Summer wouldn’t be summer if our TV screens weren’t filled with images of thousands of music lovers slopping around a muddy field in the middle of Somerset.
While Glastonbury will be a haven of confused looking dads pretending to nod along to their daughter’s favourite Ed Sheeran song wondering whether Barry Gibb will play some Bee Gees classics – there are a host of festivals waiting across the Channel. From heavy metal to folk to dance, there are some incredible weekends in exotic European locations taking place throughout the summer.
And the best part of it all? You’re probably going to avoid days of torrential rain which usually befouls Glastonbury and the Leeds and Reading Festivals. These are holidays with a difference so we’ve picked out some of the festivals you cannot miss this summer.
Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain (May 31st – June 4th)
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You don’t need much of an excuse to visit Barcelona but when there is an almost week-long music festival going on in the city then you pretty much have to make the trip to Catalonia. Launched in 2001, Primavera Sound is a wonderful coming together of independent music and major names held in the charming surrounding of Parc del Forum.
The 2017 edition unofficially starts on May 29th with the main acts performing from May 31st. This year sees the likes of Bon Iver, Against Me!, The xx, Frank Ocean, Van Morrison, Teenage Fanclub and Slayer among the wealth of performers.
Prices: €195 (£167) weekend ticket. €90 day ticket.
Super Bock Super Rock – Lisbon, Portugal (July 13th-15th)
Another festival in the heart of a cosmopolitan European city is Super Bock Super Rock. Held at the Parque das Nações in Lisbon’s north east waterfront, it is one of Portugal’s premier rock and alternative festivals after first launching in 1994.
This year’s line-up is an absolute cracker with Red Hot Chili Peppers, London Grammar and Deftones headlining while Future, Foster the People and The Orwells are among the rest of the bill. More acts are still to be added as the festival nears. And best of all, you get to spend the weekend in the wonderful city of Lisbon.
Prices: €109 weekend ticket. €55 day ticket. VIP passes €150-€260.
Benicassim – Valencia, Spain (July 13th-16th)
Imagine Glastonbury but the sun is constantly shining and there’s a cold beer waiting for you at every turn – that is Benicassim. This staple of the European festival calendar is returning for another year and it arrives with another stellar line-up.
The likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Liam Gallagher, Kasabian, Stormzy, The Weeknd, Foals and Deadmau5 are just some of the acts that will be rocking the Valencian province this year. Aside from the great bands and incredible weather, Benicassim also has loads of swimming pools to cool off in during the day – the quintessential European festival experience.
Prices: €149 4-day ticket with camping. €50-€65 day ticket. €300 VIP ticket.
Ultra Europe – Split, Croatia (July 14th-16th)
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Croatia has become a hugely in-vogue tourist destination with cities such as Dubrovnik and Split enjoying a boost in tourist numbers. The latter is the setting for the 2017 edition of the huge electronic music festival Ultra Europe.
Now in its fourth year, it forms part of a series of EDM festivals across the world, the Split version is held at Poljud Stadium and is a veritable who’s who of the dance scene. DJs such as Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiesto, Afrojack and Carl Cox are just some of the huge names that will be performing across the weekend.
Prices: €169 weekend ticket.
Lollapalooza Paris – Paris, France (July 22nd-23rd)
One of the most famous festivals in the world is coming to Europe. Lollapalooza is making its way from its spiritual home in Chicago and pitching up in France for the first time ever. The festival, co-founded by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, will take place at the Hippodrome de Longchamp racecourse in the Paris suburbs.
The carnival of alternative music, circus acts and general craziness is sure to take the summer by storm. Red Hot Chili Peppers top the bill with the likes of Imagine Dragons, Skepta, Lana del Rey, Alt-J, Pixies, Editors and Tom Odell among a host of bands performing over the weekend.
Prices: €149 weekend ticket. €79 day ticket.
Sonus Festival – Pag Island, Croatia (August 20th-24th)
Five nights on a paradise island, you say? The best house and techno DJs in the business playing day and night? A pristine beach a stone’s throw away? Sign me up! While this may sound like the tagline to the ill-fated Fyre Festival, this is Sonus Festival and it’s bigger and better than ever before.
Celebrating its fifth birthday this year, the hugely popular Croatian festival is going one step further for 2017. Based on the glorious Pag Island, you can take your pick from the wealth of stages including Club Papaya, Club Kalypso, Club Aquarius or just party on the beach.
Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing and Jamie Jones top the bill with sets from the likes of The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice and Pan-Pot among the acts across the weekend.
Prices: €179 weekend ticket. €249 VIP ticket.
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