There are some fantastic music festivals in Europe featuring everything from rock to pop music and everything inbetween. Jetting off to a festival in sunnier climes is hugely popular and a trip that thousands make from the UK every year – and you could be one of them! Guarantee a decent nights sleep prior to boarding the plane by booking an airport hotel (some great value ones can be found here https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/book/gatwick-airport-hotels) and getting your holiday off to the best possible start. After all, sleeping is probably going to be the last thing on your mind once you get to your chosen destination! Some great overseas festivals to consider this year are:
If a sun-drenched beach is your ideal venue for a party, look no further than Burriana in Castellon. This beautiful expanse of coastline becomes home to Arenal Sound between the 31st of July and the 3rd of August this year – a massive festival featuring the likes of Placebo, Die Antwoord, Bastille, Knife Party, Boys Noise DJ Set and many more national and international music acts. Featuring a music village, beach club, boat and camping grounds for those wanting to take in the entire festival, it’s a musical extravaganza featuring some of the world’s best artists in a beautiful setting.
Another big music festival in Spain, this time in Barcelona, Sonar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art. On the 12th, 13th and 14th of June, Fira Monjuic and Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet come alive with the sounds of Massive Attack, Richie Hawtin, Rudimental, Caribou, DJ Nigga Fox and Pau Roca, among others, to set the Barcelona nights alight with the sound of electronic music. A must see for electro music enthusiasts.
Isle of MTV
On the 25th of June, Il Fosos Square in Floriana, near Malta’s capital Valletta, comes alive with the beat of pop’s most popular artists. This free music festival attracts people from all over the globe and is incredibly popular in Malta, guaranteeing a huge turnout. 2014 sees headliners such as Afro Jack, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Rudimental performing and promises to be yet another huge hit. In the week leading up to the Isle of MTV, Malta plays host to many national and international stars throughout the island so it’s well worth visiting for the entire week and catching as much musical action as you can.
Gibraltar Music Festival
If it’s a little piece of Britain in the sun you’re looking for, look no further than Gibraltar. This British enclave adjoining Southern Spain offers the familiar with a lot of sunshine thrown in for good measure. The Gibraltar Music Festival sees numerous national and international artists appearing each year and is a day long festival of fun and music. This year it’s held on the 6th of September and James Arthur is headlining. In previous years Jessie J, UB40, Emelie Sandie, Olly Murs, Texas, Paragon and Lawson have all appeared, so it’s a real crowd pleaser and makes for a fantastic day (and night) out for those looking for a change from Glasto and Reading this year.
With countries all over Europe playing host to some amazing concerts and festivals this year you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you’re a music fan, why not think outside the box with a further flung festival this year?