10 Top European Music Festivals

All you need to know about Europe’s festival scene.

Europe is a hot spot for Summer festival fun, with it home to some of the biggest music festivals in the world. Big names such as Glastonbury and Tomorrowland speak for themselves but alongside side them are some other noteworthy names to look out for. In alphabetical oder, here’s our run down of some of Europe’s most anticipated music festivals.

 

Balaton Sound

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Headliners (2017): Kygo, Hardwell, Robin Schulz, Blasterjaxx

An eclectic dance lineup lights up the shores of Lake Balaton in epic style, marking one of the highlights of Europe’s Summer festival calendar.

When & where: 2018 dates TBA, Zamárdi, Hungary

 

Bestival

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Headliners: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys

It could be said that spectacular themes are Bestival’s notorious staple. However its really all about endless performances.

When & where: 7-10 September 2017, Isle of Wight, UK

 

Colours of Ostrava

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Headliners: Jamiroquai, Midnight Oil, Imagine Dragons, Norah Jones, alt-J, Birdy, Moderat, Laura Mvula, and Benjamin Clementine

Set in one of the most unreal music festival locations Colours of Ostrava will offer an unrivaled selection of contemporary and classic performers on the site of a former coal works.

When & where: 19 Jul – 22 Jul 2017, Ostrava, Czech Republic

 

EXIT Festival

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Headliners (2017): The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Hardwell, The Jesus & Mary Chain

The very secluded Petrovaradin Fortress is the spectacular setting for Exit festival with the ancient site is built high on the banks of the River Danube.

When & where: 2018 dates TBA , Novi Sad, Serbia

 

Glastonbury

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Headliners (2017): Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran

Glastonbury continues to set the bar high in rock, pop and festival experiences. With new and old artists amongst some of the continent’s most varied and diverse stages.

When & where: 2019 dates TBA, Glastonbury, UK

 

Primavera Sound

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Headliners (2017): Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, The xx

Creativity is key with Primavera Sound being a fearless supporter of new music and prides itself in keeping the alternative scene current.

When & where: 30 May – 3 June 2018, Barcelona, Spain

 

Secret Garden Party

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Headliners:  Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & The Maytals

The now not so secret, Secret Garden Party will host its last ever rendezvous this year! Tears will be shed for this truly unique and loved ‘party’.

When & where: 20 Jul – 23 Jul 2017, Abbots Ripton, UK

 

Sziget Festival

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Headliners: Kasabian, Major Lazer, Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Sziget’s reputation precedes with almost a decade of incredible performances in the wonderful host city Budapest.

When & where: 9-16 August 2017, Budapest, Hungary

 

Tomorrowland

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Headliners: Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Alesso

As if Tomorrowland couldn’t get any better, with it now held over two weekends! Put simply Tomorrowland is the biggest electronic music show on earth.

When & where: 21-23 July 2017; 28-30 July 2017, Boom, Belgium

 

Ultra Europe

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Headliners: David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Axwell ^Ingroso, Armin van Buuren

Catapulted across the Atlantic from Miami, Ultra Europe has established its self with the great contenders, bringing the biggest DJs in the world to Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast.

When & where: 14-16 July 2017, Split, Croatia