8 Must-See European Music Festivals

Trust us, these music festivals are worth travelling for!

For most of us music lovers, festival season is on par with Christmas. Where else can you enjoy the summertime sun, energetic crowds, and dozens of bucket-list worthy musical talent all rolled into one magical weekend? With festival season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning. While Canada and the rest of North America have a solid festival scene, sometimes it’s also worth venturing outside of the borders and exploring some new ones. Plus, who doesn’t want to combine the magic of travelling with the magic of music?

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Primavera Sound

When: May 30 – June 3
Where: Barcelona, Spain

Primavera Sound is an indie lovers dream. This year will see performances by The National, Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, Lorde, Haim, Tyler the Creator and many more. It’s a lineup that you’ll still be thinking about years from now.

Find the full lineup here.
 

Rock im Park

When: June 1-3
Where: Nuremberg, Germany

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Along with its sister festival, Rock am Ring, this festival caters to rock and metal fans alike. With a badass lineup this year including Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, Muse and alt-J, this is one rock show you won’t want to miss.

Find the full lineup here.
 


 

Mad Cool Festival

When: July 12-14
Where: Madrid, Spain

The name says it all – Mad Cool Festival features a mad cool lineup of your favourite pop, rock and indie musicians. This year’s headliners include Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Tame Impala and Queens of the Stone Age.

Find the full lineup here.
 

Bilbao BBK Live

When: July 12-14
Where: Bilbao, Spain

It seems as though Spain is cementing itself as the indie capital of Europe, as they have yet another amazing festival on the list. Bilbao BBK Live will feature performances by Florence + The Machine, alt-J, Childish Gambino, The xx, and Gorillaz.

Find the full lineup here.
 

Tomorrowland

When: July 20-22 & July 27-29
Where: Boom, Belgium

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Tomorrowland is known for being the biggest electronic music festival in the world. And with a lineup that includes Martin Garrix, Alesso, Steve Aoki and Tiesto, it’s easy to see why. One thing is for sure – your feet won’t stop moving the entire time you’re there.

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Flow Festival

When: August 10-12
Where: Helsinki, Finland

Over the years, Flow has featured everything from indie rock to folk to jazz and soul. Some of the names that will grace the stage this year include Patti Smith, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Lykke Li.

Find the full lineup here.
 

Leeds Festival

When: August 24-26
Where: Leeds, United Kingdom

With a lineup that includes Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Billy Talent, Kings of Leon and Sum 41, among others, Leeds Festival will have you feeling nostalgic for your angsty high school years.

Find the full lineup here.
 

Sziget Festival

When: August 8-15
Where: Budapest, Hungary

Boasting a wide range of international superstars, this year’s lineup includes Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Gorillaz and many more.

Find the full lineup here.

 
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