The European Festivals Calendar

From Croatia to Spain to Denmark and back to Croatia again, these are the best festivals in Europe

It’s festival time again! The festivals in the UK and Europe are without a doubt some of the best in the world, but do you want the guaranteed sunshine of Sonar in Barcelona or the definite good times of EXIT in Novi Sad? The chilled out vibes of Roskilde in Copenhagen or the crazy party that is Innovation in the Sun? 

Tough choices, but whatever your festival fancy, here’s our European Festival Calendar to whet your party whistle...

June festivals

Pinkpop Festival

14-16 June

Where: Landgraaf, the Netherlands

Sleep: Camping

Top 3 line up: Green Day, Kings of Leon, Ben Howard

Go if: you love a bit of chart indie from the last 20 years, or The Script

Price: 85 day / 165 full 

Sonar

19-21 June

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Sleep: In your own bed

Top 3 line up: Skrillex, Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys

Go if: you want to experience a multimedia tsunami of a festival that tickles all your senses with a film festival, music festival and festival all rolled into one.

Price: 175 

Innovation in the Sun Festival

25 June–2 July

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Sleep: in the hotel

Top 3 line up: Andy C, Friction, Danny Byrd

Go if: you want to go to the world’s only drum & bass water park party complete with yachts, foam parties and football tournaments

Price: 155

Roskilde

29 June-7 July

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

Sleep: In your own bed

Top 3 line up: Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Kendrick Lamaar

Go if: you want to give your money to a not for profit festival who are just in it for the music maaaan.

Price: 260

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July festivals

Open’er Festival

3-6 July

Where: Gydnia, Poland

Sleep: camping

Top 3 line up: Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Kings of Leon  

Go if: you want to see how the Polish party, and you like vodka

Price: 109

EXIT

10-14 July

Where: Novi Sad, Serbia

Sleep: Camping

Top 3 line up: Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Seth Troxler

Go if: you want to rave the summer nights away in an old fortress

Price: 55

Benicassim

18-21 July

Where: Benicassim, Spain

Sleep: Camping

Top 3 line up: The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age

Go if: you want 9 days in the searing sunshine by the beach with the tunes blasting out of the nearby speakers.

Price: 173

Dour Festival

18-21 July

Where: Dour, Belgium

Sleep: Camping

Top 3 line up: Booka Shade, Devendra Banhart, Erol Alkan

Go if: you’re cool.

Price: 117

Suncebeat

24-30 July

Where: Tisno, Croatia

Sleep: On site accommodation

Top 3 line up: Giles Peterson, Kerri Chandler, Moodymann

Go if: you want to party on a boat on the Dalmation Coast with the coolest DJs in the world

Price: 120

Dour Festival c.Par Ronan Thenadey

August festivals 

Stop Making Sense

1-4 August  

Where: Tisno, Croatia

Sleep: In your own bed

Top 3 line up: Innervisions, Lindstrom, Prins Thomas

Go if: you want to spend your festival experience in a secluded bay with its own private beach and partying away on the boats.

Price: €140

Sziget Festival

5-12 August

Where: Obuda Island, Budapest, Hungary

Sleep: Camping

Top 3 line up: Blur, Azealia Banks, Boys Noize

Go if: You and your friends have really different music tastes and you need a festival you can all agree on

Price: 49 day / 229 full

Lowlands Festival

16-18 August

Where: Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands

Sleep: Camping

Top 3 line up:

Go if:

Price: 185

Tauron Nowa Muzyka

22-25 August  

Where: Katowicki Park Miejski, Katowice

Sleep: In your own bed

Top 3 line up: LFO, Skream ft MC Sgt Pokes, DJ Koze

Go if: you want to party in a closed down coal mine in avant garde Poland

Price: 40

Rock en Seine

23-25 August

Where: Paris, France

Sleep: Camping

Top 3 line up: System of a Down, Paul Kalkbrenner, Phoenix

Go if: you want to go to a envioronmentally-friendly festival

Price:

Further Information

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About the Author: Victoria Philpott

Victoria Philpott

Victoria is the content and community manager at gapyear.com. She's travelled through Europe extensively, dropping in on a few festivals and picking up work as she went. She's an advocate of slow travel and has worked at camp in America for two summers before releasing the pressure in the clubs of Cancun. She's toured Australia, explored the Serengeti and backpacked through Morocco. A wise man once told her, 'In the pursuit of seeing everything, we see nothing', and she tries to recite this to tame her wanderlust, but it's not working.