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Top 3 European Music Festivals 2011

Updated on July 14, 2011

Music is a part of us; we listen to it everyday; we sing it, we write, we feel it; it's no surprise that year after year, the one thing that many people say they couldn't live without, is music. Music can trancend time - music can create time. Pop, country, rap, punk, folk, celtic, alternative, rock, funk, blues, electronic, techno... the list of types of different music far exceeds that differences between you and I.

With music being so popular in our daily lives, it's so surprise that one of the most popular forms of entertainment, as well as some of the highest grossing, are music festivals. Music festivals are a much more visceral experience, with the music being more raw, and the fans more true. It's awesome.

One of the leaders in music festivals is Europe. European music festivals in 2010 were some of the best in the world, and the best of all time. The lineup for music festivals 2011 in Europe looks to be no different; music festivals in Europe 2011 will be from a variety and genres and artists, so picking the perfect venue shouldn't be difficult.

Music festivals 2011 UK? Check.

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Oxegen Music Festival 2011

Probably the most well known out of all music festivals in Europe, the Oxegen music festival is held in Ireland.  Sponsered by Heineken (you know that's going to be a good time) and endorsed by many of the world's top artists, Oxegen is one, well, really good time. 

As far as European music festivals in 2011 go, Oxegen is one of the biggest and longest.  Recently expanded to four days long, the average attendance to the festival is 90 000 a day, which, if you don't know, for music fesitivals, and furthermore music festivals in Europe, is a really big number.  And bigger, sometimes, does mean better.

But what about the Oxegen music festival 2011?  Is it one of the best lineups for music festivals in 2011?  Is it one of the top European 2011 music festival?

Yes it is.

Oxegen 2011 Lineup:

  • Foo Fighters
  • Blink 182
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • The Black Eyes Peas
  • Paolo Nutini 

Wireless Festival 2011

One of the best European music festivals in 2011 - and every year for that matter - is also one of the top UK music festivals. Why? Because it's set in the heart of London, with the setting of Hyde park, giving the festival a modern and big-city feel. It's a different kind of intimacy than, say, Oxegen music festival.

Over multiple days, and multiple stages, you'll get to experience the best in todays pop and rock acts. This is a 2011 music festival that is more gears to radio, and mainstream hits, making it a very popular festival for everyone to attend. Evidence of popularity: the line up of the 2010 Wireless UK music festival included acts like Daft Punk and Deadmau5.

But what about this 2011 UK music festival? What does it have in store?

If 2010 is any indication of how 2011 will be (acts like 30 seconds to mars, and Jay-Z) then this year should be good, if not better.  So far the legendary band Pulp have decided to join in on the fun. 


Hurricane Festival 2011

You wouldn't know it but Germany, well, yes, they know how to party. Proof of this? Just check out their annual European music festival, the Hurricane festival. They have, in years passed, featured big named bands like The Strokes, Phoenix, and Vampire Weekend.

Located in a beautifully rural region of Germany (flat-lands with forests), the Hurricane Festival is both chill and exciting; both wild and relaxing. In other words: it's a good time.

2011 Hurrican Music Festival Line-Up:

  • Foo Fighters
  • Blink 182
  • Arcade Fire
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • The Sounds
  • The Hives
  • Friendly Fires
  • Egotronic


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      Kazantip 2013 5 years ago

      I read on a couple of web-sites that they held Kazantip for the last time in 2012 but others still say that Kazantip 2013 will take place in Ukraine as usual, here is one of the leads: Does anybody have any definite information about Kazantip 2013?!

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      Kazantip 6 years ago

      Indeed, Kazantip is definitely worth a visit. Last year 150.000 people were said to attend it and the number is expected to grow this year.

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      Anna Hot 6 years ago

      Cool festivals.. But have you ever heard about Kazantip? I prefer to go there almost every year. That is the craziest rave music event I’ve ever been!! It lasts for a MONTH on the beach of Crimea Peninsula, Ukraine. Ye, far from enough but it is worth it! People there are real party animals:)) The sea, world favorite dj’s, cheap prices and really hot people! The official site is but there you can find only info about event. I book my trip and find a lot of useful info before the trip here

      By the way, what is really funny it is not considered as a festival but as the separate Kazantip Republic with own rules and government. Cool idea!

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      TheoMartin 6 years ago

      I made many European festivals and a road trip through Europe in 2009 took me in Hungary and to Sziget festival.

      It was crazy! The festival is in the heart of Budapest on an island on the middle of river Danube, creating a special atmosphere with the unique mixture of party, city and nature.

      It is the longest festival, 7 days of music, cultural programs and exhibitions. But it is also the largest with 400,000 persons from everywhere in the world and the most diverse line up, you will find what you like in every hour of the day on one of the 30 stages of the Island.

      You add a huge Party Arena and some parties places with several DJs 24h/7, cheap drinks and food.

      I finished this experience in one of the baths of the city on Monday afternoon.

      A week of madness, i didn’t believe what I was living!

      Live it, you will enjoy it!

      To have an idea of this amazing event, watch that!

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      warren 7 years ago

      If you include Glastonbury, or not, Oxegen will still be No.1..It's just..AMAZING! =D

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      vanchen 7 years ago from British Columbia

      Thanks for the comments Daniel and Wooded... You're right about Glastonbury, can't believe I overlooked that. I will have to maybe make a top 4 or 5 list!

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      Wooded 7 years ago

      One of these years I have to make it to Oxegen. I have a friend that attended and I have wanted to ever since I heard her stories and saw the pictures. I hope I can make it there next year. Great hub!

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      DanielCook 7 years ago from London

      I think you have to include Glastonbury in that list! While there are no headliners announced yet it always has the best acts.

      Benicassim (Spain) is also looking very good this year with The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Portishead, Elbow, Friendly Fires and more.