Whilst the UK certainly knows how to produce some fantastic festivals (think Glastonbury, T in the Park, Bestival) our friends over in Europe are just as good, and you’re probably less likely to be donning a waterproof poncho.

Top 5 Festivals abroad

With summer just around the corner, we have decided to compile a list of five of the best music festivals in Europe. There will be a few you have probably heard of and a few that are a little more under the radar, nonetheless, all promise great music, adventure and an unforgettable festival experience!

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SZIGET FESTIVAL- BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
11th-18th August

If rock is your genre then Sziget is the perfect festival for you. Founded in 1993, the week-long festival has grown into one of the largest and most popular music and cultural festivals in Europe. Nicknamed the “Island of Freedom” Sziget gets over half of it’s visitors from outside Hungary, most notably from the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Italy and France. This years line up looks great so far, with awesome bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, The Prodigy, Placebo, Bastille, Klaxons and Bombay Bicycle Club, among many others, set to light up the main stage. The online site declares that only 42.9% of the acts have been revealed, but if the current line-up is anything to go by, it promises to be a fantastic festival!

Weekly pass with camping: 229€/£187
5 Days Pass: 199€/£162
szigetfestival.com

exit-fest

EXIT FESTIVAL- PETROVARADIN FORTRESS, NOVI SAD, SERBIA
10th-13th July

Having recently been named ‘Best European Festival’ at the 2014 EU Festival Awards, Exit sure knows how to host a party. On the bank of the river Danube in Novi Sad, the location of the festival is one of its main attractions, offering superb acoustics, beautiful backdrops and a fantastic chilled atmosphere. The four-day festival offers a mixture of genres, from rock to hip-hop to drum and bass. We’ve had a sneaky look at this years line-up, and boy do we want to go, it so far includes the likes of: Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Gloria Gaynor, Jamiroquai, Skrillex and Rudimental.

EXIT package: 139€/£115
exitfest.org

melt-fest

MELT FESTIVAL- FERROPOLIS, GERMANY
18th-20th July

In 1997 when the first Melt festival took place, only 2000 people were in attendance. Now 17 years later it has grown in popularity and last year over 25,000 people flocked to the “city of iron” for the three-day event. Ferropolis is one of the main draws to the festival, it has an open-air museum of huge machines from the 20th Century that have become a great spectacle for festival goers. With the line-up nearly complete Melt boasts some of the best bands of the moment including Haim, Portishead, and a collaboration of two greats on their latest joint tour: Robyn and Röyksopp.

3 day ticket from 135€/£110
meltfestival.de/en

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rosklide-lights

ROSKLIDE FESTIVAL- DENMARK
29th June-6th July

For those that wish to go further afield, Rosklide is the festival for you. It typically offers a great mixture of well-known artists along with those that are new on the scene and this year is no different. The line-up so far looks incredible with headline acts such as The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Stevie Wonder. It’s essentially the Danish version of Glastonbury with roughly the same amount of people participating in the festival. Every year since 1999, on the Saturday of the festival, a naked run around the campsite is organised by Rosklide festival radio. A prize of a free ticket to the following years festival is awarded to one female and one male, and it has become so popular the organisers have had to arrange qualifier rounds! If this too sounds like something you’d be up for, head to Rosklide this summer!

Full festival ticket: 1910 DKK/£209
roskilde-festival.dk

unknown-boat

UNKNOWN FESTIVAL- ROVINJ, CROATIA
8th-13 September

Situated by the Adriatic sea, surrounded by forest and flowers, Unknown offers the most idyllic festival experience. It’s 5 days and nights of great music, tanning, boat and island parties…what more could you want!? The relaxed nature of the event makes it all the more appealing, the festival site is actually open from Sunday 7th September- Tuesday 16th September just in case you wanted to chill out before and after the main event. The line-up so far has a mixture of DJ’s and bands from all across the world including Chic feat. Nile Rogers, Disclosure, London Grammar, Chvrches, Jamie xx, Disclosure and many, many more.

Deposit ticket from £69
Standard ticket from £129
Standard ticket with programme from £134
unknowncroatia.com

Are you travelling abroad to go to a music festival this year? Let us know @tweetjanes


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