These festivals offer phenomenal music to their fans, free of charge. Take a look!
While music festivals have been and still are great for the local and international economy, there’s nothing more joyful than a festival that’s solely for the fans. In a time when festival-goers are devising complex schemes to afford $400 passes, it’s incredibly refreshing to see these festivals focusing on the music and the idea of togetherness. The following festivals take us right back to the basics. Check out these absolutely wonderful music festivals that are also completely free.
1. Rock Al Parque
When: July 2-4, 2016
The only thing that matters at Rock Al Parque is the rock itself; its ethos is 100% “Come as you are.” With its unabashed nonchalance and intensely music-oriented crowd, this festival is the mecca of rock enthusiasts. Besides, you won’t have to spend your month’s earning in an attempt to afford it. If you love rock, then we suggest you grab one of the free tickets to this festival, because the lineups just keep getting better with every passing year. Last year’s line-ups featured acts local and international, with a side of indie. Head here to know more about the festival.
2. Live on the Green
When: August, 2016 (TBA)
Live On The Green Music Festival believes in ‘music, for the sake of music.’ Between the slew of American music festivals that strive to make more money with every coming year, we have Live On The Green Festival, Nashville, which sticks out like a wonderfully sore thumb. Known for having extraordinary lineups, this festival is qualitatively the greatest free music experience you will ever have. Yes, you read correctly, it’s free. Last year’s lineup featured Passion Pit, Ben Folds, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Delta Rae, Big Data,and many more. We hope the dates for this year are announced soon!
3. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
When: October, 2017 (TBA)
The perfect way to end the US summer music festival season, would be to head over to California for San Fran’s iconic and relaxed Hardly Stictly Bluegrass. The free for all festival is a testament to Cali’s relaxed vibe, as it is funded by a extremely generous human being, who also happens to be a billionaire and a bluegrass fanatic. San Francisco’s Gold Gate Park comes alive every October with this amazing festival.
4. Kala Ghoda Festival
When: February, 2017 (TBA)
As the mother of all cultural fests in India, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has been an exciting and vibrant cultural melting pot ever since its inception in 1999. As far as cultural festivals go, its exponential growth over the years has attracted visitors, participants and sponsors from all over the world. This year the free festival drew over 150000 people over 9 days and 350 events of art, music, dance, theatre, literature, street stalls, films & workshops making it the biggest and most loved cultural festival in the country.
(Source: Pran Pal/Festival Sherpa)
When: June 26, 2016
What started as a small gathering of ardent music fans in 1981 today sees a massive crowd of over 35,000 fans from all over the world. Parkpop is one of the best known independent festivals in the Netherlands, having established its name early on in the ’80s. This festival not only sees a bunch of incredible acts, which are curated exclusively and adored by fans, but also am idiosyncratic environment of mutual respect for each other and the music. The festival has markets, food and much more to keep you entertained during its run. For a free event, this is a great bargain. If you’re heading to the Netherlands this summer, be sure to check this phenomenal festival out.
6. Radio 1’s Big Weekend
When: May 28-29, 2016
Where: Exeter, UK
This is probably the biggest free festival of free festivals. Every year, Radio 1 outdoes themselves with remarkable headliners and impeccable organizing, elevating free festivals to a whole new level. THis year the festival is set to take place in Exeter, United Kingdom, and Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Chase and Status, Bring Me the Horizon and Craig David have all been confirmed to perform at the anticipated event. If you live in the UK – and even if you don’t – we suggest you try your darnedest to make it to this amazing festival. Do keep tabs here to read about more such festivals in the future!