Party at the best music festivals in Europe

Posted on 31/10/2018 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.

22 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: Download Paris

  • Dates: 2019 dates will be announced soon (in 2018 it took place on 15 - 18 June)
  • Location: Base Aérienne 217 in Paris, France (south of Paris)
  • Distance from London: 332 miles (535 km), 6hrs drive
  • Line-up 2019: ...to be announced later...
  • Line-up 2018: Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, The Hives, Guns 'n Roses... And many more awesome bands will perform.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: no info yet
  • More info: official website of the Download Paris festival

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: to be announced later
  • Line-up 2018: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Avenged Sevenfold, Hollywood Vampires, Marilyn Manson, Nightwish, Stonesour, A Perfect Circle and many more will perform at Hellfest.
  • 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.... More bands to be announced soon!
  • On-site camping: yes (tents only)
  • Tickets: 2019 tix are on sale since 7 November 2018
  • 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... Many more names will be announced later.
  • 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: ... To be announced soon. 
  • On-site camping: yes (included in the price of your festival ticket)
  • Tickets: tickets for this festival will go on sale on "to be announced"
  • More info: official website of Pukkelpop festival

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Belgium: Tomorrowland

  • Dates: no 2019 dates yet (in 2018 it took place on 20, 21 & 22 July AND 27, 28 & 29 July)
  • Location: Boom (Belgium) @ recreation area De Schorre
  • Distance from London: 259 miles (417 km), 5hrs drive
  • Line-up 2019: to be announced
  • Line-up 2018: Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Fedde Le Grand, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Angello, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Hardwell... And many more awesome DJs.
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: More information about Tomorrowland 2019 tickets will be announced later this year. 
  • More info: official website of Tomorrowland

Netherlands: Pinkpop festival

  • Dates: 8, 9 and 10 June 2019
  • Location: Landgraaf (Netherlands) @ Megaland
  • Extra info: Pinkpop 2019 will be a special year for this festival. It'll be their 50th anniversary.
  • Distance from London: 339 miles (546 km), 6 hours drive
  • Line-up 2019: Fleetwood Mac.... More to be announced early 2019
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: will go on sale on 16 March 2019
  • 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: to be announced soon
  • On-site camping: yes, you have to buy a separate campervan/camping ticket
  • Tickets: 2019 tix not yet on sale
  • 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: to be announced soon
  • 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: no 201 dates yet (in 2018 it took place on 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 October)
  • 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: will be announced soon
  • On-site camping: yes, the new (since 2016) ADE Sleepover has a limited amount of spaces for campervans (more info)  
  • Tickets: not yet on sale
  • More info: official website of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) festival

Germany: Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

  • Dates: 7, 8 and 9 June 2019
  • What is it?: 2 awesome German festivals at two different locations on the same date with the same line-up
  • 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 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: on sale
  • 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: to be announced soon
  • 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: no news yet
  • On-site camping: no
  • Tickets: not yet on sale
  • 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: The Cure... More to be announced soon
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: on sale now
  • More info: official website of the Roskilde festival

Estonia: WKND Festival Baltic (Neon Beach Edition)

  • Dates: no 2019 dates yet (in 2018 it took place on 16, 17 and 18 August)
  • Location: Pärnu in Estonia
  • Distance from London: 1,550 miles (2,495 km), 27hrs drive
  • Line-up 2019: to be announced
  • Lineup 2018: David Guetta, Afrojack, Suicide boys, Axwell/\Ingrosso, Hardwell, Post Malone, Alan Walker, Don Diablo, Moksi, Netsky, Martin Jensen... And many more, 
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: not yet on sale
  • More info: official website of WKND festival, the Neon Beach Edition 

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... More to be announced soon.
  • 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: no info yet
  • 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... More to be announced soon.
  • 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:to be announced
  • 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... More to be announced soon
  • On-site camping: yes
  • Tickets: super cheap early bird tickets for the 2019 festival are 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: to be announced soon
  • 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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