The Biggest and Best Music Festivals from Across the World

Biggest and Best Music Festivals
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Every year, hordes of music lovers from around the globe attend festivals to see their favourite artists play. Festivals allow attendees to experience a whole range of bands, singers, and DJs all in one place, bringing a party atmosphere that can last for days. Of course, every festival is different, with many catering to specific genres of music or having themes such as environmentalism, local music, or family-friendly activities. 

With so many festivals to choose from and festival-goers often travelling to other countries for their dream festival experience, we here at Slingo wanted to highlight the biggest and best festivals in 2024. 

Starting with a list of 50 of the world’s most prominent music festivals, we’ve looked at various factors, from ticket cost and daily capacity to the number of artists and stages you’ll find at each festival. All this data has been combined into a single score to reveal the best festivals to attend this year.

Sziget is the top festival of 2024

Sziget - Top Festival 2024

Top Festival 2024 Table

1. Sziget Festival Festival                     Score: 8.50

Sziget Festival is Slingo’s top festival of 2024, earning a score of 8.50/10. Sziget Festival is an annual event held in Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, and with a capacity of 90,000, it attracts swarms of music lovers every year. The festival lasts six days, and tickets cost just under £240 (€279). This year, headliners include Kylie Minogue, Halsey, Stormzy, and Fontaines D.C.

2. Glastonbury Festival                         Score: 7.50

The UK’s Glastonbury festival ranks second in this year’s index, scoring 7.50/10. One of the world’s most famous music festivals, Glastonbury attracts many of the most prominent artists from around the globe, with this year’s headliners including Dua Lipa, Coldplay, and SZA. Glastonbury tickets cost £355 and are some of the most difficult to get ahold of, with general admission tickets selling out in just 58 minutes for this year’s event.

3. Tomorrowland Festival                     Score: 7.00

Belgian electronic dance festival Tomorrowland takes third place, scoring 7.00/10. Located in the town of Boom, a short distance south of Antwerp, tickets cost £312.26 for the six-day festival. This year’s lineup includes many big names including David Guetta, Afshin Momadi, and NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal performing as DJ Diesel.

London’s Mighty Hoopla Festival is the most affordable at just over £140

London Mighty Hoopla Festival - Most Affordable

1. Mighty Hoopla                                Ticket Cost: £142.45

Mighty Hoopla is the most affordable festival in our 2024 index, with tickets costing just £142.45. The two-day June festival in London’s Brockwell Park features a stacked lineup of exciting pop artists, both new and old. Attendees will be treated to performances from Nelly Furtado, Rita Ora, Alison Goldfrapp, and Bananarama, to name just a few.

2. Mysteryland                                        Ticket Cost: £150.53

This year's second most affordable tickets are for Mysteryland, priced at £150.53 (€175.95) each. As the premier electronic dance festival in the Netherlands, the lineup is jam-packed with the best artists and DJs in the genre, including Fleur Shore, Mark Knight, and Charlotte de Witte.

3. Untold Festival                                Ticket Cost: £158.54

Romania’s Untold Festival, located in the northwestern city of Cluj-Napoca, has the third most affordable tickets, costing £158.54 (922.2 Lei) each. This huge dance festival will see performances from Lenny Kravitz, Martin Garrix and many more.

Coachella tickets are the most expensive in 2024 at almost £400

Coachella Tickets - Most Expensive

1. Coachella                                Ticket Cost: £397.42

Coachella is the most expensive festival in this year’s index, with attendees spending £397.42 ($499) per ticket. The festival took place in April and was held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. A host of major artists, including Lana Del Rey, Deftones, and Lil Uzi Vert, performed for the vast crowds in attendance.

2. Wonderfruit                                Ticket Cost: £397

The second most expensive tickets are for Wonderfruit, a December festival held in Pattaya, Thailand, with the cost of entry setting you back £397. 2024’s lineup is yet to be announced, but the 2023 event saw artists such as Patrick Watson, Gideon, and British DJ Nightmares on Wax.

3. Outside Lands                        Ticket Cost: £370.34

San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival has the third most expensive tickets in this year’s index, costing £370.34 ($465) each. Taking place in August, the festival will see headliners such as Tyler, the Creator, The Killers, Sturgill Simpson, and Grace Jones take to the stage, with many other fantastic acts to follow.

