#TBT: The 10 Best Music Festivals of 2014

October 08, 2015 - By: Sarah Pease

As we transition into fall, it’s time to say goodbye to the carefree days of summer music festivals. And since it’s Thursday, we thought we’d give them a little throwback love by taking a look at some of the
festivals that rocked 2014:

  1. EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia Why it Rocks: Inside the Petrovaradin Fortress you’ll find 18 stages and bars, connected by 17th century cobbled streets and tunnels all built on the hills overlooking the Danube river. Since the fest typically runs from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., it’s perfect for night owls.
  2. Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, UK Why it Rocks: Where else can you hear Sir Paul McCartney singing “Blackbird” with the crowd, or Moby covering Radiohead’s “Creep?” Pro tip: buy your tickets as soon as you can. The 135,000-capacity event has previously sold out in under two hours!
  3. Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, AL Why it Rocks: Over 35,000 concertgoers a year head to the beaches of Gulf Shores, near the Florida border, for three days of incredible music, Southern hospitality and hanging out, of course. With the addition of swimming pools and an onsite wedding chapel, who needs Las Vegas?
  4. Moogfest in Asheville, NC Why it Rocks: Founded in 2004 by Dr. Robert Moog, the creator of the famous synthesizer company Moog Music. Think of this festival as a hybrid of tech, art, and music that showcases speakers like The Simpsons writer David X Cohen, synthesizer trailblazer Don Buchla, and a star-studded musical lineup.
  5. Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, Canada Why it Rocks: Shhh. Can you keep a secret? So can the diehard fans of this festival who like that it flies under the radar of most music fans. If you’re into the indie scene or love finding out about emerging artists before your so-called hipster friends, you’ll want to check it out.
  6. Øya in Oslo, Norway Why it Rocks: Each year Nordic ruins are transformed into a music-lover’s paradise and stages are filled with an eclectic mix of new musicians, local Scandinavian talent, and some of the best musical acts in the world. Plus, it’s a beautiful spot to sightsee as well.
  7. Pickathon in Happy Valley, OR Why it Rocks: If you’re looking for indie and intimate (think 3,500 of your closest friends), this family-friendly festival is just the ticket. Pro tip: while there’s a bevy of food trucks, you might want to pack your own dishes since this festival is über eco-friendly and serious about eliminating waste.
  8. Sasquatch! in Quincy, WA Why it Rocks: Set deep in the Columbia River Gorge, this homegrown Northwest festival offers a diverse lineup of indie all-stars, fan favorites, and comic geniuses that have music fans flocking to the famously beautiful Gorge amphitheater.
  9. Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland Why it Rocks: When the sun shines for nearly 24-hours a day during the summer solstice, the best thing you can do is create a music festival that features over a hundred established and up-and-coming artists, covering a wide variety of genres. And then take a dip in geothermal pools heated by a volcano.
  10. Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI Why it Rocks: In the land where the Green Bay Packers are fan-owned, it makes sense this festival takes into account the community’s interests, tastes, and pocketbooks. The 11-day (!) lineup sounds like you’re listening to all your favorite radio stations, and early bird tickets have been known to go for under $20. On, Wisconsin!

Would you road trip to any of these festivals? Tell us in the comments!