Our pick of the best festivals across Europe this summer
SZIGET FESTIVAL Weds 8 – Weds 15 Aug Budapest, Hungary
Situated in Budapest, Hungary, get ready for an eight-day epic featuring artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Shawn Mendes, Liam Gallagher, Bastille, Stormzy, and The Kooks. Ticket prices range from €79 for a day ticket, to a seven-day pass for €325.
As for accommodation? There’s a huge variety! From basic camping (free), to VIP Camping (€189) complete with a Swimming pool, or a pre-pitched tent, there’s something for everyone. There’s also a Podpads Village, where the accommodation is one-of-a-kind, ready for your unique stay.
This festival is also notable for what it calls its “Love Revolution”. With emphasis on diversity, the movement aims to: create a peaceful world sans war and nuclear threats; share an environment that tolerates race, religion or sexual identity; implement environmental sustainable options, and respect everyone’s human rights. This community was founded 25 years ago, based on the idea of creating a dream nation, whilst celebrating cultures from across the globe. This is needed more than ever before.
EXIT FESTIVAL Thurs 12 – Sun 15 July Novi Sad Serbia
Situated in the 18th century colossal Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, EXIT Festival began as a student movement which is credited with the downfall of an oppressive regime. Although no longer as political as it once was, it is still worthwhile to attend this Summer. The festival has hosted world music stars across more than thirty stages since its inception in 2000. Some of the artists who will be performing this year are David Guetta and Martin Garrix, Grace Jones (described as a “living legend”), Fever Ray, Jax Jones, and with more to come.
The surroundings to the festival also make it an attractive and well situated venue. The Strand beach is located only twenty minutes away from the festival; it’s a great way to explore the Danube river. EXIT Festival’s camping area is right on; with warm weather in July, it’s the ideal place to be after you finish for the day. The city of Novi Sad is also a cultural capital, and has even been recognised as the European Youth Capitial 2019.
PUKKELPOP FESTIVAL Weds 15 – Sat 18 Aug Hasselt, Belgium
Are you in need of a quick getaway for August, that’s not as far as some European festivals are? Then you have come to the right place! Popular acts appearing at Belgium’s Pukkelpop include Dua Lipa, Imagine Dragons, Jess Glynne, Kendrick Lamar and The Wombats. There are other artists to expand your tastes, including as A-Trak, A.M.C & Turno, AliA, Amber Run, Arcade Fire, Aurora, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Bazart, Bearcubs, Belly, Bicep Live, The Black Angels, Call Super, Cigarettes After Sex, Deaf Havana, dirk, Friction, and Horse Meat.
Day tickets are €120, and Combi tickets (including the price of public transport) are €205. Camping is free of charge at the Camping Relax, but there are other options available. You can even upgrade your accommodation to include more ‘Glamping’. And for the ‘foodie’ in you, there’s a huge amount to keep you from feeling hungry. If you’re vegetarian, or partial to fast food, this festival has it all in its specially designated area, Food Wood. Soft drinks and beer can be bought throughout the site, and food tokens are available for purchase online.