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Fest300 Releases Annual List of the World’s Top 300 Fesitvals

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Osheaga Music & Arts Festival [Photo: velkr0/Wikimedia Commons]

Osheaga Music & Arts Festival [Photo: velkr0/Wikimedia Commons]

Fest300, a comprehensive online guide to the world’s best festivals, announced today its annual list of the 300 most highly regarded festivals from around the globe. Making this year’s list were returning favorites Glastonbury (Pilton, UK), Diwali (India), and Envision (Costa Rica), as well as list newcomers Electric Zoo (New York, USA) and Cape Town International Jazz Fest (South Africa).

Fest300’s complete list can be found here:

The Canadian festivals that make the list are:

Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB
Festival d’été de Québec – Quebec City, QC
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal – Montreal, QC
Luminato Festival – Toronto, ON
Osheaga – Montreal, QC
Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC
Quebec Winter Carnival – Quebec City, QC
Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC
Toronto International Film Festival – Toronto, ON

“Fest300 was created to inspire cultural curiosity and to encourage people to attend new festivals around the world,” says Fest300 Creative Director Eamon Armstrong. “We have since evolved into the online destination uniting the global community of attendees, artists and festival producers through thought-leading editorial and awe-inspiring video and photography. We believe that this year’s expertly curated list, including crowdsourced recommendations from our international audience, brings to life the vibrant experience unique to each festival for both the practical and aspirational festival-goer.”

“It’s clear that our mission of showcasing festivals to inspire the culturally curious adventurer in all of us is right for its time,” states Fest300 co-founder Chip Conley. “This is a movement, and an economically important one at that. According to Nielsen, a staggering 32 million people attend at least one music festival in the U.S. each year. Those attendees travel over 900 miles on average.  And over 10 million U.S. music festival attendees visit more than one festival each year.  Those are big numbers for the travel and entertainment sectors, and also the wider economy.”

The Fest300 team reviewed over 1,000 festivals to curate the final list. This year, Fest300’s list is 53 per cent music-focused with 25 per cent growth in electronic music, which went from 18 per cent of the list in 2015 to 22 per cent in 2016. Per the site’s tradition, 30 festivals previously included on the annual list were removed, and the final 30 festivals were selected by festivalgoers via crowdsourcing campaign, Fest300’s Best Fest Quest, held in November.

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