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The complete list of top European summer festivals 2019

This festival season travel across to our neighbours in Europe for some sun-filled celebrations! With line-ups are larger than life and parties that are incomparable to anything else, you won’t want to miss what’s on offer across Europe this summer.



Explore by month…

June

July

August




June Festivals


We Love Green


We Love Green is as forward-thinking as festivals come. As the name might suggest, they’re all about eco-conscious living and so We Love Green works hard every year to promote progressive ethics and environmental responsibility. It’s not all so serious though, it’s also about good music and good times, which is why they’ve boasted a brilliant line-up for this year, including Booba, Christine and the Queens, FKA Twigs, Future, Kali Uchis, Metronomy, Rosalía and Tame Impala.


When: 1 – 2 June

Where: Le Bois de Vincennes, Paris, France

Price: €119.50 Hurry Up 2-day pass

Website: welovegreen.fr/?lang=en




Meadows In The Mountain


Visit ‘where the land touches the sky and the sun cuddles nature’ for an extraordinary festival experience. There are four stages in total with completely different atmospheres to accommodate for the variety of music and performances. There is also a designated wellbeing area to meet all your needs. This includes workshops that vary from plant-based medicine to tarot and Ayurveda. The locals of Polkovnik even make a special appearance every year for a choir performance dressed in their full traditional attire.


When: 6 – 9 June

Where: Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Price: €140 (+BF) Access to Meadows in the Mountain Festival

Website: meadowsinthemountains.com




Northside


Winner of the 2018 Best Medium-Sized Festival at the European Festival Awards, it’s very clear that Northside has come a long way since it’s early days as a one-day, five-acts festival. Now Northside opens its doors to 40,000 guests and hosts some impressive international stars. This year’s line-up is: Alice in Chains, Bon Iver, Cautious Clay, First Aid Kit, Foals, Georgia, Gnags, Jada, Jonah Blacksmith, Kaytranada, Khalid, Kurt Vile & The Violators, L.O.C., Lydmor, Major Lazer, Migos, New Order, Peter Sommer & Tiggerne, Tame Impala, Suspekt, The Minds of 99, The Streets and Tove Lo.


When: 6 – 8 June

Where: Aarhus, Ådalen, Denmark

Price: Approx. £221 (+BF) 3-day pass for NorthSide

Website: northside.dk




NOS Primavera Sound


This is Barcelona Primavera’s little sister festival in Portugal, although as each year goes by it sure grows up fast! What started in 2011 is not what you’ll find in 2019 as it is now one of the most anticipated festivals in Portugal for pulling together a top-notch line-up. This year you’ll be graced with the presence of Solange, Erykah Badu, J Balvin, Rosalía, Interpol, Stereolab, James Blake, Courtney Barnett, Jarvis Cocker, Modeselektor (live), Nina Kraviz and many more talented artists.


When: 6 – 8 June

Where: Porto, Portugal

Price: $141 (+BF) 3-day general pass

Website: nosprimaverasound.com




Rock Am Ring & Rock Im Park


Germany’s most popular twin rock festivals will be going big this year with their line-up of Alice in Chains, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Dropkick Murphys, Foals, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Tenacious D, The 1975, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Slipknot, Die Antwoord, Halestorm, Sabaton, Architects and so many others. If heavy metal is your thing the you will not want to be anywhere else than in Germany that weekend!


When: 7 – 9 June

Where: Nürburgring, Eifel, Germany / Zeppelinfeld, Nuremberg, Germany

Price: €189 weekend ticket + €50 camping ticket;
€239 weekend ticket including camping

Websites: rock-am-ring.com / rock-im-park.com




Summerburst: Göteborg


Summerburst in Gothenburg is one of Sweden’s most famous annual festivals and has gained quite the reputation for creating a memorable weekend. After many successful years, the music curators at Summerburst have become renowned for bringing some of the best electronic music to the stage. This year they’ve invited Will Sparks, Tiësto and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to headline. With three stages and a whole host of pyrotechnics, this is the event of the summer in Sweden’s second biggest city.


When: 7 – 8 June

Where: Ullevi, Ullevigatan Gothenburg, Sweden

Price: £108.32 (+BF) 2-day ticket

Website: summerburst.se/goteborg/english




World Club Dome: Space Edition


In Frankfurt this June you can catch the Space Edition of the international festival, World Club Dome, and their impressive line-up of David Guetta, Alison Wonderland, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, Lost Frequencies, Don Diablo, Bassjackers and Marshmello among many more. These huge acts will be showcasing their talent across various stages: the hardstyle stage, forest area, skyline stage, pool sessions and club music circle.


When: 7 – 9 June

Where: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany

Price: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany

Website: worldclubdome.com/wcd2019




Pinkpop


It is Pinkpop’s 50th birthday this June and hitting the half a century mark is a perfect reason to party like there is no tomorrow! The line-up at Pinkpop this year is full of huge, international superstars from a good variety of music genres to ensure that there is something everyone will love. You won’t want to miss the performances from Fleetwood Mac, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, Armin van Buuren, Jamiroquai, Bastille, Lenny Kravitz Elbow, George Ezra, Tenacious D, Bring Me The Horizon, Major Lazer, The Kooks and The 1975.


