Current heatwave aside, 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 2018, from a French food wine and music festival in a chateau to a Portuguese city break with a side-helping of jazz…
Best Music Festivals in Europe 2018
When? 30 June-25 August
Where? Villa Rufolo, Salerno, Italy
What? Nightly al-fresco concerts mark a summer of celebration in the gardens of Villa Rufolo at this festival of music and art that served as the original inspiration for Wagner’s opera Parsifal.
When? 11-31 July
Where? Cascais, Portugal
What? Showcasing talent from around the world including David Byrne, Salvador Sobral, Jesse Ware, Van Morrison, and culminating with a performance from Norah Jones, shows will take place all over the city.
How? Book tickets: edpcooljazz.com
Bilbao BBK Live
When? 12-14 July
Where? Bilbao, Spain
What? The perfect mix of music, art and the sea; just 10 minutes from the beach and close enough for a quick Guggenheim browse, this friendly festival boasts headliners that include The XX, Florence + The Machine and Alt-J.
Umbria Jazz Festival
When? 13-22 July
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, while the Arena Santa Giuliana plays host to headline acts David Byrne, Benjamin Clementine, Massive Attack and music legend Quincy Jones.
When? 13-15 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. Music highlights include 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.
How? Booking & information – rootstockburgundy.com | Château de Pommard – 15 Rue Marey Monge, 21630 Pommard
When? 10-23 August
Where? Helsinki, Finland
What? Music comes from Patti Smith, Shame and Kendrick Lamar, but the foody scene is the big draw here, with a line-up of the coolest food vans run by the capital’s trendiest chefs. And the setting? A former power plant, draped in fairy lights, naturally.
Wake Up Call Barcelona
When? 21-23 September
Where? W Hotel, Barcelona
What? Wake Up Call Barcelona is a boutique music festival taking over W Barcelona for three days in September. The festival will consist of a three-day curated programme of exclusive events and acts including Gorgon City and Thomas Jack. From WET deck pool parties to DJ masterclasses and live performances, the festival will be exclusively for guests of the hotel, and will also include workout sessions with top fitness masters to exclusive dishes and cocktails created by W chefs and mixologists only for festival goers.
When? 22-24 June
Where? Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath, Ireland
What? Acts include Chronixx, Jon Hopkins (Live), Baxter Dury and James Holden and The Animal Spirits, but Body&Soul is about more than the music. Promising immersive theatre, beautiful art installations, gastronomic experiences, cocktails and wellbeing areas, the Irish midsummer celebration has an on-site spa for seaweed baths, woodfired hot tubs, Balinese steam treatments and turmeric tonics.
When? 5-7 July
Where? Trencin, Slovakia
What? Expect and eco-friendly, artsy vibe at this Slovakian festival, which is getting more popular with the British crowds. Music highlights include The Chemical Brothers and Little Dragon, and you won’t need much spending money, meaning you can splash out on a decent hotel.
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