This year’s European music festival season promises to be bigger and better than ever before: from blissed-out beach-side vibes, hot live music in cool cities and rock gigs with enough bass to melt the ceiling, there’s something for everyone!
TIME WARP – Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany – 5 April 2014
Calling all techno fans! The fast and furious Time Warp festival takes place in Mannheim and the 20th birthday bash promises to be louder than ever. 2014’s show stopping line-up includes Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Josh Wink and many others. Time Warp Buenos Aires runs from 30-31 May 2014.
SONISPHERE – Across Europe – From 28 May 2014
The well-known touring music festival hits several key destinations for 2014, including Helsinki (28 May), Oslo (1 June), Hamburg (4 June), Basel (4 July) and Stevenage (6 July) – and the line-up has got serious metal fans all abuzz, with non other than the awesome Metallica making an appearance at all the dates above!
EXIT – Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia – 10 – 14 July 2014
Exit festival is the one by which all others are judged – thanks to last year’s award for the Best Major Festival. 2014 promises to be just as lively, with Skrillex, Koven and Rudimental already confirmed.
MELT – Ferropolis, Germany – 18 – 20 July 2014
Another award winning European festival, the annual Melt gathering returned to Germany’s City of Iron. And with an impressive line-up spanning indie, rock and pop, confirmed artists include Haim, Jagwar Ma, Dixon and Metronomy.
B’ESTFEST – Bucharest, Romania – 30 July – 2 August 2014
The cultural city of Bucharest hosts the annual B’estfest Summer Camp festival, where the lakeside park sets up three stages with rock, indie and electronic all taking center stage.
OFF FESTIVAL – Katowice, Poland – 2 – 4 August 2014
Poland’s popular OFF Festival specialises in showcasing the very best alternative artists on the scene, including Neutral Milk Hotel, Glenn Branca, Holden, Oranssi Pazuzu and Perfume Genius.
BARRAKUD – Pag, Croatia – 9 – 16 August 2014
The loud and lively Croatia Barrakud festival features stellar acts from the techno and house world, including Dubfire, Philipp & Cole and the superb Sven Vath. Stay a little longer and enjoy the beautiful island of Pag with its beach-side clubs and famous boat parties.
SZIGET – Budapest, Hungary – 11 – 18 August 2014
You’ll need to go hard or go home at the full-on week-long Sziget Festival which is the gem of Eastern Europe. The non-stop party is hosted in the very heart of Budapest with an impressive line-up including Jake Bugg, Queens of the Stone Age and Macklemore.
ADE – Amsterdam, Netherlands – 15 – 19 October 2014
Just because it’s October, doesn’t mean that the festival season stops! Party on at the Ade festival which has more than 300 events and 2,000 DJ’s spread across 80 venues. The Amsterdam Dance Event has become the most important dance and electronic global music conference, akin to the annual Miami Winter Music Conference.