Europe’s Best Festivals for Every Music Taste in Summer 2020


By Maxwell Livesey, Second Year Law

From a small Swiss town to the party capital of Croatia, Europe offers a wide range of music festivals. In this article, Maxwell Livesey shortlists some of the best European summer festivals so that you can pick the place to rave for you.

European music festivals attract thousands of people each summer, as people travel abroad with friends to see all their favourite artists perform. With a multitude of festivals however, it can be difficult to decide where to travel and which artists to see. Here is a roundup of some of the top music festivals in Europe this summer.

Openair Frauenfeld, 9 – 11 July

Openair Frauenfeld has to be at the top of the music festival list for any fans of rap/hip-hop. The festival has seen some of rap’s biggest artists, including Eminem, Travis Scott and J. Cole, and the headliners who have been announced for this summer include Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky and Meek Mill.

Located in a small town in northern Switzerland, Frauenfeld hosts 170,000 people for one of the largest hip-hop festivals in Europe. With beautiful, warm weather and large crowds, the atmosphere over the weekend is incredible.

Although Switzerland is generally expensive, 3-day tickets start at CHF 255 (the equivalent of roughly £200), which is similar to other festivals.

NOS Alive, 9 – 11 July

Located just outside Lisbon, NOS Alive is one of summer’s most exciting music festivals. With a line-up that includes Kendrick Lamar, Jorja Smith, Billie Eilish and Two Door Cinema Club, the festival caters for a variety of music tastes.

Portugal’s southern coastline is beautiful and picturesque, making it an ideal location for crowds to bask in the sun and watch their favourite acts perform. Due to the nocturnal schedule of the festival, festivalgoers are given the opportunity to explore Lisbon and surrounding areas.

Tickets for the festival start at €69 for daily tickets and €159 for a 3-day ticket.

Ultra Europe, 10 – 12 July

Ultra Europe hosts some of the biggest electronic music artists in the world, for an action-packed weekend. The line-up this year includes Afrojack, David Guetta and Marshmello with many more names to come.

The festival takes place in Croatia, in the coastal city of Split, which boasts beautiful, summer weather and spectacular scenery. Throughout the day festivalgoers are able to enjoy the beaches and the festival’s two dance parties, Ultra Beach and Regatta Party, on nearby islands.

Tickets for the 3-day festival start at €159.

Benicàssim, 16 – 19 July

Just north of Valencia, in the small beach town of Benicàssim, where thousands of people come to watch artists perform until sunrise. The festival boasts artists from a range of genres, so you will definitely be able to see your favourite artists regardless of your taste in music. Artists performing this summer include Khalid, Vampire Weekend, Martin Garrix, Liam Gallagher and Rita Ora.

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