The festival scene in Europe is more popular than ever, with many new festivals launching every year and tickets for the major events selling out within hours. Having been around on the scene for some time we thought it would fun to compile a list of our favourite festivals.
The five festivals we’ve picked have been going for a long time and are now well established. If you fancy going to them you’ll have to act fast as tickets sell out very quickly. For the more adventurous of you, we’ve included some festivals on the continent. Most of these events are easy to travel to, and are great if you fancy something a little bit different!
In no particular order:
Sziget Festival – Hungary
When? Mid August
Sziget is based in Budapest, Hungary’s capital city. The line-up features a wide range of artists from mainstream rock bands (Muse, Pulp, Radiohead) right through to less well known dance acts and almost anything else you’d wish to see.
It’s also one of the biggest events in the world with over 400,000 attendees spread across 400 different concerts. Cheap flights into Budapest from the UK can be found with many budget carriers. We would’t recommend driving…it’s quite a long way!
Glastonbury Festival – UK
When? Late June
The Glastonbury Festival started life in 1970 and remains to this day on the original site, Worthy Farm in rural Somerset. What makes Glastonbury unique is that it has managed to retain it’s individual character throughout the years, and is still renowned as one of the best festivals that exist. Festival goers can spend all day walking amongst the various areas, all with their own ‘vibe’ and entertainment.
The line-up is as equally varied and always features a great mix of artists from brand new bands to longstanding legends. Out of all the festivals listed, Glastonbury is the MUST attend event for any serious music fan.
When? August Bank Holiday
The Reading and Leeds festivals are traditional rock festivals, with the line-up leaning towards the more edgy side of the spectrum. If you’re a fan of rock, this is definitely the festival for you. Reading and Leeds are a twin site event, sharing the line-up over the weekend between the two sites. The line-up is always of a very high standard and previous headliners include Guns and Roses, Kings of Leon and Metallica.
Roskilde Festival – Denmark
When? First Weekend Of July
Roskilde is often cited as the Scandinavian equivalent to Glastonbury, and was in fact established in the same year (1970). Visitors to Roskilde can enjoy a huge range of activities from rock climbing to poetry competitions, and that’s before you even think about the music. Each year around 75,000 festival goers come to the festival to enjoy a great line-up of bands previously including Muse, Coldplay and Teisto.
If you fancy making the trip over from the UK, there are plenty of organised coach trips to choose from. Alternatively, cheap flights into Copenhagen can be found very easily from a selection of budget carriers.
Rock Am Ring Festival – Germany
When? First Weekend of June
Rock am Ring is set at the Nurburgring in the Eifel mountains, providing a stunning back drop to the festival. However, the area suffers from a sometimes cruel micro climate, so make sure you pack accordingly! The line-up is usually pretty similar to the Reading and Leeds events, however Rock am Ring does provide a little bit more variety.
Rock am Ring is approximately 4 hours drive from Calais, or if you don’t fancy the drive there are usually organised coaches from London.