Better yet quit altogether), your flights are booked, your bags are packed and a whole world of mountains, beaches, Castillano (a kind of Spanish to you and me) amazing food, fine wines and incredible people awaits you. But what about the music? Any backpacker knows that you can’t go backpacking without music! Well, luckily for you don’t have to miss out on the world around you with your headphones stuck in your ears, because we’ve found all of the best music festival action that South and Central America has to offer in 2015, so you can find awesome live music and performances no matter where you are!
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TOP 8. The BPM Festival
Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Jan 9 to 18, 2015Photo by: BPM Festival Facebook page
Playa del Carmen, quickly becoming the hottest spot on the Yucatan Peninsula, is a place for people who want to be seen. Think beaches full of trendy Europeans, Italian bistros, blended with Ancient Mayan ruins, incredible snorkelling and underwater caves. Now add to this 10 days and nights of over 200 international artists and you have the BPM Festival, one of the best South America Music Festival!
TOP 7. One Big Holiday
Riviera Maya, Mexico – Jan 31 to Feb 4, 2015Photo by: http://cloud9adventures.com/
Set amongst the high-end resorts of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where you can find everything from spa hotels, luxury eco resorts and world-class snorkelling around the stunning coral reef. This one-of-a-kind experience is more of a high-end all-inclusive luxury holiday with some bands thrown in than a music festival in the traditional sense! So, pack your bags now and head to One Big Holiday for an epic South America Music Festival!
Band of Horses – Dawes – Dr. Dog – Biz Markie – Preservation Hall Jazz Band – The War on Drugs – Sylvan Esso
TOP 6. Lollapalooza Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil – March 28 to 29, 2015Photo by: frombrazil.blogfolha.uol.com.br
The city of Sao Paulo captures practically every aspect of society and culture in the world. It’s a melting pot of cultures and home to some of the largest international populations in world, including Japanese, Italian, Chinese and European. It’s jam-packed with art-house cinemas, museums, theatres, bistros and 24/7 bars and clubs.
Who to see here in Lollapaloozabar? Kasabian – Robert Plant – Bastille – Steve Aoki – Jack White – Major Lazer – Skrillex and more.
TOP 5. Lollapalooza Argentina
Bueno Aires, Argentina – March 21 to 22, 2015Photo by: http://whiteraverrafting.com/
Lonely Planet called Buenos Aires, ‘Sexy, alive and supremely confident, like Europe with a melancholic twist.’ What more could you want from a city?
Here’s a little taste of what you’re getting in Lollapaloozar – Pharrell Williams – The Kooks – Damian Marley – NOFX – Foster the People – The Smashing Pumpkins…
TOP 4. Lollapalooza Chile
Santiago, Chile – March 14 to 15, 2015Photo by: http://www.alavena.cl/
The Chilean capital city has undergone something of a makeover in recent years, giving visitors plenty of reasons to hang around. Fine cuisine, amazing seafood market, sculpted gardens, the stunning backdrop of the Andes – it’s all here, with that little extra something special. What better place to enjoy one of the most famous festivals in the world?!
Jack White – Kings of Leon – Calvin Harris – The Smashing Pumpkins – Kasabian – The Specials – Cypress Hill………..Need I say more?!
TOP 3. Envision Festival
Uvita, Costa Rica – Feb 26 to March 1, 2015
Crystal clear, warm waters, farms, local house and deserted, white-sand beaches, the Village of Uvita is one of the few remaining areas of the coastline that remains largely untouched by the tourism boom here. Except of course, for being the gateway to the Marino Ballena National Park and home to the annual Envision Festival. This sustainability-based meeting of minds combines music, dance, yoga, art and spirituality to bring people together to understand and appreciate our fundamental connection with nature.
Top 2. Electric Daisy Carnival
Mexico City, Mexico – Feb 28 to March 1, 2015
Chaos, noise, sprawling – these are all words that spring to mind for anyone that has visited Mexico City. Spend a little time here, however and you’ll find it’s also a city of deep cultural history, stretching back from modern, through the colonial to its barely-visible pre-Hispanic Mayan roots.
This intense and perplexing city sets the scene for 4 stages of live music and over 60 international artists, all brought to life by the carnival atmosphere of costumed performers, giant art installations, crazy rides and explosive fireworks. This fantastical extravaganza is much more than a festival.
Line-up TBA at – http://electricdaisycarnival.com/
TOP 1. TomorrowLand
Sao Paulo, Brasil – May 1, 2, 3, 2015Photo from Discodemons.net
Now, if none of those can satisfy your appetite for live music and festival vibes, then there’s probably something wrong with you. You know, like in the head wrong with you! But no fear, there is one last hope for salvation. One last bastion of EDM, art, dance, and, of course, thousands of people coming together to celebrate what it truly means to be alive! Originally started in the aptly named city of Boom, Belgium, TomorrowLand becomes TomorrowWorld as it ups its awesome sticks to Sao Paulo for what is sure to be the wildest display of over-the-top theatrics, stage design and global DJ talent that South America has ever seen!
The festival has previously featured Europe’s highest mobile Ferris wheel and a ‘Church of Love’, where you can get in on with the guy or girl you’ve been dancing with for the past hour, safely guarded by a team of nuns…all necessary condiments provided of course!
You don’t have to be an Electronic Dance Music maniac to have the time of your life here, you just need to be crazy about music, art, wide open spaces and awesome people.
Despite all of the regular ‘Full Madness’ entrance tickets already being sold out (in 2013 they sold out in one second!) you can still get into the biggest festival in the world via their Global Journey Travel Packages. This package not only gets you your Full Madness Ticket, but also your flight, transfer and accommodation. Everything you need to have the best time of your life!
Check out http://www.tomorrowlandbrasil.comy to get yours before they’re all gone!