22 of the most popular music festivals in Europe 2024

Seeking your next festival? Where to head as a fan this year in Europe

  • TicketSwap Team
  • jeu. 16 mai

Sorry to break it to you, but this summer you're going to be pretty overwhelmed with choice when it comes to festival season.

Many summer music festivals across Europe have already begun dropping their lineups for 2024, and it's shaping up to be an outrageously good music festival season for pretty much all music fans and music fans and festival-goers.

Whether you're into electronic music to rock, hip hop to world music, jazz to indie, pop, fusion, and beyond, there's pretty much something for everyone - especially for music fans and festival goers willing to travel to different festivals in Europe.

Best European Music Festivals 2024

From the iconic stages of Montreux Jazz Festival (which takes place on the edge of Lake Geneva lasts for two weeks!) to the elaborate stage designs of Tomorrowland, to Glastonbury, to Sziget Festival, Primavera Sound and beyond (all more than worth your time, by the way), we get that it can be a little intimidating to jump into it.

So, without further ado, here's our guide to the music festivals in Europe we think should be on your radar this year across Portugal, Spain, Hungary, UK, Serbia, The Netherlands, Belgium and beyond.

Sziget Festival dancer

Best music festivals in Europe to book in 2024

Looking for the best music festivals to add to your music festival bucket list this year? Look no further: TicketSwap has pulled together a guide to some of the most popular music festivals in Europe. Read on to find out where music fans should head whether you're looking for hip hop or rock, jazz or electronic music, huge names or newcomer indie artists, across spring, summer and beyond.

Waking Life, Portugal

Jun 19 – 24, Crato, Portugal

Ready for a summer solstice adventure in Europe this June? Picture yourself at the Waking Life Festival in Crato, Portugal, from mid June. This isn't just any festival; it's a world where music, art, and nature collide under the warm sun and starry nights.

Imagine days filled with eclectic beats and nights of whimsical wonders, all celebrating the longest day of the year. So, why not join the global tribe mid June 2024 and experience a solstice like no other at the Waking Life festival?

Bilbao BBK Live

Jul 11 – 13, Kobetamendi Park, Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao BBK Live festival is set to take over Kobetamendi Park once more this year, giving the opportunity for music lovers across the world to unite again in this gorgeous natural setting, with 12 stage.

On the main stage catch the likes of The Prodigy, Massive Attack and Jungle, along with with music from artists like Overmono, Ezra Collective, Parcels, Alvvays, Noname, Jordan Rakei, Underworld and more.

Resurrection Fest

Jun 26 – 29, Avenida Ramón Canosa, Viveiro, Spain

A haven for metal and goth enthusiasts (not to mention a sanctuary to congregate around all things all things heavy and alternative), this festival takes place in June and boasts a diverse lineup, including legends like Alice Cooper, Avenged Sevenfold, and Megadeth.

Mallorca Live Festival

Jun 13 – 15, Mallorca, Calvià, Spain

Since its debut in 2016, the Mallorca Live Festival has quickly become one of the Balearic Islands' top festivals, and this year looks to be no different, with the likes of Blondie, Pet Shop Boys, Sleaford Mods and Underworld all swinging by for performances.

More than just a music event, this festival aims to celebrate the mediterranean way of life -count us in.

Dekmantel Selectors

Aug 22 – 26, Tisno Garden, Tisno, Croatia

"A celebration of sun, music and togetherness", Dekmantel Selectors is set in the irresistably picturesque Tisno Garden, and is regarded as a non-negotiable for most electronic music enthusiasts.

This unique festival, known for its intimate industrial feel and limited capacity, offers a world-class lineup featuring over 80 artists. Notable acts on this year's lineup include Gabrielle Kwarteng, JASSS and Marcel Dettmann.

The event also features thrilling back-to-back sets from the likes of Vladimir Ivkovic & Sean Johnston, CCL & Objekt, and Bitter Babe & Florentino. More. highlights include Avalon Emerson, Jossy Mitsu, and Physical Therapy.

Defected Croatia 2024

Aug 1 – 3, Tisno, Croatia

Defected Croatia hits Tisno this summer, delivering a punchy four-day program featuring over 80 artists. Expect a curated mix of scene veterans like Mousse T. and fresh talent such as Aroop Roy, plus Melvo Baptiste, Dave Lee, and Monki, among others.

Stripping back the excess, Defected offers more than just music with its wellness sessions—a nod to the balance sought by modern ravers. With a practical setup including beach access, Defected Croatia stands as a solid choice for those who value substance with their beats.

