World’s Top Music Festivals

Founded by Jane's Addiction front man Perry Farrell, US festival favourite, Lollapalooza attracts music lovers and huge-name musicians to Chicago’s famous Grant Park every year.

Hurricane Festival | Scheeßel, Germany

Staged in Germany’s far north, Hurricane Festival is a three-day extravaganza of rock n’ roll, bazaars, international food, games and camping. Past headliners  have included: The Cure, Blink-182, Rise Against, The Stone Roses, Mumford & Sons, and Florence and The Machine.

Rock Werchter | Werchter, Belgium 

Reputed to be one of the world’s biggest and best music festivals, Rock Werchter hosts a blend of well-known and up-and-coming international and local acts over four fun-filled days. Past headliners have included: Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Regina Spektor, Calvin Harris, and Cypress Hill.

  • Together with partner airline Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia operates flights to Brussels, from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.  

Vieilles Charrues Festival | Carhaix, France

France’s largest music festival, Vieilles Charrues Festival offers a programme of rock, pop, jazz and alternative music, over five stages and four days in the summer heat. Past headliners have included: Bob Dylan, Sting, Portishead, The Cure, LMFAO and Gossip.

  • Together with partner airline Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia operates flights to Paris, from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.  

Lollapalooza | Chicago, USA 

Founded by Jane's Addiction front man Perry Farrell, US festival favourite, Lollapalooza attracts music lovers and huge-name musicians to Chicago’s famous Grant Park every year. Past headliners have included: Black Sabbath, Bloc Party, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and The Machine, and The Black Keys.

  • Virgin Australia operates flights to Los Angeles from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and connects from Los Angeles to Chicago with partner airline, Virgin America.  

Reading Festival | Reading, UK

The climax of the British summer festival season, Reading Festival has morphed from a once metal and indie heavy event, into a celebration of pop and rock. Past headliners have included: Foo Fighters, Paramore, Two Door Cinema Club, Foster the People, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

  • Together with partner airline Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia operates flights to London, from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 

If a Northern Hemisphere summer jaunt isn't on your schedule this year, don’t stress… Australia’s most anticipated winter festival, Splendour in the Grass returns to Byron Bay in July.

Words by Alice Nash - Published 4 June 2012
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