The Ultimate European Festival Guide

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At Idle, summer gets us excited for two reasons; festivals and holidays. So, in honour of these two great things, we have joined them together for the ultimate summer fling. Here is our nifty guide to all of the European festivals you and your friends need to know about for 2018.

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It’s coming to the time of year where we all like to let our hair down a little, and what better way to do this than with friends, sunshine and music? Summer marks the start of festival season and the thrilling prospects of organising all of your summer adventures with your nearest and dearest.

Every year, there are more and more festival choices in the UK, let alone in Europe. So, this year we suggest you throw your summer holiday and festival fun into one event. Let’s face it, you’ll get to explore a new place, be on holiday with your friends and you’ll probably get a lot more of the sun than you would here. It’s a no-brainer, right?

What to wear

The festival season is quickly approaching, so it’s time to decide where you’re going and to pick your festival outfits. So, what to wear? If you’re opting to go abroad to a European festival, you’ll need to take into consideration the hot weather. Hot weather and dancing equate to one thing: sweat. To avoid the embarrassing sweat patch fist pumping, steer away from greys and tight clothing. Take a look at our top picks below.

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Go for a dark shirt so if you, god forbid, get so drenched in sweat, the patches will be less obvious. Avoid denim shorts as they will trap heat, and go for a darker trainer as you’ll 100% ruin a pair of white ones. To finish off your summer festival outfit you’ll need a pair of sunglasses. We would highly recommend taking a cheaper pair, or three, with you.

What to take

Nobody enjoys the strenuous job of packing – we all wish someone could just do it for us. So here’s a little helping hand of some essentials that you don’t want to leave behind. From a good backpack to keep all your stuff in to a pack of Crep Protect wipes for your trainers, we’ve got you covered.

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European Festivals

This month by month European festival guide is here to direct you to your dream summer getaway. Discover the places, the music genres, the general festival vibes and most importantly, the weather, below.

May

5th – 6th, Genres: House, techno, minimal

Average weather: 19°C

Marco Carola’s game-changing Music On Festival is to return bigger and better for its second year. Emboldened by the success of the launch event, next year’s Festival will expand to two days in the weekend of May 5th and 6th to allow for even more international heavyweights to line-up in Amsterdam.

The same sense of techno spectacle that has made Music On famous around the world will be brought to Amsterdam, as will the special spirit and endless enthusiasm that makes the crowd one of the best anywhere. Amsterdam itself is a city that thrives on proper raves and so this coming together is sure to lead to fireworks come May. juActs include Marco Carola, Paco Osuna, The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice, Luciano, Apollonia, Sam Paganini plus more.

Tickets can be bought here.

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Music On’s second festival in Amsterdam is sure to be good
PHOTO CREDIT: Music On

Sea Star Festival – Croatia

24th – 27th, Genres: Dance, House, Electronic

Average weather: 18°C

Brought to you by the EXIT Festival Team, Sea Star is a festival located in Stella Maris, Umag. They headed to Croatia for an all-new Mediterranean spirited location following the success of EXIT’s other festivals (EXIT Festival, Sea Dance Festival and Revolution Festival).

70 performers will occupy six stages throughout the event, with headline acts of Hurts, Robin Schulz and Disciples.

For more on Sea Star Festival take a look at their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Seastar Festival
PHOTO CREDIT: Seastar

Extrema Outdoor – Belgium

18th – 20th, Genres: Techno, House, Electronic

Average weather: 13°C

Extrema Outdoor is located in Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium – a location which promises beaches, lakes, deep forests and other ‘exciting areas’. Describing themselves as an ‘all-out weekend party’, Extrema Outdoor hosts after parties each night until 2am. The festival holds thousands of people, eight insane stage sets and a whole load of DJs. If you enjoy electronic music, unique visuals and a whole lot of face-paint- Extrema Outdoor is the one for you.

Check out the full details on Extrema Outdoor’s websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Extreme Outdoor European Festival, Belgium
PHOTO CREDIT: xofestival.be

June

MDNRTY Cruise

10th – 13th, Genres: house, techno, minimal

Average weather: 27°C

Leaving from Genoa, Italy on June 10th, the MSC Opera will set out across the Mediterranean stopping off in Sardinia and Corsica along the way, returning on June 13th.