When: 8 – 10 June

Where: Megaland, Landgraaf, The Netherlands

Price: €220 (+BF) weekend ticket including camping

Website: pinkpop.nl/2019/en




Bergenfest


As the largest music festival in Western Norway, Bergenfest holds itself up as a huge celebration of both international and Norwegian music. Every year Bergenfest delivers a line-up of phenomenal talent from a good variety of genres, ranging from rock to blues. This year’s line-up includes Years & Years, Jungle, Jacob Banks, First Aid Kit, Bon Iver, Tove Lo, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Cautious Clay and Emma Steinbakken, among many other fresh talent waiting to be discovered.


When: 12 – 15 June

Where: Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen, Norway

Price: £207.66 (+BF) 4-day ticket

Website: bergenfest.no/en




Graspop Metal Meeting


Graspop is a heavy metal festival in Belgium that has been going strong since 1996. The festival has seen a continuous rise in attendance, with around 152,000 people turning up in the most recent years. As the festival grows so does their impressive international line-up which is spread across five stages: two main stages, a marquee, metal dome and the jupiler stage. This year’s headliners include Slayer, Within Temptation, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slipknot, Sabaton and KISS.


When: 21 – 23 June

Where: Dessel, Belgium

Price: €210 (+BF) Festival ticket Combi

Website: graspop.be/en




Hellfest Open Air


The biggest and arguably, most extravagant metal festival in Europe has returned yet again to maintain its position at the top! To secure Hellfest Open Air’s reputation for another year is an iconic line-up including some of the biggest metal and rock artists in the industry: Dropkick Murphys, Def Leppard, Slayer, Manowar, KISS, Tool, Gojira, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sisters Of Mercy, Sum 41, Lamb of God, Dream Theater, Whitesnake and Refused among so many more.


When: 21 – 23 June

Where: Clisson, France

Price: €232.52 (+BF) 3-day pass

Website: hellfest.fr/en




Secret Solstice


Secret Solstice, also known as the ‘Midnight Sun’ is easily one of the most scenic festivals in the world. The festival is an out-of-this-world experience with a top-notch line-up of Martin Garrix, Black Eyed Peas, Patti Smith, Rita Ora, Pussy Riot, Boy Pablo, Morcheeba and many more. Picture all this and then picture several extra events that include concerts inside a lava tunnel and inside a glacier—it’s almost too good to be true!


When: 21 – 23 June

Where: Reykjavik, Iceland

Price: £127 (+BF) 3-day ticket.
Lava Tunnel and Glacier experiences sold separately

Website: secretsolstice.is




Tinderbox


Denmark’s forest festival will be celebrating its fifth year and to do so they’ve secured some big international names to join the party, including Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia, Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, Diplo, Macklemore, Sheryl Crow, Sigrid, LOC, Duran Duran, Eric Prydz, The Lumineers and The Chainsmokers. Over 60 names have now been scheduled to perform over the three days and with such a range of genres on offer, you’re bound to find something you like.


When: 27 – 29 June

Where: Tusindårsskoven, Odense, Denmark

Price: Approx. £291 3-day ticket including camping

Website: tinderbox.dk/en




Lollapalooza Stockholm


The worldwide Lollapalooza festival has added another destination to 2019— Stockholm! Aiming for immediate success, Lollapalooza Stockholm has secured a fantastic line-up including some very big names in showbiz. The headliners for this year’s festival are Travis Scott (Friday), Lana Del Rey (Friday), Foo Fighters (Saturday), Laleh (Saturday), Chance The Rapper (Sunday) and Lil Uzi Vert (Sunday). Check out the full line-up online to see what other big stars will be joining them.


When: 28 – 30 June

Where: Gärdet, Stockholm, Sweden

Price: Approx. £216 (+BF) 3-day ticket

Website: lollastockholm.com




Lucca Summer Festival


Lucca Summer Festival is a two week long festival with concerts and events held across multiple historic and scenic locations including the city walls, Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino and Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. As a celebration of artistic expression Lucca Summer Festival attracts many of the greats in music, for example, David Bowie, Boy Dylan and James Brown have all graced Lucca Festival with their presence in past years. The 2019 line-up has some huge stars listed, such as Elton John, Take That, Ennio Morricone, De Gregori & Orchestra, Toto, Calcutta, Sting and many other impressive performers.


When: 28 June –13 July

Where: Lucca, Tuscany

Price: Varies depending on event

Website: summer-festival.com/home


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Montreux Jazz Festival


It’s been 53 years since Montreux Jazz Festival began and in that time the festival has created an impressive legacy as the world’s second largest jazz festival. This year all the performances will take place across various venues on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Geneva! And if that doesn’t sell it to you then maybe the words of blues legend, Quincy Jones will: ‘It’s the most important testimonial to the history of music, covering jazz, blues and rock.’


When: 28 June – 13 July

Where: Various venues in Montreux, Switzerland

Price: Varies depending on event

Website: montreuxjazzfestival.com/en




Awakenings


More than 100 techno artists will be hitting the stage at Amsterdam’s huge summer festival, Awakenings. We’re talking the biggest names in the genre, with performances from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Nina Kravis, Charlotte de Witte, Sven Väth and Adam Beyer. This eccentric two-day event in the heart of the international dance capital will offer a festival experience like no other.


