Dancing 48 to 72 hours long. Forgetting everything around you and escaping the day-to-day. Music, friends, sun and summer fun. With the very first rays of sunshine, it’s festival time. Europe is a paradise for festival-goers, and visitors from around the world make the pilgrimage to where music, dance, art and entertainment are celebrated. Electro, hip hop, rock or pop, in an intimate setting or together with several thousands of people, the variety of festivals knows no limits. Festivals are no longer simply a musical event, they address all the senses. Once you’ve been to a festival, you become hooked: delicious street food, breathtaking décors and stages, artistic performances, the best bands, artists and DJs, and being surrounded by like-minded people from around the world. No summer is complete without a festival. We’ve selected the best ones for you!
Tomorrowland Festival in Broom
Welcome to an enchanted wonderland! Just a few kilometres outside of Brussels, this is where the “People of Tomorrow” come to experience everything at Tomorrowland Festival! Thumping beats, dancing people, flashing colours and smiling faces – all within a magical setting. The stages alive with fantastical figures in rainbow colours, a Ferris wheel and brightly coloured sculptures scattered amongst the visitors make Tomorrowland Festival a colourful, one-of-a-kind fantasia. Featuring the best DJs in the world, this festival is a must-see – and must-dance – event for all electro fans. This year’s line-up includes among others Sven Väth, Avicii, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren. Meanwhile, the concept is so successful that there are now Brazilian and US editions of the festival.
Lollapalooza in Berlin
When an old airport turns into a gigantic party venue filled with people dancing on former runways – all in the centre of the capital city of Berlin – then it can only be Lollapalooza. In 2015, the festival will take place for the first time in Germany, but the original festival in the US, with its Chilean, Brazilian and Argentinean spin-offs, clearly demonstrates that Lollapalooza is a special kind of festival. It’s a crazy mixture of music, dance, comedy, fashion and art, and is definitely at the top of the list of best festivals worldwide!
MS Dockville in Hamburg
In August, art and music come together once again in Hamburg for the MS Dockville Festival. Starting in 2007 with only 5,000 visitors, today the festival attracts up to 25,000 fans to the German port, who come to enjoy a summer of electro, indie and hip hop. Among other artists playing on Elbinsel in Wilhelmsburg this year are Caribou, José González, Interpol and Django Django. But that’s not all: also featured are plenty of art installations and the best sunsets in the city! MS Dockville Festival.
Pitch Festival in Amsterdam
PITCH Festival is one of Amsterdam’s highlights. You’ll see few advertisements or posters announcing the festival, but with its 15,000 visitors it’s a real insider tip! In Amsterdam’s Kulturpark Westergasfabriek, party seekers will find several stages with performances from the biggest electronic acts. This year, John Talabot and James Blake will officiate, among others. Whether at the Westerunie or the Gashouder stage, the party will be hot everywhere. Those in need of a short break can head for the huge chill-out area filled with pillows and beanbags! 3. 06.2015- 4. 06.2015