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7 World's Biggest Rock Music Festivals

Festivals became synonymous with summer, attracting thousands of music fans - tents in tow - and lining up the greatest rock and pop stars. The largest are in Europe, where music fans continue an annual pilgrimage to their most popular festival. This is the list of seven world biggest by attendance.

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Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury, UK
Attendance: 175,000 per day

The festival began the day once Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. Attendance was 1,500 and entry was £1 together with free milk from the farm. In 2010, quite a 175,000 audience attended every of the 3 days it absolutely was held. Significant downpours became synonymous with the festival, at that model Kate Moss has been photographed in hot pants and Wellington boots. News of Michael Jackson's death reached the audience and tributes celebrated his music throughout the weekend in 2009. As with any years, tickets are always sold out.

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Aerial View of Glastonbury Festival

Roskilde, Denmark
Attendance: 110,000 per day

Now a four-day festival preceded by a four-day “warm-up”, attendance at Roskilde swelled from around 25,000 people when it 1st started in 1971 to 71,000 all-week tickets and 4,000 one-day tickets in 2010. Bob Marley played at Roskilde festival in 1978, U2 in 1982, Metallica in 1986 and Radiohead in 1997. 1975 saw Swedish bikers pay Friday night lighting huge bonfires and ploughing the neighbors’ strawberry fields on their motorcycles.

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Roskilde Festival

Werchter, Belgium
Attendance: 110,000 per day

Set up in 1975 on the grounds of a neighborhood youth movement in Werchter, Belgium, attendance was a lot of 100,000 by 1984 when the festival was a double act, twinned with the city of Torhout. From 2000, the festival came back to simply one location, Werchter, attracting 80,000 folks on every of the four days in 2010 and an additional 30,000 one-day guests.

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Werchter Festival Main Stage

Rock al Parque
Bogota, Colombia
Attendance: 88,600 per day

Rock al Parque, South America’s largest rock music festival attracted crowds of 266,000 over 3 days in 2010. The festival, held in Bogota, Columbia celebrates rock music from everywhere Latin America and is renowned for hosting native rock bands and promoting Colombian rock music.

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View from stage at Rock al Parque Festival

T in the Park
Kinross, Scotland
Attendance: some 85,000 per day

Scotland’s biggest and most successful out of doors music event is currently quite four times its original size. The festival was launched in 1994. Tickets always sold out. Fancy dress Friday has become a convention at the festival and sees the weird and wacky begin to play in an exceedingly vary of various outfits.

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T in the Park Festival

Novi Sad, Serbia
Attendance: 75,000 per day

Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest town hosts this annual festival at its Petrovaradin fortress. The fortress, erected between 1692 and 1790, and its surrounding land is flooded with 250,000 to 350,000 folks per annum over the course of 4 days.

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Night view of Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia

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Camper's Tents at Exit Festival

Indio, California, USA
Attendance: 75,000 per day

This festival that takes place in California saw 225,000 attendees over three days in 2010, the largest ever event in its 11-year history. It covers a variety of musical genres from mainstream artists to alternative rock musicians.

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