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Top 10 European Summer Festivals

Published October 15th, 2015

While the Northern Hemisphere descends into the chill of a winter wonderland, it’s not too early to start dreaming about where to party under the sun with the best international music acts and most boho/electro/indie festival vibes.

Here’s a line-up of the hottest European festivals (in no particular order). Which one is your jam? Get your festival pants on and start planning for 2016! (Pssst... we've got Europe Early Bird flights and tours on sale!)

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1. Bestival, UK

Held on the Isle of Wight, this festival is all about fun in the forest (with boutique camping), a roller disco and the best rock, pop and indie acts. Fancy dress party on the first day is a big deal – don’t forget your costume.

September 8-11

Carnival Parade at our #SummerofLove!

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2. Sziget Festival, Hungary

One of the biggest multicultural events in Europe, the festival has been charging on since 1993. Each year 400,000 fans from all over the world ascend on a picturesque island in the heart of Budapest where more than 1,000 performances take place over 7 days. August 10-17  3. Iceland Airwaves, Iceland Always wanted to go to mysterious Iceland? Ever noticed how so many awesome bands come from Iceland? (Sigur Ros, Of Monsters and Men, Bjork) Must be something in the water. Iceland Airwaves is all about showcasing new Icelandic and international music in super chill (literally and metaphorically) environment.

November

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4. Ibiza Closing Parties, Spain

As the summer comes to an end and the tourists head back to their respective home-countries, bronzed and beached out, Ibiza goes out with a bang. If you’re all about holding onto the summer party vibe, this is the month to soak up the action and dance with abandon.

September

5. Roskilde Festival, Denmark

A festival for humanitarians at heart, not only is Roskilde one of the largest festivals in Europe, it’s success is largely down to its generous spirit, being a non-for-profit festival since 1972, the festival’s funds go towards supporting environmental and humanitarian causes. Acts for 2016 so far include Action Bronson and Courtney Barnett.

June 25 – July 2

This is what we came for. Three days more of this. Bring it on ! #RF15 #orangefeeling

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6. Tomorrowland, Belgium

A massive electronic music festival held in ‘Boom’ (fitting) a town about 16 kilometres south of Antwerp. There’s more fluoro and strobe lights than a Supre store in 2003. With 15 stages and globally renowned DJs Tomorrowland is one of the biggest dance music festivals in the world.

Date TBA – preregistration recommended!

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7. Primavera, Spain

Set by the water in Barcelona, this indie/alternative music festival is a hipster’s paradise. Eat tapas and drink sangria by day and party all night under the Spanish sky.

June 2-4

8. Ultra, Croatia

One of the biggest electronic dance and house music festivals in the world; we’re talking fist-pumping with Armin van Burren big. The best part? The location: Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast. (Psst... check out our Student Flights EXCLUSIVE Ultra and Busabout Croatia Sail deal!) + check out our competition to WIN tickets

July 15 -17

9. Secret Garden Party, UK

Head in Cambridgeshire there’s a stage that floats on a lake and a secret sunflower field you enter via a portaloo. Music: house, drum and bass, dubstep and reggae.

July 21-24

Sparkle ponies, #sparkleponies #secretgardenparty #secretgardenparty2015

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10. Exit, Serbia

Held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, the venue itself is considered one of the best in the world for festivals. Music:  rock, electronic, heavy metal, hip hop, punk rock and drum and bass.

July 7-16

Note: Where’s Glastonbury you ask? 2016 is SOLD OUT already... if you’re lucky enough to have ticket – let us know – we’d love to follow your trip!

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.