The Top 5 Music Festivals in Europe

9th May, 2022, in Travel Advice & Guides

Festival season is upon us, and now that travel restrictions have largely ended, plans are being made to get back out and enjoy the music, events and attractions that festivals bring.

You may well have already booked tickets to attend a festival or two. If so, and you are heading abroad, you may have also hired a car to get around. It’s time to get your car rental excess insurance so that you don’t get stung with any unexpected costs.

If you haven’t yet booked tickets, check out our below guide to the 5 best festivals in Europe. Whether it’s rock or pop, dance or metal, D ‘n’ B or EDM, we have got you covered.

Rock am Ring/Rock im Park

Held in Germany since 1985, this rock festival has consistently been one of the biggest music events on the continent. Running two festivals at the same time over three days, a near identical line up performs at both Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. Whilst they are two separate festivals, this tends to be classed as one event where fans can soak up a unique atmosphere at 2 different sites.

Previous legends to grace the stages include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, David Bowie, Oasis and Aerosmith.

In 2022, you’ll be able to enjoy Green Day, Weezer and Bullet For My Valentine among many others.

Where: Nurburgring and Nuremburg, Germany

Date: 3rd – 5th June 2022

Ticket cost: Approx. £175

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Mad Cool

A festival held in Madrid that attracts some of the biggest names around in all genres of music. At present, all the weekend tickets for 2022 have sold out. However, individual day tickets are still available, meaning you can enjoy Stormzy, Muse, Florence + The Machine, Metallica and many more. Running since 2016, the festival saw 240,000 partying visitors attend in 2018, although from 2020 onwards, the daily attendance has been capped at 60,000 and the festival extended to four days.

Where: Valdebebas, Madrid

Date: 6th – 10th July 2022

Ticket cost: approx. £54 per day

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EDM music is big right now, and it looks like it will continue to emerge as one of the largest music scenes in Europe. Spread over three weekends in Belgium, Tomorrowland brings together the world’s best names from the genre for a spectacular event that keeps crowds dancing. Originating in 2005 and hosting a crowd of only 9,000, Tomorrowland has developed into such a huge event that 600,000 people are expected this year. Legendary DJ’s such as Carl Cox, Avicii and Moby have entertained crowds in the past. 2022 also looks like it will not disappoint. Eric Prydz, Alesso, Steve Aoki and Joel Corry are among a huge list of performers due to hit the stages.

Where: Boom, Belgium

When: 15th – 17th, 22nd – 24th and 29th – 31st July

Ticket cost: Multiple packages available

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For a festival with a difference, head to Flow. Situated within the grounds of a disused power station, it brings together a huge variety of bands and solo stars from today and from the past. Held in Helsinki since 2004, where it initially embraced jazz and soul as its main genres, Flow has now emerged into something much bigger. It showcases a mix of up-and-coming acts, as well as established performers. Kanye West, The Chemical Brothers and The Arctic Monkeys have all graced the stage in past years, whilst in 2022, Gorillaz, Nick Cave and Michael Kiwanuka will all be performing to the crowds.

Where: Helsinki, Finland

When: 12th – 14th August

Ticket cost: Approx. £171

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Rock en Seine

The biggest festival in Paris right at the end of festival season is one that seems to grow in stature each year. Entertaining fans of the rock and pop scene, this festival started back in 2003 with a handful of acts playing to just 22,000 people. Now held over 6 stages with over 100,000 people in attendance, it draws crowds from across the world. With the Foo Fighters, R.E.M and The Prodigy being among the legendary names that have performed at this festival in the past, 2022 looks to be just as good. Yungblud, Rage Against The Machine and the Arctic Monkeys all booked to play to the adoring crowds.

Where: Paris, France

When: 25th – 28th August

Ticket cost: Approx. £166

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Made your choice yet? There are so many options to consider, you might even be able to fit more than one in! No matter which you choose, always make sure you are prepared for all eventualities, be it at the festival itself or on your way to it. Hiring a car to get from airport to festival is well worth the investment. Our directory can help you find the best deals, whilst car hire excess insurance helps you avoid any additional costs that could hamper your weekend. Contact us today for a free quote!


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