Festivals are next to travelling my favourite thing in the whole world. The atmosphere at these places are incredible, there is this vibe of happiness and freedom that spreads throughout the area. Top that of with some of the best tunes and I will be happy forever.
This is a list of my favourite festivals in Europe, I often visit some of the smaller local ones if they are around, but these big ones are not to be missed!
Start date – 2nd June 2016
End date – 4th June 2016
Location – Barcelona, Spain
Each year 100.000 festival fans come to this Indie extravaganza in Barcelona. Previous headliners have been: Blur, Bjork, Arcade Fire, The Cure etc. There is music for everyone as styles from R&B to rock are played by a large range of artists. The line up for 2016 has yet to be announced.
Prices – from €175
Start date – 15th July 2016
End date – 17th July 2016
Location – Split, Croatia
One of the biggest european festival takes place over 3 days and has a variety of electronic music, from house to techno and hard dance. Previous line ups included Afrojack, Hardwell, Carl Cox, Nicky Romero, Avicci, Armin van Buuren and many more.
Price – around €100
Time Warp Mannheim
Date – 2nd April 2016
Location – Mannheim, Germany
It is said to be the most famous underground techno festival in the world!! The line up for 2016 is already known and promises us an amazing time with Riccardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Chris Liebing, Laurent Granier and many more!
Price – from €65
Spring Break Island
Start date – 26th May 2016
End date – 29th May 2016
Location – Pag Island, Croatia
Spring breakers from countries all over the world come to party on this 3 day fiesta. With the choice of 6 boat parties, 4 after beach parties, loads of different DJs.
The motto of the island is: Speak French, Drive German, Spend Arab and party CROATIAN. Promises for an epic not to be missed spring break are there. TBA, this is the biggest spring break party in Europe!!
Price – from €69
Start date – 10th August 2016
End date – 17th August 2016
Location – Budapest, Hungary
7 days and 7 nights of partying whilst being able to explore one of the most magnificent cities in Europe, Budapest! Up to 1000 artists and acts including some world famous ones are in the line up. This is not just a festival, it is an experience!
Sziget won the Best Major Festival at the European Festival Awards last year.
Price – from €45
Start date – 22nd June 2016
End date – 26th June 2016
Location – Glastonbury, UK
Glastonbury festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. Going to this festival is like going to another country, it involves a fair amount of travel and probably a queue to get in, but this magical playing field is all worth it. Rules are different here, a little bit freer, everyone is here to have a wild time in their own way. Some come for the music acts, while other come for the experience.
Start date – 8th September 2016
End date – 11th September 2016
Location – Isle of Wight, UK
The wonderful world of Bestival was born out of ten fun years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best empire. The BBC Radio 1 leftfield DJ had a dream to one day create his vision of how the modern day festival should be. Along with Creative Director and wife Josie da Bank and co founders / partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved that dream is now fulfilled. On a mission to change the face of independent festival culture, the fearless foursome are bringing some magic to the shores of the Solent and spreading the love worldwide (©bestival.net).
Price – from 120 pounds
Ibiza closing parties
Start date – 29th August 2016
End date – 4th September 2016
Location – Ibiza, Spain
This is truly a magical time on the island. The busy August crowds are long gone and most people visiting now are all about the music. Closing parties are packed, don't mistake that, but you can expect an incredible atmosphere and full dance floors.
A lot of party-goers and PR-workers have trudged back to their homeland after wearing out their feet and their wallets, so you can actually get some of those beautiful spots on the island to yourselves. You can expect a slightly more mature crowd than you experience mid-season, as you get a lot of long-time Ibiza veterans coming out purely for closings, well aware that the best is normally saved until last (©ibiza-spotlight.com).
Price – from €25
Start date – 30th June 2016
End date – 3rd July 2016
Location – Werchter, Belgium
Rock Werchter is a true rock festival with more than 150.000 attendees each year. The line up includes Rammstein, Editors, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Florence + the Machine, The Offspring and many more!
Price – from €100
T in the Park
Start date – 8th July 2016
End date – 10th July 2016
Location – Pertshire, Scotland
With a mix of music from Rock, to Indie and from Electronic to Pop it offers some for everyone. The festival started in 1994 and attracts 255.000 people every year, it is now Scotland's most popular and longest running festival.
Price – from 70 pounds
Start date – 29th August 2016
End date – 30th August 2016
Location – Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Each year, thousands of visitors return from Mysteryland with millions of unique stories. Every story is as unbelievable as it is true, yet none of them embraces the entire festival experience. Not only does this edition offer a broader creative program than ever. Musically, Mysteryland also brings an explosion of various electronic styles, ranging from cutting edge dubstep, hip hop and disco to the cream of the international house, techno and electro scene.
Price: from €60
Start date – 10th June 2016
End date – 12th June 2016
Location – Landgraaf, Netherlands
The Netherlands throws a smoking party, with 40 hard-rocking bands, 45,000 tent-filled campsites and a super-chilled ambience.
Every year during Pentecost weekend —Pentecost being the Holy Spirit's special day, celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter—the sleepy Netherlands town of Landgraaf draws 60,000 music pilgrims daily. They stream in to see rock and roll's biggest bands, and they've been doing it for 46 years.
Price – from €95
Tomorrowland is the largest electronic music festival in the world and is held in Belgium. Tomorrowland is the ultimate experience of extravagant stages with an equally decadent lineup unmatchable by other EDM events.
Globally celebrated DJs, producers and artists take over Boom in Belgium with 15 marvellous stages of magic, with past decorations ranging from active volcanoes to explosive butterflies. From techno to minimal, all flavours of electronica are to be tasted, with a site design that feels like you have stepped into another world of endless possibilities.
Selling out almost instantly every year, thousands of dedicated electronic music fan journey from all corners of the world to fulfil their dreams of the definitive music festival escape.
Price – from €88
Start date – 14th July 2016
End date – 17th July 2016
Festival Internacional de Benicàssim ( FIB 2016) as it is known in Spain is a 4 day music festival taking place in Benicassim on the east coast of Spain between Valencia and Barcelona. Who doesn't want to enjoy music in the sun!
Benicassim headliners confirmed for 2016 are Major Lazer, Kendrick Lama, Jamie XX, The Maccabees, Bloc Party, Mac DeMarco, Hannah Wants, Delorean, and many more.
Price – from €100