European music festivals 2024: the best events to travel to, from Primavera Sound to Sónar

Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria (ES Picture Desk)
Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria (ES Picture Desk)

It’s officially summer, time to jump on a plane for a sun-soaked festival getaway. These holidays provide everything you could want from a trip abroad – views, attractions, beaches, drinks and of course, great music.

Europe hosts some of the best festivals in the world, and many of them provide excellent value, with tickets coming as a full package, including travel, accommodation and entry.

To help you plan your trip, we’ve rounded up the European festivals you need to know about, with some of the best line-ups of the season. Bon voyage.

Here’s our big guide to European festivals in 2024:

Yacht Week

What is it? A flotilla of yachts will sail the Croatian coastline, promising seven days of music, exploration and intimate parties. Heaven for adventure-loving electronic-music fans, the trips include snorkelling, hiking and shopping trips.

Who’s playing? Adam Beyer, Armin Van Burren, Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Boris Brejcha, Hardwell, Timmy Trumpet, Eli Brown, Joel Mull, Miss Monique, Tini Gessler, Oscar L and Weska.

When is it? June 1-7, July 7-13

Where is it? Croatia

Tickets: Tickets from £909 (June festival) and £945 (July festival);


What is it? Over a decade old, and showing no signs of slowing down, Hideout is an electronic music lover’s haven, with five-days of some of dance’s biggest music acts playing at sites on Croatia’s gorgeous Zrce Beach. There are huge daytime pool parties and boat parties, and then in the evening headline house and techno acts play at open-air venues along the beachfront. It’s full-on, but what could be more fun?

Who’s playing? So far the line-up includes Skream, Mall Grab, Eats Everything, Bicep, Joy Orbison, VTSS, Nia Archives, Special Request, Hannah Laing, and many more.

When is it? June 23-27

Where is it? Zrce Beach, Novalja, Croatia

Tickets: Festival tickets from £189.00;

Afro Nation Portugal

What is it? The world’s biggest Afrobeats music festival is pulling no punches this year, with a seriously massive lineup. Taking place on an Algarve beach, we can think of few better places to dance the night away while listening to your favourite artists.

Who’s playing? Nicki Minaj, Rema, Asake, J Hus, Ninho, Dadju & Tayc, Omah Lay, Tyla, Musa Keys, Uncle Waffles, Flavour, Seyi Vibez, and many more.

When is it? June 26-28

Where is it? Portimao, Portugal

Tickets: From £265.06;


What is it? Every year Poland’s largest festival welcomes a host of a spread of the world’s biggest acts to its industrial setting, and 2024 promises to be no different.

Who’s playing? Foo Fighters, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, 21 Savage, Floating Points, Ice Spice, Benjamin Clementine, Loyle Carner, Sam Smith, Yaeji, Michael Kiwanuka

When is it? July 3-6

Where is it? Gdynia, Poland

Tickets: From £97.90 for a day ticket to £205.50 for a four day ticket;

Les Eurockéennes de Belfort

What is it? This huge four-day music extravaganza is located on a gorgeous nature reserve near the Swiss border. With good weather almost guaranteed, it’s a must for rock fans - although there are always some excellent non-rock acts included in the line-up.

Who’s playing? Lenny Kravitz, Romy, The Breeders, David Guetta, Sum 41, Gazo, Dropkick Murphys, Idles, Gel, Fat Dog, Heilung, Girl and Girl and many more to be announced.

When is it? July 4-7

Where is it? Belfort, France

Tickets: Single day ticket from £56, four day tickets from £171;

Hospitality on the Beach

What is it? Hospitality is the events arm of the legendary Hospital Records (one of the world’s oldest and most respected Drum & Bass record labels) and they’re known for curating some of the most riotous raves on the DnB scene. Bringing together talents from across the spectrum, Hospitality on the Beach is the brand’s flagship European festival, this year taking place in Croatia.

Expect a private beach, and multiple stages looking out across the Adriatic Sea, it’s a sun-soaked, week-long celebration of the culture and ethos of this enduringly loved genre.

