Party at the best music festivals in Europe

Posted on 12/06/2019 by Spaceships Crew


Summertime in Europe is festival-season. No matter what country you want to travel to there are always dozens of music festivals happening. These festivals range from small, local events to major festivals spanning several days with an impressive international line-up.

How to create a festival road trip and save heaps

If you want to party at heaps of awesome places, events and music festivals (why limit yourself to just one festival?), we have some tips to make life easy and super cheap.

  1. Book a Spaceships campervan or motorhome.
  2. Buy a Stoke Travel Passport (use promo code spaceship to get an extra 10% discount) and you can choose from 20 festivals and trips. And you'll have 2 years to use up this prepaid passport.

From the insane amount of music festivals in Europe, we have selected the best festivals. Awesome festivals that you should consider adding to your European road trip itinerary... Let's make it a super long festival road trip and party throughout Europe. Check out these awesome festivals.

20 awesome music festivals in Europe

We've selected European music festivals where everyone will have a great time. Most of these festivals are famous for their wide range of music. Any dance, electronic, rock, urban fan or whatever music you're into will be able to party hard. Enjoy the summer in Europe with awesome live music or an amazing DJ live set. Check out the best festivals in:

Party at the best festivals in Europe

France: Hellfest

  • Dates: 21, 22 and 23 June 2019
  • Location: Clisson in France (near Nantes)
  • Distance from London: 509 miles (820 km), 8hrs 30min drive
  • Line-up 2019: Manowar, Dropkick Murphys, Dream Theater, Kiss, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Tool, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy, Stone Temple Pilots, Gojira, ZZ Top, Within Temptation, Lamb of God, Slayer, Anthrax, King Diamond, Sum41 and heaps more awesome rock & metal bands.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT (in just a few hours)
  • More info: official website of the Hellfest festival

France: Rock en Seine

  • Dates: 23, 24, and 25 August 2019
  • Location: Paris (France) @ Parc de Saint-Cloud
  • Distance from London: 309 miles (500 km), 5hrs 30min drive
  • Line-up 2019: The Cure, Major Lazer, Jorja Smith, Royal Blood, Aphex Twin, Foals, Balthazar, Bring Me The Horizon, Eels, Johnny Marr and many more awesome bands & artists.
  • On-site camping: yes (tents only)
  • Tickets: 2019 tix are on sale
  • More info: official website of the Rock en Seine festival

Belgium: Graspop Metal Meeting

  • Dates: 21, 22, and 23 June 2019
  • Location: Stenehei in Dessel (Belgium)
  • Distance from London: 294 miles (473 km), 5hrs 18min drive
  • Line-up 2019: Anthrax, Slayer (farewell tour), Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Sabaton, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy, Kiss (farewell tour), Within Temptation, Slipknot, Lynyrd Skynyrd (farewell tour), Amon Amarth, Delain... and many more.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: on sale now
  • More info: official website of the Graspop metal music festival

Belgium: Rock Werchter

  • Dates: 27 - 30 June 2019
  • Location: Werchter in Belgium
  • Distance from London: 279 miles (449 km), 5 hours drive
  • Line-up 2019: Tool. The Cure, Muse, Pink, Mumford & Sons, Florence & the Machine, Balthazar, Elbow, Paul Kalkbrenner, Weezer, Greta Van Fleet, New Order, Snarky Puppy... And many more awesome artists will be performing at this year's edition.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: on sale now
  • More info: official website of Rock Werchter

Belgium: Pukkelpop festival

  • Dates: 15, 16, 17 & 18 August 2019
  • Location: Hasselt (Belgium) @ Kempische Steenweg, 3500
  • In their own words: "Pukkelpop selects a musical line-up with an alternative fringe."
  • Distance from London: 307 miles (499 km), 5hrs 20min drive
  • Line-up 2019: Twenty One Pilots, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, Post Malone, Fisher, Eels, Royal Blood, White Lies, The National, Bullet For My Valentine, Stormzy, Prophets of Rage.... And many more. 
  • On-site camping: yes (included in the price of your festival ticket)
  • Tickets: on sale
  • More info: official website of Pukkelpop festival

 

Belgium: Tomorrowland

  • Dates: 19, 20, and 21 July 2019 (weekend 1) AND 26, 27 and 28 July 2019 (weekend 2)
  • Location: Boom (Belgium) @ recreation area De Schorre
  • Distance from London: 259 miles (417 km), 5hrs drive
  • Line-up 2019: Martin Garrix, Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Carl Cox, Fedde Le Grand, Laidback Luke, Afrojack, Lost Frequencies, and many more amazing artists will perform at this year's edition of Tomorrowland.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: only via a special registration process
  • More info: official website of Tomorrowland

