The sun is out, and that means festival season is just around the corner! Luckily for me, Europe is home to the BEST summer festival line-up in the world. Though I’m sad to be wrapping up my study abroad time in London, there’s no bigger or better way to exit Europe than a few festival trips. This year’s line-up has music for every taste (and budget).
Here are a few I’m most excited about for 2009:
La Fête de la Musique: It’s not just a festival, it’s a musical movement. Held all over France, the Fête is a one-day-extravaganza of music, bands, professionals, and amateur musicians performing all over the country. And best of all, it’s FREE! Now how can you say no to that?
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Rock Werchter: One of Europe’s most well-known (and oldest) festivals has an impressive rock line-up this season. Head to Belgium this July (the 2-5, to be exact) for big acts like, Coldplay, the Killers, Bloc Party, Oasis, and Lilly Allen.
After you’ve rocked out, stick around for a chocolate tour, or maybe a little sightseeing.
Sonar: If electronica is more your style, head to Barcelona June 18-20 for this huge three-day collection of DJs and well-known acts like Orbital, Animal Collective, Errol Alkan and Rob da Bank (great name!).
Not that you really need any more excuses to head to Barcelona, but there are tours, activities, and even great ideas for walking that make it a tempting destination for any traveller.
And, believe me, those three are only the beginnings of this summer’s excellent group. Whether it’s rock, pop, or something a little for futuristic that you’re looking for, there are festivals for all! Check out James Martin’s list, or the Times’ top 20 festivals guide for extended festival listings all over Europe.