Which Festival Has the Biggest Capacity?

Donauinselfest Vienna is renowned for its musical heritage, having been home to the likes of Mozart and other greats. It is no surprise then that it is now home to the world's biggest festival – the Essence Music Festival. This event has seen record attendance of 470,000 people, with artists such as Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Solange and Janelle Monáe gracing the stage in recent years. The festival is held on Donauinsel, a 13-mile island in the center of Vienna, Austria.

The site occupies 4 miles and is divided into several areas that house more than 2000 artists. The National Folk Festival is a three-day annual event that takes place around the country and is nicknamed a national folk festival with a local flavor. The Pol'and'Rock Festival is a rock music festival held in Poland. Donauinselfest is the world's largest music festival by attendance and the largest outdoor music festival in Europe.

Nuit Sonores is an annual music festival that spans four nights and is one of the most respected electronic music festivals in the world. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates the city's vibrant history. The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is an electronic dance music festival that has featured genre stars such as Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris and Afrojack. The International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art Sónar is an art, design and music event that has become synonymous with fresh electronic music in recent years.

Mawazine began as a world music event before being transformed into a pop-rock festival by the Moroccan king's personal secretary. The 10 largest festivals in the world have an average attendance of 100,000 people – yet some festivals have more attendees than megacities! Donauinselfest has set a record attendance of 470,000 people and has 13 scenarios and 17 thematic areas. Nuit Sonores spans four nights and features a solid mix of free and paid performances spread over 10 days, as well as 150 indoor performances. Guinness World Records considers the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to be the largest jazz festival in the world.

EDC has featured genre stars such as Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris and Afrojack. Sónar perfectly balances several genres to create something for all tastes. Mawazine is by far the biggest music festival in Africa. When it comes to capacity, Donauinselfest Vienna takes the crown as the world's biggest festival with its record attendance of 470,000 people. It is followed by Nuit Sonores, EDC, Sónar and Mawazine – all of which have impressive attendances that surpass those of megacities.

Morris Ferranti
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