30 MUSIC FESTIVALS in EUROPE TO EXPERIENCE BEFORE YOU DIE

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Looking for a list of the best music festivals in Europe?  Look no further.  Europe is home to some of the biggest and craziest festivals in the world, and it will definitely take you some time (and money) to cross off all of these from your festival bucket list.

1.  Tomorrowland

  • When:  End of July
  • Where:  Boom, Belgium
  • Website:  http://www.tomorrowland.com/global-splash/
  • Why:  If you need a reason why you should experience Tomorrowland at least once before you die, you should probably stop reading this list.  Arguably one of the biggest and best festivals world-wide, Tomorrowland is a theme park for electronic music enthusiasts.  Everywhere you go you hear quality music, beautiful stages, and meet incredible people.  Put that together with an amazing Dreamville camping experience, and the biggest names in Electronic music; Tomorrowland lives up to it’s hype.

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2.  Glastonbury Music Festival  

  • When:  End of June
  • Where:  Glastonbury, England
  • Website:  http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/
  • Why:  Another festival that needs no introduction, Glastonbury provides one of the largest and biggest line-ups throughout Europe.  Tickets are hard to come by, but if you manage to get your hands on one, you’re in for a treat.

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3.  MELT Festival 

  • When:  Mid – July
  • Where:  Ferropolis, Germany
  • Website:  http://www.meltfestival.de/en/
  • Why:  One of Germany’s newer festivals, MELT is a 3-day camping experience that will have a little bit of something for everyone musically.  Each year they’ve had nothing but stellar line-ups and top-notch production.  It’s during the peak of festival season, but if you can make the trip to Germany, it’ll be well worth your time.

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4.  I Love Techno

  • When:  Beginning of November
  • Where:  Ghent, Belgium
  • Website:  http://www.ilovetechno.be/
  • Why:  One of the longest and most well-known festivals in Europe, I Love Techno is a must for electronic music fans.  Held just a bit outside the beautiful city of Ghent, it’s the perfect place to make a weekend trip to for this insane music festival.  Bringing in a wide variety of music, spread across 6 stages during one epic night, you’ll definitely love I Love Techno.

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5.  Mysteryland

  • When:  End of August
  • Where:  Haarlemmermer, The Netherlands
  • Website:  http://www.mysteryland.com/
  • Why:  Tomorrowland’s “sister” festival can not be overlooked when it comes to the best festivals in Europe.  The location is beautiful, there’s plenty of stages, and a wide selection of music to choose from.  Keep in commercial at the mainstage, or go hard at the Q-Dance stage for nothing but the best hardstyle.

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6.  Sziget Festival

  • When:  Mid August
  • Where:  Budapest, Hungary
  • Website:  http://www.szigetfestival.com/
  • Why:  8 Days of camping and listening to amazing music in Budapest; yeah that sounds perfect.  Not only is Budapest an amazing city to visit, Sziget is one of the largest and longest festivals in Europe.  You definitely need to tick this one off your festival bucket list.

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7.  Awakenings Festival

  • When:  End of June
  • Where:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Website:  http://www.awakeningsfestival.nl/
  • Why:  If you haven’t been to an Awakenings party, then that’s a damn shame.  They provide nothing but the best of underground music, and this 2-day festival will leave your feet aching in pain from non-stop dancing.

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8.  SONAR Festival

  • When:  Mid June
  • Where:  Barcelona, Spain
  • Website:  http://sonar.es/en/
  • Why:  Barcelona is easily one of the best cities in the world when it comes to electronic music, and SONAR is definitely the perfect evidence of this.  A combination of day and night events, mixed with a bunch of  “OFF SONAR” parties spread throughout the many clubs Barcelona has to offer, there is no better time to make a trip to Barcelona than during SONAR week.

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9.  Time Warp 

  • When:  Beginning of April
  • Where:  Mannheim, Germany
  • Website:  http://www.time-warp.de/
  • Why:  The “Mecca” of Techno.  If you want to hear nothing but the filthiest, heaviest, and most insane techno; head over to Mannheim for TimeWarp.  They have events in The Netherlands as well as Italy, but you got to make it to Germany to experience the real thing.  Germans love their techno, and this is guaranteed to be one of the craziest parties you’ve ever attended.

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10.  Sensation White

  • When:  Various Dates
  • Where:  Various Locations
  • Website:  http://www.sensation.com/world/en/
  • Why:  Sensation has become a world-wide phenomenon, with having events everywhere from Amsterdam, Bangkok, and South Africa.  A night where you dress in all white, and dance to groovy house music.  You’ll definitely get the chills when the lights go out, and you hear the words… “Welcome.  To.  Sensation!”

