The 10 biggest, best 2019 music festivals outside the UK
Philip Mak - May 20, 2019

The 10 biggest, best 2019 music festivals outside the UK

Traveling this summer? Take a look at some of the best festivals outside the UK in 2019.
Best non-UK festivals

Festival season in the UK is one of the highlights of the calendar year. Let's take a look at what other festivals are on offer from around the globe.

This month, all eyes were on California for Coachella 2019 — the (unofficial) kick-off of international festival season. And lads and ladies, it did not disappoint: Kanye West led a Sunday service, Ariana Grande delivered the second coming of Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith performed with some gnarly gnashers, and killer performances from the top female voices of our age like Kacey Musgraves, Billie Eilish, Cardi B and more.


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It was epic — and things are only getting started. From Mawazine in Morocco to Tomorrowland in Belgium, we have rounded up the best and biggest music festivals outside the UK for 2019. Pack your passports and your glow sticks, and get ready to let your hair down and throw your arms up.

Also, be sure to check out StubHub’s guides to the best UK festivals in 2019.

1. Tomorrowland

Where: Boom, Belgium (main event)

When: 19-21 and 26-28 July, 2019

Festival lineup highlights: The Chainsmokers, A$AP Rocky, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Loud Luxury, Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, J Balvin, Young Thug, Alison Wonderland, Eric Prydz…

Be there: Tomorrowland tickets

Returning for its 15th year, Tomorrowland 2019 will be taking over Boom, Belgium and getting 400,000 EDM fans dancing over two weekends this July. Plus, one of the world’s biggest music festivals is getting even bigger. Tomorrowland UNITE will bring the event and experience to four other cities across Europe on 27 July including: Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Porto, Portugal; and Malta.

Each will have their own customised stage and feature a curated setlist of local and international talent. Back in Belgium, rumour has it Swedish House Mafia will be the Tomorrowland 2019 main headliners though the official EDM lineup is still TBD.

Given this is one of the biggest festivals of the year, there will be plenty of big-name electronic dance music acts like David Guetta, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix and more. Plus, there has been controversy in the inclusion of non-EDM artists at Tomorrowland 2019 like A$AP Rocky and Young Thug as the event tries to reach a wider audience.

2. Rock in Rio

Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When: 27 to 29 September and 3 to 6 October, 2019

Festival lineup highlights: Drake, Cardi B, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, Weezer, Iron Maiden, P!nk, Muse, Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Matthews Band, Panic! At the Disco, The Black Eyed Peas, Imagine Dragons, Seal, Jessie J, Slayer…

Be there: Rock in Rio tickets

Rock in Rio 2019 has one of the buzziest lineups of the year, bringing some of music’s biggest acts down to Brazil. With Drake and Cardi B repping hip-hop alongside rock legends like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Iron Maiden as well as pop options like P!nk, there really is something for everyone. Plus, who doesn’t want to party in Brazil’s endless summer?

Launched in 1985, Rock in Rio has been held eight times — with the last edition in 2017. It’s also expanded to include events in Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas. In its 34-year history, Rock in Rio has grown into one of the world’s biggest festivals and has hosted 9.5 million fans and 2,038 artists to date.

3. Summerfest


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Where: Milwaukee, United States

When: 26-30 June and 2-7 July, 2019

Festival lineup highlights: Thomas Rhett, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, The Killers, Billie Eilish, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, Lizzo, Foreigner, STYX, Chaka Khan, Jason Aldean, Bon Iver, Zac Brown Band, Counting Crows…

Be there: Summerfest tickets

With over 800 acts set to perform, Summerfest 2019 looks like it will continue the event’s tradition as the world’s largest festival — with 800,000 to 900,000 fans headed to Milwaukee every year. Spread out over 11 days, including the 4th of July holiday, its 12 stages will host household names from across the United States and the globe like Thomas Rhett, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, Steve Aoki and more.

Into contemporary tunes? Alt it-girls of the moment Billie Eilish and Lizzo will be at Summerfest 2019. Classic rock more your vibe? There’s something for everyone — including 80s chart-toppers like STYX and Foreigner. Britain’s own Ozzy Osbourne was supposed to headline Summerfest 2019's American Family Insurance Amphitheater on 4 July, but had to cancel the appearance after a bout of pneumonia.

"I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates. Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now. I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans, it’s really what’s keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better every day … I will fully recover … I will finish my tour … I will be back!” said ol’ Ozzy in a statement.

4. Sziget Festival


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Where: Budapest, Hungary

When: 7-13 August, 2019

Festival lineup highlights: Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, The National, Martin Garrix, Franz Ferdinand, James Blake, Years & Years, Tove Lo, Mura Masa, IAMDDB, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Kodaline, Chvrches, Razorlight…

Be there: Sziget tickets

Just a 2.5 hour flight from the UK, Budapest is one of Europe’s most affordable, ancient cities — and will be packed with exciting ways to play and party in early August around Sziget Festival 2019. Among the continent’s largest cultural and music festivals, it features over 1,000 performances and more than 500,000 fans attended in 2018.

While it will have household name headliners like Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters and Post Malone, Sziget is known for its vibrant alternative and creative scene. In fact, it’s often called Europe’s answer to Burning Man — though instead of being in the middle of a desert, it’s in the centre of Budapest along the Danube River. Read: forget your wellies and pack your swimsuit!

