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This summer top 26 music festivals in Europe.

Spring Festival

WHEN 16-20 May
WHERE Graz, Austria
THE VIBE Taking place in various cities, these events boast art, design and a hostof alternative electronic music including IDM, post-garage, avante garde, drone and thumping drum ‘n’ bass.
LINE-UP The Shoes, Scratch Perverts, Skream, Modeselektor.
TICKETS £24-£130 

» springfestival.at

 

Pinkpop

WHEN 26–28 May
WHERE Landgraaf, Netherlands
THE VIBE This may be the oldest pop festival in Europe, but there’s definitely life in the old dog yet. Expect three stages and 38 international acts to blow you away.
LINE-UP Bruce Springsteen, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chase And Status, James Morrison.
TICKETS £130

» pinkpop.nl

 

Rock Am Ring  

WHEN 1–3 June
WHERE Nurburgring Racetrack, Germany
THE VIBE Along with its sister festival, Rock Im Park, it echoes Reading/Leeds with its sharing of acts. It also boasts some of the heaviest guitar-based music around.
LINE-UP Linkin Park, Soundgarden, Gossip, Metallica, Offspring, Motorhead, Marilyn Manson, and Die Toten Hosen.
TICKETS Sold out

» rock-am-ring.com

 

Sonar

WHEN 14–16 June
WHERE Barcelona, Spain
THE VIBE Mixing pop, urban and art, this cool city festival, which takes places in two different locations will hit the right spot whatever your fussy music preference.
LINE-UP New Order, MIA, Magnetic Man, Lana Del Rey, Fatboy Slim, James Murphy. 
TICKETS £126

» sonar.es.

 

InMusic

WHEN 26–30 June
WHERE Zagreb, Lake Jarun, Croatia
THE VIBE Held on the stunning Lake Jarun in Zagreb, with some huge acts and a famously friendly crowd, InMusic is bound to impress.
LINE-UP Gogo Bordello, The Cranberries, Franz Ferdinand, Mando Diao, Plan B.
TICKETS £43+

» inmusicfestival.com

 

Hideout

WHEN June 29–July 1
WHERE Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
THE VIBE Jump on a boat and party all day or take a swim against the backdrop of some banging bass music.
LINE-UP Annie Mac, Skream & Benga, Lomo Dice, Andy C.
TICKETS £99+

» hideoutfestival.com

Heineken Open’er

WHEN 4–7 July
WHERE Gdynia, Poland
THE VIBE Boasting modern art, film festivals, a load of gypsy-punk, reggae, indie and drum ‘n’ bass, this thumping festival has something for even the fussy tastes.
LINE-UP Franz Ferdinand, Jamie Woon, Public Enemy.
TICKETS £80

» opener.pl

 

Garden Festival
WHEN 4-11 July
WHERE The Garden, Tisno, Croatia
THE VIBE Held beside the sea, this event boasts a friendly and chilled-out atmosphere. Loads of electronic music, sunshine and swimsuits.
LINE-UP 2020 Soundsystem, Free School, Steve Cobby (Fila Brazilia), Adam Regan.
TICKETS £90- £150; boat party £15 per trip

» thegardenfestival.eu

 


Roskilde

WHEN 5-8 July
WHERE Roskilde, Denmark
THE VIBE It’s been around since 1971 and is the biggest festival in north European culture. Expect 100,000 revellers, performers and artists at this crazy, colourful and open-minded celebration.
LINE-UP Friendly Fires, The Roots, Bruce Springsteen, The Refused, The Cure, Cerebral Ballzy.
TICKETS £198

» roskilde-festival.dk

 


Splash

WHEN 6–8 July
WHERE Ferropolis, Germany
THE VIBE Chill-out at this hip hop and reggae festival on the German archipelago of Ferropolis. Featuring some quality European and worldwide urban tunes, live graffiti and great German beer to boot.
LINE-UP De la Soul, Major Lazer, Nas, Skream.
TICKETS £85+
 

» splash-festival.de

 

Benicassim


WHEN 12–15 July
WHERE Castellon, Spain
THE VIBE A huge festival popular with the Brits, this year promises no let up in the massive celebration. Expect sun, sea and silliness with this absolute gem of a party, with a top line up of headline acts.
LINE-UP Stone Roses, New Order, Crystal Castles, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
TICKETS £143.

» fiberfib.com

 

Electric Elephant
 

WHEN 12-16 July
WHERE The Garden, Tisno, Croatia
THE VIBE Dance your socks off to electronic beats while soaking up the rays.
LINE-UP Michael Mayer, Andrew Weatherall, A Love From Outer Space, Justin Robertson.
TICKETS £90+

» electricelephant.co.uk

 

Exit

WHEN 12–15 July
WHERE Novi Sad, Serbia
THE VIBE You won’t want to go home after cutting some shapes to big-name acts at this buzzing four-day event.
LINE-UP Guns and Roses, Duran Duran, Feliz Da Housecat, New Order, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
TICKETS £95+

» exitfest.org

 

Melt! 

