The summer of 2016 will unleash a new vibrant creative energy in Europe with the beautiful cities across the continent; all set to be flocked by millions of tourists, renowned musicians, bands and DJs; all geared up to be a part of the sensational summer music festivals. The experiences of European summer music festivals are unmatched, a powerful combination of high-quality music of different genres, beautiful sceneries and energetic fans, creating exuberant ambience all over Europe. Even the music festival venues are classic, an old medieval castle in Serbia, English countryside, Croatian coastline and trendy capital of Iceland!
If you are planning a trip to Europe this summer, do include a music festival in your itinerary and be part of the electrifying musical concerts and parties while admiring Europe’s beautiful cultural treasures and stunning natural landscapes. Check out the top 10 summer music festivals of Europe that are surely going to turn up the volumes in 2016!
Exit Music Festival, Serbia
This award-winning summer music festival is held annually amidst much fanfare at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the Serbian city of Novi Sad. This exciting music festival started as a student movement advocating democracy and peace in Serbia and the volatile Balkan region. Exit Music Festival will be held from 7th July to 10th July this year. The line-up includes Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike.
Secret Garden Party, England
Secret Garden Party shortened as SGP is one of Europe’s fastest developing music festivals that features primarily Indie musicians of different genres. Started in 2004 as an independent art and music festival, it is now an annual event held in Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon in the gardens of a Georgian farmhouse that has its own landscape gardens, lake and a river. The event dates are 21st to 24th July and the line-up features Indie artists like Caribou, AIR, Primal Scream, Milky Chance, Shura La Femme and The Temper Trap.
Tomorrowland is one the best electronic music festivals that has redefined the EDM music scene with its renowned acts featuring several world renowned DJs. Hosted annually in the Belgian town of Boom, Tomorrowland is schedule to be held from 22nd July to 24th July with a sensational line-up comprising DJ Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren and Alesso. The town of Boom is surely going to be loud and electrifying in its trademark fashion.
Glastonbury Festival, England
Glastonbury Festival is perhaps the ideal template for all the summer music festivals. This amazing music festival is held each year in the farms of Pilton, Somerset, England. Started in 1970, it has earned a reputation of being a cult music festival among the music fans and musicians from all over the world. This year, Glastonbury Festival is scheduled from 22nd June to 26th June and features a star-studded line-up comprising Coldplay, M83, Bastille, Adele, Ellie Goulding, The Lumineers among other international stars.
Sziget Festival, Hungary
Sziget Festival is one of the most popular music festivals of Europe and will be celebrating its 22nd edition in 2016. 10th to 17th August will see millions of tourists and music lovers descending to the Hungarian capital Budapest for the ultimate EDM party of the summer. The event is held in the Óbudai-sziget Island that transforms completely into a village of party-hoppers and music lovers. The 7 days of festival sees some sensational music concerts, vociferous crowd and plenty of art works, live theatrics and performance arts.
Iceland Airwaves, Iceland
One of the trendiest music festivals in the world, Iceland Airwaves has come a long way since its origin in an airplane hangar of Reykjavik Airport in 1991. Today, Iceland Airwaves is one of the most innovative music festivals and will be hosted from 2nd to 6th November. The land of fire and ice will witness some of the best Indie music concerts and coolest crowd in Reykjavik. The line-up this year features Indie artists LUSH, MUM, MR Silla, among others.
Roskilde Festival, Denmark
Rosklide Festival is one of the oldest music festivals in Europe. Started in 1971 by two high-school students and later taken over by the Roskilde Foundation, today, this classy and trendy music festival is an annual weeklong event held in the town of Rosklide, Denmark. Roskilde is a heaven for hippies and the youth of Scandinavia. This year, Rosklide is scheduled to be held from 25th June to 2nd July with a line-up featuring the legendary rock star Neil Young, M83, James Blake, Wiz Khalifa, etc.
Insomnia Festival, Norway
The city of Tromso in Norway is renowned for producing sensation talents and musicians in EDM, techno, house and trance genres. Insomnia Festival celebrates the country and the region’s amazing music talents in this music festival annually. This year Insomnia Festival will be held from 2nd to 4th September with many amazing Indie musicians dedicated to the art of EDM, House and Techno music scene from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
Soundwave Festival, Croatia
Soundwave Festival is one of the trendiest music festivals in Europe and is annually held in the beautiful Croatian town of Tisno located in the beautiful Dalmatian Coast. The beautiful coastline of Croatia turns this into one of Europe’s finest music scene featuring interesting artists and musicians from all over the world. Soundwave returns to Croatia this year between 4th and 8th August with a line-up featuring Pharoahe Monch, Calibre, Mala, Riot Jazz, Romare, The Origins, Goodlife, South London Samba and many more acts.
Donauinselfest Festival, Austria
The Donauinselfest meaning ‘Danube Island Festival’ in German, is one of the largest open-air free music festivals with attendance expected to reach 3 million visitors mark in 2016. Held on an artificial island in the Danube River, Vienna, this incredible music festival transforms the island into a carnival village sponsored by media houses and is renowned for plenty of varied music performances and an energetic crowd. This year the festival is scheduled to be held between 24th to 26th June with an amazing line-up of European musicians. Look out for the official line-up in the month of May 2016.
European summer music festivals are once-in-a-lifetime experience. These European music festivals promote the spirit of friendship, understanding and cooperation between countries and people of different backgrounds. Wonderful musical performances, lifelong friendships and memories; summer music festivals are truly a cultural delight of Europe. So, don’t wait for too long, just pick your music festival, check the line-up and book your tickets.