Netherlands: Pinkpop festival

  • Dates: no 2020 dates yet (in 2019 Pinkpop took place from 8 to 10 June)
  • Location: Landgraaf (Netherlands) @ Megaland
  • Distance from London: 339 miles (546 km), 6 hours drive
  • Line-up 2020: to be announced later in the year
  • Line-up 2019: Fleetwood Mac, Tenacious D, Mumford and Sons, The Cure, Bastille, Armin van Buren, Jamiroquai, Elbow, Lenny Kravitz, George Ezra, Bring Me The Horizon, Major Lazer, The Kooks, Anouk and many more awesome artists. 
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: no info yet
  • More info: official website of the Pinkpop Festival 

Netherlands: Down the Rabbit Hole (DTRH)

  • Dates: 5 - 7 July 2019
  • Location: 'Groene Heuvels' in Beuningen, Netherlands
  • Distance from London: 351 miles (564 km), 6 hours drive
  • Lineup 2019: Editors, Janelle Monae, Underworld, Thom Yorke, Foals, De Staat, Balthazar, dEUS, Grace Jones and many more.  
  • On-site camping: yes, you have to buy a separate campervan/camping ticket
  • Tickets: on sale now
  • More info: official website of the DTRH festival

Netherlands: Lowlands festival

  • Dates: 16 till 18 August 2019
  • Location: Biddinghuizen (Netherlands) @ Walibi Holland
  • Distance from London: 378 miles (608 km), 7 hours drive
  • Lineup 2019: Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots, New Order, Royal Blood, Franz Ferdinand. Paul Kalkbrenner and many more.
  • On-site camping: yes (make sure to buy a separate camping & camper ticket) 
  • Tickets: not yet on sale. Check the official ticket shop for more info.
  • More info: official website of Lowlands Camping Flight to Paradise festival
  • Festival tip: buy your tickets as soon as possible as the Lowlands festival always sells out super fast!

Netherlands: Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

  • Dates: 16 till 20 October 2019
  • What is it? It isn't in the "middle of nowhere", like some other festivals. It takes place in the city of Amsterdam. You could call it an urban festival. Or as they say it: "The world’s biggest club festival for electronic music".
  • Location: Various venues in Amsterdam 
  • Distance from London: 355 miles (571 km), 6 hours drive
  • Line-up 2019: Black Asteroid, Mars Levi, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, InsideInfo, New Order, Richie Hawtin, Kobosil and many more.... And there will be a special Tomorrowland event during ADE19: ”Our Story – Celebrating 15 Years of Tomorrowland” @ Ziggo Dome venue.
  • On-site camping: yes, the new (since 2016) ADE Sleepover has a limited amount of spaces for campervans (more info)  
  • Tickets: on sale
  • More info: official website of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) festival

Germany: Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

  • Dates: 5, 6 and 7 June 2020
  • What is it?: 2 awesome German festivals at two different locations on the same date with the same line-up
  • Extra info: The 2020 edition of these festivals are anniversary editions: 35 years of Rock am Ring & 25 years of Rock im Park (expect tickets to sell faster than ever before)
  • Location: Mendig Airport / Vulkaneiffel (Rock am Ring) or Nuremberg (Rock im Park)
  • Distance from London: Rock am Ring: 425 miles (683 km), 7hrs drive; Rock im Park: 639 miles (1,029 km), 11hrs & 30min drive
  • Line-up 2020: to be announced later in the year
  • Line-up 2019: Alice in Chains, Amon Amarth, Bastille, Behemoth (the band, not the NZ craft beer brand Laughing), Dropkick Murphys, Halestorm, Sabaton, Slipknot, Slash feat Myles Kennedy, Tool and many more to be announced soon. 
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: pre-sale for 2020 tix started on 11 June 2019
  • More info: official website of Rock am Ring or Rock im Park

Germany: Wacken Open Air

  • Dates: 1, 2, and 3 August 2019
  • Location: Wacken (50km North of Hamburg) in Germany
  • Distance from London: 633 miles (1,019 km), 11hrs drive
  • Line-up 2019: Slayer, Sabaton, Anthrax, Airbourne, Body Count, Bullet For My Valentine, Delain, Eisbrecher, Girlschool, Hammerfall, Krokus, Life of Agony, Nashville Pussy, Monster Magnet, Opeth, Prophets of Rage, Sabaton, Queensryche, Slayer, Soil, Uriah Heep and many more.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: 2019 festival is SOLD OUT
  • More info: official website of the Wacken Open Air festival

