With the ‘king’ of festivals, Glastonbury, behind us, the season for summer music festivals has officially begun. Between Reading, T in the Park and Bestival you’re not short of a festival to attend in the UK. However, with the British summer being far from reliable we can understand that it’s not everyone’s desire to spend 3 days in a rainy field. That’s why we’ve picked our top 5 festivals abroad, so you can combine that holiday sunshine with your standard festival revelry.
Sziget – 10th -17th August
One of the most well-known European music festivals, Sziget in Budapest lasts for a staggering 7 days. The line-up includes huge acts such as Avicii, Robbie Williams and Kings of Leon. However it’s not just mainstream music – therer’s theatre, circus shows and smaller bands playing a range of different music genres.
Festival Internacional de Benicàssim – 16th -19th July
Set in 20 minutes away from the quiet town of Benicàssim in Spain, this is the perfect festival if you’re a beach lover. Its main focus is pop, rock and electronic music, with the bands playing late into the morning. Highlights of this year’s line-up are Blur, The Prodigy and Mark Ronson.
Montreux Jazz Festival – 3rd-18th July
The Montreux Jazz Festival, set on the Lake Geneva shoreline in Montreux, is the second largest jazz festival in the world. Although the main focus is jazz, the festival also showcases all kinds of acts, from blues to soul, pop and rock. This year’s headliners include Tony Benett, Lady Gaga and Lionel Richie.
Way Out West – 13th -15th August
Way out West is a three-day music festival in beautiful Gothenburg, Sweden and this year will be hosting artists such as Beck, Alt J and The Pet Shop Boys. The festival has a strong focus on being environmentally friendly and only serves vegetarian food as a result. As well as music you can also visit various cultural events such as art exhibitions and movie screenings.
Baleapop, 5th -9th August
Taking place by the serene French seaside of the Basque country, this low-key festival focusses mostly on electronic music and brings in DJs from all over the world as well as local artists. The music festival is in its 6th year now, and is definitely one to attend if you prefer a more intimate atmosphere and a lot of sunshine!
Let us know what music festivals you’re attending this year, national or international!