Sick of camping out in a muddy, damp tent all weekend? Or maybe you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere that isn’t as soggy as Britain?
Either way – there’s a whole host of sick festivals across Europe. Spanning the broad spectrum of electronic music, there’s something here to satisfy even the fussiest of bass enthusiasts.
Here are 10 of the best European festivals: Time to book those days off work…
Sea Dance Festival
When: 14-16 July
How Much: Around £90
This one’s going to be big… Run by the same team behind Exit Festival, Sea Dance has smashed it for the past two years, with this year looking to be even better than before. We’re back on the award winning Jaz beach with Sea Dance and we’re bringing some of the biggest names possible… Skrillex Andy C, Sub Focus, My Nu Leng and Zomboy.
Where: Novalja, Croatia
When: 26-30 June
How Much: £139
Located on the sun-drenched Island of the now legendary Croatian island Pag… one of the earliest Croatian islands to host these type of events. It’s not just the weather that’s beautiful. This year’s lineup includes an impressive roster: Jamie xx, Andy C, Skepta, Gorgon City, Stormzy, Skream, Eats Everything, Zinc and loads more!
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
When: 7-10 July
How Much: From £86
No newcomer to the festival scene, Exit is back this year for its 17th event, and it’s looking better than ever. Its prime setting of the Novi Sad Fortress provides the perfect backdrop for an equally enticing line-up that stretches across every genre imaginable. For us bass heads this includes Andy C, Modestep, DJ Hype, Zomboy, Sigma, Teddy Killerz, Sub Zero, Ivy Lab, Rene Lavice and Shlohmo just to name a few.
Let It Roll
Where: Near Prague, Czech Republic
When: 28-31 July
How Much: From £50
One for the D&B disciples: Let It Roll is THE biggest drum and bass festival on earth. Covering all sub-genres and styles – and set in an eye-popping highly produced backdrop, Let It Roll is packing a laundry list of big names like Pendulum, Culture Shock, Audio and over 200 more. Yeah, 200. For D&B fans this is a must.
Where: Pula, Croatia
When: 31 August -5 September
How Much: £138
Here’s one of the more diverse offerings. Running for five days on the beautiful Croatian coastline, Outlook sees a whole array of big names from a handful of different genres come together for one huge party. This year plays host to such artists as Noisia, Goldie, Andy C and Damian Marley. Also it takes place in an Abandoned Fort. If that hasn’t convinced you, nothing will…
Where: Pula, Croatia
When: 24-29 August
How Much: £148
Strangely enough, this one’s also in Croatia. Acting as a sort of Sister festival to Outlook, Dimensions showcases a bit more of an underground, left-sided look at electronic music. This year plays host to such names as Massive Attack, Mala, dBridge, Alix Perez, Om Unit, Calibre, Fracture and Sam Binga.
When: 13-17 July
How Much: Around €140
Dour Festival: Belgium’s answer to Glastonbury, Dour covers all styles of music and loads of arty attractions on the side. The mammoth line-up should have you salivating: Bad Company, Jauz, Odesza, Spor, Audio b2b Gridlok, State Of Mind, Ivy Lab, High Contrast, Mefjus, Mr Oizo and Phace are just a few of the artists already announced. Massive.
Where: Avignon, France
When: 9th April
How Much: £30
Bit of a smaller one this…but don’t underestimate it. Insane Festival combines indoor and outdoor spaces with state of the art visuals and a range of talented names including Pendulum, Spag Heddy, Dimension, High Contrast, The Clamps and NVOY.
When: 26-29 August
How Much: £79
Last year TheSoundYouNeed hosted a stage at Sea Dance alongside us. This year they’re hosting their first dedicated open air festival. Taking place across a festival site, boat parties and pool parties, it looks set to go off, with some very exciting names already announced, ranging from Sam Gellaitry and Hudson Mohawke to SG Lewis, Slow Magic and Maribou State. Get involved.