Top 6 European Music Festivals

When it comes to festivals Europe is definitely the part of the world to be. On this relatively small continent you can find hundreds if not thousands of great music festivals, featuring some of the best artists the money can buy. Western European festivals feature the most popular music industry names, while the ones on the East offer great mixture of good music, wild crowd and affordable prices. In this article we listed our top 6 European music festivals that will definitely rock your summer.

Top 6 European Music Festivals

Top 6 European Music Festivals

Exit, Novi Sad, Serbia

Petrovaradin, Austro-Hungarian stronghold that’s overlooking Serbian city of Novi Sad, every summer turns into funkiest fortress in Europe. Sound of cannon fire is replaced by music beats that resound through more than 20 different stages. High walls and deep trenches create perfect acoustic ambient for some of the most praised music plays you can hear in Southeastern Europe.

Top 6 European Music Festivals: Exit Musical Festival in Novi Sad, Siberia
Exit Musical Festival in Novi Sad, Siberia: Photo on Flickr by Exit Festival / CC BY-SA 2.0

Exit Festival gained huge popularity on Balkans and in Western Europe, by featuring some of the biggest names of music industry. Petrovaradin fortress jumped in the rhythm of Prodigy’s Poison, chilled with Moby’s beats, planed new revolutions with Manu Chao and recite Protect Ya Neck and C.R.E.A.M. lines with RZA,GZA, Method Man, Raekwon and Ghost Face Killah.

Download, Donington Park, UK

The official follow up of the British version of Masters of Rock featured long list of famous guitar freaks from Motorhead and Iron Maiden to ZZ Top and Thin Lizzy. This is definitely the biggest and the most popular rock festival in England and in 2016 it will also spread to France.

In Donington Park in 2016 we can expect to hear Rammstein’s industrial roar, Iron Maiden’s long guitar riffs, legendary Black Sabbath and Korn, which is coming as a special treat for nostalgic nu metal fans.

Top 6 European Music Festivals: Download Rock Festival, Donington Park
Download Festival, Donington Park: Photo on Flickr by SpirituaLee / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Mysteryland, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

The oldest rave in Netherlands’ is a real treat for party goers. Last year festival features Nicky Romero, Dubfire, Knife Party, Martin Garrix and dozen more acts that include some of the biggest electronic music names from Netherlands and the world. Other than funky DJ acts, this festival also has a world famous Camping Holly Land, perfect for a morning chill with a cold local brew and a thick blunt. Since the Netherlands is one of the countries that enjoy liberal drug policy and legal cannabis, on Mysteryland pilgrimage festival goers can enjoy the best herb money can buy and learn more about other practical uses of the cannabis plant.

Top 6 European Music Festivals: Mysteryland, Haarlemmermeer
Mysteryland, Haarlemmermeer: Photo on Flickr by Bjorn Lee. / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Przystanek Woodstock, Kostrzyn, Poland

Biggest open air festival in Europe, is not too far from the Woodstock 1969 by both attendance and the values it shares. Woodstock often hosts more than a million attendees, and it is organized by solely by volunteers. This huge effort pays of the moment first guitar riffs resound from its Main Stage and its huge crowd start emitting positive energy into the stratosphere.

Top 6 European Music Festivals: Przystanek Woodstock, Kostrzyn, Poland
Przystanek Woodstock, Kostrzyn, Poland: Photo on Flickr by Arkadiusz Sikorski / CC BY-NC 2.0

On Woodstock you will listen to Stranglers, Prodigy, Nigel Kennedy and Guano Apes, pick and try Polish forest mushrooms, enjoy world famous mud baths and chill with a cold and cheap polish brew outside Hare Krishna Indian food cafeteria.

IN Music, Zagreb, Croatia

Want to listen to PJ Harvey and Florence and The Machine? Then head to Zagreb next summer and enjoy the biggest Croatian open air festival, held on Youth Island, surrounded by calm waters of Jarun lake and bustling Croatian capital Zagreb.

IN Music crowd get spoiled by listening some of the biggest music industry names including: Rudimental, Placebo, Nick Cave, Billy Idol and Cypress Hill.

Top 6 European Music Festivals: Music Concert, Zagreb, Croatia
Concert, Zagreb, Croatia: Photo on Flickr by messicanbeer / CC BY 2.0

Hip Hop Kemp, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

It’s hard to find a place in Europe where you can hear Big Daddy Cane, De La Soul, Evidence and Mobb Deep. Hip Hop Kemp featured all these artists during its long history. It is definitely the place to be for hip hop fans, but also for people who enjoy grime, dub step, dancehall and reggae. Since Czech Republic is similar to Netherlands concerning weed legislation, hip hop fans heading to Hradec Kralove don’t need to worry about stashing their packs.

Top 6 European Music Festivals: Hip Hop Kemp, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Hip Hop Kemp, Hradec Kralove

Everyone deserves a festival year. That’s the year when you invest all of your free time and money into visiting as much festival as possible across the continent. Don’t think much about who’s playing, because each one of these events promises great atmosphere and tones of positive vibe.

About Mathews McGarry

Mathews is a fitness blogger who has recently been bitten by his very own travel bug. While living out of a suitcase, he makes it his mission to explore unique local dishes, as well as never before tried workouts.

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