19 Jun 2024
Your Living City’s Ultimate Music Festival Guide 2018 – UPDATED!
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Your Living City’s Ultimate Music Festival Guide 2018 – UPDATED!

As the days become longer and warmer, we want to make the best of the outdoor life and what better way to do so than by taking part in some of the best music festivals that Sweden and the rest of Europe have to offer. Here is Your Living City’s ultimate spring and summer festival guide. 

In this list you will find all major music festivals in a variety of styles taking place in Stockholm this year – and as an extra bonus we’ve added a couple of non-music but all-about-fun festivals the city has to offer.

The list also includes our picks of some Swedish festivals outside of Stockholm. You should definitely drop by to at least one of them!

And if you’re an adventurous soul who loves music just as much as traveling, we have included some of the very best city music festivals from nine European countries.

This is your 2018 festival guide to you enjoy the best of your city through music and more.




FESTIVALS IN STOCKHOLM

  • KULTURNATT / April 21, Central Stockholm

Kulturnatt welcomes you to an evening of countless opportunities! Experience Stockholm’s cultural hot spots, our very own galaxy studded with stellar cultural events! Dance, music, art, fashion, literature and crafts – these are just a few of the art forms you’ll be able to enjoy during the evening.

All participating venues are open from 6 pm to 12 am, on the 21st of April, and admission is free. Our best tip is to drop by Stockholm Visitor Center at Sergels Torg, where you can ask questions and find out the easiest way to get around the city. Whatever part of the city you visit, there’s something for everyone. Choose one, visit a few, or check out as many events as you can fill your night of culture with! On Stockholm Culture Night the city is yours!

WEBSITE: kulturnattstockholm.se

ADMISSION: Free

 

  • DEPARTMENT FESTIVAL / May 26, Stora Skorstensgatan.

This is the second edition of an intimate warehouse block party in the area known as Slakthusområdet, or the meatpacking district of Stockholm. On May 26 you’ll be able to see some of the finest artists and DJ’s the electronic scene has to offer. Department will be an intimate party in an industrial area built in 1912, in Art Noveau style, and the main stage will be in a beautiful warehouse creating a great atmosphere for concerts and clubbing, but nonetheless with a limited capacity. Curious fact, even though the festival is taking place at the meatpacking district, Department’s food options will be 100% vegan.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Solomun, Tod Terje, Jon Hopkins, Anja Schneider, Miss Dilemma, Dj Clea, Johannes Brecht.

WEBSITE: departmentfestival.se

ADMISSION: 490kr – 590kr

Jon Hopkins
Jon Hopkins – Photo by: Karen Pérez Guzmán.

 

  • TILLBAKA TILL 80-TALET FESTIVALEN (Back to the 80’s Festival) / May 26, Zinkensdamn IP.

After two sold out  Back to the 80’s concerts at Göta Lejon, organizers decided to turn this into a full 80’s festival with international stars. Some of the 80’s most important artists gather for a one-day festival at Zinkensdamm’s IP.
LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Nik Kershaw, Slade, Lili & Susie, Suzzie Tapper and Ankie Bagger, Micke South from Golden Times, Tommy Ekman from Style / Freestyle, Noice, Anne-Lie Rydé, Tone Norum, Kee Marcello and Mats Ronander.

WEBSITE: tillbaka-till-80-talet/

ADMISSION: 595kr -795kr

 

  • STOCKHOLM EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL / June 5-10, Gamla Stan.

An intense amorous encounter between audience and music, carried by the wings of history where Europe approaches Sweden during five days! SEMF is the largest festival in the Nordic countries for music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods and is taking place for the seventeenth time. Under the soft early summer light of the Old Town (Gamla Stan), an unbounded music celebration under the sign of longing, where you can be reassured that all things old are becoming new.

Watch our video from one of the concerts at at a previous edition of Stockholm Early Music Festival, to have a taste of what to expect!

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Ensemble Inégal, Benjamin Åberg, Annika Arnell • Marina Granlund • Harald Pettersson, Michal Smetanka & Anna-Katarina Schatzl, Ensemble Plus Ultra, Jaap ter Linden, Svetoglas, Flanders Recorder Quartet, Ensemble Schola Sancti Henrici, Les Escapades.

