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Have you ever wondered how everyone hears about all the cool events and you’re always one step behind? How does everyone have tickets before you? There’s a reason for that and it’s knowing about who to follow on social media and where.
Back in 2012 we let you in on the best events you must attend before you die and while these still stand, it raised the question as to how you hear about them in the first place. We have all heard of Comic-Con and Coachella that start trending worldwide but what about the festivals, trade shows or conferences that aren’t as well known?
This wide ranging list contains social media event accounts to suit everyone from music, blogging and raving to fashion, weddings and business so you can keep to date with everything you are looking for (and maybe even grab some advance tickets!). That being said, there are hundreds and thousands of events worldwide and this is only a small fraction of the ones with incredible social media!
This inclusive and well-rounded list will help you to start finding channels that appeal to you, the events you're looking for and general event fun and inspiration, so you’ll never miss the low-down again.
For raving events or music festivals in the Los Angeles area, Insomniac events is a no-brainer. They share extensive previews for events as well as plenty of advance warnings so you never miss a thing. With stills and videos of previous festivals, it will leave you wishing you had been there and reminiscing of times you had!
What: Music Festivals
Where: Los Angeles, California
This yearly festival in the UK is massive and one of the highlights of the year for many music lovers. Following the festival on Instagram helps to get early entry pass opportunities, advance tickets and insights. During the festival they post massive Instagram montages over several posts that are great aesthetically and show you what you are missing. They also post videos, interviews and commentaries from festival goers, bands and acts that are playing so you get extra content too. (Bonus!)
What: Music Festival
Where: Reading & Leeds, UK
An excellent all-rounder is South by Southwest who have a variety of festivals, conferences and exhibitions throughout to showcase and promote creativity within the film, music and interactive industry. Boasting over 561K followers on Twitter you should jump on the bandwagon whether you are a business professional or a festival goer as there is something for everyone.
What: Professional exhibitions, conferences, film and music industry, music festival
Where: Austin, TX
For fashion icons and beauty bloggers alike, London fashion week is a haven for everything fashion and creative. If you are interested in following the latest designs, trends and must-haves or simply want to celeb spot, you should click follow, alongside 1.17M other followers. Even though the event only runs during September (and January for menswear) they post all year round with competitions, fashion updates and interviews with fashion legends such as Vivienne Westwood.
What: Fashion Industry
Where: London, UK
We know, we know, Forbes is well known and a big enterprise but every year they host a summit which is always bursting with fresh and innovative ideas that challenge the norms within business. This year is the ‘under 30 summit 2016’ which showcases younger entrepreneurs and should provide some inspiring and exciting insight from around the globe.
Forbes’ Facebook feed is packed with everything from local news stories to business tips, interviews and advice as well as celebrity interviews so you will never miss out on their latest technologies, innovation or events.
What: Business, Entrepreneurs
Where: (2016) Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
As an annual music festival it appeals to a variety of different genres which makes it unique as it plays a variety of; punk and alternative rock, dance, pop, hip hop, heavy metal and electronic music with the added bonus of having booths for comedy and crafts to appeal to a wide range of people.
Their twitter newsfeed features a range of snippets and videos of the artists who play at lollapalooza as well as highlights from previous years. If you want updates on ticket sales and info then join over 400k other people and follow them.
What: Music Festival
Where: Chicago, IL
If you are looking for #weddinginspiration this is the account to follow. The national wedding show boasts hundreds of stalls and experts with everything from invites to cake tasting all in one place. It is every bride's dream and that is reflected in the artsy and quirky Instagram feed that features everything from health tips and looking great on your big day to favor and food ideas.
What: Wedding Industry
Where: Manchester and Birmingham, UK
We’ve all heard of Comic-Con but this latest “con” started in 2012 and is the only convention in America for Hallyu fans that delves into the world of Korean culture. Their Facebook page allows for fans to keep up to date with red carpets and events of Korean stars and also gives insight into the yearly KCON with meet-and-greet opportunities as well as competitions for merchandise.
What: Hallyu convention
Where: Los Angeles and New York
Full of unicorns and rainbows, this laidback, farm music festival boasts over 200k followers on Twitter sharing their positive posts and boho chic vibes. Their feed shares unicorn 360 degree views of the festival as well as sunshine pictures backstage from acts and festival goers. If you are looking for some positivity in your life then this event is the one to follow.
What: Music and Arts Festival
Where: Manchester, TN
For horse or racing lovers the Kentucky derby is the annual racing event of the year. Their Facebook feed however, runs year-round for their 600k (or so) followers giving them updates and opportunities to win exclusive box tickets as well as stories behind racing and horse legends. For those who love Kentucky there are also recipes and posts about the sites and surrounding area to showcase Louisville for the upcoming year.
What: Horses and horseracing
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Wanderlust host a variety of health and wellness festivals and events that feature running, yoga, meditation, healthy food and mental wellbeing around the globe. Their Instagram offers everything to do with health and mindfulness from yoga videos to healthy snacks and of course the latest information on their current events and festivals.
What: Health and Wellness
Where: Germany, Australia, Florida, New York, Kentucky, Colorado + many more on their current world tour.