Who’s playing? A.M.C, Alix Perez, Camo & Krooked, DJ Marky, Fabio & Grooverider, Flava D, Kings Of The Rollers & Inja, Lens, LTJ Bukem, Metrik, P Money X Whiney, Sub Focus, among others

When is it? July 2-9

Where is it? The Garden Resort, Tisno, Croatia

Tickets: From £190;

Rock Werchter

What is it? One of the oldest festivals on the European circuit, Belgium’s Rock Werchter has been attracting top names in rock music since 1976, with the four-day extravaganza featuring acts including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kings Of Leon, Muse and Foo Fighters on previous bills.

Who’s playing? Dua Lipa, Avril Lavigne, Food Fighters, Arlo Parks, Jessie Ware, Lenny Kraviz, PJ Harvey, The Last Dinner Party, Yungblud, Snow Patrol, Róisín Murphy, Måneskin, Michael Kiwanuka, The Hives, Khruangbin, The Kooks, SUM 41 and more.

When is it? July 4-7

Where is it? Werchter Festivalpark, Belgium

Tickets: One day festival €134, combi festival tickets €309;

Kappa Futur Festival

What is it? This three-day dance-a-thon takes over former industrial park Parco Dora in Turin, for a weekend of huge DJ talents. Last year’s headliners included Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim and Tale Of Us.

Who’s playing? “Phase 1” line-up goes live on 19/12/23.

When is it? July 5-7

Where is it? Turin, Italy

Tickets: From €160.00 for a three day pass;

Mad Cool

What is it? Tens of thousands of music fans descend on the open-air industrial park, Valdebebas, for this giant Spanish pop, rock, and indie music festival.

Who’s playing? Dua Lipa, The Smashing Pumpkins, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Motxila 21, Tom Morello, Acid Arab, Paul Kalkbrenner, Avril Lavigne, Bonobo and many more.

When is it? July 10-13

Where is it? Madrid, Spain

Tickets: From €210;

Love International

What is it? One of Croatia’s standout dance music festivals, this seven-day expedition boasts atmospheric boat parties and sunrise DJ sets, and with a full week of action, provides amazing value for money. Last year’s edition included Chaos in the CBD, Eliza Rose, Leon Vynehall and Palms Trax.

Who’s playing? Bradley Zero, Crazy P Soundsystem, HAAi, Midland, Moxie, Roman Flügel, Palms Trax B2B Call Super, Peach, Shy One and more to be confirmed.

When is it? July 10-16

Where is it? Tisno, Croatia

Tickets: From £186;

Bilbao BBK Live

What is it? This rock and pop festival nestled on the side of Bilbao’s Mount Cobetas has hosted countless major acts over the 17 years since its fruition, from Guns N' Roses and Placebo in 2006, to My Chemical Romance, Arctic Monkeys, and 070 Shake last year. With gorgeous views and a wide range of musical acts, it’s one not to miss.

Who’s playing? Floating Points, Jpegmafia, Arcade Fire, Jungle, Massive Attack, The Prodigy, Alvvays, Ezra Collective, Nerve Agent, Underworld, Los Bitchos.

When is it? July 11-13

Where is it? Bilbao, Spain

Tickets: Three-day pass from €150;

NOS Alive

What is it? Nos Alive is another standout in a busy European summer calendar, with the Algés-based festival previously drawing the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Rosalía to its stages, along with 55,000 revellers.

Who’s playing? Dua Lipa, Floating Points, T-Rex, Pearl Jam, SUM 41, Arcade Fire, Jessie Ware, The Smashing Pumpkins and many more.

When is it? July 11-13

Where is it? Algés, Portugal

Tickets: From £76.07 for a day ticket, £183 for a full weekend ticket;


What is it? This award-winning open-air festival, which has been running since 1997, hosts a range of major names from the techno and house, indie, pop, and rap scenes every year.

Who’s playing? Skepta, Art School Girlfriend, Marcel Dettmann, Honey Dijon, Yaeji, Sugababes, Cobrah, Eartheater, Marcel Dettmann, VTSS, Romy and more.

