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European Music Festivals

European Music Festivals

Missed out on tickets to Glastonbury? Don’t worry – head to Europe instead for your music festival fix. With big names topping the bill, and less chance of your tent being washed away, here’s the lowdown on the best festivals reachable from Stansted Airport.  


Benicassim (13-16 July)

Fly to: Valencia, Castellon, Reus or Barcelona

No need to pack your wellies for this one - located on the beautiful Costa del Azahar, Benicassim offers revellers sizzling sunshine and some of the best bands on the planet. The Weeknd, Kasabian and Red Hot Chilli Peppers are topping the bill, with acts only taking to the stage at night – leaving the days free to top up your tan or catch some waves. Join fellow revellers for good vibes, good music and an unforgettable experience in the sun.

Meanwhile, Benicassim itself is a charming coastal town with a historic yet lively centre and gorgeous beaches, all set against a stunning mountain backdrop. Beach lovers can choose between San Vicent, Els Terrers, Voramar, Almadraba, Torre and Heliópolis, while culture-buffs will love exploring the “old quarter”, with its rich, old-style architecture and narrow streets.


Roskilde (24 June – 1 July)

Fly to: Copenhagen

Roskilde certainly rivals the big festivals with its impressive line-up (Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters are headlining this year), but make no mistake – this is a festival with a difference. With a focus on environmental issues and humanitarian causes, Roskilde encourages a sense of community between its festival-goers with campsite games, workshops and debates.

It’s also just a 40 minute drive away to laidback Copenhagen – frequently ranked as the happiest city in the world – where you’ll find cobbled streets, wooded parks and peaceful lakes. 

Rock am Ring

Rock am Ring (2-4 June)

Fly to: Frankfurt, Cologne Bonn

One of the biggest festivals in Germany, fans of rock and alternative music will love Rock am Ring. Held at the same time (with the same line-up) as Nuremberg’s Rock im Park festival, this is a must-do for rock fans of all ages. And with more mainstream acts such as Bastille and Rag’n’Bone Man appearing this year alongside the likes of System of a Down and Pierce The Veil, Rock am Ring is sure to offer something for everyone.

Nearby Frankfurt is an intriguing city, where skyscrapers and trade fairs meet traditional buildings and quaint neighbourhoods, and serene parks and gardens are juxtaposed with street art and quirky boutiques. With nearly as many museums as Berlin, the only problem you’ll have is fitting it all in.