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10 European Festivals

you need to attend at least ONCE


Despite the gloomy color of the sky outside, the Summer is officially here and we all know that Summer is a synonym for Music Festivals. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people head to city parks, farms and beaches all over Europe for a few days of sun (or rain) blessed music. Here are some of the most popular: 


1. Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland was first held in 2005 in Boom, Belgium, and has since become one of the world’s largest and most famous festivals. Nowadays it stretches over two weekends – usually the last two of July - and the tickets sell out within minutes.

The festival is mostly known for its designer stages, which change style every year. This year’s lineup features electronic dance artists like Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren & David Guetta, spread across 16 stages.

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2. Glastonbury

Regarded as a major event in British Culture, Glastonbury has been held since 1970 in Somerset, England. Over the years, its stage has welcomed some of the greatest artists of our time, including David Bowie, The Smiths, Elvis Costello, and Johnny Cash.

The festival usually happens in the last weekend of June and has a long-lasting tradition of mud, so we strongly advise you to buy a pair of rainboots before leaving for the Worthy Farm. Rocking this year's Pyramid Stage were George Ezra, Liam Gallagher, Vampire Weekend and Miley Cyrus. Make sure to get your tickets for next year’s edition!

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3. Primavera Sound

The first edition of Primavera Sound took place in Poble Espanyol back in 2001, but it eventually moved to Parc del Fórum, a much larger seafront site in Barcelona. The festival has always succeeded in bringing together both the latest independent music tendencies and major artists of all genres.

In 2012, Primavera launched NOS Primavera Sound in Porto, Portugal. Both events happen at the beginning of June and usually share some of the artists. This year, both lineups featured Interpol, James Blake, Rosalía and Stereolab.

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4. Ultra

Directly imported from the center of Miami, Ultra Europe arrived to Split, Croatia back in 2013 and it has been a success ever since. Nowadays the festival is a part of “Destination Ultra”, which lasts seven days across Croatia in the middle of July. 

Rocking Park Mladezi this year you’ll find Swedish House Mafia, Adam Beyer, Afrojack and Alesso. To complement the lineup, there is also an opening party, a regatta party, a beach party and a closing party.


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5. Rock AM Ring

Rock am Ring was originally planned as a one-time festival, but due to its commercial success, it was decided to transform it into an annual event. It is held at the Nurburgring race track in Germany on the first weekend of June and it attracts around 90.000 attendants every year.

Fun fact: 2007’s edition was used in a science experiment to test the effects of large bodies of people simultaneously jumping. This year, festival goers had the pleasure of jumping to the sounds of Tool, Slayer, Slipknot and The Smashing Pumpkins.

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6. Rock Werchter

Rock Werchter has been held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1976. It started as a one-day event, but nowadays it hosts up to 80.000 people over the course of 4 days. Talking Heads, U2, Iggy Pop and Radiohead are a few of the artists that have stepped on the Main Stage more than once.

This year’s edition happened between the 27th and the 30th of June, with a lineup featuring major artists like Muse, Mumford & Sons, Beirut and Vance Joy.

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7. Sziget

This week-long Hungarian festival has grown from a relatively small student event in 1993 to become one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe. Its name comes from the Hungarian word for Island since the event is held in the Old Buda Island on the Danube.

This year's edition will feature Foo Fighters, Ed Sheran, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, and much, much more. Head out to Budapest between the 7th and the 13th of August and fall in love with the music, the art, and diversity.

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8. Exit

Exit is an award-winning festival held in July in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia. It was founded in 2000 as a student movement, fighting for democracy and freedom in Serbia and in the Balkans. Nowadays, social responsibility remains one of the festival’s key aspects.

The Cure, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake and Desiigner are some of the artists to cheer up the Petrovaradin Fotress this year. Get your tickets today to find out why Exit has been considered the best festival in Europe and one of the best in the world.

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9. Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic is the biggest Summer festival in Ireland. It has been staged in Stradbally, Co. Laois since 2004 and it has hosted some of the biggest names in the indie & alternative music scene over the years. Make sure to explore everything that the venue has to offer, from the art and the spoken word arena to food and the manmade lake.

The event lasts for 3 days, usually between the end of August and the beginning of September. This year’s edition will feature artists like The Strokes, Florence & The Machine, The 1975 and Billie Eilish.

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10. Paredes de Coura

Paredes de Coura has been around for 26 years and it’s considered by many as the best music festival in Portugal. Every year, around 70.000 people head to Taboão on the third weekend of August for 4 days of sun and 4 nights of alternative music.

This year, the stage will be taken by the likes of Patti Smith, Father John Misty, New Order, and The National. Don’t miss the music nights in the village, the natural amphitheater-like location of the main stage and the inflatable boat fights in the river that makes this festival such an unforgettable experience.


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