If you’re always up for a good time and you’re looking for the soundtrack to your next epic adventure, this list of the best European festivals is for you.
So, gear up and prepare yourself for some mind-blowing music. An awesome trip always starts with a great idea. Here are eight great ideas, in the form of a list of the best European festivals to get you going.
This festival is always sold out in a matter of hours, so you’ll have to plan well ahead and come up with a strategy to secure your ticket.
But if you do manage to get in, you’re sure to be amazed and delighted. Set in 75 hectares of countryside outside Antwerp, Tomorrowland is one of the most important dance music parties on the planet, with a line-up that never disappoints and insane stage decorations. The festival takes place in July each year – so keep it free!
If techno and electro is your thing, and you like the idea of a non-stop three days, then Melt in Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen might be the festival for you.
The event, that takes place in the summer each year is famous for its ‘sleepless stage’ – a continuous music marathon that runs from Saturday morning to midday on Monday. Because who needs sleep, right?
Festival goers can also enjoy a campsite with actual showers and a lake to cool off in during the day. So why not join the festivals 20,000 attendees for an unforgettable weekend?
If you’ve ever been to Glastonbury, chances are you’ll also like Lowlands. This festival combines visual art, music, film and performance events in a spectacular three-day event, earning it a spot on our list of the best European festivals.
Stepping in to Lowlands is like entering a different world. Similar to events like Glastonbury the festival creates a micro-city with its own radio stations, newspaper and even currency!
This six-day festival takes place in Barcelona and attracts visitors from all across Europe. The line-up is mostly indie and alternative music. Primavera Sound is said to attract the continent’s hipsters due to its varied line-up. So, if the shoe fits, head over to Spain.
In addition to well-known acts, the festival also provides a platform for smaller names, making it a big influencer and a great place to see the up and coming.
If you’re unable to make it to Spain you can also consider NOS Primavera Sound, an associated festival that takes place in Porto, Portugal. Here you’ll get the chance to see some of the same headline acts as those attending the main Primavera event.
This event draws around 75,000 people to one of the best European festivals at a power plant in Helsinki. What’s more, it’s carbon neutral.
For the festival, the area around the plant is illuminated and filled with music and visual arts, but that’s not all it’s about. Flow Festival also boasts some exceptional food, with 40 top restaurants forming a part of the event. The focus is on locally produced and sustainable food.
Bilbao BBK is set in Spain’s beautiful Basque country where you can camp and enjoy great music.
What’s more, the festival is close enough to the city to explore it as well while you’re there – so basically you’re getting two holidays for the price of one.
Sziget is one of the largest European music festivals, held on a 10 hectare island in the middle of Budapest. The festival claims to be an Island of Freedom and if you choose to visit you can experience everything from EDM to heavy metal. And doesn’t end there. The festival also includes an amusement park, workshops and beaches.
More than 1,000 performances take place at the festival every year, to entertain over 400,000 fans from more than 70 countries. An absolute must.
One of the top festivals in Europe from as early as 1971, all the profits from Roskilde go to humanitarian initiatives.
This festival was Denmark’s first music festival created for hippies. Until the mid-1990s it attracted mostly Scandinavians, but more recently is became more international with a large influx of from Germany, the UK and Australia.
The bands performing at the festival are usually a mix of well-known artists, contemporary artists, local Scandinavian acts and some up and coming names.
One thing is certain, you’re spoilt for choice. This list of the best European festivals only covers a fraction of what is out there for you to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets!
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