The UK is home to a huge line-up of festivals every year, but for music fans looking to combine a festival with a trip away, Europe is the place to go. Home to some of the most incredible festivals Europe offers a long list of destinations with great gigs taking place and each just a short flight away. From Benicassim in Spain to Amsterdam’s Guilty Pleasure Festival, travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to where to visit.
So to celebrate the start of the summer festival season and make the choice of where to go a little easier, I have put together a list of some of the best festivals taking place over the summer months, complete with details on how to get there too. Flight prices are through low cost Spanish airline Vueling. And if none of these take your fancy, I’d recommend heading on over to Vicky at Vicky Flip Flop for a run down of all the best festivals from around the world.
Benicassim festival, Spain – 13-16 July
Spain’s biggest festival is back this year with a typically stellar line-up, with headliners including The Weeknd, Foals, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kasabian. The four-night party attracts thousands of music fans and is famous for having performances going through the night across three stages.
To enjoy a Benicassim break with a difference, Vueling recommend taking a few extra days to travel to Barcelona and indulge in some much needed post festival R&R in the Spanish city. Relax on the beach or take in the city’s majestic Catalonian architecture for a visit that has it all. Flights to Barcelona leave the UK from London Gatwick, London Luton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester, with prices starting from £31.96 one way*.
Mad Urban Fest, Spain – 1 July
Tickets are selling fast for this one-day festival headlined by Latin GRAMMY, MTV and Billboard award-winner, Daddy Yankee.
Join the Puerto Rican rapper as he gets the crowd going at the 13,000 capacity Auditorio Municipal Cortijo de Torres, one of Malaga’s largest outdoor venues. The impressive line-up will also feature some of urban and hip hops finest, including Class A, Maikel Delacalle, Bruno Dass and Spanish Fly.
Located just 15 minutes from Malaga Airport, the concert venue is easily accessible with flights departing from UK airports Birmingham and Cardiff. Travel from Cardiff to Malaga five times a week over the summer with single flights starting from £45.66*.
Lollapollooza Paris, France – 22-23 July
Marking its debut in Paris this year, Lollapolooza is set to be just as explosive and exciting as previous years. Headliners include global superstars, The Weeknd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Lana Del Rey.
As well as the music, Lollapolooza Paris also has Lolla Chef where guests can learn about culinary art from the master Jean Imbert, for families there is a dedicated children’s area and for those who don’t want to stop dancing, the after parties are taking place in several of Paris’ best clubs.
Fly direct to Paris with Vueling from London Gatwick or Birmingham airports to be in French capital within 1 hour and 20 minutes. Direct flights from London Gatwick to Paris Charles de Gaulle depart 11 times a week and start from £41.09 one way*.
Guilty Pleasure Festival, Amsterdam – 30 July
Encouraging people to embrace their inner teenager, Guilty Pleasure Festival in Amsterdam has an amazing line up of stars from the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Expect to hear classic hits from Vengaboys, think ’Boom Boom Boom Boom!’ Or ‘We’re going to…Amsterdam’ or T-Spoon’s classic ‘Sex on the Beach’.
To take part in this celebration of golden oldies, fly direct from London Luton Airport to Amsterdam up to 14 times a week with Vueling, daily single flights start from £31.96*.
Malaga Feria, Spain – 12-19 August
The annual Malaga Feria is a lively week-long street party with day and night events taking place all over the city. With flamenco dancing in the streets and open air bars serving litres of local sherry, it is little wonder why tourists flock from around the world to join in the revelry.
Fly directly into the heart of the action by taking one of the direct routes from Birmingham or Cardiff airport. Return flights from Birmingham Airport to Malaga depart three times a week and start from £32.87 one way*.
*2017 flight routes and prices in collaboration with Vueling.