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Music Festivals from
Around the World

15 FEB 2015 - BY JOSEPH TYSON

Usually, festivals are synonymous with the summer. Glasto, Leeds and Reading, and V Festival all take place during the months when Britain might just get a few days of sustained sunshine. Even then, it's always wise to pack the wellies.

But you don't have to wait until July for the festival season to kick in, there's plenty going on in March; you will just have to travel a little further than Glastonbury.

Here are some of the biggest music events taking place this March. All you need is your passport, your tent and the will to dance!

Lollapalooza, Chile

Lollapalooza in Chile is one of the biggest music festivals in the Southern Hemisphere, and it's getting ready to kick off again this March.

Taking place in O'Higgins Park, Santiago, the festival boasts an incredible line up this year with Calvin Harris, Kings Of Leon, Jack White, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alt-J and many other massive acts all set to grace the stage.

The Chile-based version of this American classic focuses on heavy rock, alternative rock, punk, hip hop and electronic genres, so there's plenty to suit all tastes.

Lasting two days from 14th March to the 15th, this music event seems to grow in popularity every year, drawing bigger and bigger names to the bill.

Lollapalooze Chile Festival Music March

Vive Latino, Mexico

This diverse festival is centred strongly around music of Latin influence but its diverse line-up often welcomes bands and musicians from other genres as well.

As a result of this, Vive Latino has managed to establish itself as one of the best alternative music festivals on the planet and every year thousands flock to Mexico City to attend.

Located Foro Sol, the 16th edition of the event will play host to the biggest names in Latin rock and tickets are still readily available. It will be taking place on the 13th, 14th, and 15th March.

SXSW, Texas

Part film showcase, part live music festival, SXSW is an event unlike any other. Originally conceived as a music platform for independent acts to try out for prospective labels, it has now developed into a phenomenon that draws creatives from all over the world on a yearly basis.

Artists from a vast range of genres gather to perform at this festival with a mixture of big name bands and relatively unknown performers coming together to play across SWSX's multiple stages.

But this event is about much more than just music, there is also a film festival that showcases some of the best new talent in the world of cinema. This year, SXSW will start on the 17th March and end on the 22nd.

Ultra Music Fest, Miami

With a title as brazen as Ultra Music Fest, you know to expect something special from this electronic music extravaganza.

Over three days in March, thousands flock to Miami to party in the heat and bask in the joy of ethereal beats - the atmosphere is like nothing else you have ever experienced.

The line up is always hand-picked to ensure that the people's feet keep moving all night long. Past acts include MGMT, Dizzee Rascal, Tiesto and Empire of the Sun, to name but a few. This year, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Knife Party, and Clean Bandit will be providing the soundtrack to a truly memorable festival.

If you love dance music and warm weather, this is certainly the festival for you - what better excuse do you need to escape the cold? The dates for this year's event are March 27th, 28th and 29th.

Ultra Music Festival Miami USA

Future Music, Singapore

Another one for dance music fiends, this year's Future Music will play host to some of the hottest acts in the genre come March.

Prodigy, fresh off the launch of a new album, are set to play their unique brand of aggressive electronica and they will be joined by the likes of Avicii, Example, Fatboy Slim and Gorgon City.

Taking place on the 13th March for two days, you'll want to grab your ticket fast as they are selling out rapidly.

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