This massive, touring music festival heads up the summer with huge sponsors and excellent bands. Boasting 1M followers on Instagram you get to witness behind the scenes and on stage action along with band interviews and awesome merchandise. They also provide backstage videos and help support local nonprofits in the areas that they tour so you can feel like you are benefiting them too!
What: Music Festival
Where: North America
Bloggers everywhere need to be following Blogher on Twitter. This yearly blogging conference is set up by Sheknows and is targeted to women and their lifestyles. They help to empower, create or share new content for everyday women they are a friend of bloggers and actively retweet or share blog posts they like to their 200k + followers.
Where: Los Angeles and Texas
If you are looking to be inspired or keep up with the leading celebrities and speakers in the corporate entertainment industry then CAL Entertainment is for you. They showcase a variety of different talks, conferences and speakers for a variety of different topics from business leadership to motivation. Entrepreneurs will be particularly interested in their feed.
What: Authors, keynote speakers, corporate speaking and training events
Where: Los Angeles, California
With interesting and unique productions USC events is responsible for a large variety of shows, festivals and nightclub music events. Their Instagram feed reflects their current and upcoming events and offers insight when tickets are available and on sale! They also provide a great insider's look at a variety of different shows and some backstage photos.
What: Music Events
Electric Forest on Snapchat
This yearly festival that takes place in the stunning electric forest provides the perfect blend of nature and technology to a great lineup of musicians. The beautiful lights and options for camping, RV’s or traditional overnight stays can turn this festival into a weekender which is perfect to share with friends. Their Snapchat provides backstage info on the festival as it’s happening but out of season is arguably the best. Each month new artists hijack the Snapchat account and share everything from funny snaps to sneak peeks so you are entertained all year round. To find them on Snapchat search: electric-forest.
What: Music Festival
Where: Rothbury, Michigan
This interesting and unique event is held annually in Nevada and aims to promote self-expression and art. It has created a subculture and network of “burners” that set up more local groups and events of like minded individuals so if you are looking for other similar events their feed is the place to go! Their Instagram feed also features memories and snippets of previous burning man festivals as well as desert landscapes and beautiful artistic photos for their 195k followers.
What: Art and self-expression
Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Organized by insomniac events the electric daisy carnival is a combination of nature and technology resulting in vivid color shows and bold outfits. Their Instagram feed is full of eye catching and daring photos that showcase the displays from the festivals as well as some behind the scene footage and of course updates on the latest events.
What: Art and Music
Where: Las Vegas (they have also recently brought EDC to the UK too)
This may seem weird because Fuse is a TV network however they help host an array of events and also sponsor many more from the Grammys, Brit Awards and Coachella which means that they are regularly updating from each of these events. With videos and interviews galore it feels like you are really there! They also host a bunch of smaller music festivals around the US throughout the year so don’t miss those on their feed.
What: Music festivals and events.
Promoting independent culture, thought and films the Sundance Institute film festival is the highlight of the year for many up and coming artists. They also provide ongoing workshops and mini events and programs for aspiring artists.
Their Instagram feed is a selection of powerful images of artists and speakers as well as behind the scenes photos from the festivals.
What: Film Festival
Where: London, Hong Kong
This annual music festival spans an entire weekend and always hosts an amazing line-up. Their Twitter feed posts live updates during the event and in the build-up gives you all the information about tickets and the event that you will need so that you don’t miss out. They also share a variety of other posts and videos relating to the artists and music.
What: Music festival
Where: New York
Blueprint Events on Snapchat
Hosting an array of events from concerts and dance events to clubs and pubs, blueprint events is the one to follow on Snapchat for insider info on who’s play and when. You also get access to backstage photos and updates from events themselves so you are always kept in the loop within the entertainment and dance culture. To find them on Snapchat search: thisisblueprint
What: Music and entertainment
Where: Vancouver, BC
Appealing to the alternative, rock, metal and punk scene is the annual Riot Fest which also generally features other attractions, such as rodeos and carnivals, with side shows and other performances to make it a nicely well-rounded event. Their Twitter feed consists of giveaways and fun games played with their 55k + followers. Riot Fest is also sarcastically amusing with responses and fun to their fans too which is an excellent extension of their brand.
What: Music festival
Where: Chicago and Denver
With year-round posts on the music festival itself with insider information, re-grams and ticket information this is the must-be place for music lovers in the areas. This camping festival also features live coverage during the event itself so you won’t miss a beat.
What: Music Festival
Where: Dover, DE
Providing outdoor cinema experiences throughout the summer, the Rooftop Film Club encourage everyone to get outside and have fun in the sun. Their Twitter feed involves funny Vines that make you want to go and join in with the summer festivities as well as information on ticket ordering and when the latest events are up.
What: Outdoor cinema events
Where: London, Los Angeles, New York
You now have 25 brand new excuses to spend some more time on social media today and no chance of missing out on the latest events and details. Use social media to your advantage and let them do all the work while you sit back and stay updated!
If Instagram is your platform and there just aren’t enough for you to follow here, find out more in the Secret Formula for Event Instagram Success. Likewise read this post for more top Snapchat accounts to follow.