Sound choices for summer!
Music has the capacity to transcend borders and bring people together like almost nothing else. Indeed, many consider it to be as fundamental a universal principle as gravity! Most people have a favourite song or preferred genre, something that they can give themselves over to and really enjoy. And nowhere is this better expressed than at a music festival, where you can see and experience the love of music truly shining through.
As the days warm and lengthen, let summer tempt you to explore venues all across Europe that are readying themselves to deliver unforgettable musical experiences. From the entrancing beats of EDM (electronic dance music) to classic rock and modern pop, summer music festivals in 2015 are guaranteed enjoyment. Join thousands of others in sharing the beats and the revelry as you fine tune your holiday plans this year.
The Flexicover Team lists some of the best music festivals Europe has to offer so you can truly celebrate your love for music and the magic of summer!
Sziget Festival; Budapest, Hungary (10-17th August)
This festival on the Danube started in 1993 and covers a wide range of musical genres such as reggae, hip-hop, indie and folk – with artists like Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith and the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan already confirmed this year. Billed as the ‘Island of Freedom’, last year it attracted 415,000 music lovers from around 70 countries. If you’re looking for a great festival holiday experience, head here to take in a real party atmosphere. Enjoy brilliant live concerts, drink in a romkocsma (‘pub in a ruin’) and sample the delights of Hungarian culture in the heart of its capital.
Tomorrowland; Boom, Belgium (24-25th July)
Pretty much the largest EDM festival in the world, Tomorrowland started in 2005 to a crowd of 9,000 and exceeded 400,000 visitors last year. Held in the town of Boom (32km north of Brussels), the festival boasts at least 10 fantastic stages, hosting over 400 DJs including the most sought after international stars of the EDM scene (Avicii, Carl Cox) and offering the limelight to plenty of underground music maestros. Get your dancing shoes on because the music will be loud, the bass-thumping beats infectious and the crowd will definitely be up for a good time at this electronic music festival in 2015.
EXIT; Novi Sad, Serbia (9-12th July)
What began as a student movement fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia has now evolved into an award-winning non-profit summer music festival that saw 185,000 visitors last year. Held in one of the world’s most beautifully striking music venues – the Petrovaradin Fortress – EXIT still harks back to its revolutionary beginnings. Based around a socio-political theme every year, the fest still has a strong social directive aimed at helping Balkan youth. With artists like Emili Sandé, Faithless and Motörhead performing, this historic city is going to rock!
Glastonbury Festival; Pilton, UK (24-28th June)
This is probably the most iconic of European music festivals, famous as the largest and longest-running greenfield performing arts festival. Glastonbury offers a range of top-notch music acts, comedy shows, circus and cabaret acts, art fairs, spoken word performances and other events that draw people from all over the world (around 175,000 last year). Unsurprisingly, the festival is constantly evolving to offer the best show possible and attracts some of the biggest names in entertainment – this year’s headliners include the Foo Fighters and The Who. This is one amazing experience you won’t soon forget!
Donauinselfest; Vienna, Austria (26-28th June)
Held annually since 1983 in the Austrian capital, the ‘Danube Island Festival’ is a true musical extravaganza. What’s remarkable about this fest is not just that it’s Europe’s biggest open-air event (expecting around 3 million visitors) or that it features a huge array of outstanding local and international acts (this year including Anastacia and Conchita Wurst), but that this European music festival has no attendance fee! Standard tickets are free for a treat spanning multiple genres, more than 2,000 artists and over 600 hours of joyful entertainment – a real summer hit!
Whether you’ve already got your ticket booked or are still wondering which of the wonderful summer music festivals on offer you should attend, we at Flexicover Direct, are committed to providing you the highest level of protection with European travel insurance to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.