Why are people drawn to music festivals? Why do we as people love to bond over music? Something special occurs once you buy the tickets for your favorite music festival, and then the anticipation starts. Your daily life and routine suddenly stop, and you dedicate every second of your life to planning.

There is something about music festivals that lures in the happiness and carefree joy you experience with your friends. Music festivals, and music in general, are indeed a healing medicine for the soul, it’s not just another mega music event, that is for sure. 

So many festivals have a cultural influence on individuals; after all, it is a global language everyone understands just like art or food. We usually find ourselves under a music spell once we hear our favorite beat. The best thing is you don’t have to be a music expert to get into the mood. You don’t even have to know the musician, it really doesn’t matter. That’s the whole beauty of music festivals, they give you the chance to discover new artists and music styles.

So without further ado, here are our top 5 music festivals in Europe you should definitely check out!

1. Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom

Over five decades, Glastonbury festival is one of the music festival giants in Europe. It has left its mark in so many ways. As one of the oldest music festivals, it positively influenced the beginnings of other music festivals.

From Bowie and the Smiths to Paul McCartney, almost every major rock star performed in Glastonbury. In the five days of the festival, you will experience freedom and escape from your daily routine.

Glastonbury festival is the only place in England where people don’t complain about the weather; ankle-deep boots and raincoats are well-recognized Glastonbury fashion styles. The truth is, no one really cares because the atmosphere is magical and the music brings people together, no matter how corny that sounds.

2. InMusic Festival, Croatia

InMusic festival in Zagreb is Croatia’s biggest open-air rock festival. It first started as a small festival, but soon it grew into one of the biggest music festivals in the region. It is located in the lake of Jarun with lots of trees that surround all stages. Some of the biggest music stars played here several times like Nick Cave, Róisín Murphy, Massive Attack, the Black Keys, and others.

InMusic started as a hidden music gem and now it is the most desirable summer festival in Europe. In the three days of the festival, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the top music performances of the greatest musicians in the world.

3. Sziget Festival, Hungary

Sziget festival is located on the beautiful island of Óbuda-Island, so-called the Island of Freedom. Prepare for the variety of music genres for 6 days. Not only it offers visitors some of the music performers, from Jamiroquai, Fatboy Slim, and Chemical Brothers, to Alanis Morissette, but also art programs and performances.

The visual appeal of the festival is something special. The installations, the art, and the unusual five-foot puppets that parade among the visitors are just a few to mention. It is an island that never sleeps and it is covered with huge matchstick benches, neon animals, treehouses, and any other bizarre thing that pops to mind. 

4. Exit Festival, Serbia

Exit festival is a place for making new friendships at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad where the festival takes place. At Exit everyone’s music taste is satisfied whether you are into rock, pop, punk, disco, electro, hip hop, or reggae. Some of the best musicians performed here like Bambi Molesters, Neneh Cherry, Roger Sanchez, Dizzie Rascal, and others.

Besides the great music, there are additional activities like karaoke and face-paint points, and if you are up for the weird stuff you can even try sumo wrestling in special costumes. Hey, we are not here to judge!

The tradition of the festival is you can’t leave before sunrise, the most beautiful thing you will see from the Petrovaradin Fortress.

5. Primavera Sound, Spain

Primavera Sound festival is held in Barcelona in a public park on a waterfront, an outstanding setting for stages, bars, and food stands. The festival is a huge urban party where every music genre is represented. Many famous musicians played here, just to mention some of them like Lou Reed, Radiohead, Grinderman, the National, and more.

The festival is sometimes called the Coachella of Europe, a well-deserved nickname. Also, another interesting piece of information is that festival has secret performances. The festival through the app announces the secret shows that take place at pop-up stages literally five minutes before the start.

Primavera is definitely the world in itself with a unique character. There is no better way to welcome summer than at the Primavera festival so pack your bags because the next destination is Barcelona.

Top 5 Music Festivals in Europe

We hope you’ve learned something today, all you have to do now is book your flight!

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