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5 Alternative Festivals

A Guide to Alternative Music Festivals Around the World

Are you tired of the same old music festivals? Or maybe you got a travel bug and are you looking for a unique experience that will satisfy your craving for live music? Pocket Rock It Radio takes a global look to highlight 5 alternative music festivals happening this year! From the desert of California to the forests of Belgium, there's something for someone everywhere for every type of music lover. In this article, we'll explore some of the top alternative music festivals around the world for you to check out, and highlight what makes them stand out from the festival crowd.
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Desert Daze

Boomtown Fair

Electric Forest



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Music festivals have been a staple of the music industry for decades, but with so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide which one to attend. If you’re tired of the same old festivals with the same old headliners, then it’s time to explore the world of alternative music festivals. These festivals offer a unique experience, with a focus on genres like indie, punk, and electronic music. They often have a smaller crowd, which means you can get up close and personal with your new favorite artists.

So, get ready to grab your camping gear, put on your best festival outfit, and let’s explore top alternative music festivals of the year!

Desert Daze is an annual music festival that takes place in Moreno Beach, California. This festival traditionally takes place in September to October and is known for its eclectic lineup of alternative and psychedelic rock bands, with headliners like Tame Impala and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. In addition to the music, the festival offers art installations, film screenings, and even yoga classes.

Important pieces:

  • Started 2012
  • The festival takes place over 3 days in October
  • Camping has been available on-site
  • The festival offers a variety of food and drink options
  • Tickets have started at $279

Boomtown Fair is a music festival that takes place in Winchester, England. This festival is unique because it’s more than just a music festival. It’s a fully immersive experience, set on a massive stage complete with a storyline that takes place throughout the festival. Each year the festival features a different main music genre, and the lineups has featured a mix of genres, including electronic, reggae, and hip-hop. With headliners like The Specials, Limp Bizkit, Lauryn Hill, and Cypress Hill makes each Boomtown Fair event an experience in itself.

Festival notes to … note:
  • The festival takes place over 4 days in August
  • Festival reveals a dress code for those who wish to enhance their experience
  • There are 14 different districts to explore, each with its own theme
  • Tickets start at £250

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Electric Forest:

Electric Forest is a music festival that traditionally takes place in the month of June, in Rothbury, Michigan. This festival is known for its immersive art installations and focus on electronic and jam band music. The lineup features a mix of established and up-and-coming artists, with headliners like Bassnectar and The String Cheese Incident. The festival takes place in a forest, which adds to the overall magical atmosphere.

Finer Festival Points:

  • The festival takes place over 2 weekends in June and July
  • Camping is available on-site
  • There are curated events like yoga, sound healing, and silent discos
  • Tickets start at $399

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Founded in 1985, Pukkelpop is a music festival that takes place every August near Hasselt, Belgium. This festival is one of the biggest alternative music festivals in Europe and features a lineup of indie, punk, and electronic music. The festival has a variety of stages, including a stage dedicated to up-and-coming artists. The festival also offers a variety of food and drink options, with a focus on local Belgian cuisine.

Nuggets to note:

  • The festival takes place over 4 days in August
  • Camping is available on-site
  • The festival has a focus on sustainability
  • Tickets start at €119

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Lollapalooza is one of the most popular and well-known music festivals in the world. Originally started as a touring festival in 1991, Lollapalooza is now a multi-day festival that takes place in Chicago, Illinois. The festival features a diverse lineup of alternative and mainstream acts, with past performers including The Strokes, Chance the Rapper, and Outkast. In addition to music, the festival also features a variety of art installations, food vendors, and interactive activities.

Festival Deets:

  • The main festival takes place in late July or early August
  • Lollapalooza hosts festivals in the US, Brazil, Argentina, and Germany
  • VIP tickets are available for purchase, offering access to exclusive areas and perks
  • Single day tickets start at  $125

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Alternative music festivals provide a unique experience for music lovers looking to discover new artists and connect with like-minded individuals. No matter your musical taste there is a festival out there that caters to your tastes. Be sure to check out these alternative music festivals if you can swing it this year and don’t forget to tune into Pocket Rock It Radio  to hear the bands that fill these festival line-ups, and more.

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