When: 28 – 30 June

Where: Recreatiegebied, Spaarnwoude

Price: €113 (+BF) combi ticket

Website: awakeningsfestival.nl/en




Roskilde Festival


Roskilde is all about music, activism, arts, camps and freedom. The festival is much bigger than just top-quality music, although that’s not to say there isn’t an impressive line-up. After winning ‘Line-up of the Year’ at the European Festival Awards 2018, Roskilde have got a lot to live up to this year and they won’t disappoint with headliners including The Cure, Travis Scott, Cardi B, MØ and Robyn. Joining them are: Bring Me The Horizon, Brockhampton, Christine and the Queens and so many more.


When: 29 June – 7 July

Where: Roskilde, Denmark

Price: Approx. £244 (+BF) 8-day ticket including camping

Website: roskilde-festival.dk/en





July Festivals


Hideout Festival


All electronic music fans must add Hideout Festival to their bucket list for 2019! This five-day action-packed festival offers you the party of a lifetime. There’s a total of five open-air venues that will be going strong with performances until the early hours of the morning and if that’s not enough there’s also boat parties, pool parties and beach parties you can attend. Headliners this year include Bicep, Rudimental, MK and CamelPhat among many others.


When: 1 – 5 July

Where: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia

Price: £169 (+BF) tier 3 5-day ticket

Website: hideoutfestival.com


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Open’er Festival


Open’er Festival is a huge event with around 120,000 attendees each year. This Polish festival has really made a name for itself, especially for securing a world-class line-up full of musicians at the top of their game. This year you can catch shows from Travis Scott, Swedish House Mafia, Anna Calvi, Diplo, Flatbush Zombies, G-Eazy, Greta Van Fleet, Idles, J Balvin, Jorja Smith, Kamasi Washington, Kodaline, Lil Uzi Vert, Robyn, Rosalía, Rudimental, Sheck Wes, The 1975 and Vampire Weekend.


When: 3 – 6 July

Where: Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport, Poland

Price: Approx. £149 (+BF) 4-day ticket including camping

Website: opener.pl/en


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Resurrection Fest


Welcome to chapter 14 of Resurrection Fest, the award-winning Spanish rock festival that always pulls out all the stops. Across the four stages, you can catch some phenomenal metal, rock and punk artists in this year’s line-up. This includes Slipknot, Slayer, Parkway Drive, King Diamond, Gojira, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, Within Temptation and Trivium among many others. Come and unite with other rock music fans from all across the globe as they gather in Viverio.


When: 3 – 6 July

Where: Viverio, Lugo, Spain

Price: €157 (+BF) 4-day ticket including camping

Website: resurrectionfest.es/?lang=en




Eurockéennes


30 years since Eurockéennes began, this huge French festival promises to deliver energy, experience and commitment this summer! The line-up is a mix of future international revelations, influential Francophone artists and many much-loved cult groups. You can catch shows from The Chainsmokers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Supreme NTM, Christine and the Queens, Jain, Stray Cats, Nekfeu, Weezer, Parkway Drive and Interpol.


When: 4 – 7 July

Where: Malsaucy, Belfort, France

Price: €158 (+BF) 4-day ticket including camping

Website: eurockeennes.fr




Exit Festival


In an enchanting abandoned fortress next to the River Danube, the 19th edition of Exit is ready to go above and beyond this summer. As a past winner of the ‘European Best Major Festival’ award multiple times from the European Festival Awards, you can definitely expect big things from Exit – especially with there being over 40 different stages and zones to explore. The 2019 headliners are The Cure, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Carl Cox, Paul Kalkbrenner and Skepta.


When: 4 – 7 July

Where: Petrovaradin, Novi Sad, Serbia

Price: £108.90 4-day ticket + £29.70 camping ticket

Website: exitfest.org/en




Neversea


Already at its third edition, Neversea festival is a summer music event highlight in Europe. It’s the biggest festival on the Black Sea shore in Romania. The names on the line-up are huge: Afrojack, Alesso, DJ Snake, G-Eazy, Jessie J, Lost Frequencies, Sean Paul, Steve Aoki, Jamie Jones and many more. From all seven stages, the sunrise and sunset at Neversea beach is amazing, so why not join over 210,000 festival-goers heading to this epic event?


When: 4 – 7 July

Where: Constanța, Romania

Price: €142.77 4-day ticket

Website: neversea.com/en




Rock For People


Rock for People is one of the largest open-air summer music festivals in the Czech Republic. Alongside great music, there’s also a huge variety of workshops and activities you can get involved with. To mark the 25th edition of this festival, the 2019 line-up showcases some brilliant talent: Bring Me The Horizon, Manic Street Preachers, Rudimental (live), Franz Ferdinand, Kodaline, You Me At Six, Pale Waves and several other inspiring artists.


