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Top 20 Music Festivals in Europe 2018

Top 20 Music Festivals in Europe 2018

Europe's finest and biggest music festivals are also some of the heaviest hitters in the world. Tomorrowland and Glastonbury lead the way, with behemoths like Creamfields, Ultra Europe, Sziget, Primavera Sound and Rock am Ring heading up the chase.

Here's our run-down of 20 European bucket list festivals, in no particular order.


: Carl Cox (+ more TBA)

One of the two or three most prestigious dance festivals on the planet, Creamfields is always full to bursting with worldwide stars. Whatever flavour of electronic music you're into, you'll find more than you could ask for at Creamfields.

When & where: 23-26 August 2018, Daresbury, UK

Festicket Guide / Book Creamfields 2018

Primavera Sound

Headliners (2017)
: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, The xx, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones

Indie King and forceful supporter of new music, Primavera Sound prides itself on pushing the alternative scene forward. Creativity is paramount, with headliners often standing out from the festival crowd.

When & where: 30 May – 3 June 2018, Barcelona, Spain

Festicket Guide / Book Primavera Sound 2018

Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

: Foo Fighters, Muse, Thirty Second to Mars, Gorillaz

If rock and metal are your game, then Germany's Rock am Ring needs no introduction. Along with sister festival Rock im Park, it pulls unparalleled lineups year after year, and can lay claim to being one of the best-attended weekends in the world.

When & where: 1-3 June 2018, Mendig and Nürnberg, Germany

Rock am Ring Festicket Guide / Join Rock am Ring Mailing List
Rock im Park Festicket Guide Join Rock im Park Mailing List

Isle of Wight Festival

: Kasabian, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Liam Gallagher

Isle of Wight Festival is renowned for exclusive, legendary headliners – Fleetwood Mac, The Stone Roses, Bruce Springsteen – and eclectic lineups that pay homage to its own incredible history. Now 50 years on from the original edition, IOW is as strong as ever.

When & where: 21-24 June 2018, Isle of Wight, UK

Festicket Guide / Book Isle of Wight Festival 2018

Ultra Europe

: Afrojack, David Guetta, Marshmello, Alesso

Transported across the Atlantic from Miami's glamourous city centre, Ultra Europe wasted no time in establishing itself as a worthy successor to the original UMF. The biggest DJs in the world bring Croatia's stunning Adriatic coast to its feet.

When & where: 6-8 July 2018, Split, Croatia

Festicket Guide / Book Ultra Europe 2018

Defqon.1 Weekend Festival

Headliners (2017)
: Angerfist, Brennan Heart, Radical Redemption

Defqon.1 blazes the trail for hard dance music in a way that few other festival do for any genre. The power of Q-dance keeps production and lineups at the very top of their game, and a sister edition in Sydney, Australia, has added an extra Defqon's reputation.

When & where: 22-24 June 2018, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Festicket Guide / Join Defqon.1 Mailing List

Sziget Festival

Headliners (2017)
: Kasabian, Major Lazer, Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Sziget is one of those festivals that could never spend another cent on marketing and still sell out every single year. Its reputation precedes it by almost a decade, and Budapest makes an incredible host city.

When & where: 8-15 August 2018, Budapest, Hungary

Festicket Guide / Book Sziget Festival 2018

Wireless Festival

Headliners (2017)
: Chance the Rapper, Skepta, The Weeknd

Rap and dance music form the perfect partnership at Wireless Festival, creating a distinctive weekend that embodies one of London's many subcultures with perfection. 

When & where: 6-8 July 2018, London, UK

Festicket Guide / Join Wireless Festival 2018 Waiting List

EXIT Festival

Headliners (2017)
: The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Hardwell, The Jesus & Mary Chain

Titans of dance are scattered with the occasional note of indie and pop – or even heavy metal, in the case of Motörhead in 2015 – at Serbia's EXIT Festival. Sister festival Sea Dance keeps the party going at the beautiful beach-side location of Budva, Montenegro.