WHEN 13–15 July
WHERE Ferropolis, Grafenhainichen, Germany
THE VIBE This year promises acts you wont find elsewhere on the festival circuit, alongside the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and Gossip.
LINE-UP Lana Del Rey, Nero, Squarepusher, Flux Pavillion.
TICKETS £103

» meltfestival.de

 

Soundwave
 

WHEN 19-23 July
WHERE Garden, Croatia
THE VIBE In the new festival capital of Europe, Croatia, this boutique event has some top acts and a glorious setting. 
LINE-UP Ghostpoet, DJ Yoda, De La Soul, Submotion Orchestra, Belleruche, Craig Charles, Teebs, Anchorsong
TICKETS £105 four day ticket

» soundwavecroatia.com

 

Tomorrowland

WHEN 25–30 July
WHERE Boom, Belgium
THE VIBE A fairytale-style festival, packed with different underground electronic music genres, from hardhouse to psy-trance, and electro to gabba.
LINE-UP Pendulum, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox.
TICKETS £140

» tomorrowland.be

 

Stop Making Sense

WHEN 2–6 August
WHERE Petrcane, Croatia
THE VIBE Croatia continues to prove its worth with another stunningly located festival right by the sea. Enjoy fun, frolicking and frying in the sun, with beach sports, music and a top atmosphere.
LINE-UP Lil’ Louis, Jimmy Edgar, Tortured Soul, Chris Coco.
TICKETS £100+

» stopmakingsense.eu

 

Off

WHEN 3–5 August
WHERE Katowice, Dolina Trzech Stawow, Poland
THE VIBE Set in a huge park, this festival hosts independent arts and culture events, along with exhibitions, screenings and music.  
LINE-UP Henry Rollins, Atari Teenage Riot, Death In Vegas, Spectrum. Metronomy, Iggy and the Stooges, Battles.
TICKETS £39+

» off-festival.pl

 

Sziget

WHEN 6–13 August
WHERE Obudai Island, Budapest, Hungary
THE VIBE It may be held on a small island, but Sziget boasts a stunning location. This rock festival attracts hundreds of thousands of punters to see some of the world’s biggest acts.
LINE-UP Stone Roses, Two Door Cinema Club, Korn, Subways.
TICKETS £99+

» sziget.hu

 

Flow

WHEN 8–12 August
WHERE Suvilahti former power plant, Helsinki, Finland
THE VIBE A party in a power plant? Judge for yourself, but you can guarantee that what this festival lacks in foliage, it makes up for in energy and effort. With top names and an expanded venue this year, Flow will deliver. 
LINE-UP Flying Lotus, Four Tet and Caribou, Bjork, Bobby Womack, Frank Ocean.
TICKETS £110

» flowfestival.com

 

way out west

WHEN 9-11 August
WHERE Goteborg, Sweden
THE VIBE You’ll be grooving away to an eclectic line-up of top acts from electronica, pop and and rock, at this large, international festival. 
LINE-UP Blur, Refused, Black Keys.
TICKETS £177 weekends

» wayoutwest.se

 

Pukkelpop

WHEN 16–18 August
WHERE Kempische Steenweg, Kiewit, Belgium.
THE VIBE Celebrating more than 25 years of full-on festival fun with around 200 acts, across eight stages and some of the biggest bands you will be able to find anywhere on the planet.
LINE-UP Bjork, The Stone Roses, Foo Fighters, Black Keys.
TICKETS TBC

» pukkelpop.be

 

Outlook

WHEN August 30–Sept 3
WHERE Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia
THE VIBE This isn’t called Europe’s leading bass music festival for nothing. Expect four days of incessant partying with stunning surroundings, a friendly crowd, and a huge party in a castle. 
LINE-UP Fat Freddy’s Drop, Skream, Andy C, DJ Zinc.
TICKETS £135

» outlookfestival.com

  

Dimensions

WHEN 6–9 September
WHERE Fort Punta Christo, Pula Croatia
THE VIBE This electronic music festival includes boat parties, beach gigs and castle concerts. Held in stunning surroundings as well as boasting good music and a raving, mad-for-it crowd, you can’t go wrong.
LINE-UP Little Dragon, Moodymann, Gold Panda, Ben Klock, Joy Orbison.
TICKETS £130

» dimensionsfestival.com

 

Groovefest

WHEN 5–12 September
WHERE Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
THE VIBE Held in a plush five-star beach resort, with free drinks and a seven-day relentless festival in the sun, it all looks pretty inviting. Other events include late night raves in a roman amphitheatre and boat parties. 
LINE-UP Kenny Dope, Jamie Jones, Dennis Ferrer.
TICKETS £800+

» groovefestevents.com

 

Berlin Festival

WHEN 7–8 September
WHERE Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany
THE VIBE Continuing the frenetic pace for which this event has become renowned,  expect cutting-edge music and world renowned acts.
LINE-UP SBTRKT, Franz Ferdinand, Digitalism, Bonaparte, Orbital, The Killers, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Friendly Fires, Metronomy.
TICKETS £72

» berlinfestival.de


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