When: 4 – 7 July

Where: Hradec Králové airport, Czech Republic

Price: €88 (+BF) 3-day ticket + €18 (+BF) camping ticket
including €2 refundable litter deposit

Website: rockfopeople.cz/en




Cactusfestival


Cactusfestival is a very intimate gathering thanks to its one-stage-only setting, which ensures that the whole carefully curated line-up can be enjoyed by all. This year’s line-up includes Oscar and the Wolf, Bloc Party, Joe Jackson, Band of Horses, Neneh Cherry and Aldous Harding. There’s also an outdoor pool with a carnival atmosphere to enjoy and free access to the onsite Skybar, so you can enjoy your beverage at high altitude with an eagle eye view of the entire festival!


When: 5 – 7 July

Where: Minnewaterpark, Bruges, Belgium

Price: €120 (+BF) weekend ticket + €16 (+BF) camping ticket

Website: cactusfestival.be/2019




Longitude


Dublin’s biggest outdoor music festival is bringing the best and biggest chart-topping stars together this July. You’ll be able to catch performances from the headliners: A$AP Rocky (Friday), Chance The Rapper (Saturday) and Cardi B & Future (Sunday). Joining them are several other talented performers, including AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Brockhampton, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Uzi Vert and Gunna.


When: 5 – 7 July

Where: Marlay Park, Dublin

Price: €199.50 (+BF) weekend ticket

Website: longitude.ie




Main Square Festival


Founded in 2004, Main Square Festival takes place every summer in the Citadel of Arras (France), a magnificent and historical area included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Each year, it gathers an audience of 120,000 people for three days in the festival grounds located in the heart of the city. For the 15th edition, 47 bands will be taking over the Citadel including DJ Snake, Christine and the Queens, Macklemore and Martin Garrix.


When: 5 – 7 July

Where: La Citadelle, Arras, France

Price: €129 3-day ticket; €54 day ticket + €20 3-night camping ticket;
€8 1-night camping ticket

Website: mainsquarefestival.fr/en




RFM Somnii


RFM Somnii is an electronic dance music festival on the beach in the central region of Portugal. Since 2012, RFM Somnii has been heating up the summer with their line-up of the best and biggest names in dance music. This year is no different with the likes of Afrojack, DJ Snake, Don Diablo, Alesso, Netsky, Tyga, Radical Redemption, Jay Hardway and Redfoo all performing at this 3-day beach festival. You can choose to camp in the park away from the festival or right on the beach.


When: 5 – 7 July

Where: Praia do Relógio, Figueira da Foz, Portugal

Price: €90.63 tier 5 3-day ticket including camping

Website: rfmsomnii.com/en




We Are Electric


This electronic music festival is just an hour away from Amsterdam tucked away inside a beautiful woodland setting. At We Are Electric, the party goes on long into the night so don’t come along expecting to get much rest. Plus why would you want to sleep when they’ve got a line-up that includes The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure (DJ set), Eric Prydz, Richie Hawtin (Closer), Oscar and the Wolf, Nina Kraviz, Alan Walker, San Holo and many more big talents.


When: 5 – 7 July

Where: Velder Woods, Boxtel, The Netherlands

Price: €118.50 weekend ticket including camping

Website: we-are-electric.com


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Isle of MTV Malta


This summer will mark the Isle of MTV Malta’s 13th year running and they plan on beating the superstition and making this their lucky year with huge international headliners Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha performing on 9 July (tickets for this concert are free!). The IOMTV Malta Music Week standard package gives you access to all the Malta Music Week Club Events including Gianpula Fridays ft. Rudimental!


When: 9 – 14 July

Where: Various locations in Malta

Price: €115 (+BF) IOMTV MMW standard package + €35 (+BF) Sunset Boat Party ticket (11 July)

Website: isleofmtv.com




Bilbao BBK Live


Ever wanted to sing your lungs out on top of a mountain? Well, here’s your chance at Bilbao BBK Live. Some of the best pop and rock artists will be performing this year, including Liam Gallagher, The Strokes, Weezer, Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Rosalía and many more. There are also dedicated dance spaces for those who never want the night to end. Plus, there are plenty of fun activities to get involved with whilst being surrounded by the incredible panoramic views of the city below.


When: 11 – 13 July

Where: Mount Cobetas, Bilbao, Spain

Price: €175 (+BF) 3-day ticket including camping

Website: bilbaobkklive.com/en




Mad Cool Festival


Mad Cool Festival brings the party to Spain’s capital. It showcases a variety of talent so you can catch the biggest modern tunes in rock, pop and dance music. On Thursday, you can see shows from Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend and The Chemical Brothers. Then on Friday, there’ll be shows from The National and The Smashing Pumpkins. Finally, on Saturday, The Cure and Prophets of Rage will headline. You can also buy tickets separately to see Bring Me The Horizon amongst others at the Mad Cool Festival Welcome Party on 10 July.


When: 11 – 13 July

Where: Valdebebas, Madrid, Spain

Price: €175 (+BF) 3-day ticket

Website: madcoolfestival.es/en




Nos Alive


Nothing quite compares to a seaside festival in July— good weather, good music and good vibes. Which is exactly what NOS Alive has to offer. The festival prides itself on its line-up: The Cure, Vampire Weekend, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Iver, Gossip, The Chemical Brothers and many more are performing. There’s also plenty of tasty food to treat yourself with—from pizza to sushi and plenty of vegetarian options, it’ll be the feast of a lifetime!