WEBSITE: semf.se

ADMISSION: Festival pass 1950kr. Single concert tickets 100 – 450kr

 

  • SMAKA PÅ STOCKHOLM / June 5-10, Kungsträdgården.

This early summer festival takes place in the heart of Stockholm, at Kungsträdgården to be precise. It’s actually a feast packed with a wide array of culinary options to awake your taste sensations and your ears as there are also performances by well-known artists. Different restaurants with cuisines from all over the world provide everything from simple dishes to the exotic and daring. You can cook along with celebrity chefs, watch chef vs chef duels or just simply sit down, enjoy the food, get yourself a drink and listen to some music!

WEBSITE: smakapastockholm.se

ADMISSION: Free




  • STOCKHOLM BREWERS FESTIVAL / June 8 – 10 Orionteatern.

With 20 breweries invited this year, Stockholm Brewers Festival is a celebration of Swedish Craft Beer. Each brewery will be offering 2-4 of their beers, plus new experimental options and limited batch collaboration beers made specifically for the festival. Ticket includes admission to the event, a collectible tasting glass, live music + much more. The festival hosts also great local bands and DJ’s

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Tella Viv, Joe Davolaz, Hell on Weels.

WEBSITE: stockholmbrewersfestival.com

ADMISSION: 349kr

 

  • SUMMERBURST FESTIVAL STOCKHOLM / June 1-2, Greve von Essens väg 35. 

  • SUMMERBURST FESTIVAL GOTHENBURG / June 15-16, Nya Ullevi, Ullevigatan Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Armin Van Buuren
    Armin Van Buuren – Photo by Karen Pérez Guzmán

     

Scandinavia’s premier contemporary music event! It’s a two-day live house extravaganza that mirrors in both Gothenburg & Stockholm.
2017 means that the festival enters its seventh year in Stockholm and the sixth year in Gothenburg. Festival management has spared no expense, and many of the acts are world class.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS:

Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Armin van Buuren, R3HAB, Moguai, The Him, Benny Benassi, Hardwell, Salvatore Ganacci, Dubfire, Alan Walker, Josefin Rosen, A-Track, Diplo, Nicole Moudaber.

WEBSITE: summerburst.se

ADMISSION: Festival pass 1195kr – 1995kr. Single day ticket 895kr – 1295kr.

  • STOCKHOLM STREET FESTIVAL / July 14, 15 and 18 Kungsträdgården.

Stockholm Street Festival is one of Sweden’s top two international festivals for street performers. Each summer Stockholmers and tourists alike are welcomed to experience three days filled with some of the biggest names in street performing. You can expect to find jugglers, clowns, illusionists, acrobats, magicians, trapeze artists, comedians and many other types of virtuosos!
This year the festival will pop up on three different locations in Stockholm.
Don’t forget to tip the performers when they’re done. They depend on it. Stockholm Street Festival is an important institution proving once and for all that the streets belong to everyone! Enjoy!

WEBSITE: stockholmstreetfestival.com

ADMISSION: FREE

Samora Squid, the contortionist at last year's Stockholm Street Festival - Photo by Nina Uddin
Samora Squid, the contortionist, at last year’s Stockholm Street Festival – Photo by Nina Uddin

 

  • VI SOM ÄLSKAR 90-TALET (WE WHO LOVE THE 90s) STOCKHOLM / July 7, Zinkensdamms IP.

  • VI SOM ÄLSKAR 90-TALET (WE WHO LOVE THE 90s) GOTHENBURG / July 14, Bananpiren.

  • VI SOM ÄLSKAR 90-TALET (WE WHO LOVE THE 90s) HELSINBORG / July 21, Pixlapiren.

Expect a cavalcade of the mostest and bestest of 90s music heroes where nostalgia is at the center. There will be major international bookings mixed with Swedish talents, around 20 artists bringing the imprint and choruses that have been etched in everyone’s head. This is a festival that awakens memories, shivers and emotional storms. The 90s will taste again as new and fresh as when they first hit you.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Scooter, Haddaway, Dr Alban, La cream, E-Type, The Outhere Brothers, Rednex, Double You, C+C Music Factory.

