Best European Music Festivals

16 May 2019 08:27

Get inspired for a summer of music, travel and adventure

Get inspired for a summer of music, travel and adventure

Looking for a new music festival to attend this summer? Why not combine your love of live music with a trip abroad? We explore five of the best music festivals Europe has to offer...

Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

Combine the thrills of a Catalan city break with an eclectic musical line-up at Primavera Sound. The festival showcases the best alternative music and breakthrough underground talent in a beautiful coastal location, with 2019 headliners including Erykah Badu, Christine & the Queens and Tame Impala. Before and after the main festival, special fringe events take place around the city, making it the perfect option for those wanting to mix up their festival experience with a spot of sightseeing.
30th May – 1st June, Barcelona

Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary

Now in its 27th year, Sziget has established itself as one of the world's biggest festivals. The event sees Obuda Island in the middle of the Danube transformed into a party-fuelled festival enclave, right in the heart of this historic city. 450,000 festival goers – or szitizens – are expected to head to Sziget, with the Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran and Florence & the Machine all headlining. But while music may be the main draw, art is also a core element of the festival and there are numerous contemporary circus, theatre and dance performances on offer.
7th – 13th August, Budapest

Roskilde festival, Roskilde, Denmark

Northern Europe's answer to Glastonbury, this mammoth 8-day music festival is less than an hour's drive from Copenhagen and features some of the biggest names in pop, rock, rap and dance. 2019 highlights include living legend Bob Dylan, modern superstar Cardi B and indie crowd-pleasers Vampire Weekend. Billed as more than just a music festival, ethically-minded Roskilde is also 100% non-profit, with all profits donated to social and cultural charities that strive for a fairer, more equal society.
29th June – 6th July, Roskilde

Love International, Tisno, Croatia

A hedonist's dream, the boutique Love International festival takes places in Tisno's idyllic Garden Resort. Think of it as a week-long beach party with a pumping setlist including A Love from Outer Space, Andrew Weatherall, and Horse Meat Disco. Take in a DJ set at the beach stage, boogie in the giant open-air disco or set sail onto the Adriatic on one of the iconic boat parties. The resort has its own private bay, and it makes a great base to explore the beautiful Dalmatian Coast and the nearby cities of Zadar and Split.
3rd – 10th July, Tisno

Rock am Ring, Nürburg, Germany

If you're a fan of rock and metal you'll have heard of Rock am Ring, Germany's answer to Reading and Leeds Festival. Located in Nürburg, near Bonn, this year's line-up includes rock giants Slipknot, Slayer and the Smashing Pumpkins. The festival's sister event Rock im Park runs concurrently in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, and with most of the same acts performing there's no reason why you won't be able to rock out this summer.
7th – 9th June, Nürburg

Don't forget your travel insurance

If you're heading off on a European music festival trip this summer, make sure you take out travel insurance that allows you to go in confidence. At World First, we offer single trip travel insurance and 'spur of the moment' last-minute travel insurance that'll provide peace of mind while you party.