POLL: What are the most exciting festivals in Europe, 2019?
Spring is in full bloom and summer is closer and closer. And with summer comes the desire to explore, to learn, to experiment and to grow. Music festivals are great places to achieve those goals. Talk to your friends and plan ahead. Because we like to give you not only information but also value your insights, we created this list of some of the most famous European music events this year followed by a poll for you to vote on.
Which ones do you think are the most exciting? Tell us why in comments.
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AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT (ADE)
16 – 20 October 2019
The Amsterdam Dance Event has more the 1000 events in almost 200 venues. More impressive numbers? The festival has over 2,500 artists performing in 140 spaces.
ANNIE MAC PRESENTS LOST & FOUND FESTIVAL 2019
2-5 May 2019
The Black Madonna, Patrick Topping, Peggy Gou, Octavian, Honey Dijon, Fredo, Denis Sulta, Lady Leshurr and Horse Meat Disco are amongst the first acts confirmed to join Annie Mac for her festival in Malta on 2 – 5 May 2019.
See the schedule here.
15-18 August 2019
Line up: Netsky, JP Cooper, Triggerfinger
Awake Festival brings great music in the middle of Ardeal. The festival is looking to offer an eclectic experience, not just concentrating on music, but also celebrating whimsical, creative, and vibrant forms of art.
29 – 30 July 2019
Line-up: Bart Skills, Pan-POT and Oracy
Awakenings Festival invites you to discover the meaning of epicness in a two-day musical event in Amsterdam. Bart Skills, Pan-POT and Oracy are just a few of the artists that will make you dance.
3 – 7 July 2019
Line-up: Sofi Tukker, Tiesto, Valentino Khan, G-Eazy
Bigs names Sofi Tukker, Tiesto, Valentino Khan and G-Eazy will be just some of the attractions brought by Balaton Sound. Four days of parties at the beach.
12-15 September 2019
The BPM Festival returns to Portugal in 2019. This year’s edition will feature a new format for the festival – with parties taking place on the beach each day and night.
BRUSSELS ELECTRONIC MARATHON
10 – 13 October 2019
The 4th edition of Brussels Electronic Marathon is unforgettable urban electronic music festivals. Concerts, DJ sets and parties await you in October.
11 – 14 April 2019
Line-up: Acid Pauli, madnax, Raresh, Bedouin
For the 16th year, Caprices Festival will transform the Swiss Alps in the Capital of dance. With a new additional stage and audiovisuals carefully curated, this edition will be one to remember.
Château Perché Festival (France) 2019
25 – 28 July 2019
Château Perché Festival at Arboretum de Balaine is a truly magical event in a paradise-like environment. This edition will bring 250 amazing artists.
22 – 25 August 2019
A festival with a long history, Creamfields is all about music and dance.
10 – 11 August 2019
This an important year as Dance Valley, one of the longest running day time dance festivals in the world will celebrate its 25th-anniversary edition on August 10th, 2019.
DEFQON 1 FESTIVAL
28 June – 1 July 2019
Since 2003, Defqn. 1 established itself as one of the largest hard dance festivals in the world. It is a multi-day festival that brings people all around the world together.
31 July – 4 August 2019
“2019 marks the 7th edition of our summer centrepiece, and the options available have never felt more exciting. This ‘choose your own adventure’ programming is no accident.”
From mid-afternoon on Wednesday until breakfast time the following Monday, Dekmantel will play host to well over 100 performances. See the 2019 line-up here.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
5 – 7 July 2019
Acts Announced: Editors, Underworld, Thom Yorke, Foals, Robyn, Skepta, The Roots, Vampire Weekend, Aurora, Beruit and many more
Down The Rabbit Hole says adventure, confusion, surrealism and psychedelics, which has been an inspiration for (psycho) rockers, DJs, artists, designers and filmmakers ever since the rise of the pop culture in the uncurbed 1960s… Good company, so get ready to tumble! We have all the time in the world; there’s no rush. Take your time to dine in dozens of restaurants from all corners of the earth, go meditate in the forest, lie down in the green pasture, swim for a bit, strum by the campfire, discover hidden discos… Have a ball with brand-new bands or finally see that classic artist in full swing. We’re out, and we’re loose! Build your party and celebrate, enjoy what you do, all with an open mind and in a sustainable way: we’ll keep it green & clean. A trip to Down, The Rabbit Hole, is a perfect summer getaway! Bring your camping gear or rent luxurious accommodations at our Rabbit Resort at Groene Heuvels – Beuningen (near Nijmegen).