Germany: Lollapalooza Berlin

  • Dates: 7 and 8 September 2019
  • Location: Rennbahn Hoppegarten, Berlin in Germany
  • Distance from London: 729 miles (1,174 km), 12hrs drive
  • Line-up 2019: The Cure, Kings of Leon, Swedish House Mafia, Underworld, Twenty One Pilots. Martin Garrix, Hozier and many more. 
  • On-site camping: no
  • Tickets: on sale now
  • More info: official website of the Lollapalooza Berlin festival

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Denmark: Roskilde festival

  • Dates: 29 June - 6 July 2019
  • Location: Roskilde in Denmark
  • Distance from London: 784 miles (1,261 km), 14hrs & 30min drive
  • Line-up 2019: Bob Dylan, The Cure, Travis Scott, Robert Plant, Bring Me The Horizon, Tear For Fears, Underworld, Testament and many more.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: on sale now
  • More info: official website of the Roskilde festival

Hungary: Sziget festival

  • Dates: 7 - 15 August 2019
  • Location: Budapest in Hungary
  • Distance from London: 1,099 miles (1,769 km), 18hrs drive
  • Lineup 2019: Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Florence & The Machine, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, The National, Franz Ferdinand, Kodaline, Tom Odell and many more.
  • On-site camping: yes, access to basic camping included with your festival pass. Camping upgrades are available.
  • Tickets: 2019 tickets now on sale or buy it as part of the Stoke Travel Passport (use promo code spaceship to get an extra 10% discount) and go to more festivals and events in Europe.
  • More info: official website of the Sziget music festival

Spain: Sonar Festival

  • Dates: 18, 19, 20 July 2019
  • Location: Barcelona in Spain
  • Distance from London: 947 miles (1,524 km), 15hrs 30 min drive
  • Lineup 2019: diplo presents (Mr eazi, distruction boyz, kampire, diplo), black coffee, ólafur arnalds, alva noto, rosalía, laurel halo, chloé - slow mo live, die angel: ilpo väisänen + schneider tm, grace and the color of sound, big menu & friends, pina + gnomalab, olde gods, lory money, claude speeed live, mow, oklou, museless, ydvst, deep resonance, lucius works here, valtònyc and many more.
  • On-site camping: no
  • Tickets: On sale now... or buy it as part of the Stoke Travel Passport (use promo code spaceship to get an extra 10% discount) and go to more festivals and events in Europe.
  • More info: official website of the Sonar music festival

Spain: Bilbao BBK Live

  • Dates: 11, 12, and 13 July 2019
  • Location: Bilbao in Spain
  • Distance from London: 870 miles (1,401 km), 14hrs drive
  • Lineup 2019: Weezer, Liam Gallagher, Thom Yorke, The Strokes, Suede, The Good The Bad and the Queen, Vince Staples and many more,
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: on sale now or buy it as part of the Stoke Travel Passport (use promo code spaceship to get an extra 10% discount) and go to more festivals and events in Europe.
  • More info: official website of the Bilbao BBK Live music festival

Spain: Mad Cool Festival

  • Dates: 11, 12, and 13 July 2019
  • What is it? New festival with 5 stages, held for the first time in 2016
  • Location: La Caja Mágica, Madrid in Spain
  • Distance from London: 1,095 miles (1,762 km), 17hrs drive
  • Lineup 2019: Greta Van Fleet, Haai, Iggy Pop, Noel Gallagher, Milk Teeth, Tash Sultana, The Cure, The Hives, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, Vampire Weekend, Wolfmother, Vince Staples and many more.
  • On-site camping: no
  • Tickets: on sale now
  • More info: official website of the Mad Cool music festival

Spain: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (FIB)

  • Dates: 18 till 21 July 2019
  • Location: Benicàssim (close to Valencia) in Spain
  • Distance from London: 1,110 miles (1,787 km), 17hrs drive
  • Lineup 2019: Lana Del Rey, Kings of Leon, Fatboy Slim, George Ezra, Kodaline, Franz Ferdinand and many more.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: on sale now
  • More info: official website of the FIB music festival

Portugal: NOS Alive

  • Dates: 11, 12, and 13 July 2019
  • Location: Passeio Marítimo de Algés (8 min from Lisbon) in Portugal
  • Distance from London: 1,382 miles (2,224 km), 21hrs drive
  • Line-up 2019: The Cure, Thom Yorke, Weezer, Robyn, Xavier Rudd, Vampire Weekend, Tash Sultana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Chemical Brothers, Bon Iver and many more.
  • On-site camping: yes (5 minutes from the festival)
  • Tickets: tickets for the 2019 edition of this festival are now on sale.
  • More info: official website of NOS Alive Festival

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