When is it? July 11-13

Where is it? Ferropolis open-air museum, which is near Gräfenhainichen (one hour car drive to Leipzig and two hours by car to Berlin)

Tickets: Weekend ticket €164,95;

Electric Castle

What is it? This five-day, 24-hour festival takes place in a 15th century castle in Transylvania ‒ a region of Romania. Expect artistic performances, immersive installations, stand-up comedy acts and music shows day and night.

Who’s playing? Massive Attack, Queens of the Stone Age, Bring Me the Horizon, Chase & Status, Nina Kraviz, Bonobo, DJ Shadow, Kenya Grace, Eats Everything and many more.

When is it? July 17-21

Where is it? Bánffy Castle, Transylvania

Tickets: From €129 for a weekend pass;

Festival Internacional Benicàssim (FIB)

What is it? Located just by the beach on Spain’s east coast, FIB boasts a mixed line-up of some of the best-known acts on the planet as well as some of the freshest talent exciting listeners today.

Who’s playing? Black Eyed Peas, The Libertines, Royal Blood, Yungblud, Lori Mayers, Kenya Grace, Varry and more.

When is it? July 18-20

Where is it? Benicàssim, Spain (about an hour north of Valencia)

Tickets: From €44.99;

Super Bock Super Rock

What is it? Over the years this rock-focused festival has welcomed some massive acts to its stages including Massive Attack, System of a Down, Moby, Franz Ferdinand, 50 Cent, A$AP Rocky, Future, Sting and Blur. It means that although just two headliners have currently been announced, festival goers can rest assured that more big names will join the line-up.

Who’s playing? Måneskin, Stormzy, Royal Blood, 21 Savage, Nina Kraviz, Black Coffee, Mahalia, Mabel, Tom Morello and many more.

When is it? July 18-20

Where is it? Sesimbra, Portugal (about an hour’s drive from Lisbon).

Tickets: Day ticket from €72, weekend pass from €133;

The Bukta Festival, Tromsø

What is it? This inclusion of this open air rock festival on this list isn’t just down to exciting line-up alone; it’s also to do with its incredible location. Tromsø is situated right at the top of Norway, around 3.5 hours south (at 60mph) of the Arctic Circle. It is surrounded by water and is a great spot for witnessing the Northern Lights. So what could be better than a musical festival in this astounding city, where the sun doesn’t set at all during summer.

Who’s playing? The War on Drugs, Kvelertak, Motorpsycho, The Sha-La-Lee’s, Heave Blood & Die, Night Beats, Slomosa, CIVIC

When is it? July 19-20

Where is it? Tromsø, Norway

Tickets: U30 festival pass £149, Festival pass £165;


What is it? Fans of electronic music across the globe flock to Belgium annually for one of the biggest dance music events of the year. Multi-award-winning Tomorrowland is an ‘outer-world festival experience’ – meaning there is a real emphasis on extravagant visuals – and their line-ups are practically a who’s-who of the world’s biggest DJs and producers.

Who’s playing? Yves V, Eliza Rose, Cat Dealers, Amelie Lens, ALOK, Anyma, W&W, Swedish House Mafia, Netsky, Da Tweekaz, MATTN and many more.

When is it? July 19-28 (over two weekends)

Where is it? Boom, Belgium (half an hour's drive from Antwerp)

Tickets: Now sold out;

Outlook Origins

What is it? Outlook Origins is another four-day party on one of Croatia’s glorious beaches, but has a slightly more breezy vibe than some of its counterparts. The festival promises everything from relaxed day parties, to boat jamborees and night raves. There’s always a wide range of electronic music, but with a massive emphasis on bass music.

Who’s playing? Mungo’s Hifi, Notion, Sam Binga, J:Kenzo, Sully, Tasha, Zenker Brothers and many more.

When is it? July 25-29

Where is it? Tisno, Croatia

Tickets: Weekend ticket from £140;

Let It Roll

What is it? Let It Roll is a whopping (and womp-ing) three day celebration of drum and bass. With a capacity of 30,000 people, the festival boasts six stages which host a whole range of artists – attracting the genre’s leading names including the likes of Chase & Status.

Who’s playing? Andy C, Black Sun Empire, EN:VY, Metrik, QZB, S.P.Y and many more.

