Coachella, Burning Man, SXSW, Ultra, and Glastonbury: music festival aficionados plan their whole year around these main events. But, what if you want something a bit off the radar? One wanderluster named recycledbread on Reddit revealed he quit his job six months ago and set out to build “the best music festival discovery experience for travellers.”
The new website, called Mapfest, allows you to find music festivals around the world by region, genre, and date. Simply share your travel dates and region (North America, South America, Europe, or Australia), and a map shows you exactly where and when music festivals in the area are taking place.
“I spent a couple years travelling around Europe, and often I'd arrive in a city and see a poster for a festival that either already happened or was taking place in a few weeks/months,” wrote the founder in a Reddit post. “Experiencing music festivals abroad is cultural explosion that is bound to make memories. Drinking peppermint schnapps with Germans in the middle of a dance floor? Seeing the World Air Guitar Championships in Finland? Now that's something to write home about. I'd love to help others make these memories.”
While many of these festivals may not serve up as many big name entertainers, any music lover will enjoy checking out lesser-known concerts.