Ticket prices are all-inclusive, including cabin accommodation, unlimited food, unlimited drinks, and 24-hour access to dance floors and can be purchased here.

Across 3 days and 3 nights, the cruise will see Ricardo Villalobos, Apollonia, SIT, Ion Ludwig, Osunlade, Black Coffee, Stephan Bodzin and more perform.

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MDRNTY Cruise is back and bigger than ever
PHOTO CREDIT: MDRNTY Cruise

Hideout – Croatia

25th – 29th, Genres: Electronic, Grime, Dance, House

Average weather: 22°C

Everyone has heard of Hideout – one of Croatia’s best-known festivals. This year the likes of AJ Tracey, Bugzy Malone, Dusky and Apollonia will be performing in the hot weather. Hideout is loved for its boat parties, pool parties and beach parties – the perfect holiday vibes with your friends.

Based on Zrce Beach, Croatia, Hideout has sold out since they started in 2011. Now in it’s eighth run, the electronic music festival is guaranteed to deliver, as is the beautiful weather. Now offering payment packages, you can secure your festival ticket, flights, airport transfers and accommodation all in one go.

To get your tickets, and see more on the festival, check out their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Hideout Festival, Croatia
PHOTO CREDIT: Hideout Festival

Roskilde Festival – Denmark

30th June – 7th July, Genres: Indie, Pop, Alternative, Rock

Average weather: 21°C

This year, Roskilde brings 179 artists to their grounds, coming from over 30 countries. With a total of eight stages, the festival, held in Roskilde, Denmark, is bound to hit it off. Roskilde holds a total of 130,000 people and stretches over a whopping 2,500,000 m² of land – so if this is a festival you’re interested in, make sure you take a phone and top up your data.

The festival is located only 35K from Copenhagen and from the nearest airport – nice and convenient. So, who is playing at this huge festival? It’s a fairly mixed bag, with headlines from Eminem, Gorillaz, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Stormzy and Slaves amongst many others.

For further information on Roskilde Festival take a look at their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Roskilde Summer Festival in Denmark, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: Roskilde-festival.dk

Love International – Croatia

27th June – 7th July, Genres: Techno, Electronic, Dance

Average weather: 24°C

Situated in The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, Love International festival brings techno music to the heat. Some of the artists performing are Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO, Bicep and Four Tet. Set up on a private beach, the ‘undiscovered’ waters hold an intimacy amongst the festival-goers. With nine parties and stages combined, you will find yourself on a non-stop adventure.

Find out more on Love International’s websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Love International Summer Festival, Croatia, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: loveinternationalfestival.com

July

Kappa Futur Festival

6th – 8th, Genres: House, Techno, Minimal

Average weather: 26°C

Following on from the first wave of acts, Kappa FuturFestival now pulls more big names out of the bag for the 2018 edition. Taking place from July 7th – 8th at the famous Parco Dora in Torino, the next headliners to be revealed are Amelie Lens, Apparat, Kolsch, Hot Since 82, KiNK, Larry Heard, Paco Osuna, Pan-Pot, Rødhåd and Motor City Drum Ensemble.

The first names out of the bag for this year were Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Solomun, Derrick May, Ilario Alicante, Luciano and Marco Carola. The festival also revealed that this year the famous site has been expanded with an extra stage to go with the usual mix of varied hangouts, grassy chill out zones and plenty of great Italian food and drink.

Tickets available here.

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Kappa Futur Festival is shaping up to be a big one
PHOTO CREDIT: Kappa Futur Festival

Ultra Europe – Croatia

6th – 8th, Genre: Techno, Dance, House, Electronic

Average weather: 24°C

Ultra Europe takes place at the Poljud Stadium, Split, Croatia. They know how to put on a show – expect to see cool light shows and many fireworks for the ultimate summer party. Don’t worry – you’re still able to camp for this festival. Tickets are available for the Ultra Beachville Campsite.

The Chainsmokers, Afrojack, Axwell /\ Ingrosso and Marshmello are amongst some of the names taking over the three days of Ultra Europe.

