30 MUSIC FESTIVALS in EUROPE TO EXPERIENCE BEFORE YOU DIE

, , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

10300445_10152950491464177_4285888795924297715_n

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.

1508650_10152481901565964_8217010757360234416_n

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.

Melt 2013 - Samstag

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.

10301046_10152856513319328_6837555744558316978_n

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.

10354161_10153076653193134_3859365128443313798_n

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.

10922555_10153668970358975_3755836786915107050_n

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.

MainStage-01

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.

11148498_10153702753749045_6198140075069717332_n

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.

11009387_10153137926131336_4899527786531659062_n

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!”

2856_10151218813671812_536535435_n

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.

10665262_701476636593378_5956959596977775114_n

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.

16417_10152895767143698_5605612014517825762_n

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!

10447849_10152978584406842_3992862656607620423_n

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!

1234577_721009394592907_199573395_n

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.

10620577_10152442688315787_2413446962375338015_n

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!

11072533_10152826953432804_871301604396465561_n

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.

10923582_769167726464162_436105788733535322_n

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.

10505284_730703330324126_624439297916697340_n

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!

10885160_292544310869443_8890664671497329613_n

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.

18270_10155217729750032_4077656134522305847_n

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.

1505999_10152773234234775_519295009208745758_n

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.

10363511_10152505141513156_1382626649230999644_n

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.

1619577_966310046713379_4166258956151743565_n

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.

10563025_10152119497761706_5850705844399519467_n

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.

10929922_10152961203465817_7372780518008497376_n

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!

11150859_818660551556331_7849691584035767785_n

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.

11046799_949308971760347_6684751853845024416_n

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!

10686892_580755232030894_2576892211202387162_n

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.

10511091_10153085425484968_498436693869655957_n

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.

 

Like this post?  Follow me on Facebook & Twitter for more adventures Around The World… 

MUSIC @@


Photo Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 89, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30


10 Things To Do In Budapest

, , ,

1.  Explore Fisherman’s Wharf

6306739653_fbe4fb506c_z

The giant Budapest castle hill that provides some of the best views of the city.  It’s a great place to walk around and explore all the different areas.  This will definitely get you some amazing pictures of the city, and the iconic Hungarian Parliament building.  I’d recommend doing a walking tour that takes you up here, because there’s a lot of interesting things to learn about the history of Budapest.  But no matter what, definitely take the walk / public transportation up to the viewpoints.

2.  Soak in the Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi scene

No visit to Budapest is complete with taking a dip of the biggest bathhouse in Budapest.  There is a huge thermal bath culture in Budapest, and I always have a blast when I go to the Szechenyi Baths.  It’s definitely one of the most expensive things to do in Budapest, but it’s worth it.  You’ll get a wristband that will unlock your locker, so bring a backpack for a change of clothes if you don’t go straight from your hostel.  I’d also recommend bringing in some beers, because the alcohol at the spa can get expensive.  A water proof camera / iPhone case can be nice to have too for some great pictures.  There’s tons of different areas, so be sure to explore the whole place to get your money’s worth.

3.  Lukacs Bath Party

cine_szechenyi2

Hands down my favorite thing to do in Budapest!!  This legendary party switches up locations depending on the season, but make sure you go to the Saturday night Bath party.  It’s basically a giant club, but in a thermal bath.  There’s fog machines, lasers, and everyone is swimming around.  The drinks are affordable, and the DJ’s are playing great variety of music.  Always a highlight of my weekend’s in Budapest.

4.  The Hummus Bar

hummus-bar-vega01

I’m obsessed with Hummus, and this place is the place to go in Budapest.  Last time I was there, my hotel was a 2 minute walk, and I pretty much ate here for every meal.  It’s affordable, filling, and delicious.  From the chicken pita, falafel, soups, and hummus; you will definitely find something you like.  There’s also free mint tea with every purchase, and free wifi at every location.

5.  Central Market Hall

Picture-349

A massive and indoor market with everything from souvenir shopping to amazing Hungarian food.  This is a great place to grab lunch and stroll through the aisles.  It’s definitely one of my favorite places to eat in Budapest, as there’s a huge variety of delicious local food.  Easily located on the Pest side of the Liberty bridge, make sure you make a stop here during your time in Budapest.

6.  All Night Crash Budapest Pub Crawl

303435_400023593382621_1245332496_n

A great way to explore some of the best bars and clubs that Budapest has to offer.  Plus, it’s extremely affordable at only 10 euros if you book online.  Why choose this pub crawl?  “Because we have been doing it the longest, and we are certainly the best at it, we know the best bars, pubs, and have special deals made with them, which allows for the welcome drinks, and the great atmosphere.”  If you are looking for a good night out, definitely check out this pub crawl.  

7.  Explore the Ruins Bars

szimpla41

If you do not want to go on a pub crawl, then make sure you explore some of the famous “ruins bars” in Budapest.  There’s tons to choose from, they are centrally located, and all of them have inexpensive beers, drinks, shots, and cocktails.  One of the best is definitely Szimpla Kert so definitely go to that one.  Also, if you are looking for a nightclub to go to after.  Check out INSTANT.  It’s a massive club / bar that has a ton of different rooms and chill-out areas.

8.  Walk over the Chain Bridge

chain_bridge_budapest_451861

An amazing bridge in the middle of the city connecting the Buda and Pest sides.  This is an iconic bridge of the city, and is definitely worth taking a stroll along.  You can get some amazing pictures of the city, so take your time and enjoy the nice views.  I’d recommend bringing a beer and stopping in the middle, and taking some time off your feet from exploring the city.  You can easily knock this one off while on a walking tour of the city, or heading up to the awesome view points of Fisherman’s Bastion.

9.  Explore the Caves

img012

“The capital is built on a limestone basis, in which the heated water formed a huge cave system, thought to be more than 120 km long. The spas and caves of Budapest are planned to be a declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage.  Among the numerous caves of Budapest only two can be visited without previous caving experience. The museum-like Szemlő-hegyi cave has a concrete path passable even by wheelchair, and it is lit by arfificial light. There is a 35-minutes long guided tour in the cave .  The other cave is the 29.1 km long Pál-völgyi cave system – the longest in Hungary – located in the Duna-Ipoly National Park. The cave is a real multi-level labyrinth system with most of its chambers under the residental districts of Budapest.  Rated as the #4 activity to do on Tripadvisor, it’s definitely something you want to check out.

10.  River Cruise on the Danube

02_amadeus_diamond-1

It seems that most of the bigger cities in Europe have river cruise options, and Budapest is no exception.  What is great about doing a river / dinner cruise in Budapest is that you will definitely save some money, and get some incredible nighttime views of both sides of the city.  I’ve never seen any other city light up at night like Budapest does.  It really looks like a fairytale that perfectly shows the architectural beauty of this amazing city.