Anyone who’s a fan of the festival scene has at least tried to get tickets for Glastonbury, the UK’s most famous music festival. However, it sold out in minutes, which means that there were plenty of disappointed fans. There are dozens of festivals throughout Europe over the summer months, so whether you’re gutted you missed Glasto, or had such a great time you want to get as many festivals in as possible, these are some of our favourites.
EXIT – Novi Sad, Serbia
Dates: 5 – 9 July
Headliners: The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Hardwell, The Jesus and Mary Chain
Exit isn’t a festival, it’s a movement. What started out as student uprisings against an oppressive regime in the ‘90s has grown exponentially to become one of festival-goers top destinations. Taking place inside Petrovaradin Fortress, above Serbia’s second capital Novi Sad, the Exit festival was an attempt patching up conflicts between ex-Yugoslavia’s separatist nations. Founders of the Exit Generation say that the festival is all about fun and spreading the social message.
NOS ALIVE, Lisbon, Portugal
Dates: 6 – 8 July
Headliners: Depeche Mode, Royal Blood, Bonobo
Portugal’s beaches are just 10 minutes away from the lively festival in the city offering some much needed rest and relaxation post-festival. Previously known as Optimus Festival, this is one of Europe’s top festival destinations. Take your pick from the range of accommodation from camping to glamping, rooms in a city hotel or even bungalows with a swimming pool.
Dates: 7 – 9 July
Headliners: Tube & Berger, General Levy, OTT, Radikal, Guru, Cygna, Urban Warfare Crew
There’s absolutely no excuse to be missing this one. Just a short ferry ride to Gozo and this festival is with reach. Located just metres away from the sandy beach of Ramla Bay, this festival goes beyond its line up of both local and foreign artists. This annual festival celebrates a sense of harmony and creative freedom with holistic healing areas and innovative installations along with live performances and a selection of food and drinks including healthy options.
TOMORROWLAND – Boom, Belgium
Dates: 21-23 July; 28-30 July
Headliners: Armin Van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Alesso
Tomorrowland is Europe’s number one festival for electronic music with thousands of festival-goers flocking to the small village of Boom in Belgium on festival weekend. The venue is absolutely enormous, spread over fields, forests and multiple little lakes. The main stage is huge, with hundreds of thousands of people flocking to what feels like a set from Alice in Wonderland. The smaller stages, some floating on the lakes, have a fairytale vibe that will keep your energy up all throughout the weekend.
FLOW – Helsinki, Finland
Dates: 11 – 13 August
Headliners: Lana Del Rey, The xx, London Grammar, Aphex Twin, Flume, Vince Staples and Angel Olsen
Muddy fields full of drunk teenagers are not what you expect to find at Flow festival in Helsinki. While the music is consistently good what attracts festival-goers to Flow is the food. Top restaurateurs from all over the capital make their way to this festival, making stomach space a priority at this festival.
Mandrea, Lake Garda, Italy
Dates: 16 – 21 August
Headliners: Toots and the Maytals, General Levy
This festival has a more hippy vibe to your run of the mill music festival, with reggae and folk tunes dominating the festival. Located in Italy, you can expect the food to be top notch too, with stone-baked, Italian pizzas and Campari cocktails taking the place of the standard beer and hotdogs. During the day you can explore the beauty of Lake Garda, taking a dip in her cool waters or scaling the cliff faces.
LOST VILLAGE, Lincolnshire, England
Dates: 24 – 27 August
Headliners: Hot Chip, De La Soul, Jackmaster, Dusky
If you’re looking for something a little bit more intimate than Glastonbury, Lost Village in Lincolnshire is the one for you. Taking place in the middle of a large wooded area, you really feel like you are lost in the woods. At this festival you can expect more than just music – comedy in The Lost Theatre, global street food and yoga classes are the order of the day.