10 Unmissable Music Festivals in Europe 2013

Sun, sea, boat parties, DJs, live music and, did we say sun? A day on the beer and catching the rays at an international festival may sound fun, but we can guarantee you’ll want some air conditioning and a soft mattress to prepare yourself for another day of potential carnage. And good for you, we’ve got some excellently located hostels near all your favourite European festivals.

Soooo…. if you do opt out of camping, or you just want to take a longer city break after an out-of-town festival, we’ve got accommodation for your festie-needs. Scroll to see the top 10 music festivals in Europe you have to hit this summer…

Want MOOOAAARR? See our pick of even more of the coolest music festivals for summer 2013


1. Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

Line Up: Blur, My Bloody Valentine, Wu-Tang Clan, The Knife, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Fiona Apple, Hot Chip, Band of Horses, Deerhunter, The Jesus and Mary Chain, James Blake, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Crystal Castles, Death Grips.


2. Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark


Line up: Kraftwerk, The National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Rihanna, Sigur Ros, Slipknot, Daedelus, Kendrick Lamar, Jake Bugg, Hatebreed, Rokia Traore, Kvelertak, Animal Collective, Angel Haze

  • 29th June – 7th July 2013
  • Location: Roskilde, Denmark
  • Full ticket €256.20
  • Day pass €130 (€89 on Thur)
  • Buy tickets here
  • See all Copenhagen hostels here – for stays before and after.


3. Optimus Alive, Lisbon, Portugal

Line up: Depeche Mode, Kings Of Leon, Two Door Cinema Club, Green Day, Alt-J, Band of Horses, Soulwax, Biffy Clyro, Tame Impala, Twin Shadow, Of Monsters and Men, Phoenix, Death From Above 1979, Django Django, Editors.

  • 12-14th July 2013
  • Location: Passeio Maritimo de Alges, Lisbon
  • Three day pass (without camping) €105
  • Day pass €53
  • Buy tickets here
  • See available Lisbon hostels now


4. BenicassimCosta AzaharSpain


Line up:

The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille, The Courteeners, Hurts, AlunaGeorge, Beach House, Rizzle Kicks, Temples, Azealia Banks, Jake Bugg, Palma Violets, La Roux, Miles Kane, Everything Everything.

  • 18th-21st July 2013
  • Location: Benicassim, near Valencia.
  • Weekend ticket €163
  • One day ticket €70
  • Camping by the beach
  • Buy tickets here
  • See Benicassim hostels and Valencia hostels for before and after the festie.


5. SoundwaveTisnoCroatia


Line up:

Bonobo (live), DOOM (MF DOOM), Quantic & Ondatropica, Robert Glasper Experiment, Alice Russell, Ghostpoet, Submotion Orchestra, Riot Jazz, Craig Charles, Channel One Sound System.

  • 18-22nd July 2013
  • The Garden Tisno, Croatia
  • Three day pass €140
  • Boat parties sold separately
  • Buy tickets here
  • See Zadar hostels for before and after the festie.


6. Dance ValleyAmsterdam

Line up:

Paul Van Dyk, Super8 & Tab, D-Passion, Dream Team, Ophidian, Brian Sanhaji, Chris Liebing, Monoloc, Rebekah


7. SzigetBudapest


Line up:

Blur, David Guetta, Empire of the Sun, Everything Everything, Dizzee Rascal, Enter Shikari, Hadouken!, Azealia Banks, Editors, Tame Impala, Michael Kiwanuka, Sebastian Ingrosso, Bad Religion, Katy B, Peter Bjorn and John, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs


8. Way Out WestGothenburgSweden

Way Out West

Line up:

Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Azealia Banks, Kendrick Lamar, The Knife, HAIM, Local Natives, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Goat, Angel Haze, Solange, James Blake, Bat For Lashes, Beach House, Godspeed You! Black Emperor


9. Rock en SeineParis

Rock en Seine

Line up:

Paul Kalkbrenner, Nine Inch Nails, System Of A Down, Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand, Alt-J, Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, The Bloody Beetroots, Major Lazer, Lianne La Havas


10. Reeperbahn FestivalHamburg

Line up

Built to Spill, múm, Shout Out Louds, Tunng, Jeans Team, Chakuza, Juveniles, Anika

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