There's something magical about partying in the forest: that sense of seclusion, of being almost lost in the wilderness, and the total immersion with the music, that make it such a surreal experience.
Fortunately for us, there are a number of music festivals around Europe that fulfil all our nature-needs. From lakeside woodlands to castle grounds, here are ten of the best forest music festivals in Europe.
Festival lineup (2019): Maribou State, Bicep, Little Dragon, Richie Hawtin, Modeselektor, Peggy Gou, Hunee, Motor City Drum Ensemble
More than just a music festival, Lost Village's enchanted woodland party embraces music, comedy, theatre, art and more for three days each summer.
Held inside a secret forest in Lincolnshire, festival-goers are encouraged to explore its labyrinthine of pathways, losing themselves in its wilderness and forgetting the existence of the outside world.
When & where: 22-25 August 2019; Lincolnshire, UK
Best Kept Secret
Festival lineup (2019): Bon Iver, Christine and the Queens, Kraftwerk 3D, Carly Rae Jepsen, Interpol, Death Grips, Mac DeMarco, The Raconteurs
Best Kept Secret is a Dutch festival gem. The country's biggest alternative music festival, Best Kept Secret has consistently put together some of the best multi-genre lineups since its foundation in 2013, continually pulling from outside the mainstream.
The festival takes place inside a safari park surrounded by think forest and gorgeous lakes, and even has some of the safari park's animals roaming the areas that surround its site.
When & where: 12-14 June 2020; Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Vodafone Pardes de Coura
Festival lineup (2019): The National, New Order, Father John Misty, Patti Smith and Her Band, Suede, Spiritualized, Deerhunter, Julia Jacklin
Sitting in the idyllic Portuguese woodland and straddling the Coura river, Paredes de Coura gives its heavenly setting the lineup it deserves.
And while its stages flutter with rock, indie and alternative music, the Coura's banks offer the perfect relaxation spot and its waters the perfect opportunity to cool down.
When & where: 19-22 August 2020, Paredes de Coura, Portugal
Festival lineup (2019): Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Groove Armada, Tom Odell, Caravan Palace, Tom Grennan, Eats Everything, Honey Dijon
Look as hard as you might across Europe, you'll still be hard pushed to find a festival that matches Wilderness for diversity and creativity.
From late night revelry and immersive spy games to wild swimming and a lakeside spa, Wilderness packs it all in amongst the rich forests, lakes and parklands of Oxfordshire's nature reserves.
When & where: 1-4 August 2019, Charlbury, UK
Festival lineup (2019): Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola, The Martinez Brothers, Rødhåd, Richie Hawtin, Joris Voorn
Transforming the City Park Lake and its surrounding woodland into a sanctuary of house and techno, Lovefest combines flamboyant staging with a scenic location, offering a mixture of poolside relaxation and spectacular performances. All brought to life by impressive visuals, production and pyrotechnics.
When & where: 1-3 August 2019, Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia
Into the Woods
Festival lineup (2019): Adriatique, Alan Fitzpatrick, Detroit Swindle, Nightmares on Wax, Juan Sanchez, Abstract Division, Move D, Monolink
Reverberating through the mystical woodlands of Utrecht is Into the Woods. Showcasing the best in underground house and techno, the festival's secluded and intimate setting reflects its leftfield lineup.
When & where: 13-14 September 2019, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Festival lineup (2019): George Ezra, Stereophonics, Lana Del Rey, Underworld, Primal Scream, Slaves, CHVRCHES, Loyle Carner
Wander through the Latitude woods and you'll no doubt stumble across late night DJ sets, become immersed in interactive art installations, or find yourself kicking back to some theatre or comedy. Whatever turn you take, you can be sure more surprises await.
When & where: 16-19 July 2020, Southwold, UK
Festival lineup (2019): Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Blawan, Ben UFO, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Dr. Rubinstein, Jon Hopkins, Róisín Murphy
A highly esteemed label and music festival, Dekmantel is at the forefront of electronic music, harbouring creative freedom and giving a platform to those it believes are the future of the scene.
Such is its reputation, Marcel Dettman even quipped: "When you play 150 shows a year, there's one or two shows where you think 'wow that's the one.'" High praise indeed from one of techno's most cutting-edge names.
When & where: 31 July - 4 August 2020, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Festival lineup (2019): Lady Leshurr, AJ Tracey, Netsky, Pussy Riot, Enter Shikari, De Staat, Dirtyphonics, Triggerfinger
AWAKE brings a genre-spanning lineup to the stunning grounds of Teleki Castle, an 18th century baroque in the heart Transylvania.
But not just about music, the festival also lays on a lineup of art and theatre, including colourful installations, interactive performances and a cinema under a bridge.
When & where: 15-18 August 2019, Gornesti, Romania
Festival lineup (2019): Captain Hook, Extrawelt, LTJ Bukem, Mad Professor, S.P.Y, Alley Cat, Liquid Ross, Neutrino
Intimate and immersive, Noisily is a woodland haven for any psytrance and experimental music fan. Set in the beautiful Coney Woods in the UK, the festival's site becomes filled with innovative artwork, creative performances and some of the scene's best artists and DJs.
When & where: 11-15 July 2019, Leicester, UK
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