Best August Music Festivals in Europe

posted by Maya Shaw-Faber on August 02, 2014

While summer might be wrapping up, festival season is far from over. We've compiled a list of the best August festivals in Europe. Are you going to catch Hardwell at Mysteryland, or Beck at Electric Picnic? When you've decided on your Europe festivals, head over to the Best August Festivals in North America

Øya Festival

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When: August 5-9
Where: Oslo, Norway
Who: Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Janelle Monae, Todd Terje, Neutral Milk Hotel, and more

Øya Festival takes place in a lush park in the ancient ruins of the Maria Church by day, and is spread out in different venues throughout the beautiful city of Oslo at night. Explore both experiences by attending this amazing festival. 

Way Out West Festival

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When: August 7-9
Where: Gothenburg, Sweden
Who: Outkast, Röyksopp & Robyn, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Annika, Norlin, and more

Get your pop fix at Way Out West in Sweden. It has an amazing lineup of international rock, electronic, and hip-hop artists, and the whole festival is vegetarian!

Flow Festival

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When: August 8-10
Where: Helsinki, Finland
Who: Skrillex, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, The National, Manic Street Preachers, Outkast, Röyksopp & Robyn, and more

Flow takes place in an abandoned power plant in downtown Helsinki, but the atmosphere can only be described as warm and cozy. Catch a set by Skrillex or Real Estate under twinkling fairy lights.  

Barrakud Festival

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When: August 9-16
Where: Novalja, Croatia
Who: Paul Kalkbrenner, Sven Vath, Dubfire, Adam Beyer, Art Department, Ellen Allien, Guy Gerber, and more

Barrakud festivalgoers will be surrounded by sun and sand while they party all night with world renown EDM artists on an island in Croatia. What could be better?

Sziget Festival

via Sziget Festival

When: August 11-18
Where: Budapest, Hungary
Who: Queens of the Stone Age, The Prodigy, Placebo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Outkast, Blink-183, and more

Along with its killer lineup, Sziget hosts art instillations and activities. These include the Luminarium, an 800 square foot inflatable labyrinth bathed in light and color, creating a visual experience like no other.

Mysteryland Festival

via Mysteryland

When: August 23
Where: Haarlemmermmeer, Netherlands
Who: Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nervo, Boys Noize, Yellow Claw XXL & Rochelle, and more

You won't find a bigger, better lineup of EDM artists than at Mysteryland. Whether you're into dubstep, hip hop, disco, house, techno, or electro, you'll have the time of your life in the Netherlands.

Rock En Seine

via Rock En Seine

When: August 22-24
Where: Paris, France
Who: Arctic Monkeys, The Hives, The Prodigy, Portishead, Queens of the Stone Age, Lana Del Rey, and more

Go insane at Rock En Seine! The lineup is topped by some of the best women in the music biz today, including Lana del Ray, Janelle Monáe, La Roux, and Lucius.

Dimensions Festival

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When: August 28-31
Where: Pula, Croatia
Who: Jon Hopkins, Roy Ayers, Moodymann, Nina Kraviz, Gilles Peterson, Metro Area, and more

Check out Dimensions for one of the most forward-thinking underground electronic music lineups, not to mention the sunny days spent on the beach and the crazy boat parties at night.

Electric Picnic

via Electric Picnic

When: August 29-31
Where: Stradbally, Ireland
Who: Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Blondie, and more

Electric Picnic boasts big-name artists, but its the community atmosphere that makes it special. Check out the Body & Soul venue for quirky little sitting rooms, bubbling hot tubs, music-filled teepees, yoga and massage, and theatrical performances.

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