26 of Europe’s Best Electronic and Pop Music Festivals

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There’s no better way to discover Europe than through its music festivals

 

Europe is all about peace, unity and free movement of people. Yes, the European Union, but also the music festivals that have become iconic on the continent during the entirety of the EU’s existence. Whether you prefer dancing to electronic music or singing along to pop, these are Europe’s 26 best music festivals.

 

Check out Europe’s best electronic music festivals here:

 

1. July 7-9: Extrema Outdoor |  2. July 8: By the Creek 2017  |   3. July 14-August 14: GEM Fest

4. July 15-17: Sea You Festival  |   5. July 21-22: ElectroSplash  |  6. July 22: Welcome to the Future

7. July 27-29: SummerFun Laredo  |   8. July 29-30: Milkshake Festival   |  9. August 3-5: Let It Roll

10. August 3-5: Lovefest  |   11. August 4-6: Cirque Magique

12. August 7: SMAG Sundance Openair Festival  |  13. August 19: Holi Fusion Festival

14. August 20-24: Sonus  |  15. August 25-28: Mysteryland

16. August 26-27: South West Four  |  17. September 7-10: Outlook Festival

18. September 23: Hospitality in the Park  |  19. August 30-September 4: Dimensions Festival

And Europe’s best pop music festivals here:

 

1. July 6-8: NOS Alive Festival   |  2. July 6-9: NASS  |   3. July 14-16: Positivus Festival

4. July 20-23: DEICHBRAND Festival  |  5. July 20-23: Seasplash Festival

6. August 10-12: Haldern Pop Festival  |  7. October 26-28: Kaltern Pop Festival

 

Europe’s Best Electronic Music Festivals

 

1. July 7-9: Extrema Outdoor — Wanroil, Netherlands

 

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What’s It About?

Extrema Outdoor gives talented artists the chance to showcase their work, and party people the opportunity to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Top names this year include Big Gigantic, Dubfire and Ben Sims, although the full roster includes dozens of names.

2. July 8: By the Creek 2017 — Utrecht, Netherlands

 

What’s It About?

Life is better by the creek, especially thanks to the dynamic combination of house and hip-hop artists on the roster at this Dutch music festival.

Who’s Playing?

Notable acts at this year’s By the Creek Festival include Freddy Moreira, DJ Abstract and George Felix.

3. July 14-August 14: GEM Fest — Anaklia, Georgia

 

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What’s It About?

The world’s longest music festival, clocking in at one month, GEM Fest is set in the Republic of Georgia on the beautiful Black Sea beach of Anaklia.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Some of the notable acts to play at this year’s GEM Fest include Adelina, Nuno dos Santos and Voightman.

4. July 15-17: Sea You Festival “Beach Republic” — Freiburg, Germany

 

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What’s It About?

Set on the idyllic shores of a German lake, the mission statement of the Sea You Festival  “Beach Republic” is simple: Life is better in flip-flops, particularly when you’re dancing to some of the world’s best electronic music.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Some of the acts adding to the waterside ambience of this year’s Sea You Festival include Paul Kalkbrenner press. BTTF, Marco Carola, Solomun, Maceo Plex, Loco Dice, Victor Ruiz and many others on 6 different stages.

5. July 21-22: ElectroSplash — Valencia, Spain

 

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What’s It About?

ElectroSplash, held in Valencia, Spain, is dedicated to showcasing the best underground and alternative electronic music.

 

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Who’s Playing?

ElectroSplash features DJs from all over the world, but is proud to showcase Spanish acts including Crazy P Soundsystem, Daniel Kyo and Ernie.

 

6. July 22: Welcome to the Future — Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

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What’s It About?

Although it’s one of the Dutch summer’s most extraordinary house and techno events, the Welcome to the Future festival feels more like a family gathering.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Welcome to the Future spotlights today’s and tomorrow’s hottest house and techno acts, including Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Kölsch, Damian Lazarus, Kerri Chandler and Lil Louis.

7. July 27-29: SummerFun Laredo — Laredo, Spain

 

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What’s It About?

SummerFun Laredo is an unforgettable two-day summer party that takes place along the sun-soaked Spanish coast.

 

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Who’s Playing?

The year’s festival is led by Galician rapper Arce, as well as more bass-driven music from the likes of Beauty Brain and Dub Elements.

8. July 29-30: Milkshake Festival — Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

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What’s It About?
Diversity—thick, thin, small, large, gay, straight, trans, black or white. People are the salt of the earth and this is what Milkshake Festival celebrates!