EARTH GARDEN FESTIVAL
30 May – 2 June 2019
Earth Garden is Malta’s largest Alternative Music Festival held annually since 2007 at the National Park in Ta’ Qali. With four music stages, the festival will bring his A game.
17 – 22 July 2019
Line-up: Florence and the Machine, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bring me the Horizon
Without a doubt one of the most famous festivals in Romania, Electric Castle transformed the Romanian musical landscape. No matter how rainy it gets, the music will always bring life to the Bonțida castle.
30 May – 2 June 2019
Elrow Town is a completely insane festival that will blow your mind. This year’s edition will bring more chaos and more craziness.
4th – 7th July 2019
7 – 9 June 2019 2019
Line-up: Claptone, Damian Lazarus, Deaf Pillow, Tiga, Tom Hades, Weval, Yotto
Extrema Outdoor Belgium is an electronic music festival located in Belgium, but it originates from the Netherlands where it was born in 1992.
FESTIVAL IN THE NATURE
19 – 22 July 2019
The fifth magical journey. Early Bird tickets are available for the next episode at resident advisor.
Festival Internacional de Benicassim 2019
18 – 21 July 2019
Line-up: King of Leon, Lana del Rey, Fatboy Slim, The 1975
Festival Internacional de Benicassim is an important event for every indie and alternative music lover. In July you should check this Spanish festival.
GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL
26 – 30 June 2019
One of the most famous festivals in the world Glastonbury festival is ready for another edition. Get ready for that unique vibe that makes this an unforgettable experience.
1 – 5 July 2019
Line-up: Holy Goof, Mall Grab, Redlight, MistaJam, Hannah Wants
Hideout is returning home with great artists and events. This year put Croatia on the destinations list.
I LOVE TECHNO
14 December 2019
If you love techno, this is the festival for you. It’s in the name; it’s in the stars.
Laundry Day 2018 photo © Article 17
24 August 2019
After more than 20 years of being part of Antwerp history, Laundry Day decided it is time for the future. What started as a free event in the shopping area Kammenstraat, grew into the biggest multi-genre music festival of Antwerp. It is with great joy that Laundry Day presents Fire is Gold, an urban gathering that aspires to connect in music, fashion, sports and talks.
7 – 8 September 2019
Line-up: Kings of Leon, Swedish House Mafia, TWENTY ØNE PILØTS, Kraftklub
Lollapalooza Berlin is the biggest open air in Germany. Each year the capital city of Germany turns in the capital city of music.
16-18 August 2019
A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise is the Netherlands’ most prestigious music festival that’s been a rite of passage for the Dutch since 1993. It takes place in rural Biddinghuizen – only an hour away from Amsterdam, so there’s even a chance to add in a city break either side. It’s true music, arts and culture weekender, featuring the world’s biggest headliners on the circuit, as well as installations, theatre, comedy, film, debates and even science workshops.
19 – 22 July 2019
Line-up: Bon Iver, A$AP Rocky, Jorja Smith, Skepta, Solomun
From 19 to 21 July Melt Festival will bring Bon Iver, A$AP Rocky, Jorja Smith, Skepta and Solomun in Germany.
23 – 25 August 2019
Line-up: Martin Garrix, Diplo, Dimitri Vegas
A festival for all the party animals out there on the great festival is Mysteryland. Martin Garrix, Diplo, Dimitri Vegas will make you log after sunrise.
