10 unmissable European music festivals in 2019
Festival fans rejoice! Glastonbury will be back in 2019, along with a host of amazing UK festivals.
But for those that like to throw a little travel into their summer festival lineup, there are some equally awesome music events just a short trip from the UK.
Here are 10 European festival experiences to consider making plans for in summer 2019...
Roskilde Festival 2019
Where: Roskilde (Denmark)
When: June 29 - July 6, 2019
Festival lineup highlights: Nothing’s been announced yet. But the 2018 festival saw some MASSIVE acts including Eminem, Bruno Mars, Cardi B and Gorillaz.
The largest festival in northern Europe packs in a whopping 160,000 fans across eight days of revelry (four days of warm up, four days of music).
Roskilde Festival’s lineup always delivers a good mix of today’s hottest artist, so it'd be a safe bet if you wanted to take advantage of early bird ticket prices.
FIB Benicàssim Festival 2019
Where: Benicàssim (Spain)
When: July 18-21, 2019
Festival lineup highlights: No artists to report as of yet. But last year saw some amazing sets from the likes of Liam Gallagher, Travis Scott, The Killers and The Pet Shop Boys.
If you like your festivals sunny, Benicàssim might be the one for you.
Spain’s Costa del Azahar becomes home to some of the hottest acts in live music in July. No wonder it's one of the biggest music festivals in Europe.
If it all gets a bit much though, you can always take five on the sandy beaches and sip a cocktail until you’re ready for more.
Ultra Europe 2019
Where: Poljud Stadium, Split (Croatia)
When: July 12-14 , 2019
Festival lineup highlights: Still under wraps. Ultra Europe 2018 featured the likes of The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz and Marshmello.
Ultra’s worldwide festival (there are events in 20 countries) has been coming to Croatia since 2013 - and it’s back for 2019!
The hottest acts in electronic music turn out for this weekender every year, so expect more of the same big names to be announced for the 2019 lineup.
Rock Werchter 2019
Where: Werchter Festivalpark (Belgium)
When: June 27-30, 2019
Festival lineup highlights: The Cure have already been confirmed for Rock Werchter 2019! Last year saw Queens of the Stone Age rock the Belgium festival (see above video of them inviting Spider-Man on stage).
Around 150k festivalgoers rock up to Rock Werchter every year for the four-day music extravaganza - and the lineup news is already trickling in with the announcement of The Cure!
Rock Werchter is clearly a popular choice for some of the world’s biggest acts. The 2018 edition of the festival saw Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam, The Killers, Jack White and Noel Gallagher all on the same lineup.
It’s basically Rock Heaven.
Primavera Sound 2019
Where: Barcelona (Spain) and Porto (Portugal)
When: May 30 - June 1, 2019 (Barcelona) and June 7-9 (Porto)
Festival lineup highlights: Arctic Monkeys, A$AP Rocky, Bjork, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Lorde all performed at Primavera Sound 2018.
Another entry for the Mediterranean in our list... Primavera Sound takes place across two countries and features a decent mix of pop, rock, hip-hop and dance acts.
More than 190,000 people attend the award-winning festival every year.
Rock am Ring 2019
Where: Mendig (Germany)
When: June 7- 9, 2019
Festival lineup highlights: A few acts have been announced already: Die Arzte, Marteria & Casper, U.V.M… but no huge international artists as of yet. But expect the likes of Foo Fighters, Muse and Thirty Seconds To Mars.
Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring in English) is another must for the travelling music fan who wants to see all the top rock acts in one place AND get a taste of Germany at the same time.
Rock im Park (Rock in the Park) was later launched in Nuremberg as a way of offering the festival lineup to a new audience. Both festivals take place over the same three days and are considered the same event (a bit like Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK).
Sziget Festival 2019
Where: Budapest (Hungary)
When: August 7-13, 2019
Festival lineup highlights: Ed Sheeran! The UK chart sensation is the first confirmed act for 2019 and the festival has promised a huge lineup.
More than just music, Sziget Festival is Europe’s answer to Burning Man with hundreds of artistic performances on offer.
But unlike the Nevada Desert event, Sziget also attracts huge names in pop music (Ed Sheeran has already been confirmed for 2019).
So if it’s culture, music and the beach you’re looking for, Sziget packs it all into one little island.
Mad Cool Festival 2019
Where: Madrid (Spain)
When: July 11-13
Festival lineup highlights: No lineup to report yet. But considering they landed Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Dua Lipa and Arctic Monkeys in 2018 - chances are the 2019 festival will be killer.
Last entry for Spain, we promise (it is an amazing country to travel to for a festival - they really know how to party over there).
The young festival started in 2016 and since then managed to pull in some HUGE acts for their 2018 edition including Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode and Dua Lipa.
Unfortunately, the 2018 festival was plagued with organisational mishaps (including HOURS of queueing to get in) - but we imagine they’ll be working hard to turn that around for next year.
MORE: Check out our interview with Portugal. The Man from Mad Cool Festival 2018
Exit Festival 2019
Where: Petrovaradin Fortress (Serbia)
When: July 4-7, 2019
Festival lineup highlights: Exit Festival usually boasts an eclectic mix of artists, but so far none have been announced.
If you can only go to one European festival in 2019, go to one in a fortress!
The Petrovaradin Fortress grounds become home to Exit Festival for four days in July - and it’s perfect for the festivalgoer who likes a bit of everything.
Previous editions of the ‘Best Overseas Festival’ award-winner have seen performances from Liam Gallagher, The Killers and David Guetta.
Where: Boom (Belgium)
When: July 19-28, 2019
Festival lineup highlights: Tomorrowland is a big deal in the world of EDM, so expect big name acts like David Guetta, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix.
Reach for the lasers! Tomorrowland is THE European festival for dance music aficionados.
As well as the biggest names in dance music, Tomorrowland also boasts some seriously impressive stage designs that would put Walt Disney to shame.
Can’t wait until the summer? There’s also a Tomorrowland Winter (which, oddly, takes place in March).
Stay tuned to LineUp for more unmissable events from around the world.