5. Mawazine

Where: Rabat, Morocco

When: 21-29 June, 2019

Festival lineup highlights: David Guetta, Future, J Balvin, Marshmello, Rosalía, Lartiste, Maluma, Kamasi Washington, Karol G, Kery James, Koba LaD, Delgres…

The second largest festival in the world, Mawazine brings together some of the top talent from Africa and around the globe — with an average of 2.5 million fans headed to Morocco for some red-hot hits under the Moroccan sun. Past performers include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Elton John and many more.

Mawazine 2019 will include Latin sensations Rosalía and J Balvin, alongside French music-makers David Guetta and Lartiste. Even better than the lineup? Around 90 percent of Mawazine’s shows are entirely free — making this 2019 music festival the perfect excuse to head to Morocco to soak up the sun.

6. Primavera Sound


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Where: Barcelona, Spain

When: 30 May to 1 June, 2019

Festival lineup highlights: The Chainsmokers, A$AP Rocky, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Loud Luxury, Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, J Balvin, Young Thug, Alison Wonderland, Eric Prydz…

Be there: Primavera Sound tickets

You should consider renting a villa in the south of Spain — the country is home to many of the most unmissable European music festivals of 2019 including Primavera Sound. With more than 190,000 fans headed to Barcelona this summer, the setlist could not be hotter. Ranging from rock to reggaeton, the Primavera Sound 2019 lineup includes Solange (with a fresh new album this year), Tame Impala, Miley Cyrus, J Balvin, Erykah Badu, Robyn, Future, Janelle Monáe and many more.

Organisers purposefully ensured over half the 226-artist lineup was female — calling this the “New Normal”. In statement, they said, “Equality in the line up between men and women, a stylistic eclecticism that is patently obvious and the drive to constantly take risks to connect to the times we live in are central concepts of the Primavera Sound 2019 line up.”

Originally, American rapper Cardi B was supposed to headline Primavera Sound 2019 however she had to drop out due to promotional commitments stateside. Instead, she was replaced with pop princess Miley Cyrus aka the artist formerly known as Hannah Montana.

7. Sunburn Festival


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Where: Pune, India

When: December 2019

Festival lineup highlights: TBA but expect some of the biggest names in EDM like Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Tiesto, DJ Snake, Dimitri Vegas, The Chainsmokers…

Sunburn Festival is the biggest music festival in Asia and India’s largest EDM event. It has rotated between Pune and Goa over the years, with international editions in places like Dubai and Melbourne. Started by two brothers on a shoestring budget, the event attracted around 750,000 fans in 2017. While it’s still too early for details on the Sunburn 2019 lineup, chances are the biggest EDM acts will be jetting to India come December.

8. Fuji Rock


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Where: Naeba, Japan

When: 26-28 July, 2019

Festival lineup highlights: The Cure, Thom Yorke, Chemical Brothers Sia, Janelle Monáe, James Blake, Martin Garrix, Death Cab For Cutie, Mitski, Gary Clark Jr., King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Cake, Jason Mraz…

Be there: Fuji Rock tickets

A picturesque ski resort town? Check. The world’s hottest names in music? Check. The perfect excuse to visit Japan — the land of the rising fun in the sun? Check check check!

There are a million reasons why you should head to Fuji Rock 2019 —Japan’s largest outdoor music festival— not least of which is its lineup. This year’s headliners are The Cure, Thom Yorke, Chemical Brothers and Sia. Other Western artists rounding out the lineup include Janelle Monae, James Blake and Death Cab for Cutie, though fans of J-Pop will love the eclectic selection of homegrown talent from around Japan.

9. Splendour in the Grass


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Where: North Byron Parklands, Australia

When: 19-21 July, 2019

Festival lineup highlights: TTame Impala, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, SZA, Foals, Catfish and the Bottlemen, James Blake, Santigold, The Lumineers, The Streets, Russ, What So Not, Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice, Warpaint…

Splendour in the Grass knows what’s up Down Under, with a killer lineup including headliners Childish Gambino, homegrown hitmaker Tame Impala and Chance the Rapper, in his only performance in the country for 2019 and right after his upcoming debut album’s release in July. Definitely worth hitting up Splendour in the Grass, we’d say.

Plus, catch Santigold’s only Aussie performance of 2019 and you will not want to miss SZA and The Streets. If you’re a fan of Australian music, Courtney Barnett, Matt Corby, Meg Mac, Dope Lemon, Kaiit and Tropical Fuck Storm will be taking the stages, too. There’s even rumours a reunited Savage Garden (yes, those cheesy chaps behind ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ — you know you love it) might make an appearance, though that’s still TBA.

10. Burning Man


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Where: Black Rock City, United States

When: 25 August to 2 September, 2019

Be there: Burning Man tickets

While Burning Man festival is not technically a music festival, it definitely should not be missed. The countercultural event likes to think of itself as an ephemeral city in the Nevada desert, bringing together a community of creators and crazy cool folk known as Burners. Burning Man was started in 1986 when co-founder Larry Harvey built a 9-foot wooden sculpture and burnt it on a beach in San Francisco.

In the 23 years since then, Burning Man has grown to include many more people and sculptures — becoming one of the most unforgettable things you could do this summer, or anytime really. While there is no lineup per se, there will doubtlessly be sets and performances by artists you know and love.