Music is part of my everyday life. It interests me though, that I’m not a big concert-goer, nor am I one to explore music in my different travel destinations. With that realization, I vow to be more deliberate in getting to know the music in each and every travel destination that I go to, from Manila to Bangkok to the USA. Although I’m sure right now the whole world is still singing Call Me Maybe.
Let me start with this list of musical events around the world that draws music and arts fans together in different venues around the planet, with a single purpose: listening and advocating music. I wonder what kind of hipster outfit I’d pull off if and when I watch these events.
Held for three days every year, the Coachella music festival features different musical artists from different genres and different record labels. Even independent artists get slots in the event, which welcomes around 75,000 attendees every year, including celebrities such as Vannessa Hudgens and even Paris Hilton. In this year’s event, Snoop Dogg performed a spine-tingling, borderline creepy performance that featured Tupac Shakur performing on stage via hologram. It seems that among all the music festivals, it’s in Coachella that the dead is brought back to life.
This three-day musical festival started as a tribute event to musician Jimi Hendrix in 1970. From the first time it was held with 1,500 participants, it now draws crowds of up to 175,000 per day of the event. Expect British models and other artists flock the event. Oh and make sure you buy your ticket in advance, as it pretty sells out fast.
Fuji Rock, Japan
Are you a fan of J-Pop? With more Filipinos getting influenced by the Japanese in terms of pop culture, which of course largely includes music, the Fuji Rock festival might soon be turning into a dream event that Anime and J-Pop fans would want to experience. Held every year for three days at the Naebi Ski Resort, this event attracts 40,000 participants a day. The show was cancelled in 2011 following the tsunami and earthquakes that shook the country.
Rototom Sunsplash – European Reggae Festival
An off-shoot of the now-defunct Reggae Sunsplash, this major European reggae festival is held every summer in Benicassim, just north of Spain. From its humble beginnings (it started to be an informal gathering of … hold your breath … Italian reggae lovers in Rototom – a club which has been hosting reggae musicians since 1991), Rototom Sunsplash has become a much-awaited event that also promotes worldwide peace and cross-cultural appreciation of music.