The world is full of unforgettable music festivals. Make lasting memories next year by picking one of the 9 we’ve chosen. And if you decide to stay, let World First help with your international payments – we’ll make it easy.

But right now, check out our list of 9 incredible music events around the world in 2016.


South by Southwest, Austin, Texas, USA – March 11-20
It’s a celebration of music, film and online, and one of the best things about South By Southwest is meeting up with like minded fans, and chatting about the interested, varied and talented acts you’ve seen – maybe before the go on to make it big.

UltraUltra Music Festival, Miami, Florida, USA – March 18-20
A huge electro music spectacular, here in the USA, and attended by 300,000 people every year. There are over 300 acts, featuring the likes of David Guetta and Fedde Le Grand.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts, California, USA – April 15-24
Another US favorite on the edge of the Colorado Desert, and a real variety of music which provides something for everyone. Whether hip hop or electronic is your bag, or a bit of rock, you’ll find something to love. But save up, it’s not cheap to attend.

Eurovision Song Contest, Stockholm, Sweden – May 14
A camp classic. This guilty pleasure is seen by a worldwide TV audience of 200million people, mostly pretending they’re not enjoying it – we know their secret! It’s a celebration of pop.

Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK – June 22-26
Britain has plenty of festivals for music lovers, but Glastonbury is probably the biggest. Held on a farm in the county of Somerset, and beset by more mud than you’ve probably ever seen in your life, 2016’s headliners are rumoured to be Adele and Coldplay.

MontrealMontreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada – June 30 – July 9
The jazz lovers dream, with around 3,000 performers and the smoothest sounds anywhere. The best part, most of the concerts are free!

Bestival, Isle of Wight, UK – September 8-11
Another UK festival, this one on an island in the south of England. Bestival’s known for an amazing atmosphere, fancy dress and a varied bill.

amsterdamAmsterdam Dance Event, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Oct 14-18
Chilled out Amsterdam comes alive for the Dance Event. 2,000 acts and 350,000 revelers come together in the name of Dance.

Stereosonic, various cities, Australia – Late Nov / early Dec
Held in cities all over Australia, Stereosonic is huge – and growing all the time!

Like the sound of these? Get more in our 101 Must-Do Global Events in 2016.

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