Many festivals might claim to be multi-genre but will often feature very few acts from the worlds of hip-hop, RnB, rap and other urban genres. Here's our rundown of the European festivals that put these sounds at the forefront, or feature them heavily amongst the mix.
Paris Summer Jam
Headliners (2018): Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D, Brockhampton
An entirely new festival taking place in the default capital of European hip-hop, this day event takes place in the western suburbs of the city at the newly built U-Arena.
Managing to secure Kendrick for the maiden voyage is quite the coup, so it appears this will be a mainstay for years to come.
When & where: 24 August 2019, Paris, France
Headliners (2019): Tyga, Tory Lanez, B Young, Stefflon Don
From Nas to Rick Ross, both legends and young names deserving of more attention have all visited the holiday haven of Fresh Island.
When & where: 4-11 July 2020, Novalja, Croatia
Headliners: Cardi B, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Tory Lanez, Ella Mai
Inviting world famous names to London's Finsbury Park, it's no surprise Wireless has become one of the capital's urban highlights.
When & where: 5-7 July 2019, London, United Kingdom
Headliners: Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Sean Paul, Arp Frique, Kojaque, Wizkid, Kamasi Washington, Joyner Lucas
Couleur Café is a colourful cultural celebration of walkabout performances, workshops, art and an incredible 50 concerts across 3 stages. Lineup surprises also include funk, reggae, soul and world music.
When & where: 28-30 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium
Festival lineup (2019): Dave, AJ Tracey, Disclosure [DJ set], Nas, Mark Ronson, Christine and the Queens, George Ezra, The Streets, Khalid, Solange
Taking place over only 2 days seems so unfair for a festival that boasts a funfair, art installations, cabaret, busking stages, comedy, spoken word and all kinds of glorious themed zones.
When & where: 13-14h June 2020, Manchester, United Kingdom
Headliners: Solange, J Hus, Loyle Carner, Kaytranada, Chance the Rapper, Four Tet, Brockhampton, Annie Mac
One of the most popular city festivals London has to offer, this annual party invites the best of hip-hop, RnB, electronic and the best fusion acts in between.
When & where: 12-13th July 2019, London, United Kingdom
Forbidden Fruit Festival
Headliners: Skepta, Elbow, Jon Hopkins, Maribou State, First Aid Kit, Peggy Gou, RY X
Combining heavyweights from the worlds of electronic and hip-hop, the festival also offers comedy, fashion stalls and unbeatable food markets.
When & where: 1-2 June 2019, Dublin, Ireland
Paris Hip Hop Festival
Headliners: Dosseh, Jay Prince, Laylow, Fanny Polly, Paradox-Sal, Jojo Skrazzy, Mel Woods & Ichiro, By Sixtion
An incredible gathering of almost 400 artists with a broad programme that includes African artists, workshops, exhibitions, films, graffiti jams and block parties.
When & where: 1-23 June 2019, Various Venues, Paris
Headliners: Travis Scott, Cardi B, G-Eazy, Marteria & Casper Bonez MC & Raf Camora, Young Thug, Tyga, Rae Sremmurd
Since it's formation in 1985, Openair Frauenfeld has hosted some of the pillars of hip-hop from the likes of Kanye West, to 50 Cent, to Cypress Hill.
You can see why over 150,000 festival-goers attend year in, year out.
When & where: 11-13 July 2019, Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Hip Hop Kemp
Headliners (2018): $uicideboy$, Joyner Lucas, Chief Keef
Taking place in a small Czech town, Hip Hop Kemp goes easy on your wallet but offers premium sounds over three days. Highlights include a basketball court, skate ramps, bungee jumping and the chance to swim in a lake.
When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA; Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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