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 yet enchanting experience.
Fortunately for us, there are a number of music festivals around Europe that fulfil all our nature-based needs. From lakeside woodlands to castle grounds, here are ten of the best forest music festivals in Europe.
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: 27-30 August 2020; Lincolnshire, UK
Best Kept Secret
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 Parades de Coura
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
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: 30 July - 2 August 2020; 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: 6-9 August 2020; 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: 11-12 September; Amersfoort, Netherlands
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
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
AWAKE brings a genre-spanning lineup to the stunning grounds of Teleki Castle, a baroque monument of the 18th century buried 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: 14-16 August 2020; Gornesti, Romania
Summer Well Festival
Another Romania gem here, tucked away in a quaint forest near the country's capital city Bucharest.
Vibrant and immersive, Summer Well Festival maintains a boutique festival atmosphere whilst managing to secure the biggest names on the indie scene year after year; on it's numerous stages winding throughout it's scenic woodland, you'll encounter intimate and impromptu performances alongside anthemic sing-a-longs in abundance.
When & where: 7-9 August 2020; Buftea, Romania
You can check out all our forest festivals here.