20 European festivals for a memorable summer
After getting excited about the Romanian festivals coming in 2017, how about going international? The European festivals landscape is a pretty colored one this year and it’s good to plan ahead. Below, you can find a list of 20 music festivals which could make for a summer that you won’t forget. Make your pick and start packing, time flies! A list of art festivals is coming soon, also.
As always, we’re open to suggestions. If you’re going to another festival in Europe, you can recommend it in the comments and it will be added to the list.
26 – 29 May
Following a record-breaking sell-out last year, the multi-award-winning dance music festival this year celebrates its 5th birthday and camping for the first time for one MASSIVE May bank holiday weekend at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster, Greater London. We Are FSTVL will host over 300 artists across five brand new zones and 30 stages, including some of the biggest and globally recognized names in electronic dance music as well as some of the world’s leading club brands and labels.
After celebrating the 10 year anniversary show in September the Diynamic family returns to Amsterdam for the fifth Diynamic Festival. On Friday May 26th we’re back at the Amsterdamse Bos, a beautiful forest where last year’s unforgettable edition took place.
31 May – 4 June
Primavera Sound, that has taken place in Barcelona since 2001, has consolidated itself as a model reference for urban festivals that is internationally considered as an unmissable musical event. Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Pet Shop Boys, Pavement, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, El-P, Pulp, Patti Smith, James Blake are just a few of the many artists who have played on the stages of the festival to this day.
10 – 11 June
Manchester’s iconic Parklife Festival has announced names for this summer’s edition which will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June at Heaton Park. Proudly representing a diverse line-up that spans pop, hip-hop, dance and indie, 2017 headliners include Manchester four-piece The 1975, globally acclaimed Frank Ocean and Grime’s golden boys Boy Better Know, plus performances from A Tribe Called Quest, London Grammar, Two Door Cinema Club, Chaka Khan and Damian Marley.
* Nastia will also be playing, follow the link to read our insider interview with her.
More info about the stages, the artists, and tickets here.
15 – 17 June
A pioneering European festival, started in 1994, Sónar is renowned for its unique format and musical program that showcases the latest trends in dance and electronica as well as those artists pushing the limits of musical expression.
With hundreds of artists, performers and DJ’s divided over two emblematic locations – Sónar by Day at the foot of Montjuic, and Sónar by Night in the stunning Fira Gran Via complex – Sónar is a creative playground, fostering and encouraging new interactions between established artists, exciting newcomers and our open minded international audience.
16 – 18 June
Held between the 16th-18th of June 2017 in the world’s most northerly capital city of Reykjavík, we’ll party at a time when the sun never fully sets and experience 96hrs of never-ending daylight during the summer solstice weekend.
24 June – 1 July
8 days. 130,000 visitors. About 170 acts. Spectacular art + events. International audience. Delicious food. Non-profit – all profits donated to charity.
June 24 and 25 we’ll be back at Spaarnwoude for our 17th edition of Awakenings Festival!
26 June – 1 July
150 of the world’s best electronic music artists for 5 days and nights on Croatia’s gorgeous Zrce Beach.
29 June – 2 July
Into The Valley, in Dalhalla, Sweden is the mothership where it all started back in 2015. The idea was to use an unexpected location to create a new, unique experience where nothing was left to chance when it came to music, art, technology, food and beverage. The idea is still the same, but the venue is new. Coincidentally, the new location also happens to be an old abandoned quarry located in Rummu, Estonia.
For the 22th year in a row, Love Family Park will take place in Mainz, Germany. Previous line-ups include the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Solomun, Sven Vath so be prepared for big things in 2017.
12. EXIT (Serbia)
6 – 10 July
After record-breaking edition this year, EXIT Festival 2017 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love! Next year, EXIT will mark the events from 1967 when the revolutionary hippie movement changed the world forever, and from 6th to 9th July EXIT Summer of Love can change your life!
13. The Secret Garden Party (UK)
20 – 23 July
The Secret Garden Party invites you to subvert exclusivity and step beyond the velvet rope, into a microcosmic land of communal stardom, where there’s space on the guest list for everyone. Discover more about our biggest VIP-LOL-off at www.secretgardenparty.com
Tickets are available from http://tkt.to/sgp and there is the option of securing yours for a small deposit and paying in installments!
2 – 6 August
For the fifth year in succession, Dekmantel Festival will be held in Amsterdam running from the 2nd until the 6th of August. In the year that we celebrate our tenth birthday, the festival will run a day longer and now also includes the Wednesday. Next to that, we will double the number of concerts on the Thursday in various locations around the IJ-river.
4 – 6 August
ANNOUNCED SO FAR: Circuit des Yeux, Kikagaku Moyo, Swans, The Black Madonna
9 – 16 August
Sziget is more than just a festival: a place to meet, a place to make friends and fall in love; where parties await the inquirer.
10 – 15 August
As Dreambeach gears up to commemorate its landmark 5th anniversary, the picturesque Spanish festival has now added a further 26 acts to the bill this 10th-15th August. Keeping the drums rolling at double pace is Sub Focus, Don Diablo and Critical Soundsystem’s Kasra &Emperor; whilst house and techno is represented via the addition of Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, Joris Voorn, Joseph Capriati and many more.
20 – 24 August
Sonus Festival. Spread over three clubs and with plenty of pre-parties, after shows and boat parties, it promises an unforgettable time. Sonus is more than a festival. Their home is Zrce beach on Pag Island, one of the most amazing spots of the Adriatique. 5 days and 5 nights devoted to celebrating the love for electronic music.
9 – 10 September
Lollapalooza Berlin is far more than a stripped-down music festival. Highlights like Kidzapalooza, a festival at the festival welcoming all kids, Der Grüne Kiez (Green Neighbourhood) dealing with topics like sustainability and social responsibility and the spectacular Lolla Fun Fair celebrating oddity, acrobatics as well as art and installations all over the festival grounds take the festival experience to a whole new level.
18 – 22 October
ADE’s festival program covers the whole spectrum of electronic subgenres, with over 2,200 artists performing in 120 of Amsterdam’s finest music and nightlife spaces. In 2016 the festival attracted 375,000 festival visitors from around the globe, which makes it the world’s biggest club festival.
Where will you be heading this summer?
Words by Vlad Dumitrescu