The Most Epic Music Festivals In Europe You Have To Get To
While us Southern Hemisphere-dwellers shiver in the cold, our cousins on the other side are making the most of the epic summer music festivals in Europe. It’s a whole season over there.
Picture dancing on a mountain-top dusted with a silvery mist, or whiling summer days away on a Mediterranean boat cruise. Or perhaps boogying down in a castle, on a beach, or even in an ancient Roman amphitheatre because, well, why not?
Check Out These Amazing Music Festivals In Europe
These are just some of the amazing music festivals in Europe right now. Here’s our pick of of the events that have it all. Amazing vibe, killer lineup, activities galore and, most importantly, a blow-your-socks-off location.
Dimensions festival, Croatia
Every year, the coastal town of Pula in Croatia hosts Dimensions Festival. Pula itself is cute seaside spot steeped in centuries of history. Approximately 8,000 years of it to be precise. And then the Romans arrived and built the epic amphitheatre slap-bang in the city centre some time between 27BCE and 68CE.
The amphitheatre is still standing, for the most part, and guess what? You can party in it for Dimensions Festival, which hosts its opening concert in the amphitheatre. This year will see Kraftwerk, 3-DNils, Frahm, Moodymann, Nubya Garcia, Josey Rebelle and Debora Ipekel take the stage. Main festival acts include heavyweights like Bonobo, Marcellus Pittman, Ben UFO, Alex Perez and Fatima.
Oh, and did we mention the boat parties? Three-hour long cruises through the Adriatic Sea to the sweet, sweet sounds of some of your favourite DJs.
Details: 29 August to 2 September in Pula, Croatia. Opening concert tickets £39 (AU$68). Full festival tickets £154 (AU$272).
Kallida festival, Wales
The boutique three-day Kallida festival – a visual arts and music event – is held in a 19th-Century country house in Wales. A huge old mansion and 130 acres of lush Welsh countryside set the scene for festival-goers. Party in the mansion, sleep in the mansion. Yep, that’s right, you can book a room in the manor, complete with four-poster bed and even a hot tub.
This year the festival hosted an eclectic lineup with everything from drum ‘n’ bass to dancehall to deep house, with the likes of Daniel Avery, Afriquoi and Rockwell taking to the decks. It’s among our absolute favourite music festivals in Europe.
Details: 2018’s festival took place in June, with 2019 dates to be confirmed. First release tickets were £65 (AU$116).
Electric Castle, Romania
Party like royalty at Electric Castle Festival. Bánffy Castle in Transylvania was likely built in 15th or 16th century as a small country manor, probably for a bunch of vampires. But when Dénes Bánffy inherited it, he fortified it and turned it into the castle you see today. It’s eclectic and it’s crazy, and you need to go to see why it’s among the hottest music festivals in Europe.
Electric Castle is a music and arts festival with headliners such as Damian Marley, Jessie J, London Grammar and Mura Masa taking the stage for 2018.
Details: July dates TBC. In 2018, single-day tickets started at 149 Romanian lei (AU$50), with general access passes costing 549 lei (AU$185).
Meadows In The Mountains, Bulgaria
This a wild mountain-top time, deep in the heart of Bulgaria. Offering a bit of a magical experience in the Rhodope Mountains, Meadows in the Mountains embraces bonfires, intimate stages and some earthy vibes.
Every morning, the mountains are dusted with a silvery mist that slithers through the mountains creating a spectacular visual spectacle. This is a very eco-conscious festival with goers being avid nature-lovers, so expect peak bush doof.
Details: 6 to 19 June 2019. Tickets cost €110 (AU$172).
Mandrea Festival, Italy
It’s all about dub and reggae at Mandrea Festival. Set in the foothills of the Dolomites and sitting by the beautiful Lake Garda in Italy, lounge beside one of Italy’s most beautiful stretches of water. Music is on the menu, performed by headliners Horace Andy, The Mighty Diamonds and Dub Pistols among others, but so is hiking and mountain biking if that takes your fancy.
Details: 14 to 20 August 2018, with tickets from €35 (AU$55) and €130 (AU$204) for the full six-day pass.
Island party anyone? Sziget Festival is a seven-day bonanza that takes over Obudai Island in the river Danube, close to Budapest. This festival gets some big names. This year’s lineup includes heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, The Arctic Monkeys and The Gorillaz, but it is also a meeting point for everything from world music, to electronic, to jazz and hip-hop.
Sziget is also well-known for its carnival of extra-musical activities such as theatre, circus and dance shows as well as talks. And yep, another boat party. Cruise through Budapest with the likes of Gorgon City or the Krafty Kuts in your earholes.
Details: 8 to 15 August 2018. Tickets cost from€79 (AU$124) for a single day or €325 (AU$510).
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(Lead image: Kallida Festival / Facebook)