The sun is back again. Here comes the moment where you day dream about your spring break, or even your summer holiday, right? What will you do? where will you go? No idea, huh. The only thing you can do is picture yourself dancing tirelessly until sunrise with a drink in your hand at any of the top festivals in Europe…
Just don’t ask yourself too many questions, the answer to your problem is simple : just go to a festival!
Festivals in Europe have flourished and grown through-out the years, today there are plenty of festivals to choose from. Time to stop envying Coachella or Burning Man, discover my selection of the top 10 festivals in Europe!
Hope it’ll give you a little hint of your plan for the coming months…
DGTL Amsterdam / DGTL Barcelona
The DGTL Festival is an unmissable event that blends techno and house underground music. This two-day festival is happening in two of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe Amsterdam (NDSM Docklands) and Barcelona (Parc del Fòrum). The DGTL is one of the best simply because of the lineup that always announces some of the greatest Djs and the atmosphere each year. Walking between the different indoor arenas you’ll assist a festival of lights and deeply feel the party vibes. If you’re hungry for party, you must experience it!
Next stop: the idyllic beaches of Croatia. Who said that the underground techno festival had its place only in obscure warehouses? Get your swimming suit, your sun cream and I’ll see you at Sonus Festival, a heaven on earth for all techno lovers. This year the Sonus Festival invites the legends and pioneers of the underground scene on the fine sand of Zrce. In addition, the two mythical clubs Papaya and Kalypso will open their prestigious doors in the occasion of the Sonus Festival. Prepare yourself for 4 days of non-stop partying.
When: 20-24 August 2017
Where: Novalja, Croatia
Line up : Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Ricardo Villalobos
Travelling to Paris to visit the ‘Tour Eiffel’, the very famous ‘Champs-Elysées’?Beautiful but kind of boring, eh? My friendly advice will be for you to head to the well-known Weather Festival. This one has built a solid reputation thanks to its prestigious lineups. Festivalgoers each year explore a very unique techno, house/disco and minimal universe. There, the party never stops. Although the festival is officially finished before midnight, it continues until the end of the night with a whole series of after-parties which animate the best clubs of the city Light.
When: June 02 to June 4th 2017
Where: Paris, France
Line up: Adam Beyer, Marcel Dettmann, Chris Liebing
Primavera is always pushing the boundaries of the alternative scene. The festival takes place in Barcelona and is offering a lineup that brings together all styles and genre such as pop, rock, underground, electronic and dance music. Too good to be true. Creativity is in the spotlight at the Parc del Fòrum with installment that push things over the edge. If you are a music nerd and dream to attend one of the best festival in Europe, you must go to Primavera.
When: May 31st to June 4th 2017
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Line up: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Fran Ocean, The xx
Tomorrowland is without any doubt one of the biggest electro show on earth. You must experience it to understand the crazy atmosphere that animates the site. Fireworks, biggest names of the dance music genre, blow minding stages, mushrooms, colors and the list goes on… It’s an insane world full of exuberant characters. The atmosphere is electrifying. Just to give you a hint of the level of craziness, an entire terminal at Brussels airport was given over the festival as well as a lending spot for dedicated “party planes”. Out of all the festivals listed here, Boomtown is perhaps the most well-known and prestigious festival of them all.
When: July 21-23 and July 28-30, 2017
Where: Boom, Belgium
Line up (2016): deadmau5, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
The legendary Dutch brand has been organizing parties, crazy weekends and insane festival since 2000 and never has failed in satisfying us. I’ve attended this one last year and it is sincerely very hard to put this experience into words. The lineup is simply out of scale. What do I mean by that? Just think Sven Väth, Chris Liebing, Berghain residents, Ben Klock & Marcel Dettman… More than that, you’ll get to walk in a huge site under the sun light discovering insane installment and listening to your favorite Djs. If you’re a techno fan, go to Awakenings you won’t believe your eyes.
When: 24-25 June 2017
Where: Spaarnwoude, Netherlands
Line up : Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing
Barcelona is becoming a city-music and the Sónar Festival is one of the reason why. Sónar is offering two types of experiences, the actual festival and of OFF Sónar, a bunch of events taking place the all city (roofs, pool parties, secret events…). In both cases, the Sónar solicits the biggest names of the techno scene as well as the rising ones of tomorrow. In addition, you’ll be able to attend events (conferences, workshops) to improve your techno culture with the Sonar+D. A plus for all techno nerds. It’s too good to miss out…
When: 15-17 June 2017
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Line up: Justice, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat
Between noon and midnight, the fever is gonna rise in the city of Turin thanks to the Kappa FuturFestival. The festival offers a prestigious international lineup. Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones and other great lads will embark the ravers to a techno expedition. You’ve been warned Kappa is defo a big dive into the world of electro music so put your raver glasses on and I’ll see you under the sun of Italy.
When: 8-9 July 2017
Where: Turin, Italy
Line up: Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, Tale of Us
BoomTown Fair takes the idea of a festival to a whole other level. You ‘ll be immersed in all other world, one eccentric, extraordinary and unique world. You’ll get to attend an absolutely amazing place where the energy and chemistry are at their very best. Leave your regular-civilian-boring clothing at home and get yourself ready for a wild adventure. Festivals worldwide use Boomtown as their inspiration for lighting and atmosphere ideas.
When: 10-13 August 2017
Where: Winchester, UK
Line up (2016): Madness, Damian Marley, Leftfield, Parov Stelar Band
When you think about Bestival just picture fancy dress, music, food and spectacular themes. If you’re looking for a huge lineup, you’ll be in the right place. But Bestival is far from limiting itself to a simple music festival. It also offers all kinds of activities from singing to yoga to speed dating… Trust me, Bestival should be on your bucket list!
When: 7-10 September 2017
Where: Isle of Wight, UK
Line up (2016): The Cure, Major Lazer, Wiz Khalifa & Sean Paul, Hot Chip