Summer is without doubt the best time to enjoy yourself and go to a music festival with friends. Europe is one of the biggest music hotspots in the world, with hundreds of different festivals waiting for you to enjoy. Festival season is just around the corner, so don't wait too long to book your tickets and flights; they're sure to sell out quickly! Whether you're looking for something massive or something chilled by the beach, we've compiled of list of our top 10 choices for this summer!
1. Sonus Festival, Zrce Beach, Croatia
Bringing you the best techno and house artists in the world, Sonus Festival never fails to amaze its crowds with an impressive line up year after year. Even though it's only been running for seven years, it has built quite a reputation in Europe and throughout the rest of the world. Situated on the magical island of Pag, dubbed as 'Croatia's Ibiza', music blasts along the shores of Zrce Beach and fun is absolutely guaranteed. If you enjoy techno and love dancing under the sun by the sea, Sonus is the ultimate place to be this summer. Dance from dusk till dawn in three open air clubs located on the Zrce Beach whilst enjoying the best techno artists in the world all in one place.
Dates this year: 18th-22nd August 2019
2. Awakenings, Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you enjoy large crowds and booming techno music, this two-day festival just outside Amsterdam should be on your bucket list for this summer. Awakenings is a massive festival with more than 100 techno artists performing, including some of the finest Dutch techno and world-famous DJs. As it's considered the Netherland's best music festival, going to Awakenings is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Around 80,000 people visit this festival every year, so don't wait too long to book your tickets!
Dates this year: 29th June -1st July 2019
3. Sziget, Budapest, Hungary
Set in the middle of buzzing Budapest, on the Obuda island, Sziget festival is so much more than just a music festival - it's a whole other world! Located on what is also known as 'The Island of Freedom', this festival's lineup boasts the biggest names in the music industry and has welcomed more than half a million people each year since 1993. With a cinema, circus shows, sporting events, a beach on the shores of the Danube river and excellent camping spots, Sziget isn't just a party but a whole experience. Some of the top headliners this year are Ed Sheeran, Martin Garrix, Florence and the Machine and many others!
Dates this year: 7th-13th August 2019
4. Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona's finest music festival has been attracting crowds from all over the world since it began, more than 18 years ago. From superstars on main stages to rising stars performing on smaller stages, this festival is known for having a lineup that covers various music genres. It's located in Parc del Forum, a vast arena that's situated on the seafront, to give you that beloved Mediterranean vibe. Barcelona's known to have year-round good weather, especially in late spring, making the festival even more attractive. The festival offers not only music experiences, but also exhibitions, performances, delicious street food and many other shows, so you'll never run out of things to do!
Dates this year: 30th May - 1st June 2019
5. EXIT Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
Over the years, EXIT has earned a cult status among festivals in Eastern Europe and even won several international awards. That's no surprise, as the festival's held at the magical 18th century Petrovaradin Fortress, overlooking the spectacular river Danube. It's also known for its diverse lineup that can easily please any music taste; from hard techno to indie and rock performed over ten stages, almost every music genre is heard here. All night parties in an incredible setting like this will surely be unforgettable. EXIT became so popular in the region that it's now considered something of a brand. The EXIT team today hosts five festivals in four different countries in South-East Europe.
Dates this year: 4th - 7th July 2019.