N'Dour to Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick Jr. and B.B. King. Single day tickets are priced at $45.

Bonnaroo Festival

June 13-16
Manchester, Tennessee, USA

The four-day Bonnaroo Festival is the top-grossing festival in North America. The 2013 lineup has not yet been announced. For further details check the website.

Isle of Wight Festival
June 13-16
Isle of Wight, UK

The annual Isle of Wight Festival off England's south coast is one of the leading events on the British summer festival calendar. The 2013 lineup features the recently reformed Stone Roses, American rocker Bon Jovi, the young critically acclaimed Jake Bugg and Bloc Party. Tickets cost £185 (€227) for an adult camping for the weekend or £75 (€92) for the day.

June 26-30
Somerset, UK

After a year off, the world-renowned music festival that is Glastonbury returns. 2013's lineup has not yet been confirmed but it is widely rumored that veteran rockers The Rolling Stones are set to make an appearance. Tickets to the festival are completely sold out.  

Roskilde Festival

June 29-July 7
Roskilde, Denmark

The 2013 lineup at Roskilde, one of Europe's biggest festivals, includes C2C, Sigur Ross and Queens of the Stone Age. Tickets cost around DKK 1,810 (€242) for camping and access to events for the entire week.

Rock Werchter
July 4-7
Werchter, Belgium

Rock Werchter, one of Europe's biggest festivals, attracts over 100,000 visitors. The lineup is set to include Green Day, Blur and the Editors. One day passes are priced at €80.

Salzburg Festival

July 19 - September 1
Salzburg, Austria

The oldest and one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe will feature hundreds of performances at multiple venues in the three performing arts genres: opera, concerts, and drama. For tickets and subscription prices, check the website.

Fuji Rock Festival
Niigata Prefecture, Japan

One of the longest-running music festivals in Japan. Lineup and ticket details have not yet been announced; check the website for further details.


August 2-4
Chicago, Illinois, USA

The annual Lollapalooza music festival once again takes place in Chicago's Grant Park. Ticket details and lineups have yet to be announced, though everyone from Coldplay to Metallica are rumored to play.

The Reading/Leeds Festivals

August 23-25
Reading and Leeds, UK

The Reading and Leeds festivals are a pair of annual festivals which occur simultaneously, with the lineup rotating between each of the festivals on a day-by-day basis. Early announcements for the 2013 festival confirm that the Deftones, Alt-J and Subfocus will be among the artists playing. Tickets cost around £197 (€242) for the weekend. /

Burning Man Festival

August 26- September 2
Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

The annual Burning Man arts and music festival held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada is a weeklong event dedicated to the ideas of community, self-expression and self-reliance. The event attracts lots of artists but is notably different from other festivals thanks to the lack of big name artists playing large stages. Ticket information for 2013 is not yet available.   


August 20-22
Tel Aviv, Israel

The touring rock fest that is Lollapalooza takes place, for the first time, in Israel. Ticket details have not yet been announced.

Rock in Rio
September 13-22
Rio De Janerio, Brazil

The renowned Rock in Rio in Brazil will feature heavy rock gods Metallica, Iron Maiden, English rockers Muse and Alice in Chains among hundreds of others. Tickets retail for $260 for "full" entry; other tickets and discounts are also available.


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