By: Tia S.
Summer is arriving quickly, and I’m sure everyone has begun making plans so that their time away from school can really be enjoyed. Whether you’re staying in Italy or travelling abroad, there are many things to do and see. In my opinion, one of the best things to do in the summer is to attend a festival, and Europe is flooded with them during the summer. Festivals are a great way to enjoy music, explore your artistic side, experience new things, and meet like-minded people. Here you will find some of the best and hottest festivals in Europe this summer, and don’t worry, there’s something here for everyone.
- Roskilde Festival- Roskilde, Denmark (June 25-July 2)
At the top of the list of essential European music festivals there is the Roskilde Festival, a four day bash full of big-name stars, some of the past ones being Bruce Springsteen and The Roots. This year artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wiz Khalifa, Bring Me the Horizon, House of Pain, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Chvrches, and M83 will be appearing there. Attendees often arrive early to the four-day warm up to camp, swim, and run naked.
- Secret Solstice- Reykjavik, Iceland (June 17-19)
This utterly surreal location and 72 straight hours of daylight make the Secret Solstice one of the wonders of the festival world. Unlike most music festivals, the Secret Solstice provides guests with a one-of-a-kind experience: dancing all weekend long under the midnight sun. It’s returning for its third edition this year bringing a diverse lineup of artists such as Radiohead and Of Monsters and Men.
- World Body Painting Festival- Portschach, Austria (June 27-July 3)
If you’d rather go for something a little more creative, there’s the World Body Painting Festival, a weird and wonderful gathering of some of the best body artists in the world. It is probably one of the most colorful festivals you are ever going to see, and over 40 countries attend, each trying to do their best to shock and entertain the audience.
- La Tomatina- Buñol, Spain (August 31)
During La Tomatina, the streets of Buñol turn into a free-for-all food fight. Trucks haul in over 130,000 kilos of juicy tomatoes, and at the sound of a blasting rocket, the main event begins. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
- Wilderness Festival- Charlbury, England (August 4-7)
With live music, theater, yoga, sports, gourmet food, dancing, and craft workshops, the Wilderness Festival can pretty much be anything you want it to be. This festival has a reputation for being a free-spirited and hippie-esque center for the middle class, earning it the nickname “Poshstock”. If you’re looking for a place to relax, blow some bubbles, and enjoy the bohemian vibe of Charlbury, the Wilderness Festival is for you.
- Fusion Festival- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (June 29-July 3)
Fusion is located on an abandoned military base in the middle of nowhere, and thrives on the spirit of inclusion. It is best described as a “parallel society” based on installation, interaction, and communication through music, performance, theater, and cinema. It draws in free-thinkers, eclectic music lovers, artists, and fans of the experimental.
- Tomorrowland- Boom, Belgium (July 22-24)
DJ gods have been dropping beats at this festival for decades, and have created what is arguably the world’s best dance party. It’s storybook setting and electronic music set this festival apart from the rest, and allows you to step into a world of trippy electronic music and fantasy.
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe- Edinburgh, Scotland (August 5-29)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, and each summer the city is turned into a canvas of human creativity. With a program of over 40,000 performances, 3,000 distinct shows and artists from nearly 50 different countries, it is not a surprise that nearly 2 million people come to to this festival every year.