No summer in Europe is complete without a bit of festivity. The continent in particular is known for their outstanding music festivals suited for all genres and crowds. As festival gurus would advise, planning is always key. Especially if you want to make your Europe-trip one to remember by ticking off a music festival off the bucket list! Because after line-up announcements are made early on in the year, ticket sales always seem to sell out way before the first flowers bloom in spring.
Alas, if you happen to be a last-minute planner, do not fear – there are still plenty of fantastic music events you can attend if you act now. GoEuro did the searching for you and made a list of top European music festivals you can still grab tickets to!
Dimensions Festival – Pula, Croatia
Date: 30 August – 3 September
Headliners: Grace Jones, Moderat, Jeff Mills, Theo Parrish, Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz
Tickets: 175€ (Weekend pass)
If you haven’t clued on already, Croatia is quickly becoming the best European music festival destination. It’s easy to see why with its long Adriatic coastline, islands speckled everywhere, travel affordability and their long hot summers. Dimensions Festival is one of Croatia’s biggest electronic music festivals of the year bringing in crowds from all over Europe, with massive acts including Grace Jones, Moderat and Jeff Mills taking centre stage this year. The festival is set on an ancient Roman fortress with beach access to crystal clear waters.
It’s a festival well worth hitting up if you plan on making your way to Croatia this summer!
Awakenings Festival – Spaarnwoude, Netherlands
Date: 24 – 25 June
Headliners: Ben Klock, Pan-Pot, Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Maceo Plex
Tickets: 95€ (Combi ticket)
The Dutch know how to have a good party and every year the small hamlet of Spaarnwoude goes all in with Awakenings Festival in June. Creating a breath-taking atmosphere with ginormous stages and effects for the world’s electronic music elite, Awakenings is great festival for lovers of the genre. What’s also great is the price for a weekend pass! If everything has ticked your boxes to attend this music event so far, you better act quick, as the it’s only a couple of weeks away!
Reading Festival – Reading, United Kingdom
Date: 25 – 27 August
Headliners: Kasabian, Bastille, Eminem, Major Lazer, Muse, Liam Gallagher
Tickets: 253€ (Full weekend pass)
Reading has always been named in the UK as one of the biggest and hottest rock festivals in the UK. Paired up with Leeds Festival, rock legends including Liam Gallagher and Muse will no doubt create a one-of-a-kind spectacle for crowds over this two day festival. Tickets are selling out fast for Reading Festival, so best to grab your weekend pass before it’s too late. Festival camping not your thing? Don’t worry, there are day tickets available too. If you’re planning on an exciting adventure over the UK bank holiday in August, then Reading Festival is the way to go.
Rock en Seine – Paris, France
Dates: 25 – 27 August
Headliners: The XX, PJ Harvey, Flume, Franz Ferdinand, The Jesus and Mary Chain
Tickets: 119€ (3 day pass)
Rock en Seine is another famous European music festival that also happens to fall on the bank holiday. Set in a gorgeous park located just out of Paris, this three day rock festival happens to have a range of artists that will surely delight the ears. Don’t be surprised to find yourself mingling amongst cool Parisian cats here!
Boomtown Fair – Winchester, United Kingdom
Date: 10 – 13 August
Headliners: The Specials, MIA, Cypress Hill
Tickets: 240€ (Tier 3 tickets)
Fall down the rabbit hole and forget everything you thought you knew at this music festival which has immersive theatre running throughout it. Along with amazing music acts, Boomtown is dedicated to really giving people a unique experience with the festival set up that invites attendees to interact with each other and hundreds of actors bringing immensely detailed sets to life, around every corner is a wondrous dream. With musical roots in reggae and underground bass, old school jungle and D&B, crowds are encouraged to let go and dance like no-one’s watching at this three day music and arts festival.
Featured image: Beach Stage by Dan Medhurst, courtesy of Dimensions Festival