If you, like me, have tried 3 or 4 times to get Glanstuboury tickets, but never managed to, don't fret. I've got 5 amazing festivals, which not only feature awesome line-ups, but surely are going to be blessed with better weather than the one Glanstuboury.
Bilbao BBK Live
BBK in Bilbao has a few great advantages point: location, artists, size and prize. It strategically happens only 10 minutes away from the beach so festival-goers can either choose to chill out there or visit the Guggenheim before or after the festival. BBK lives also attracts some of the best European artists, ever heard of The XX, Florence and The Machine and Alt-J? Third, it's not a massive festival with a friendly atmosphere. Lastly, it's really affordable and the festival offers lots of hotel packages in Bilbao.
PSSST...I will be instagramming and sharing my instastories from BKK this year, make sure to follow along on my insta!
- WHEN? July 12-14
- HOW MUCH? €100
- WHO? The XX, Florence and The Machine and Alt-J among the others
- WHAT? www.bilbaobbklive.com
Secret Solstice, Reykjavik
Ever thought of a festival where night never comes? Well, here you go, the Secret Solstice in Reykjavik is exactly that.
A pricey festival, but not short of exclusive gigs including a surreal concert in a lava tunnet (say what?) and DJ-led parties in a hollowed-out glacier.
There will be five stages across Reykjavik and the festival includes various activities, such as hiking, sightseeing of the city, tour to the Blue Lagoon spa or to a whisky distillery. You pick.
- WHEN? June 21-24
- HOW MUCH? €133
- WHO? Slayer, Bonnie Tyler and Skream
- WHAT? secretsolstice.is
You surely won't feel lonely at the Toyen Park during Oya, Norway's coolest festival with a 60000 people crowd dancing all sort of music, from hip-hop to pop to death metal.
At the festival, you can also do a little bit of music shopping, check some art and eat organic and delicious local foof.
This year you can catch .
- WHEN? Aug 7-11
- HOW MUCH? €300
- WHO? Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire and Lykke Li, among others
- WHAT? oyafestivalen.no/en
For those who need more than just a sweekend, Sziget takes place over a week on an island in the Danube. There are all sort of entertainments, from the beach to various stages featuring diverse music including big names to up and coming artists.
There are also art installations, stalls and anything else you might think of.
You can either choose to camp on the island for the true festival die-hard experience, or if you prefert to explore the surroundings as well, you can stay at one of the city's hotels.
- WHEN? Aug 8-15
- HOW MUCH? €180 for three days
- WHO? Gorillaz, Stormzy and Arctic Monkeys
- WHAT? szigetfestival.com/en
Flow Festival, Helsinki
A fast-growing festival, this year Flow features an exciting line-up of local and international artists. It takes place in a former power plant filled with lithgs not too far from the city centre so people can hop to explore it if they want to.
Local food is also at the centre of the festival which always very up and coming and trendy will be served up in vans, like the Finnish do.
PS: this year, there is also a huge public sauna to give festival-goers the opportunity to chill and relax in the traditional Finnish manner.
- WHEN? August 10-12
- HOW MUCH? €170
- WHO? Patti Smith, Grizzly Bear, Shame and Kendrick Lamar
- WHAT? flowfestival.com/en
Have you decided? Which festival is the one for you and your friends?
Summer is here, get inspired here:
Venice, weekend away from Bologna
Sardinia, best summer destination in Italy from Rome
Escape to the Amalfi Coast - Weekend Getaway from Rome
Weekend Getaways: Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy
Matera: Weekend Getaway from Rome (and Milan)