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If you like to travel and love music, summer festivals are the place to be! The next few months are packed with an extensive variety of musical events, so we wanted to showcase some of our favourite festivals. You know, to make your selection process a bit easier.

Oh, and because some of you may be too eager to wait for the summer festivals, we’ve also added some music festivals for the travellers looking to rock out in the spring! Check out our list of a few of the top music festivals in Europe we think you’ll love:

United Kingdom

Glastonbury Festival

The Glastonbury Festival attracts more than 130,000 music lovers every year. It’s located in a tranquil rural area and goes on for 3 days. The music artists here do not just perform on stage. If you’re lucky, you can also see them in the audience, enjoying the other performers.

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Arcade Fire in 2014 – Photo by Simon via Glastonbury

WHERE: Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset

WHEN: June 21 – 25, 2017

LINE-UP: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, The XX, The National, Biffy Clyro, Kate Perry, Major Lazor, Barry gibb, Royal Blood, Stormzy and more.

WEBhttp://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

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Download Festival

Organised in Castle Doningtom, Derby, this is the largest British rock festival.

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WHERE: Donington Park, Derby

WHEN: June 9 – 11, 2017

ARTISTS: System of a down, Biffy Clyro, Alter bridge, Sum 41, Slayer, Good Charlotte, A day to remember and many more.

WEBhttp://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/

Isle of Wight Festival

The Isle of Wight is home to this legendary festival since 1968. Although cancelled in 1971, it was brought back in 2002 and is now organised every year at Seaclose Park, in the outskirts of Newport.

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Photo by Clair Trebes via Pinterest

WHERE: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

WHEN: June 8 – 11, 2017

LINE-UP: The Pretenders, David Guetta, The Kooks, RUN DMC, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire, Razorlight and more.

WEBhttp://www.isleofwightfestival.com/

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Secret Garden Party

Paint fights, games arenas, big colourful tents, a lake and lots of psychodelic art in a 220 acre landscaped garden. It’s like a garden-party-gone-crazy with lots of activities for kids and adults and with an eclectic musical mix.

Photo by Secret Garden Party
Photo by Secret Garden Party

WHERE: Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire

WHEN: July 20 – 23, 2017

LINE-UP: Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & the maytals, wild beasts, peaches and more.

WEBhttp://www.secretgardenparty.com/

Bestival

If you’re looking for an all-round bonanza with an eclectic offering of rock, pop, indie, folk, RnB and electronic bands, this is your festival.

Photo by Bestival
Photo by Bestival

WHERE: Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

WHEN: September 7 – 10, 2017

LINE-UP: The XX, A tribe called quest, pet shop boys, justice, little dragon, wiley and more.

WEBhttp://www.bestival.net/

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Spain

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound is one of the largest independent music festivals; hundreds of artists and thousands of fans gather in the Forum park once a year to enjoy this unique and exciting event. Ranging from indie and experimental, to hip-hop and folk…this festival is a must, especially if you enjoy alternative music!

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Photo by diana bagnoli via Flickr

WHERE: Barcelona

WHEN: May 31 – June 4, 2017

LINE-UP: Aphex Twin, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Grace Jones, Slyer, Solange, The XX, Van Morrison and more.

WEBhttp://www.primaverasound.com/

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Sonar

It’s the largest Festival of electronic music in Europe! They promote artists that link creativity, new media and technology with music.  It’s definitely the place to be if you’re a fan of electronica!

The dance floor at 2manydjs + James Murphy on 2014 - Photo by scannerFM via Flickr
The dance floor at 2manydjs + James Murphy on 2014 – Photo by scannerFM via Flickr

WHERE: Barcelona

WHEN: June 15 – 17, 2017

LINE-UP: Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Carl Craig presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble, Cerrone, Daphni & Hunee, De La Soul, Dubfire, Eric Prydz, Marco Carola, Nina Kraviz and more.

WEBhttp://www.sonar.es/en

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FIB – Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

A four day festival hosted in Benicassim, that combines indie, pop and rock music with other activities such as theatre and film.

Photo by fiberfib via Flickr
Photo by fiberfib via Flickr

WHERE: Benicàssim, Valencia

WHEN: July 13 – 16, 2017

LINE-UP: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weekend, Kasabian, Foals, Deadmau5, Crystal Fighters, Stormzy and more.

WEBhttp://fiberfib.com/

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Bilbao BBK

The festival takes place on top of a hill with a breathtaking view of the city. It’s known for energetic live performances, great atmosphere and equally cool line ups.

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Photo by BBK Live

WHERE: Bilbao

WHEN: July 6 – 8, 2017

LINE-UP: Depeche Mode, Justice, The Killers, Die Antwoord, The 1975, Fleet Foxes, Royal Blood, Pet Sounds and more.