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11.  SONUS Festival

  • When:  Mid / End of August
  • Where:  Pag Island, Croatia
  • Website:  http://www.sonus-festival.com/
  • Why:  Sonus has only been around for a few years now, but it has easily made it mark as one of the best festivals in Europe.  The ticket earns you access to the 3 main clubs on Zrce Beach, with all the big names playing all day and all night.  These 5 days are very intense, but you’ll be rewarded with amazing music in a beautiful place.

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12.  EXIT Festival

  • When:  Mid July
  • Where:  Belgrade, Serbia
  • Websitehttp://www.exitfest.org/sr
  • Why:  With a line-up that has a little bit of something for everyone, EXIT festival is absolutely crazy.  With prices low in Serbia, an amazing line-up, you gotta make it out to Belgrade to experience EXIT for yourself.

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13.  Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

  • When:  Mid October
  • Where:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Website:  http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/
  • Why:  This is more of an electronic music conference, but all the big names flock to Amsterdam.  The whole city gets painted up with yellow signs that say ADE, and every night there are endless options of which club to go to, and which DJ’s to see.  One recommendation, get yourself to an Awakenings event at Gashouder!

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14.  Dekmantel Festival

  • When:  End of July / Beginning of August
  • Where:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Website:  http://www.dekmantelfestival.com/
  • Why:  A 3 Day camping festival in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.  This festival can not, and should not be missed!

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15.  Monegros Festival

  • When:  Mid July
  • Where:  The Desert (2 Hours from Barcelona)
  • Website:  https://www.grooveparade.es/
  • Why:  This is a non-stop 20 hour rave in the middle of the Desert.  “When I came to Spain, and I saw people partying, I talked to myself, What the F%&^?”  This will definitely cross your mind, because people go HARD at Monegros.  A very large festival, with many stages and impressive line-up, you’ll definitely have a blast at this marathon desert rave.

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16.  Transmission Festival

  • When:  End of November
  • Where:  Prague, Czech Republic
  • Website:  http://transmission.cz/en/
  • Why:  Two words come to mind:  Trance + Lasers.  Transmission easily has one of the best laser shows in the entire world.  Mix that with thousands of trance music lovers, an amazing arena with perfect sound, and the biggest trance names– that’s the Transmission experience.  Oh, and it’s in Prague!  One of the most beautiful cities in Europe!

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17.  Bennacassim Festival

  • When:  Mid July
  • Where:  Costa Azahar, Spain
  • Website:  http://www.fiberfib.com/
  • Why:  Benaccasim is another festival with a diverse line-up, awesome camping experience, and amazing atmosphere.  Definitely plan a trip to Spain one summer and check it out for yourself.

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18.  Extrema Outdoor

  • When:  Mid / End of May
  • Where:  Kelchterhoefstraat, Belgium
  • Website:  http://xofestival.be/en/home
  • Why:  Located in the beautiful countryside of Belgium, this camping festival is 3 epic days of amazing music!  Every year they bring tons of amazing DJ’s and a terrific crowd.

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19.  Valhalla Music Festival

  • When: Mid December (Before Christmas)
  • Where:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Website:  http://www.valhallafestival.nl/en/
  • Why:  Half-Circus / Half Rave.  This one-day party is unique, beautifully decorated, and brings amazing talent!

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20.  Creamfields

  • When:  End of August
  • Where:  Cheshire, England
  • Website: http://www.creamfields.com/
  • Why:  One of England’s biggest and well-known music festivals, you definitely need to find yourself in Cheshire at least once to experience this 3 day camping festival.  Boasting massive stages, with an even more massive line-up, you’re in for a damn good time.

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21.  Defqon 1 Festival

  • When:  Mid June
  • Where:  Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands
  • Website:  http://www.defqon1.nl/
  • Why:  One of the world’s biggest Hardstyle festivals.  Warning:  do not attend if you do not like extremely fast BPM’s, or have a pre-existent heart condition.

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22.  Primavera Sound

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Barcelona, Spain
  • Website:  http://www.primaverasound.com/
  • Why:  Just at the beginning of festival season is this amazing 4 day festival in the great city of Barcelona, Spain.  Bringing in amazing live acts and DJ’s, you’ll love this experience.  There’s also one in June in Portugal if you can’t make it to Spain.

