Are you a fan of quality music and want to spend your next trip enjoying the scenery of different European hotspots at the same time being in the spotlight of the best music? Then this calendar of popular European music festivals for 2017 is for you!
It’s a diverse calendar as there are going to be music festivals in almost every corner of Europe to satisfy your need to have an active, culturally unique and memorable time.
Below are the top 5 most popular and fun music festivals of 2017 that will make you want to start planning your next trip to Europe. Hopefully it’ll help you narrow it down from the vast choice! If you sometimes need a nudge for planning what to do, I’d always suggest online research’ try Reviews Bee and go from there.
So here we go!
1. A Summer’s Tale, Luhmühlen, Germany
2nd – 5th August, 2017
For those who enjoy being in the beautiful surroundings of nature, a Summer’s Tale would be the best choice. This open-air music festival is held right in the middle of trees and moors of the stunning countryside of Germany.
The festival debuted in 2015 and gained incredible popularity in just 2 years. During the festival you will hear international and local multi-genre music, as well as having one of your most memorable cultural, creative and outdoor experiences. Definitely one for Instagram!
This year the line-up includes prominent performers like the Pixies, PJ Harvey, Feist, Birdy, Elements of Crime, Franz Ferdinand and others.
The name of the festival is actually true – due to the diversity of such events as concerts, readings, film screenings, performances and lectures, art related events, workshops, family activities, poetry readings, Japanese tea ceremonies, and meditation time, you will feel like you’re in a real summer’s tale!
2. Off Festival, Katowice, Poland
4th – 6th August, 2017
Over the past 10 years this small festival has gained an cult following, not only among the locals of Poland but also for international guests. What’s better than enjoying the beautiful scenery of the south-western part of Poland while listening to music?
The Off Festival owes its success to the great number of intriguing and interesting artists that honour its stage with their performances every year. This year you can enjoy the beautiful music and songs of such performers as Feist, PJ Harvey, Anna von Hausswolff and Anna Meredith.
Above all, you will have the chance of being present at the literary evening of afrofuturist Moor Mother who will carry out an experimental poetry and performance project.
Immerse yourself into the world of Polish culture and international music while enjoying the pleasant summer sun!
3. Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic, Vic, Spain
13th – 17th September, 2017
Here is a festival that offers a real convergence of musical minds and styles coming from a wide variety of sectors of the music industry – a one-of-a-kind festival, exactly as you’d expect from the incomparable Spanish culture.
Held for 4 days in September the Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic (MMVV) enables you to not only be present at the great concerts of different performers at the same time getting to know the Spanish culture through the ancient town Vic, but also to enjoy the so called Velvet season, otherwise known as the Indian summer of the country.
Don’t miss the chance of taking delight in listening to the melodies of Catalonia, Spain and the Mediterranean while being amidst the lush green hills and mountains.
There will be both free open-air and venue ticketed concerts – both options guarantee you a memorable experience.
4. Into the Valley, Estonia & Sweden
29th June – 1st July, Estonia; 10th – 12th August, Sweden
Into the Valley takes place in both Estonia and Sweden, making it totally unique. The festival launched in 2015 in Sweden and had a great success in a short time. As a result, the organisers decided to hold it not only in its “birthplace” but also in the beautiful sites of Estonia.
The setting in Rummu, Estonia where the first event of the festival takes place in the presence of an abandoned prison, as well as a peaceful blue lake. It’s a mysterious and enjoyable setting, perfect for the acoustics of a music event.
Held in August, the second part in Sweden is located in Stora Vika. The actual concerts and music festival will be carried out in an abandoned factory where you’ll have the chance to listen to such musicians as Sonja Moonear, Magda and Answer Code Request. (Perhaps my personal favourite).
5. Outlook, Pula, Croatia
7th – 10th September, 2017
Spend the first three days of Autumn with the incredible musical sounds and melodies of Outlook Festival held in Croatia. The festival takes place in an old abandoned military installation called Fort Punta Christo in the Croatian city of Pula turning it into a unique and unusual concert hall for the entire weekend.
During this bass-oriented music festival you’ll have the chance to enjoy the vibes of dubstep, grime, reggae, urban and drum N’ bass music. There are lots of stages hiding in the tunnels and moats of the castle for you to discover.
Dive into the Croatian culture and the musical diversity of the Outlook festival – just remember to check availability so you’e not disappointed. If you have time for an extended break, try out Split and Sibenik.
So, which one appeals the most to you? Have you been to one before? Let me know with a comment below.