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European Festival Breaks

The start of the major festival season is an exciting time for all music lovers across the globe, allowing friends and family alike to bask in festival fields across Europe in celebration of internationally acclaimed artists and new discoveries alike.

View our list of top European Festival destinations to help you to decide which music event is the perfect match for your discerning taste, whether it be the unique castle setting of EXIT festival in Serbia, or Scotland's T in the Park with its stellar line-ups and fervent atmosphere.   

Roskilde Festival

Roskilde, Denmark: 24th June-4th July

This year's Roskilde Festival will feature a performance from the legendary Beatles member, Sir Paul McCartney. Roskilde, just a short hop from Copenhagen on the Danish island of Zealand, features a diverse line-up, incorporating artists ranging from rock acts to leading dance and rap outfits. 

Take a trip to Copenhagen and enjoy a true asset of Northern European culture, with Roskilde being the largest music event of its kind on the continent since it began life in 1971. 

T in the Park

T in the Park, Scotland: 10th-12th July

The 2015 T in the Park Festival will move into its new residency at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, from its original home in the disused Balado airfield.

Organisers have pulled out all the stops for this year's line-up, seeing heavyweight Leicester rockers Kasabian headlining on the Friday evening, while Swedish DJ Avicii will keep the party going by topping the bill on Saturday, before Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds close proceedings on Sunday night with a heady blend of Oasis classics and solo tracks.

Getting to the festival can be done via the Citylink coach services as the greenest way to venture to the festival, while a flight to Glasgow will offer swift access to Perth whether travelling by car or public transport. 

EXIT Festival

EXIT Festival, Serbia: 15th-18th July

A delightfully unique fusion of vibrant dance acts and mainstream offerings showcase an endearing diversity in this Serbian based festival from the banks of the Danube River within the striking 18th century Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad.

Main Stage offerings include rock legends and singer songwriters alike, while dance music enthusiasts will revel in the vast list of notable DJ's on show, with the MTS Dance Arena and SDF Dance Paradise likely to be regular viewing spots. Access to the festival site is possible after flying into Zagreb, Croatia, from which you have access to buses and shared or private transportation straight into Novi Sad.

Benicassim

Benicassim, Spain: 16th-21st July

Perched on the sun-drenched eastern Spanish coast between Valencia and Barcelona, Benicassim (Festival Internacional de Benicàssim), represents a festival mecca for alternative music fans looking to enjoy an alluring line-up of the world's leading music stars both old and new. 

An envious 2015 bill sees headline performances from the captivatingly exuberant Florence & The Machine, alongside genre spanning sets from electronic dance giants The Prodigy and seminal brit-pop outfit Blur.

Positivus Festival

Positivus Festival, Latvia: 17th-19th July

Combine a three day music extravaganza with a quixotic coastal holiday destination on the dreamy coast of Salacgriva, Latvia. Acclaimed international acts rest on the bill alongside the chance to discover fresh emerging talent.

There is plenty to see and do away from the music too, with a decidedly relaxed aura stemming through the woodland themed festival setting, comprising art and dance stages interspersed with a wonderful array of healthy food options.

The easiest way to get to the site would be to fly or travel to Riga, before using the annual Positivus shuttle which takes visitors straight to the festival site from the city.

Boardmasters Festival

Boardmasters Festival, England: 5th-9th August

Surfing and music fans will find Cornwall's Boardmasters Festival an alluring prospect in the summer months. 

Visitors to the South-West England coast will find some of the finest surfing conditions in the country, before swapping sea waves with soundwaves across six main stage areas. Each stage offers something for everyone, seeing the cream of their respective genres taking in Main Stage acoustic chill out, to the pulsating dance beats of the Unleashed area. 

Margaret Island

Sziget Festival, Hungary: 10th-17th August

Travel to Hungary's finest festival offering in the Budapest backdrop of Sziget Festival.

With a line-up often consisting of all manner of huge chart topping pop acts, to more leftfield pop and alternative bands and artists, Sziget is a discerning choice for anyone looking for a festival visit which incorporates an eclectic mixture of bookings to match a varied taste.

Hungary as a centrally based tourist hub of Europe ensures the festival is easy to reach whether by plane, bus or even by train.

Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic Festival, Ireland: 4th-6th September 2015

End the festival season on a high with Dublin's musical swansong.

Electric Picnic Festival rests in the picturesque area of Stradbally, County Laois, being only a short 1-2 hour drive from the Dublin capital. Having been voted Best Medium-Sized European Festival at the 2010 European Festival Awards, the festival continues to go from strength to strength, with the ability to draw some of the biggest headline acts across a festival weekend to rival any across Europe. 

Berlin Festivals

Berlin Festivals

Berlin lives up to its name as a European party hotspot, with a range of festivals available this summer to appease fans of all music persuasions.

Indie-pop lovers will likely want to head out to Lollapalooza Berlin (12-13 September), being the German iteration of the famous music festival found stateside. There is always an enticing array of rock and pop artists responsible for some of the biggest tracks on the alternative scene in the last decade, while travel to the site couldn't be easier given its close proximity to the city.

An alternative choice for beer enthusiasts who wish to savour a variety of lagers and real ales while enjoying the sights and sounds of this celebratory European music capital, would be the Berlin Beer Festival (7-9 August).

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