The Top 10 European Festivals in September 2014

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September is traditionally the unfancied rear end of the European summer festival season, when the winter winds begin their annual grisly dance and the post-party hangovers start tasting just that little bit sourer. With the Euro weather-gods supplying us one of the best festival summers in recent memory this year though, this September is shaping up to be a little bit special, with a flurry of new "end of summer" festivals popping up all over the continent. Gone are the days when the 31st of August left festival fiends sealing their calendars shut for another year while itching for that one final rave in the sun - these are brave new times, and September's disciples are gathering far and wide in their thousands to raise their fists as one to the gods of hedonistic discovery and rhythmic indulgence. Our 'Top 10 European Festivals September 2014 Edition' hand-picks the best of the best, with a little bit of something for everyone.

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Sacrum Profanum Festival 2014 Poland
14th Sep - 20th Sep 2014
Tickets from €19 (festival day ticket)
Headliners:
Autechre

Poland's unique Sacrum Profanum Festival brings together the diverse worlds of classical and alternative music in pristine Krakow, connecting them more closely than ever dared before and tossing them into a single melting pot teeming with creativity and life. Forget the conventions, it is spontaneity that counts here!

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On Blackheath Festival 2014 United Kingdom
13th Sep - 14th Sep 2014
Tickets from €80 (festival single day ticket)
Headliners:
Massive Attack

OnBlackheath is a brand new celebration of good food and fantastic music, set on London's stunning Blackheath, one of the capital’s most beautiful open spaces. Escape the bustle of the city and feast upon a world-class line-up of great music and top chefs, with food demos from a host of top culinary names intertwined with an amazing lineup.

8
Incubate Festival 2014 Netherlands
15th Sep - 21st Sep 2014
Tickets from €13 (festival day ticket)
Headliners:
God Is An Astronaut

Incubate Festival is an annual celebration of cutting-edge and indie culture, showcasing music, visual arts, film and contemporary dance - bringing together more than 200 cutting edge artists in an intimate context to an international audience in the Dutch town of Tilburg

7
Electrosanne 2014 Switzerland
4th Sep - 7th Sep 2014
Tickets from €16 (festival day ticket)
Headliners:
Motor City Drum Ensemble

Since its inception in 2006, Electrosanne has become one of the biggest events of its kind in the region, and the jewel on Lausanne’s cultural calendar, a firm end-of-summer fixture in the beautiful Swiss city. Covering all styles of electronic music from deep house to dubstep, and including techno, hip-hop and disco, what makes Electrosanne special is the way in which it appeals to such a broad and enthusiastic audience with its programme of leading-edge but still accessible events.

6
Unknown Festival 2014 Croatia
8th Sep - 13th Sep 2014
Tickets from €240 (6 day festival ticket + camping)
Headliners:
CHVRCHES, Disclosure, Chic

Nestled by the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by forest and flowers, Croatian newcomer Unknown Festival is located near the beautiful old town of Rovinj, and features 5 days and nights of concerts, forest shenanigans, boat parties and island jams. Live performances and DJ sets from some of the best indie and electronic acts in the world, art installations, games and roaming performers adorn the Unknown site, and with an abundance of humble abodes to choose from.

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Festival N°6 2014 United Kingdom
5th Sep - 7th Sep 2014
Tickets from €62 (festival day ticket)
Headliners:
Beck

Festival No6 is a bespoke banquet of music, arts and entertainment held each year in majestic Portmeirion, Wales. A soundtrack worthy of a weekend without musical boundaries, selected by a unified team of some of the UK's most respected independent promoters and purveyor's of the art of the party, at Festival No6 you can expect main stage moments right through to intimate gigs from a mouth-wateringly wondrous, but not obvious cast of artists, troubadours and cult players.

4
Phono Festival 2014 Denmark
10th Sep - 13th Sep 2014
Tickets from €13 (festival day ticket)
Headliners:
Fuck Buttons

An award-winning electronic music festival in Denmark? Yes, oh yes! Odense's PHONO Festival is one of the best value festivals we've ever come across, with a fantastic lineup featuring some of the world's best DJs and electronic acts, and head-turning ticket prices. An up-and-coming star on the European electronic festival circuit!

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Bestival 2014 United Kingdom
4th Sep - 7th Sep 2014
Tickets from €230 (festival ticket with camping)
Headliners:
Beck

Bestival is an award winning 4 day boutique music festival which takes place on Britain's magical Isle Of Wight every summer. Like a million amazing Saturday nights packed into four mind blowing days, every outing brings a whole heap of fantastic sights and a killer lineup each year.

2
Outlook Festival 2014 Croatia
3rd Sep - 7th Sep 2014
Tickets from €185 (5 day festival ticket + camping)
Headliners:
Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, Goldie

Outlook Festival, Europe's finest celebratory fusion of dub, reggae, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, garage, and house, returns to the Croatian coast this September. Held on the dazzling Adriatic shoreline, Outlook joins the dots between musical legends right through to the next generation of up and coming talent, again some of the finest live acts and DJs descend upon a 19th century fort for five days and nights of amazing music.

1
Berlin Festival 2014 Germany
5th Sep - 7th Sep 2014
Tickets from €80 (3 day festival ticket)
Headliners:
Editors

Berlin Festival is an experience like none other. Held this year at the magnificent Arena Berlin events space on the city’s waterfront, the city of Berlin blasts away all barriers and embraces the spirit of the town, bringing beats, bands and urban art to the historical venue. This year, Berlin Festival will take it to the next level, bringing festival-goers 48 hours of non-stop music, entertainment, and urban culture in the heart of Europe's most vibrant city.