Suggestions of a culture vulture: The best music festivals in Europe

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Each summer, parks and other sites around Europe bustle with sound and colour, crowds gather and the world’s most famous artists prepare for the show of their lives. European open air music festivals have long been an attraction to people and artists of all styles and walks of life. From EDM to hip hop to rock, metal and pop, European music festivals could easily be regarded as some of the best music festivals in the world. As such we have decided to provide you with a list of our top 5 music festivals in Europe covering all types and music styles.


Forget all about your daily life and struggles and immerse your body and your soul in one of the best music festivals in Europe. Held in the city of Roskilde in Denmark annually, this huge camping festival is one to visit at least once in a lifetime. Some of the artists who will participating this year are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Order and PJ Harvey along with many others, encompassing lots of different styles of mainstream music.  This is a unique event in that it aims at promoting creativity, humanitarian action and of course culture, by being organised by volunteers and donating most of its profits to charity. What’s more is that the party never stops at the on site camping, giving you all the more of a reason to spend some wild days and nights partying!



Held in the wonderful city of Barcelona right by the coast, Primavera Sound has long been amongst the staples in indy rock. Be in the know for the next up and coming alternative bands and artists in a festival that pushes the bounds of creativity further each year. Last year’s headliners were the Black Keys, alt-J and Run the Jewels, making this one of the best places to be for indulging in some of the best offerings in the indy music realm.


Rock am Ring

Of course no top 5 of the best music festivals could go without the inclusion of Rock am Ring. Hosted in Mendig and Nurnberg, Germany, this riff-tastic festival focuses on the best in rock and metal. Hosting some of the best lineups in the genre year after year is something this festival can certainly take pride in. Judging by the sheer numbers of visitors from all around the world each year, this is an event that will fill up your weekend with heavy riffs and driving bass drums from some of the best rock/metal bands and artists. What’s not to like?


Ultra Europe

Following up on the ultra-successful Ultra festival in Miami, this festival is an EDM fan’s heaven! Held in Split, Croatia, Ultra Europe brings the best in electronic music with a vibe rarely seen anyplace else. Move your feet to the basslines, party on and enjoy some of the best DJs in the world dropping the grooviest of tunes by the stunning settings of Croatia’s Adriatic coast.


Super Bock Super Rock

If mix and match is your thing, then this spectacular festival taking place in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is the perfect event to go to. Slap bang in the middle of July, Super Bock Super Rock festival brings together some of the best artists of several musical styles. From hip hop to indy rock and electronica, this festival has it all and in some of the best settings possible. Combine it with overall holidays to Portugal and don’t miss out on the chance of exploring one of the country’s most breathtaking cities.

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