When: 11 – 13 July

Where: Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Lisbon, Portugal

Price: €139.77 (+BF) 3-day ticket + from €19 camping ticket

Website: nosalive.com/en




Pohoda Festival


The award-winning Pohoda (‘well-being’ in Slovak) is a festival with a unique family-like atmosphere, perfectly fitting the meaning of its name. At Pohoda, alternative, indie, electronica, world music and punk meet classical; alongside literature, dance, visual arts, film and theatre. This year’s lineup includes Liam Gallagher, Lykke Li, The Roots, Skepta, The 1975, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mac DeMarco, Mura Masa, Lianne La Havas, Michael Kiwanuka, Death Grips and more!


When: 11 – 13 July

Where: Airport Trenčín, Slovakia

Price: €99 3-day ticket including camping

Website: pohodafestival.sk/en




Ultra Europe


Ultra Europe edition gives EDM fans from all over the world a home and a place to unite in their shared love of the genre. The last few years saw a turnout of around 120,000 attendees so you’ll definitely be far from lonely here. The headliners this year includes Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Eric Prydz, Steve Angello and DJ Snake. Ultra has a reputation for creating incredible stage designs that leave lasting impressions in the minds of festival-goers.


When: 12 – 14 July

Where: Poljud Stadium, Split, Croatia

Price: €199 (+BF) tier 6 3-day ticket

Website: ultraeurope.com




Afropunk Paris


Afropunk Paris is in a new venue for its fifth edition: La Seine Musicale. More than a festival, it’s a real experience shared with a constantly growing and eclectic crowd. This year, you can see Janelle Monáe, Masego, Ibeyi, IAMDDB, Lizzo and more. In 2018, Afropunk Paris sold out for the fourth time in a row because of its irresistible growth. The festival is now a major iconic event in the City of Lights but retains its identity and commitment.


When: 13 – 14 July

Where: La Seine Musicale, Paris, France

Price: €130 weekend ticket; €75 day ticket

Website: afropunkfest.com/paris




Fresh Island Festival


Fresh Island festival dubs itself the hottest urban, hip hop and R&B experience. Located on the beautiful island of PAG, it truly does capture the whole paradise appeal. There’s more to the festival than just the main program, with both pre and after parties, you’ll be lucky to catch a wink of sleep! The impressive line-up this summer includes Tory Lanez, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna, Not3s, Yxng Bane, Hardy Caprio, Afro B, B Young, Tim Westwood and DJ Semtex.


When: 15 – 17 July

Where: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia

Price: €132.87 (+BF) 3-day general ticket

Website: fresh-island.org




Colours of Ostrava


Colours of Ostrava is a big international festival that attracts culture and music-lovers from near and far. Last year’s festival offered over 350 programme items, across 21 outdoor and indoor stages. This year, there will be shows from many internationally-acclaimed stars, such as The Cure, Florence + The Machine, Rag’n’Bone Man, Mogwai, John Butler Trio, ZAZ, Mariza, Shaka Ponk and so many more. You can get some great photos of the festival site: it’s in a former ironworks, steelworks and mine.


When: 17 – 20 July

Where: Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Price: €130 (+BF) 4-day ticket + €10.30 camping ticket

Website: colours.cz




Electric Castle


No other festival venue quite compares to the historic and majestic Bánffy Castle. Electric Castle offers a massive, action-packed 24-hour programme with a mixture of street performers, stand-up comedy and huge music stars. It claims to break the boundaries between electronic music and reggae, mainstream and subculture. This summer you can see shows from Florence + The Machine, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Bring Me The Horizon, Metric, Boys Noize and The Vaccines.


When: 17 – 21 July

Where: Bánffy Castle, Transylvania, Romania

Price: €148 5-day ticket including camping

Website: electriccastle.ro


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Deichbrand Festival


One of the most popular music festivals in Germany is at the North Sea. Deichbrand Festival welcomes more than 60,000 enthusiastic ‘Freaks and Folks, Fans and Friends’. Around 100 bands, live acts, DJs and poetry slammers perform on five stages over four days and four nights. The lineup for 2019 includes Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Chemical Brothers, Biffy Clyro, The Kooks and many more.


When: 18 – 21 July

Where: Sea-Airport Cuxhaven, Germany

Price: €149 (+BF) 4-day Kombiticket including camping; €159 (+BF) 4-day
Kombiticket Frühanreise incl. camping and early arrival (17 July)

Website: deichbrand.de/en




Festival Internacional De Benicàssim


At Festival Internacional de Benicàssim you can soak up the sunshine and enjoy world-class performances across the four big stages—it’s the perfect holiday festival! This year’s line-up has some big international stars on the list, including: Kings of Leon, Lana Del Rey, Fatboy Slim, Vetusta Morla, The 1975, Franz Ferdinand, George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Kodaline, Marina, AJ Tracey, The Hunna, Krept x Konan and many other talented musician ready to revolutionise your summer.


