The Top 5 European Music Festivals

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Summer is the most popular time of year for European travel. While many pack their bags to see ancient ruins, gothic castles, and priceless works of art, others make the trek for the opportunity to catch the best in live music. For those taking a journey with that goal in mind, here are the top five European music festivals.

Roskilde Music Festival
Denmark: Commemorating its 39th year in 2012, this festival is a four day celebration of music, food, and art. The scenic Scandinavian countryside draws people days before the official start, so the good vibes can last even longer than the scheduled activities. Performers in 2012 include Bruce Springsteen, The Cure, Bjork, and Bon Iver.


Isle of Wight Festival
One of the most storied European music festivals, this event has hosted legendary performers like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and The Who since it began back in 1968. The 2012 lineup includes Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, and Elbow.

isle of wright

The Festival Internacional de Benicassim
For four days in July, the tiny town of Benicassim is the site of an all-night party. While most festivals have curfews, this festival doesn’t get started until the evening, lasting well throughout the night. Big names on the 2012 bill include New Order, the Stone Roses, and Florence + the Machine.

festival internacional

Open’er Festival

Open’er is another fest taking place during the heat of July, but this one makes an effort to cater to fans of all musical styles. The event’s seven stages have hosted everything from Cypress Hill to Pearl Jam. Scheduled for 2012 are Public Enemy, Bjork, Franz Ferdinand, Bon Iver, and many more.

opener festival

Pinkpop Festival
Pinkpop, which is one of the first music festivals each summer, began way back in 1970. An estimated 60,000 people show up each year for the three-day festival. Artists lined up for 2012 include Springsteen, The Cure, Soundgarden, and Mumford & Sons.

pinkpop festival

Not planning to make it to any of these countries? Don’t worry. Several other festivals take place in locations such as Germany, Croatia, Hungary, and Scotland. If you’re going to travel to Europe, you won’t have any difficulty identifying which European music festivals are right for you.

Source: “Top 10 European Music Festivals for 2012” ( Accessed May 5, 2012


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