Top 5 European Music Festivals

Written by Abbey Ward

The prices of flights within Europe are at an all time low, some as cheap as £30 for a  return ticket. Many of us are now looking across the channel to the rest of Europe for our festivaling whims. With more chance of sunshine than festivaling in the UK and the possibility to indulge in foreign food and culture you can’t go far wrong so, it’s time to ditch the wellies and cagoule. Read on to find out our pick of the top 5 festivals Europe has to offer.

Benicassim – Thu, 18 July – Sun, 21 July 2013

The four day music festival, Benicassim, set in the Spanish coastal town of Valencia is one of Europe’s biggest and best festival’s. The star-studded line up consists of British favourites The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal, Queens of the Stone Age, Hurts and many more. The festival itself is one huge, crazy party but if  you think you can handle some more then take a short boat trip to Ibiza and carry on the fun in the sun.


TomorrowLand – Fri, 26 July – Sun, 28 July 2013

TomorrowLand, winner of best major festival 2013, as decided by the online public vote and in association with Planet Festival, attracts a 200,000 strong crowd. The line up this year consists of world famous electro dj’s such as Tiësto, Benny Benassi, Avicii and many more making for a serious party atmosphere.

INmusic – Mon, 24 June – Wed, 26 June 2013

A more low-key affair but by no means low-pitched INmusic is held in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. With just a small line up of acts; performances from indie bands Bloc party and Arctic Monkeys are the main event of the festival. If this isn’t enough for you, allow enough days in your trip to explore the tourism-rich town of Zagreb and the beautiful crystal clear coastlines are just a couple hours drive away.

Optimus Alive – Fri, 12 July – Sun, 14 July 2013

Optimus Alive has a more alternative grungy feel with old-school acts performing such as Depeche Mode and Green Day along side emerging new talents like Two Door Cinema Club and Phoenix. Other acts include popular Biffy Clyro and Band of Horses. This festival is for serious music lovers. Based in the Oeiras a sub-region of the capital Lisbon its not too far from the coast if your in need of cooling off as beautiful sunshine everyday is all part of the deal.


Balaton Sound Festival Thu, 11 July – Sun, 14 July 2013

Voted best medium-sized festival 2013 by the public according to the Festival Awards, Balaton Sound festival takes place in Zamárdi, Hungary. An unlikely place to go to a festival you might be thinking… Well statistics show that Hungary and other eastern-European countries have become more popular amongst western-Europeans due to the cheap flights and internal travel. Sponsored by Heineken the lake-side party gets off to the sound of big dance tunes, this year by the likes of Calvin Harris and The Prodigy the crowds are bound to be in the mood to dance and get merry!

 Have your say… What is your favourite European Music Festival?

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