When: 18 – 21 July

Where: Benicàssim, Spain

Price: €155 (+BF) 4-day ticket including camping

Website: fiberfib.com/en




Sónar


Every year since 1994, in the heart of Barcelona, you can find Sónar, one of the greatest celebrations of electronic music in Europe. With a long history of delivering a stellar line-up, this year aims to hit all expectations with A$AP Rocky, Disclosure (DJ set), Ross From Friends, Skepta and Andy C listed on the programme. The events are split into Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, held at separate locations. There’s also Sónar+D, an international congress in collaboration with researchers, innovators and business leaders.


When: 18 – 20 July

Where: Fira Montjuïc / Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain

Price: €185 (+BF) 3-day SonarPass

Website: sonar.es/en/2019




Super Bock Super Rock


Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the precursor of the great festivals in Portugal and milestone in the festival scene changes its location. In July, Super Bock Super Rock returns to the idyllic setting next to Meco Beach in Sesimbra, south of Lisbon, which will allow a great and unique experience by the beach for thousands of music-lovers. The line-up includes Lana Del Rey, Phoenix, Migos, The 1975, Janelle Monáe, Metronomy, Disclosure (DJ set), Kaytranada, Cat Power and many more!


When: 18 – 20 July

Where: Meco Beach, Sesimbra, Portugal

Price: €110 (+BF) Full Pass including camping; €60 (+BF) day ticket

Website: superbocksuperrock.pt/en




Melt


Melt has a global reputation for pulling off a legendary festival and it has continued to grow over 20 years. This open-air museum in the heart of Ferropolis is the perfect setting for attendees to experience an array of musical talent. For this year’s line-up, Melt has secured performances from Bon Iver, A$AP Rocky, Jorja Smith, Skepta, Solomun, Four Tet and Modeselektor (live).


When: 19 – 21 July

Where: Ferropolis, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Price: €139 (+BF + €5 refundable garbage deposit) tier 3 weekend ticket
including camping

Website: meltfestival.de/en




Tomorrowland


Tomorrowland offers a surreal experience for around 400,000 festivalgoers each year and has even been dubbed a Mecca for dance music fans. The scale of Tomorrowland is almost unbelievable and they really do live by their motto, ‘Live Today, Love Tomorrow’, with every edition striving for bigger and better things than ever before. When Tomorrowland promises to not compromise on anything life has to offer, that includes their worldclass line-up of DJs, check the line-up out online!


When: 19 – 21 & 26 – 28 July

Where: De Schorre, Boom, Belgium

Price: €376 3-day Magnificent Greens Package including camping

Website: tomorrowland.com/en




Lollapalooza Paris


Lollapalooza is back for the third year in Paris. Twenty Øne Piløts, The Strokes, Orelsan, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and many more are due to perform. You can also experience other areas: Lolla Chef, dedicated to culinary artistry, and Lolla Planète, a space for sustainable development. The French version of one of the biggest festivals in the world is an unmissable event of the summer and its eclecticism will once again attract an audience from all over the world.


When: 20 – 21 July

Where: Hippodrome ParisLongchamp, Paris, France

Price: €149 2-day pass; €79 day pass

Website: lollaparis.com




Positivus Festival


This two-day celebration of music and culture in the beautiful scenic country of Latvia is a perfect bucket-list destination to check off this July. Positivus combines a variety of music genres: indie, pop, folk and electronic. The festival has a mix of activities to get involved with that cater for all groups, including families. Every year there are around 60-70 different artists performing and this year, The 1975, Disclosure (DJ set), Underworld and Royal Blood will be headlining the festival.


When: 26 – 27 July

Where: Salacgrīva, Latvia

Price: €73.60 2-day ticket including camping

Website: positivusfestival.com/en




Rock Werchter


Rock Werchter is one of Europe’s oldest and most well-established festival and with this reputation comes great reassurance that the line-up and overall 4-day event will be hugely impressive. On Thursday, P!NK and Bastille will be headlining. On Friday Tool, The Cure and Bring Me The Horizon will take to the main stage. On Saturday you can catch shows from Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine and Macklemore, and to finish with a bang, Muse, Balthazar and New Order will wrap things up on Sunday.


When: 27–30 July

Where: Festivalpark, Werchter, Belgium

Price: €243 (+BF) 4-day Combi Ticket (e-tickets include 1 free e-train ticket for public transport in Belgium); €30 camping ticket

Website: rockwerchter.be/en




Unite With Tomorrowland


With a livestream from the main Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, UNITE aims to build bridges with the rest of the world for those who may appreciate the smaller price tag attached. The smaller scale production will still have synchronised special effects to add to the experience, a customized UNITE stage and a line-up of local and international artists. You can enjoy Tomorrowland broadcasting three main stage headliners from a whole other location at a fraction of the cost!


When: 27 July

Where: Athens, Greece / Barcelona, Spain / Marsa, Malta / Porto, Portugal

Price: From €40 (+BF) ticket

Website: tomorrowland.com/en/unite





August Festivals


Let It Roll


For three days and three nights, Let It Roll hosts a massive celebration which honours all that is groundbreaking in the drum and bass genre. 2019’s festival is set to be the biggest one yet, with its off-the-scale production and top quality line-up, including Chase & Status, Andy C, Camo & Krooked, Dimension, High Contrast, Noisia, Pendulum, Sub Focus and Wilkinson. Last year over a massive 20,000 people turned up for Let It Roll. Get prepared for bus parties, light shows and a lot of raving!


