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Worldwide music festival guide • Eastern United States

Plan a musical odyssey with Time Out’s global guide to music festivals—the best line-ups, sonic fields and destination fests in and around NYC, Philly and DC, and across the world


The festival scene of New York City is—like its people—a diverse, exciting mix. In the city itself you'll find music all over—from River to River fest in the streets of downtown Manhattan, to Central Park's swingin' SummerStage. And then there's Brooklyn, whose music scene proves as hip as its populace, with parties like Northside shaking booties across town.

Beyond the Big Apple there’s more going on—Maryland and Philly have some world-renowned festivals (Deathfest and Roots Picnic being among the best). There may not be anything quite on the scale of Lollapalooza, Coachella, SxSW or the other fests to the west—but up and down the East Coast has got it going on, in all kinds of ways…

More great music festivals around the world

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


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