WEBSITE: 90talet.party/

ADMISSION: 740kr -940kr.

 

  • STUDIO BARNHUS PRESENTS: PARKFESTEN / July 14, Vitabergsparken.

Studio Barnhus is made up of Axel Boman, Kornél Kovács and Petter Nordkvist, who are all big names on the Swedish dance music scene. They are putting together a new one-day festival, which will take place on the 14th of July at Vitabergsparken’s amphitheater.

They are bringing Swedish and international acts and are hoping to make Parkfesten a Stockholm classic. Highlights include the future soul queen Fatima (UK/SE) and the techno-disco wizard FunkinEven (UK).

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Fatima, FunkinEven, Bella Boo, Reggae Rave with Superpitcher, Axel Boman, Kornél Kovács & Pedrodollar.

WEBSITE: studiobarnhus.se
Facebook event

ADMISSION: Free.

 

 

  • ROCKFEST IN KUNGSTRÄDGÅRDEN / July 20 – 22, Kungsträdgården.

Stockholm’s boldest rock weekend in the middle of Kungsan, for the fourth summer in a row! Great rock, great food and ice cold drinks. Rockfest is more than just good rock music, its the ultimate hang-out to meet people and have the best of times.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar, Spiders, Dead By April, Smash Into Pieces, The Hawkins, Sparzanza, Ballbreaker, Violet Janine, O.T.C.

WEBSITE: rockfesten.nu

ADMISSION: Free.

The Magnettes will be playing at Putte i Parken – Photo by Nina Uddin
  • PUTTE I PARKEN STOCKHOLM / July 27 – 28, Kungsträdgården.

Putte i Parken is doing three cities this year, Karlstad, Leksand and Stockholm. As the festival organiser wants to reach their equality goals when it comes to the artists, the Stockholm edition gets an all-female line-up. And what a line-up it is, including some of YLC’s big favorites like The Magnettes, Dotter, Esther Vallee and Orkid. It’s all for free, so there’s no excuse to miss this feast of great music.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Dotter, The Magnettes, Esther Vallee, Orkid, Joy, Shirin, Lilla Namo.

WEBSITE: putteiparken.se/stockholm/

ADMISSION: Free.

 

  • LET’S MAKE LOVE GREAT AGAIN / August 11 – 12, Gärdet.

Let’s Make Love Great Again is a manifestation for love, including not only great music but also lectures, panel discussions, art exhibits and other  forms of culture. The main purpose is to get people to come together for love, warmth and community. It all takes place on the green grass of Gärdet – and it’s free!

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Darin, Esther Vallee, Maxida Märak, Loreen, Johnossi, Kaliffa.

WEBSITE: letsmakelovegreatagain.se

ADMISSION: Free.

 

Maxida Märak will be playing at Kulturfestivalen - Photo by Nina Uddin
Maxida Märak can be seen at Let’s Make Love Great Again and at Kulturfestivalen – Photo by Nina Uddin
  • KULTURFESTIVALEN & WE ARE STOCKHOLM August 14-19, Central Stockholm.

Stockholm Culture Festival fills the streets and squares with all kinds of culture in all genres, for all ages. 600 program items during five vibrant days in August. All in the middle of the city center and with free admission. From Sergels Torg to Gustav Adolfs Torg, all the way over the Norrbro bridge and finally to Skeppsbron with treats and samples of all the culture that Stockholm has to offer all year round, with performers and guests from all corners of the world.

WEBSITE: kulturfestivalen.stockholm.se

ADMISSION: Free.

 

  • POPAGANDA / August 31- September 1, Eriksdalsbadet.

After opening for Lorde and Katy Perry, Tove Styrke can be seen at Popaganda and Ruisrock - Photo by Nina Uddin
After opening for Lorde and Katy Perry, Tove Styrke can be seen at Popaganda and Ruisrock – Photo by Nina Uddin

As usual, the Popaganda festival marks the end of the summer festivals with peace and love, a laid-back athmosphere, dancing, swimming and the very best pop music. The line-up is always very up-to-date with the up’n’coming artists as well as some of the biggest Swedish stars, with a few interesting international names thrown in for good measure.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: First Aid Kid, Tove Styrke, Sarah Klang.

