Music festivals all over Europe
Updated: Mar 3
Different types and genres of festivals
Music festivals differ from normal concerts in terms of the size and duration of the event and the variety of artists performing. At smaller festivals, the variety of performances and types of music is often limited, which means that only fans who like a certain type of music can attend the festival. There are different types of music festivals: electronic, rock/punk, heavy metal and pop. Popular music festivals such as Lollapalooza in the United States and Rock in Rio in Brazil often attract many international spectators, but we will soon see how Europe proves to be a festival excellence in terms of quality of performers and variety of musical offerings.
Tomorrowland - Boom, Belgium
Tomorrowland is recognised as the biggest electronic music show in the world. Massive line-ups of all the artists one could wish for, combined with intense attention to detail in the style of the setting, create an unparalleled wonderland that continues to mesmerise the world.
This and the staggering, incomplete 2022 line-up:
Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Marshmello, Amelie Lens, Adam Beyer, Eric Prydz, NERVO ... and these are just some of the artists, we look forward to discovering the guests of 2023!
Glastonbury - Pilton, UK
The Glastonbury Festival is one of the most famous music and performing arts festivals in the world, and every year trying to grab tickets before they run out is a real mission. Embracing all genres, from rock to pop, minimal house to techno and drum 'n' bass, music lovers flock to the verdant fields of Somerset for a weekend of spiritual, life-changing experience.
Lets see the stunning 2022 line-up:
Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross, Burna Boy, Herbie Hancock, Pet Shop Boys, Lorde and much more!
SAGA - Bucharest, Romania
SAGA Festival Bucharest is an innovative new music festival debuting in Romania's capital in 2021. Brought to you by taste and electronic music event pioneers ALDA, this rising star of festivals promises a new era of contemporary music festivals in the city, bringing together the best talent from across the electronic music spectrum.
For this 2022 has brought major artists of the genre such as Tiësto, deadmau5, Timmy Trumpet, DJ Snake, Afrojack, Marshmello, Honey Dijon, Sven Väth.
Untold - Cluj-Napoca, Romania
But let's talk about the biggest festival in Romania: Untold. The festival was voted Best Major Festival in the 2015 European Festival Awards, and in 2016 it became the international ambassador of Romania and Transylvania. Major genres include trance, techno, house, electro house, progressive house, pop, indie pop, hip hop, drum and bass, dubstep, reggae, jazz, R&B, soul.
The 2022 line-up includes Above & Beyond, David Guetta, Don Diablo, Steve Aoki, Paul Kalkbrenner, G‐Eazy, Kygo, Major Lazer Soundsystem.. guys the quality is top here!
Firenze Rocks - Florence, Italy
And the biggest music festival in Italy and one of the most prestigious in the rock and metal genre in Europe, on the stage of the Firenze Rocks Festival 2022 are confirmed: Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Placebo, Weezer, A$AP Rocky e Greta Van Fleet ready to set the stage on fire!
Download - Derby, UK
Continuing in the genre of the damned, born from the ashes of Monsters of Rock, Download has weight and prestige that resonates around the world. Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour called Download 'the destination for heavy-metal and hard rock fans'.
Here the fiery 2022 line-up: Iron Maiden, KISS, Biffy Clyro, Deftones, Korn, Megadeth, The Distillers, Mastodon.
EXIT - Novi Sad, Serbia
Dance titans are sprinkled with the occasional hip-hop, indie, pop and even heavy metal at the EXIT Festival of Serbia, while the historic Petrovaradin Fortress, located on the banks of the majestic Danube, becomes a hotbed of hedonistic musical pleasure every summer.
2022 line-up: Calvin Harris, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Boris Brejcha, Iggy Azalea, James Arthur, Honey Dijon, Maceo Plex, Afrojack… What to say, a wonderful series of great artists in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe!
Sziget - Budapest, Hungary
The Sziget Festival is a Hungarian music festival and one of the most famous in Europe. It boasts over thirty years of existence and an incredibly diverse line-up of music superstars. Spread over six days, Sziget's programme ranges from rock, indie and pop to all varieties of dance music. But it doesn't stop at music: the Hungarian festival also offers other types of activities for spectators, such as cinema, theatre, contemporary circus performances, sporting events and even a beach along the Danube to swim in.
Still not convinced? Here the 2022 line-up:
Dua Lipa, Stromae, Nina Kraviz, Alan Walker, Rilès, Steve Aoki, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Tame Impala, Lewis Capaldi... come on!
Primavera Sound - Barcelona, Spain
Primavera Sound, one of the world's most respected and celebrated festivals with a 20-year career record, presents an eclectic, exciting and progressive array of talent throughout its extensive programming.
The selection of artists is always original and alternative, here is the one of 2022:
Massive Attack, Tame Impala, The Strokes, Tyler, the Creator, Jorja Smith, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, Beck, Lorde, Dua Lipa, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Megan Thee Stallion.
Lollapalooza - Paris, France, Berlin, Germany
It's been a long journey to Europe for one of the biggest US festivals, but after Lollapalooza finally crossed the Atlantic in 2015 with Berlin, its Parisian sibling was added shortly after, a couple of years later.
In 2022 among the various cities we find names such as Pearl Jam, Imagine Dragons, Maneskin, Machine Gun Kelly, Robin Schulz, and many more!
Well, after writing this article I definitely want to go and losing myself in music in one of these festivals. I love the fact that they cross Europe from East to West, North to South and that the artists come from all over the world.
What about you, do you feel like going next year?
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