Music festivals have their origins in the hippy era, but today the best festivals in the world go way beyond the mud, acid and rock music clichés of traditional UK and European festivals. From Tomorrowland’s day-glo EDM paradise to the annual gathering at Burning Man, the international festival scene has some unforgettable experiences to offer. So whether you want rolling fields, sun-kissed beaches or even a festival where the sun never sets, here are 50 music festivals to visit before you die. RECOMMENDED: Everything you need to know about music festivals in the UK and London in 2017
On February 22 the biggest players in British music will pile into The O2 for the Brit Awards 2017. For major artists and the industry execs who run the show, the Brits are an opportunity to celebrate the UK’s worldbeating music business. For everyone else it’s a chance to see some spectacular live shows, catch up with a few rising stars, and hope for hilarious controversies or #capegate-style wardrobe malfunctions. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Brits. What time are the Brit Awards on? You can watch the whole thing live on ITV on February 22 from 8pm, with live red carpet gossip on ITV2. For the first year the Brits will also be broadcast live on YouTube. Who is performing at the Brit Awards? Katy Perry will no doubt dazzle with some fantastic costumes during her live show while Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Skepta, Robbie Williams, Little Mix, Emeli Sandé and The 1975 will also perform. Who’s hosting the Brit Awards? Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis host with Clara Amfo, Laura Jackson and Alice Levine reporting from the red carpet. Can I go to the Brit Awards? If you’re prepared to splash out, there are very few, quite pricey, tickets available. Or you could always try and get nominated next year. Who’s nominated for a Brit Award in 2016? Here’s the full list. British Artist Video: Adele – 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – 'This Is What You Came For' Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – 'Rockabye' Coldplay – 'Hymn Fo
1. Adele stays classy In a performance more awash with tears than a back-to-back showing of ‘Black Beauty’ and ‘Watership Down’, north London superstar Adele stole the show at the 2011 BRITs. Her spellbinding, stripped-bare version of ‘Someone Like You’ heralded great things. Sure enough, in 2012 she came back, cleaned up (winning six awards in total) then showed the world her middle finger when her acceptance speech was rudely interrupted by Blur’s reunion. 2. George and Elton freak out a Tory There have been a number of exciting guests invited to The BRIT Awards over the years. The Right Honourable Norman Tebbit is not one of them. But in 1986 it was the then-secretary of state for employment who said, ‘I don’t know anything about pop music,’ while handing statuettes to George Michael and Elton John. They looked as fabulous as Tebbit looked baffled. Theresa May take note, this is what a political car crash looks like. 3. The KLF bow out Apart from setting fire to a million quid and getting to Number One with a song about Doctor Who, anarcho-pop eggheads The KLF are best known for their antics at the ’92 BRITs. They opened the show with a version of their song ‘3am Eternal’ while raking the audience with a machine gun loaded with blanks and announcing: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, The KLF have now left the music business.’ They were kind enough to leave a memento, however: a dead sheep, dumped outside The BRITs afterparty. 4. Belle & Sebastian tread on
We've teamed up with Tate to offer an exclusive pair of VIP tickets to Festival No.6 at Tate Britiain on March 3. As well as catching some of the best performers around – including indie Brits Blossoms, punk poet John Cooper Clarke and Charlotte Church's Love Bomb – the winner will be treated to a meal for two, a bottle of champagne, a Tate goodie bag and crowd-free access to the David Hockney exhibition before the event starts.
Thousands of feet up a mountain in Mayrhofen, Austria, you'll find igloo raves, forest parties, top notch skiing and a stellar line-up of live bands and DJs. The celebrations are all in the name of Snowbombing and you can be a part of it thanks to our collaboration that'll score one lucky reader a VIP package to the winter festival. Taking place from April 3-8, the winner and a guest will be flown out to Snowbombing from London and given two festival passes, including entry to the Arctic Disco and five nights in a twin hotel room. They'll also be treated to five-day ski hire and lift passes. Acts confirmed for the festival include Chase & Status, Run The Jewels, Blossoms, Giggs, Slaves, De La Soul and Toddla T. And those looking for entertainment around the music will find chairlift speed dating, bingo, and yoga. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic VIP package, simply answer the question below correctly and you'll be entered into our prize draw: &lt;a href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/z10qhk0u1eosp5p/" data-mce-href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/z10qhk0u1eosp5p/"&gt;Fill out my Wufoo form!&lt;/a&gt;
Fancy bagging two tickets to Field Day 2017? Because we've teamed up with the inner-city festival to offer you the chance to get one of five pairs of tickets to the summer shindig. Now in its eleventh year, Field Day will be returning to Victoria Park on Saturday June 3 with a variety of the finest independent street food vendors, local breweries and, of course, a tip top line-up. Expect the eagerly anticipated live return of Aphex Twin who headlines an impressive new indoor stage 'The Barn', as well as further performances on the day from US hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, Flying Lotus, Arab Strap, Slowdive, Thee Oh Sees, Nicholas Jaar and many more. To be in with a chance of getting your hands on one of the five pairs of tickets up for grabs, simply enter your name and details into the ballot below: &amp;lt;a href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/zsy8f104a9ou8/" data-mce-href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/zsy8f104a9ou8/"&amp;gt;Fill out my Wufoo form!&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;