Kick-starting summer has never been so grand! With the music festival season beginning in full force around the world, we’ve compiled for you a list of music festivals to choose from, for April.
Where: California, USA
When: 10th April
Probably one of the biggest festivals in the world, Coachella is notoriously popular for the spectacular set-up, not to mention the impressive line-up it churns out year after year. It happens bang in the middle of the Colorado Dessert at the Coachella valley, sees campers tenting in up in full spirit, and even has fashion line-ups inspired by it. With AC / DC, Alt J and Drake spearheading the artist list this year, Coachella is the festival to be at. Need more reasons? We got you covered here.
(images courtesy: Coachella Facebook)
Where: Tankwa Karoo National Park, South Africa
When: 27th April
The African offspring of the insanely followed, Burning Man, AfrikaBurn is no way a lesser bargain than the original. There is nothing left undersold at the event with awe-inspiringly large structures, sand-winds just like the original, music that’s testament to Burning Man’s reputation, and of course the maverick dressers. A plus point, if you see it that way, is that the festival is much smaller compared to Burning Man, thus allowing you to check it out in entirety. But the penchant for self expression is a constant. It’s time for Africa?
(images courtesy: Greg Hillyard / AfrikaBurn Facebook)
3. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival
Where: New Orleans, USA
When: 24th April
If you think that festivals these days have become more about mass gathering and hyperactive schedules, then NewOrleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is just what you need. Taking us back to basics as one should, the festival lines up a heady mix of jazz, soul, rock and folk, for music lovers of all kind, replete with the relaxed vibe one needs. With a strong Creole identity, the festival is reflective of attending a non-flashy community gathering, but one with great music, and is mighty affordable. Your USA itinerary must have this one.
(images courtesy: nojazzfest.com)
Where: Florida, USA
When: 29th April
Think Summer and the beachside wouldn’t be a far off second guessing. You need the water, and bringing it to you in the most musical manner is the Sunfest, which calls itself Florida’s biggest waterfront festival. Bringing rock, country and reggae across multiple stages, SunFest does a spending job brining music to the midst of the ever busy city of Florida. With Fall Out Boy, Pixies, Damian Marley and Lenny Kravitz as part of the 2015 line-up, you know exactly where the party’s hat.
(images courtesy: SunFest Facebook)
5. Snowbombing Festival,
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When: 6th April
Just when you think you start missing snow, with the incoming summer, the Snowbombing Festival at Austria keeps the spirit of winter alive by offering you music with ice clunks. With a smorgasbord of fresh, upcoming talent with seasoned musicians, the festival allows you to soak in the music with the backdrop of the Alpine peaks. But it’s not all snow, and no green. The festival takes you from igloo gatherings to forest raves and lumberjack parties. Just, take our money.
(images courtesy: Snowbombing Facebook)
6. Cheltanham International Jazz Festival
Where: Cheltanham, UK
When: 29th April
One of the biggest Jazz festivals in the world, lovers of the genre need to make their way to the Cheltanham International Jazz Festival as the best of jazz from around the world come together for a weeklong festival. The inclusiveness of the festival wherein it chooses to graciously have multiple sub genres under the umbrella of jazz has made the festival incredibly popular over the many years.
(images courtesy: cheltanhamfestivals.com)
7. Tortuga Music Festival
Where: Florida, USA
When: 11th April
Often referred to as the Coachella of Florida, the Tortuga Music Festival is special for a number of reasons, the most important being their outlook to marine life conservation. The festival’s sombre lifestyle holds an important message. That one can soak the heat in the warm Atlantic Ocean nearby, while playing audience to a number of rock and country artists, all the while being educated about the bit they can do for the marine wildlife. The conservational festival makes it a point to educate its attendees, albeit with music. If love for ecology doesn’t take you to festival, we don’t know what will.
(images courtesy: Tortuga Music Festival Facebook)
8. Smirnoff Experience With Knife Party
When: 17th April
Powered by Sunburn, the Smirnoff Experience With Knife Party is the gig to be at, if you wish to party up April like good ol’ party goers. Brining the Australian dance duo to India on their first visit, the extensive list of musicians set to rock to festival will make you want to dance it out in delight. Presenting The Bloody Beetroots, along with Indian electronic music champions – Dualist Inquiry, Sound Avtar, Sandunes and Kris Correya, the event is all set to be an electronic music lover’s delight. Don’t missss!
(images courtesy: Smirnoff Experience Facebook)