I'm surprised to find no mention here or in any other "history" of music festivals, of the relatively large New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. "Jazz Fest" is a 10-day event attended by upwards of half a million people as of 2018. It's been in continuous annual production since 1970. It seems historic, and sizable, but seemingly not notable enough to find in most lists of historic music festivals. I wonder why the omission?

Answer

My list isn't exhaustive, and there are a number of significant festivals that didn't make my list. But if it is not being mentioned in other lists, it could be an oversight. I'll be honest, I'm not overly familiar with it, but that could simply be to the fact that it doesn't get the acknowledgment that it deserves. I tried to focus on music festivals that were linked to key moments in the historical development of music, but obviously, there are other festivals you could make arguments for.

Updated on May 1, 2018

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The History and a List of Important Music Festivals
By CJ Baker
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