WEB: http://www.bilbaobbklive.com/en-us/home

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Arenal Sound

Ready for sun-drenched and sand filled summer festival madness? Dance for 6 days to the sounds of rock, pop and electronic, dive into the sea or indulge in the food around the area. There’s lots of things to do!

Photo by Luis Crown via Arenal Sound
Photo by Luis Crown via Arenal Sound

WHERE: Burriana, Castellón

WHEN: August 1 – 6, 2017

LINE-UP: Martin Garrix, Bastille, Clean Bandit, Yellow Claw, Fedde Le Grand, Amaral, Jake Bugg and more.

WEB: http://www.arenalsound.com/en/

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Italy

Rock in Roma

Rome hosts a great music festival that goes on for two months, presenting both local and international performing artists.

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Photo by cranfan84 via Flickr

WHERE: Rome

WHEN: June 25 – July 25, 2017

LINE-UP: Kasabian, Marylin Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alter Bridge, Damian Marley, The Offspring, The XX, Penny Wise and more.

WEBhttp://www.rockinroma.com/button-book-a-flight-opodo

France

Vieilles Charrues Festival

The Vieilles Charrues Festival is the largest event of its kind in France, attracting more than 200,000 music lovers every year.

Photo by JohnnyMip via Flickr
Photo by JohnnyMip via Flickr

WHERE: Carhaix-Plouguer

WHEN: July 13 – 17, 2017

LINE-UP: Dropkick Murphys, Die Antwoord, Arcade Fire, Dj Snake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phoenix and more.

WEBhttp://www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr/2015/programmation

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Rock en Seine

An eclectic rock festival that’s located in a huge garden in the outskirts of Paris. Thanks to the great line-up, good organisation, it’s becoming increasingly more popular with every passing year!

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WHERE: Paris

WHEN: August 25 – 27, 2017

LINE-UP: The XX, Flume, PJ Harvey, Cypress Hill, Rone, Peter Peter, TV Segall and more.

WEBhttp://www.rockenseine.com/en/

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Germany

Hurricane Festival / Southside Festival

Hurricane is a alternative music festival that takes place near Bremen; the Southside Festival is a sister event that takes place at the same time in the south of Germany.

Sunrise at the Hurricane Festival - Photo by Sing me a song via Flickr
Sunrise at the Hurricane Festival – Photo by Sing me a song via Flickr

WHERE: Hurricane is located in Eichenring, Scheeßel // Southside is located in Take-Off Park, Neuhausen Ob Eck

WHEN: June 23 – 25, 2017

LINE-UP: Greenday, Linkin Park, Casper, Blink 182, Die Antwoord, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Imagine Dragons, Axwell, Mando Diao, Kontra K, 257ers, A day to remember, Clueso and many more.

WEBhttp://www.hurricane.de/ and http://www.southside.de

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Rock am Ring

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park are also two almost identical events that take place at the same time, in different locations in Germany. Since 1985, these festivals are known to be one of the best festivals to go for fans of rock and metal music!

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Photo by Philippe Barbosa via Pinterest

WHERE: Mendig/Vulkaneifel

WHEN: June 2 – 4, 2017

LINE-UP: Die Toten Hosen, Rammstein, System of a down, AnnenMayKantereit, Lower than atlantis, Rodriguez Jr., Kollektiv Ost, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and more.

WEBhttp://www.rock-am-ring.com/

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Wacken Open Air

With more than 70,000 visitors, it is the largest and most famous metal festival in the world!

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Photo by cgo2 via Flickr

WHERE: Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein

WHEN: August 3 – 5, 2017

LINE-UP: Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Volbeat, Aborter, Apocalyptica, Accept, Mabo Kurt and more.

WEBhttp://www.wacken.com/en/

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Portugal

NOS Primavera Sound

Hosted in the beautiful city of Porto, this is the Portuguese version of Primavera Sound, the renowned summer music festival organised in Barcelona which we mentioned above.

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Photo by Tiago Pereira via Flickr

WHERE: Porto

WHEN: June 8 – 10, 2017

LINE-UP: Justice, Miguel, Flying Lotus, Bon Iver, Richie Hawin, Swans, Hamilton, Apex Twin, Lady Wray and more.

WEBhttp://optimusprimaverasound.com/

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Hungary 

Sziget Festival

Every year, this music event attracts more than a thousand people to the green island of Obuda, about 2km away from the centre of Budapest. The festival was awarded as the Best European Music Festival in 2011.

