Where to Head: This Summer’s Best European Festivals

With the commencement of the summer months, post-exam plans are at the forefront of every uni-student group chat and kitchen-table discussion. Sunshine must be on the cards, along with this year’s hottest festivals. Why not tick two off the bucket-list in one, and leave the wellies behind this summer for all the excitement of the hottest artists without the forecast of heavy rainfall and knee-deep mud.

Sziget – Budapest, Hungary

The Sziget line up speaks for itself, with Arctic Monkeys, Stormzy, Mumford and Sons and Bonobo promised to hit Hungary’s capital this summer. Seven-day tickets are available if you can’t miss a moment of this too-good-to-be-true set list, or alternatively opt for a three-day ticket and spend some recovery time taking in the magnificent sites of the city the festival is set in. This one takes place right in the heart of summer, so good weather can almost certainly be expected.

Where: Budapest, Hungary

When: 8th– 15thAugust

How Much: €199 for 3 days, €310 for 7 days


Electric Picnic – Stradbally, Ireland

Catch the final rays of the summer sunshine in Ireland and head to Electric Picnic Festival. Ok, so perhaps the sun is less guaranteed with this one, but you can expect the biggest names in music and of course some of that magical Irish cheer! Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack and N.E.R.D are headlining, with Ben Howard, George Ezra and The Kooks making an appearance for those looking for that relaxed summer vibe.  Tickets are now sold out on the website, but weekend camping tickets can be purchased on Viagogo for £221, or on Seatwave for a little more.

Where: Stradbally, Ireland

When: 31stAugust – 2ndof September

How Much: £221

Ultraeurope – Split, Croatia

Here’s one for the ravers – a truly insane display of EDM and the wonderful world that it creates for the genre’s fans and followers. Transport yourself to a world where Afrojack, Alesso, Carl Cox and Eric Prydz will all be heading out to play in the Croatian sunshine.  Find tickets with accommodation here, with the option of what looks like the most fun, beach-side campsite there has EVER been currently going for €183 pp.

Where: Split, Croatia

When: 6th-8thJuly

How Much: €183 for 3-day camping tickets

MS Dockville – Hamburg, Germany

Set on an island in the middle of the River Elbe, everything about MS Dockville screams laid back, creative and funky summer vibes. Bonobo, Alt-J and Everything Everything join an extensive list of artists heading there this summer. Ticket purchasing is a little tricky to navigate for this one, but follow this link for the simplest, in-English route. Take a look at the ‘Gallery’ section on their website for further persuading, but come on, just think, Alt-J, on an island, in the sun, with your pals… need I say more?

Where: Hamburg, Germany

When: 17th-19thAugust

How Much: £119.69 for 3 days with camping

Rock en Seine – Paris, France

Another chance to see the fantastic Bonobo, playing this time alongside Thirty Seconds to Mars, Macklemore and a tempting selection of French rock bands, rappers and DJs. Rock en Seine takes place on the outskirts of Europe’s chicest city and has previously hosted some of the biggest names in rock. Three-day tickets without camping go for just under £125 and the campsite is due to open for booking soon… so keep your eyes peeled!

 Where: Paris, France

When: 24th– 26thAugust

How Much: £139 for three days without camping

Les Ardentes, Leige, Belgium

We’ve all heard of the mother-of-all music festival Tomorrowland, but Belgium’s festival scene has more to offer, including Les Ardentes in the town of Leige. This festival offers variety in the truest sense of the word, and this year hosts acts such as Wiz Khalifa, Massive Attack and Damian Marley across both outdoor and indoor stages. Tickets per day are €60; four-day tickets are now sold out but will undoubtedly become available on Viagogo and Ticketswap before the time comes so don’t lose heart just yet.

Where: Leige, Belgium

When: 5th– 8thJuly

How Much: €60 per day

  • So out of this nice little roundup, which festival(s) sticks out most to you? Let me know in the comment section below!

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