Best European festivals 2019 – the best events in Croatia, Spain and France

Festivals are great, yes, but the famously unpredictable British weather is not. So if you’re looking to escape the rain clouds, but still want to enjoy great bands then a European festival is a safe bet.

There are plenty of European festivals to choose from which are sure to be the holiday of lifetime. With hotspots including Croatia, Barcelona and many more beautiful cities, we’d recommend turning it into a long getaway.

If you can’t face camping in the heat, many of these options offer partnerships with hotels, hostels, and apartments – sometimes even flight packages – so you can get it all booked at once. Perfect for travellers as it takes a lot of the stress out of booking it all.

So if the thought of dragging your backpack through a wet and miserable field or sipping on warm beer is just too much, then we can assure you one of these will be your perfect party away from home.

Expect raucous boat parties, picturesque raves in old castles, and beats by the beach – if you think you’ve seen it all, we promise you, you haven’t.

Benicassim

Benicassim has been a been with revellers for years!

Fib Benicassim, to use its full name, has a consistently strong line up and this year is no exception with huge bookings including Lana Del Ray, 1975, Blossoms and more. 

Who’s playing? Lana Del Ray, The 1975, Blossoms,  

When is it? 18 – 21 July 

Where is it? Barcelona, Spain

Tickets: Get tickets here

Roskilde

It’s one of the biggest festivals with a huge 160,000 revellers and a legendary reputation.

Nothing’s been announced yet, but last year the line up was HUGE, including none other than Eminem, Bruno Mars, Cardi B and Gorillaz.

Who’s playing? TBC

When is it? 29 June – 6 July

Where is it? Denmark

Tickets: Get tickets here

Ultra

The Croatian festival hosts some of the hottest names in electronic music, so expect big things for 2019. Last year there was performances from The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz and Marshmello.

Who’s playing? TBC

When is it? July 12 – 14

Where is it? Split, Croatia

Tickets:  Get tickets here

Tomorrowland

The legendary European festival is on a scale like none other, described as two weekends of ‘love and unity’. Tomorrowland is a festival focused on good times and mother nature, and you’ll be hooked.

Who’s playing? TBC

When is it?   19 -21 July and 26 – 28 July

Where is it? Boom, Belguim

Tickets: Get tickets here

Primavera

 

Blur played Primavera in 2013

Primavera takes place across two countries, and is one of our favourite European festivals. This year they’ve introduced #thenewnormal, and have booked as many female headliners as male ones. Long may this reign.

Who’s playing? Tame Impala, Janelle Monae, Cardi B

When is it? 30 May – 1 June

Where is it? Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal

Tickets: Get tickets here

 

 

Exit

Held in the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia, the festival has become famous for this legendary dance arena. It’s part of the Exit Tribe, a collective of six festivals across six locations, so get ready for a party. 

Who’s playing? The Curre, Carl Cox,

When is it? 4 – 7 July

Where is it? Novi Sad, Serbia

Tickets: Get tickets here

Dimensions

Dimensions is perfect for sun seekers, and boasts ‘world class electronic music in an amphitheatre, on a beach and in an abandoned fort’. We can’t wait to see who’s announced for this year.

Who’s playing? TBC

When is it? 28 August – 1 September

Where is it? Fort Punta Christo, Croatia

Tickets: Get tickets here

Sziget

 

Sziget’s beach side location looks pretty good

Sziget festival, which is widely considered one of the best in Europe takes place on Danube, a beautiful island in the middle of Budapest, so it’s perfect for those looking for some beach alongside their beats.

Who’s playing? Foo Fighters, Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen,  

When is it? 7 – 13 August  

Where is it? Budapest, Hungary 

Tickets: Get tickets here

 

 

Outlook

Little has been announced about 2019 yet but super early bird tickets are available now, so grab them quick.

Outlook is a celebration of sound system culture, located in one of the most stunning festival sites in Europe. We promise, you’ll fall in love.

Who’s playing? TBC

When is it? 4 – 9 September

Where is it? Fort Punta Christo, Croatia

Tickets: Get tickets here

Rock en Seine

Rock en Seine’s line up is tres bien indeed, and is the perfect mix of city and music. Revellers can buy tickets for just one day, or all three – so why not explore Paris at the same time?

Who’s playing? The Cure, Major Lazer, Jorja Smith

When is it? 23 – 25 August

Where is it? Paris, France

Tickets: Get tickets here

Melt

Melt festival has been running for 20 years, and it’s getting better with age. This year they’ve booked the mesmerising Bon Iver, for what promises to be a highlight of the festival.

Who’s playing? Bon Iver, A$AP Rocky, Skepta, Jorja Smith, Four Tet

When is it? 19 – 21 July

Where is it? Ferropolis, Germany

Tickets: Get tickets here

Sonar

 

Sonar Music Festival Barcelona
Sonar Music Festival takes place in Barcelona

This three day event is yet another brilliant festival taking place in Barcelona. It’s based on ‘music, creativity, and technology’. So be prepared to be inspired.

Who’s playing? A$AP Rocky, Disclosure DJ Set, Skepta

When is it? 18 – 20 July

Where is it? Barcelona, Spain

Tickets: Get tickets here

Secret Solstice

Fancy something different to Stonehenge? Sun worshippers can enjoy Secret Solstice in Iceland this June. This unique festival is not one to be missed.

Who’s playing? Martin Garrix, Rita Ora

When is it? 21 – 23 June

Where is it? Rekjavik, Iceland

Tickets: Get tickets here

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