WEBSITE: popaganda.se

ADMISSION: 850kr

 

  • STOCKHOLM FRINGE FESTIVAL / 11 – 15 September, various Stockholm venues.

Stockholm Fringe Festival (Stoff) is a five day multidisciplinary arts festival, acting as a ‘stage’ for local and international artists to present their innovative work ranging from performance to installation art and absolutely anything in between. The festival stands for artistic freedom and focuses on out-of-the-box and “alternative” works that may not fit into mainstream performance or exhibition spaces. Stoff is a chance for arts practitioners to test new ideas, network and collaborate with other artists, develop their work, and get inspired by many different creative expressions.

WEBSITE: stockholmfringe.com

 

 

  • STOCKHOLM JAZZ FESTIVAL / 12 – 21 October, Central Stockholm.

Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of Sweden’s oldest festivals. It is a festival with a solid reputation in the music world and considered one of Europe’s most well-kept and pleasant festivals which for a while has had its home on the island of Skeppsholmen. Since 2012, the festival is housed indoors, on the best stages around Stockholm. In 2014 the festival expanded to 10 full days. Last year the festival hosted 169 concerts on 39 different scenes with an attendance of 26,300 and some of the notable highlights included Steve Gadd, Abdullah Ibrahim, Gigi Bridgewater and Avishai Cohen Trio.

WEBSITE: stockholmjazz.com

Melissa Aldana at Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016
Melissa Aldana at Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016. Photo by Karen Pérez Guzmán

 

  • STOCKHOLM FILM FESTIVAL / August and November 9-20, Central Stockholm.

Ok, this is not a Music festival, but we wanted to mention it since it’s a festival that YLC never misses out on and you shouldn’t either.

The aim for Stockholm International Film Festival is to broaden the selection of films in Sweden with creative new films of high quality and to offer the visitor an orientation within modern film to stimulate a continuing debate. With seminars and opportunities to meet actors and filmmakers during Face2Faces, along with the extensive catalogue, all means are used to make the film experience come full circle. Each year the festival’s organization has expanded until it reached its current state of an all-year-round festival. In August the Festival also organizes free outdoor screenings in Rålambshovsparken for five nights. And it also runs monthly membership screenings.

WEBSITE: stockholmfilmfestival.se


FESTIVALS IN SWEDEN OUTSIDE OF STOCKHOLM

  • SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL / June 6 – 9,  Sölvesborg, Blekinge.

Rock & metal festival established in 1992 and one of the most important festivals in Europe in the genre.  During the years, names like Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Guns ’n’ Roses, Def Leppard, Judas Priest andWhitesnake have played there. Classic rock, hard rock, metal and even some blues – something for all tastes. Clean and neat, safe and secure. Ocean-near location, cozy grass hillsides, real lavatories and a minimum of lines. But most of all, a really friendly and good-natured atmosphere. Like one big family, with members from over 50 countries. The best audience in the world, quite frankly.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Graveyard, The Darkness, Slade, Stone Sour, Heavy Load, Steelheart, H.E.A.T, Battle Beast, Stratovarius, Sky High, Backyard Babies.

WEBSITE: swedenrock.com

ADMISSION: 690kr – 990kr.

 

Syster Sol - Photo by Nina Uddin
Syster Sol brings the reggae riddims – Photo by Nina Uddin
  • ÖLAND ROOTS / July 12 – 14, Sandbergen, Öland.

The biggest reggae festival in Sweden takes place on the island of Öland and this year it’s celebrating its fifth anniversary. This year comes packed with up’n’coming as well as well-known reggae acts. Everyone will spread their reggae-dusting tones over Öland. Öland Roots is a youth initiative, and to this day the work around the festival, both planning and implementation, is done by young adults on the board together with their many friends around the country.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Steel Pulse, Syster Sol, Maxida Märak, Helt, Svenska Akademien, Sallyswag, Hans Majestät.

WEBSITE: olandroots.com

ADMISSION: Festival pass including camping 995kr – 1495kr. Single day ticket 500kr -750kr.

 

  • QUEENS OF POP / July 27, Sofiero Castle, Helsingborg.

