A Kick-Ass Music Festival List For Hip-Hop Fans (Top 40)

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Whatever your music preference, if you like hip hop, R & B, rap, reggae, electro, D & B, or a mash-up of funk and crunk there is a music festival out there for you.

From pop-up city events, rolling pastures with tent cities, beachside parties or DJ turntables rigged up overlooking medieval towns, the world is literally your oyster when choosing where to go.

      Now, we could just give you a regional list with our pick of the ‘Top 5 Best Festivals’ but frankly that’s just lazy research.

We know you’re busy people and don’t have time to trawl the internet.

We know you don’t want to filter your email inbox for the newsletters for festival alerts.

We know some of you are musicians racking up air-miles across the country (and the globe).

So, we thought we’d do the hard work and curate you ‘The Ultimate 40’ – a kick-ass list of 40 of the planet’s Hip Hop Festivals – it includes some bucket-list festivals like Coachella but we’ve included a few wildcards in the list too.

Just in case you get free air-miles. 😉


A3C Hip Hop Festival, Atlanta, Georgia

Featuring 2 Chainz, B.O.B, Talib Kweli, etc


(image credit: Twista, www.a3cfestival.com

Coast to Coast Live, Atlanta, Georgia

Various dates / cities: Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, South Carolina, Charlotte, Richmond, Miami. Coast to Coast Live is all about networking and live performances.

Treasure Island Festival, San Francisco, California (October 9 2014)

Featuring performances from Outkast and Janelle Monáe

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014, Austin, Texas (November 07-09 2014)

Featuring performances by Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

NoisePop, San Francisco, California   (Feb 20 2015– March 01 2015)

2015 Line-up yet to be announced

SXSW 2015, Austin, Texas (March 17-22 2015)

2015 Line-up yet to be announced

Coast to Coast Live, Austin, Texas (March 18-21 2015)

Once again, all about networking and live acts

TreeFort Music Festival 2015, Boise, Idaho (March 25-29 2015)

2015 Line-up yet to be announced

Coachella, California (April 10-19 2015)

Both weekends are already sold out but we threw this one in the round-up just in case you have friends in high places. The 2015 line-up is still under wraps but past acts, you may like, include Uz and Trombone Shorty.

Hip Hop Family Day, Columbia, South Carolina (April 18 2015)

Parents can bring the kids along to this hip hop family event

Counter.Point, Kingston Downs, Georgia (April 22-24 2015)

2015 acts to be announced, past artists  include Outkast, and acts STS9 and GRiZ

Bergenfest, Bergen, Norway (June 11-14 2015)

2015 Line-up yet to be announced


(image credit: Bergenfest.no)

Bonnaroo Music & Arts, Manchester, Tennessee (June 11-14 2015)

Line-up yet to be announced, Last years festival had appearances from Kanye West & Wiz Khalifa

NXNE 2015, Toronto, Ontario (June 17-21 2015)

2015 set list not out yet, but pastacts have included Juicy J and The Lytics

Paris Hip Hop 2015, Paris, France (June 17 – July 5 2015)

Concerts, dance, block party

Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, England (June 24-28 2015)

2015 Line-up yet to be announced. Glastonbury is heavy on UK acts but it’s our pick of the UK festivals. Last years line-up included De La Soul, Jurassic 5, The Wailers, Kelis, and Michael Kiwanuka

Glastonbury Festivals

(image credit: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk)

Roskilde Festival, Denmark (June 27 – July 04 2015)

Featuring an appearance from Suspekt

Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June 30 – July 5 2015)

2015 line-up to be announced, past acts were Ludacris, Nas, Kool & The Gang

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, New York (July 9-12 2015)

Acts to be confirmed for 2015, but 2014 featured Raekwon and Jay Electronica

NASS, Somerset, England (July 10-12 2015)

Acts to be confirmed for 2015, but Cypress Hill and MistaJam were present in 2014

Brownstock, Chelmsford, United Kingdom (July 10-12 2015)

If your mind bounces to De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Dizzee Rascal then this is your festival to get to


(image credit: brownstock.co.uk)

Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, Illinois (July 17-19 2015)

Curren$y, DJ Shadow

Festival Internacionale de Rap, Havana, Cuba (August 1 2015)

Various international/local acts

Sziget Festival, Hungary, Europe (August 10-17 2015)


(image credit: szigetfestival.com)

Highfield, Germany, Europe (August 14-16 2015)

The German’s love their festivals (especially rock fests) – Highfield is an exception with 2014 featuring Macklemore.

Hip Hop Kemp, Czech Republic, Europe (August 20-22 2015)

Held in eastern Bohemia, Kemp is one of the biggest hip hop fests in Europe. 2014 welcomed KRS-One, Onyx, and Dilated Peoples. 2015 line-up to be announced.

Outlook Festival, Croatia, Europe (September 10-13 2015)

Lauryn Hill, Daddy G, and DJ Premier made appearances this year. Next year’s schedule is yet to be posted.

DJ Premier

(image credit: DJ Premier, outlookfestival.com)

Bestival, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Another top festival for the UK, 2015 acts to be confirmed; past festival signings have included The Pharcyde, Outkast, Major Lazer and drum & bass crew Chase & Status.

Miscellaneous Northern Hemisphere Music Festivals with 2015 dates to be confirmed:

Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2015, USA

Past acts: The Roots, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Chinx, Iggy Azalea

HollaPalooza, Toronto, Canada

We’re not entirely sure whether this festival will be back in 2015 but we hope so for the sake of fans

Made in America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Another festival with status unknown for 2015 – let’s hope

it returns as 2014 included Big Daddy Kane, Danny Brown, Pharrell and Bas.

Native Hip-Hop Festival, Vancouver, Canada

Featuring indigeneous hip-hop acts

B-Boy Park, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan

Small Japanese festival with MC battles and break competitions

Boom Bap, Peterborough, United Kingdom

2015 acts still to be announced, past festivals have featured Ghostface Killah and Mcabre Brothers

Exit Festival, Serbia, Europe

This festival has been awarded best European festival and with acts such as Juan Atkins, Gloria Gaynor and Dub FX it’s not well-known for hip hop but can guarantee a good time.


For all you hip hop fans living above the equator line, you get the joy of deciding between multiple festivals as the Southern Hemisphere is not quite as prominent with festival dates.

If you live ‘down under with the downbeat’ or are traveling south, here’s a round-up of festivals to check out:

Hip Hop al Parque, Colombia, South America

Get in quick to check out Boot Camp Clik and Little Owl

It’s The Ship Festival 2014, Singapore, Asia

A 5-day festival on a cruise liner, Lil Jon, DJ Snake and TropKillaz will be performing on the high seas. This festival won’t be cheap, but the ship has a surf simulator, rock-climbing wall and meals included and it’s guaranteed to be something different.


(image credit: itsaship.com)

Southbound 2015, Busselton, Australia

Line-up features Salt n Peppa, Joey Badass and Tycho

One Love Festival 2015, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

New Zealand’s answer to hip hop and R&B is One Love, held in a coastal surfing town. 2015 welcomes Stan Walker, The Black Seeds and Sons of Zion.

HomeGrown, Wellington, New Zealand

The cream of the crop for local Kiwi hip hop, R&B, pop and rock musicians. Acts include David Dallas, Shapeshifter, P-Money, Tahuna Breaks, Rhombus, Sunshine Soundsystem.




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