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The 12 Best European Music Festivals You Absolutely Need To Attend

Music is enjoyed throughout the world. It provides joy, emotional reactions and laughter in some cases. No matter where you are or where you live, music reaches the soul.

Europe is no different in its love for music. In fact, Europe has a rich musical culture that is showcased through its annual music festivals. Europe actually boasts some of the best music festivals in the world every year, covering music from many different genres and with top artists from around the world.

If you’re visiting the continent this year, you absolutely need to read this list of the  best European music festivals before making travel plans. Seriously, you don’t want to miss any of these if you’re able to attend.

Let’s get to it!

1. Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound promotes gender equality in its music festival endeavors as it is evenly split in its use of male and female musical artists. The music festival also offers music in all genres including rock, techno, country and rap to name a few.

Primavera Sound has been providing excellent music festivals for twenty years, and it has grown to an internationally recognized European music festival It even is a multiple day festival now unlike previous years.

The festival has had some of the top international artists, including Wu-Tang Clan and Nine Inch Nails performing at the event.

Primavera Sound 2020 Lineup: Tyler, the Creator, The National, Lana del Ray, Iggy Pop, Kacey Musgraves, Beck, Bad Bunny, and more!

Primavera Sound 2020 Dates: June 3-7, 2020.

Location: Parc del Forum, Barcelona.

Attendance: 175,000.

2020 Primavera Sound Ticket Prices: 4 day General 195 Euros, VIP 400 Euros, Single Day 80 Euros.


2. Northside Festival

Northside Festival is a Danish festival that provides a great music atmosphere for those interested in the rock genre. It is a sell out festival, so be sure to get your tickets quickly.

The festival occurs during the summer every year, making it the perfect addition to any European summer trip itinerary. Danish and international rock musicians perform, providing an interesting mixture of music for festival attendees to enjoy.

Northside Festival 2020 Lineup: Green Day, Robyn, White Lies, Weezer, Johnny Marr, Lukas Graham.

Northside Festival 2020 Dates: June 4-6, 2020.

Location: Aarhus, Denmark.

Attendance: 40,000.

2020 Northside Festival Ticket Prices: General 3 Day 2095 Krone, General 1 Day 1195 Krone, General 2 Day 1745 Krone, NS Insider 1895 Krone, VIP 3 Day 2995 Krone, VIP 1 Day 1595 Krone/


3. Rock Am Ring & Rock I’m Park

This music festival has been occurring since 1985 in Germany. It is one of the largest rock music festivals in the world and a renowned European music festival.

Rock Am Ring only hires the top headliners in the rock and roll industry to perform, so you’re sure to get an absolutely amazing set of performances throughout the 3 days of music.

If you’re planning on visiting Germany this summer, be sure to add this festival to your travel plans!

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park 2020 Lineup: Green Day, System of a Down, Disturbed, Weezer, The Offspring, Of Mice and Men, and much more!

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park 2020 Dates: June 5-7, 2020.

Location: Nurburgring and Zeppelinfield, Germany.

Attendance: 150,000.

2020 Rock am Ring and Rock im Park Ticket Prices: General Weekend 209 Euros, VIP Weekend 999 Euros, Upgrade to VIP Parking 60 Euros.


4. Hellfest Open Air

Hellfest Open Air is another very popular rock music festival, though this one is geared towards fans of metal.

There are more than 180 bands that perform in many themed stages. There are devoted followers called ‘The Cult’ at this music festival and many entertainment options present including vendors and tattoo artists.

If you’re a hardcore metal fan, Hellfest is undoubtedly one of the best European music festivals you can ever attend.

Hellfest Open Air 2020 Lineup: Deftones, System of a Down, Korn, Judas Priest and many more metal bands!

Hellfest Open Air 2020 Dates June 19-21, 2020.

Location: Clisson, France.

Attendance: 120,000.

2020 Hellfest Open Air Ticket Prices: General 3 Day and 5 Nights $274.01, General 3 Day and 8 Nights with Transfers $273.83, General 3 Day and 5 Nights with Transfers $325.08.


5. Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival is the oldest music festival in Denmark and has been around since 1971. There are also over 180 musical acts in all genres featured in the lineup for this Danish event, making it a pretty sizeable European music festival.

There are also activities to participate in at the festival including a walkabout theater and water fights. The festival promotes the art of music and the freedom associated with it through the partnership with Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

Ticket prices also go back to help children and humanitarian efforts, so you can feel good about attending this incredible festival during your next trip to Denmark.

Roskilde Festival 2020 Lineup: Taylor Swift, Tyler, the Creator, Deftones, TLC, Cage the Elephant and many more!

Roskilde Festival 2020 Dates: June 27-July 4, 2020.

Location: Roskilde, Denmark.

Attendance: 100,000.

2020 Roskilde Festival Ticket Prices: General 8 Day and Camping 2250 Krone, Make a Change 8 Day and Camping 2450 Krone, General Smart Ticket 250-450 Krone a month, General One Day 1100 Krone.


6. Rock Werchter

Rock Werchter, though it appears to be a rock festival, actually showcases music of many genres including rock, hip-hop and pop to name a few.

This iconic European music festival is located in Belgium, and there’s quite a bit of history behind this festival. After all, Rock Werchter has been going on since its humble beginnings in 1975 as a rock and blues festival.

Tickets are a bit pricier than most summer Euopean music festivals, so keep this in mind when considering Rock Werchter for your next festival adventure.

Rock Werchter 2020 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Pearl Jam, System of a Down, Twenty One Pilots, Yungblud, Wilco and more.

Rock Werchter 2020 Dates: July 2-5, 2020.

Location: Festival Park, Werchter, Belgium.