When & where: 12-15 July 2018, Novi Sad, Serbia

Festicket Guide / Book EXIT Festival 2018


: Bruno Mars, David Byrne, Gorillaz

Naked runs and wild campsite parties don't define many modern music festivals, but Roskilde's deep sense of history brings people back year upon year for much more than just the music.

When & where: 30 June - 7 July 2018, Roskilde, Denmark


Headliners (2017)
: Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Alesso

Tomorrowland is, simply put, the biggest electronic music show on earth. Massive lineups cherry-picked from any artist they could want, allied to an intense attention to detail, create a unrivalled wonderland that keeps on mesmerising the world.

When & where: 20-22 & 27-29 July 2018, Boom, Belgium

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Mad Cool Festival

: Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, Jack White

Only two editions in, Mad Cool is already one of Europe's most glittering, glaringly popular festivals. True, it doesn't have the history and reputation for breaking ground that its Barcelona rival Primavera Sound commands, but in Mad Cool, Spain finally has another festival that stands a chance of challenging the Primavera might.

When & where: 12-14 July 2018, Madrid, Spain

Festicket Guide / Book Mad Cool Festival 2018

Download Festival

: Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N' Roses

The grandfather of rock and heavy metal festivals around the world, Download represents the high water mark of many bands' careers.

When & where: 8-10 June 2018, Derby, UK

Festicket Guide / Book Download Festival 2018


Headliners (2017)
: Frank Ocean, Chase & Status, Jamie xx, Solange

Nestled in the heart of London, Lovebox champions creative programming and a positive sense of fun. Just like with Wireless Festival, it's no surprise that urban and electronic music have found such a good home in the UK capital.

When & where: 13-14 July 2018, London, UK

Festicket Guide / Join Lovebox 2018 Waiting List

Awakenings Festival

Headliners (2017)
: Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing

Awakenings' iconic Gashouder venue in the heart of Amsterdam is left behind for the yearly festival, morphing the luscious Dutch countryside into an all-out natural dancefloor.

When & where: 30 June - 1 July 2018, Spaarnwoude, Netherlands

Festicket Guide / Join Awakenings Festival 2018 Waiting List


Headliners (2017)
: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys

Madcap adventuring and spectacular themes are Bestival's calling cards. If you're looking for a huge musical lineup, you've come to the right place; though Bestival's really all about endless side-performances.

When & where: 2-5 August 2018, Dorset, UK

Festicket Guide / Tickets & Packages

Reading & Leeds Festivals

Headliners (2017)
: Muse, Kasabian, Eminem

Reading Festival rightly sits among the world's genuine rock elite. Along with Leeds Festival – its northern English little brother – Reading has diversified somewhat over the last decade, but still packs a heavy punch each August.

When & where: 24-26 August 2018, Reading and Leeds, UK

Reading Festival Guide / Join Reading Festival 2018 Waiting List

Leeds Festival Guide / Join Leeds Festival 2018 Waiting List

Super Bock Super Rock

: The xx, Justice (+ more TBA)

Lisbon's kingpin festival boasts seriously impressive headliners every year, though its worldwide profile remains a little lower than it rightfully deserves. SBSR is also an unbelievable excuse to see one of Europe's most breathtaking cities.

When & where: 19-21 July 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

Festicket Guide / Book Super Bock Super Rock 2018

Hellfest Open Air

: Avenged Sevenfold, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest

Every sub-genre of metal in existence carves out its own corner of Hellfest, adding up to the darkest and heaviest festival on the planet. Not for the faint-hearted, but steeped in overdriven beauty.

When & where: 22-24 June 2018, Clisson, France

Festicket Guide / Book Hellfest Open Air 2018


: Gorillaz (+ more TBA)

Incredible music laying down a soundtrack for an entirely purpose-built, themed city and ongoing mythology – BoomTown Fair takes the idea of a unique festival to a whole new level. Leave your civilian clothing at home and buckle up for a wild ride.

When & where: 9-12 August 2018, Winchester, UK

Festicket Guide / Join Boomtown Mailing List

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