Summer is the season of long holidays, beach time and an ice-cream diet, true, but there is something else that makes summer special… The music festivals in Europe! All the young and the not-so-young get their hats and their backpacks (or the most calculated and glittery outfits!) and travel to music land for a few days.

Music land is a magical place full of gigs, fun and laughter, but its main characteristic is that it moves around! There are many music festivals in Europe during the summer worth going to, which is why we’ve prepared a list of our favourites, which are located in several different cities and countries. Remember that, especially for the urban festivals such as the Sonar, you can find the best apartment deals with GowithOh in the nearest cities! The best music festivals in Europe are the perfect excuse to go on holidays to your favourite city. A bit of music and a bit of sightseeing makes for an unbeatable combination!

Music festivals in Europe: Sonar in Barcelona

Melt! is a bit smaller than the other festivals in this list, but a truly wonderful experience, as it is one of the best music festivals in Europe. Located in Ferropolis, an open-air museum close to Berlin (in the town of Gräfenhainichen, close to Dessau) where you can visit giant industrial machines from the middle of the 20th century. But don’t think you need to have a taste for the industrial to enjoy it, as its camping location is right next to a beautiful lake where you can chill before getting to the gigs!
This year, the main names of its line up are Die Atwoord, Bonobo, Hercules & Love Affair, M.I.A. and Fatboy Slim, and it will take place from the 14th to the 16th of July. There are still tickets available!

Music festivals in Europe: Sonar - Gowithoh

Music festivals in Europe: Glastonbury in the UK

Glastonbury, celebrated in (of course), Glastonbury, UK, is the king of urban, rock & pop music festival. Full of famous names (and also celebrities – it could be considered the United Kingdom’s own Coachella), it usually offers one of the most diverse and eclectic line ups. It’s no wonder it’s sold out every year! The main names this year are Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Ed Sheeran, The XX, The National and Katy Perry. It takes place from the 21st to the 25th of June.

Music festivals in Europe: Glastonbury - Gowithoh

Music festivals in Europe: Melt! in Berlin

Melt! is a bit smaller than the other festivals in this list, but a truly wonderful experience, as it is one of the best music festivals in Europe. Located in Ferropolis, an open-air museum close to Berlin (in the town of Gräfenhainichen, close to Dessau) where you can visit giant industrial machines from the middle of the 20th century. But don’t think you need to have a taste for the industrial to enjoy it, as its camping location is right next to a beautiful lake where you can chill before getting to the gigs!
This year, the main names of its line up are Die Atwoord, Bonobo, Hercules & Love Affair, M.I.A. and Fatboy Slim, and it will take place from the 14th to the 16th of July. There are still tickets available!

Music festivals in Europe: Melt! - Gowithoh

Music festivals in Europe: Tomorrowland in Belgium

Probably one of the most famous electronic music festivals in Europe, Tomorrowland is an unforgettable experience. A festival that compromises with nature and music at the same time, where love and respect are the main mottos, and where they try to convey that in sick electronic beats! It takes place in two different weekends, the 21st-23rd of July and the following one, from the 28th to the 30th. Tomorrowland is a famous festival as it is, but some of the most famous names this year are Steve Aoki and Armin van Buuren. If you want to experience it, we recommend you join the waiting list for next year – that’s right, it’s not an easy one to get in!

Music festivals in Europe: Sziget in Budapest

And we arrive for the last one in our list, the festival of festivals, the massive and unforgettable Sziget! Seven days full of music in a wonderful location – this camping festival isn’t for the weak! Artists this year include PJ Harvey, Kasabian, Alt-J, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Metronomy, Bad Religion or Tycho, among many, many others. It takes place from the 9th to the 16th of august. If that’s too much for you, you can buy a ticket for one single day, but we recommend the full Sziget experience!

So, among this wide choice of music festivals in Europe, which one are you going to choose? Or which ones, in plural? You won’t be the only one visiting music land in several occasions!

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At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.