5. Reggae Summerjam (Cologne, Germany; July 6-8)
Once again Cologne’s Reggae Summerjam, now in its 27th year, has put together a diverse lineup that should be as attractive to dancehall fans as it is to roots reggaephiles: Sean Paul, Stephen Marley, Beenie Man, Hollie Cook, Alborosie, Midnite, Assassin, Collie Buddz And. Beyond reggae, there’s also Amadou & Mariam, Nneka, and Blitz the Ambassador. Perhaps the most appealing facet of this fest is it’s location, in beautiful and culturally-rich Cologne.