28X World’s Best Music Festivals 2023
It’s that time of the year again, Festival Season! Some oldies have returned, some have gone and there are plenty of new ones to check out! We’ve included festivals around the world that are worth mentioning this year. Here are the World’s Best Music Festivals 2023!
DGTL Festival Amsterdam
When? Easter Weekend 7/8/9 April
Where? Amsterdam NSDM Werf
DGTL Festival is one of the first festivals of the season, and if we can, we go. Why? Because this is more than just about music. DGTL has recently won the “Outstanding Award” at the Greener Festival Awards and a “Green Operations Award” at the European Festival Awards. DGTL is now officially one of the most sustainable festivals in the world. But let’s talk about music. DGTL creates a line-up with big techno names, but also highlights the underground scene, often DJ’s that make it big the following year.
Awakenings Spring Festival
When? 13/14 May
This electronic music festival was founded many years ago and has fans from all over the world. Expect the best names in the Techno, minimal and deephouse gather each year to make this festival a huge succes. Stages are huge and the sound is spot on. This year they host a Spring festival, as well as a summer festival (different location). A must visit if you love Techno music! www.awakeningsfestival.nl
Komm Schön Alter
When? 27nd of May
Where? Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
This festival is one of Elke’s favorites. It’s small, intimate festival and welcomes a crowd from 24 years old and over, only. By doing so, the festival has a wonderful family feel to it, with no (too) drunken teenagers running around. This year, the line-up includes EINMUSIk, Extrawelt, Miss Melera, Dominic Eulberg and more. www.kommschonalter.de
When? 26/27/28 May
Where? Napa Valley, USA
Wine and music is a great combination and that must have been the exact thoughts of the organisers of Bottlerock Festival. Napa Valley is a beautiful wine region but next to wine there will be food, silent disco, spa time and even art. Headliners are Imagine Dragons, One Republic and Sylvan Esso, to name just a few. The festival is almost sold out, but maybe it’s something to add into your diary for next year? www.bottlerocknapavalley.com
We are FSTVL, UK
When? 25/26/27 May
Where? Upminster Greater London
It’s a huge festival with a lot of big names is dance and techno music. With 6 stages, this is one of the biggest festivals in London. Expect 50.000 people in London’s best festival. Tickets are about £60 and almost sold out so if you’re heading over to London you might as well check this festival out. www.wearefstvl.com
We Love Green 2023, France
When? 2/3/4 June
Where? Paris, France
This festival focuses on sustainability and uses solar power to generate energy. With We Love Green can show you that sustainable festivals will be something of the future and that it can be done. It will celebrate it’s 8th year and headliners include Erykah Badu, Laurent Garnier, Future and many more. www.welovegreen.fr
Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria
When? 1/2/3/4/5 June
Where? In the mountains of Bulgaria
If you want something different and special you should check this festival out. Right near the Greek border, this is a festival hidden away in the mountains where you will see day turn into night and the morning fog fall over the trees. A truly encompassing and unique music and arts festival that brings to life the possibility of real adventure embraced by guaranteed sun and friendly faces.
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Where? Reykjavik, Iceland
Are you ready to dance in the light? This festival takes place on the longest day of the year where it’s just dark for about 3 hours. Secret Solstice is for festival goers with a passion for the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Each year the festival welcomes an eclectic lineup to the naturally breathtaking country for main stage sets, glacier raves, lava tunnel shindigs, midnight sun boat parties and secret lagoon blowouts. Enjoy this surreal phenomenon and feel at-one with nature during the festival which showcases the international artist alongside the best homegrown talent. www.secretsolstice.is
When? 6/7/8/9 of Juli
Where? Constanta, Romania
After the success of the first edition in 2017, Neversea will be back for their second edition in 2018. It’s the biggest beach festival in Romania and will take place in Constanţa. Dance, HipHop and Electronical music will have the center stage. www.neversea.com
Firefly Music Festival
When? June 2023
Where? The Woodlands, Dover, USA
It seems like all the artists that are looking for a comeback, are performing here. Post Malone, Travis Scott, DJ Snake, Panic at the disco are all on stage at Firefly Music Festival normally in June. It’s in the woods, so this gives the festival a cool vibe and we wish we could be there as the festival celebrates it’s seven year anniversary. They will host another one in 2024 after a year break.
When? 6/7/8/9 July
Where? Novi Sad Serbia
EXIT Festival has been around for a while but they managed to win the European Festival Award for “Best Major Festival”. In total, you can enjoy 20 different stages that vary in music styles.