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23.  Secret Solstice Festival

  • When:  Mid June
  • Where:  Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Website:  http://secretsolstice.is/
  • Why:  Iceland is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the entire world, and Secret Solstice provides the perfect reason for music festival addicts to plan a trip!  Known as the “midnight sun festival”, Secret Solstice always bring a top-notch line-up, fantastic production, and incredible atmosphere.  While it used to be one of the more difficult countries to visit, budget airlines like WOW Air have made this trek much more possible!  Do yourself a favor, and make sure you attend Secret Solstice at least once in your life!  Book tickets now!

24.  Hideout Festival

  • When:  End of June / Beginning of July
  • Where:  Pag Island, Croatia
  • Website:  http://www.hideoutfestival.com/
  • Why:  Another festival hosted at the beautiful located of Zrce Beach on Pag Island, Croatia.  Bringing in some of the biggest names at amazing venues, a trip to Croatia over the summer is a must.

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25.  Roskilde Festival

  • When:  End of June / Beginning of July
  • Where:  Roskilde, Denmark
  • Website:  http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/music/2015
  • Why:  8 days. 130,000 visitors. About 170 acts. Spectacular art + events. International audience. Delicious food. Non-profit since 1972 – all profits donated to charity.

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26.  Balaton Sound

  • When:  Mid July
  • Where:  Zamardi, Hungary
  • Website:  http://www.balatonsound.hu/
  • Why:  5 Days partying to a wide variety of commercial house and techno in Hungary.  Beautiful venue, amazing food, and one incredible atmosphere that is guaranteed to be a festival you’ll never forget.

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27.  ULTRA Europe

  • When:  Mid July
  • Where:  Split, Croatia
  • Websitehttp://www.ultraeurope.com/
  • Why:  It was only a few years ago when ULTRA announced they would start a European edition in Split, Croatia.  This massive 3-day festival brings in the best mainstream trance & house artists at the mainstage, and thumping underground house and techno music at the Carl Cox + Friends tent!

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28.  Dance Valley

  • When:  Beginning of August
  • Where:  Velsen Valley, The Netherlands
  • Website:  http://dancevalley.com/
  • Why:  If there’s one place that knows how to throw a proper music festival; it’s the Netherlands.  So many Dutch festivals have been listed already, but Dance Valley is a 1-day party that could not be left out.

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29.  Lollapalooza Berlin

  • When:  Mid September
  • Where:  Berlin, Germany
  • Website:  http://www.lollapaloozade.com/en/
  • Why:  Lollapalooza has already expanded with two different festivals in South America, and their next mission is brining it to Berlin.  With a festival as big as Lollapalooza, you’d be an idiot not to check out their European edition at least once!

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30.  T In The Park

  • When:  Mid July
  • Where:  Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, Scotland
  • Website:  http://www.tinthepark.com/
  • Why:  Amazing music festival in a beautiful country, T In The Park is held over 3 days and brings in some of the world’s biggest names in a wide variety of genres.  If you find yourself in Scotland over summer, it’s a party you’ll never forget.

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So there ya have it!  A list of the top 30 music festivals, parties, and raves Europe has to offer!  How many have you been to already?  Do you think I’m missing any important ones I need to add to this list?  Let me know in the comments section!  Also, if you haven’t already, check out my post on 25 Music Festivals in America To Experience Before You Die.

 

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3 European Music Festivals To Experience Fall 2014

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If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with electronic music.  Having lived in Europe for several years, I’ve had the opportunity to attend many different electronic music festivals.  During the Fall 2013 when I was studying in the Netherlands, I went to all three of these festivals, and had some of my favorite nights in Europe.  If you get the chance; visits these incredible cities, and party all night to some of the best DJ’s in the world.    

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10 Things to Do in Prague

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1.  Walking Tour of the city

Prague is magical city that has tons to offer.  This is easily one of my favorite cities in Europe, and a walking tour of the city is a must when exploring Prague for the first time.  The major highlights include:  Wencelsas Square, Old Town Square, The Astronomical Clock, St. Charles Bridge, The Lennon Wall, Prague Castle, and the Jewish Quarter.

