The top 8 summer music festivals in Europe

Events, Music

Festival fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to summer events in Europe. Whatever your musical persuasions, you will find some of the most exciting festivals in Europe during the warmer months.

The top 8 summer music festivals in Europe include:

Roskilde Festival, Denmark

This annual week-long international event is based on modern music and focuses on environmental issues. Roskilde is a boundary-pushing cultural-political event which is based on the efforts of an unpaid workforce who focus on creativity and safety.

All profits from Roskilde to go humanitarian and cultural work.

Bestival, UK

Held annually, Bestival is a modern-day festival, born out of ten years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank’s Sunday best. Along with partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved, the group were on a mission to change the face of independent festival culture. Magic on the shores of the Solent.

Womad Festival, UK

Peter Gabriel, Thomas Brooman and Bob Hooton put their creative heads together and founded the Womad Festival in 1980. Two years later the Festival was brought to Shepton Mallet. Crowds flocked to the Festival to enjoy extraordinary musicians and artists for all tastes. Echo and the Bunnymen and Simple Minds have performed here, to name a few. A true international event.

Insomnia Festival, Norway

Tromso is famous for discovering innovative electronic artists and the Insomnia Festival hosts new electronic bands and individuals, promoting techno culture.

Electronic music at its best and the creative genre is as varied as the music itself.

Bout du Monde Festival, France

Each August for the past 10 years, the Festival du Bout du Monde has attracted a cosmopolitan crowd in a fantastic location. Situated at the heart of the Parc Naturel Regional d’Armorique, this festival is a must for lovers of world music. Renowned for its family atmosphere, Bout du Monde is one of the best-loved music festivals in the world.

Bukta Open Air Festival, Norway

The Bukta Open Air Festival is held annually in July in Tromso, Norway. The event is held on the beach, surrounded by trees and mountains – without doubt one of the most spectacular festival sites in the world. During June and July the sun doesn’t set on Tromso, so you can literally party all day long!

Cactus Festival, Belgium

In mid-July the Cactus Festival takes place at the minnewaterpark of Bruges. A great mix of music and culture, the Cactus Festival focuses on creating a stunning atmosphere for a large audience. Plenty of well-known and emerging artists from Belgium and other parts of Europe perform to a lively crowd!

Donauinselfest Festival, Austria

The Donauinselfest Festival, Austria is an open-air, free event which takes place in Vienna, Austria in June. One of Europe’s largest open-air events, Donauinselfest attracts more than 3 million visitors. A fantastic atmosphere and unforgettable acts make this a must-visit event for festival-goers in Europe.

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