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Rock am Ring
Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals are the European cousins of Reading/Leeds. As Germany’s most popular festival event it attracts some of the biggest international bands in the world, playing to huge crowds across three days.
Who: Thirty Seconds To Mars, Paramore, Fun, Imagine Dragons, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Bullet For My Valentine, Kate Nash, The Prodigy, Bush, Papa Roach, Hacktivist, The Bloody Beetroots, The Killers, Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics, Green Day, Simple Plan, Dizzee Rascal
Where: Nurburgring Racetrack, Germany
When: 7-9 June
Roskilde is an amazing festival featuring huge name international bands, including Rihanna AND Sigur Ros AND The National. It also has its very own Naked Run – so popular, it needs qualifiers.
Who: Kraftwerk, The National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Rihanna, Sigur Rós, Slipk, T , Volbeat, Airbourne, Animal Collective, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, James Blake
Where: Roskilde, Denmark
When: 29 June – 7 July
Located on an old military airport in the peaceful seaside town of Gdynia, the Open’er festival is an epic 4 day event with some of the best live acts from all over the world.
Who: Animal Collective, Kings of Leon, Blur, The XX, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and Arctic Monkeys.
Where: Gdynia, Poland
When: 3-6 July
Go crazy at one of the largest music festivals in France with international artists such as Skunk Anansie, Blur and more.
Who: Blur, Skunk Anansie, My Bloody Valentine ,Tame Impala, Mass Hysteria, Jamiroquai, Asaf Avidan, Alt-J, Wax Tailor, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Bloody Beetroots (Live) , Two Door Cinema
Where: Belfort, France
When: 4-7 July
Taking place on top of a hill, surrounded by mountains, this fuss free festival offers incredible music, spectacular views AND proximity to some of the best waves in Europe. Not just a festival, but an experience.
Who: Depeche Mode, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Two Door Cinema Club, Editors, Biffy Clyro, Alt-J, Billy Talent, Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires, Kings Of Leon, Green Day, Vampire Weekend, Fatboy Slim, The Hives
Where: Bilbao, Spain
When: 11-13 July
EXIT is bigger and better than ever. With 20 stages that dip into all genres with something for everyone EXIT is a music festival, holiday and adventure rolled into one!
Who: The Prodigy, Atoms For Peace, Bloc Party, Ceelo Green, Fatboy Slim, Snoop Dogg, Chase & Status, Diplo, Seth Troxler, Dubfire, Rudimental, SBTRKT
Where: Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia
When: 10-14 July
Sea, sun and sand, washed down with a side of some of the world’s biggest acts and a jug of sangria. How could you say no to this four day fest on Spain’s stunning coastline. Plus, festival-goers can take advantage of eight days of free camping and transform their music pilgrimage into a summer holiday.
Who: Arctic Monkeys, Attic Lights, Azealia Banks, Bastille, Beach House, Dizzee Rascal, Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers, La Roux, Primal Scream, Queens of the Stone Age, , Everything Everything, Johnny Marr
Where: Costa Azahar, Spain
When: 18-21 July
Super Bock Super Rock
One of the longest running Euro fests, this three day offering combines great music, affordable prices, a beach setting and easy access to nearby Lisbon. It makes Super Bock one of the strongest contenders on the European festival circuit.
Who: Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tomahawk, Midnight Juggernauts, Queens of the Stone Age, Mary B, Miss Lava, Azealia Banks, Johnny Marr, Chk Chk Chk and Owen Pallett
Where: Meco Beach, Portugal
When: 18-20 July
The world of tomorrow, today! With funfair rides, lakeside view and a mass of 20 stages Tomorrowland has become one of the biggest electronic festivals in Europe. Come experience a trippy technicolour fantasy, right (almost) on our doorstep.
Who: Tiësto, Sebastian Ingrosso, Harwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Fedde Le Grand, ARTY, Otto Knows, Yousef, Steve Aoki, Joachim Garraud
Where: De Schorre National Park, Boom, Belgium
When: 26-28 July