5 Awesome Summer European Festivals You Should Visit

Nuove Conoscenze Szigettiane
Phot credit: Marco Casino

The summer is the perfect time to visit Europe. Not only is the weather usually warm and dry at this time of year, a number of great music and cultural festivals are also held! Here is a selection of top European festivals you should not miss this summer .

Sziget Festival, Budapest

Head to Sziget on August 11th to join in the fun of a week of music from around the world. The picturesque setting of this music festival combined with the large number of international acts makes this an event not to be missed.

Sónar Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Sonar Festival
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This vibrant celebration of electronic music is held on June 12th until June 14th and features a large number of world famous DJs as well as sound labs, exhibitions, record fairs and a wide range of different types of urban art. The festival is divided into special day and night programmes, which means that people of all ages can join in the fun.

Roskilde Festival, Zealand, Denmark

Orange Feeling
Photo Credit: Are Sjøberg

This exciting event is the largest music and culture festival in the whole of Europe and has been held in the Danish city of Zealand since 1971. The festival features a week full of live music including performances from headliners the Rolling Stones and is set to run from June 29th until July 6th. One of the great things about this famous festival is that all the proceeds are donated to a number of charities and causes around the world.

Bilbao BBK Festival, Spain

The Hives en el Bilbao BBK Live 2013
Photo Credit: Nvivo.es 5gig

Many of the biggest names in the world of rock and indie music can be seen lighting up the stage during the Bilbao BBK Festival. The three day even will kick off on July 10th and will feature sets from the Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand and the Black Keys among many others.

Exit Festival, Montenegro

Ritam Nereda. Exit Festival 2010.
Photo Credit: Exit Festival

This popular festival started out as a student movement that was intended to fight for democracy and peace in the Balkans and Serbia. Novi Sad has been hosting Exit Festival every July since 2000 and the festival the vibrant combination of activism and hedonism. A total of 16 stages are set up to cater to headliners such as Gloria Gaynor, Skrillex and Damon Albarn, while there are also plenty of stalls and other events to make sure that the festival’s political message does not get entirely lost in the music. People who are still in the mood to party after Exit Festival comes to a close on July 13th can continue the party spirit by joining the Sea Dance Festival, which will kick off on July 15th.




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  1. Cool post. Just shared it on Facebook. I’m not into much music but i’m sure my music-lover friends will find this article interesting.

  2. Awesome post. I love music festivals but had no clue about any of the ones you’ve listed. Far out there are some wicked things to do. Cant wait!
    Wishing you guys a happy weekend, hope London is treating you well.
    Cheers, Anna

  3. Adding these to my list. We’re lucky enough to have a few kick-ass festivals in North America, but any chance to get to Europe is alright by me.

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