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Worldwide music festival guide: Southern United States

Plan a musical odyssey with Time Out’s guide to the best music festivals and destination fests in the southern US and around the world


The climate isn’t the only thing that’s warm in the South; the music festivals are hot, too. Throughout the year, there's almost always a music festival to check out: Texas, home to SXSW, attracts musical pilgrims from across the world, but thrill-seekers also flock to Tennessee, Florida and elsewhere for epic shindigs like [Bonnaroo] (a true homage to the history of Dixie) and Ultra Music Festival, America's premier dance and electronic music showcase. But whether you're after an all-night rave or a party in the city center, one thing is certain: the southern states have got it goin' on. Read on for Time Out's guide to the best music festivals in the South.

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United Kingdom

• Bestival
• Field Day
• Glastonbury
• Jabberwocky
• Leeds Festival
• Reading Festival
• Secret Garden Party
• Sonisphere
• Wireless
• Womad

Spain and Portugal

• Bilbao BBK Live
• Cap Roig Festival
• Festival Internacional de Benicàssim
• Heineken Jazzaldia
• Monegros Desert Festival
• Optmist Festival
• Primavera Sound
• Sónar
• Sos 4.8
• Vida Festival


• Dimensions Festival
• Electric Elephant Festival
• For Festival
• Garden Festival
• Hideout Festival
• Outlook Festival
• Sonus Festival
• Soundwave Festival
• Stop Making Sense Festival
• Unknown Festival


• Baleapop
• Calvi on the Rocks
• Nuits Sonores
• Rock en Seine
• La Route du Rock
• Villette Sonique


• Babylon Soundgarden Festival
• Bridgestone presents: Chill-Out Festival
• Istanbul Jazz Festival
• Loveland Festival
• One Love Festival


• Big Day Out
• The Falls Festival
• Future
• Meredith Music Festival
• Splendour in the Grass
• St Jerome's Laneway Festival
• Vivid


• Intro Electronic Music Festival
• JZ Festival
• Midi Festival
• Storm Electronic Music Festival
• Strawberry Festival


• Fuji Rock
• Greenroom
• Sonic Mania
• Summer Sonic
• Talco Club

Eastern United States

• Budweiser Made in America Festival
• Celebrate Brooklyn!
• Central Park SummerStage
• CMJ Music Marathon 2014
• Electric Daisy Carnival
• Electric Zoo Festival
• The Governors Ball Music Festival
• Maryland Deathfest
• Newport Folk Festival
• Northside Festival
• River to River Festival
• Roots Picnic

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