Festival season is almost upon us and with so many top class events happening, it can be hard to choose which European music festival(s) to go to.
We want to help you out, so here’s our round-up of the best music festivals happening around Europe this summer.
After last year's spectacular sell-out, Sound City returns to Liverpool's city centre for another edition of the UK's leading independent festival. The best up and coming musicians from around the world will perform in venues across the city for an up close, personal and intimate festival experience.
Where: Liverpool, United Kingdom
When: May 1 to May 3 2020
Who: Pale Waves, The Blinders, Tim Burgess
Tickets: From £39.50 availabe here
This Barcelona-based music festival has always delivered the finest acts in a beautiful location and this year they return with another line-up packed full of quality.
“A festival is not only its line-up, but a line-up says a lot about a festival,” Primavera Sound say, and their 2020 line-up is stellar, comprehensive, contemporary, with girl power in spades - one most definitely conceived for us, the fans.
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: June 3 to June 7 2020
Who: Pavement, Kim Gordon, Jenny Hval
Tickets: €195 available here.
Some of the world's biggest music acts will descend on Aarhus in June to be a part of Europe's greenest festival. What started as a one day festival has grown into one of Europe's most popular weekend events.
Where: Aarhus, Denmark
When: June 4 to June 6 2020
Who: Green Day, Weezer, Robyn
Tickets: From 1895 DKK (€255 approx.), available here
Parklife in Manchester is the perfect festival for those who want to avoid camping. Spread out over two days, it’s a thumping good way to spend a weekend in the north of England. Last year’s line-up featured Cardi B, George Ezra and Solange... We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year!
Where: Manchester, United Kingdom
When: June 13 to June 14 2020
Tickets: Available here
The UK has a reputation for hosting some of the best European music festivals and Isle Of Wight has a lot to do with that. Established in 1968, Isle Of Wight welcomes some of the world’s top artists in 2020.
Where: Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
When: June 11 to June 14 2020
Who: Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran
Tickets: £185, available here
Yet another festival in the UK and it’s one for the metalheads. Download is the top European music festival for heavy metal fans and once again their line-up is stacked with the world’s biggest and best rock bands.
Where: Donington Park, United Kingdom (Fly to East Midlands)
When: June 12 to June 14 2020
Who: Kiss, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down
Tickets: From £243, available here
Quickly becoming one of Europe’s must-see festivals, Rock Werchter is back for another four day party in Belgium. A top drawer line-up awaits, along with incredible food and a buzzing atmosphere.
Where: Werchter, Belgium (Fly to Brussels)
When: July 2 to July 5 2020
Who: Faith No More, Kendrick Lamar, Pearl Jam
Tickets: From €243, available here
Located in the gorgeous French rural setting of Marmande, Garorock boasts a varied line-up featuring world-renowned acts. It’s one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have at a music festival in Europe.
Where: Marmande, France (Fly to Bergerac)
When: June 25 to June 28 2020
Who: Black Eyed Peas, Disclosure, The Lumineers
Tickets: From €151, available here
The largest festival in northern Europe, Roskilde is often compared to Glastonbury in size and legend. If you want to have a great time without the guilty conscience, Roskilde is the festival for you. All profits are donated to social and cultural charities. It’s a win-win situation.
Where: Roskilde, Denmark (Fly to Copenhagen)
When: June 26 to July 4 2020
Who: Taylor Swift, Tyler The Creator, Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Tickets: 2250 DKK (€300 approx.), available here
This Polish music festival is one of the best organised festivals in Europe. Plus - you won’t have to worry about finding a spot for your tent as when you arrive they'll have one waiting for you. Add to that a brilliant line-up playing in a former military airfield and you have a festival not to be missed.
Where: Gdynia, Poland (Fly to Gdansk)
When: July 1 to July 4 2020
Who: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky
Tickets: From 619zł (€142 approx.), available here
This European music festival has put Serbia on the map as a must visit destination for music lovers. 2018’s “Best Major European Festival” at the EU Festival Awards, EXIT is back with another line-up so good you won’t want to leave.
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia (Fly to Serbia)
When: July 9 to July 12 2020
Who: David Guetta, Tyga, Fatboy Slim
Tickets: From €99, available here
Les Eurockéennes is worth checking out for its location alone. Hidden away in the beautiful French countryside you can enjoy a world-class line-up in idyllic surroundings. What better way to spend a weekend in July?
Where: Belfort, France (Fly to Basel)
When: July 2 to July 4 2020
Who: Massive Attack, Simple Minds, Foals
Tickets: From €106, available here
The biggest urban music festival in Europe, Wireless takes over Finsbury park every year with the best acts from the world of hip-hop, grime, garage and more. With headliners like Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky last year, we’re sure they’re working on something extra special this July.
Where: Finsbury Park, United Kingdom (Fly to London)
When: July 3 to July 5 2020
Tickets: From £70, available here
One of best electronic festivals in Europe, certainly in one of the most impressive settings, in Parco Dora, an old car factory-turned park in the heart of Torino. Along with a top class music festival, you’ll also get a Torino Museum pass which will gives access to the city’s best museums.
