Lisbon: NOS Alive
You can hardly find a better festival to kick off the summer than the NOS Alive Festival. Set in Lisbon over the first weekend of July (from 7th to 9th July), this indie-pop festival combines summer sun, great atmosphere and a festival site that is merely a couple hundred yards from the sea! This year’s line up includes big names such as Arcade Fire, Radiohead and The Pixies, as well as indie or alternative bands like Wolf Alice and Hot Chip. Concerts start in late afternoon and carry on all night. Definitely a must-go for a beach & music vacation.
Budapest: Sziget Festival
From a small student festival in 1993, Sziget has grown over the years to become one of Europe’s biggest music festivals. It offers over a thousand acts and installations over a week. Starting at the beginning of August Sziget is based on an island on the Danube, north of Budapest, Hungary. Jazz, Rock, World music or Electro-pop, you have very little chance to get bored there. However, if you still want to leave the festival site, Budapest is a beautiful city to visit and has plenty of cultural sites to see. This year’s festival will be held from the 10th to the 17th August and the lineup is pretty impressive: Sia, David Guetta, Manu Chao, Rihanna, Parov Stellar, Muse, The Chemical Brothers and much more!
Paris: Rock en Seine
To end the summer, why not got to the Rock-en-Seine festival, a three-day Pop-rock-electro music festival set in the Parc de Saint-Cloud, west of Paris. Starting at 49€ (less than 40£), tickets are cheaper than most summer festivals in Europe and you still get to see pretty amazing performances in a very chilled environment. This year’s festival has shows from Massive Attack, Two Door Cinema Club, Iggy Pop or Caravan Palace just to name a few. It will be held from the 26th to the 28th August. If camping is not your thing, the Paris tube runs until 2am on weekends so you can easily get back to town after the shows.
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