Photo by negotiable-me via Flickr
Photo by negotiable-me via Flickr

WHERE: Budapest

WHEN: August 09 – 16, 2017

LINE-UP: Kasabian, Major Lazer, P!nk, Wiz Khalifa, Flume, PS Harveym, Alt-J, Rita Ora, Billy Talent, Rudimental Live, Jamie Cullum, The Naked and Famous, Steve Aoki, Mando Diao and more.

WEBhttp://szigetfestival.com/

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Denmark

Roskilde Festival

In July, Roskilde (35km away from Copenhagen) transforms into the ideal location for music lovers. Rock, pop, soul, hip hop, electronic music and R & B… the Roskilde Festival has a very eclectic line-up, presenting both well-known and emerging artists.

Photo by Mads Høgstedt Danquah via Flickr
Photo by Mads Høgstedt Danquah via Flickr

WHERE: Roskilde

WHEN: June 24 – July 1, 2017

LINE-UP: Foo Fighters, A tribe called quest, Arcade Fire, Justice, Moderat, Solange, Trentemoeller, The Weekend, The XX, Blink 182, Bonobo and more.

WEBhttp://roskilde-festival.dk/uk/

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Serbia

Exit Festival

A spectacular fortress in the middle of the Balkans with stunning views of the Danube, and exciting outdoor concerts and events… this, and much more, await you at the Exit Festival!

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Photo by Exit Photo Team

WHERE: Petrovaradin, Novi Sad

WHEN: July 6 – 9, 2017

LINE-UP: The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Paul Kalkbrenner, Alan Walker, Lost Frequencies, Recondite, Solomun, Robin Schulz, Hardwell, Hot Since 82 and more.

WEB: http://www.exitfest.org/en

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Sea Dance Festival

Imagine a three-day beach party at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Adriatic sea. That’s exactly what the Sea Dance Festival is! An epic beach party with some of the best electronic music.

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WHERE: Jaz beach, Budva

WHEN: July 13 – 15, 2017

LINE-UP: Sean Paul, John Newman, Fatboy Slim, Who See, Bad Copy,  Proximus and more to be confirmed!

WEBhttp://www.seadancefestival.me/en

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Croatia

INmusic festival

The largest outdoor festival in Croatia takes place near Lake Jarun, in Zagreb. In addition to concerts and camping facilities, you can visit one of the most beautiful destinations in Croatia.

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Photo by Festivalmood via Pinterest

WHERE: Lake Jarun

WHEN: June 09 – 21, 2017

LINE-UPKings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Alt-J, Kasabian, Michael Kiwanuka, Flogging Molly, Booka Shade and more.

WEBhttp://www.inmusicfestival.com

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Soundwave Festival

Imagine live music in a beautiful garden hidden along the Croatian coastline… That’s exactly how Soundwave is like. World’s finest broken beat, reggae, afro, acid jazz, drum and bass artists come here.

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Photo by Soundwave Croatia

WHERE: Tisno

WHEN: July 27. – 31., 2017

LINE-UPThe Pharcyde, Roy Ayers, Gogo Penguin, Roni Size, Gilles Peterson, Laura Mvula and more.

WEBhttp://www.soundwavecroatia.com/

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Belgium

Pukkelpop

Two hundred artists, eight stages, three days of festivities and thousands of visitors from all over Europe… plenty of good reasons to go to Belgium this summer!

Photo by Pcauberghs via Flickr
Photo by Pcauberghs via Flickr

WHERE: Hasselt, Limburg

WHEN: August 16 – 19, 2017

LINE-UP: Mumford and Sons, Cypress Hill, Len Faki, Flume, The Naked and Famous, Walking on Cars, Bakermat Live, Rise Against, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Kollektiv Turmstraße and more.

WEB: http://www.pukkelpop.be

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Tomorrowland

Thanks to its amazing, fairy tale-like decoration, and the great line-up of artists, the number of visitors of Belgium’s Tomorrowland has sky-rocketed in the past few years. That’s why back in 2013 they decided to organize the same festival in United States and since last year they’re also organized in Brazil. Tickets for the original festival are already all gone… be faster next year 😉

Photo by Visitflanders via Flickr
Photo by Visitflanders via Flickr

WHERE: Boom

WHEN: July 21 – 30, 2017

LINE-UP: Axwell, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Fred Baker, Paul van Dyk, Joris Voorn, Marc Maya, Martin Solveig, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nervo, Netsky, Solomun, David Guetta , Afrojack, Dave Clarke and many many more.

WEBhttp://www.tomorrowland.com/en

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Here’s a little sneak-peak of what you will experience at Tomorrowland:

Which other European music festivals have you heard of ? Have you been to any of these? Leave us a comment and tell us all about it! 

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