Another year, another festival season. Do you love live performances and the unity that music festivals bring as much as we do? With a bigger range of festivals than ever to choose from, it might be hard to decide where to go to. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of America’s & Europe’s biggest and best music festivals that are worth visiting in 2019. An impressive line-up, a great atmosphere and interesting settings: we believe these music festivals have it all.
The best music festivals in the United States
When & where: 12-14 April & 19-21 April 2019, Indio, California
Let’s kick off with one of the most popular music festivals in the world: Coachella. Your social media channels have probably been spammed with photos from influencers at the festival already, but for those who don’t know yet what the Coachella festival is, we’ll explain what you can expect. The annual music & arts festival takes place across two weekends in April, with an identical line-up on both weekends. Rock, pop, indie, hip hop and electronic dance music – it’s all covered on this music festival. The line-up includes headliners Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande. And don’t be surprised to spot partying celebrities over there; rumor says that the Jenner sisters, Gigi Hadid and many others will return to the festival this year.
The Governors Ball Music Festival
When & where: 31 May – 2 June 2019; Randall’s Island, New York
Headliners: Florence + the Machine, Major Lazer, The 1975, The Strokes, Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Brockhampton, Nas
Another one of the best music festivals in the world with an exciting mix of genres (rock, pop, hip hop and electronic music), is the multi-day Governors Ball Music Festival. Headliners are Lil Wayne, Brockhampton, Florence + the Machine, Major Lazer, The 1975 and The Strokes. Taking place on Randall’s Island in NYC, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite artists and some good food with the skyline of the city on the background (pretty nice scenery, huh?). Of course, it’s also a great opportunity to explore the City that Never Sleeps after each festival day.
Pitchfork Music Festival
When and where: 19-22 July 2019, Chicago, Illinois
Online magazine Pitchfork has become a popular online music publication and has its own festival since 2006. Its line-up includes the most exciting artists in the alternative music industry, among who Robyn, the Isley Brothers, HAIM, Stereolab, Earl Sweatshirt and many more. The Pitchfork Music Festival is a music festival which you should go to if you’re into indie music. Later this year’s there’s also an edition of the festival in Paris, Europe: Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, taking place from 31 October – 2 November 2019.
When and where: 1-4 August 2019, Chicago, Illinois
Lollapalooza is a 4-day music festival held in Chicago which features several genres, including rock, hip hop, pop and EDM. The line-up features great headliners, among who Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, The Chainsmokers and Tame Impala. With 8 stages and 170+ bands from all over the world, Lollapalooza is considered one of the best music festivals to put on your bucket list.
When & where: 25 August – 2 September, Black Rock Desert, Nevada
You’ve probably heard of Burning Man before, as it is an alternative to conventional music festivals. As they describe it: “Burning Man is a community. A temporary city. A global cultural movement based on 10 practical principles.” The event doesn’t have a line–up booked by the festival, but they showcase a program of music, art and culture by their visitors. Attendees are expected to collaborate, be inclusive, creative and connective. It takes place in the Nevada desert and is worth a visit. OppoSuits’ founders went there several times and approve.
Europe’s best music festivals
When & where: 4-8 July 2019, Novi Sad, Serbia
EXIT is a Serbian rock, indie and electronic music festival. It’s held each summer in an immense abandoned fortress with countless corridors, bunkers and a huge dance arena where big (and smaller) artists perform – how cool? A few years ago, the festival even won an award for being the best music festival: the European Festival Award, and we think that’s for a reason. The festival offers something for everyone when it comes to music, and for a reasonable price. 2019’s line-up features performances from The Cure, Paul Kalkbrenner, Tom Walker and Maceo Plex. More artists will be announced later.
When & where: 26 – 30 June 2019, Worthy Farm, United Kingdom
Glastonbury sets the bar when it comes to the world’s best music festivals. It’s a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts, hosting the biggest names in music on its famous Pyramid Stage. The Killers, The Cure, George Ezra, Liam Gallagher, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish… we could go on forever, since there are so many cool artists performing on this festival. In addition to music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts.
Unfortunately, tickets for 2019 have been sold out, but there will be a resale of any returned coach packages on Thursday 25th April followed by a general admission resale on Sunday 28th April. If you won’t get your hands on a ticket, make sure to try again next year – it’s worth it.
When & where: 19-21 July & 26-28 July 2019, Boom, Belgium
Famous for its huge main stage designs and impressive line-ups, Tomorrowland is often called one of the most popular music festivals in the dance scene. The festival states they “believe in enjoying life to the fullest without having to compromise everything”. And we think that’s exactly the spirit that festivals need to become the best of the best music festivals. Whether you’re into hardstyle, house, techno, or all of them, you’ll be surrounded by the greatest artists. Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, Netsky and Armin van Buuren are a few of the headliners.
When & where: 7-13 August 2019, Budapest, Hungary
A week of music, sun and art on an island in the middle of Budapest; that’s what Sziget Festival is in a nutshell. Sounds good, right? It’s one of the biggest and best music festivals in Europe with over 1000 acts performing each year. This year the line-up includes Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Florence + The Machine, Martix Garrix and Twenty One Pilots. Since it’s a 7-day festival it’s the perfect occasion to combine it with some sightseeing in Budapest (which is a beautiful, lively and affordable city).
When & where: 16 – 18 August 2019, Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands
For three days in August, 60.000 people head to the middle of the Netherlands for one of the most popular festivals in Western Europe: Lowlands festival. The festival hosts twelve stages, offering about 250 different acts and performances in music and other cultural activities. The main focus of the festival is alternative music: rock, pop, hip hop, metal, electronic music and everything in between. Announced for Lowlands 2019 so far are Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, The National, Royal Blood and many more. ‘The best music festival of The Netherlands’ has been sold out, but if you still want to go, make sure to add yourself to the ‘wanting list’ on Ticketswap.
So, we hope this top 10 of best music festivals helps you to explore new events and to decide where to go to this festival season. Wherever you go to, we wish you lots of fun. And if you head to a festival in one of our colorful suits, please don’t forget that we’d love to see your sweet selfies via #opposuits!