Best June Music Festivals in Europe

posted by Alyssa Buffenstein on May 28, 2014

Parklife via the festival

We've already shared our favorite June festivals in North America, so it's time to head over the pond and see what the European festival scene has in store. From Sonar Barcelona to Glastonbury, scroll down to learn which festivals you should check out this month and why.

Nos Primavera Sound

 By Hugo Lima

When: June 5-7
Where: Porto, Portugal
Who: HAIM, Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Jagwar Ma, Pixies, Kendrick Lamar, Ty Segall, Sky Ferreira, and more

A name change accompanies the third edition of Primavera Sound's Portuguese festival, now Nos Primavera from Optimus Primavera. But the mission statement is the same: to support independent music, bringing the world's best to the seaside city of Porto.

Field Day 

Via Field Day

When: June 7-8
Where: London, UK
Who: Metronomy, Pixies, Blood Orange, Temples, The Horrors, Sky Ferreira, Warpaint, and more 

While some UK festivals, like Glastonbury or Latitude, might take place in remote rural areas, Field Day takes place right in the city, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. It's sold out each year since its inception in 2007, and this year isn't expected to be an exception. 

Parklife Weekender

Via Parklife

When: June 7-8
Where: Manchester, UK
Who: Snoop Dogg, Foals, Bastille, Rudimental, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, London Grammar, SBTRKT, and more 

With a killer lineup of artists, bands, and DJs, Parklife Weekender has something for everybody. The independent festival, which only began in 2010, already draws around 70,000 people each day.

Rock am Ring  / Rock im Park

Via Rock am Ring

When: June 5-8 / 6-9
Where: Nurburgring, Germany / Nurnburg, Germany
Who: Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, Metallica, The Offspring, Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, and more

Germany's largest music festivals are the simultaneous Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. Sharing a mostly identical lineup, artists perform at one, then promptly make their way to the other. Each year, young up-and-comers play alongside rock and metal legends.


Via Pinkpop

When: June 7-9
Where: Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Who: The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica, John Mayer, Editors, Arcade Fire, Stromae, Avenged Sevenfold, and more

Held annually on the Pentecost weekend, The Netherlands' oldest music festival takes its name from the Dutch word for Pentecost, "Pinksteren," and the English "pop," like popular music. But the festival's doll logo comes from a different interpretation of the name: the English word "pink" and the Dutch word "pop," meaning doll.  

Sonar Barcelona

By Oliver Correa

When: June 12-14
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Who: Massive Attack, Röyksopp & Robin, Lykke Li, Bonobo, Pretty Lights, Flux Pavilion, Yelle, and more 

Sonar aims to link creativity with technology, bringing together established and emerging talent, focusing on musical and audiovisual production artists. In layman's terms, Sonar is the place to be to experience the best of the electronic and dance music scenes.

NorthSide Denmark 

Via Northside

When: June 13-15
Where: Aarhus, Denmark
Who: A$AP Rocky, Arcade Fire, Bombay Bicycle Club, Flogging Molly, Lana Del Rey, Mø, Pixies, and more

NorthSide began as a one-day event with five Danish acts and 5,000 attendees in 2010, and has since expanded to a full-fledged festival, increasing its artist count eight-fold and drawing crowds nearing 25,000. It's owned in part by the owners of Germany's Southside and Hurricane Festivals (but has nothing to do with Brooklyn's Northside). 2014's edition sold out in May, so if you missed your chance, it's never too early to start planning for next June!

Southside / Hurricane

Via Hurricane

When: June 20-22
Where: Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany/ Scheessel, Germany
Who: Arcade Fire, Volbeat, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Seeed, The Black Keys, Casper, Fettes Brot, and more

Like Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, Southside and Hurricane are sister festivals, sharing a weekend and, with a few exceptions, a lineup. Southside takes place in the south of Germany (surprise!), while Hurricane takes place in the North, ensuring the whole country can be in on the experience.


Via Glastonbury

When: June 25-29
Where: Pilton, United Kingdom
Who: Arcade Fire, Metallica, Kasabian, Dolly Parton, Jack White, Elbow, The Black Keys, and more

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (but you can just call it Glastonbury) is the world's largest greenfield festival. It began in 1970, inspired by counterculture and hippie ideology. Notorious for selling out nearly a year in advance, it's sort of a UK institution, bringing together music, dance, comedy, theater, circus, cabaret, and other arts for the five-day camping event.

OpenAir St. Gallen 

Via Pierre Lippuner for OpenAir

When: June 26-29
Where: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Who: Pretty Lights, The Black Keys, Bonobo, Chvrches, The Naked and Famous, Bastille, Ellie Goulding, and more

One of the oldest and largest outdoor festivals in Switzerland, OpenAir St. Gallen prides itself on its natural setting, in the valley of the Sitter River, surrounded by trees. The festival's grounds and the camping area are one in the same, so you might even be able to see your favorite bands from the comfort of your own tent.

Hove Festival

Via Hove

When: June 28-July 3
Where: Arendal, Norway
Who: Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, The Offspring, M.I.A., Disclosure, Bastille, Foster the People, and more

Hove's focus, besides bringing together popular international acts with Norwegian bands, is creating and preserving the environment, beginning with the idyllic setting of the festival itself: Tromøy Island, outside Arendal in Southern Norway. 


By Charlie Markwick for Roskilde

When: June 29-July 6
Where: Roskilde, Denmark
Who: The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Damon Albarn, Drake, Major Lazer, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Trentemøller, and more

At first, Roskilde seems just like any other large music festival. What makes it different, though, is that it's completely non-profit, donating all its proceeds to charities that benefit humanitarian and cultural works, and relying on thousands of volunteers to keep it going. The eight-day festival extends into July, marking the beginning of yet another music-filled summer month!

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