With Glastonbury Festival just around the corner, we take a look at some of the best music festivals in Europe where you can swap the mud for beaches and dance to some of the popular headliners and up coming alternative performers.
1. Fusion Festival, Germany, 29th June – 3rd July
Fusion has a different edge to your usual music festival and has often been compared to The Burning Man so expect lots of unique performances from the art and music world. Set in Larz, North-Eastern Germany, in an abandoned military airport, complete with bunkers and woodland, it plays host to mostly electronic music and various art installations.
2. Benicassim, Spain, 14th to 17th July
Situated on the East coast between Valencia and Barcelona, in a small town, Benicassim, this festival has a strong reputation for hosting top music artists from alternative rock and electronic genres. This year’s highlights include Muse, Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack along with new, up and coming performers. Take advantage of the nearby beaches to chill in between acts.
3. Pukkelpop, Belgium, 17th – 20th August
Pukkelpop is one of the biggest open air festivals showcasing progressive and contemporary music with an alternative fringe. The festival is near the city of Hasselt, spread over fields and woodland, and has a great reputation for its wide variety of alternative music. Amongst this year’s highlights are Rhianna, Nina Kraviz, Big Sean and M83.
4. Exit Festival, Serbia, 14th-16th July
This award-winning festival started out as a student movement fighting for freedom and democracy and has now become one of Europe’s biggest music festivals. Held at the Petrovaradin Fortress next to the Danube River, you can dance away to the likes of The Prodigy, Ellie Goulding, Goldie and The Dub Pistols, whilst overlooking Novi Sad and fantastic panoramic views.
5. Suncebeat, Croatia, 20th – 27th July
If you want the best of both worlds – beach life and music – then you want to head to the Dalmatian Coast for seven days of hedonistic fun and tan-topping. Half of the festival takes place on Tisno, a small town on the island of Murter which is connected by a bridge to the mainland where the other half of the festival happens. Traditionally known for having an older crowd of festival-goers, it’s well known for its daily boat parties and specialism in deep house music.