The Best summer festivals in Europe
Summer: strawberries, sun loungers, wasps – and a Grand gathering of the world famous rock bands in the open air. Yes, European summer can only mean one thing – time music festivals. Every year, the entire continent is filled with plenty of music fans with free views on life, resting in the open sun – from song festivals in Spain before the festival of pop music and poetry in Suffolk. In this article we provide a brief description of the biggest, boldest, best of the best events that you should bear in mind when you plan a summer vacation in Europe.
Roskilde (Denmark )
In two words: 100000 Scandinavians in the field, swaying, singing, having fun and having a blast at the largest musical Orgy in Northern Europe.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 30 June to 3 July. Participants: Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, Mastodon, PJ Harvey and TV On The Radio.
Bestfest (Bucharest, Romania)
In a nutshell: a reputable and well-positioned. The largest and most destructive estimates of eyewitnesses festival in Romania takes place on the lake just ten minutes drive from the airport of Bucharest. And cheap beer too.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 1 to 3 July. Headliners designated Skunk Anansie, Mika, Asian Dub Foundation, Pendulum and Roger Sanchez.
Exit Festival (Serbia)
In two words: political mouthpiece, which turned into a newfangled musical get-together, held on the banks of the Danube. Initially, the festival was organized by the student activists. Now he goes near Petrovaradin fortress on the Danube opposite the city of Novi sad. This four raging and raging days of punk, rock, hip-hop, electronics and social performances.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 7 to 10 July, headliners announced Arcade Fire, Portishead, MIA, Editors, Pulp, Underworld and Jamiroquai.
The Oxegen festival (County Kildare, Ireland )
The Oxegen festival (County Kildare, Ireland )
In a nutshell: a Gaelic festival, delivered in a big way. 80,000 revellers fun splash out and spend a weekend in Punchestown, sipping cheap wine. Be ready for a meeting with celebrities, riotous fair, the abundance of food and General stupidity.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 7 to 10 July, headliners announced Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Beyoncé, The Script, Arctic Monkeys and Slash.
Festival Latitude (Southwold, United Kingdom)
In a nutshell: it’s much more than just a music festival. In the beautiful Suffolk you nothing less will make the brain. Here you will see the spectacle is not for the faint of heart throwing axes insane drumming, and hear a medley of poetry, literature and Comedy.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 14 to 17 July. Participation of The National, British Sea Power, Suede, Foals, Brendon Burns and Louis de Bernières.
The Benicassim Festival (Spain)
In two words: mind-blowing jazz music on the beach. The Benicassim festival under the Spanish sun and the sound of the sparkling waves will be a real pleasure. And eclectic music – pop, hip-hop, rock mix.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 14 to 17 July. Participation of The Streets, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Brandon Flowers, Paolo Nutini and Mumford & Sons.
The Øya Festival (Oslo, Norway)
In a nutshell: international Sabantuy, Scandinavian passion. It is a combination of known music artists you know and love, with local favorites in a beautiful city, the capital of Norway.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 9 to 13 August, the headliners announced Kanye West, Pulp, Fleet Foxes, Aphex Twin, Grant Lee Buffalo and The Jayhawks.
The Sziget Festival (Budapest, Hungary)
In two words: infinite dance on the Danube. It’s a bunch of noisy fun on the river Óbudai island combines pop-rock, European and world music main areas with reggae.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 10 to 15 August, headlining claimed Amy Winehouse, Gotan Project, Dizzee Rascal, Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers and The National.
The festival Spirit of Burgas (Spirit of Burgas) (Bulgaria)
In a nutshell: great sounds great on the sand. The beautiful Black sea coast plays host to the largest in Bulgaria moonlit music marathon, where you expect big names and new discoveries.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 12 to 14 August, headlining stated Moby, Skunk Anansie and Deftones.
Festival in Leeds, Park Bramham, reading, Richfield (UK )
In two words: rock ‘ n ‘ roll is alive! One weekend, two huge gatherings in the fields. The magic of the music wanders between two sites from North to South.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 26 to 28 August, the headliners announced Muse, Pulp, My Chemical Romance, Elbow, The Strokes, The National, and Interpol.
Festival Bestival (Isle of Wight, UK)
In two words: elegant revelry in the garden of Eden – a bizarre musical chaos in a country Park Robin hill in the finale of the festival season.
When: in 2011 the festival will be held from 8 to 11 September, the festival will be part of The Cure, Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream, Katy B, Paloma Faith and The Maccabees.