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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | June 10, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    4 Under-the-Radar Summer Music Fests Around The Globe

    4 Under-the-Radar Summer Music Fests Around The Globe

    Photo courtesy of the Fuji Rock Festival

    With all the hype about notable music fests like Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, it’s easy to forget that there are lots of other music events around the world, with just as much fun, but without the buzz. Forget about chasing celebs and scoring this year’s fest looks and head to these unexpected destinations for music and cool travel experiences:

    Poland: Open’er Festival, June 29-July 2

    Poland’s largest open-air fest sprawls out on the country’s north coast in Gdynia for a four-day display of music, food and art. Open’er offers seven stages and around 120 artists as well as theater and fashion presentations. This year’s lineup includes Florence + the Machine, Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Grab some time to stroll through the sidewalk cafes that line every street in Gdynia and check out the lovely seaside boulevard.

    READ MORE: 5 US Summer Music Festivals You Need To See

    Iceland: All Tomorrow’s Parties, July 1-3

    For the fourth year, Iceland hosts the individualistic, anti-corporate All Tomorrow’s Parties, which features music curated by the artists. Popular Icelandic acts like Valdimar, Kimono and Muck are highlights but this year’s draw is the spectacle of cult horror film composers Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Frizzi and John Carpenter performing their compositions live for the first time. The fest unfolds in Keflavik, on the country’s  South Coast, where you can visit, fittingly, the Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n ’Roll Museum and the kitschy Viking World.

    Serbia: Exit Festival, July 7-10

    Travel to the Balkan Peninsula for the surreal experience of listening to international bands in an ancient fortress perched on a rocky cliff and overlooking the Danube River. Exit takes place in Novi Sad, Serbia and originally started as a student movement advocating for peace in the region. Now it’s one of the most exciting music fests in Europe, with George Clinton, Dave Guetta and Ellie Goulding appearing at the four-day event. Absorb the 17th century architecture of the fest’s site, the Petrovardin Fortress and explore Novi Sad’s main plaza, Trg Slobode, across the river.

    READ MORE: Where to Stay During This Summer's Top Music Festivals

    Japan: Fuji Rock Festival, July 22-24

    Laid out in a pristine ski resort, with stunning mountain views, the Fuji Rock Fest is Japan’s largest music festival. Billed as the “cleanest festival in the world,” Fuji Rock Fest provides attendees with personal garbage bags made from recycled bottles from the previous year’s fest. The Dragondola lifts fans to the top of the mountain to hear the performers who include Beck, Wilco and Ben Harper for 2016. Don’t miss the hot springs spa and forest boardwalk located in the host town of Niigata Prefecture.


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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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