Glastonbury is the festival featuring the most artists

Glastonbury Festival - Most Artists

1. Glastonbury                                 Number of Artists: 3,000

The festival with the most artists in our study is Glastonbury, with the event’s website claiming that over 3,000 artists performed at the festival last year. This year, artists include LCD Soundsystem, Cyndi Lauper, Burna Boy, and Dexys Midnight Runners, to name but a few.

2. Green Man and Sziget Festival        Number of Artists: 1,000

Two festivals are tied for third place, each claiming to host 1,000 artists. These festivals include Sziget Festival and Green Man Festival. Both festivals have fantastic lineups announced, with artists such as Liam Gallagher, Aurora, and Sleaford Mods set to perform.

Sziget Festival has the highest number of stages to check out

Sziget Festival - Highest Number of Stages

1. Sziget Festival                        Number of Stages: 60

Sziget Festival has the highest number of stages in our 2024 index, with 60 in total. The main stage at the event will see the likes of Sam Smith, Martin Garrix, and Louis Tomlinson perform to crowds of thousands of festivalgoers.

2. Glastonbury                                Number of Stages: 31

Glastonbury takes second place with as many as 31 stages to stumble across. The festival’s most iconic stage is the Pyramid Stage, which will host the likes of Dua Lipa, Coldplay, and Shania Twain this year. Meanwhile, other standout names include The National on the Other Stage, Heilung and Justice on the West Holts Stage, and Jamie XX and Alvvays on the Woodsies Stage.

3. Creamfields                                Number of Stages: 30

Creamfields has the third highest number of stages, with as many as 30 available. This British dance festival in Cheshire, North West England, takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, ensuring as many people as possible can attend. Many major artists are attending this year’s festival, including Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, and Chase & Status.

Glastonbury has the biggest daily capacity at 210,000 people

Glastonbury - Biggest Daily Capacity

1. Glastonbury                            Total Daily Capacity: 210,000

Glastonbury is the biggest festival on our list in terms of attendance, with a daily capacity of 210,000 people. The festival has grown enormously since its inception in 1970, when just 1,500 people attended what was then called the Pilton Pop, Folk and Blues Festival, with Marc Bolan’s T-Rex headlining.

2. Electric Daisy Carnival          Total Daily Capacity: 150,000

Electric Daisy Carnival has the second-largest capacity of 150,000 people, attracting swathes of music lovers from all over the United States and beyond. Taking place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the festival will welcome headliners such as David Guetta, Kaskade, and Steve Aoki, among many others.

3. Coachella                                Total Daily Capacity: 125,000

Coachella has the third-largest daily capacity at 125,000 people. This year, attendees had an amazing lineup to choose from, including Doja Cat and Tyler, the Creator.

Dekmantel Festival is the longest in our study, lasting 9 days

Dekmantel Festival - Longest Days

1. Dekmantel Festival                       Number of Days: 9

Dekmantel Festival is the longest-running event in this year’s index, lasting nine days. Dekmantel takes place in Amsterdam at the height of summer and will see performances from artists such as Lorenzo Senni, Octo Octa, Giant Swan, and Ron Trent.

2. Roskilde Festival                          Number of Days: 8

Denmark's Roskilde Festival lasts eight days and occurs annually just outside the small city of Roskilde, near Copenhagen. The festival has an amazing lineup for 2024, with performances from Foo Fighters, 21 Savage, Aurora, and Heilung.

3. Coachella, Sziget Festival, and Tomorrowland     
Number of Days: 6

Three festivals in our index last six days, which is enough time to pack in all the music and revelry you could want. Coachella, Sziget Festival, and Tomorrowland are all highly popular events known for their amazing lineups and party atmosphere.

Methodology

To find the best festivals in the world in 2024, we created an extensive list of popular festivals using lists such as those from Timeout and Planet Radio. We then found the number of searches each festival received globally over the past year and selected the top 50 for our list.

We then collected data across the following factors to build our index:

  • The cost of a ticket
  • The length of the festival
  • The festival’s daily capacity
  • The number of stages
  • The number of artists

We used a combination of various sources to collect this data, including news articles, Wikipedia, and each festival’s own website.

Any festivals without complete data across all factors were removed.

This data was combined into a single score, giving each factor equal weighting.


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