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6 Festivals on the Rise

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by Laura Mason | @masonlazarus Fri August 30, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Love Parade in Germany, Festival in the Desert in Mali, the Basant Kite Festival in Pakistan...many beloved events often lose their mojo (or their permits) and cease to exist. But for every R.I.P. festival, it seems there are ten new “let 'er rip” festivals that are turning heads, creating buzz, and developing a new legacy that future festival producers will use to measure their success. Here are six up-and-comers on our radar.

Bottlerock (US)

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Bottlerock exploded on the festival scene in Napa Valley this past May with big ticket acts like Jane's Addiction, The Flaming Lips, Macklemore and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Plans for the 2014 event are well underway and people are already snapping up pre-sale tickets--even without a lineup announced. 

Manchester International Festival (England)

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Arts and cultural festivals have gotten eclipsed by music and pop culture festivals, but this one is definitely on the rise and is one of the most admired festival amongst arts producers. 

Electric Daisy Carnival (US)

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Since its launch in Los Angeles 16 years ago, this electronic dance music festival has now grown to diverse locations from New Jersey to Puerto Rico, but their biggest, brightest annual event is in Las Vegas.

AfrikaBurn (South Africa)

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This is the largest Burning Man-affiliated festival in the world and it’s just about as far away from the Nevada desert as one can be on this planet and, yet, it shows just how magnetic Burning Man’s 10 Principles are around the world.

Wanderlust (US and Elsewhere)

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Over the past 5 years, the health and wellness festival featuring some of the world’s best yoga instructors has sprouted new locations from Chile to Canada. Very well-produced and already garnering a major following, Wanderlust is one to keep an eye on.

Tomorrowland (Belgium)

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In 2013, this festival was purchased with a value of nearly $130 million, which shows just how big electronic dance music festivals have become. Their franchise continues to grow: they'll be expanding to TomorrowWorld, a festival in suburban Atlanta this fall.