  • QUEENS OF POP / August 3, Botaniska trädgården, Uppsala.

Queens of Pop is a brand new one-day festival that combines today’s most brilliant artists with mind-blowing venues. We will conquer amazing castles and gardens in the peak of Swedish summer.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Zara Larsson, Icona Pop, Molly Sandén, Sarah Klang, Rhys, Janice, Julia Adams.

WEBSITE: queensofpop.se

ADMISSION: 595kr -795kr.

Zara Larsson - Photo by Karen Pérez Guzmán
Zara Larsson, Sweden’s reigning (or was it raining) Queen of Pop – Photo by Karen Pérez Guzmán

 

  • WAY OUT WEST / August 9 – 11, Slottsskogen, Gothenburg.

This has to be one of our favourite music festivals outside Stockholm, it takes place in the beautiful Slottsskogen park with all its greenery and freshness of the forest without even leaving the city of Gothenburg. It holds a promise of great acts, fun to remember for a lifetime. An occasion to approach new amazing music as well as legends and to make friends from every corner of Sweden.

Check out our video ¨The Way Out West Mood¨ that we made at last year’s edition of Way Out West.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Lykke Li, Arcade Fire, Thåström, Patti Smith, Kamashi Washington, Peggy Gou, Miriam Bryant, Iggy Pop, St Vincent, Bonobo, Jorja Smith…

WEBSITE: wayoutwest.se

ADMISSION: Festival pass 1695kr – 1995kr. Single day ticket

Swedish superstar Miriam Bryant is doing her only gig in Sweden this year at WoW - Photo by Nina Uddin
Swedish superstar Miriam Bryant is doing her only gig in Sweden this year at WoW – Photo by Nina Uddin

 


FESTIVALS IN EUROPE

And now let us take you abroad with our extension to our year round music festival list. Here are our picks of the best festivals to visit around Europe’s main cities this year.

 

  • ALL POINTS EAST / May 25 – June 3, London, ENGLAND

This festival is brand new to London and already has a billing far more eclectic than its peers. It will be held in Victoria Park taking place over 10 days, bookended with headlining acts, while the interim days will be used to host free film screenings, as well as street food, comedy and theatre.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Bjork, Father John Misty, The XX, Lorde, Beck, The National, LCD Soundsystem, St Vincent, Nick Cave, Patti Smith.

WEBSITE: allpointseastfestival.com

ADMISSION: Festival pass £169.95. Single day ticket £59.95 – £89.95

Jammie and Oliver - The XX
The XX – Photo by Karen Pérez Guzmán

 

 

  • PRIMAVERA SOUND / May 28 – June 3, Barcelona, SPAIN

For almost twenty years Primavera Sound has been consistently offering successful musical events. The Barcelona-based music promotion company has, since its modest beginnings, developed a strong commitment to music so that spectators from different generations can enjoy the experience of live music to the full. This is clearly reflected in the innovative quality of its events, that exude coherence, eclecticism and the love of risk taking and are characterised by its unmistakeable artistic line strongly influenced by rock, pop and the most underground tendencies of dance music.

The festival is held at Parc del Fòrum on the waterfront at the northernmost end of the city, which is an incredible site for the festival, nothing beats having a cold beer in warm Barcelona, listening to your favourite band, facing the sea as the sun sets.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Oneohtronix Point Never, Ibeyi, The Internet, Panda Bear, Artic Monkeys, Peggy Gou, Beach House, Björk, The Black Madonna, John Talabot, THE BLAZE, Jon Hopkins, Jorja Smith, Dj Seinfeld, Dj Koze, Slowdive, CHVRCHES, Cigarettes After Sex, Lorde, Lykke Li, The National, Deerhunter, Migos, The War On Drugs, HAIM.

WEBSITE: primaverasound.com

ADMISSION: Festival pass 220€. Single Day Ticket 85€.

