5 of the best European summer music festivals

Festival season is almost upon us and whether you want to rock out, bop to the pop or dance the night away, here are my top festivals across Europe this summer.

Sea Sessions Line-up

1. Sea Sessions (Donegal)
Sea sessions is the biggest surf and music festival in Ireland. Taking place on Bundoran Beach this is the best way to experience the Wild Atlantic Way, this unique festival brings together surfing, music, BMX, beach sports and more.

Where: Bundoran, Donegal
When: June 21st – June 23rd
Tickets: 3-day non-camping from €119.90
Acts: Sigrid, clean bandit, Two Door Cinema Club, Dermot Kennedy and Wild Youth.
More information: https://seasessions.com/

festival fan with bubble blower bubbles in the air sunset sziget festival hungary budapest

2. Sziget (Budapest)
More than just music, Sziget Festival is Europe’s answer to Burning Man with more than 1,000 performances on offer. The festival takes place on a leafy island on the Danube. So if it’s culture, music and the beach you’re looking for, Sziget packs it all into one little island.

Where: Budapest (Hungary)
When: August 7th – August 13th
Tickets: 3-day ticket available from €219
Acts: Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Foo Fighters, Post Malone and Florence + The Machine
More information: https://szigetfestival.com/en/

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Melt Music Festival 2019

3. Melt (Germany)
For 20 years, Melt Festival has set new standards on the international festival circuit. You’ll see a great mix of big-name acts and up-and-coming producers. Need to cool off from all the dancing? Take a dip in the lake’s refreshing waters.

Where: Ferropolis (Germany)
When: July 19th – July 21st
Tickets: Weekend ticket from €134
Acts: A$AP Rocky, Bon Iver, Jorja Smith, Skepta and Four Tet
More information: https://meltfestival.de/en

FIB Benicassim Festival line up 2019

4. FIB Benicàssim Festival (Spain)
If you like your festivals sunny, Benicàssim might be the one for you. Spain’s Costa del Azahar becomes home to some of the hottest acts in live music in July. No wonder it’s one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. If it all gets a bit much though, you can always take five on the sandy beaches and sip a cocktail until you’re ready for more.

Where: Benicàssim (Spain)
When: July 18th – July 21st
Tickets: 3-day ticket available from €130
Acts: Fatboy Slim, Lana del Rey, Kings of Leon, George Ezra and Jess Glynne
More information: https://fiberfib.com/en/

british summer time festival hyde park london

5. British Summer Time Hyde Park (London)
As far as pop music legends go, British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 has the biggest names on its line-up of any of the festivals this year. The BST Hyde Park 2019 line-up is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all these talents in one place. The event will be Celine Dion’s only European date of the year and she will be performing for a crowd of 70,000; Barbra Streisand’s performance at British Summer Time 2019 will also be a European exclusive. There are a number of free activities in the park between 12pm and 10pm from the 8th – 11th July.

Where: Hyde Park (London)
When: July 5th – July 14th
Tickets: General admission ticket available from £89.75
Acts: Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Florence + the Machine and Robbie Williams
More information: https://www.bst-hydepark.com/

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