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Music Festivals in 2018 That You Need to Book Flights for Now

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Music Editor
Updated: 21 December 2017

When it comes to music festivals, it pays to book well in advance with early bird discounts available for well-organised fans.

Several festivals have already started announcing their headliners and, seeing as Glastonbury isn’t taking place next year, now could be the time to venture further afield and combine a holiday with some live music.

We’ve rounded up 2018’s best festivals from around the globe that you need to book a ticket and a flight for right now.

NOS Alive

Where? Lisbon, Portugal
Who’s playing? The National and Queens of the Stone Age
When? July 12–14
How much are tickets? €149 (£132.96) for a 3-day pass

Golden Plains

Where? Meredith, Australia
Who’s playing? The Avalanches, Big Boi, Grizzly Bear, King Krule, Kamasi Washington, Perfume Genius
When? March 9–12
How much are tickets? AUS$383.30 (£220.53)

Hangout Music Festival

Where? Alabama, America
Who’s playing? Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, St. Vincent, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, SZA, Cold War Kids, The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Halsey, Foster the People
When? May 18–20
How much are tickets? $259 (£196.33) for a limited time only

Melt! Festival

Where? Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Who’s playing? The xx, Florence + The Machine, Princess Nokia, Jon Hopkins, George FitzGerald, Mura Masa, Cigarettes After Sex and Tyler, The Creator
When? July 13–15
How much are tickets? €109 (£97.29) earlybird tickets

NorthSide

Where? Aarhus, Denmark
Who’s playing? The National, Björk, Queens of the Stone Age, Deerhunter, Father John Misty, Cigarettes After Sex and Tyler, The Creator
When? June 7–9
How much are tickets? 1595 DKK (£191.19)

Lollapalooza

Where? Buenos Aires, Argentina
Who’s playing? Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Chance the Rapper, LCD Soundsystem and Lana Del Rey
When? March 16–18
How much are tickets? $4990 (£215.94)

Roskilde

Where? Roskilde, Denmark
Who’s playing? Stormzy, Gorillaz, David Byrne, Slaves, First Aid Kit and Fleet Foxes
When? June 30–July 7
How much are tickets? 2125 DKK (£254.70)

Lost & Found

Where? Malta
Who’s playing? Jamie xx, Bicep, J Hus, Diplo, Four Tet and Mike Skinner
When? May 3–6
How much are tickets? £119

Mad Cool

Where? Madrid, Spain
Who’s playing? Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Queens of the Stone Age, Future Islands, MGMT, Fleet Foxes and Real Estate
When? July 12–14
How much are tickets? €135 (£120.44)

All Points East

Where? Victoria Park, London
Who’s playing? The xx, Björk, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Beck, Glass Animals
When? May 25–June 3
How much are tickets? £186.62 for a 3 day pass