2. The Clock Tower Pub Crawl

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Having been on this pub crawl at least 5 or 6 times now, I can definitely say that this is one of the best ways to experience Prague’s insane nightlife.  It costs about 450 CZK (18 euros), but it is worth every penny.  There is an open-bar that last 2.5 hours.  YES, 2.5 HOURS, from 8:30 – 11:00 P.M!  After that, the guides take you to 3-4 different bars / clubs in Prague, providing a great variety of atmospheres while exploring the city at night.  At every stop, you get an additional free shot (if you’re smart, you can easily get away with more one).  The crawl will end up at a club around 2-3 A.M.  I honestly love this pub crawl.  The guides are great, they take you to really dope spots, and it’s always a good time.

3.  Street Food along Wencelsas Square

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Hands down my favorite street food in Europe, Wencelsas square is the best place to grab a late night snack on the way back home.  There’s a decent amount of options of different types of sausages, but everyone has got to try the fried-cheese sandwhich.  Just thinking about it makes me want to book a flight to Prague.  There’s tons of stands that are open ALL NIGHT along Wencelsas Square, ya can’t miss em.

4.BED Lounge Happy Hour

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I randomly stumbled upon this awesome happy hour spot right in Old Town Square.  Everytime I’ve been there, it’s basically empty, and we have the place to ourselves.  Go to the basement, and the whole place is filled with comfortable white coaches, and you need to take your shoes off.  BED Lounge plays great music, and has awesome lights that change colors providing a really great happy hour atmosphere.  Drinks only cost 100 CZK (4 euros), and they are delicious.  I’d Recommend trying the Mojito or one of the different Daquiri’s (cue Wedding Crashers quote).  The waitress will serve you, so there’s no need to move off the coaches.  It’s simply a great spot to enjoy a delicious drink and relax after a day of exploring the beauty of Prague.

5.  Karlovy Lazne — The Infamous 5 Story Club

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When I hear people talk about Prague, this club is always brought up.  A lot of people will tell you to avoid it, and that it’s full of tourists.  Don’t listen to them.  I’ve been to this club countless times now, and it’s legendary.  With 5 levels and different styles of music to choose from, it’s guaranteed to give everyone a good time.  I always find myself on the “OLDIES” floor which basically gives off the “wedding music” kind of vibe, and it’s great if you’re with a fun group of people.  “SHOUT-  A LITTLE BIT SOFTER NOW”.  Bonus — there is an ICE BAR in the club, which costs extra to get in, but it’s worth it for the pictures, and one Absolut Vodka drink included.  Open 9 P.M – 5 A.M (I’d get there around 12:30 – 1:00 A.M).  Admission:  180 CZK.

6.  Bohemia Bagel

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I normally went to this place to eat because I would be guiding a weekend trip to Prague, and students would be feigning for a decent bagel.  This place is actually amazing though, and there’s tons of food options.  I always recommend the Turkey Club, with a side of hashbrowns.  You’re welcome!  Bonus tip — one of the few places in Europe I’ve found that has unlimited fountain soda, where you can refill it yourself.

7.  Leave Your Mark On the Lennon Wall

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The iconic wall is located just a few minutes away from the St. Charles Bridge, and is a must-see while visiting Prague.  Every time I go there I’ll write something on the wall, only for it to be covered up by the next batch of tourists.  It’s fun, easy, and inexpensive.  Just remember to bring a quality Sharpie (or some spray paint) before you get there.

8.  The Astronomical Clock View

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This is a really simple and fun thing to do while in Old Town Square.  You have to pay to get the top, but it’s definitely worth the view.  You get a full circle view of Prague, and it’s breathtaking.

9.  G-A-M-B-L-E

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I know this won’t appeal to everybody, especially those on a backpacker’s budget, but this is definitely one of my favorite things to do in Prague.  Me and a buddy were walking home from a long night out, and decided to stop in the Casino for some blackjack.  (I had just got back from a trip to The French Riviera where it costs 10 euro minimum to play).  In Prague, the minimum bet is only 100 CZK (3/4 Euros), so you can actually sit there and play for awhile.  I’ve walked out of there winning over 100 U.S.D.  If you like to gamble, it’s definitely a great city in Europe to do it.  My favorite is Casino Ambassador, located towards the bottom of Wencelsas Square.

10. The Medieval Tavern

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Now, I’ve only done this once, but it was a great time.  It’s an all inclusive dinner and medieval show in the center of Prague.  The idea is that it basically sends you back to medieval times (Think GAME OF THRONES).  The meals, the alcohol, and the entertainment; all medieval.  There’s great music throughout the experience, a lady with a giant snake that you can hold (if you dare), a tarot card reader, and much more.  It’s a fun experience, but it does cost around 40 U.S.D.  If you need more convincing, check out the Tripadvisor reviews.