 

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Who’s Playing?
LGBTQ artists from all over the globe including Transformer, Erwin Olaf and Pakhaus Berlin.

9. August 3-5: Let It Roll — Prague, Czech Republic

 

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What’s It About?

Let It Roll is the world’s biggest drum and bass festival, set in beautiful Prague, Czech Republic.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Notable acts playing at Let It Roll include Camo & Krooked, Subfocus and A.M.C.

10. August 3-5: Lovefest — Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia

 

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What’s It About?

Lovefest is an electronic music festival situated in a very special location—a green park of one of the most famous places in Serbia.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Notable acts scheduled across the four elemental stages at Lovefest include Chris Liebing, Marcus Worgull and Jay Clarke.

11. August 4-6: Cirque Magique — Ledegem, Belgium

 

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What’s It About?

The electronic music and intimate community of Cirque Magique creates an environment in which real miracles can happen in Belgium.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Dozens of artists will take the stage at Cirque Magique, including Sheridan, Bolle and Rebekah Hybrid.

12. August 7: SMAG Sundance Openair Festival — Essen, Germany

 

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What’s It About?

Lined up with the best international & local DJs, SMAG pairs an incredible stage show with a beautiful lake.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Top headliners at SMAG this year include Jonas Blue, Topic and Gestört aber GeiL.

13. August 19: Holi Fusion Festival — Eindhoven, Netherlands

 

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Holi Fusion Festival Maastricht 2015, September 12th

 

What’s It About?

Holi Fusion Festival presents a European take on the famous Indian color festival, Holi.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Holi Fusion Festival will feature La Fuente, Vato Gonzalez, Billy the Kit, Dwayne, Irwan, Biggi, D, Rashid, Loudgarden, RGGD, Miss faith, DJ Lorentz, Lapendo, DJ Kaan, Benny Dinero, DJ Soess, Greg & Luke, DJ P, Rawkixx, Dunya & DEJA, Gfrenix, Sherlogix, Golddigger and more artists that will soon be announced. 

14. August 20-24: Sonus — Pag, Croatia

 

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What’s It About?

Sonus Festival is a techno festival set along the white, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of Zrce Beach, Croatia.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Incredible electronic acts such as Jamie Jones, Nick Curly and Tale of Us will play this year’s Sonus Festival.

15. August 25-28: Mysteryland — Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

 

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What’s It About?

Mysteryland, the world’s longest running electronic music festival, is a three-day spectacle that features more than 250 DJs on 17 stages.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren and Kshmr are among the internationally famous names playing this year’s Mysteryland.

16. August 26-27: South West Four — London, UK

 

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What’s It About?

For thirteen incredible years, SW4 has welcomed the world’s very best DJs and live electronic acts to evolve into one of Europe’s most respected music festivals.

Who’s Playing?

Pendulum Live, Sven Vath and Loco Dice are just a few of the impressive names playing SW4 this year.

17. September 7-10: Outlook Festival — Pula, Croatia

 

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What’s It About?

During four days at the end of summer, Outlook Festival fills an abandoned fort perched above the Adriatic Sea with modern sounds.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Top acts playing Outlook Festival include DJ Shadow, Goldie and Horace Andy, to name just a few.

18. September 23: Hospitality in the Park — London, UK

 

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What’s It About?

For fans of drum and bass, Hospitality in the Park is the one and only jubilee, officiated over by its reigning record label.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Legends the likes of Roni Size and London Elektricity, plus incredible DJs by the dozen, play Hospitality in the Park this year.

 

19. August 30-September 4: Dimensions Festival — Pula, Croatia

 

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What’s It About?

Dimensions Festival is the largest soundsystem festival in Europe, bringing together big names from the most vibrant and cutting edge dance scenes around.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow and others will perform in one of the world’s most impressive intact Roman amphitheaters.

Jump to any festival by clicking here:

 

1. July 7-9: Extrema Outdoor |  2. July 8: By the Creek 2017  |   3. July 14-August 14: GEM Fest

4. July 15-17: Sea You Festival  |   5. July 21-22: ElectroSplash  |  6. July 22: Welcome to the Future

7. July 27-29: SummerFun Laredo  |   8. July 29-30: Milkshake Festival   |  9. August 3-5: Let It Roll

10. August 3-5: Lovefest  |   11. August 4-6: Cirque Magique

12. August 7: SMAG Sundance Openair Festival  |  13. August 19: Holi Fusion Festival

14. August 20-24: Sonus  |  15. August 25-28: Mysteryland

16. August 26-27: South West Four  |  17. September 7-10: Outlook Festival

18. September 23: Hospitality in the Park  |  19. August 30-September 4: Dimensions Festival

And Europe’s best pop music festivals here:

