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European Summer Music Festivals

May 4, 2017

If you weren’t one of the lucky few who managed to bag a ticket for Glastonbury within minutes of them going on sale, then chances are you’re looking a bit further afield for your music festivals this summer. The main Scottish festival, T In the Park, was cancelled for 2017, so what about a trip to one of the main European festivals?

Primavera Sound

Held in Barcelona from the end of May to beginning of June, Primavera attracts bands from all over Europe. Held at the Parc del Forum to the north-east of the city centre, the favourable Mediterranean weather also means there’s less chance of a Glastonbury mud bath, and cutting costs by camping on site or nearby is practical too. Deals offering festival tickets bundled with accommodation in the local area offer even better value for money, and with many budget and charter airlines flying to Barcelona and the nearby area, getting to the festival is great value for money.

Rock Am Ring

The famous Nurburgring in Germany isn’t just about motor racing – at the beginning of June each year it is home to Germany’s largest music festival too. The 2017 lineup contains household names such as Liam Gallagher and System of a Down, and with plentiful camping on site, everything you’ll need is in the same place. Driving from the UK is possible, or fly into Cologne or Frankfurt.  Public transport in Germany is efficient, but eating out and supermarket shopping can be expensive compared with the UK. Minimise your expenses by checking you have comprehensive travel insurance, including EHIC cover to help meet some of your emergency medical expenses should you fall ill when you are at the festival in Germany.

Ultra Europe

A dance festival which started in Miami, Ultra Europe brings some of the world’s best DJs to Split, Croatia in mid-July. Taking place right on the coast, this is one of the only festivals where you can party and enjoy the music on the beach or out at sea on a boat as well as in the venue. As one of the newest members of the EU, EHIC will cover you for emergency treatment in Croatia too, but the usual rules about travelling light and not taking valuables to festivals always apply. The easiest way of getting to Split is by taking a charter holiday flight to the Croatian coast as it is a long way to drive from the UK.

Super Bock Super Rock

Named after one of Portugal’s best-selling beers, the Super Bock Super Rock festival takes place in mid-July in Lisbon, with American supergroup Red Hot Chilli Peppers headlining for 2017. Lisbon offers a wide range of accommodation opportunities and is easy to get to from the UK, and the cost of living is lower than in the UK if you shop around. The efficient city metro station means you can stay anywhere in the city or even further down the coast, and travel into the festival daily with all of the other attendees.

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