4 – 7 July 2019
Line-up: AfroJACK, G-Eazy, Jessie J, Steve Aoki
Year after year, Neversea attracts a diverse crowd of music fans. All you need is a passion for music, a willingness to dance and the desire to have fun.
Off Week Festival – Barcelona – June 2019
12 – 17 Jun 2019
Afterlife: Tale Of Us, Maceo Plex, Stephan Bodzin (Live), Recondite (Live), Mind Against, Mathame // Ben Klock, Chris Liebing, Kobosil, Woo York (Live), Antigone, ADIEL // Etapp Kyle, Agents Of Time (Live), Kevin de Vries, Tijana T, Fideles, Ae:ther
[a:rpia:r] Showcase: Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu, Raresh, Tulbure, Emi, Dreamrec
Diynamic Outdoor: Solomun, Adriatique, ELAX aka Boys Noize, KOLLEKTIV TURMSTRASSE, Adam Port, &ME, Rampa, Konstantin Sibold, Magdalena, Johannes Brecht live, Adana Twins, Lehar, Musumeci, Magit Cacoon, Moscoman
FRRC ♥ 20 years of fabric: Ricardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Jane Fitz, Mathew Jonson live, Nicolas Lutz, Sonja Moonear, Vera
Paradise by Jamie Jones: Loco Dice, Nicole Moudaber, Guti (live), Andres Campo, David Berrie
Maceo Plex presents Ellum & Lone Romantic: Len Faki, Ellen Allien, Ben UFO, Brame & Hamo, Madben, Jensen Interceptor, Alinka, Mars Levi
Fuse10: Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Rossko, Special Guests, Apollonia (Dan Ghenacia / Dyed Soundorom / Shonky), tINI
Off Week Festival arrives at Parc del Fòrum next June 14, 15 and 16 to enjoy three days where the main labels and electronic music collectives will offer showcases with their most recognized artists. Three days to enjoy a true day and night outdoor experience that is back as every year.
OFF FESTIVAL – Poland
2-4 August 2019
Acts Announced: Daughters, The Gaslamp Killer, Perfect Son, Lebanon Hannover, Boogarins, The Comet is Coming, Bamba Pana & Makaveli
OFF is a unique boutique festival that values experimentation and diversity above everything else – with founder and organiser Artur Rojek’s hands-on vision an inspiration to ambitious promoters and dreamers worldwide. OFF takes place in ‘Valley of Three Ponds’, Katowice – a beautiful green hideaway in the industrial Silesia region, with a huge choice of bars, restaurants and cultural centres to explore in the city close by.
FESTIVAL PARADISE CITY
5 – 7 July 2019
Line-up: CARISTA, Edward, Egyptian Lover, Eris Drew
A journey that explores what a great future can look like, Paradise City is a wonderful festival. 2019 marks the 5th edition of this event.
30 – 31 May 2019
Primavera Sound is a festival that is all about equality, eclecticism, and audacity. This year event is all about new generations and good vibes.
29 June – 6 July 2019
The 2019 Roskilde Festival edition consists if 8 days of music, art, food, camp life and freedom.
SEA STAR FESTIVAL
24-25 May 2019
Acts Announced: Sven Vath, Nina Kraviz, Illario Alicante
Sea Star is another coastal dance extravaganza hatched by the experts behind EXIT, so it’s no surprise that it’s been nominated in the Best Medium Sized Festival category in this year’s European Festival Awards – less than two years after its first edition (it was also nominated for Best New Festival last year). Sea Star will return this year to the idyllic Stella Maris lagoon in Umag, Croatia on May 24 and 25, with special opening and closing parties on the 23rd and 26th. With over 70 artists on six stages, from local Balkan heroes to international superstars, Sea Star is an event with high production values in a stunning Mediterranean paradise.
SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
21 – 24 June 2019
Line-up: Black Eyed Peas, Patti Smith and band, Foreign Beggars
At midnight sun you should be in Reykjavik, Iceland at the Secret Solstice 2019 festival. Black Eyed Peas, Patti Smith and band or Foreign Beggars and many more will be there as well.
18 – 20 July 2019
Line-up: a$ap rocky, acid arab live, bill kouligas
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.