When: 1 – 3 August

Where: Milovice Airfield, near Prague, Czech Republic

Price: £90 (+BF) 3-day ticket + £20 (+BF) Independent Camp ticket

Website: letitroll.eu




Untold


With over 350,000 participants, Untold festival brings, for 2019’s fifth anniversary edition, one of the best line-ups: Bastille, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, James Arthur, Martin Garrix, Andy C and Chase & Status are just a few of the huge names among over 250 acts gracing the nine stages. After winning ‘Best Major Festival’ at the 2015 European Festival Awards, Untold continues to set the bar high, so why not join the festival in Transylvania, land of Dracula?


When: 1 – 4 August

Where: Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania

Price: €186.05 4-day ticket

Website: untold.com




Off Festival


Off Festival offers the perfect home away from home for alternative music fans. Each year they aim to showcase a good variety of genres and provide an outlet for art and culture. The festival is well regarded for its eco-friendly policies and for promoting a mixture of homegrown talent alongside international acts. This year has performances from Suede, Neneh Cherry, Aldous Harding, Superorganism, Perfect Son and Electric Wizard, among many others.


When: 2 – 4 August

Where: Three Ponds Valley, Katowice, Poland

Price: £67 (+BF) 3-day festival pass; £16 camping pass

Website: off-festival.pl/en




Meo Sudoeste


Primarily focused on pop, hip-hop and dance music, the line-up regularly features big international stars. The favourites of each scene come together for the huge summer party. Beyond the music, the festival’s coastal location also offers the chance to kick back on the beach between sets. The line-up includes Post Malone, Anitta, Russ, Steve Aoki, Timmy Trumpet, Rita Ora and many more!


When: 6 – 10 August

Where: Zambujeira do Mar, south-west coast, Portugal

Price: €120 (+BF) Full Pass including camping access 3–11 August;
€55 (+BF) day ticket

Website: meosudoeste.pt/en




Øya Festival


Across the four-day festival, you can enjoy music from both up-and-coming artists and bigger international acts, such as The Cure, Robyn, Karpe, Tame Impala, Sigrid, James Blake and Unge Ferrari. Øya Festival draws a 60,000 large audience to Oslo and offers a variety of activities for attendees to fill their days up with—including shopping around stalls for records, clothes and art. The festival is also famously green and offers endless options of divine organic food to satisfy your every craving.


When: 6 – 10 August

Where: Tøyen Park, Oslo, Norway

Price: £273.64 (+BF) Festival Pass

Website: oyafestivalen.no/en




Punk Rock Holiday


Punk Rock Holiday is a little more obscure than your typical festival because there is no barricade between you and your favourite bands— everything really is as up-close and personal as it could possibly be! The 2019 line-up includes some big names in the punk rock genre, including NOFX, Descendents, Ignite, Less Than Jake, Good Riddance and many more. Punk Rock Holiday offers the perfect summer escape on a beautiful beach in the Mediterranean climate of Slovenia.


When: 6 – 9 August

Where: Sotočje, Tolmin, Slovenia

Price: €120 (+BF) festival ticket

Website: punkrockholiday.com




Sziget


After winning the 2018 Best Overseas Festival award, Sziget has a lot to live up to this year! They’ve already secured an incredible line-up of big international stars from a variety of genres, so it looks to be on the table for another win! You can catch performances from some supremely talented musicians, such as Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, Martin Garrix, Richard Ashcroft, Franz Ferdinand, James Blake, Years & Years and many more.


When: 7 – 13 August

Where: Old Buda Island, Budapest, Hungary

Price: Old Buda Island, Budapest, Hungary

Website: szigetfestival.com/en




Way Out West


In Slottsskogen’s secluded woodland setting you can find one of Sweden’s biggest music festivals with an impressive and diverse line-up of hip-hop, rock, indie and dance music. Way Out West has won several awards in past years, especially for their commitment to creating a green and sustainable festival. You’ll be excited about this year’s line-up which includes Cardi B, The Cure, Stormzy, James Blake, Jon Hopkins (live), Zara Larsson, Earl Sweatshirt and Christine and The Queens.


When: 8 – 10 August

Where: Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, Sweden

Price: Approx. £160 standard festival pass; Approx. £136 youth festival pass

Website: wayoutwest.se




Flow Festival


Perhaps hosting a festival in a former power plant is a little obscure but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. This location offers 10 different stages to host a variety of music and ultimately sets the perfect ambience. Flow Festival aims to impress with big stage designs, including a 360° balloon stage featuring a huge pressurised balloon. This year, expect entertainment from Cardi B, Earl Sweatshirt, Neneh Cherry, Slowthai and Nitzer Ebb alongside many other talented musicians.


When: 9 – 11 August

Where: Suvilahti Power Plant, Helsinki, Finland

Price: €205 (+BF) 3-day pass

Website: flowfestival.com/en




World Club Dome: Cruise Edition


For something a little more abstract you might want to consider catching the World Club Dome cruise festival from Ibiza to Barcelona in August. Travel in style on the largest floating club hotel in the world, with an impressive 12 decks and up to 3,000 beds. Accompany you on this one of a kind cruise vacation is Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Felix Kröcher, Gestört aber Geil, Le Shuuk, Lost Frequencies, Mattn, Robin Schulz and Timmy Trumpet.


