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The Best Music Festivals in Europe 2021

The Best Music Festivals in Europe 2021

We pick out 20 music festivals that should be on every music fan's bucket list
Luke Nightingale | Features & Interviews
From icons such as Glastonbury and Tomorrowland to new-hitters like Rolling Loud Portugal, we pick out 20 music festivals that should be on every music fan's bucket list.


Tomorrowland

Festival lineup (2020): Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Marshmello, Amelie Lens, Adam Beyer, Eric Prydz, NERVO

The world’s biggest dance music festival is on every electronic music fan’s bucket list. Each summer Tomorrowland manages to curate the lineup of lineups at its
mythological wonderland in Belgium, giving each and every dance sub-genre its own stage, all curated by the biggest brands in the game.

When & where: 16th - 18th July & 23rd - 25th July 2021; Boom, Belgium

Find out more and book Tomorrowland 2021 here.


Primavera Sound

Festival lineup (2021): The Strokes, Gorillaz, Tame Impala, FKA Twigs, Tyler, the Creator, Jorja Smith, Iggy Pop, Disclosure

Showcasing a lineup of the most influential and innovative artists making waves right now, Primavera Sound is a festival for the astute music fan.

Set on the beautiful Barcelona coast, the festival is the perfect opportunity to pair a holiday in this famous Spanish city with one of Europe’s most on-trend festivals.

When & where: 2nd - 6th June 2021; Barcelona, Spain

Find out more about Primavera Sound 2021 here.


Rock in Rio Lisboa

Festival lineup (2021): Foo Fighters, The National, Liam Gallagher, Black Eyed Peas, Anitta, Xutos & Pontapés, Ivete Sangalo, David Carreira

The European edition of the iconic Brazilian festival, Rock in Rio Lisboa brings the vibrancy and carnivalesque nature of its South American counterpart to the Portuguese capital alongside some of music’s superstars. 

When & where: 19th - 20th June & 26th - 27th June 2021; Lisbon, Portugal

Find out more and book Rock in Rio Lisboa 2021 here.


Mad Cool Festival

Festival lineup (2021):The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, Deftones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Faith No More, Pixies, Royal Blood

It may be only four editions old, but Mad Cool has quickly become one of Europe’s most renowned festivals. Since its debut edition with Neil Young, The Who and The Prodigy back in 2016, Mad Cool has gone from strength to strength, and now welcomes over 100,000 music fans to the Spanish capital each summer for four days of sun-soaked fun.

When & where: 7th - 10th July 2021; Madrid, Spain

Find out more and book Mad Cool Festival 2021 here.


Ultra Europe

Festival lineup (2020): David Guetta, Afrojack, Pendulum – TRINITY, Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, Marshmello, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki

The European edition of the worldwide dance festival, Ultra Europe has become one of the continent's foremost dance festivals from its home on the sunny Croatian coast.

The main festival takes place inside Split's Mladeži park, accompanied by Ultra’s famed production, while a number of other parties are laid on in what is know as Destination Ultra, including Ultra Beach on the island of Hvar, a Regatta beach party on Brač and a number of parties hosted by Resistance inside beach clubs and fortresses. 

When & where: 9th - 11th July 2021; Split, Croatia

Find out more and book Ultra Europe 2021 here.


Glastonbury

Festival lineup (2020):Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar

Impossible to describe in just a single paragraph, Glastonbury is one of those mystical festivals that has to be experienced to be believed.

Its Pyramid Stage headline sets may get the TV coverage, but it is the other side of the festival that really sets it apart. From Shangri-La – its nighttime dystopian playground that runs till sunrise – to the wellness paradise of the healing fields and Left Field, where the big issues of today are tackled through discussion.

One thing you can be sure of is that whichever way you turn, you will never know what’s around the next corner. 

When & where: 23rd - 27th June 2021; Pilton


Sziget

Festival lineup (2020): Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, The Strokes, Kings Of Leon, Major Lazer, A$AP Rocky, Stormzy

Soon approaching its 30th anniversary, Sziget has a long list of incredible artists that have played it down the years, including Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Muse, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna.

Spread over seven days, this sprawling festival on a Budapest river island invites over 1,000 artists – and even more music fans – to its quirky wonderland, filled with a cinema, theatre, circus, sport, and even a beach.

When & where: August 2021; Budapest, Hungary

Find out more and book Sziget Festival 2021 here.


Lost & Found

Festival lineup (2020): Annie Mac, Helena Hauff, slowthai, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Patrick Topping, Honey Dijon, Charlotte de Witte

Annie Mac’s Lost & Found Festival kickstarts the summer festival season on the beautiful Meditarranean island of Malta alongside some of dance music’s finest names. 

Set at the stunning St. Paul’s Bay resort, Lost & Found invites festival-goers to join them as they party to house, techno, garage and more across clubs, boat parties, pool parties and even a castle party. 

When & where: 26th April – 2nd May 2021; St. Paul's Bay, Malta

Find out more and book Lost & Found Festival 2021 here.


Parklife

Festival lineup (2020): Tyler, the Creator, Skepta, Lewis Capaldi, Khalid, Jorja Smith, Giggs, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Robyn

A UK dance and alternative music gem, Parklife is now one of the country’s most anticipated music festivals.

Each year it showcases a diverse lineup that spans from hip-hop and grime through to house, techno, drum and bass and more across its eight stages inside Manchester’s Heaton Park.

When & where: 12th - 13th June 2021; Manchester

Find out more and book Parklife Festival 2021 here.