18 – 22 August 2019
Line-up: Apollonia, Ben Klock, Ricardo Villalobos
Sonus Festival returns to Zrcé to celebrate the love for electronic music! Expect a high-quality line-up, 5 days and 5 nights of party.
Sunwaves Festival: SW25
25 April – 1 May 2019
At its 25th edition, Sunwaves sure is a festival worth a trip. At a rather short distance from the Capital, Sunwaves brings great artists and an upbeat atmosphere in Mamaia.
7 – 13 August 2019
Sziget Festival is quite a name for every festival lover. The 2019 edition will continue the legacy and create a magical experience.
19 – 21 July 2019
TOMORROWLAND needs no description. An already legendary party, Tomorrowland is ready for you.
12 – 13 October 2019
On Saturday the 12th of October Transmission Festival will bring together dance music lovers from all over the world.
31 May – 3 June 2019
Line-up: Joseph Capriati, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos
UNUM FESTIVAL is characterised by five simple elements of life; music, sand, pines, the sea, and the mountains.
12 – 15 July 2019
Being held in Croatia in the amazing city of Split, for the past 6 years, Ultra Europe has brought the best from the world of electronic music. 3 days filled with EDM, techno, house and trance beats by the worlds most famous DJs.
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What are the most exciting music festivals in Europe, 2019?
- FESTIVAL IN THE NATURE (55%, 31 Votes)
- AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT (ADE) (5%, 3 Votes)
- DEKMANTEL (5%, 3 Votes)
- AWAKENINGS FESTIVAL (4%, 2 Votes)
- SONAR FESTIVAL (4%, 2 Votes)
- LOWLANDS (4%, 2 Votes)
- OFF Festival (2%, 1 Votes)
- LOLLAPALOOZA BERLIN (2%, 1 Votes)
- PRIMAVERA SOUND (2%, 1 Votes)
- SEA STAR FESTIVAL (2%, 1 Votes)
- SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL (2%, 1 Votes)
- SONUS FESTIVAL (2%, 1 Votes)
- TOMORROWLAND (2%, 1 Votes)
- UNUM Festival (2%, 1 Votes)
- EXIT FESTIVAL (2%, 1 Votes)
- Château Perché Festival (2%, 1 Votes)
- Caprices Festival (2%, 1 Votes)
- BRUSSELS ELECTRONIC MARATHON (2%, 1 Votes)
- BPM FESTIVAL (2%, 1 Votes)
- ELROW TOWN (0%, 0 Votes)
- SZIGET FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- BALATON SOUND (0%, 0 Votes)
- TRANSMISSION FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- ANNIE MAC PRESENTS LOST & FOUND FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- ULTRA EUROPE (0%, 0 Votes)
- AWAKE FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- ELECTRIC CASTLE (0%, 0 Votes)
- NEVERSEA FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- ROSKILDE FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- CREAMFIELDS (0%, 0 Votes)
- PARADISE CITY (0%, 0 Votes)
- EXTREMA OUTDOOR (0%, 0 Votes)
- EARTH GARDEN FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- Festival Internacional de Benicassim (0%, 0 Votes)
- GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- HIDEOUT FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- I LOVE TECHNO (0%, 0 Votes)
- DEFQON 1 FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- MYSTERYLAND (0%, 0 Votes)
- Laundry Day (0%, 0 Votes)
- Down the Rabbit Hole (0%, 0 Votes)
- DANCE VALLEY (0%, 0 Votes)
- MELT FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
- SUNWAVES FESTIVAL (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 39 Total Votes: 56
Vote up to three festivals and together we can discover the most exciting festivals of 2019! 📥
Have fun and do let us know if we missed your favourite festival.
Submit all your votes until the 25th of July!
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Browse the previous Romanian festival polls and tops here: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and also the 2019 European arts festival list.
A list by Oana Filip, Cristina Popa [random], Andrei Racovițan [ubic]
Photos © the authors, as specified. Let us know if we failed to credit any of the images correctly.
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