Europe’s Best Offbeat Music Festivals – July & August 2012

music-festival-300Whether you’re into moody blues or pumping electro beats, music festivals are the best way to experience your favourite artists and share the music. If you’re looking to party or just enjoy the music, here’s where you should head this summer.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest’s Sziget Festival is Europe’s answer to Burning Man. With its acts from every genre and over 1,000 artists, seven days won’t be enough! Settled on a picturesque island in the middle of the Danube, Sziget will awe you with more than just music. This “electronically amplified, warped amusement park” hosts a football pitch, indoor rowing, and a cinema for when you (or your ears) need a break. If you’re coming from England, hop on the party train coming from Western Europe that has its own DJs!

Dates: 6 – 13 August
Highlights: The Killers, LMFAO, Snoop Dogg, Noah & the Whale, The Stone Roses, Placebo, The Horrors, Hurts, Noah and the Whale, Two Door Cinema Club, Steve Aoki.

Tisno, Croatia

Sun, sea, and music along the sparking Adriatic coast makes Tisno this summer’s hottest festival destination. With four major music festivals back-to-back, you can stay as long as you like to soak up the sunshine on Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian coast. Swim in the sea, join a boat party, and dance under the stars for a holiday you won’t soon forget.

The Garden Festival: 4 – 11 July
Electric Elephant: 12 – 16 July
Soundwave: 19 – 23 July
Stop Making Sense: 2 – 6 August

Castellon, Spain

The Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) is a heady mix of alternative rock, rave and electronic artists meeting fashion, art, and film. Here, you can party well into the night. Music starts at 5pm and continues until sunrise. Spend your days relaxing on the beach and your nights dancing under the stars.

Dates: 12 – 15 July

Highlights: The Stone Roses, Florence and the Machine, The Vaccines, Noel Gallagher High Flying Birds, Bombay Bicycle Club, Katy B, New Order.

Novi Sad, Serbia

Exit Festival is set in the unique setting of the Petrovaradin Fortress; music plays throughout the night, and there is no more fantastic sight than the sun rising over the fortress walls with the world’s best music. The stone fortress offers fantastic acoustics that allow events to take place side-by-side with no sound interference. Exit is also a chance for Serbian youths to bring up social and political topics.

Dates: 12 – 15 July
Highlights: Guns’N’Roses, New Order, Gossip, Buraka Som Sistema, Luciano, Reboot Live, Kenny Larkin, Laurent Garnier LBS, Azari & III live, Brodinski, When Saints Go Machine, Miss Kittin, Wolfmother.