The traditional Great British festival means unpredictable weather, wellies and waterproofs and the possibility of an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Fear not, we’ve picked some of the best festivals to visit in Europe this summer where you can swop your brolly for your sunglasses.
May 30th - Jun 1st 2013
With a great line up including Blur, Julio Bashmore and My Bloody Valentine, music-lovers are in for a treat at this popular music festival. Taking place in the charming city of Porto, this dynamic location infuses extreme beauty, great cultural quality and rich historical heritage.
The weather is mild and the atmosphere in Porto is buzzing with countless tourist spots like galleries, theatres and nightlife to keep you occupied otherwise.
Aug 1st - 4th 2013
The Kooks, Chase & Status, The Maccabees and numerous other great bands will take to the stage at one of Europe’s biggest music festivals. Top DJs will also play at welcome parties in the festival’s Beach Club where you can enjoy a pool, a private beach, cocktails, games and incredible music 24 hours per day.
May 29 - July 2013
This is the place to rock out and celebrate the roman summers with some of the best groups in the world including, Green Day, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Korn and Blur taking to the stage. Taking place at the Hippodrome Capannelle, the month-long event will include daily performances from Italian bands too, representing different music genres ranging from rock to metal, techno, folk, electronic, classical and alternative pop.
And don’t forget, you’re in Rome! So, check out some of the amazing sites like The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the beach at Santa Marinella.
June 2nd - 9th 2013
For some serious fun in the sun with shimmering azure waters and sandy beaches, head to Antalya for your annual dance fix. Combining style, travel and dance music, SunSplash is known as the ‘Biggest Little Festival’ in Turkey and its specialist and boutique nature means that only hardcore dance music fans will be in attendance. However, if you’re one of them then expect nothing less than unforgettable mayhem.
Aug 8th - 11th 2013
A seriously cool festival set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Garda and the Italian Alps. Mand’stock is a relatively undiscovered festival of music, art, skateboarding and wild nature where visitors can enjoy delicious Italian food from local farmers, wine and beer, and, of course, a host of great music spread across three stages.
You can also get in touch with your adventurous side here and go rock-climbing, skateboarding and enjoy tons of other activities. The weather can reach up to 30 degrees so you won’t need to bring your wellies!
Aug 6th - 10th 2013
Taking place in the heart of Oslo, this year huge acts like Kendrick Lamar, Azealia Banks and Alabama Shakes will hit the stage at Oya. There are four stages - Enga, Sjøsiden, Vika and Klubben – situated in the historic grounds of Oslo’s Medieval Park, within short distance of each other.
May 22nd - 26th 2013
An eclectic mix of bands and singers including Blur, Django Django, Jessie Ware, Wu-Tang Clan and The Vaccines will be taking to the stage in Barcelona’s beach-side Parc Del Forum auditorium.
A magnificent city, the Catalan capital has an overwhelming selection of exciting things to see and do while there. Soak up the sun on a Barcelona beach or head for the bustling city. One of the best sights to visit is the world-famous Sagrada Familia which boasts an architectural mix of modern art with gothic styles.
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