 

Arctic Monkeys can be seen at Way Out West, Nos Alive, Sziget, Flow and more this summer... - Photo by Nina Uddin
Arctic Monkeys can be seen at Way Out West, Nos Alive, Sziget, Flow and more this summer… – Photo by Nina Uddin

 

  • WE LOVE GREEN / June 2 – 3, Bois de Vincennes, Paris, FRANCE

Summon your flower power for this eco-friendly rock festival, an annual two-day jamboree that places equal emphasis on musical quality and eco credentials. As ever, the bins will be recyclable, the stages built from 100% natural material and the site dotted with the stands of tree-hugging NGOs, while the summery setting means that the beautiful young partiers can recharge their rave juice by basking in the sun. Tacky merchandising is replaced with organic food and wine stalls, and kids are catered for with a range of games and workshops.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Björk, Migos, Tyler The Creator, Beck, Jamie XX, King Krule, The Internet, Nina Kraviz, Father John Misty, Sampha, Dixon, Superorganism, IAMDDB…

WEBSITE: welovegreen.fr

ADMISSION: Festival pass 99€. Single Day Ticket 16€ – 55€.

 

Gorillaz - Photo by Karen Pérez Guzmán
Gorillaz – Photo by Karen Pérez Guzmán
  • SÓNAR / June 14 – 16, Barcelona, SPAIN

The festival is in its 25th edition. Sónar’s founding values have defined the festival since its inception: the link between creativity and technology, its commitment to being a global event and a meeting point for creative people from different disciplines and communities.

Sónar Barcelona’s activities are divided into two main locations: Sónar by Day, located in Fira Montjuïc, concerts and dj’s, showcases and Sónar+D; the international congress focused on the digital creative industries and dedicated to creating professional, business and networking opportunities.

Sónar by Night is located at the Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, and hosts live shows and dj sets from the biggest names in international music.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: A- Track, Black Coffee, Bonobo, Diplo, Gorillaz, John Talabot, Little Simz, Modeselektor, Tokimonsta, Thom Yorke, Yung Lean.

WEBSITE: sonar.es

ADMISSION: Festival pass 180€. Single day ticket 58€ – 79€.

 

  • ROSKILDE / June 30 — July 7, Roskilde, DENMARK

8 days of music, art, food, co-creation and freedom.  At Roskilde Festival you can experience over 170 acts – in all sizes and genres. Join 129,999 fellow Roskilde-goers for a week-long international celebration of music, art, co-creation and freedom.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Eminem, Bruno Mars, Gorillaz, Nine Inch Nails, Four Tet, Massive Attack, Dua Lipa, Anderson Paak, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Interpol, Kali Uchis, Stone Sour, Mike Skinner, Joey Bada$$, First Aid Kit…

WEBSITE: roskilde-festival.dk

ADMISSION: Festival pass DKK 2100. Single day ticket DKK 1050.

Dua Lipa is doing the festival rounds and playing at Roskilde, Ruisrock, Sziget, Lollapalooza and more - Photo by Nina Uddin
Dua Lipa is doing the festival rounds and playing at Roskilde, Ruisrock, Sziget, Lollapalooza and more – Photo by Nina Uddin
  • RUISROCK / July 6 – 8, Turku, FINLAND

Ruisrock is the oldest festival in Finland, and actually the second oldest rock festival in Europe, that has been running continuously – the first edition was held in 1970. Over the years the festival has seen the likes of Metallica, Bon Jovi, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and Bob Dylan. The lineup now leans more towards modern dance-friendly pop and EDM in the international department, and that is spiced up with the cream of the Finnish music scene.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Dua Lipa, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, N.E.R.D., Clean Bandit, Years & Years, Anne-Marie, Tove Styrke, First Aid Kit, ALMA…

WEBSITE: ruisrock.fi

ADMISSION: Festival pass €155. Single day ticket €99.

 

  • EXIT / July 12 – 15, Petrovaradin Fortress, Petrovaradin, SERBIA

After the most comprehensive year in its history, EXIT is getting ready for an even greater festival achievement in 2018! The EXIT family now has five members in as many countries in the region, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Croatia and Serbia! After EXIT celebrated 50th anniversary of Summer of Love in 1967 and the revolutionary “hippie” movement that changed the world forever, in the year when EXIT is “coming of age” with its 18th edition, it will celebrate this movement’s foremost ideal of personal freedom.

