In the UK we have a lot of Festivals. They’ve become a bit of a tribal event, where hundreds of thousands of us migrate to various parts of the country to enjoy several days of camping, music, food, sport and – usually – quite a bit of mud. Yup, UK Festivals can be good for the complexion.
But the rest of Europe is not short of festivals either. In fact, there are some that you might well want to put on your Bucket list. So if your bragging rights for having been to the past 10 Glasto’s are wearing a bit thin, you might be ready for a new European festival adventure. That’s handy – because we’re been taking look at some of the best on offer – across Music and Sport.
Music is one of those things that brings people together… ‘… after all, Rock on Roll,can save us all, according to Frank Turner, and he knows a thing or two about playing festivals. There are some big events across Europe – some of them offering an eclectic mix of genres. Here’s our pick of the ones you might look at if you fancy an extended musical interlude…
Sziget – Hungary
Sziget takes place during August (10-17 in 2016). Held on an Island in the middle of the Danube on the outskirts of Budapest, it could be viewed as Hungary’s answer to Glastonbury. Multi genre, multi stage, it presents an eclectic mix of genres, from niche names to superstar headline acts. Sziget has become one of the most established European Music festivals, which is reflected in the acts that will be performing in 2016 – including Rhianna, Muse, David Guetta and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. There are plenty of up-and-coming British Indy acts too – including Jake Bugg, Years and Years and Naughty Boy. Find out more about Sziget, get the full line up and tickets on the official website.
Roskilde – Denmark
Scandinavia has been responsible for some big names in Music, they love their festivals – and the Danes are no exception. The Roskilde festival began in 1971 and takes its name from the town where it is held, it regularly draws crowds of over 100,000.
2016’s line up features some impressive legends. headliners include Neil Young, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Order and alternative sensation PJ Harvey. Roskilde also offers plenty of other Artistic and Creative attractions. Street City promises to combine up and coming musicians, street games and the world’s best skaters. Rising city focusses on Art, and a range of talks and events, whilst Dream City is the audience driven community campsite – make it what you will!
Rock am Ring & Rock im Park – Germany
If moshing to heavy rock and metal is your idea of the best festival in the world, then Rock am Ring – and its sister event Rock I’m Park – are for you. The line up is absolutely massive – and in amongst it you’ll find legends like Black Sabbath and the Chili’s, along with softer rock acts such as Biffy Clyro and Walk the Moon.
Rock am Ring takes place from 3-5 June at the Flugplatz Mendig /Vulkaniefel. You can even book your own branded tent in their camping village. And they do things properly in Germany. There are duck boards on all the major walk ways.
Sport has become big business, and it’s not just the competition itself that draws crowds. At the top level the event surrounding any contest is supported by a big festival – which usually includes music, food and lots of other attractions.
The Le Mans 24hr is one of the world’s blue riband car racing events. Stating at 4pm on Saturday 18th June, the winner is the car that has completed the most laps when it crosses the line 24 hours later on the Sunday. That means driving through the night. It’s the most famous World Sportswear endurance event in the world and something of a mecca for motorsport fans, but also a great weekend for anyone who just likes a festival atmosphere.
There’s a British exodus on the Friday evening that makes the ferry crossing and the road-trip down a massive part of the fun too. Camping, barbecues and beer are rites of passage and the event is truly European – bringing together a friendly mix of genuine fans who are passionate about everything automotive. Even if you don’t like racing cars, you’re sure to enjoy the experience and taking to the rides in the fairground in the small hours of the morning – whilst the cars race past – is something of a tradition.
There’s a Concert from 2000hrs to 2300hrs. with the main stage being just yards from the track. Performers haven’t been announced yet, but keep an eye out on the official LeMans website for news of who will be on stage.
Wherever you headed during festival season – to a UK based event – or on a European adventure. We hope you have a happy, fun and above all safe time. And if you need somewhere to store your festival kit in the meantime – you know we can help with that – right?