The Best Glastonbury Alternatives for 2019

The Best Glastonbury Alternatives for 2019

Got the Glastonbury Festival blues, or simply wished you were there? We picked out some great alternative festivals still to happen this summer.


Festival lineup: Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters

Often labelled as the European alternative to the Burning Man, Sziget is abound with quirking activities, surreal venues, an amusement park and incredible art installations that combine to create a world of wonder, soundtracked by international names in the world of rock, pop and electronic music. 

When & where: 7-13 August 2019, Budapest, Hungary

Sziget Festival 2019 Guide / Book Sziget Festival 2019

NOS Alive

Festival lineup: The Cure, Vampire Weekend, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Iver, Thom Yorke, Grace Jones, Jorja Smith, The Chemical Brothers

Each summer NOS Alive brings a sunshine lineup of rock, indie and alternative music to the beautiful Oeiras coast near Lisbon. 

Its glorious setting means festival-goers spend their days lapping up the sun or taking a dip in the nearby Tagus river, before the main lineup kickstarts a night of full-throttle partying.

When & where: 11-13 July, Lisbon, Portugal

NOS Alive'19 Guide / Book NOS Alive'19

Rock en Seine

Festival lineup: The Cure, Jorja Smith, Foals, Major Lazer, Aphex Twin, Royal Blood, Johnny Marr, Bring Me The Horizon

Held each summer in the western reaches of Paris, Rock en Seine has become one of the country's most famous music festivals, showcasing its diverse lineup inside the grounds of the historic Domaine National de Saint-Cloud.

When & where: 23-25 August 2019, Paris, France

Rock en Seine 2019 Guide / Book Rock en Seine 2019


Reading & Leeds


Festival Lineup: The 1975, Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Bastille, Blossoms, Twenty One Pilots, Billie Eilish 

Reading and Leeds Festivals have become a rite of passage for most British festival-goers, and it's not surprising when you gaze upon their lineup. Although still inherently a 'rock' festival, the duo are increasingly mixing things up year on year with the introduction of dance tents and urban stages. And with a reputation right up there with the best, they have the pulling power to get more-or-less whoever they want. 

When & where: 23-25 August 2019, Reading & Leeds, UK

Reading Festival 2019 / Book Reading Festival 2019

Lollapalooza Paris

Festival lineup: The Strokes, Twenty One Pilots, Migos, Martin Garrix, The 1975, Biffy Clyro, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Eric Prydz

France may have waited for over 25 years, but Lollapalooza's distinctive brand has now found its way to Paris via Chile, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Berlin. The city's Hippodrome de Longchamp hosts proceedings, providing a unique backdrop to Lollapalooza's continental blend of rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B and electronic music.

When & where: 20-21 July 2019, Paris, France

Lollapalooza Paris 2019 Guide / Book Lollapalooza Paris 2019

Mad Cool

Festival lineup: The Cure, Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, Prophets of Rage, Vampire Weekend, The 1975, The Chemical Brothers

Mad Cool is arguably the newest addition to Europe's elite music festival scene. In the short space of just four years, the festival has showcased some of rock and indie's biggest names, as well as an enviable programme of dance music across its three days.

Combine that with the guaranteed sunshine, and the fact you're in in the Spanish capital, and you've got a summer holiday and music festival rolled into one.

When & where: 11-13 July, Madrid, Spain

Mad Cool 2019 Guide / Book Mad Cool 2019

FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Festival lineup: Lana Del Rey, The 1975, Kings of Leon, Fatboy Slim, George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Blossoms, Franz Ferdinand

With days spent lounging on Spain's sunny beaches, and nights partying to names such as Kings of Leon, The 1975 and Fatboy Slim, Benicàssim has become a staple of the European festival circuit, popular with those wanting to pair a major festival with sun, sea and beaches. 

When & where: 18-21 July 2019, Castellón, Spain 

Benicàssim Festival 2019 Guide / Book Benicàssim 2019


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