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Top 5 European Summer Music Festivals

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Summer time is approaching quickly and you can already start visioning sunny days, strawberry ice creams, white sandy beaches and outdoor parties. One of the nicest things about the summer is the fact that all around the world different music festivals are being organized and each one of them is unique, outstanding, fun and crazier than the other. Festivals and summer festivals in particular, are a very expensive business; most of the big festivals provide shows from famous artists or well known DJs. A ticket for the North Sea Festival in Holland for example, costs about 95 Euro’s a day! and that is because artists like Seal, Prince, Natalie Cole and more music legends, already confirmed their attendance.

In case a costly entrance fee is part of your holiday budget and you are lucky enough to be able to choose from plenty of very good festival, which one shell you pick? Take a look at the list below in order to learn about which summer music festivals we find as the top ones:

Glastonbury Festival1) Glastonbury Festival, UK – 22-26 June

There is simply no way to start this top European music festivals list, without mentioning this legendary festival first. The Glastonbury festival is one of the biggest outdoors music events in the world. The festival takes place in an extremely huge and very green area, 900 acres in the Vale of Avalon. There are many reasons why this festival is one of the most popular ones in the world: the smashing lineup, (Coldplay, U2, The Chemical Brother, Fat Boy Slim and many more) the Woodstock-like atmosphere, the hippie festival fashion, the famous people, (such as Kate Moss and Lily Allen) that go there and let loose like “normal” people, and mostly the free spirit vibe that is felt all over this amazing event. When going to Glastonbury you get the feel as if you are back in time and you’ve reached a place that is all peace, love and harmony.

Oxegen Festival2) Oxegen Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 7-10 July

With more than 100 acts, 80,000 visitors, huge names such as Black Eyed Peas, Jay Z, Florence and Machine, Eminem and Muze, this all-time sold-out festival is a huge event that attracts excited fans from all over the globe year after year. The Oxegen is one of these rare occasions where you are able to be true a rocker for few days, regardless of your back-home attitude, social background sex or color. Because the festival is located in a vibrant metropolis like Dublin, you can combine a nice city trip to visit all the major landmarks, once the festival is over.

Heineken Festival3) Heineken Jammin Festival, Venice, Italy, 9-11 June

Already from learning about the venue’s location, you can imagine it will be beautiful, extra unique, and different from any other festival you’ve been to before. The Heineken Jammin festival is a rock festival that features famous and very talented international and Italian artists. What makes this festival stand out from the others is the fact that Heineken beer is behind it, a factor that promises a lot of surprises and extra treats. Started at 1998, the festival became bigger and bigger with each year thanks to its amazing decoration, excellent sound system and very well organized facilities.

Pink Pop Festival4) PinkPop, Landgraaf, Netherlands, 11-13 June

With a smashing lineup includes huge names such as: Coldpaly, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Ash and more, you can get a clear a vision of the immense rock and roll party it is going to be. The PinkPop is by far the most popular festival in Holland, when it comes to live shows and huge artists. Each year the festival gets a totally media cover and even if you were unlucky to get a ticket, you will be able to watch it on T.V, 24/7. The festival got so big in the last few years that it became more than just a music event; it now stands as one of the symbol for the Dutch summer.

Peace and love festival5) Peace and Love Festival, Borlänge, Sweden, 28 June till 2 July

There is no better way to finish up our list but with a festival that not only provides good fun for a couple of days, but it also sends out an important message to the world: be kind to each other. Aside from good music, pumping party, beautiful people and lot of dancing, the festival’s organizers make sure to share with the visitors their point of view in different way: the sponsors of the event includes names such as Greenpeace, WWF, Unicef and Amnesty, the performers in the festival keep reminding the crowd about the importance of accepting and loving each other and basically the entire festival is dedicated to create social awareness and love and peace sharing.

Now that you have a bit more information about the festivals out there, it is time to start planning your trip and booking that cheap hotel so that you can spend the extra money on entertainment… or booze 😉