If you believe sunscreen should take priority over wellies when it comes to festival season, it might be wise to go European. Here, we round up the best music festivals in Europe for 2019, from a French food wine and music festival in a chateau to a Romanian weekend of your favourite stars…
Best Music Festivals in Europe 2019
The New Generation Festival
When? 28 – 31 August
Where? Florence, Italy
What? For its third annual instalment, The New Generation Festival is taking over The Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini to showcase exciting emerging music stars and young talent.
Way Out West
When? 8 – 10 August
Where? Gothenburg, Sweden
What? Cardi B, Stormzy, James Blake and Earl Sweatshirt grace the line up of this year’s Way Out West, a cultural festival of music, film, discussions, food and nightlife.
When? 17 -21 July
Where? Transylvania, Romania
What? A unique music festival with immersive elements, and an eclectic music line-up with genres such as electronic, reggae, mainstream and subculture. Acts this year include Florence + The Machine, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and The Vaccines.
When? 13-15 September
Where? Lisbon, Portugal
What? Electronic, funk, soul and so much more… Nova Batida in popular Lisbon will be 3 days of music, food, art, parties, yoga, surfing and so much more!
How? Tickets coming soon!
When? 7-13 August
Where? Budapest, Hungary
What? The fifth biggest festival in the world. If the headliners Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, The 1975 and Martin Garrix to name a few don’t impress you, the vast programme of theatre, cabaret, installations and art will!
Umbria Jazz Festival
When? 18-22 April
Where? Perugia, Italy
What? Every year, Perugia comes to life for the Umbria Jazz Festival, with free concerts popping up at locations across the city.
When? 13-14 July
Where? Château de Pommard, Burgundy, France
What? In short, French food, French wine, chart-topping music performers. All within the grounds of a Chateau complete with its own luxury pop-up hotel. The 2019 line-up is yet to be released, but last year’s might give you a flavour of what to expect – 2018 boasted British band Jungle, Canadian group Soul Jazz Orchestra, Swiss band Le Roi Angus, and Nigerian-born guitarist Keziah Jones. There will also be food and wine pairing workshops, Burgundy tasting seminars and guided cycling tours around the ancient vineyards.
When? 9-11 August
Where? Helsinki, Finland
What? The line-up is even better than last year’s. Robyn, Tame Impala, The Cure and Father John Misty amongst many more musical magicians will be at Flow Festival 2019 to make it the best one yet.
When? 30 May – 1 June
Where? Barcelona, Spain
What? Primavera Sound has been a staple on the European music festival circuit since its first one in 2001. This year, the urban festival promises names such as Solange, Cardi B and Janelle Monáe