Are you summering in Europe? Well, then there’s a festival almost everywhere you’re planning to be. We give you the lowdown of what’s happening with this first part of our roundup of major European music festivals. We start with Download, the baddest biggest rock festival in Britain, but let’s get this one out of the way…
Glastonbury (24th -28th June):
If you don’t have tickets or don’t know anyone foolish enough to sell you their tickets don’t read any further; the line up is going to make you cry. Florence + the Machine, Kanye West, Patti Smith, Suede, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus, Hozier … I can go on. If you do have tickets, then refer to our post on camping and surviving it.
Download festival (12-14 June 2015):
If you’re as sick of electronic music as we are and prefer guitar smashing riffs and actual instruments – please note, I do not say music, Download is the place to be. Held annually in Donington Park in Leicestershire, it is one of the two major British Rock festivals, the other being Sonisphere. The festival began with two stages in 2003, which has increased to six. The line up is always smashing and the sets are long- Linkin Park played their debut album, Hybrid theory, in 2014, in its entirety. 2015 is a smorgasbord of big band names with Slipknot, Blackstone Cherry, Muse & Marilyn Manson headlining over three days; Billy Idol and Kiss are thrown in for good measure. With bands like Malefice and Body count, this is not for the fainthearted. Tickets are still available and start at 82 pounds for a one-day entry.
Rock Wechter (25th June – 28th June):
If you’re bummed out about missing Glastonbury, it seems most of that entire rock lineup decided to fly to Belgium next. This annual festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven since 1976 is one of the European big five and has Florence + the Machine, Foo Fighters, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers headlining along with the gorgeous Chet Faker and Hozier. And again, it’s all sold out but maybe you have some friends in Belgium, just maybe.
But tickets are still available for Roskilde!
Roskilde Festival (27th June – 4th July):
Held in the south of Denmark, Roskilde is the largest annual Greenfield festival in the world and attracts approximately 135,000 visitors. It’s also one of the oldest of the big five and traces it’s roots to 1971 and runs for eight days. 1978 was the year Bob Marley played here along with Elvis Costello, what a show that must have been! Headliners for this year are Florence + the Machine (she gets around doesn’t she?), Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Muse Disclosure and Pharell Williams. Tickets start at 980 Danish Krona for one-day entry.
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