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20th Jun 2017

5 European festivals that you need to go to before you die

It's never too early to start planning!


There’s nothing quite like a music festival.

Surrounded by good friends, great food and amazing music, your troubles seem a million miles away.

We’re very lucky to have some brilliant festivals in Ireland, from Electric Picnic and Body&Soul to Indiependence and Longitude but if you fancy heading a little further afield take a look at these brilliant options.

Primavera Sound, Barcelona

A hop, skip and jump away in Spain, Primavera Sound is one of the best festivals for combining great headliners with a really diverse and interesting support bill. Last year’s festival saw acts like Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, Sigur Rós, Last Shadow Puppets, Animal Collective, Brian Wilson, John Carpenter and many more.

Given the setting and the climate, this would make one hell of a summer holiday!


Glastonbury, UK

Only hardcore festivals fans need apply for this five-day endurance test but if you’re willing to battle both the elements and the crowds at this 198,000 capacity event, you’ll be rewarded in spades. Glasto has held its spot as one of the best music festivals in the world for decades due to clever bookings, an eco-friendly approach and an atmosphere that still hasn’t been matched elsewhere. This year’s lineup includes Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and Foo Fighters.


Sziget Festival, Budapest


Sziget calls itself the “island of freedom” and this week-long non-stop event includes 50 venues and something for everyone. This year’s line-up includes Pink, Macklemore and Kasabian.


Roskilde Festival, Denmark

Roskilde is the largest music festival in Northern Europe and it attracts a huge audience and a brilliant variety of international acts. This year’s lineup looks absolutely brilliant and includes Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd and The XX.


Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík

As destinations go, Iceland is pretty cool and this festival has gone from strength to strength since it was launched in an airport hangar in 1999. Since then, The Shins, Sigur Ros and Bjork have all played this winter event and we can’t really think of a cooler way to end the year…pardon the pun.