See more on Ultra Europe on their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Ultra Europe Summer Festival, Croatia
PHOTO CREDIT: ultraeurope.com

Neversea – Romania

7th – 9th, Genre: House, Techno, Drum and Bass

Average weather: 22°C

Taking place in Constanta, Romania, Neversea festival is perfect for all electronic music fans. Neversea is not too far from the airport and the line-up boasts some stellar DJs and artists. With very limited information released yet, we’re keeping a close eye on who will be headlining this top European festival.

The festival is held across five stages and lasts for the weekend.

Check out Neversea’s website, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

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Neversea Festival
PHOTO CREDIT: Neversea Festival

Fresh Island – Croatia

10th – 12th, Genres: Urban, Hip Hop, RNB

Average weather: 24°C

Fresh Island festival is back on the glorious Island of Pag on Zrce Beach, Croatia. Filled with an idyllic mixture of boat parties and club parties, Fresh Island Festival promises to provide all of the good vibes for a whole week (including the pre-parties that run from the 7th to the 9th July and the afterparty on the 13th July). This year, the headliners include Lil Pump, J Hus, Stefflon Don, Tim Westwood and many more. If you’re looking for a perfect July break with some of the best artists around in the best sun you can find, Fresh Island is the one for you.

Take a look at the Fresh Island Festival’s websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Fresh Island Festival, Croatia
PHOTO CREDIT: Fresh Island

Bilbao Live – Spain

12th – 14th, Genres: Electronic, Indie, Alternative 

Average weather: 26°C

Alt J, The XX, Noel Gallagher, Gorillaz and Chemical Brothers are only some of the names appearing at Bilbao Live festival in Spain this July. This festival is one for the culture craze. Whilst out there, make the most of the impressive architecture, the traditional shopping and the grand scenery, including the walk alongside the Nervión River (considered to be the most beautiful walk in Bilbao). If you’re a music fan and a keen surfer, you’re in luck. Surfing is popular on the beaches Arrigunaga, Larrabasterra, Barinatxe and Atxabiribil – all within a 30-minute journey from Bilbao.

Something to bear in mind: Bilbao festival is for all ages, so if you’re after something a little more ‘hardcore’ this may not be for you.

Take a look at Bilbao Live’s websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Bilbao Live Summer Festival, Spain, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: bilbaobbklive.com

Labyrinth Open – Croatia

11th – 14th, Genre: Techno, Dance, House

Average weather: 22°C

On the 8th – 11th of July, Labyrinth Open festival take over Camping Galeb in Croatia, an hour away from Split airport. This over 18 festival is heavily techno based, with the likes of B. Traits, Joris Voorn and Farrago taking centre stage.

The festival holds three stages and hosts numerous boat parties in traditional Croatian style.

For more information head over to Labyrinth Open’s websiteFacebook and Instagram.

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Labyrinth Open Summer Festival. Croatia, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: labyrinthopen.com

EXIT – Serbia

12th – 15th, Genre: Pop, Alternative, Rock, House

Average weather: 23°C

EXIT festival celebrated their 50th anniversary this year, so this year they’re back to impress in style with the likes of Ziggy Marley, Alice Merton, Adam Beyer and many more yet to be announced. Held in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia, EXIT festival will last the duration of three days. The EXIT Festival Team also host Sea Star festival (see above).

Further information is available from their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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EXIT Summer Festival. Serbia, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: exitfest.org

Electric Castle – Romania

18th – 22nd, Genre: 

Average weather: 23°C

Set in the picturesque venue of Banffy Castle, near Cluj-Napoca, in Transylvania, Electric Castle really is one of those events you should add to your bucket list and then promptly check off. With headline acts of the likes of Wolf Alice, Elrow, London Grammar and Netsky, this festival is one that cannot be missed this July. To switch things up (other than the fact this festival is set in a castle) they have made Electric Castle a visual show with innovative technology working to entice you even further with a visual concept. With set constructions, street performers and even stand-up comedy acts, this rare 24-hour festival is one of a kind.

For more information head over to Electric Castle Festival’s websiteFacebook and Instagram.

