Top 7 music festivals in Europe 2019

Whether you’re out to discover your new favourite band, or rave to a world famous DJ, here’s a guide to the best events happening this summer (none of which feature Ja ‘Fyre Festival’ Rule).

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We Out Here

Festival lists usually kick off with a long blurb about how Glastonbury is a life-changing experience, and we agree, but Glastonbury has been sold out for months. And there are so many other UK festivals worth your time this summer, including the debut of We Out Here - a new festival curated by Gilles Peterson. Not much is known about the line up yet, other than it features the world’s brightest talents from multiple genres including jazz and electronic - but with Worldwide FM and Brownswood involved, it’s sure to be packed with good vibes. When & Where: 15th - 18th August, Cambridgeshire

Dimensions

No this isn't Fyre Festival EU edition. Dimensions is arguably Croatia’s most iconic music festival, and definitely the only one set in a 200 year old fort (although this is the last year they're going to be there), Dimensions is one of the best ways to see out the end of the summer season. The line up is, as always, techno and house heavy, with Four Tet and Massive Attack on the bill last year. Parties take place on boats, in forests and on the beach - sure beats a muddy field off the M1. When & Where: 29th August - 2nd September, Croatia

Roskilde

If you’re looking for a classic festival feeling, then head to Denmark for this (potentially) eight day festival. We’ve always admired how much Roskilde does for local and international charities, whilst also throwing some of the most epic parties the EU has to offer. With Travis Scott and Robyn on the line up, and a genuinely beautiful site that features a swimming lake, it’s hard to beat. When & Where: 30th June - 7th July, Denmark

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Primavera Sound

We’ll be honest, Primavera is probably the festival that’s got us the most excited so far this year. Boasting a 50/50 gender split across the performers means festival goers in Barcelona are likely to be overwhelmed by the combination of Solange, Tame Impala, Carbi B and Nas on the same bill. Plus it’s set against beautiful beaches and a stunning cityscape - no lie, we can’t wait. When & Where: 30th May - 1st June, Spain

Meadows in the Mountains

For a totally different festival experience, check out this four day slice of magic up in the Rhodope mountains of Bulgaria. Every band and DJ plays against a backdrop of stunning mountain scenery, and you can camp out in the forests or homeshare with the delightfully friendly locals in Polkovnik village. There’s a strong wellness element to the festivities, with lessons on tarot and yoga - and every year there’s a performance by village choir of local ‘babas’ (grannies) dressed in full traditional attire. When & Where: 6th - 9th June, Bulgaria

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Rock am Ring

One for the metal heads: if you like your rock heavy, and you’ve outgrown Download festival, then Rock am Ring is the festival for you. This year’s line up includes Tool, Slipknot and festival favourites Die Antwoord - it brings in the biggest rock crowds for a ‘none more black’ experience. The accommodation options are also surprisingly civilised, with pre-pitched tents and trailer home packages available. When & Where: 7th - 9th June, Germany

Super Bock Super Rock

This is our low-key festival recommendation: it doesn’t get a load of press, but it hosts some incredible acts (Lana Del Rey and the 1975 this year) in a gorgeous setting. Any festival sponsored by Portugal’s finest lager is good in our book, but Super Bock Super Rock (try saying that after a few cans) should be an extra-special event this year as it’s the festival’s 25th birthday. This year the festival moves closer towards Meco Beach, trading Lisbon city centre for a seaside backdrop this summer. When & Where: 18th - 21st July, Portugal