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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

The world’s best Summer music festivals

We take you on a tour of the world’s best - where they are, when they are and what they are about

Festival goers at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images
Festival goers at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

Splendour in the Grass

Australia's favourite festival, Splendour in the Grass, sees North Byron Parklands at Yelgun flood with festival goers, There is far more going on than music and with a Tipi Forest, a global village and a comedy club, the annual event attracts people in their thousands.

Location: Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Pref.

Dates: July 21 - 23

Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Indie rock, Heavy metal

Line up: The x , Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem

Website: splendourinthegrass.com/

Fuji Rock

Fuji Rock is Japan's biggest rock festival, featuring more than 200 artists, both Japanese and international. The annual event is called Fuji Rock Festival as it was originally held at the base of Mount Fuji but has now moved to a ski resort. People from all over the world attend.

Location: Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Pref.

Dates: July 28 - 30

Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Indie rock, Heavy metal

Line up: Gorillaz, the xx, Aphex twin, BJÖRK, Lorde

Website: fujirock-eng.com/index.html

United by Tomorrowland

The world's biggest EDM festival attracts fans from all over the world to Belgium and tickets sell out within minutes. Launched in 2005, the festival takes place over two weekends. This year promises to be extra special, as the festival is going to be connected live with events in eight other countries. Dubai hosts its event on July 29 at Festival Arena, then there is Germany, Israel, Lebanon, Malta, South Korea, Spain and Taiwan who will be hooked up with the main stage and have synchronised special effects.

Location: Broom, Belgium

Dates: July 21 – 30

Genres: EDM

Line up: Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren

Website: www.tomorrowland.com/global/

Burning Man

An annual event, the Burning Man festival has become renowned for being a place for the socially conscious, creative and community spirited to flock to. Held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Las Vegas, a temporary city is built, with a huge effigy burnt on the Saturday evening. You need to bring everything you want to use with you and people often bring enough for other people, encouraging the spirit of giving.

Location: Black Rock City, Nevada

Dates: August 27 – September 4

Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Indie rock, Heavy metal, hip-hop, RnB

Lineup: Nico Stojan, Madmotormiquel, Unders, Amine K, KMLN, Jake the Rapper

Website: https://burningman.org/

Bestival

This English family-friendly summer festival will move locations this year, and be celebrated in the lush country of Lulworth Estate in Dorset. The festival, which began in 2004, has been held at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight. Well-known for its fancy-dress themed days, the festival attracts huge crowds.

Location: Dorset, England

Dates: September 7-10

Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Indie rock, Heavy metal

Lineup: The xx, Jamie T, Dizzee Rascal, Laura Mvula, Pet Shop Boys

Website: www.bestival.net

Rock in Rio

Since its beginnings in 1985, Rock in Rio has grown into one of the world's largest music festivals. The early editions were based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but it later moved locations including Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas.

Location: Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dates: September 15-24

Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Indie rock, Heavy metal

Lineup: Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who.

Website: rockinrio.com

The ones you’ve missed that should be on your diary next year

Mawazine

Africa's biggest music festival, Mawazine, has been in operation for 16 years. The festival, which pulls in huge names year after year, is a government initiative to promote Morocco as a tolerant destination. As well as international stars, the festival also promotes Moroccan and regional talent. Recent years have seen attendance swell to more than two million people.

Location: Rabat, Morocco

Dates: May 2018

Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Indie rock, Heavy metal, hip-hop, RnB

Website: https://www.everfest.com/e/festival-mawazine-rabat-

Glastonbury

Glastonbury has become synonymous with muddy fields full of revellers braving the weather to celebrate the UK's most famous festival. Tickets to the five-day festival sell out within minutes, and the event has gained a firm foothold in British Culture.

Dates: June 2018

Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Indie rock, Heavy metal

Line up: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer and many more

Website: www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Exit Festival

This multi-genre festival, which began in 2001 as student movement campaigning for democracy and freedom in Serbia and the Balkans, has grown into one of Europe's musical giants. Held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, this event attracts music fans from around the globe.

Location: Novi Sad, Serbia

Dates: July 2018

Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Indie rock, Heavy metal, hip-hop, RnB

Website: www.exitfest.org/en