From seasoned stalwarts to circuit newcomers, Europe hosts a number of the most noteworthy festivals on the planet. With Europe’s 2020 competition season sadly cancelling due the affect of COVID-19 and plenty of tickets rolling over to 2021, subsequent 12 months’s festivals are quick turning into the world’s hottest waitlist.
Listed here are a few of our competition favourites to get in your radar for future years. (Geese to keep away from being hit by paper cups for not with the ability to point out extra of them).
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The place: Budapest, Hungary
When: August 2021, precise dates TBC
2021 lineup: TBC, however previous acts have included Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore.
One island, seven days, hundreds of acts: Sziget is much less of a competition, and extra of a vacation that you simply by no means wish to finish. Hosted on the Island of Freedom (Budapest’s Óbuda Island), Sziget is considered one of Europe’s greatest and most famous festivals. In addition to a setlist that spans the musical spectrum with superstars from the worlds of indie, rock, EDM and R&B, there’s additionally a staggering seven-day program of cinema, comedy, theatre and cultural occasions. It’s the sort of competition the place you make pals for all times, quit sporting footwear, and take into account promoting all of your possessions to hitch a nomadic circus troupe.
The place: Roskilde, Denmark
The place: 26 June – three July 2021
2021 lineup: Thom Yorke, Tyler, the Creator, FKA Twiggs, Floating Factors, TLC, plus many extra.
A legend on Europe’s competition circuit, Roksilde deserves a well-earned place within the competition corridor of fame. One of many largest festivals in Northern Europe, it’s now its 50th 12 months. Roskilde is greater than a competition, it’s an establishment: one which celebrates the crowd-pleasers as a lot because the cutting-edge, and the mainstream as a lot because the up-and-comers. In addition to a various show of music and genres, the competition promotes an actual sense of belonging and appreciation for artwork, activism and the avant-guarde – together with Bare Runs on the Saturday annually! The entire expertise comes along with the trademark cool and easy Scandi type that you’d anticipate from the Danish.
The place: Break up, Croatia
When: 9 – 11 July 2021
2021 lineup: TBC, however earlier years have included David Guetta, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Chase & Standing.
Crossing the Atlantic to the glowing shores of the Adriatic, the European leg of the Extremely franchise hosts a number of the best dance, techno, trance and home acts from across the globe. From spinning decks to crusing decks, it’s additionally a competition the place you possibly can take in Croatia’s world-famous summer season social gathering scene. The primary competition is in Break up’s Mladeži park, with different Extremely events happening on close by islands, seashores, yachts and fortresses. Whereas the 2021 lineup has but to be introduced, if earlier years have been something to go by, it guarantees to be a who’s who of the planet’s greatest DJs and dance duos.
The place: Increase, Belgium
When: 16 – 18 July and 23 – 25 July 2021
2021 lineup: TBC, however earlier acts have included David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Marshmello, Amelie Lens, Martin Garrix, Eric Prydz.
In brief, Tomorrowland is essentially the most revered EDM competition on Earth. Increase, drop the mic. (The competition is in Increase in Belgium? By no means thoughts). Tomorrowland’s unforgettable stage designs and spectacular firework shows transport you to a different universe. A universe the place the largest names in EDM, home, hardstyle, drum & bass and extra carry out in a fantasyland of quirky units and theatrics, surrounded by lakes and forests. It’s a completely immersive expertise the place you permit feeling such as you’ve belonged to one thing really extraordinary.
The place: Barcelona, Spain
When: 2 – 6 June 2021
2021 lineup: Gorillaz, Tame Impala, The Strokes, FKA Twigs, Iggy Pop, Disclosure, Jorja Smith.
Barcelona’s multi-genre music competition, held on the shores of the Mediterranean within the metropolis’s Parc del Discussion board, is the final word reflection of town itself. Various, inventive and oh-so-effing-cool. Unfold throughout 16 outside phases, the annual lineup is one thing of a musical masterpiece – taking essentially the most influential artists from throughout genres to create an easy 5 days of music. 2021 might be Primavera Sound’s belated 20th birthday, so guarantees to be the sort of celebration that each child desires an invitation to.
The place: Praia da Rocha Seaside, Portimão, Portugal
When: 1 – three July 2021
2021 lineup: Skepta, Wizkid, Beenie Man, French Montana, Burna Boy, plus many extra.
The most important names in city music, on a sun-drenched seashore on Portugal’s gorgeous Algarve? What’s to not love. Over three days, beats drop from the masters of hip-hop, dancehall, bashment, Afrobeats and R&B in opposition to a backdrop of golden sands, limestone rocks and crystal-clear waters. In addition to the primary occasion, the facet events are additionally one thing of sophistication act, with non-public seashore and boat events.
FIB: Pageant Internacional de Benicàssim
The place: Benicàssim, Spain
When: July 2021, precise dates TBC
2021 lineup: TBC, however previous acts have included Kings of Leon, Liam Gallagher, Travis Scott, The Killers, The Vaccines, Vampire Weekend.
Pageant Internacional de Benicàssim – or ‘Beni’ for brief – is a mainstay on the European competition scene, pulling within the crowds with its massive names and sunny seaside vibes. Held within the coastal city of Benicàssim on Spain’s Costa del Azahar, the most recent and best names in rock, indie, dance and pop run from early night till the early hours to assist fight the summer season Spanish warmth. The added bonus being that festival-goers get their days free to journey/discover/collapse hungover on a seashore (delete as acceptable).
Mad Cool Pageant
The place: Madrid, Spain
When: 7 – 10 July 2021
2021 lineup: Religion No Extra, Pixies, Pink Sizzling Chilli Peppers, The Killers, plus heaps extra already introduced.
Regardless of solely being round since 2016, Mad Cool has already established itself as a serious participant on the rock and indie competition circuit. Held in a stadium village in Spain’s capital, Mad Cool doesn’t have the sundrenched seaside setting of Benicássim, however what it lacks in magnificence it greater than makes up for in headline acts. In its quick – however very candy – historical past, it’s already attracted a formidable variety of superstars from rock’s present corridor of fame, together with Foo Fighters, Inexperienced Day, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, and Queens of the Stone Age.
The place: Worthy Farm, Pilton, England
When: 23 – 27 June 2021
2021 lineup: TBC, however previous artists have included… properly, just about everybody.
No competition lineup could be full with out Glastonbury. Hallowed floor for competition followers the world over, Glastonbury is in a world of its personal. From the music royalty of the Pyramid Stage, to the underground world of Shangri-La, late-night hedonism of Arcadia and lazy afternoon hippy vibes of the Therapeutic Fields, Glastonbury is much less of a competition – and extra of a life-style. So far as guestlists go, you want luck in your facet for this one! Massively oversubscribed, you get tickets by registering upfront after which sitting by way of a nail-biting morning of clicking and refreshing the webpage. 5 days partying at Worthy Farm although? Nicely price it.