When: 12 – 16 August

Where: Barcelona to Ibiza

Price: From €859 (+BF) including accommodation with 24-hour catering

Website: wcd-cruiseedition.de




Summer Breeze


Rock and metal fans across the world unite every August for the biggest metal festival in Southern German! The venue is transformed into a fierce battlefield featuring incredible design sets and out of this world light shows. There will be several huge rock and metal fans attending this year and you can catch shows from Parkway Drive, Avantasia, Hypocrisy, Kvelertak, Soilwork, Death Angel.


When: 14 – 17 August

Where: Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, Germany

Price: €133 including camping and presale fee

Website: summer-breeze.de/en




Vodafone Paredes de Coura


Vodafone Paredes de Coura is one of Portugal’s largest summer festivals and each year they deliver a killer line-up of alternative music to give the 100,000 large audience exactly what they want. This year there will be performances from Julia Jacklin, The National, New Order, Car Seat Headrest, Boy Pablo, Father John Misty, Spiritualized,  Deerhunter, Patti Smith and Her Band, Suede among many others.


When: 14 – 17 August

Where: Praia Fluvial do Taboão, Cabanela, Portugal

Price: €94 (+BF) 4-day general pass, including camping

Website: paredesdecoura.com




Pukkelpop


As the second largest festival in Belgium, Pukkelpop has a big reputation to live up to each year and this heavily depends on them scoring a top-quality line-up. This year they’ve hit the mark with performances from The National, Post Malone, Royal Blood, Tame Impala and Twenty One Pilots. Joining them are other big names in the industry right now, such as Amelie Lens, Anne-Marie, Billie Eilish, Chase & Status RTRN and Franz Ferdinand, among others.


When: 15 – 18 August

Where: Kiewit, Hasselt, Belgium

Price: €205 (+BF) Combi Ticket including public transport & camping
(you must reserve camping in advance); €10 recycling deposit

Website: pukkelpop.be/en


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Kraków Live Festival


Over 25,000 people come together in August for this two-day music festival in the heart of Kraków. Across the two stages there are performances from worldwide stars that are sure to make your summer, this year the headliners include Calvin Harris, Post Malone, Macklemore, DJ Snake and Years & Years. Next door to the festival is the gastronomic area, which offers a huge variety of non-music attractions that entice festival-goers to explore the broader culture that Kraków city has to offer.


When: 16 – 17 August

Where: Polish Aviation Museum, Kraków

Price: Approx. £95.50 (+BF) 2-day ticket, including camping

Website: livefestival.pl/en


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Lowlands


Lowlands promises to be a backpacker’s Garden Of Eden and Holland’s most adventurous cultural outdoor event. The festival offers a variety of cutting edge and alternative music, film, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature and street theatre. With over 250 acts performing across 12 stages, there will be plenty going on to keep everyone entertained. The line-up this year includes Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots, A$AP Rocky and many more.


When: 16 – 18 August

Where: Walibi Holland Event Centre, Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands

Price: €200 (+BF) Festival Ticket, including camping
& return shuttle bus from NS station Dronten or Lelystad

Website: lowlands.nl/english




Mysteryland


Mysteryland is one of the original electronic music festival, every year they showcase the biggest and best artists in Dubstep, EDM, Electronic, Hardstyle, House and Techno. This summer you’ll be spoiled rotten with shows from headliners Martin Garrix, Diplo and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Accompanying them across the weekend are Sven Väth, Dave Clarke, Solardo, Wildstylez, Brennan Heart, Paul van Dyk, Alison Wonderland, Nicky Romero, Vini Vici and many other big names of the EDM genre.


When: 23 – 25 August

Where: Haarlemmermeer, Near Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Price: €189 weekend ticket, including camping

Website: mysteryland.nl




Electric Picnic


Every year Electric Picnic comes to life to celebrate all that is brilliant about art and music. The Picnic is described as ‘Ireland’s version of Glastonbury’ thanks to the organisers ability to always pull together a world-class line-up, this year you’ll be able to watch shows from The Strokes, Florence + The Machine, Hozier, The 1975, Billie Eilish, Christine and The Queens, Dermot Kennedy, Four Tet, James Blake and Jarvis Cocker.


When: 30 August – 1 September

Where: Stradbally Hall, Laois

Price: €205 weekend ticket

Website: electricpicnic.ie




Summerburst: Stockholm


Summerburst is one of Sweden’s biggest electronic music festivals, so big in fact, that the original event created in Stockholm back in 2011 had to expand to make a whole other festival in Gothenburg too! This year the festival line-up has some impressive talent on this list, including Calvin Harris, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Tiësto, Will Sparks, R3hab, Salvatore Ganacci, Caroline Roxy, Tigerlily and many more big names at the forefront of electronic music!


When: 30 – 31 August

Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Price: Approx. £115 (+BF) two-day festival pass

Website: summerburst.se





Check out the complete list of 2019 summer UK and International festivals!


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