Bookmark This! 8 International Music Festivals To Experience In 2023

From the iconic stages of Oktoberfest to the pulsating heart of Rhythm & Alps, each festival represents a unique chapter in the global symphony of sound.

Published On Sep 06, 2023 | Updated On Mar 04, 2024


Music is a universal language that transcends borders and unites people from all walks of life. Across the globe, music festivals have become a pinnacle of this cross-cultural celebration, drawing in crowds from diverse backgrounds to revel in the enchanting melodies, electrifying performances, and vibrant atmospheres that these events offer. From the cultural imprint of Europe to the sprawling landscapes of the United States, the world is adorned with a myriad of international music festivals that have etched their mark as extraordinary gatherings of artistic expression and cultural exchange.

In this guide, we embark on a captivating journey through some of the best international music festivals that are upcoming in 2023

Being held on October 6th-8th and 13th-15th, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is a two-weekend event that transforms Austin, Texas, into a mecca for music lovers. With a lineup spanning rock, indie, pop, and electronic music, ACL hosts some of the biggest names in the industry. The festival's unique location in Zilker Park and its eclectic atmosphere make it a must-visit for music enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable experience. This year’s lineup includes Foo Fighters, Shania Twain, and Kendrick Lamar among others.

The 188th Oktoberfest will be held from September 16th to October 3rd. While primarily known as a beer-centric celebration, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, also features a lively music component. Traditional Bavarian folk music, including oompah bands and yodelling, fills the air as locals and visitors gather to enjoy the festivities. The cheerful tunes and infectious spirit of Oktoberfest create a unique blend of cultural and musical revelry.

Taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands from November 9th to 12th 2023, Le Guess Who? is an eclectic and boundary-pushing music festival that explores a wide range of genres and artistic expressions. With a focus on diverse and unconventional acts, the festival creates a space for musical discovery and experimentation. Its innovative approach to programming makes it a destination for those seeking a more avant-garde musical experience.

For aficionados of electronic and experimental music, MUTEK Mexico provides an immersive experience that pushes the boundaries of sound and technology. Held in Mexico City on October 9-15th, the festival features cutting-edge electronic performances, audiovisual installations, and workshops that explore the intersections of music and innovation.

A cultural celebration that marries music, theatre, dance, and literature, the Festival Internacional Cervantino takes place in the charming city of Guanajuato, Mexico. This year it will be held from 13-29th October. With a rich history dating back to 1972, the festival honours Miguel de Cervantes and his iconic work "Don Quixote." It showcases an eclectic lineup of international artists, making it a vibrant tapestry of artistic expression.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Lexton, Victoria, the Rainbow Serpent Festival - held in September every year - is a trance and electronic music extravaganza that embodies the spirit of Australia's outdoor festival culture. Combining music, art, and spirituality, the festival creates a transformative experience that connects attendees with nature and each other.

Bringing the year to a close, Rhythm and Alps takes place against the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps in New Zealand, and this year the dates are 29-31 December. This outdoor music festival features an eclectic range of genres, from electronic to rock, and provides a unique opportunity to ring in the New Year with live music and breathtaking scenery.

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