Allowing Music to Guide You

Posted January 9, 2018 5:25 p.m. EST

Where will the sounds of music take travelers in 2018? The destination may depend on your favorite song, but whether that means jazz, Afropunk, rock or another rhythm entirely, there’s definitely a place to go.

— For blues fans, the Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 6 to 15), in the village of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a big way. The 10 days of festivities will include more than 100 indoor and outdoor concerts — most of them free — from both blues legends and emerging musicians from around the world.

— Despite the name, it’s not only about jazz: the music and cultural party known as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 27 to May 6) is going all out for the Big Easy’s Tricentennial in 2018 with performances from over 500 bands, playing virtually every style of music.

— It’s also a big year — the 60th, to be exact — for Festival di Spoleto (June 29 to July 15), in Spoleto, in Italy’s Umbria region. The event includes more than 100 classical and opera concerts at venues around town.

— If moving to rock is more your speed than the sounds of classical or opera, head to Ireland for the annual concert at the 18th-century Slane Castle (May), north of Dublin and home to a whisky distillery, Slane Irish Whisky.

— The dancing is sure to be as much fun at Vivid Music, part of the 10th annual Vivid Sydney(May 25 to June 16), a festival dedicated to light, music and ideas. The vibrant contemporary music showcases artists known for breaking the mold — Björk, Anohni, Morrissey and Lauryn Hill have performed in previous years.

— From contemporary tunes to more traditional ones: Celtic Connections (Jan. 18 to Feb. 4), in Glasgow, is turning 25 this year and will fill the Scottish city with not only Celtic music for two weeks, but folk, jazz and fusion tunes, too.

— There’s celebrating a big anniversary, and then there’s celebrating diversity: the Afropunk Festival (December), in Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrates the latter and is a two-day event to honor equality for people of all races, colors, creeds and genders.

— Yes, there really is a music festival in the middle of a rain forest: the Rainforest World Music Festival (July 13 to 15), in Sarawak, Malaysia, in the heart of the Borneo jungle and in its 20th year, draws more than 20,000 attendees.

— Music fans may want to visit Utah for the Moab Music Festival (Aug. 27 to Sept. 13) where jazz and classical music concerts are set among the region’s renowned red rock formations. At the Bach Festival (June 8 to 17) in Leipzig, Germany, concerts are held in 40 venues across the city.