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Best July Music Festivals in Europe

posted by Maya Shaw-Faber on July 03, 2014

Latitude 2013 via the festival

We already brought you our top July music festivals in North America, so now let's head across the pond for the must-attend events in Europe. Whether you're getting your indie music from Latitude and Optimus Alive, hip-hop from Wireless, or EDM from Ultra Europe and Tomorrowland, get excited, because some of the best music festivals in Europe are quickly approaching!

Open’er



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When: July 2-5
Where: Gdynia, Poland
Who: Interpol, The Black Keys, Foster the People, MGMT, Pearl Jam, Rudimental, Foals, Jack White, Lykke Li, The Horrors, Faith No More, Phoenix, and more

Taking place at the Kosakowo Airport, this festival hosts an impressive array of bands along with plays, art installations, a fashion stage, silent disco, ferris wheel, and more. Rihanna described her experience there as one of the best nights of her life, so it must be pretty good, right? 

Volt



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When: July 2-6
Where: Sopron, Hungary
Who: Arctic Monkeys, 30 Seconds to Mars, Hurts, MGMT, Foals, Bring Me the Horizon, Steve Aoki, Morcheeba, Nero, Icona Pop, Birdy, and more

Volt hosts over 100,000 festivalgoers in a lush green forest by the Hungarian/Austrian border. Described as having a "family atmosphere," one can see performances in several genres including pop, rock, alternative, metal, folk, world, jazz, or electronica. 

Rock Werchter



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When: July 3-6
Where: Werchter, Belgium
Who: Metallica, Placebo, Damon Albarn, Skrillex, Arsenal, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, White Lies, Miles Kane, Gesaffelstein, and more

Rock Werchter is one of the five biggest rock music festivals in Europe and has been around since 1974. In addition to its amazing lineup, it also holds a unique competition: enter your design to be on this years Wapkin, the official Rock Werchter napkin. 

Wireless Festival



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When: July 4-6
Where: London, Birmingham
Who: Bruno Mars, Kanye West, Rudimental, Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Knife Party, Robin Thicke, Basement Jaxx, Wilkinson, Naughty Boy, Kid Ink, and more

The Wireless Festival (sponsored by Yahoo! of course) takes place in venues in both London and Birmingham, featuring big-name artists in rock, rap, and electronic music.  

Eurockennes de Belfort 



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When: July 4-6
Where: Belfort, France
Who: Pixies, Skrillex, The Black Keys, Stromae, Franz Ferdinand, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Detroit, Shaka Ponk, Fauve, M.I.A., and more

What does "Eurocknennes" mean you ask? Well, it's a play on words using rock and européennes (Europeans). The festival takes pride in gathering music from all nationalities, and has been around since 1989.

Optimus Alive



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When: July 10-12
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
Who: Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Ben Howard, Buraka Som Sistema, The Black Keys, MGMT, The Last Internationale, The Vicious Five, Foster the People, Bastille, and more

Even though it is a relatively new festival - having started in 2007 - Optimus Alive has been called "one of Europe's best festivals" by Time Out London. With a kickass lineup and location, this is one must-see festival.

EXIT Festival



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When: July 10-13
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
Who: Damon Albarn, Gloria Gaynor, Hurts, Jamiroquai, Pet Shop Boys, Rudimental, Skrillex, Stromae, Suede, Underworld, Afrojack, Quintino, and more

EXIT Festival was founded as a student movement to fight for democracy and freedom in the Balkans and Serbia, and social change is still its main focus. Held in the Petrovaradin Fortress, this festival is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. 

T in the Park



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When: July 11-13
Where: Kinross-shire, Scotland
Who: Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams, Paul Weller, Imagine Dragons, Rudimental, Bastille, and more

T in the Park, the T standing for Tennents, brews its lager 36 hours before the festival, and has served attendees 3 million pints since 1994. Obviously, these festivalgoers are having a great time.

Ultra Europe 



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When: July 11-13
Where: Split, Croatia
Who: Above and Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Disclosure, Erick Morillo, Example, Fedde Legrand, Hardwell, Ingrosso, Knife Party, and more

Ultra Europe, the counterpart to the American Ultra Festival in Miami, is back for its second year. It takes place in Split, Croatia, and the Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort on the Island of Hvar. What could be sexier than a dance festival on an island?

EDC UK



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When: July 12
Where: Milton Keynes, England
Who: Avicii, Bassjackers, Calvin Harris, Matin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Showtek, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, and more

Electric Daisy Carnival UK is known for its amazing decor, lighting, art installations, carnival rides, and performers. Over 500 performers roam the crowd dancing, juggling, and all-around merry-making. 

Latitude



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When: July 17-20
Where: Suffolk, England
Who: Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn, The Black Keys, Editors, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala, Crystal Fighters, First Aid Kit, HAIM, Mogwai, Lykke Li, and more

Latitude offers what other festivals don't: they host a literary arena, cabaret, live art house, poetry, and more. With political debate, kids activities, and an awesome lineup, what's not to love?

Lovebox



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When: July 18-19
Where: London, England
Who: Chase and Status, A$AP Rocky, Katy B, Annie Mac, Sub Focus, NZ Shapeshifter, Moderat, Joey Bada$$, M.I.A., Nas, Bonobo, Crystal Fighters, BANKS, and more

Where else can you climb into a treehouse to watch your favorite band? Lovebox has been pushing the limits since its inception in 2002, featuring a vintage fashion fair and a bowling alley.

Melt!


By Stephan Flad for Melt!

When: July 18-20
Where: Ferropolis, Germany
Who: Actress, Addison Groove, Akkord, Alex Banks, Alle Farben, Ame, Aroma Pitch, Ateq and Konstantin, Baauer, Ballet School, Bilderbuch, and more

Known for its Sleepless Floor, a 24-hour dance floor, Melt! is in a category of its own. With its industrial look and dedicated festivalgoers, this is a festival to take note of.

Tomorrowland



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When: July 18-20, 25-27
Where: Boom, Belgium
Who: Eric Prydz, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, AN21 and Max Vangeli, Guy J, Marc Benjamin, Pierre, Jon, Rundell, Revero, and more

Tomorrowland, the legendary dance festival in Belgium, is back with an incredibly thorough lineup. Its spans across two weekends with big-name artists and DJs in all genres of dance music.

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Best July Music Festivals in North America