A Guide to Europe’s Best Summer Music Festivals

From popular events like Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic to Croatia’s notorious Ultra Europe party, some of the world’s most illustrious festivals take place right here in Europe. Mammoth events like Glastonbury and Tomorrowland lead the famous line-ups and while some have been and gone – there are many more to look forward to. That means more great music to hear, more festival wristbands to collect, and more fun to be had.

We’ve got the lowdown on the best of the best.

Sziget Festival

When: 9th – 16th of August 2017
Where: Budapest, Hungary
Headliners: Major Lazer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kasabian, Wiz Khalifa

With a huge reputation to live up to, Sziget continues to be one of Europe’s largest multicultural musical events. Now in its 22nd year, revellers can expect to enjoy a host of live concerts, headlined by the likes of Kasabian and Major Lazer. Sziget is the epitome of a well-rounded combined festival and holiday experience.

This is a model specimen of a classic music festival at its very finest.

Website: szigetfestival.com

Sziget Festival

Sziget Festival

Lake Festival

When: August 10th – 12th 2017
Where: Unterpremstatten, Austria
Headliners: Steve Aoki, Angerfist, Marshmello, R3HAB

For some serious fun in the sun try the Lake Festival. One of Europe’s coolest summer events, this is a must for any dance fanatic. This year, the EDM festival promises to be bigger and more awesome than ever before. As well as music from the likes of David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and Calvin Harris, you can also get wet ‘n’ wild with the water sports available to all ticket-holders.

Website: lake-festival.at/en/

Lake Festival

Boomtown Fair

When: 10th – 13th August 2017
Where: Winchester, UK
Headliners: Cypress Hill, M.I.A., Sublime with Rome, The Specials

Buckle up for an outrageous ride at the yearly craziness that ensues at the zany Boomtown Fair. Set in a temporary Wild-West-themed city that is purpose-built solely for the festivities, the Boomtown Fair provides a unique opportunity for revellers to escape to a secret place filled with melodic wonderment. Get lost in the theatrical towns in Boomtown – better known as Hilltop, Temple Valley, Downtown and Whistler’s Green – whilst wearing your funkiest festival get-up and enjoy musical escapism at its finest.

Website: boomtownfair.co.uk/

Summer Breeze

When: August 16th – 19th 2017
Where: Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
Headliners: KoЯn, Kreator, Amon Amarth

If raw heavy metal and hardcore punk gets your blood pumping, head to Summer Breeze this summer. Here the music offerings are anything but light and breezy, as the not-so-apt name might suggest. The primeval line-up showcases some of the world’s most intense, no-holds-barred entertainment from the metal and punk scenes. Summer Breeze is the perfect choice for anyone who lives by the motto: “No guts, no glory!”

Website: summer-breeze.de/en/

Summer Breeze Festival

Creamfields

When: 24th – 27th August 2017
Where: Daresbury, Cheshire, UK
Headliners: Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, deadmau5, Tiësto

Creamfields is one of the most prestigious events on the dance festival circuit.  In 2017, the event is celebrating its 20th anniversary, so be prepared for the celebrations to ramp up a notch – or 10.

Join superstars like The Chainsmokers, Paul van Dyk, Stormzy, and Diplo, as they perform everything from EDM and house to trance. Acts will be accompanied by mind boggling stage assemblies, pyrotechnics of epic proportions and incredible light displays.

Website: creamfields.com

Creamfields

Reading Festival

When: 25th – 27th August 2017
Where: Reading, UK
Headliners: Eminem, Kasabian, Muse

Festival-goers rejoice! The Reading Festival serves up an entire full-package festival experience with comedy shows and film screenings providing some respite to those who have over-indulged at the concert stages.

Titans from the world of music join forces at the annual Reading Festival. Stars from all genres, including rock, hip-hop, electronic, and indie, unite for one diverse three-day party event.

Website: readingfestival.com

Bestival

When: 7th – 10th September 2017
Where: Isle of Wight, UK
Headliners: A Tribe Called Quest, The xx, Pet Shop Boys

If you love a festival that promises something a little different, Bestival is certainly out there. Crazy themes, wild light shows and screwball stage performances from legendary names will have revellers begging for the weekend to never stop.

Come one, come all for endless craziness at Bestival 2017.

Whether they take place in the middle of a field in the countryside or in a man-made city straight out of the Wild West, Europe’s summer festival line-up will impress the frenzied masses searching for anything from brand new events to long-standing favourites.

Website: bestival.net

Bestival

 

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