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Electric Festival
PHOTO CREDIT: Electric Festival

SuncéBeat 8 – Croatia

18th – 25th, Genre: Underground House, Disco, Techno, Soul, R&B, Funk

Average weather: 26°C

SuncéBeat festival pride themselves on their family vibe and ability to unite like-minded souls to enjoy their eight days of music. Described as a ‘carnivalesque festival’, you can expect to see a carefully considered production with a diverse line-up including Roger Sanchez and Kerri Chandler.

SuncéBeat offer a range of accommodation for your visit. With the on-site apartments selling out in a record time this year, take your pick from airstream trailers, wooden boats, village accommodation or glamping tents for the full festival experience.

This festival is held at The Garden, Tisno, Croatia (the same location as Hideout).

Follow SuncéBeat festival and get more information on their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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SunceBeat Summer Festival. Europe, Croatia
PHOTO CREDIT: Suncebeat.com

Parookaville – Germany

20th – 22nd, Genre: House, Techno, Electro

Average weather: 23°C

A baby in terms of their age, Parookaville is a festival based on madness and big production. Based in Airport Weeze, Northern Germany, their stellar line-ups have grown since their inception in 2015 and this year Parookaville have pulled out all the stops.

Headliners such as Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Robin Schulz take the reigns, supported by more than 150 DJs across 15 stages – Parookaville is one to watch.

Keep up to date with all Parookaville, check out their websiteTwitterFacebookInstagram

Parookaville Festival
PHOTO CREDIT: YouTube

Tomorrowland – Belgium

20th – 22nd, 27th – 29th, Genre: House, Dance, Electronic

Average weather: 18°C

Tomorrowland refuse to compromise on anything. Their impressive set designs have taken the festival world by storm over the last few years. Since they started in 2005, the festival has been a quick sellout and the tickets highly sought after. This year, Tomorrowland will be spread out over two weekends in July (20th – 22nd and 27th – 29th).

Headliners include Martin Garrix, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Don Diablo, Adam Beyer and French Montana. The festival is 18+, however, anyone who turns 18 in 2017 will also be permitted entrance.

For more on Tomorrowland take a look at their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Tomorrowland Summer Festival. Belgium, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: tomorrowland.com

Soundwave Festival – Croatia

26th – 30th, Genre: Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Disco, Funk

Average weather: 25°C

This festival is based in The Garden, Tisno, Croatia (the same location as Hideout and SuncéBeat). It invited the masses to enjoy their five-day adventure celebrating music, art, film and more. This year, the festival will be working with artists and illustrators to bring you fresh set designs and even an open-air cinema.

Headline acts for Soundwave’s tenth year include Horse Meat Disco, Loyle Carner, and Mr Scruff. The boat parties are yet to be announced, and again, the tickets are sold separately.

Take yourself off to Soundwave’s websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Soundwave Summer Festival. Croatia, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: soundwavecroatia.com

August

Untold – Romania

2nd – 5th, Genre: House, Electro, Dubstep

Average weather: 21°C

Untold is situated in the heart of Bucharest. The festival boasts various artists and the headliners for 2018’s instalment and it includes some huge names. The festival is split across three stages and is perfect for the best summer getaway with friends.

Take a look at Untold festival’s website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Untold, August
PHOTO CREDIT: YouTube

Sziget Festival – Budapest

8th – 15th, Genre: Dance, Indie, Hip Hop, Pop

Average weather: 25°C

Spanning over eight days, Sziget festival brings some big names including the Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Liam Gallagher and more. To get here, you’ll need to fly to Liszt Ferenc Airport (BUD) where shuttle buses will take you straight to the festival.

With many accommodation options including basic free camping, pre-pitched tents or even wooden cabins, this is bound to be the best summer festival adventure of the year.

Head over now to the Sziget festival website, TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Sziget Summer Festival. Budapest, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: zigetfestival.com

Dreambeach Villaricos – Spain

8th – 12th, Genre: Drum & Bass, Techno, House

Average weather: 25°C

Dreambeach festival takes place on the beach of Villaricos in Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería, Spain. This year, the festival celebrates their sixth Anniversary with the help of B. Traits, Chase & Status, David Guetta and Joris Voorn.

