5 EUROPEAN MUSIC FESTIVALS TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST.

The festival season is well and truly in full swing, even though I feel like they have been part of my life for the last 10 months having done a 12,000 dissertation on international music festival motivation. Having spent a lot of time researching and talking to 'participants' about festivals they have attended in Europe, I thought I'd compile this list on the European festivals that are currently on my bucket list, and probably should be on yours too!

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1. Tomorrowland, Belgium


No list is complete without one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world. Even if this isn't your music scene the stages and atmosphere itself is enough to keep you entertained. This years line-up includes the likes of Martin Garrix, Alesso, Eric Prydz and Steve Aoki. Belgium is only an hour plane journey from London and two hours on the Eurostar so the journey isn't long at all! 

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2. Sziget, Budapest


Sziget festival brings you a mix of everything and for half of the price of many festivals in Europe. This years line up includes Kasabian, Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore, The Chainsmokers and Pink. It's also held in the beautiful city of Budapest, which is also one of the most inexpensive cities in Europe and has plenty to do day and night if you fancy a bit of a longer trip. 

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3. Hideout, Croatia 

Croatia is no stranger to international music festivals - Hideout, Ultra and Outlook are just of the few taking place accross the summer months. Hideout is predominantly an electronic music festival that takes place in Novalja and boasts a week of beach and boach parties accross the festival. This years line-up includes Jamie XX, Major Lazer, Stormzy and Marco Carola

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4. Benicassim, Spain 


Benicassim (or FIB) festival takes place near Valencia in Spain every year and doesn't have to rely much on marketing for attendance as people just know it's great. The festival gives you the best of both worlds as music starts later in the evening which means you have time to head to the beaches in the morning and not sweat to death whilst bopping to The 1975. This years line-up includes The Weeknd, Liam Gallagher, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kasabian

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5. Gibraltar Calling 

Gibraltar has become a new contender for festivals in Europe. During the summer locals and tourists have a plethora of music events to attend including the Holifest, Gibraltar Electronic Music Festival, The Festival of Colours and the National Day celebrations. After years of hosting the Gibraltar Music Festival in September, it has now been rebranded as Gibraltar Calling and is being sponsored by MTV. This years line-up features the likes of Bastille, Tinie Tempha, Charli XCX, Fatboy Slim and Kaiser Chiefs. What's best about the location is that the festival isn't far from the airport and you get a holiday in the sun out of it too!

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Which music festivals have you been to? Which international festivals are on your bucket list? 

21 comments

  1. I feel like I've been dying to go to FIB for ages! The only festival I've ever been to is creamfields.

    Chloe x
    Thengguidetolondon.co.uk

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  2. I feel like I've been dying to go to FIB for ages! The only festival I've ever been to is creamfields.

    Chloe x
    Thengguidetolondon.co.uk

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  3. Tomorrow land looks amazing and it's my dream to go. My friend went to hideout and she said it was amazing!

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  4. I want to go to all of these, I have a friend that went to Sziget last year and said he had an amazing time...safe to say I was jealous.
    Alicia x
    Aesthetic Obsessed

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  5. I've never been to a music festival as I'm not really sure that's my scene but I have to admit some of these look amazing, especially that Tomorrowland one!

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  6. I've always wanted to go to Tomorrowland! But I always love the look of the one in Budapest as I went there earlier this year and absolutely loved it so I definitely want to go back there! Xx

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  7. I've never been crazy for music festivals myself but I always said if I went to one, I'd want to go to one abroad! You can get some right bargains, often cheaper than going to a UK one!

    Sian x
    www.theenglisheverygirl.com

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  8. Gibraltar Calling looks bloody wicked, I think that's one I would definitely go to. Although the music on most of these is a little mainstream for me, I think it'd be hella more exciting in the beaut weather. Can't get over that stage set up at Tomorrowland though!

    Rebecca, libfemblog.com xo

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  9. I feel like I'm so uncool because I've never been to a proper festival- just little ones in Norther Ireland. I would love to go to an actual weekend festival that involves camping. But none of my friends are really into that ha

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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  10. Great post! Not heard of any of these before xx

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  11. These festivals all look really amazing and I've never heard of a single one before x

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  12. I'm actually going to FIB this year but I definitely need to add all of these to my summer bucketlist for next year! Hellfest in France is one that I'm DYING to go to - apparently it's like Download on steroids. This is a great post!xx

    mia // https://okaaythen.com

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  13. I don't think I would go to a festival, but these sound amazing picks and look fantastic :)

    Steph xx

    www.stephsworld.com

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  14. I love Sziget, have been a couple of times and it really shaped me as a person!

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  15. I've never been to a festival, and I don't think I every will, but I must say the decor looks amazing in some of these, haha.

    www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

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  16. I literally want to go to every single one of these festivals. I haven't been to a festival in such a long, long time. Great post and some awesome picks lovely! πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com | www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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  17. I've always wanted to go to Benicassim for soooooo long now!! Maybe another year! xxxxx

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  18. Tomorrowland looks amazing- its been a dream of mine to go there for years! Such an amazing list!

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  19. I'm totally ashamed to say that I've never been to a music festival! These look absolutely incredible though, especially Tomorrowland! That castle stage kind of looks like Disney but more hardcore haha! Dreaming of festivals now!

    Abbey πŸ‘‘ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  20. Music festivals aren't really my thing, but I've heard about most of these places as my brother is into all of them. He keeps saying he wants to go to tomorrow land

    Tania || www.taniaalexandraribeiro.com
    xxx

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  21. I've been to Exit festival in Novi Sad twice and it's awesome! Can't wait to go to some other festival!

    Brownie on the go
    Nastja

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