If you're under the illusion that music festivals equal camping in a (muddy) field, you couldn't be further from the truth. From exhibition-led hotels to chic, arty hostels and a boat on the banks of Amsterdam, there are many alternative and quirky ways to enjoy Europe's best music festivals and events. Here are just six.
Airbeat One – Moko Lodge
Keeping the fun of a campsite but with the luxury of a hotel room are Airbeat One's Moko Lodges. The wooden cabins come with a bed, a mini-fridge, a table, plug sockets as well as water-toilets and showers nearby. The lodge-area also boasts its own chill-out area complete with DJ sets, as well as access to the VIP village and Waterworld.
The festival: If its energetic, it's at Airbeat One. With a 2017 lineup that jumps full speed from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to Angerfist and Armin van Buuren, the frenetic festival has become one of Germany's most electrifying electronic events.
Don't Let Daddy Know Amsterdam – Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
Designed by over 50 designers and artists, the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy has become an icon of Dutch design. In addition to its arty interior, the hotel hosts a variety of exhibitions, talks and events to celebrate Dutch culture, with all open to guests.
The festival: Born out of Ibiza in 2012, Don't Let Daddy Know has brought the biggest names in EDM and big room house to cities as far apart as Hong Kong and Manchester. Back at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome, ravers will be going full pelt to Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and W&W.
Primavera Sound, EDC UK, Lovebox – Generator Hostel
With design-led hostels in cities across Europe, Generator has built up a reputation as one of the slickest and hippest names around. Guests are treated to all the facilities of a traditional hotel, but where Generator steps up is its love for socialising: we're talking chic bars, cinema rooms, ping-pong tables, and nights out on the town that'll mean you'll be leaving with more friends than you arrived with.
Awakenings 20 Years – Amstel Botel
This floating hotel is moored on the banks of the River IJ, just off the vibrant NDSM Wharf. A former shipyard, the Wharf has become one of Amsterdam's hippest cultural districts, brimming with trendy festivals, events, exhibitions and restaurants. The Botel is therefore the perfect place to take in the buzz of Amsterdam.
The festival: Global techno brand Awakenings returns to its spiritual home – Amsterdam's Gashouder – to celebrate its 20th birthday with a run of events that'll feature Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills and Ben Klock.
Ultra Europe – Premium Beach House
For those after a touch of luxury, the premium beach house is the perfect retreat from the frenetic energy of Ultra Europe. In between partying to some of the world's best DJs, there's no better place to kick back than inside these energy efficient mobile homes, complete with three bedrooms, a dining and seating area and even a flat-screen TV. The houses are also located on the popular Ultra Beachville Campsite, with its own private beach and variety of facilities.
The festival: Global dance brand Ultra's European takeover has become one of the biggest dates in every dance fan's diary. Attracting the very best DJs from the worlds of EDM, house and techno – we're talking David Guetta, deadmau5 and Carl Cox – to the stunning Croatian coast, festival-goers let loose at epic stadium shows, beach kickbacks and full-throttle boat parties across Split and its surrounding islands.
MS Dockville – Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus
This eco-friendly hotel is a climate-conscious dream. Complete with its own exhibition on sustainability and the environment, guests dine on organic and regional products amongst stylish wooden interiors.
The festival: MS Dockville is an indie and alternative festival on the banks of the river Elbe. Recent artists to have graced its industrial dockland stages and the secluded woodland decks include Foals, Rødhåd and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
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