Top 10 festivals
Craig Thomas

Top 10 Music festivals

18th May 2015

The resurgence in popularity of music festivals over recent years means they can be ideal to feature in a prize promotion or sales incentive. With the summer season nearly upon us, here's a look at 10 of the best European music festivals taking place this year.


Festivals; Primavera Sound

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Primavera Sound, Spain

This giant indie festival in Barcelona has seen some of the biggest names in alternative pop, rock and dance grace its stages over the past decade, including Blur, The Cure, Pixies and Arcade Fire. Over 100,000 people descend on this urban festival each year, drawn to its diverse and edgy line-up.


Festivals; Rock en Seine

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Rock en Seine, France

Born in 2003, Rock en Seine has grown to be one of the biggest festivals in France and is considered to be among the most important musical events in Europe. Taking place on the last weekend of August each year, in a historical park just outside Paris, the festival invites the most exciting pop and rock bands, from established stars to new talents.


Festivals; Isle of Wight Festival

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Isle of Wight Festival, UK

Despite only running for three years, the original Isle of Wight Festival will forever be etched in musical history after it played host to Jimi Hendrix's last ever performance. Attracting crowds of over 600,000, the festival was so popular a law was passed to prevent it ever taking place again. But in 2002 it was re-born, with big names from today like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kings Of Leon and Calvin Harris honouring the spirits of their legendary predecessors.


Sonus Festival, Croatia

Taking over Zrce Beach on the beautiful island of Pag in Croatia, Sonus is one of the largest underground techno festivals in Europe. Lose yourself in a heady mix of sun, sand and blissful sounds as you dance in the world famous clubs and bars, or on board one of the sell-out boat parties.


Mandrea music festival, Italy

If your tastes are a bit more off-beat, this could be just the answer. Nestling on Lake Garda, in the foothills of the Italian Alps, Mandrea offers an ecelctic mix of reggae, folk and hip-hop from around the world. Enjoy the vibes of the Banjo Buddha Stage or chill out in the Shisha & Tea Tent. While there you also have the opportunity to try your hand at outdoor activities such as rock climbing, canyoning and mountain biking.


Festivals; Berlin festival

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Berlin Festival, Germany

Mainstream meets underground, as techno flirts with hip hop, Arthouse with cabaret, high fashion with street wear, street food with haute cuisine and classical music with club culture. This is a festival like no other, as Berlin's Arena Park is transformed into a melting pot of music, culture and art.


Festivals; NOS Alive

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NOS alive, Portugal

NOS Alive, formerly Optimus Alive, takes place near the magnificent city of Lisbon and  is the leading music festival in Portugal. Voted one of Europe's best festivals by Time Out, it combines warm weather and a unique coastline location with an equally impressive line-up. Previous appearances include the Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Neil Young and Radiohead.


Norwegian Wood, Norway

Taking its name from the famous Beatles song, this festival has featured a roster of equally iconic artists over the years, including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Van Morrison and Foo Fighters. Set in a swimming pool complex, join thousands of music fans in experiencing internationally acclaimed bands underneath Oslo's midnight sun.


Festivals; Exit Festival

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EXIT Festival, Serbia

Starting out as a student movement fighting for freedom and democracy in Serbia, EXIT has evolved into a multi-award winning music event. Held at the Petrovaradin Fortress, in the city of Nova Sad on the bank of the Danube in Serbia, this spectacular and unusual location is considered by many to be one of the best festival venues in the world.


Festivals; Bestival

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Bestival, UK

Bestival is an award winning, four day boutique music festival set at Robin Hill, a leafy country park estate in the heart of the Isle of Wight. The wonderful world of Bestival was born out of ten fun years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank's Sunday Best empire. The BBC Radio 1 leftfield DJ had a dream to one day create his vision of how the modern day festival should be. Along with Creative Director and wife Josie da Bank, and co-founders John and Ziggy from Get Involved, that dream is now fulfilled.



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