If you love music, you probably live for music festivals. There are five international music festivals you simply cannot miss in 2011. Regardless of your style or genre preferences, your location, or your budget limits, there is a music festival somewhere on the globe you must check out this year!
Summerfest is the “World’s Largest Music Festival.” This year, it is scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA from June 20th to July 3rd and July 5th to July 10th. Performers are still yet to be announced for this year’s lineup, but it is usually released sometime in March. Summerfest 2011 will span over 11 days, will include 11 stages, and is set to feature over 800 music artists. No matter which music style you prefer, there is bound to be an artist you will love at this massive event.
Rock Fest features some of the most popular names in rock music. This festival is set to take place July 14th to July 17th this year in Cadott, Wisconsin. Artists include Theory of a Deadman, Default, Candlebox, Collective Soul, Limp Bizkit, Black Valentyne, Soul Asylum, Skillet, and 3 Doors Down, just to name a few. As you can see, no matter how hard you rock, Rock Fest is the authority of rock festivals, and it is not for the faint of heart!
Held in Worthy Farm, Pilton, this historic festival began the day after the legendary musician Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. This year it will feature everyone from Florence and the Machine and La Roux, to Shakira and Muse, and is known for its extensive lineup which performs on over fifteen stages. Show up June 22nd through June 26th, and don’t forget to bring a camera and your hippie spirit for this iconic, once-in-a-lifetime music festival experience.
Stars and Stripes Festival
The Stars and Stripes Festival will hold its fifth annual even this year in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Currently, the date is set to take place from July 1st to July 3rd. Attractions and festivities will include food, fireworks, outdoor summer activities, and of course, lots and lots of music! This year’s lineup is said to include Vince Neil, Uncle Kracker, and Morris Day. There may be a fee this year for attending, unlike the previous years at the Clinton River festival, but it will certainly be worth the investment.
The Harmony Festival will hold its 33rd annual event this year, and it is set to take place in Sonoma County, Northern California from June 10th to June 12th. Artists from nearly every genre are present at this festival including Latin, Rock, Blues, Celtic, and World Beat genres, as well as many other eclectic genres. Since its early years, the Harmony Festival has been focused on community activism, spiritual wisdom, and environmental awareness. If you have a heart for music, the environment, and your community, then the Harmony Festival is not to be missed.
Sweet Auburn Springfest
Last but certainly not least, the Sweet Auburn Springfest takes place in the Sweet Auburn District of Atlanta. It is the largest multicultural festival in the South of the US, and the music at this festival ranges from international artists to Jazz and Blue Grass performers. Many top name performers found their fame on the stage of this festival, including Raven Symone, Usher, and Outkast.