When is it? August 1-3

Where is it? Milovice Airfield, Czech Republic (a 45 minutes drive from Prague)

Tickets: From €164,

Defected Croatia

What is it? This intimate dance festival hosts just 5000 people, and showcases some massive names and underground favourites across its three stages and boat parties. During the day it offers a ‘wellness programme’, which includes yoga, to help ease that hangover.

Who’s playing? Carl Craig, Catz N’ Dogz, Horse Meat Disco, Alex Mills, Crazy P Soundsystem, Breakbot & Irfane, Kitty Amor and many more.

When is it? August 1-4

Where is it? Barbarellas, Croatia

Tickets: Full festival day and night tickets from £219.00;


What is it? Now one of Norway’s biggest festivals, this major Oslo festival pulls in some of the world’s biggest musical acts.

Who’s playing? Pulp, PJ Harvey, Queens of the Stone Age, Gabrielle, Cezinando, Loyle Carner, The Kills, The National, Orions Belte, The Smile, IDLES, Nia Archives, Yard Act, Overmono and more

When is it? August 6-10

Where is it? Oslo, Norway

Tickets: From £296 for a weekend ticket, £107 for a day ticket;

Sziget​ Festival

What is it? A six-day Budapest bonanza which seems to attract bigger and bigger names each year. Expect internationally renowned acts across multiple genres.

Who’s playing? Fred Again.., Martin Garrix, Sam Smith, Stormzy, Louis Tomlinson, Four Tet, Beck Hill, Honey Dijon, Overmono, Richie Hawton, Ellen Allien, Crystal Fighters, Kylie, Barry Can't Swim, Kojaque, Royel Otis

When is it? August 7-12

Where is it? Budapest, Hungary

Tickets: From €289 (full festival ticket);

Way Out West

What is it? Every year Way Out West welcomes around 50,000 revellers to Gothenburg’s leafy Slottsskogen park, hosting a wide range of music’s biggest names.

Who’s playing? André 3000, Tems, J Hus, Benjamin Ingrosso, Fred Again.., Queens of the Stone Age, PULP, PJ Harvey, Loyle Carner, The Smile, Yaya Bey, Kenya Grace, Chase & Status, Slowdive, Sarah Klang, Sampha, Peggy Gou and many more.

When is it? August 8-10

Where is it? Gothenburg, Sweden

Tickets: Three day tickets from £169;


What is it? A varied festival, booking everyone from legacy rockers to cult favourites, held within the industrial surroundings of a disused power station. Last year’s line-up included the likes of FKA Twigs, Caroline Polachek and JOCKSTRAP.

Who’s playing? Pulp, Fred again.., RAYE, Idles, The Smile, PJ Harvey, Jessie Ware, Denzel Curry, Kenya Grace, Overmono, IBE, Joalin, and many more.

When is it? August 9-11

Where is it? Helsinki, Finland

Tickets: From €239;


What is it? Malta’s Glitch Festival has quickly become a highlight of the summer calendar, offering a line-up packed with some of the biggest names in dance music, as well as experiences that include day and night boat parties.

Who’s playing? Young Marco, STK, Muski, Freddy K, Echofaze, Ben Klock, Faster Horses, Roi Perez and many more.

When is it? August 13-16

Where is it? Rabat, Malta

Tickets: 2 Day ticket from €94.90;

Les Plages Électroniques

What is it? Back to back electronic music, in Cannes, by the beach, in August? It’s no surprise that Plages Électroniques, which has now been running for nearly 20 years, is heralded as one of France’s best annual parties.

Who’s playing? Kaytranada, Gzo, Fisher, Boris Brejcha, Lost Frequencies, Sch, Timmy Trumpet, Apashe, Bon Entendeur and many more.

When is it? August 16-18

Where is it? Cannes, France

Tickets: Day tickets from £60, three day tickets from £103;


What is it? This five-day house and techno get-together celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2023. Now going into its second decade, the festival is set to attract another wave of in-demand DJs for more boat and beach parties across Pag Island.

