12 summer 2017 European festivals to get very excited about

Fuck Brexit! Get thee to these European festivals, where the beer is (sometimes) cheap and the sun (almost) always shines.

They haven’t built that wall separating us from Europe yet, so take advantage by booking tickets to these reliably brilliant European festivals, which have started releasing information about line-ups so good you’ll salivate.


Roskilde Festival



Where: Denmark

When: June 24 – July 1

Line-up: Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Justice, Moderat/Modeselector, Blink-182, Erasure, Solange.

Cost: £232

Why you should go: Copenhagen was the coolest place to go on holiday in 2016 and the ‘Graffiti Zone’ is packed with street art and installations from renowned artists.


Primavera Sound


Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound

Where: Barcelona

When: June 1 – 3

Line-up: Arcade Fire, The xx, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones

Cost: £153

Why you should go: The internet has been in meltdown over how exciting this line-up is. We called it “incredible”, and you know what, we’re not wrong – just look at the hidden gems to be discovered beyond the headliners.


NOS Alive

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Where: Lisbon

When: July 6 -8

Line-up: Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode, The Kills, Warpaint, Alt-J, Ryan Adams,

Cost: £149.50

Why you should go: The weather is always amazing, the line-ups are killer and the music doesn’t start until 5pm, so you can make the most of the sun until then. It’s also one of the best value festivals Europe has to offer.


Download Paris

People gather around the main stage during the hard rock music Download festival in Paris on June 12, 2016. Download Festival gathers in the UK since 2003 fans of heavy guitars and powerful rock, but this year another edition is staged in Paris from June 10 to June 12, 2016. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Where: Paris (duh)

 When: June 9 – 11

Line-up: Linkin Park, Green Day, Prophets of Rage, System of a Down, blink-182.

Cost: £155

Why you should go: Because Paris is the city of romance, and what’s more romantic than moshing until your teeth fall out?


Mad Cool Festival

Mad Cool Festival


Where: Madrid

When: July 6 – 8

Line-up: Foo Fighters, Green Day, King of Leon, Alt-J, The Lumineers, Belle & Sebastians, Wolf Alice.

Cost: £130

Why you should go: Mad Cool is only in its second year, so when it’s ballooned to near-Glasto proportions in 10 years’ time, you can get all misty-eyed and remember when you were a pioneer all the way back in 2017.




Where: Oslo, Norway

When: August 8 – 12

Line-up: Mac DeMarco, Lana Del Rey, MØ, Vince Staples, Angel Olsen and Car Seat Headrest.

Cost: £150

Why you should go: Held in Oslo’s Medieval Park, this is one of the most genteel festivals in Europe and, when you’re not watching bands, you can kick it by the lakeside with a beer. Lovely.




Where: Ferropolis, Germany

When: July 14 – 16

Line-up: Die Antwoord, Phoenix, The Kills, Kate Tempest, Glass Animals and MØ.

Cost: £130

Why you should go: The festival looks like the set of Mad Max and you can take the weight off with a lil crane ride, which is always – always ­­– fun.



Exit Festival SerbiaTom Martin/NME


Where: Petrovaradin, Serbia

When: July 6 – 9

Line-up: Not yet announced, though last year’s included The Prodigy, Bastille, Ellie Goulding, The Vaccines and Wiz Khalifa.

Cost: The early bird ticket (currently on sale) costs £98.50

Why you should go: Besides the fact that it’s cheap as chips? Okay: it’s set in the midst of an ancient fortress and you cool off with a quick swim in the river Danube. So, worth every penny.


Flow Festival


Where: Helsinki, Finland

When: August 11 -13

Line-up: Lana Del Rey, The xx, London Grammar, Aphex Twin, Flume, Vince Staples and Angel Olsen.

 Cost: £146.30

Why you should go: The festival takes place in an old industrial area, where lots of disused spaces have been turned into breweries and suchlike, so it’s trendy as fuck.




Where: Barcelona

When: June 15 – 17

Line-up: Justice, Moderat, Nicolas Jaar, Eric Prydz

Cost: £145

Why you should go: Most music festivals are “more than a music festival” these days, but few can rival Sonar for extracurricular activities. There’s a focus on tech: last year’s festival, for example, featured a keynote speech from Google’s Head of VR Cinematography.




Where: Boom, Belgium

When: Yet-to-be-announced.

Line-up: We’ll let keep you posted when it’s announced. Last it was David Guetta, Afrojack, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz.

Cost: Yet-to-be-announced.

Why you should go: Tomorrowland is the be-all and end-all of dance festivals, and a night at Oceania just isn’t gonna cut it any more.




Where: Zagreb

When: June 19 – 21

Line-up: So far, only Arcade Fire have been announced, but it’s bloody Arcade Fire! What more do you need? UPDATE: Alt-J have now been added. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates.

Cost: £35

Why you should go: Sorry to go on about the price, but they are literally giving these tickets away. The site is situated beside the beautiful Lake Jarun, pint costs £1.70 and the karaoke tent bangs.