Roskilde Festival
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Roskilde festival

Jun 29 – Jul 6, Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark A self-professed "playground for emerging talents and curious souls", Roskilde festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe, and has been running since the 1970s. Though a focus on sustainability, activism, art and culture is the name of the game, the musical offerings at Roskilde Festival never fall short. This year, catch an eclectic multi-genre mix, including the likes of Kali Uchis, PJ Harvey, Aurora, Skrillex and more.

Glastonbury Festival

Possibly one of the most famous music festivals in the world, Glastonbury festival is the jewel in the UK festival crown. Expect sprawling fields of well-organised chaos - and weather-wise, either scorching sun or apocalyptic mud (and nothing between). Truly international artists queue up to play Glastobury's staes, which have been graced by Arctic Monkeys, Iggy Pop, Lil Nas, Chemical Brothers, Elton John, Guns 'N Roses, David Bowie, Wu-Tang Clan, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.

Pohoda Festival

Jul 11 – 14, Letisko Piešťany, Piešťany, Slovakia

With a rich blend of genres spanning rock, pop, electronic, and more, Pohoda Festival takes place in July at Letisko Piešťany in Slovakia.

This festival promises something special - especially in 2024, with a stellar line up that includes an eclectic mix of up-and-coming artists like Jockstrap, LA Priest, DEADLETTER, and English Teacher.

The festival will also host Queens of the Stone Age, Skepta, James Blake, and Royal Blood.

In addition to the music, the festival is renowned for its cultural offerings, featuring art exhibitions, workshops, and performances, making it a comprehensive celebration of music and culture.

OFF Festival

Aug 2 – 4, Dolina Trzech Stawów, Katowice, Poland

OFF Festival, slated for August 2nd to 4th in the lush surrounds of Dolina Trzech Stawów, Katowice, unveils an audacious lineup that cuts across a spectrum of sounds, brings a lineup that's as varied as it is exciting.

Headliners include the synth-driven sounds of Future Islands and Bakar's blend of indie and hip-hop. They're joined by Clavish, known for his sharp lyricism, plus hyperpop panache from Alice Longyu Gao and Hotline TNT's noise-rock inflections.

Colours of Ostrava

Jul 17 – 20, Dolní oblast Vítkovice, Ostrava, Czechia

Big names like Queens of the Stone Age, Sam Smith, Lenny Kravitz and James Blake are set to grace the stage this year at Colours of Ostrava, which takes place in the iconic location of Dolní oblast Vítkovice in Ostrava, Czechia.

This festival will also feature vibrant performances from Gogol Bordello, Sevdaliza, and Dennis Lloyd, among others.

With its blend of historical industrial charm and a lineup that spans various genres, Colours of Ostrava offers something pretty unique - probably why last year it celebrated its 20th anniversary!

EXIT Festival

Jul 10 – 14, Petrovaradin Fortress, Petrovaradin, Serbia

EXIT Festival, a renowned music festival in Serbia, takes place in Petrovaradin Fortress, overlooking the river Danube in Novi Sad. The line up for this edition includes high-profile acts such as Black Eyed Peas, Gucci Mane, and Carl Cox.

The festival, which began its life as a festival in the form of a student movement fighting for democracy in Serbia, has grown to become a significant event on the world music stage.

Other artists set to perform at EXIT 2024 are Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, British producer Bonobo, Steve Angello from Swedish House Mafia, and the drum and bass band Rudimental.

The lineup also features Kenya Grace, John Newman, KlangKuenstler, Sama’ Abdulhadi, Barry Can’t Swim, Franky Wah, and many more, showcasing a diverse range of music genres and styles, all overlooking the glorious Novi Sad.

Les Eurockéennes

Jul 4 – 7, Eurockéennes de Belfort, Sermamagny, France

Les Eurockéennes, a rock music lovers' heaven-on-earth, returns to the scenic Site du Malsaucy in Belfort this summer. The rock festival takes place in July, uniting fans from all over the world in a summertime collective headbang.

The 2024 edition boasts big names and bands performing on the line up; ready yourself for favourite artists like David Guetta, Lenny Kravitz, and Sum 41, along with other notable acts like Apashe, Bigflo & Oli, Black Pumas, Dropkick Murphys, and many more.

The festival's diverse lineup guarantees a blend of electrifying performances across various rock sub-genres, making it a must-visit event for rock enthusiasts.​

Delta Festival

Sep 4–8, Plages de Marseille, France

Delta Festival, set against the beautiful backdrop of Plages de Marseille, France, is gearing up for its 2024 edition from September 4th to 8th.

This event is a must-visit for those who love vibrant music scenes, featuring an impressive lineup of artists.

