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.
Last updated: 30 June 2017
Headliners: Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, Giggs, Wiley
Outlook, along with its sister festival Dimensions, stands out from the European crowd with unique stages of all shapes and sizes, from the inside of a Roman Amphitheater to the re-worked canvass of an old-fort.
When & where: 6-10 September 2017, Pula, Croatia
Headliners (2017): French Montana, Sean Paul, Rae Sremmurd
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: July 2018, Pag Island, Croatia
Headliners (2017): Chance The Rapper, Skepta, The Weeknd
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: 6-8 July 2018, London, United Kingdom
Headliners (2017): Damian Marley, The Roots, Birdy Nam Nam
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: June/July 2018, Brussels, Belgium
Headliners (2017): Frank Ocean, Boy Better Know, A Tribe Called Quest,
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: 9-10 June 2018, Manchester, United Kingdom
Headliners (2017): Frank Ocean, Chase & Status, Jamie xx
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: July 2018, London, United Kingdom
Forbidden Fruit Festival
Headliners (2017): NAO, Flying Lotus, Moderat
Combining heavyweights from the worlds of electronic and hip-hop, the festival also offers comedy, fashion stalls and unbeatable food markets.
When & where: June 2018, Dublin, Ireland
Paris Hip Hop Festival
Headliners (2017): Beeby, Bruck, Josman
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: June/July 2018, Various Venues, Paris
Headliners: Casper, Beginner, Kontra K
With surroundings and a lineup that both compliment each others eclectic offerings, relax on the banks of the Chiemsee lake surrounded by Bavarian mountains.
When & where: 16-9 August 2017, Übersee, Germany
Hip Hop Kemp
Headliners: Lethal Bizzle, Little Simz, Rejjie Snow
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: 17-19 August 2017, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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