Attendance: 150,000.

2020 Rock Werchter Ticket Prices: General Multi-Day 243 Euros, General One Day 110 Euros.


7. Longitude

Longitude is a relatively new addition to the list of European music festivals as it was just started in 2013. However, I wouldn’t scoff at this event just because it’s not as old as some other music festivals in Europe.

This festival primarily has shows in the rap and R&B genres. There are playlists created on music applications such as Spotify to assist guests in preparing for the festival, and any fan of rap or R&B absolutely must attend Longitutde at some point in their life.

Longitude 2020 Lineup: Tyler, the Creator, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug, Charli XCX, Earthgang and more!

Longitude 2020 Dates: July 3-5, 2020.

Location: Dublin, Ireland.

Attendance: 40,000.

2020 Longitude Ticket Prices: General One Day 89.50 Euros, Two day, VIP tickets and weekend tickets sold out already!


8. Mad Cool

Mad Cool is another newer event on the list of summer European music festivals. It features some of the largest names in all genres of music, even though it is only in its fifth year.

The event has expanded to offer tickets to sixty thousand people and is set to last four days. Personally, I love longer music festivals, and who can complain about spending 4 days in the beautiful city of Madrid during summer?

Mad Cool 2020 Lineup: Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Billie Eilish, Khalid, Diplo, Major Lazer, Twenty One Pilots, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Yungblud, and so many more.

Mad Cool 2020 Dates: July 8-11, 2020.

Location: Madrid, Spain.

Attendance: 60,000.

2020 Mad Cool Ticket Prices: Special Edition 4 Day 195 Euros, General 4 Day 179 Euros, General 3 Day 179 Euros.


9. NOS Alive

NOS Alive is another four day music festival that offers artistry in all genres to enjoy. This festival happens in Lisbon and is smack dab on the beach allowing for relaxation and beauty in between acts.

This festival does offer camping and bungalows for your needs. If you decide to camp, be sure to check out our official music festival packing list to ensure you have everything you need to have an unreal festival experience!

NOS Alive 2020 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Khalid, Haim, and more.

NOS Alive 2020 Dates: July 8-11, 2020.

Location: Alges, Lisbon, Portugal.

Attendance: 55,000.

2020 NOS Alive Ticket Prices: General 1 Day 69 Euros, General 3 Day 159 Euros, General 4 Day 189 Euros, Fan Pack 1 Day 74.09 Euros, Fan Pack 3 Days 170.74 Euros.


10. Pohoda Festival

Pohoda is one of the most affordable European music festivals around, so this is the perfect event for anyone on a budget.

Pohodais very eclectic and literally has performances from artists of every genre including rock artists, indie artists, pop and hip-hop artists, classical artists and even jazz artists.

There are also several art related events such as poetry events and film events, so you’re sure to have a great time at this European festival regardless of your tastest!

Pohoda Festival 2020 Lineup: Yves Tumor, Stormzy, Wolf Alice, The Libertines and many more!

Pohoda Festival 2020 Dates: July 9-11, 2020.

Location: Airport Trencin, Trencin, Slovakia.

Attendance: 30,000.

2020 Pohoda Festival Ticket Prices: General 3 Days 109 Euros, Lola Marsh 19 Euros, Child General Ticket 39 Euros, Junior General Ticket 89 Euros, General 1 Day 89 Euros.


11. Exit Festival

Exit Festival is a very unique one on the list of the best European music festivals as it is held at a fort called the Petrovaradin Fortress. If you’re a bit of a history buff as well as a music fan, this setting will absolutely blow your mind.

There are forty stages throughout the music festival that are in moats, trenches, tunnels or any other locality a stage can fit. Most of the acts are within the rock, punk and hip-hop genres.

Exit Festival 2020 Lineup: David Guetta, DJ Snake, Fatboy Slim, James Arthur, Tyga and more.

Exit Festival 2020 Dates: July 9-12, 2020.

Location: Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Attendance: 200,000.

2020 Exit Festival Ticket Prices: General One Day 89 Euros, General VIP Gold 1 Day 220 Euros


12. Ultra Europe

Ultra Europe is one of the largest summer European music festivals, and probably the most well-known across the world.

This event is more like a party as there are concerts, shows and dance festivals to enjoy throughout the duration of the festival. The genre that this event is focused on is dance music, making room for parties to continue throughout the event.

There are even parties not on the event grounds at nearby Ultra Beach that take place, so be sure to come well-prepared for a crazy 3 days!

Ultra Europe 2020 Lineup: Afrojack, Marshmello, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Pendulum, Steven Aoki, and many more dance music celebrities.

Ultra Europe 2020 Dates: July 10-12, 2020.

Location: Split, Croatia by Ultra Beach.

Attendance: 120,000.

2020 Ultra Europe Ticket Prices: General 3 Day 159 Euros, VIP 3 Day 389 Euros, VIP 1 Day 169 Euros, 10 Day Accommodation and 7 Day Ticket 1569 Euros, 7 Day General 369 Euros


Final Thoughts

Well, that wraps up our list of the very best European music festivals. The best part about attending a festival in Europe is undoubtedly the mixture of incredibly musical variety and the opportunity to explore some of the most incredible cities in Europe.

There are music artists for anyone’s enjoyment from hip-hop to dance music. One of these festivals is sure to have options for you, so be sure to add one to your future travel plans!

As you may notice, each of these events are summer European music festivals. There are festivals that take place in winter, of course. However, if you want to make the most out of your festival experience, attend an event during the summertime.

If you live in the United States or are traveling there soon, you should also checkout our list of the best U.S. music festivals.

Whatever event you end up choosing, we hope that you have an unbelievable experience. Thanks for reading!

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