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Top Music Festivals Around the World

Music Festivals are one of the best ways to see some of the world’s most popular artists in a fun and social atmosphere.

Festivals around the world draw millions of visitors each year, with people come from all over to see some of the biggest names in music. Rail Plus has revealed some of its top picks that are easily accessible by train, for travellers who want the experience with ease and convenience.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, USA

Held from April 14-16 and April 21-23, Coachella is one of the largest music festivals in North America. The line-up for 2017 includes big names such as Lady Gaga, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. This two-week event offers not only some of the world’s best music, but also art, food and sustainability programs and can easily be reached from any major city using Amtrack passes.

Canadian Music Week, Toronto, Canada

This six week music event combined with conferences and award shows takes place in different venues around Toronto, offering visiting tourists a chance to experience some of the best local hotspots around the city. This year’s event will be held from April 18 – 23 and can easily be reached by a five-hour train from Montreal with a Canrailpass.

Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK

Since 1970, the Glastonbury Music Festival has become one of Britain’s biggest cultural festivals. This year’s event will be held from June 21-25 and will feature Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and the Foo Fighters. Located just 2 hours west of London, travellers can easily get there using the BritRail Pass.

Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark

The weeklong Roskilde Festival is the largest music festival in Northern Europe. and will run from June 24- July 1 featuring the Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, Solange, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. Travellers can easily get there with a 22 minute train right from Copenhagen using a Scandinavia Pass.

Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata, Japan

Held at Naeba Ski Resort in the Niigata Prefecture, featuring more than 200 local and international artists, this annual rock festival is the largest outdoor music event in Japan.  This year will headline Bjork and Gorillaz and will be held from July 28-30, reachable via a two hour train ride from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa with a Japan Rail Pass and a short taxi ride.

Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium

One of the largest music festivals in the world, held in the height of the European summer over two weeks, festival goers flock from over 85 countries annually. This year the event will take place from July 21-23 and 28-30, in the city of Boom which can be reached via 31 minute train ride from Antwerp or 1 hour and 13 minutes from Brussels Airport using a Eurail Pass and a Benelux Pass.

Festival goers are encouraged to plan their travel itineraries using the most appropriate train passes of point-to-point tickets to suit their budget and to avoid disappointment during peak festival season.

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Autumn Laklem
Autumn Laklem
Autumn is fresh out of university with a passion for travel and music. Growing up in both Thailand and Australia she is always keen to try new things and experience new places and cultures. Her background in a country that is rich in culture and amazing food and scenery has fostered a desire to seek out local hotspots in any place she goes to in order to truly experience the local highlights of the area. Currently based on the Gold coast, she is enjoying time with family whilst seeking out new adventures and opportunities.

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