The Philippines isn't a stranger to music festivals, with the likes of Malasimbo, 7107, and Wanderland etched in the calendars of every Pinoy music lover. These are prime annual destinations for anyone in the hunt for good live music, both local and international.
However, there's also something quite appealing about the idea of flying off to another country in search of big festival crowds and loud music. Reason No. 1: a bigger selection of musical acts most of us would only be able to listen to on YouTube or Spotify. Reason No. 2: festival girls of different nationalities. Like this American:
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So before we get the tito treatment in these youth-powered mega-concerts, here we've prepared a list of global music festivals that we'd like to partake in before we die, or worse, before we turn—gasp!—35!
1) St. Jerome's Laneway Festival
Debuting in 2004, the city-centric favorite from the Land Down Under holds its concerts in the streets, making for street parties as crowded as Quiapo's Black Nazarene parade minus devoted Christians.
WHERE: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, and Auckland in Australia; the Meadow and Gardens By The Bay in Singapore
WHEN: Around February to March
PRICE OF ADMISSION: $110 or P4,800
TOP PERFORMERS: Indie-pop gems Feist, Gotye, Architecture In Helsinki, Tame Impala, Girls, and Temper Trap
2) Fuji Rock Festival
Named as such because its first iteration was held at the base of Japan's famous landmark, Mt. Fuji. The current venue for the festival in Naeba isn't close to Mt. Fuji, but the three-day event has retained its name, probably because "Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture Festival" just doesn't sound as thrilling.
WHERE: Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, Japan
WHEN: Last weekend of July
PRICE OF ADMISSION: 43,000 yen or around P18,000 for the three-day pass
TOP PERFORMERS: The world's biggest rock bands Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire, and these guys:
International Dance Music Awards' Best Music Event from 2012 to 2014. The YouTube generation's most sought-after, "I have to be there at least once in my life" music festival, thanks to its combo of Alice In Wonderland-like set-up and selection of the world's top EDM DJs.
WHERE: Boom, Belgium
WHEN: Last week of July