Backstage Pass: A Guide to Europe’s Best Music Festivals 2015
Missed out on Glastonbury? No need to cry into your wellies, there’s still a summer full of music festivals to look forward to at locations all across Europe. Check out our pick of the best festivals happening over the coming months:
Orange Feeling in a Green Field: Roskilde
Denmark’s Roskilde festival prides itself on its unique community spirit – something rare for a festival of its size (130,000 parka-clad peeps are expected this year). Fans play a huge role in the run-up, organising unofficial late night concerts and sporting events in the days before the main event. They call this non-commercial show of goodwill “the orange feeling”. As usual, everyone attending is urged to get involved in all aspects of the 8-day event which this year sees around 160 acts take to the stage. Major acts appearing in 2015 include Muse and Pharrell Williams.
Where: Roskilde, Denmark
When: 27th June – 4th July
Rock Royalty in a Castle: T in the Park
To celebrate its new home at Strathallen Castle in Perthshire, festival goers at this year’s T in the Park are being encouraged to “think king or queen, knight or jester, dragon or fairy” and dress up in their finest fairytale attire. Presiding over things will be rock royalty including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Stereophonics, The Libertines and Kasabian amongst others.
- Where: Strathallen Castle, Perthshire
- When: July 10th-12th
- Fly to Glasgow
Beats on the Beach: Benicàssim
Now in its 20th year, Benicàssim is one of Europe’s best loved festivals and it’s easy to see why – with its beachside location, spectacular staging and clever mix of rising talent and global superstars this is a hard act to beat. Grab a spot up front for The Prodigy and Mark Ronson’s sets.
- Where: Benicàssim, Costa del Azahar, Valencia
- When: 16th-19th July
- Fly to Barcelona
Family Friendly Fun in the Forest : Latitude
Latitude Festival’s eclectic mix of music, theatre, film and creative arts is set to go the extra mile this year as the event celebrates its 10th birthday. This year’s headliners include Alt-J, Portishead, Manic Street Preachers and James Blake. The festival promises fun for all the family with film premieres, craft workshops as well as a massive children’s play area ready to entertain Latitude’s youngest festival-goers.
- Where: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
- When: 16th-19th July
- Fly to London Stansted
Electronica in Boom : Tomorrowland
Taking place in a town called ‘Boom’ (we can only guess it’s a happy coincidence?), Tomorrowland is Europe’s leading electronic music festival, with the highest concentration of DJs in the world. Sven Gath, Markis Schulz and David Guetta are just some of the superstars taking to the decks this year.
- Where: Boom, Belgium
- When: 24th – 26th July
- Fly to Brussels
Metal Mayhem in the Village: Wacken Open Air
The tiny village of Wacken in Schleswig- Holstein is gearing up for its annual invasion of metal heads. This summer fans can look forward to fire shows, metal battles, film screenings as well as unplugged performances from some of the world’s leading metal artists.
- Where: Wacken, Schleswig Holstein
- When: 30th July – 1st August
- Fly to Hamburg
A Week Long Party on a Budapest Island: Sziget
Sziget’s 7-day festival is like a thousand different music events rolled into one, a week of non-stop parties showcasing around 200 acts. Every year the line-up includes some of the biggest names of the international pop/rock scene as well as stars from the worlds of electronic music, metal, folk, jazz, blues, alternative and even classical. This year’s festival goers will be treated to performances from Kings of Leon, Robbie Williams and Aviici.
- Where: Sziget, Hungary
- When: 10th – 17th August
- Fly to Budapest
Eco Gathering in the Park: Øya
Not only is Øya Norway’s biggest outdoor music festival, it’s also said to be Europe’s most environmentally friendly gathering, with 100% organic food and green ethics. Party with a clear conscience at this year’s festival to the sounds of Beck, Florence + The Machine and Chic feat. Nile Rodgers.
- Where: The Tøyen Park, Oslo
- When: 11th– 15th August
- Fly to Oslo
Party in a Country Pile: Electric Picnic
This September, the Electric Picnic returns to the magical woodland surroundings of the Stradbally Estate in Co. Laois for another year of top-notch music performances, gourmet street food and quirky carnival side-shows. In 2015 Festival-goers can expect a stellar line-up featuring Blur, Sam Smith and Florence + The Machine.
- Where: Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois
- When: 4th -6th September
- Fly to: Dublin
Bass and Dubstep in a Fort: Outlook
Croatia’s Outlook festival is all about the bass AND the Dubstep. With performances being staged on an abandoned fort perched just above the Adriatic sea, Outlook offers a heady mix of fun in the sun and late-night sets under the stars. If you’re after a unique festival experience in a beautiful venue, look no further. This year’s headliners include Trojan Sound System, Run the Jewels and Roni Size Reprazent.
- Where: Near Pula, Croatia
- When: 3rd – 6th September
- Fly to Pula
Know a great festival we haven’t mentioned? Leave a comment below and share your tips!