Who’s playing? Adam Beyer, Chris Stussy, SPFDJ, Sara Landry, Wade, Robert Hood, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Sama’ Abdulhadi, Mochakk and many more.

When is it? August 18-22

Where is it? Novalja, Croatia

Tickets: From €179, during the current ‘blink booking’ phase;

Rock en Seine

What is it? Paris’s biggest festival, delivering a crowd-pleasing blend of rock and pop music that draws an increasingly international crowd each year.

Who’s playing? Lana Del Ray, Fred Again.. LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack, PJ Harvey, The Offspring, The Smile, Måneskin, and many more.

When is it? August 21-25

Where is it? Paris, France

Tickets: From €61 for one day, from €219 for four day pass;

Dekmantel Selectors

What is it? This intimate gathering put on by Amsterdam record label Dekmantel has become known for bringing together some of the most exciting DJs (both new talents and major names) working today.

Who’s playing? Big names include Blawan, DVS1, Marcel Dettmann and SHERELLE.

When is it? August 22-26

Where is it? Tisno, Croatia

Tickets: Now sold out;

Reykjavik Jazz Festival

What is it? This annual festival has been growing in popularity and prestige over the last 30 years. Now the second oldest musical festival in Iceland, Reykjavik Jazz Festival hosts some of the world’s most exciting jazz acts, covering every subgenre - from Latin jazz, to gospel, to big bands.

Who’s playing? Mikael Máni, Andrés Þór/Jens Larsen Quartet, Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir & Sigurður Flosason, Gulli Briem, ES Sextet & Marína Ósk and many more.

When is it? August 23-27

Where is it? Reykjavik, Iceland

Tickets: Various;

Meo Kalorama

What is it? This sustainability-focused festival started two years ago, a relatively new kid on the block of the European live music circuit. Yet, in that time, the Bella Vista Park-based three-dayer has already had the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Blur and Florence + The Machine grace their stages, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Where? Lisbon, Portugal

When? August 29-31

Who’s on the line-up? LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack, Sam Smith, Jungle, Peggy Gou, The Smile, The Kills, Yard Act and many more.

Tickets: From €145,


What is it? A five-day Croatian expedition, showcasing a collection of cutting-edge DJs and musicians, ranging from techno to jazz, taking over the ever-popular town of Tisno.

Who’s playing? Gene On Earth & The Ghost, Dungeon Meat, Peach, Phone Traxxx, Radioactive Man, Shy One, Todd Edwards and many more names to be announced.

When is it? August 31-September 4

Where is it? Tisno, Croatia

Tickets: From £175,


What is it? A relatively new festival created by London-based underground events brand LWE, ION takes place on the Albanian Riviera, after first making plans to launch in 2020.

Who’s playing? Adam Shelton, Ben Klock, Pangaea, Pearson Sound, Sam Bangura, Zenker Brothers, Zag Erlat, Raresh, Enzo Siragusa, All Shadows, Alexia Glensy and many more.

When is it? September 4-11

Where is it? Dhërmi, Albania

Tickets: Tickets comes as packages including accomodation;

Defected Malta

What is it? Didn’t manage to get your summer festival sorted in time, or want one to elude autumn for a couple mpre days? Defected’s October dance festival could be the answer to your prayers. Returning for its third year, the festival’s venues include the luxury beach club Café del Mar, the historic Fort St. Elmo and other outdoor and indoor (just in case) spaces across the Island’s capital.

Who’s playing? The line-up details drop on February 28

When is it? October 4-6

Where is it? Valletta, Malta

Tickets: Presale tickets go on sale February 28;

Iceland Airwaves

What is it? One of the last festivals of the year is also one of the cheapest (for the tickets at least) and most magical: what’s more thrilling than heading to Reykjavík in winter to watch an eclectic mix of excellent musical acts play across the Norden city?

Who’s playing? Squid, Blondshell, Bombay Bicycle Club, Lime Garden, Trentemøller and Yard Act

When is it? November 7-9

Where is it? Reykjavík, Iceland

Tickets: From £39 for a day pass and from £85 for a weekend ticket. Travel bundles including flights, airport transfers and discounted hotels coming soon;