EXIT is one of the rare music festivals which started as a freedom movement and which, from day one, has had a strong social mission. EXIT Freedom is a global call for liberation from materialism, stereotypes and collective misconceptions which dominate our civilization nowadays.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: David Guetta, Grace Jones, Ziggy Marley, Maceo Plex, Migos, Brujeria, Alice Merton…

WEBSITE: exitfest.org/en

ADMISSION: Festival pass £98

 

  • NOS ALIVE FESTIVAL / July 12 – 13, Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

    Two Door Cinema Club - Photo by Nina Uddin
    Two Door Cinema Club – Photo by Nina Uddin

After ten memorable editions, NOS Alive returns to Passeio Marítimo de Algés, with a line-up filled with heavy weight talents. If you’re going to make a move and go to just one of the European festivals on this list, we think it should be this one!

LINEUP HIGHTLIGHTS: Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, The National, Nine Inch Nails, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, Snow Patrol, Eels, Sampha, Friendly Fires.

WEBSITE: nosalive.com/en/

ADMISSION: Festival pass 124€ – 149€. Single day ticket 65€.

 

  • SZIGET / August 9-16 Budapest, HUNGARY

Sziget is a weeklong festival in Budapest. It takes place on Óbudai Island, which is dubbed “Island of Freedom.”

MØ - Photo by Nina Uddin
MØ – Photo by Nina Uddin

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sonz, Shawn Mendes, Liam Gallagher, Bastille, Lykke Li, Stormzy, The War On Drugs, The Kooks, MØ, Zara Larsson, Gogol Bordello.

WEBSITE: szigetfestival.com

ADMISSION: Festival pass 199€ – 310€. Single day ticket 75€.

 

  • FLOW / August 10-12, Parrukatu, Helsinki, FINLAND

The Flow Festival is a leading urban music and arts boutique festival taking place in a historic power plant area in Helsinki. The music presented at Flow Festival is a varied selection of artists from indie rock to soul and jazz and from folk to contemporary club sounds – from both the Finnish and the international scene. In addition to music, Flow Festival is about urban spaces, visual arts, film screenings, talks, design as well as food and drinks.

The Suvilahti festival area houses 11 different venues for Flow, including massive outdoor and tent stages for thrilling and atmospheric spectacles as well as cosy indoor and outdoor venues for more intimate moments. The lush new Resident Advisor Front Yard offers an even larger venue to see the top names in electronic music. Organized in collaboration with the world’s leading online media for electronic music Resident Advisor.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Lykke Li, Patti Smith, St Vincent, Fleet Foxes, ALMA, Sigrid, Anna of the North, Jorja Smith…

WEBSITE: flowfestival.com/en/

ADMISSION: Festival pass 159€ – 195€. Single day ticket 99€.

Patti Smith
Patti Smith – Photo by Karen Pérez Guzmán

 

  • LOLLAPALOOZA / September 8 – 9, Rennbahn Hoppergarten, Berlin, GERMANY

In 2017, Lollapalooza successfully celebrated its third edition in Berlin. 85,000+ festivalgoers ventured to Rennbahn Hoppegarten every day to party with top-class acts such as Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons and The xx at one of the world’s most family-friendly festivals. ‘Lolla Berlin’, as the devoted fans nicknamed it, even set a record as Germany’s biggest open air festival in 2017!

More than 45 acts play the two Main Stages, the Alternative Stage and Perry’s Stage. In the two previous years Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Muse, Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Major Lazer, The xx, Seeed, Beatsteaks, Paul Kalkbrenner, Hardwell, New Order, Marteria, Tame Impala, Sam Smith, The Libertines and many more other (inter-)national top acts made the crowd cheer.

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS: The Weekend, Kraftwerk, Imagine Dragons, The National, David Guetta, Kygo, Armin Van Buuren, Dua Lipa, Sofi Tukker, Liam Gallagher, Years & Years, Nervo, Friendly Fires, Jorja Smith, Wolf Alice…

Years & Years - Photo by Nina Uddin
Years & Years – Photo by Nina Uddin

WEBSITE: lollapaloozade.com

ADMISSION: Festival pass 99€ – 229€. Single day ticket 79€.

We know you’re just as crazy about music as we are, so we’re pretty sure we’ll be coming across each other at a festival or two. See you on the festival fields!

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