We’ve got a pretty good line-up of music festivals here in the UK. But if you fancy going further afield this summer, there’s an incredible variety waiting for you. A festival abroad often means better weather and with some of the biggest names in music on the circuit this year, everyone’s tastes are catered for.
Croatia has more than its fair share of festivals. Pretty much every weekend in July and August sees a unique party at a different stretch rugged coastline. Unlike most Croat festivals, this little three-day affair is located further inland at the capital, Zagreb, across three islands in the middle of lake Jarun. Tickets cost just €47 for the full three days, which is a bargain. For that, you can catch Florence+The Machine, PJ Harvey and Skunk Anansie. Organisers this year are building a huge 100ft replica of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe tower as a festival stage, which was torn down 99 years ago.
Day ticket: €40; Full festival pass: €47
Portugal’s number one music festival NOS Alive (formerly known as Optimus Alive) in Lisbon sets you up perfectly for a two-for-the-price-of-one holiday. By day, explore the cobbled streets and stunning architecture of old Lisbon, soaking up its vibrant restaurant and café scene (check out recommendations from local bloggers Salt of Portugal). Then by night head to the festival site to catch musical big hitters, which this year include Arcade Fire, Tame Impala, the Chemical Brothers and Radiohead.
Day ticket: €56; Full festival pass €119
Melt! started as a 90s techno rave in an empty field and has evolved into a European pilgrimage for dance music fans, attracting some of the biggest house and techno DJs. The unique location – set in an open air museum of 20th century industrial machines on a peninsular in the Greminner Lake – comes alive with lasers and neon lights, turning this little corner of Saxony into one big super club. This year’s line-up includes Disclosure, Andy C, Floating Points and Maya Jane Coles.
Day ticket €59; Full festival pass €136
If you’d prefer to stay closer to home, Dublin’s eclectic Longitude festival is a great option in July. Being the younger sister festival to Latitude in Suffolk, the three-day line-up includes Kendrick Lamar as a headliner, grime artist Stormzy, electric pop starlets Chvrches, folk favourites The Lumineers, as well as top DJs Annie Mac and Diplo. The festival will descend on Dublin’s Marlay Park, which is a short bus ride from the city centre, and don’t forget the wellies for this one!
Day ticket: €64.50; Full festival pass: €159.50
Fuse the hottest, up-and-coming names on the British music scene with a dash of Scandi cool and you’ve got Way Out West festival in Sweden’s second city. Taking place in a picturesque Slottsskogen Park, it plays host to film screenings and art events as well as acts including James Bay, Aluna George, Skepta, and Sia. Once the stages close, head into Gothenburg for the Stay Out West after parties in bars and clubs around the city.
Day ticket: N/A; Full festival pass: 2,240SEK (£185)
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