July 31, 2012 07:30 ET

Hot Summer Lists 10 Great Music Festivals Around the Globe

From Folk and Indie, to Pop and Electric, Shares Some of the Best Music Events of the Summer and Fall

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2012) - Ever dream of seeing your favourite musicians take the stage in exotic destinations around the globe? Then why not make that dream a reality? Enjoy the hot springs in Iceland's capital, discover electric bands in Belgium at Pukkelpop, or rock out at Montreal's annual OSHEAGA festival. Whatever your musical tastes, you can be sure to find a music festival this season that sizzles while travel deals from make it easy to enjoy.

1. OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival - Montreal, Quebec, Canada: August 3-5 - Canada's largest festival is dedicated to bringing music and art lovers together in an unforgettable experience. This European style three-day party hosts more than 90 bands including Florence and the Machine, Snoop Dog and The Black Keys. This party brings together the best collection of talent from around the globe in true Montreal style.

2. Lollapalooza - Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.: August 5-7 - Created by Jane's Addiction front man Perry Farrell as a travelling alternative music tour, Lollapalooza has now made Chicago its home and will celebrate its 20th birthday this year. As the most influential and popular North American music festival, it has helped emerging artists like Kanye West and Pearl Jam rise to stardom. Today, ticket holders will enjoy performances from over 130 artists engulfing 115 acres of Grant Park with multiple stages.

3. Sziget - Budapest, Hungary: August 6-13 - This six-day music festival in Budapest attracts 65,000 people a day and is the winner of the "Best European Major Music Festival" award. Celebrating its 20th year, festival organizers created the Sziget Eye - a 42 meter giant Farris wheel allowing party goers to experience summer beats at a higher level than ever before.

4. Pukkelpop - Kiewit/Hasselt, Belgium: August 16-18 - Progressive, electric and alternative, this three-day feast for music lovers is a blend of unforgettable top acts and new talent. With over 200 acts and eight stages, Pukkelpop attracts 62,500 visitors from around the world each day.

5. Reading & Leeds Festivals - Reading, England and Leeds, England: August 24-26 - Taking place simultaneously in both locations and labeled as the "best music show on the planet", these twin three-day festivals will always lead the way in the UK for outdoor music events. With over 75,000 in attendance each day, concerts are held simultaneously in both Reading and Leeds.

6. LIVE at Squamish - Squamish, British Columbia, Canada: August 24-26 - Located halfway between Vancouver and Whistler, what sets this festival apart, besides the stellar Canadian line-up including The Tragically Hip, City and Colour and Lights, is their Silent Disco - a DJ event that provides wireless headphones to concert goers to create the quietest nightclub you'll ever experience. Strap on your headphones and dance like no one's watching.

7. Bumbershoot - Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. : September 1-3 - Bumbershoot, a 1950's slang word for umbrella, was chosen as a metaphor for all the various arts and performers this festival encompasses. Now in its 42nd year, Bumbershoot, is North America's largest urban arts festival that celebrates music, film, comedy, performance and visual arts. This year's headliners include Jane's Addiction, Tony Bennett and Skrillex.

8. Pop Montréal International Music Festival - Montreal, Quebec, Canada: September 19-23 - This annual not-for-profit curated cultural event champions independence in the arts by presenting emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the globe. Together over five-days, 600 artists deliver a cross-section of art forms ranging from art exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings and musical performances.

9. Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, Texas, U.S.A.: October 12-14 - This festival may take place in country music's homeland, but ACL is filled with everything from rock and indie, to country and folk, and so much more. With over 70,000 fans in attendance each day, this three-day music festival hosts over 130 performers on eight stages in the legendary Zilker Park. This year's headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and the Crazy Horse, Jack White and AVICII.

10. Iceland Airwaves - Reykjavik, Iceland: October 31-November 4 - Since 1999, Iceland has been host to, "the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar". This musical celebration of epic proportions will once again bring Iceland's hottest acts together with acts from around the world as they meet in Reykjavik. Once the live bands are done for the night, top DJs from around the world will keep the city dancing until the early morning.

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