Visiting a music festival is an unforgettable experience, a weekend spent watching some of your favourite musicians, surrounded by like-minded people who are all looking to have the best time possible. The thrill of a festival often surpasses the music itself as the festival atmosphere itself takes over. Some of the best music festivals in the World take place in Europe and here are the top 5 that you will find on the continent.
The mother of all music festivals, Glastonbury started in 1970 and the festival which takes place at the end of June each year has since gone on to become the blueprint for festivals worldwide. Over the years Glastonbury has attracted millions of festival goers and the biggest names in the music industry have all performed here. The festival contributes an incredible amount of money each year to charity and is an ambassador for GreenPeace and Water Aid.
This annual festival takes place in the town of Benicassim on the shores of the Mediterranean ocean and is dedicated to art, music and fashion. The music on display here ranges from pop, rock, electronic and punk and what sets this festival apart are it’s fashion shows and movie screenings that take place across the weekend. The artists perform right through until 8 in the morning each night and as festival revellers party all night in the warm climate. Benicassim attracts around 50,000 people each year and is growing more and more as the years go on.
Creamfields takes place each year at the beginning of May and the festival is something of a mecca for dance and electronic music aficionados. The festival is organised by ‘Cream’ the company who own nightclubs and a record label and their festival attracts the biggest DJ’s and electronic music artists from around the World. The site of Creamfields is in Cheshire, England although the company have turned it into a Worldwide event with sister festivals taking place in more than 20 countries Worldwide.
Rock am Ring
Germany’s Rock am Ring takes place annually on the first weekend of June in a disused air-base in Mendig, Northern Germany. The festival is committed to rock, punk and metal music and unlike some festivals have done in the past, stays true to it’s roots. Rock am Ring and it’s sister festival Rock im Ring in Nuremberg attract a combined attendance of over 150,000 people who come to see the biggest hitters in the Rock World. 2016’s line-up will feature Black Sabbath and Korn as it’s headliners.
Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival is arguably the biggest dance music festival in the World with over 120,000 EDM fans visiting the town of Boom to see the biggest stars in electronic music. The festival is relatively young having only began in 2005 but it’s rise has been sharp and swift and it regularly attracts huge headliners. The festival takes place on the last weekend in July and tickets sell out extremely fast so if you plan on heading to this huge global festival then make sure you are quick with your ticket-buying.