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Europe’s best music festivals: Summer 2016

The ultimate guide to your new favorite summer festivals.

Are you already dreaming of sunny afternoons spent watching your favorite bands play?

In Europe, music festivals are the height of the summer social calendar, and there’s no end to the great events you should add to your bucketlist. Here are a few to get you started.

Sziget festival | Budapest, Hungary | August 10th-17th

Sziget festival | Budapest, Hungary | August 10th-17th


Taking place on a beautiful island in the heart of Budapest, Sziget is one of Europe’s most iconic music festivals. Starting life back in 1993, Sziget boasts over 60 stages and a stellar line-up of music, film, theater, dance, arts and crafts to name but a few.

This year’s festival spans across an entire week of fun, from Wednesday 10th to Wednesday 17th August.

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Secret Garden Party | Cambridgeshire, England | July 21st-24th

Secret Garden Party | Cambridgeshire, England | July 21st-24th


Fancy a magical, colorful music and arts festival this summer? Then the Secret Garden Party is just the thing for you! Taking place in a huge garden, the festival is decked out like a fairy tale with colorful flower fields and mysterious forest sections. On every corner a surprize awaits, with little hidden bars, original dance classes and wild costumes acts.

A playground for adults, Secret Garden Party is a mix between Alice in Wonderland and Woodstock!

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Cactusfestival | Bruges, Belgium | July 8th-10th

Cactusfestival | Bruges, Belgium | July 8th-10th


Born all the way back in 1982, Belgium’s Cactusfestival is a celebration of all things music, with a line-up spanning from rock to pop, jazz to acoustic, and all things in between.

With a stellar collection of music, food, arts and entertainment to enjoy, there’s nothing spiky about this festival. Head to Minnewater Park to see for yourself.

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Meadows in the Mountains | Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria | June 10th-13th

Meadows in the Mountains | Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria | June 10th-13th


If you’re looking for a truly hedonistic festival experience, look no further than Bulgaria’s Meadows in the Mountains. Nestled high in the dreamy Rhodopes Mountains, this is one festival that’s worth the climb.

Offering everything from yoga classes to hula hooping, chilled out vibes to ethereal sunsets, you’ll be sharing the mountains with a few hundred other attendees, all in on the wonderful secret.

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Flow | Helsinki, Finland | August 12th-14th

Flow | Helsinki, Finland | August 12th-14th


If you like your festivals supercool, there’s no better setting than an abandoned power station in the very capital of cool, Helsinki.

This arty event brings together the world’s top music alongside the city’s best local cuisine, and when the sun comes out, there’s nowhere better to cool off than in the waters of the local beauty spot, Suomenlinna.

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