Best European music festivals for 2022

Roskilde, June 25-July 2 (Roskilde, Denmark)

Promising a combined program of “music, art, activism, camps and freedom”, Roskilde – often called the Dane’s answer to Glastonbury – is a gem of the cultural world, its mission feeling even more appropriate post-Covid. Catch sets from Dua Lipa, Tyler, the Creator, Haim and Fountains DC in a beautiful green setting. Weekend tickets are sold out, but some day tickets are available here.

Open’er, June 29-July 2 (Gdynia, Poland)

Spend your mornings exploring the beaches of the Baltic Sea coast (and the wonderfully affordable bars and restaurants) and your evenings watching the world’s greatest artists; Open’er has a lot of both. From American sensation Doja Cat to the Chemical Brothers and Little Simz, this one is worth checking out. Tickets are available here.

Rolling Loud Portugal, July 6-8 (Portimão, Portugal)

The Portuguese version of Rolling Loud (the festival has a sister event in Miami, Florida) will see the beach town of Portimão play host to some of hip-hop’s biggest stars, including A$AP Rocky, J. Cole and Future. as British grime pioneers Skepta and AJ Tracey. Tickets are available here.

NOS Alive, July 6-9 (Lisbon, Portugal)

With flights from Stansted to Lisbon currently costing less than £50, it seems rude not to book a ticket to one of Portugal’s top festivals: do it and you can enjoy sets from Metallica, Imagine Dragons, alt- J and Phoebe Bridgers before tasting it all. that the capital has to offer when you return to your accommodation from the festival site. Tickets are available here.

Mad Cool, July 6-9 (Madrid, Spain)

Never has a festival been so perfectly suited to the tastes of guitar purist fathers: With sets from Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse and Placebo, Mad Cool guarantees a good time with sweaty crowds under the Spanish sun. . Full weekend tickets are sold out.

Bilbao BBK Live, July 7-9 (Bilbao, Spain)

Filled with some of Europe’s most interesting architectural and cultural sights, Bilbao is a hidden gem that often gets overlooked compared to the more popular Spanish cities. But let this year’s festival be your reason to travel, as huge artists like LCD Soundsystem, Pet Shop Boys, Bicep and Supergrass take to the stage against the backdrop of lush green hills. Tickets are available here.

EXIT, July 7-10 (Novi Sad, Serbia)

The gem of the Eastern European music crowd returns for its 22nd year, with a stellar lineup that ranges from classic rock with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to electronic, courtesy of Calvin Harris and German DJ Boris Brejcha . One of the few European events to offer on-site camping, you can get a group of friends together to pitch a tent and feel right at home in the UK…just drier. Tickets are available here.

Tomorrowland, July 22-24 and 29-31 (Boom, Belgium)

A rite of passage for any electronic music lover, Tomorrowland is more of a hovering Disneyland than a standard music festival. Taking place for the first time since the pandemic, superstar DJs like Diplo, Eric Prydz and Armin van Buuren will all flock to the gloriously onomatopoeic town of Boom, Belgium, for two weekends in July. Tickets will go on sale February 26.

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