Best European Summer Music Festivals

Best European Summer Music Festivals

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.

Optimus Primavera Sound 2013 - Portugal

May 30th - Jun 1st 2013

Porto is an incredibly beautiful city

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.

Arenal Sound - Spain

Aug 1st - 4th 2013

Burriana Beach - Image: michael clarke stuff, Flickr

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.

Choose camping, glamping, a hotel or apartments for your stay and be part of the sun-drenched crowds that gather in Burriana for good music, a splash in the sea and some relaxing on the sand.  

Rock in Roma 2013 - Italy

May 29 - July 2013

Don't forget to visit the Colosseum on your visit

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.

SunSplash Festival - Turkey

June 2nd - 9th 2013

SunSplash beach party, Antalya

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.

Mand’Stock - Italian Alps

Aug 8th - 11th 2013

Enjoy a unique festival in the Italian Alps

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!

Oya Festival - Norway

Aug 6th - 10th 2013

Oslo city is a place worth exploring

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.

Oslo is becoming one of the top metropolitan cities in Europe and a trip to this festival would be a great opportunity to visit the Munch Museum and see the Scream in person.

Primavera Sound 2013 - Spain

May 22nd - 26th 2013

Sun, sea, sand and great music await at this festival

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.

Are you going to any festivals this summer? Let us know where in the comments below or tweet us @FemaleFirst_UK


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