Hideout

Festival lineup (2020): Andy C, Chase & Status, Hannah Wants, Jamie Jones, Mall Grab, Hot Since 82, Shy FX, Patrick Topping

2021 sees Hideout celebrate its 10th anniversary as it returns to Croatia’s infamous Zrće beach for five days of hedonistic partying inside some of Novalja’s most popular clubs, including Papaya, Kalypso, Aquarius and Noa. 

But the action isn’t just confined to the clubs, with Hideout also laying on a series of boat parties on the Adriatic, as well as a beach party.

When & where: 20th - 24th June 2021; Zrće Beach, Croatia

Find out more and book Hideout Festival 2021 here.


EXIT

Festival lineup (2020): David Guetta, Tyga, James Arthur, Fatboy Slim, Kosheen, Boris Brejcha, Roni Size, Metronomy

A European gem, Serbia’s EXIT Festival lights up the stunning Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad each summer for four days and nights of rock, indie, hip-hop and electronic music. 

Named one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2021, Novi Sad is brimming with excellent museums, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars, and is therefore ripe to be explored.

When & where: July 2021; Novi Sad, Serbia

Find out more and book EXIT Festival 2021 here.


Rolling Loud Portugal

Festival lineup (2020):A$AP Rocky, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Meek Mill, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti

The iconic hip-hop festival heads to Europe for the first time, setting up on Portugal’s Praia da Rocha beach alongside some of the finest names in the rap world.

When & where: 6th - 8th July 2021; Portimão, Portugal

Find out more and book Rolling Loud Portugal 2021 here.


Afro Nation

Festival lineup (2021): Burna Boy, Davido, French Montana, Skepta, Wizkid, Tory Lanez, Beenie Man, Chronixx

Now Europe’s biggest urban music beach festival, Afro Nation is another that takes place on Portugal’s Praia da Rocha beach.

This time though it’s all about Afrobeats, hip-hop, dancehall, bashment and R&B, with the scene’s best artists playing out across beach and boat parties.

When & where: 1st - 3rd July 2021; Portimão, Portugal

Find out more and book Afro Nation Portugal 2021 here.


Creamfields

Festival lineup (2021): deadmau5, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet, Erix Prydz, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

August bank holidays in the UK are all about Creamfields when it comes to dance music. Having risen to fame thanks to its legendary Liverpool club nights in the 1990s, Cream launched their now flagship festival in 1998. 

Each summer it curates a sprawling lineup across EDM, house, techno, drum and bass, trance and more, all packed to the rafters with the very best artists from each scene.

When & where: 26th - 29th August 2021; Daresbury

Find out more and book Creamfields 2021 here.


Let it Roll

Festival lineup (2020): Pendulum, Sub Focus, Dimension, Alix Perez, DJ Marky, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Culture Shock, SpectraSoul

Regarded as the biggest and most influential drum and bass event going, Let it Roll is firmly at the top of every D&B fan’s bucket list.

Each summer the festival invites a selection of its favourite brands – such as Hospitality, Shogun Audio, and Technique – to help curate a lineup that brings together over 300 DJs and producers to its home just outside Prague.

When & where: 5th - 7th August 2021

Find out more and book Let it Roll 2021 here.


Rock en Seine

Festival lineup (2020): Rage Against The Machine, Run The Jewels

This Parisian gem has been bringing some of rock, indie and alternative music’s finest to the French capital since the turn of this century, growing into one of the country’s most anticipated music festivals. 

When & where: September 2021; Saint-Cloud, France

Find out more and book Rock en Seine 2021 here.


FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Festival lineup (2020): Khalid, Martin Garrix, Foals, Liam Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, Steve Aoki

Benicàssim’s huge and diverse lineups are what keeps thousands from returning to the sun-soaked Costa del Azahar each summer for the ultimate festival holiday.

With the music not kicking off until the evening, the days are freed up for festival-goers to spend their time at the beach, exploring the local area or taking up boat trips, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, cycling and more.

When & where: July 2021; 
Benicàssim, Spain

Find out more and book FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2021 here.


Time Warp DE

Festival lineup (2020): Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens, Seth Troxler

Now a techno institution, Time Warp DE is still the number one party for any techno purist. For nearly 30 years the brand have been celebrating and shaping the scene out of its Mannheim home, each year laying on the ultimate 30 hour rave alongside the genre’s biggest names and underground talent.

When & where: 20th March 2021; Mannheim, Germany

Find out more and book Time Warp DE 2021 on our partner platform Festicket here.


Reading & Leeds

Festival lineup (2020):Rage Against The Machine, Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Migos, Lewis Capaldi

Now a rite of passage for young music fans in the UK, Reading and Leeds’ hall of fame reads like a who’s who of rock, with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Fleetwood Mac having all headlined down the years. 

Nowadays the siblings’ lineup embraces a whole range of genres, such as dance and hip-hop, while still remaining inherently rock focussed. 

When & where: 27th - 29th August 2021; Reading & Leeds

Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

Festival lineup (2020): System of a Down, Green Day, Volbeat, Deftones, Billy Talent, Korn, Weezer, Broilers

These two German heavyweights should be at the top of any rock and metal fans bucket list. Each summer the pair pack out their lineup with prestigious rock, metal, and punk artists, as well as a smattering of more alternative musicians, turning them into an annual pilgrimage for the moshers and headbangers. 

When & where: 11th - 13th June 2021; Mendig and Nürnberg, Germany


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