1. July 6-8: NOS Alive Festival   |  2. July 6-9: NASS  |   3. July 14-16: Positivus Festival

4. July 20-23: DEICHBRAND Festival  |  5. July 20-23: Seasplash Festival

6. August 10-12: Haldern Pop Festival  |  7. October 26-28: Kaltern Pop Festival

 

 

Europe’s Best Pop Music Festivals

 

1. July 6-8: NOS Alive Festival — Lisbon, Portugal

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What’s It About?

NOS Alive not only delights music lovers, but anyone seeking new experiences, culture, sun, sea and nightlife.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Top pop names playing at this year’s NOS Alive Festival include The Weeknd, The xx and Ryan Adams, with dozens of others confirmed.

2. July 6-9: NASS — Bristol, UK

 

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What’s It About?

Located along the British coast in Bristol, NASS is an amazing weekend of live music and awe inspiring action sports.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Hip-hop royalty like Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man and Redman join Grime legend Kano, Aussie Drum & Bass outfit Pendulum and DJ Duo Sigma.

3. July 14-16: Positivus Festival — Salacgriva, Latvia

 

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What’s It About?

Set amid the beautiful landscape of coastal town Salacgriva, northern Latvia, the Positivus Music and Art Festival is the largest of its kind in the Baltic states.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Positivus brings together some of music’s biggest names, from The Lumineers, to Alt-J, to the Pixies.

4. July 20-23: DEICHBRAND Festival — Nordholz, Germany

 

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DEICHBRAND Festival // 22.07.2016 Foto: Ulf Duda / fotoduda.de

What’s It About?

At DEICHBRAND Festival, about 50, 000 freaks, folks, fans and friends enjoy a colorful program of rock, metal, pop, hip-hop and electronic music.

 

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DEICHBRAND Festival // 23.07.2016 // Foto: Ilona Henne // @[589963001117906:ILOve Photography]
Who’s Playing?

Notable acts at this year’s DEICHBRAND Festival include Broilers, Marteria and international superstars Placebo.

5. July 20-23: Seasplash Festival — Pula, Croatia

 

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What’s It About?

Seasplash Festival is one of the longest-running festivals on the Croatian coast, the ideal place for excellent, relaxed summer entertainment.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Acts like Mad Professor, Citizen Fish and Pitch Black help you relax as you enjoy the Seasplash Festival.

6. August 10-12: Haldern Pop Festival — Haldern, Germany

 

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What’s It About?

The motto of Haldern Pop Festival says it all about this German music extravaganza: “Be true, not better.”

 

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Who’s Playing?

Top acts at this year’s Haldern Pop Festival include the Afghan Whigs, Conor Oberst, Hurray for the Riff Raff and many more.

7. October 26-28: Kaltern Pop Festival — Kaltern, Italy

 

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What’s It About?

Set amid the beautiful mountains of Italy’s South Tirol region, Kaltern Pop Festival is an experiment in scenery and sound.

 

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Who’s Playing?

Kaltern Pop showcases acts from all around Europe, including Nils Landgren, Loney Dear and Mario Batkovic.

 

Jump to any festival by clicking here:

1. July 7-9: Extrema Outdoor |  2. July 8: By the Creek 2017  |   3. July 14-August 14: GEM Fest

4. July 15-17: Sea You Festival  |   5. July 21-22: ElectroSplash  |  6. July 22: Welcome to the Future

7. July 27-29: SummerFun Laredo  |   8. July 29-30: Milkshake Festival   |  9. August 3-5: Let It Roll

10. August 3-5: Lovefest  |   11. August 4-6: Cirque Magique

12. August 7: SMAG Sundance Openair Festival  |  13. August 19: Holi Fusion Festival

14. August 20-24: Sonus  |  15. August 25-28: Mysteryland

16. August 26-27: South West Four  |  17. September 7-10: Outlook Festival

18. September 23: Hospitality in the Park  |  19. August 30-September 4: Dimensions Festival

And Europe’s best pop music festivals here:

1. July 6-8: NOS Alive Festival   |  2. July 6-9: NASS  |   3. July 14-16: Positivus Festival

4. July 20-23: DEICHBRAND Festival  |  5. July 20-23: Seasplash Festival

6. August 10-12: Haldern Pop Festival  |  7. October 26-28: Kaltern Pop Festival

 

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Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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