And let’s keep our focus on the indie ones. Yes, you should definitely visit Ultra Europe, Roskilde in Denmark or Sziget in Hungary, but with this post the key is to go deeper. Underground.
Cause every single festival you’ll find recommended here is a genuine adventure.
From Positivus smiles in Latvia to Seasplash sound-system vibes located quite close to Istria region’s biggest city Pula (Croatia), all the way to the hippiest festival in Europe – Matala Beach in Greece, the following list is the ultimate European festival #bucketlist… Tailored for every single alternative and indie music and art enthusiast, adventurer and backpacker.
So… If any of you guys have questions, recommendations, travel tips, festivals reviews – or whatever… Leave them all in the comment section below.
Let’s talk about the best music festivals in Europe in 2018.
Absolutely amazing festival, set in the stunningly beautiful surroundings of the Rhodope Mountains, 850 meters above sea-level, thrives on inclusiveness, supports an underground music culture and an eclectic mix of talent…
Partying for 3 days in Iceland, during the summer solstice (meaning that the sun never sets) on the main stage, inside the glacier, secret lagoons or on midnight boats…
So, in 2017 Thievery Corporation performed at one of the coolest music festivals in Southeast Europe… Along with Anthrax, Skindred, Buzzcocks, Elvis Jackson, Ana Popovic, Dub FX… And it was really really amazing!
The festival was founded in 2011 when the Festos Municipality organized a festival on the beach with a goal to celebrate the launch of the Myth of Matala book that featured photos of the hippies who lived in the caves during the 60s and the 70s. 35k people heard about it and rushed to Matala beach… The rest is history.
The award winning; first outdoor festival to be located in a post industrial surrounding of a closed down coal mine with its entire infrastructure still intact and available for all visitors.
A boutique festival situated at probably the most beautiful beach of the Adriatic Sea, near the Montenegrin city of Ulcinj; features hip and underground names, really diverse selection of jazz, funk, soul, house and disco – more than 40 acts on 3 festival stages – and it’s one of the coolest festivals this summer in Montenegro.
Definitely one of the coolest Central European reggae festivals, situated in the amazingly beautiful valley of Soča river in Slovenia…
Exit Festival is one of the best European music festivals, founded in 2000 in the Novi Sad University park as a student movement, a form of protest against the government, fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia and the Balkans.
Björk, Oasis, Portishead, Atoms For Peace, Alt-J, Massive Attack, Pet Shop Boys, Phoenix, Kings of Convenience, Franz Ferdinand, Underworld, Robyn, Lana Del Rey, Bloc Party, Giorgio Moroder, Disclosure, Jónsi, Maximo Park, M83, Scissor Sisters, La Roux…
Excellent mix of great music, smiling folks who often chill around naked, Solaris stage with the most amazing sunset while the live band is playing Bob Marley, fashionably creative looking folks with painted body parts, delicious vegetarian cuisine…
Open to people from all ages and backgrounds with or without previous experience in yoga. Barcelona Yoga Conference is an uplifting open hearted gathering with world leading Yoga teachers and musical artists creating a platform for you to learn, experience, discover and transform.
An annual three-day music festival taking place in Salacgrīva, 110 km from Riga, in the idyllic location of the Latvian coastal region that’s not just an exciting music experience… But an incredible boost of positive energy…
Dedicated to indie productions and small cinematographies, Motovun Film Festival emphasizes esthetical, thematic and geographical diversity; celebrates unconventionality and originality at all costs…
All inclusive yoga event with 5 nights at Pravets Resort, 3 buffet meals a day and airport shuttle all included in the price of your ticket, located on the shore of Pravets Lake nestled between two pristine mountain ranges, just 45 minutes from the capital city of Sofia, Bulgaria…
Highfield Festival is among the best medium-size music festivals in Europe for 2016 according to European Festival Awards and the biggest independent rock festival of East of Germany.
Croatia’s premiere electronic event showcasing the best of the techno and house world in one festival that will last for five days and nights filled with the craziest and truly unforgettable parties, club takeovers and boat adventures.
Amazing and colorful camping grounds, 16 festival areas to discover, a true celebration of the best of house, deep house, techno, hardstyle, drum ‘n bass, disco, hiphop music – Mysteryland, guys, is one of the best festivals in the Netherlands – the magical musical journey you just have to visit this year!
An underground electronic music event annually held in Istria region, Croatia, showcasing a higher technical specification of sound systems than you will find at any other festival of its size.
The largest Soundsystem Culture festival in Europe, bringing together the biggest names from the most vibrant and cutting edge dance scenes from around the world.
The featured moment was recorded on Seasplash Festival in 2016. And it’s a very common sight there.
Freedom. Love. Art.