Five Music Festivals to Plan your Travel Around

For the last four years, we’ve been helping Montrealers figure out what’s going on in the city and what shows are worth checking out. And even though we’re WATS is closing its doors, that doesn’t mean that shows mustn’t still go on.

So while we won’t be covering the local scene anymore, we thought we’d help you plan out one last bash; and since we’re winding down operations here in Montreal, we’d turn an eye to what’s going on in other parts of the world.

After all, it’s a been a long, cold, grueling winter, and we can all probably use an escape from this winter wonder(ful)land. So we’ve put together this list of five music festivals that you might want to plan your vacations around this year.

Sonar, Barcelona


Sonar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art that takes place for three days in June every year in Barcelona. The festival started over twenty years ago and, ever since, it has been dedicated to displaying the best of the current electronic music landscape. Sonar brings established artists together with emerging talent to create an exciting, innovative atmosphere.

And if you’re considering going to see the sights and hear the sounds at the Sonar Festival, you might also want to take a day to enjoy what Barcelona has to offer. It is, after all, one of the great European cities, and you don’t get to host a festival like Sonar unless


Now, we probably don’t have to tell you about Coachella, but if we did, we’d explain that it’s an annual music festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. In fact, it is one of the largest, most well known, and most profitable festivals in the U.S.

The festival spans two weekends and typically includes a wide variety of artists from a number of different genres. This year’s headliners include AC/DC, Jack White, and Drake, but this year’s festival will showcase more than 164 artists in total.

If a concert in the heat of Southern California sounds enticing, you might even consider do Coachella like a Rockstar. After all, what better way could you get a chance to rub elbows with some of the festival’s elite?

Ultra Music Festival Ibiza

This one-day festival will take place on May 24th this year. The venue, Space Ibiza, hosts a gathering of electronic musicians and producers that come together for the ultimate day of music, experimentation and partying. If swimming pools, a party atmosphere, and world famous DJ’s catch your attention, you should be sure to check out more about this amazing festival in Ibiza!

Bonaire Jazz Fest

The Bonaire Festival is a three-day event that will take place this year from July 31st through August 2nd this year. It’s held at the Plaza Beach Resort in Bonaire, which is a small Dutch island located in the southern Caribbean, just to the north of Venezuela. This year’s festival will include artists such as DJ Maestro ft. Rob van de Wouw, from the Netherlands, Anne Marie Kors, from Bonaire, and The Original Wailers, from Jamaica, among others.

Split Summer Festival

This Split Summer Festival has been running for more than 50 years now, and while it was originally dedicated to drama only, it now encompasses a range of art forms, including opera, ballet, jazz, puppet shows, modern dance performances, film screening, and exhibitions. Split events are held in the Croatian National Theater, which is located in the city’s historic square, and in a number of smaller venues around the city. As the festival invites thousands of visitors to flood the streets of Split, it is always advised to order tickets and make hotel reservations well in advance.

The Shows Go On

It’s been a great four-year run for WATS, and we’ve really enjoyed covering some of the best of the arts that Montreal has to offer. But all good things must come to an end, and while the WATS team must move on to new opportunities, we’re happy to know that the Montreal arts scene will continue to flourish in all its joie de vivre.

As great as this city is, however, and as much as it has to offer, it’s also good to get away and see what other parts of the world has to offer in terms of music and the arts. So consider making your vacation plans about the arts this year, and check out what’s going on locally. You never know, after all, what you could be missing.

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