Your 2013 guide to Europe’s biggest and best music festivals

Your 2013 guide to Europe’s biggest and best music festivals

As summer slowly comes to an end our days of sun, beach and music will be put on hold for a few months. For those that like to keep the summer vibes going, Europe’s Summer Music festival is the perfect destination. This year’s festival line up is definitely not to be missed and should be enough to entice anyone to venture on an unscheduled escape from the Australian winter.

So here it is – your essential guide to the best times to be had in 2013!

Sónar, Spain: June 13th

Sónar, Spain: June 13th

Join 80,000 revelers in sunny Spain to celebrate the annual festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art with performances by Kraftwerk, Skrillex and the Pet Shop Boys. You’ll come away wanting more.


Defqon. 1, Holland: June 21st

Defqon. 1, Holland: June 21st

This one is a huge indulgence of some of the best hard style and trance music around.


InMusic Festival, Croatia: June 24th

Croatia’s biggest open air festival held on the shores of Lake Jarun in Zagreb. Catch performances by Iggy and the Stooges, Editors and Basement Jaxx.


Glastonbury, England: 26th June
Glastonbury, England: 26th June

The ultimate music pilgrimage! While it’s not all hippies and free love nowadays, there is still a sense of spiritualness associated with its location. The lineup this year is a real killer with almost too many acts to count. Portishead, Arctic Monkeys and Crystal Castle, among others, will be gracing the crowd with their presence.


Exit, Serbia: July 10th

Exit, Serbia: July 10th

Considered one of Europe’s most exciting festivals and set in a fortress. What’s not to like! This year looks to satisfy even the fussiest of music lover with Eric Prydz, Bloc Party and Fatboy Slim performing.


Tomorrowland, Belgium: July 26th

Tomorrowland, Belgium: July 26th

People come far and wide to witness the king of the electronic music scene. In 2012, the event hosted 185,000 people, and if that’s anything to go by this year will kick with acts from Tiësto, Avicii and Steve Aoki, sure to please. Unfortunately if you haven’t already got tickets, you’ll have to wait until next year.


Oxegen festival, Ireland: August 3rd

The Irish solution to music festivals! 2013 will bring dance acts for the first time, steering away from its traditional rock and pop roots. This year will see Calvin Harris, Snoop Dog and Soulwax blow the proverbial roof off this place.


Sziget Festival, Hungary: August 5th

Sziget Festival, Hungary: August 5th

Sziget has grown from a student event to one of the largest rock festivals in Europe. If you’re worried about being an outsider don’t be, over half of the crowd come from outside Hungary! And with Aussie psychedelic rock band Tame Impala performing, you’ll feel right at home.


Lowlands, Holland: August 16th

The Dutch remedy to the ordinary, hosting a great combination of rock, pop and dance genres. Look forward to Band of Horses, Disclosure and Nine Inch Nails.

Looks like it will be a great summer of music festivals in Europe. Need more information? Head to Festival Searcher for your comprehensive guide to every upcoming festival.

Written by: Justin Hendry

Photo credits: Eva Rinaldi, e3000 , Opethpainter , oh-barcelona , matski_98 , exitfestival , Felix Gein