Music festival

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Music festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria

A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality or locality of musicians, or holiday. They are commonly held outdoors, and are often inclusive of other attractions such as food and merchandise vending, performance art, and social activities. Many festivals are annual, or repeat at some other interval. Some, including many rock festivals, are held only once. Some festivals are organized as for-profit concerts and others are benefits for a specific cause. Another type of music festival is the educative type, organized annually in local communities, regionally or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement.


Leigo Järvemuusika 2007

The Pythian Games at Delphi included musical performances, and may be one of the earliest festivals known.[1] During the Middle Ages festivals were often held as competitions.

Another type of music festival is the educative type, organized annually in local communities, regionally or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement. While entrants perform prepared pieces in the presence of an audience which includes competitors, the essential feature of this type of festival is that each participant receives verbal and written feedback, there and then, from a highly qualified, professional adjudicator—someone whom they might never meet in any other way. They also usually receive a certificate, classified according to merit, and some may win trophies. The competitive element is often played down, however, as the important aspect is that participants can learn from one another. Such festivals aim to provide a friendly and supportive platform for musicians to share in the excitement of making music. For many they provide a bridge between lessons & examinations and performing confidently in public.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin's 11-day event, Summerfest, promotes itself as "The World's Largest Music Festival", a title certified by the Guinness World Records and held since 1999. Operating annually since 1968, the festival attracts between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people each year, and hosts over 800 musical acts.[2][3] The Woodstock Festival in 1969 drew nearly 500,000 attendees, and the Polish spin-off Przystanek Woodstock drew 700,000 in 2011. The largest annual greenfield music festival in the world is Roskilde Festival in Denmark which attracts approximately 135,000 spectators each year[4] Glastonbury Festival has a capacity of about 175,000 spectators, but has "fallow years" roughly every 5 years, thereby making it the biggest non-annual greenfield festival in the world. The oldest annual dedicated pop Music Festival in the world is Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands,[5] though in other genres, there are much older ones — the Three Choirs Festival in the UK has run annually since 1719.

Lists of music festivals[edit]

Parkenfestivalen 2012 The Prodigy

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Music festival topics and lists
Festival genre Festival
List Category Media
Music festival 0582 (BCE) List of music festivals Category Music festivals Commons page Music festivals
Folk festival 0400s(?) List of folk festivals Category Folk festivals Commons page Folk music festivals
Celtic festival 0400s(?) List of Celtic festivals Category Celtic music festivals Commons page Celtic festival
Celtic music festival 0400s(?) List of Celtic music festivals
Fèis (Scotland/Ireland) 0800s(?) List of fèissana
Mod (Scotland) 1800s(?) List of mods Commons page Mod (Scotland)
Eisteddfod (Wales) 1100s List of eisteddfodau Category Eisteddfod Commons page Eisteddfodau
Classical music festival 1100s List of classical music festivals Category Classical festivals Commons page Classical festivals
Early music festival 1600s(?) List of early music festivals Category Early music festivals Commons page Early music festivals
Bach festival 1600s(?) List of Bach festivals Category Bach festivals Commons page Bach festivals
Chamber music festival 1600s(?) List of chamber music festivals Category Chamber music festivals Commons page Chamber music festivals
Choral festival 1600s(?) List of choral festivals Category Choral festivals Commons page Choral festivals
Opera festival 1600s(?) List of opera festivals Category Opera festivals Commons page Opera festivals
Maritime music festival 1800s List of maritime music festivals Category Maritime music festivals Commons page Maritime music festivals
Blues festival 1800s List of blues festivals Category Blues festivals Commons page Blues festivals
Old-time music festival 1800s List of old-time music festivals Category Old-time music festivals Commons page Old-time music festivals
World music festival List of world music festivals Category World music festivals Commons page World music festivals
Contemporary classical music festival 1900s(?) List of contemporary classical festivals Category Contemporary classical festivals Commons page Contemporary classical festivals
Experimental music festival 1960s(?) List of experimental music festivals Category Experimental music festivals Commons page Experimental music festivals
Country music festival 1930s List of country music festivals Category Country music festivals Commons page Country music festivals
Bluegrass music festival 1930s List of bluegrass music festivals Category Bluegrass festivals Commons page Bluegrass festivals
Christian music festival 1940s(?) List of Christian music festivals Category Christian music festivals Commons page Christian music festivals
Jazz festivals 1940s List of jazz festivals Category Jazz festivals Commons page Jazz festivals
Rock festival 1950s List of rock festivals Category Rock festivals Commons page Rock festivals
Electronic music festival 1950s List of electronic music festivals Category Electronic music festivals Commons page Electronic music festivals
Electroacoustic music festival 1950s List of electroacoustic festivals Category Electroacoustic festivals Commons page Electroacoustic festivals
Free festival 1960s List of free festivals Category Free festivals Commons page Free festivals
Jam band festival 1960s List of jam band music festivals Category Jam band festivals Commons page Jam band festivals
Circuit party 1970s List of circuit parties Category Circuit parties Commons page Circuit parties
Reggae festival 1970s List of reggae festivals Category Reggae festivals Commons page Reggae festivals
Heavy metal festival 1970s List of heavy metal festivals Category Heavy metal festivals Commons page Metal music events
Goth music festival 1980s List of gothic festivals Category Goth festivals Commons page Gothic festivals
Hip hop music festival 1980s List of hip hop music festivals Category Hip hop festivals Commons page Hip hop festivals
Rave 1980s List of raves Category Rave Commons page Rave
Electronic dance music festival 1980s List of EDM festivals
Free party 1989 List of free parties Category Free parties Commons page Free party
Squat party 1989
Trance music festival 1990s List of trance festivals Category Trance festivals Commons page Trance music
Technoparade 1990s List of technoparades Category Technoparade Commons page Technoparades
Teknival 1990s List of teknivals Category Teknivals Commons page Teknivals
Doof (Australia) 1993 List of doofs Category Doofs Commons page Doof
Algorave 2011 Category Algorave Commons page Algorave

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  1. ^ Pythian Games, Encyclopædia Britannica.
  2. ^ Rytlewski, Evan (11 July 2013). "Summerfest Attendance Was Up This Year, Which You Probably Guessed". Express Milwaukee. 
  3. ^ "Fun in the Sun". My Midwest Magazine. 1 May 2007. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Gammon, John (17 June 2011). "Six In A Row For Pinkpop". London, U.K.: Pollstar. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 

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