Sea You Festival, Germany
When? 14/15/16 Juli
Where? Freiburg, Germany
Just around the corner of the black forest, lays a lake where summer will be celebrated to the max. It’s an intimate festival with 2 stages but the biggest names in dance/techno music. It’s about 6-7 hours drive from The Netherlands so a nice roadtrip that’s well worth it. You can also wakeboard if you’re up for it and cool down in the big lake.
When? 15/16/17 July
Where? Barcelona, Spain
We’re not going this year but elke went twice before. A M A Z I N G! Buy a ticket and experience the real Sonar but also check out all the parties around the beach and clubs. What we love: The free beach parties, the tapas and the good vibes!
When? 7/8/9 July
Where? Kraggeburg, Netherlands
This festival is getting more popular every year. With so many commercial and massive festivals, Wildeburg is something refreshing. It’s going to be the 5th edition with 150 acts that haven’t been announced yet. Although the weekend tickets have been sold out, last minute Sunday tickets will be made available so keep an eye on their website and social media!
Lowlands Festival 2023
When? 18/19/20 August
Where? Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands
Set in a remote location in The Netherlands just over an hours drive from Amsterdam, Lowlands allows attendees to disconnect from the real world in a township with thousands of inhabitants that arises in the middle of the country for three days in August. Lowlands is a festival for everybody that loves music. It doesn’t matter what festival you’re into, because you can find it all. HipHop, Techno, Rock, Jazz, Pop and Indy. There are about twelve stages (going by the names of Alpha, Bravo, Heineken, Lima, Juliet, X-Ray, Echo). Offering a unique selection of film, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature, and street theatre. lowlands.nl
When? 8/9 September
Where? Berlin, Germany
This intimate festival is striking down in Berlin for the 4rd time and with succes! Names like Kings of Leon, Swedish House Mafia and 21 Pilots will be on stage. Book yourself a comfy hotel in Berlin and explore the city! www.lollapaloozade.com
When? 27/28/29 October
Where? Marrakech, Morocco
Just imagine a place where you can see lush gardens, vibrant colours, palmtrees, sand and swimming pools all into one place. Sounds like an Oasis maybe? Oasis festival takes place in the luxurious Fellah Hotel in Marrakech and attracts an international crowd. There will be multiple music stages, daily yoga and reflexology, delicious street food and pop-up restaurants, a champagne bar, craft cocktails, henna, hookah and its very own secret souk. Sounds good?
Into The Woods
Where? Amersfoort, Netherlands
This festival set in the woods of Amersfoort, is something magical. The setting is intimate, yet big enough to walk around the festival and discover a new area or secret corners. The art installations are incredible, we can only imagine how much work goes into this. Tickets are always sold out within 20 minutes and go on sale soon. Enter your email address to be notified. www.intothewoodsfestival.nl
Several in June: Primavera Sound, Spain
Distortion Festival, Denmark
NOS Festival, Portugal
Bilbao Live, Spain
Gurten Festival, Switzerland
Kendal Calling, UK
Untold Festival, Croatia
Green Man Festival, Wales
Shambala Festival, UK
Wander-lustPosted at 12:13h, 17 May
We will announce the winner within 3 weeks!
JaninePosted at 13:48h, 17 May
Cannot wait for the festival season to start <3
Wander-lustPosted at 15:57h, 17 May
We know right?!
LindseyPosted at 13:52h, 17 May
Yay! I’m so happy I discovered you guys. I love this article. It really makes me want to go to every festival this summer. I just moved to Berlin and I honestly can’t believe how many amazing festivals there are in Europe!! Thank you for all of the information. xx
LindseyPosted at 15:52h, 17 May
I am excited at the opportunity to win Exit festival tickets to experience all the good festival feels, wanderlusty vibes and amazing travel memories with my best friend. She is coming to visit me in Europe all the way from California and I’ve been searching for a fun event or activity (within budget) for us to experience together. This would a perfect surprise travel getaway and bonding experience for us. 🙂
In PlPosted at 19:48h, 03 June
Ik doe graag mee om mijn moeder te verrassen voor haar verjaardag. Ze is nog nooit naar een festival geweest maar ik weet dat ze dit eens graag zou willen doen. Als we dit winnen heeft ze niet alleen een leuke roadtrip voor de boeg maar ook nog eens een zalig festival met vette line up om haar te vermaken. Fingers crossed! 🙂
Wander-lustPosted at 23:04h, 03 June
Sounds so cool!
DanaiPosted at 22:10h, 06 June
Yeees! Festival season is on! It is awesome that you guys list everything in one article for us 🙂 And of course I would love to win the tickets for EXIT festival! Can’t wait for the announcement of the winner!
Wander-lustPosted at 21:27h, 10 June
And we have a winner!!!! Congrats Inge Plessers!! We hope you and your mum have the BEST time at EXIT Festival!