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Worthy music festivals around the world

A quick guide to 17 summer music festivals from around the world.

Sir Elton John. Barry Brecheisen / Invision / AP, File
Sir Elton John. Barry Brecheisen / Invision / AP, File

1 Blended

Where Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

When May 1-2

Who Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Aloe Blacc, Joss Stone, Xavier Rudd

Why An eclectic mix of jazz, soul and folk at this first-time festival.

Website www.blended.ae

2 Sandance

Where Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

When May 9

Who Pet Shop Boys, Arrested Development, Fatboy Slim, Scouting for Girls, Goldfish

Why The last Sandance of the season before the heat hits.

Website www.sandance.ae

3 Mawazine

Where Rabat, Morocco

When May 30-June 7

Who Robert Plant, Justin Timberlake, Nancy Ajram, Kadim Al Saher

Why A world music and pop festival featuring leading names from East and West.

Website www.festivalmawazine.ma

4 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Where Manchester, Tennessee

When June 12-15

Who Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, The Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalifa, Lauryn Hill

Why A diverse line-up in one of America’s great musical states.

Website www.bonnaroo.com

5 Glastonbury Festival

Where Somerset, England

When June 25-29

Who Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Robert Plant, Lana Del Ray, Skrillex, Pixies, Massive Attack, Blondie, Kelis, Interpol, MGMT Why The quintessential (and probably muddy) British festival experience.

Website www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

6 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

Where Montreal, Canada

When June 26-July 6

Who Beck, Michael Bublé, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Ry Cooder, Dweezil Zappa

Why The world’s largest jazz festival has an eclectic – and epic – offering that you won’t find elsewhere on the summer circuit.

Website www.montrealjazzfest.com

7 Roskilde Festival

Where Roskilde, Denmark

When June 29-July 6

Who The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Damon Albarn, Drake, Stevie Wonder

Why One of Europe’s largest and most respected music festivals.

Website www.roskilde-festival.dk

8 Ultra Europe

Where Split, Croatia

When July 11-13

Who Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiësto

Why A three-day party in a stunning Adriatic setting.

Website www.ultraeurope.com

9 Benicassim

Where Benicassim, Spain

When July 17-20

Who Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Lily Allen, Paul Weller, M.I.A., Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans

Why Sun, sea and sand, with an all-star line-up.

Website www.fiberfib.com

10 Lovebox

Where London, England

When July 18-19

Who A$ap Rocky, Chase & Status, Katy B, M.I.A., Nas, Soul II Soul

Why The best in dance and urban, including Nas playing classic hip-hop LP Illmatic.

Website www.loveboxfestival.com

11 Womad

Where Malmesbury, England

When July 24-27

Who Alice Russell, The Gloaming, Youssou N’Dour, Imed Alibi, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat

Why A world music extravaganza that has spawned global spin-offs.

Website www.womad.co.uk

12 Splendour in the Grass

Where North Byron Bay Parklands, New South Wales, Australia

When July 25-27

Who OutKast, Lily Allen, Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol

Why A cool Australian festival where rock and hip-hop are heard in lush green surroundings.

Website www.splendourinthegrass.com

13 Fuji Rock Festival

Where Niigata, Japan

When July 25-27

Who Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, Damon Albarn, Franz Ferdinand, Basement Jaxx, Manic Street Preachers, OutKast, Kelis, Lorde, Travis, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band

Why A global gathering of household names in the shadow of Mount Fuji.

Website www.fujirock-eng.com

14 Lollapalooza

Where Chicago, Illinois

When August 1-3

Who Eminem, OutKast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Interpol, Glen Hansard

Why A US festival big daddy with fittingly huge headliners.

Website www.lollapalooza.com

15 Way Out West

Where Gothenburg, Sweden

When August 7-9

Who OutKast, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Neko Case

Why Right in the heart of Gothenburg city centre, with added nightclub-based elements.

Website www.wayoutwest.se

16 Creamfields

Where Halton, England

When August 22-24

Who Avicii, Deadmau5, Armin van Buuren

Why The original Creamfields continues to host clubland’s biggest stars.

Website www.creamfields.com

17 Leeds and Reading festivals

Where Leeds and Reading, England

When August 22-24

Who Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Blink-182, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Why A gold mine of rock and indie-rock royalty across two sites.

Website www.leedsfestival.com; www.readingfestival.com