Something about listening to music is so therapeutic. From connecting people to help clear the mind, music does this thing where it just exists and makes lives a lot less miserable. But what happens when we combine the idea of music and festivals? Well, talking about music and festivals, how about exploring the top 10 best European Music festivals while we are at it?
Talking about music festivals, Tomorrowland tops the list being the biggest electronic music show in the whole wide world. The vibes of Tomorrowland are believed to be truly magical and spectacular. Starting from 2005, the festival is held in the town of Boom, Belgium every year and manages to attract more than 185,000 people from over 75 different countries. Stepping up a notch every year, Tomorrowland never fails to surprise the true music fans with the top legends in the industry like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix and more.
Celebrated since 1993, the Sziget festival witnesses over 550,000 people every year. Held in Budapest, Hungary, the Sziget festival is known to be one of the biggest multi-genre music festivals in the world. What’s interesting to note about this festival is the endless list of other fun activities that this festival includes. From dance stages and cinema to contemporary circus shows and sporting events, the Sziget festival has got it all. The vibes of this festival are believed to be truly unmatchable.
Held every year in the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad (Serbia), the EXIT festival is awarded with the “Best Major European Festival” award, not just once but twice. The history of this festival dates back to 2000 when EXIT started as a student movement whose motto was to protest against the oppressive regime in Serbia and establish democracy and freedom. The festival by far has witnessed the performances of great celebrities including Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and DJ Shadow.
Finding the best indie, rock and alternative music all in one? Well, NOS Alive is your one-stop destination. The festival is held in Lisbon, Portugal and is famous for its consistent amazing line-ups. It is interesting to note that some of the top international press outlets refer NOS Alive to be one of the best summer music festivals in Europe. NOS Alive includes many forms of music including pop, hip-hop, RnB, disco, house and more. Over the years the festival has been adorned by many musical legends including The Weeknd and The Chemical Brothers.
Earth Garden Festival
Considered to be Malta’s largest Alternative Festival, Earth Garden Festival is held every year at the National Park. The festival was first held in 2007 and since then manages to attract over 25,000 enthusiastic music lovers from around the world every year. Celebrated for four days straight, the festival also includes a healing and workshop area, 2 naturally shaded campsites, an international food court, an Ethnic Market and a Kid’s area.
Mad Cool Festival
Taking place in the Spanish capital, Madrid, Mad Cool is the most recent music festival which has managed to attract crowds of 80,000 fans per day to its three-day event. The festivalglares with coloured glittery lights and tends to offer a variety of music genres like rock, indie and electronic music. The festival has witnessed hugelineupsover the years featuring the Arctic Monkeys, The Cure, Pearl Jam and Tame Impala.Mad Cool is expected to celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2022.
Colours of Ostrava
How does affordable beers, incredibly beautiful location, a lively international crowd and diverse music line-up sound to you? Well, Ostrava, Czech Republic offers you all at once through its annual Colours of Ostrava Festival. Being the Czech Republic’s largest music festival, Colours of Ostrava includes in it anexclusiverange of contemporary and classic performers. The festival tends to please all sorts of music lovers offering almost all sorts of music genres like electro,world music, jazz, indie rock, and reggae. While this probably would be enough for true music fans to add attending the festival to their bucket list, the Colours of Ostrava has more to offer! People can further expect to explore over 350 events extending from bands, DJs, films, open discussions, workshops, theatre, poetry, art installations and programmes for kids.
Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. Held in Somerset, England, the Glastonburyfestival is one of the world’s mostfamous festivals. With the lineup of some of the incredibly talented artists from all across the globe, the vibrant aura and beautiful stages, the festival would make your time and money worth the while. Running for five days straight, the festival not only emphasizes on music but also offers events related to dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts.
Mysteryland Music Festival
Mysteryland Music Festival is the world’s longest-running electronic music festival. Held in Haarlemmermer, The Netherlands, the festival runs for three days and manages to attract a huge crowd of people from all across the globe. With the performance of more than 300 artists, the festival tends to cover almost all genres that fall within the category of electronic music including House, Big Room, Bass, Techno, Deep-House, Trance, Trap, and Minimal, Hardstyle, Hardcore, RnB, and Hip Hop. Well, if you thought that this was it, then let Mysteryland surprise you even more with its inclusion of handcrafted stages that range from outdoor dance floors to huge tents occupied with LED screens, laser shows, and the world’s most advanced sound systems. Exciting, right?!
Roskilde Festival is the largest music and arts festival in Northern Europe. First held in 1971, Roskilde Festival is no doubt one of the oldest festivals of Europe. The festival features some of the world’s most renowned artists like the established rock gods and stirring newcomers and runs for 4 days straight. The festival manages to gather more than 130,000 visitors, showcases around 175 artists and spreads across 8 stages. What’s special to note about the festival is that it is run by a charity that is inclined to support children, young people and also works to support humanitarian and cultural work.