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Top 20 Music Festivals in Europe 2019


Europe's finest and biggest music festivals are also some of the heaviest hitters in the world. Tomorrowland leads 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 to hit up in 2019, in no particular order.



Creamfields


Festival lineup (2018):
Carl Cox, Tiësto, Axwell λ Ingrosso, Alesso, Giggs, Fatboy Slim, Major Lazer, Adam Beyer

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: 22-25 August 2019, Daresbury, UK

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Primavera Sound


Festival lineup (2018)
: Arctic Monkeys, Björk, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The National, Migos, A$AP Rocky, Lorde, Haim

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 – 2 June 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Primavera Sound 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Rock am Ring & Rock im Park


Festival lineup
: Tool, Die Ärzte, Slipknot, Marteria & Casper, Dropkick Murphys, Sabaton, Foals, Die Antwoord

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: 7-9 June 2019, Mendig and Nürnberg, Germany

Rock am Ring 2019 Guide & Waiting List

Rock im Park 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Isle of Wight Festival


Festival lineup (2018)
: Kasabian, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Camila Cabello, Manic Street Preachers, Chase & Status, Nile Rodgers & Chic

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: 13-16 June 2019, Isle of Wight, UK

Isle of Wight Festival 2019 Guide / Book Isle of Wight Festival 2019 Tickets, Accommodation & Extras


Ultra Europe


Festival lineup (2018)
: Afrojack, David Guetta, Marshmello, Alesso, The Chainsmokers, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Armin van Buuren

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: 12-14 July 2019, Split, Croatia

Ultra Europe 2019 Guide / Book Ultra Europe 2019 Tickets & Accommodation


Defqon.1 Weekend Festival

Festival lineup: (2018): Headhunterz, Wildstylez, Radical Redemption, Atmozfears, Destructive Tendencies, Miss K8, Noisecontrollers

Defqon.1 blazes the trail for hard dance music in a way that few other festivals 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: 21-24 June 2019, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Defqon.1 Weekend Festival Guide & Waiting List


Sziget Festival


Festival lineup
: Ed Sheeran + many more to be announced

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: 7-13 August 2019, Budapest, Hungary

Sziget Festival 2019 Guide / Book Sziget Festival 2019 Tickets & Accommodation


Wireless Festival


Festival lineup (2018)
: J. Cole, Stormzy, Drake, Giggs, Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, French Montana

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: 5-7 July 2019, London, UK

Wireless Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


EXIT Festival


Festival lineup:
 The Cure, Sofi Tukker + many more to be announced

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: 4-8 July 2019, Novi Sad, Serbia

EXIT Festival 2019 Guide / Book EXIT Festival 2019 Tickets, Accommodation & Extras


Roskilde


Festival lineup:
The Cure, Travis Scott, Scarlet Pleasure, Blawan, Testament, Alma, Full of Hell & The Body, Julia Holter

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: 29 June - 6 July 2019, Roskilde, Denmark


Tomorrowland


Festival lineup (2018)
: Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Carl Cox, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Alesso, Ben Klock

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 an unrivalled wonderland that keeps on mesmerising the world.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA, Boom, Belgium

Tomorrowland 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Mad Cool Festival


Festival lineup (2018)
: Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Depeche Mode, Tame Impala, Kasabian, Nine Inch Nails

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: 11-13 July 2019, Madrid, Spain

Mad Cool Festival 2019 Guide / Book Mad Cool Festival 2019 Tickets


Download Festival


Festival lineup
: Def Leppard, Slipknot, Tool, Slash, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie, Trivium, Die Antwoord

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

When & where: 14-16 June 2019, Derby, UK

Download Festival 2019 Guide / Book Download Festival 2019 Tickets & Extras


Lovebox


Festival lineup (2018)
: Childish Gambino, Skepta, Wu-Tang Clan, Bonobo, N.E.R.D, Anderson .Paak, Annie Mac, SZA

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 has found such a good home in the UK capital.

When & where: Dates for 2019 TBA, London, UK

Lovebox 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Awakenings Festival


Festival lineup (2018)
: Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Ben Klock, Rødhåd, Jeff Mills, Ricardo Villalobos, Amelie Lens

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: 29-30 June 2019, Spaarnwoude, Netherlands

Awakenings Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Bestival


Festival lineup (2018)
: Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson), M.I.A., Grace Jones, London Grammar, Plan B, Chaka Khan, Mura Masa, First Aid Kit

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: Dates for 2019 TBA, Dorset, UK

Bestival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Reading & Leeds Festivals


Festival lineup (2018): Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Panic! At The Disco, Courteeners, Wolf Alice

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: 23-25 August 2019, Reading and Leeds, UK

Reading Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List

Leeds Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Super Bock Super Rock


Festival lineup (2018)
: The xx, Justice, Travis Scott, The Voidz, The The, Anderson .Paak, Tom Misch, Stormzy

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: 18-20 July 2019, Lisbon, Portugal

Super Bock Super Rock 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Hellfest Open Air


Festival lineup: Slayer, Manowar, Dropkick Murphys, Carcass, Mass Hysteria

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: 21-23 June 2019, Clisson, France

Hellfest Open Air 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Boomtown


Festival lineup (2018)
: Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit, Enter Shikari, Shy FX, Soul II Soul, Maribou State, Sleaford Mods

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: 7-11 August 2019, Winchester, UK

Boomtown 2019 Guide & Waiting List


 
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