Follow Dreambeach festival on their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Dreambeach Summer Festival. Spain, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: dreambeach.es

Defected – Croatia

9th – 14th, Genre: House, Electronic, Dance

Average weather: 26°C

The infamous Garden Resort Tisno is back for, yet another, Croatian beach festival (I know, there are a lot!). They believe they do all things in the name of house music. This year, playing at Defeated are Derrick Carter, Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez and more.

Head over to the Defeated websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Defected Festival, Croatia
PHOTO CREDIT: Defected

Lowlands – The Netherlands

17th – 19th, Genre: Pop, Alternative, Grime, Rock

Average weather: 18°C

Lowlands Festival is a three-day craze based in Evenemententerrein Walibi Holland at Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands. Describing themselves as the ‘true backpacker’s Garden Of Eden’, they attract people from every direction (55,000 people to be exact) to let their hair down and get stuck into the adventures of Lowlands.

This festival, unlike most, set up a whole village for the inhabitants to enjoy. It’s filled with clothes stalls, CD stores and even a barber shop for a (very) last minute trim. They also have ‘relax rooms’ with brain massages, sports facilities, a sauna and a hot tub area. If this isn’t enough, they promise hot showers over their seven campsites!

Lowland has around 250 different acts performing, including Gorillaz, Kendrick Lemar, Dua Lipa, Stormzy and more over a whopping 12 stages.

For more on Lowlands, head over to their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Lowlands Summer Festival. The Netherlands, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: lowlands.nl

Sonus – Croatia

19th – 23rd, Genres: House, Techno

Average weather: 25°C

You will find Sonus festival situated on Pag Island in Croatia, spread out over five days of house, techno and sun. This year marks their 5th anniversary (a common trend with European festivals this summer).

Taking over the stages of Sonus are house and techno artists such as Adam Beyer, Tale Of Us and Eats Everything.

The first stage tickets have already sold out, so now would be a good time to head over to grab yours. Tickets are for 18+.

For more information on Sonus, take a look at their websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Sonus Summer Festival. Croatia, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: sonus-festival.com

September

Outlook – Croatia

5th – 9th, Genres: Dance, Techno, Electronic, Grime, House

Average weather: 25°C

Now approaching their 11th year, Outlook festival is herding the masses to the Adriatic sea near Pula, Croatia to celebrate their combined love for house, techno and electronic music. Leading the crowd will be J Hus, Bonobo, AJ Tracey and Stefflon Don.

Outlook will throw their opening concert on the 6th, which is located in 2000-year-old Pula arena. The Pula arena is one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in existence and holds only 7,000 – not enough for all the festival goers. Dizzee Rascal will be headlining the concerts and the tickets are sold separately.

Outlook is an 18+ festival, but you can purchase your ticket if you’re 17 but turn 18 before Outlook.
Check out Outlook’s websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.
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Outlook Summer Festival. Croatia, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: outlookfestival.com

Glitch – Malta

14th – 16th, Genres: House, Techno, Electronic

Average weather: 25°C

Glitch is a fairly new festival, debuting last year. Now on year two, the festival welcomes 2,000 techno-fanatics down to the Gianpula fields, Rabat. The line-up is yet to be announced for Glitch, but we’re so sure it’s going to be a great one (if the previous years are anything to go by).

Even though the summer is coming to a close, the weather will still be warm enough in Malta for those last summer feels. The festival age is 17+.

For more on Glitch, head over to their websiteFacebook and Instagram.

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Glitch Summer Festival. Malta Europe
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Oasis – Morocco

14th – 16th, Genres: electronic, Techno

Average weather: 27°C

Oasis is an intimate electronic and techno festival hosted at The Source Music Resort, Marrakech, Morocco. Whilst at the two-day festival, you’ll have access to two stages of music, a swimming pool, yoga classes and lots of food stalls. Playing this year are Avalon Emerson, Carl Cox, William Djoko and more.

Oasis is an 18+ festival.

For more on Oasis head over to their website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Oasis Summer Festival. Morocco, Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: theoasisfest.com

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