While Europe is perhaps more well-known for its history, cities, and cheap flights, it is also home to some of the World’s largest and most renowned music festivals. With massive music events that cover a wide array of genres, people come from all over the World to be part of these huge musical experiences. In researching European music festivals I noticed one thing, there are dozens of them! So, in order to compile a top list I decided I needed to talk to some experts. For this, I reached out to the online travel company JustFly. As a tourism company, JustFly is keenly aware of these kinds of festivals and was able to put together a list for me. These are the top three music festivals in Europe according to JustFly’s review.
Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium
The very first edition of Tomorrowland took place in 2005. An electronic music festival, Tomorrowland takes place in the aptly named Boom, Belgium. Located near Antwerp, this festival has grown to become one of the World’s largest and most notable music festivals in the world, winning multiple awards over the last decade of Tomorrowland Festivals. Some notable artists that have graced the Tomorrowland stage include Skrillex, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki. The festival itself has expanded over the years, incorporating themes and holding related festivals in both the United States and Brazil.
Glastonbury – Glastonbury, England
The Glastonbury Festival has existed in some form since 1970. While the first decade of the festival was rather transient, the festival has been going steady since 1981 with the exception of a five year rule which allows for a break every five years as a respite for the locals, land, and organizers. The festival is the largest greenfield festival, attracting a minimum of 135,000 people every year. Originally conceived as a festival to host hippy and counter culture, it has since grown to become a huge festival for rock and pop bands. Some famous bands that have played this festival include David Bowie, The Smiths, The Cure, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, and Adele.
Sonar Festival – Barcelona, Spain
The Sonar Festival has been a yearly event in Barcelona, Spain since 1994. Divided into two events, Sonar By Day and Sonar By Night, this festival is an electronic music festival that also incorporates art, technology, and cinema. The event has had some very famous acts including Daft Punk, Beastie Boys, The Roots, and Skrillex.
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