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Europe’s best music festivals: Summer 2016

The ultimate guide to your new favourite summer festivals.

Are you already dreaming of sunny afternoons spent watching your favourite bands play?

There’s not much that beats a summer festival in Europe, and here we share five of our top picks for this year.

Sziget festival | Budapest, Hungary | 10th-17th August

Sziget festival | Budapest, Hungary | 10th-17th August


Taking place on a beautiful island in the heart of Budapest, Sziget is one of Europe’s most iconic music festivals. Starting life back in 1993, Sziget boasts over 60 stages and a stellar line-up of music, film, theatre, dance, arts and crafts to name but a few.

This year’s festival spans across an entire week of fun, from Wednesday 10th to Wednesday 17th August.

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Exit festival | Novi Sad, Serbia |7th-10th July

Exit festival | Novi Sad, Serbia |7th-10th July


Held every year at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia’s Novi Sad, Exit festival is one of a kind. Starting life in 2000 as a student movement hoping for freedom across the Balkans, Exit has evolved today into a successful festival with a strong social mission.

Often voted among the world’s top festivals, Exit promises an impressive line-up of music’s best names across a smorgasbord of genres.

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Cactusfestival | Bruges, Belgium | 8th-10th July

Cactusfestival | Bruges, Belgium | 8th-10th July


Born all the way back in 1982, Belgium’s Cactusfestival is a celebration of all things music, with a line-up spanning from rock to pop, jazz to acoustic, and all things in between.

With a stellar collection of music, food, arts and entertainment to enjoy, there’s nothing spikey about this festival. Head to Minnewater Park to see for yourself.

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Meadows in the Mountains | Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria | 10th-13th June

Meadows in the Mountains | Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria | 10th-13th June


If you’re looking for a truly hedonistic festival experience, look no further than Bulgaria’s Meadows in the Mountains. Nestled high in the dreamy Rhodopes Mountains, this is one festival that’s worth the climb.

Offering everything from yoga classes to hula hooping, chilled out vibes to ethereal sunsets, you’ll be sharing the mountains with a few hundred other attendees, all in on the wonderful secret.

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Flow | Helsinki, Finland | 12th-14th August

Flow | Helsinki, Finland | 12th-14th August


If you like your festivals supercool, there’s no better setting than a disused power station in the very capital of cool, Helsinki.

This arty event brings together the world’s top music alongside the city’s best local cuisine, and when the sun comes out, there’s nowhere better to cool off than in the waters of the local beauty spot, Suomenlinna.

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