Festival Airbnb. Here’s our pick of some of the best festivals going down in Europe this summer.season is well and truly upon us, and that means it’s time to get your summer plans sorted. Yes there are plenty of great options on home soil, and whilst thick mud and the perpetual threat of rain is exciting…yes Glasto, we’re talking about you…there’s actual sunshine, beach-based fun, and all the city culture you can stomach waiting for you a few hours away. You can take your tent on holiday and pitch up under Iceland’s midnight sun or on Croatia’s coast, or you can turn your festival into a proper jolly by hitting the continent’s coolest capitals and staying in some interesting and affordable places through
Set over a weekend where the sun never goes down, Secret Solstice doesn’t do things by halves, putting on performances inside glaciers, and this year, actually inside a volcano. Bucket list stuff right here.
Thurs 16th – Sun 19th June 2016
Super close to both the beach and downtown Lisbon, and with the likes of Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The Chemical Brothers and Grimes on the bill, NOS Alive is the ultimate summer getaway rolled into three days.
Thurs 7th – Sat 9th July 2016
Held in an open-air museum full of industrial machines, the location really complements the indie-electronic vibe of the festival, especially this year’s strong techno contingent. And with the music going all night long, you certainly get bang for your buck.
Thurs 14th – Sun 17th July 2016
Diverse programming is the name of the game at this Finnish fest, with Morrissey, FKA Twigs, Massive Attack, Anohni, Iggy Pop, Stormzy and The Last Shadow Puppets all playing across the weekend.
Fri 12th – Sun 14th August 2016
It feels like festivals are ten-a-penny in Croatia nowadays, but with boat parties, beach sessions and underground electronica in an abandoned Roman fort, Dimensions still offers something rather special.
Weds 24th – Mon 29th August 2016