4 European summer music festivals to check out
Got your boots muddy at Glasto? Networked your butt off at SXSW? And waved your hands in the air at Ultra? Summer music festival season is just beginning in the northern hemisphere, my friend, so pack your glowsticks, have your wellies at the ready, and head to the moshpit to check out these bangin’ summer music festivals over the equator.
Roskilde Festival: June 29 to 6 July, 2014
Now in its 43rd year, Roskilde Festival, held in Roskilde, Denmark – 35 kilometres from Copenhagen by train, is the biggest music fest in northern Europe. This year’s lineup sees a mix of ‘60s legends and hot-right-now acts like The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder mixing it up with Arctic Monkeys, Drake, Trentemøller and Outkast across eight stages and eight days. Camp and hang out in the agoras or BYO caravan.
Exit Festival: 10 to 13 July, 2014
Named the ‘Best Major Festival’ at the European Festival Awards earlier this year, festival fans are expecting Exit to bring it in 2014 and the lineup sure doesn’t disappoint. On four stages, dance music aficionados can move to the likes of Afrojack, Deep Dish, Rudimental and Disclosure. Held at Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, what started as a student movement in 1999 is now in its 15th year. Embark on the Exit Adventure with back-to-back events – Sea Dance Festival takes over Jaz Beach near Budva in Montenegro from July 15 to 17.
FIB Benicàssim: 17 to 20 July, 2014
Otherwise known as Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, party people can hit Costa Azahar near Valencia in Spain to celebrate 20 years of FIB with a decidedly British flavour to the lineup with headliners Kasabian, Paul Weller and Lily Allen, plus Tine Tempah, M.I.A., Ellie Goulding and Manic Street Preachers. With four days of music and eight days of camping, this is sea, sand and surround sound in Spain. Buy your four-day pass and tour here.
Sziget Festival: 11 to 18 August, 2014
Held on Óbudai Island (dubbed ‘Island of Freedom’) in the heart of Budapest and now in its 22nd year, Sziget Festival attracts 400,000 people from over 70 countries. A week-long cultural, music and arts event, stay in tents or caravans onsite or hostels nearby, and rock out to an eclectic lineup of acts from a mix of musical genres including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Queens of the Stone Age, Placebo, The Prodigy, Imagine Dragons, London Grammar and The 1975. For an awesome tour and five-day pass combo, head here.