Where: Turin, Italy
When: July 4 to July 5 2020
Who: Carl Cox, Diplo, The Black Madonna
Tickets: From €70, available here
Don’t read too much into the name, Dour Festival is anything but dour. It might just be the friendliest music festival in Europe. From security to bar staff to festival goers, Dour is a wonderful experience. Great line-up too.
Where: Dour, Belgium (Fly to Brussels)
When: July 15 to July 19 2020
Who: Stormzy, A$AP Rocky, Sven Väth
Tickets: From €160, available here
This Madrid-based festival only began in 2016 but is already up there among the elite European music festivals. That’s in no small part thanks to its huge line-ups and 2020 is no different.
Where: Madrid, Spain
When: July 8 to July 11 2020
Who: Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Kings of Leon
Tickets: From €179, available here
The biggest and best festival in Lisbon, NOS Alive will return for another bumper year. If the fantastic line-up isn’t enough for you, you'll find the festival is just a short distance from Lisbon’s buzzing nightlife.
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
When: July 8 to July 11 2020
Who: Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish
Tickets: From €159, available here
This Czech music festival is family friendly, with a babysitting service on site so you can enjoy the varied line-up while knowing your children are in safe hands.
Where: Ostrava, Czech Republic (Flights to Ostrava available from London Stansted and Milan Bergamo)
When: July 15 to July 18 2020
Who: Twenty One Pilots, Sigrid, The Lumineers
Tickets: From €122, available here
Benicassim is one of the most popular summer music festivals in Europe. Set on a stunning beach resort, its immense line-up in the Spanish sun is hard to top.
When: July 16 to July 19 2020
Who: Foals, The Libertines, Liam Gallagher
Tickets: From €65, available here
If you’re looking to break away from the mainstream and experience a different kind of festival then OFF is the one for you. A line-up of alternative, up and coming artists and an array of interesting activities, OFF is an incredible experience.
Where: Katowice, Poland
When: August 7 to August 9 2020
Who: Iggy Pop, Bikini Kill, Tropical F*** Storm
Tickets: From 319zł (€75 approx.) available here
Brand new to the festival scene last year, All Together Now is already becoming one of the most popular festivals in Ireland. There's already a buzz about what is still to come from one of Ireland’s newest music festivals.
Where: Waterford, Ireland (Fly to Dublin)
When: July 31 to August 2 2020
Who: Iggy Pop, Girl Band + more TBA
Tickets: From €220, available here
Spread out over a serene and tranquil park in the capital of Norway, Oya is a relaxing break from the usual European music festival experience. With established and breakout acts on the bill, it’s one European festival in 2020 you won’t want to miss.
Where: Oslo, Norway
When: August 11 to August 15 2020
Who: Bon Iver, Stormzy, Aurora
Tickets: €322.64, available here
Sziget is fast becoming the European music festival. This Budapest festival boasts a line-up that might top any on offer in Europe this summer. You can’t bring your own drinks to the festival, but with beer and wine on sale for just €3, your festival fuel won't break the bank.
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: August 5 to August 11 2020
Tickets: From €299, available here
The small Dutch town of Biddinghuizen sees its 6,000 strong population increase by more than 50,000 for a weekend each August. Lowlands features heavyweight headliners, a wellness village, sports facilities and dozens of restaurants from all over the world.
Where: Biddinghuizen, Netherlands (Fly to Amsterdam)
When: August 21 to August 23 2020
Tickets: TBA, available here
The famous five-day techno festival returns to Zrce Beach for another electric year. Since beginning in 2013, Sonus has become one of Europe’s most celebrated house and techno festivals.
Where: Kolan, Croatia (Fly to Zadar)
When: August 16 to August 20 2020
Who: Amelie Lens, Sven Väth, Seth Troxler
Tickets: From €179, available here
Creamfields is the world’s leading electronic music festival, and for good reason. Entering its 22nd year, 70,000 people will flock to the Cheshire countryside to revel in the amazing line-up, jaw-dropping stages and mind-blowing production.
Where: Daresbury, United Kingdom (Fly to Liverpool)
When: August 27 to August 30 2020
Who: Pendulum – Trinity, Armin van Buuren, Camelphat
Tickets: From £195, available here
Renowned for its creativity and production value, Mysteryland is the biggest festival in Amsterdam. A three-day spectacular of music and mystery in the beautiful fields, forests and lakes of the Floriade Terrain in Haarlemmermeer awaits.
Where: Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands (Fly to Amsterdam)
When: August 28 to August 30 2020
Ireland’s biggest music festival, and one of the best European music festivals on offer. The Picnic has grown massively since its 2004 beginnings and after selling out last year in record time, 2020’s edition promises to be even more special.
Where: Stradbally, Ireland (Fly to Dublin)
When: September 4 to September 6 2020
Tickets: €250, sold out – information here
You’re definitely not stuck for choice for music festivals in Europe this summer, all you have to do now is decide which one(s) to go to. Check out our huge range of flights and hotels to help you on your way to your dream music festival in 2020.
- Seán Walsh