Among the big names and bands performing include Caravan Palace, Gazo, Jain, Julien Granel, PLK, SCH, Tiakola, Trym, Trinix, and Vladimir Cauchemar. Each artist brings their unique flavor to the festival, ensuring a diverse and unforgettable musical experience.

Defected Malta

Oct 4 – 6, Uno Malta, Mdina, Malta

Defected Malta - less a music festival, more a mecca for electronic music enthusiasts - hits Mediterranean in October. Hosted at Uno Malta in Mdina, this event whips up a blend of talent across the house music spectrum.

Partygoers can expect a weekend-long celebration set against the backdrop of Malta's sandy beaches and crystalline waters. Venues like St. Paul's Bay's Café del Mar and the historic Fort St. Elmo will add to the festival's unique vibe.

Sziget Festival

Aug 7 – 13, Sziget Festival Official, Budapest, Hungary

Sziget Festival, one of Europe's most celebrated multi-genre music festivals, takes place on Obuda Island, just 22-26 minutes from Budapest's city centre. Expect spectrum of genres including pop music, rock, indie, rap, jazz, grime, techno, and more.

From August 7th to 12th, 2024, it welcomes a diverse lineup. Recent years' rosters have included everyone from big names like Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, David Guetta, Imagine Dragons, Sam Smith and Martin Garrix to more niche acts like Yung Lean and Sleaford Mods.

The festival also offers an array of activities, including bungee rides, a museum quarter, theatre, art pop-ups, wellness zones, and even a full-fledged circus, making it an unparalleled cultural experience.

Amsterdam Dance Event

A slight departure from your usual summer festivals: Amsterdam Dance Event. Electronic music is the name of the game at this festival, which boasts big names on its annual billing but also up-and comers. For music fans, ADE is one of the most anticipated festivals in Europe.

Taking place in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, it's a global meeting post for electronic music aficionados.

The event also hosts the ADE conference, educational and networking opportunities, installations, theatre, dance, live concerts and more, making it a significant event that extends beyond more than just a festival.

Music On Festival

11–12 May, Meerpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A standout event in the Netherlands' bustling festival calendar this festival welcomes fans to the heart of Amsterdam's vibrant city - specifically, Meerpark.

Catch artists such as Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, and Hot Since 82, alongside rising stars like Vintage Culture and Joseph Capriati.

Loveland Festival

10–11 Aug, Sloterpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Once dubbed "an essential pilgrimage for serious music lovers," Loveland Festival is one of the most well-known festivals in Europe of its kind, taking place in the gem that is Sloterpark, surrounded by lush greenery and serene waterscapes.

It's been a staple on the festival circuit for over 30 years, with the likes of Adam Beyer, Black Coffee, Âme (dj), Ben Klock​, Ellen Allien, Dixon and Eric Prydz all gracing the line up in the past couple of years. 2024 artists still TBA, but rest assured it'll be a big one.

By the Creek

6–7 Jul, Recreatieterrein Middelwaard, Vianen, Netherlands

Set in the idyllic Middelwaard, By the Creek is a genre-defying festival which takes place every July. This year's lineup already looks particularly promising, featuring Kiki Rose, Nala, Idaly, Bilal Wahib, and Rockefellababe.

From hip-hop to techno, attendees can expect a bit of everything, along with the chance to chill out or go hard, depending on your inclination.

Lokerse Feesten

2–11 Aug, Lokerse feesten, Lokeren, Belgium

How does ten days of multi-genre joy suit you? This ten-day mega-festival has been going since 1975 (yes, you heard us), so is pretty well known on the European festivals circuit.

It takes place in the charming town of Lokeren. The festival's diverse lineup, including the iconic Pixies and the captivating Future Islands, caters to a wide array of musical tastes, spanning rock, pop, jazz, and more.

Couleur Café

28–30 Jun, Parc d’Osseghem, Brussels, Belgium

Found in the city of Brussels' Parc d'Osseghem, this festival is a true celebration of global sounds. Action Bronson, Fatoumata Diawara, MonoNeon, and Nubiyan Twist all grace the billing this year, and the event is known for its eclectic mix of dub, funk, Latin, jazz, R&B, and more.

Rampage Open Air

5–7 Jul, Kristalpark, Lommel, Belgium

Rampage Open Air festival is found in the lush Kristalpark in the town of Lommel, and stands out as one of the more prominent electronic music festivals in Europe lovers of drum & bass and dubstep. I

It takes place in July, and this year, the festival features an impressive lineup including the likes of Sub Focus, Wilkinson, DJ Hazard, Subtronics, and Apashe.

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