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The Best Music Festivals in Europe

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If you believe sunscreen should take priority over wellies when it comes to festival season, it might be wise to go European. Here, we round up the best music festivals in Europe for 2022, from a French wine and music festival in a chateau to a star-studded extravaganza on a Hungarian island.

Best Music Festivals in Europe 2022

Way Out West

Way Out West

One of Sweden’s most celebrated festivals, Way Out West takes place in a secluded woodland setting in Gothenberg. Some of the world’s biggest artists have performed there since it began in 2007, from Kanye West to Stormzy and Florence + The Machine – and the 2022 line-up does not disappoint. Music spans a range of genres, from hip-hop to rock and indie, with headliners including Dave, Tame Impala and Burna Boy. Outside of the music, you can expect great vegetarian food – plus it’s big on sustainability, holding an ISO 20121 certification.

When? 11 – 13 August 2022

Where? Gothenburg, Sweden

How? wayoutwest.se

Balaton Sound Festival

Balaton Sound

Each year over 150,000 music lovers flock to Zamárdi in Hungary for Balaton Sound, an open-air dance music festival located on Lake Balaton. It’s known for hosting some of the greatest artists and DJs in the pop and electronic world, with the 2022 line-up featuring Becky Hill, Martin Garrix, Marshmello, Alesso and more. Relax on the beach during the day before partying into the night – the beach parties are particularly fun.

When? 29 June – 2 July 2022

Where? Zamárdi, Hungary

How? balatonsound.com

Electric Castle

Electric Castle

As festival backdrops go, the 15th-century Bánffy Castle in Transylvania is a pretty special one. It’s the setting for Electric Castle, an immersive festival which offers a unique day-to-night experience, with round the clock music and entertainment. There’s music to suit all tastes, with highlights this year including Twenty One Pilots, Gorillaz and Disclosure, plus stand-up comedy, artistic performances and an eclectic array of food and drink vendors.

When? 13 – 17 July 2022

Where? Banffy Castle, Transylvania

How? electriccastle.ro

Sziget

Sziget

You’ll need some stamina for Sziget, the six-day festival extravaganza set on a Óbuda-Island in Budapest. A whopping 60 stages are spread across the site – nicknamed the ‘Island of Freedom’ – with endless music, art, theatre, installations and talks to explore. The 2022 line-up is music line-up is unparalleled, with Justin Bieber, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Lewis Capaldi and Dua Lipa all set to perform. It’s also surrounded by the Danube, which means you get the benefit of a beach, with boat parties taking place throughout the festival.

When? 10 – 15 August 2022

Where? Budapest, Hungary

How? szigetfestival.com

Rootstock

Rootstock

In short: French food, French wine, chart-topping music performers, all within the grounds of a Chateau complete with its own luxury pop-up hotel. The 2022 line-up is yet to be released, but last year’s might give you a flavour of what to expect – French pop band L’Impératrice, and singer songwriters Victor Solf and Theo Lawrence. There will also be food and wine pairing workshops, Burgundy tasting seminars and guided cycling tours around the ancient vineyards.

When? 9 – 10 July 2022

Where? Pommard, France

How? rootstockmusic.com

Flow Festival

Flow Festival

Founded in 2004 as a small jazz and soul event, Flow Festival has grown into a key player on the European music festival scene. Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz and Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds are all performing this summer, alongside a cultural programme of talks and art. Flow has impressive eco-credits too, being one of the world’s first carbon-neutral festivals – which you can read more about here.

When? 12 – 14 August 2022

Where? Helsinki, Finland

How? flowfestival.com

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound has been a staple on the European music festival circuit since its first one in 2001. It will celebrate its belated 20th anniversary this June by expanding to a two weekend event, with a music line-up promising names such as Tame Impala, The Strokes, The National and Jorja Smith. Held in the city’s Parc del Fòrum beside the backdrop of the Mediterranean sea, it’s always a hit.

When? 2 – 12 June 2022

Where? Barcelona, Spain

How? primaverasound.com

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