Music festivals around the world

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The lesson is dedicated to music festivals. The students are to learn about different music festivals around the world and discuss different musical festivals and they will talk about why people like to travel to music festivals abroad and how music festivals abroad are different to music festivals in their own country.

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Music festivals around the world


• активізувати лексичний матеріал з теми 

• розвивати навички читання з метою загального розуміння тексту

• удосконалювати вміння і навички усного мовлення.

• розвивати мовну здогадку та мовленнєву реакцію, навички критичного мислення та увагу 

• розвивати навички самостійної роботи з матеріалом та роботи в парах   

• виховувати в учнів вміння творчо та логічно мислити

• підтримувати інтерес до вивчення англійської мови

Хід уроку

І. Підготовка до сприйняття іншомовного мовлення

1. Привітання. Повідомлення теми й мети уроку.

Т: Good morning, dear pupils! The topic of our today’s lesson is “Music festivals around the world”. We’re going to learn about and discuss different music festivals around the world.

2. Уведення в іншомовну атмосферу.

Work with a partner.

1 What is your favourite type of music?

2 Think of any music festivals that there are in your country. Have you attended any of them?

3 Brainstorm everything you can think of about music festivals.

4. What are the things that attract people to festivals?

5. What famous festivals do you know? What is their history?

II. Основна частина уроку

2a. Reading

Read about the history of festivals and some different festivals held today. Which countries are the different festivals mentioned held in?

The key:

2a US, UK, Mexico, Japan, France, Serbia, Australia


accomplishment [n]:something difficult that you succeed in doing, especially after working hard over a period of time

benchmark [n]:an amount, level, standard, etc. that you can use for judging how good or bad other things are

decade [n]:a period of ten years, especially one beginning with a year that ends in a 0, for example 1990 to 1999

festivalgoer [n]:one who attends a festival

line-up [n]:the people who will perform at an event

snap up [v]:to buy something as soon as it becomes available

strive [v]:to make a lot of effort to achieve something

version [n]:a form of something that is different from other forms or from the original

vibe [n]:a general feeling that you get from a person or place

Where will the music TAKE YOU?

Woodstock Festival, 1969, is seen as the benchmark for music festivals, but over a decade earlier Newport Jazz Festival was evolving into what would become a major event. The Monterey Pop Festival, in 1967, was where names like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix became big and helped to start shaping music history. And then there was one of the biggest events in music history with its ‘three days of peace and music’ – Woodstock. Held in a village called Bethel in the state of New York, it was initially thought it would attract a crowd of 10,000, but more than 400,000 festival goers went along and listened to performers such as Santana, The Who and Joe Cocker.

In the UK, the music festival scene also evolved from small-scale jazz events. In 1961, the National Jazz Federation ran its version of Newport, in Richmond, London. After many changes of venue and name, it became the Reading Festival. Nowadays, it would seem festivals of all shapes and sizes have popped up all across the globe. Glastonbury in the UK sells around 135,000 tickets to festival goers each year. Since starting in 1970, it’s continued to be the UK’s biggest festival and tickets are usually snapped up within minutes of them

going on sale each year.

Moving across the Atlantic, is the Bahidorá festival in Mexico. A much younger festival than the likes of Glastonbury, it has attracted good lineups of local and international performers and a good crowd of around 6,000, mostly Mexicans, for the few years it’s been running. It’s also a shorter festival. It starts on a Saturday morning and sadly, by the Sunday evening, it’s all over.

A favourite festival for many and first held in 1997, the Fuji Rock Festival, held at the Naeba Ski Resort, Japan, has between 100,000 and 150,000 music lovers attend each year. It is Japan’s largest outdoor music event. It’s a long-standing, well - organised and popular event. France holds almost 20 well-known music festivals each year, but Baleapop Festival, is kept quite low-key and limits its attendees to around 2,500. The combination of contemporary music and contemporary arts can be enjoyed from its beautiful beachside location in the Basque country. Each July sees visitors spill into the city of Novi Sad for the Exit Festival, Serbia. It has attracted many international performers and had visitors from over 60 different countries over the years. With over 15 years of holding the festival, it was awarded Best Major European Festival at the European Festival Awards in 2014, a

surprising accomplishment after starting out as a student-initiated project. Each year, the festival increases in size and now welcomes around 200,000 festival goers each year.

Another smaller-scale festival, Golden Plains, Australia, has continued to keep its capacity to 10,000 since it started in 2007. Its focus is on the experience and musical talent heard. The event isn’t commercial and sponsors and brand names are not what it’s all about. It has a relaxed vibe which it strives to keep year after year. So, from India to Iceland and Portugal to Peru, music festivals, new and old, are celebrated around the world and the often international performers encourage locals and tourists to attend from all over.

2b Read the article again. What do these dates and figures represent?

1 150,000

2 1969

3 135,000

4 15 years

5 10,000

6 6,000

7 2007

The key:


1 number of people attending Fuji Rock Festival

2 the year of the first Woodstock Festival

3 number of people attending Glastonbury

4 years the Exit Festival in Serbia has run for

5 capacity at Golden Plains

6 number of people attending Bahidorá

7 the year of the first Golden Plains festival in Australia

2c Read the article and answer the questions.

1 Where did Janis Joplin’s name first become big?

2 Which is the UK’s biggest festival?

3 Which country was Woodstock held in?

4 Which festival won a best festival award?

5 Which festival focuses on keeping it to a small scale?

6 What did small-scale Jazz events lead to in the UK?

The key:


1 Monterey Pop Festival 2 Glastonbury 3 the US 4 Exit Festival 5 Golden Plains

6 the music festival scene

3. Speaking. Work with a partner and discuss the questions.

1 Have you ever been to a music festival?

2 Why do you think people like to travel to music festivals abroad?

3 How do you think music festivals abroad are different to music festivals in your country?


4.1 Work in small groups. Choose four different festivals; one in your country and another three in different countries of your choice.

4.2 In your groups, think about the points below when you do your research online.

■ cost

■ size

■ attendees

■ type of music

■ duration

■ line-up

■ stages

■ additional activities

■ any other useful information


1. Підведення підсумків уроку.

T. Did you like our lesson? Have you learnt anything new or inte­resting at this lesson? What did you like most of all? What didn’t you like?

2. Домашнє завдання.

You are going to prepare a small presentation about a selection of festivals from around the world.

Choose the most important points that you think make a good music festival and add some of your personal thoughts and opinions.

3. Закінчення уроку.

T: Thank you very much for the lesson.

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