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Music Festivals in Europe Worth Visiting

Updated on July 10, 2019

Music festivals around Europe are fully on the way. The summer season has already brought some memorable concerts, artists who are currently on the tour are headlining plenty of those festivals and people are massively travelling to different parts of the Old Continent.

The vibe surrounding music festivals is a unique, multicultural experience with one thing in common - great music. Phenomenal atmosphere arising from the countryside of Glastonbury, England, outstanding sunsets and fiestas in Ibiza, or perhaps beautiful sunrises in Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia are just a tiny fragment of the whole music festival experience.

Festival lineups tend to look alike, but each and every one of them has a unique vibe, along with some performers who are definitely a festival treat. In the following text, I will present you with some of the music festivals in Europe that are worth visiting.

Glastonbury - countryside festival sensation

Glastonbury Festival is a five-day epic festival held in the countryside of Pilton, Somerset. This festival based in England gathers some of the biggest names in music from 26. to 30. June. Glastonbury is famous for its marvellous Pyramid stage and various other stages hosting alternative performers and some underground bands.

Glastonbury really sets the bar when it comes to worldwide music festivals organisation by hosting some of the biggest names in music, but it's the other side of Glastonbury that really sets it apart.

From the immersive world of mischief that is Shangri-La, to the flame-throwing Arcadia spider and the hidden, underground Piano Bar, every corner of Glastonbury is full of surprises just waiting to be discovered.

Sziget - less known but highly praised

Sziget is one of those festivals you won't hear much about and doesn't spend many cents on marketing, but still sell out every single ticket. Sziget's reputation is mainly carried out by its visitors for almost a decade, and Budapest certainly makes an incredible host city during the August seventh and thirteenth.

With mind-blowing international musicians packed into seven days, this monster festival delivers some of the most popular headliners but also offers plenty of time to explore the less familiar ones. The party and camp are situated on an actual island - Old Buda, on the Danube, meaning that although Sziget is technically a city fest, you’ll forget how real life feels.

Awakening - the highlight of the European techno scene

Morphing the luscious Dutch countryside, and into an all-natural dancefloor, festival Awakening is the iconic venue of Spaarnwoude in the Netherlands every year from 29. to 30. June. Not only in the Netherlands, but Awakenings Festival is also one of the most well known and the largest outdoor techno festivals in the world. With 80.000 visitors in a weekend, this giant is the highlight of Europe’s underground music scene.

Exit - officially one of the best music festivals in the world

If you were wondering where titans of dance are made, the answer is at Serbia's EXIT Festival. Scattered across 40 stages, sounds of different music genres are making the crowd of more than 50.000 people dance their shoes off from 4. to 7. July. The sister festival, Sea Dance, keeps the party going at the beautiful medieval beach-side location of Budva, Montenegro.

Exit is a unique festival in the world derived from a student movement fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia in the late nineties. Even today, Exit has a strong social mission to help youth in all the Balkans and it is run by a non-profit organisation, who successfully provides the most influential names in music to their faithful visitors.

Tomorrowland - most influential electronic music festival

Probably the largest electronic music festival held in Belgium is Tomorrowland. It used to be organized as a joint venture by the original founders, the brothers Beers. The festival takes place in the town of Boom in Belgium, a few dozens of kilometres of both big cities of Antwerp and Brussels. Since the first time it has been organized, in 2005., it has become one of the most notable and certainly most visited music festivals in the world.

Earth Garden - Eclectic music festival that takes care of nature

Earth Garden is Malta’s largest music festival held annually at the National Park since 2007. Starting on May 30. and spread over four days, it attracts over 25,000 true music lovers from around the World, on five stages with an eclectic music fusion of Ska, Funk, Blues, Reggae, Alternative Rock, Dub, Hip-Hop, Psychedelic Trance, Techno, House, Electro, Drum ‘n’ Bass and more.

But Earth Garden festival isn’t just about awesome music. It also offers 2 campsites surrounded by nature, with multiple workshop areas, an international, ethnic food market, and Kid's area. Earth Garden is a pioneer in spreading public awareness on environmental matters, like water & electricity consumption and waste management that many other festivals in Malta are using as an example.

If you are one of those explorers who love to learn new things and experience different cultures, then what better way than through music? It's always a good thing to know some information about the party places people love to visit, and if you have decided to visit some of them in the future, then the purpose of this text is completed.

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 months ago from UK

      I was interested to see Glastonbury heading up the list. The problem with festivals in the UK is variable weather.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      8 months ago

      Great article which brought back wonderful memories of my festival going days and in particular Glastonbury. Thank you for sharing.

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