Nothing unites the world as powerfully as music. You can’t explore Europe in all its entirety if you haven’t broken into stirring melodies and swayed in the rhythm of your heartbeat. Give your summer a new edge with euphoric musical chords, deafening cheers and an experience of a lifetime.
1. Exit, Serbia:
What began as a student protest against the Serbian Government back in 2000, is now one of the world’s leading summer music festivals. Held annually at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, the festival witnesses a footfall of over 200,000 people across borders. Thumping with genres like Rock, EDM, Hip-Hop, Metal and Punk, the line-up of festival has included artists like Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa, David Guetta and Afrojack.
When: 4-day festival. Starts on the 2nd Thursday of July
2. Sziget Festival, Hungary:
With a location as exotic as the Óbudai-sziget island in Budapest, this music festival steals the show. The stage sees more than 1000 performances from prolific artists around the globe. Indie, Rock, Psychedellic Rock, Electronic, Heavy Metal and Pop are few of the many genres that keep the 400,000 plus festivalgoers grooving all along.
When: 7-day festival. August
3. Tomorrowland, Belgium:
Raising the bar for all the festivals globally, Tomorowland exemplifies the power of music. Entertaining over 350,000 EDM lovers, the concert takes place in an aptly named town called Boom. Performers like Hardwell, Avicii, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia and Paul Van Dyk have been associated with this mega event.
When: Last weekend of July
4. Mysteryland, The Netherlands:
World’s longest running music festival makes heads turn and feet tap with its wide variety of EDM genres. The region of Haarlemmermeer serves as a ground for the event each year. With just the right amount of spunk, Mysteryland throws open its doors to thousands of people, uniting them over a common love for music and partying.
When: Last weekend of August
5. Donauinselfest, Austria:
Europe’s biggest open-air music fest takes the world by storm with its sheer number. The island of Donau Insel in Vienna is an unmatched venue for this humongous carnival-like festival. Eclectic performances from almost every genre of music and a plethora of activities paints the atmosphere with uncontainable energy. Adding to the existing craze, the Donauinselfest is a free event.
When: Usually in June
6. Secret Garden Party, England:
The mystical name will take you by surprise as it unleashes the spirit of art and music. Organised in the village of Abbots Ripton, the Secret Garden Party goes beyond being an exulting festival. Supporting the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the event aims to create awareness and prevent suicide among men in UK. The line-up includes a large spectrum of artists across Rock, Electronic, Folk, House and World music.
When: 4-day festival. July
Image credits: www.secretgardenparty.com
7. Soundwaves Festival, Croatia:
As the pulsating beats of music spread far and wide, the festival indeed creates waves with the diversity in its genres and performances. Set in the backdrop of the vibrant Garden site in Tisno, the line-up splashes colours of Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Funk.
When: 5-day festival. August
8. Primavera Sound, Spain and Portugal:
Primavera Sound adds another feather to Spain’s hat of tourism. Over 200,000 people from all over the world gather to lose themselves in this gigantic musical escape. The real bonanza lies in Primavera Sound taking place in two destinations – Barcelona in Spain and Oporto in Portugal. The sunlit weather and cosy winds act as the perfect companion to breath-taking performances of artists from nearly every genre.
When: Spain and Portugal – June
9. Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic:
This multi-genre festival is nothing short of a musical extravaganza. Dolní Vítkovice in the city of Ostrava, which was once a site for mines and blast furnaces, is now the venue for the country’s biggest international music fest. With thousands of music lovers flocking into Ostrava each year, the festival celebrates artists from all musical backgrounds.
When: 4-day festival. July
Image credits: www.escapismmagazine.com
10. Hurricane, Germany:
Encouraging artists who drift from mainstream music, Hurricane has certainly created a whirlwind over the years. Held in Scheeßel every year, the festival has evolved manifold since its inception. Acing genres like Electro, Rock and Indie, the festival makes sure you can hear the beats pounding in your ears long after it wraps up.