The Top 10 European Festivals of Summer 2014

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Summer is here again! And if like us you're a lover of all things lively and all things Europe, that can only mean a handful of things: sun, sea, shenanigans, debauchery, and festivals! Yes, festivals! Whether it’s sun, surf and good vibes you long for, or sweaty summer nights gyrating in a synthetic wonderland to the sounds of electronic bliss, the European festival experience is as unrivalled as it is diverse. From the niche to the colossal, the one-off to the well-rooted, we’ve gone through and debated, pondered, quibbled, shuffled, reshuffled and then meticulously hand-picked from hundreds of contenders the ten festivals we think will put the icing on your European adventure this summer festival season. Enjoy!

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Outlook Festival 2014 Croatia
3rd Sep - 7th Sep 2014
Tickets from €185 (5 day festival ticket + camping)
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.

MELT! Festival 2014 Germany
18th Jul - 20th Jul 2014
Tickets from €136 (3 day festival ticket + camping + parking)

Germany's Melt! Festival returns to the 'City of Iron' in July. Located just over an hour from Berlin, Melt! Festival draws in a musically-savvy crowd every year with its cutting edge line-ups.

Arenal Sound 2014 Spain
31st Jul - 3rd Aug 2014
Tickets from €58 (4 day festival ticket)

Arenal Sound is a sun drenched beach music festival set at one of Europe’s finest sites, boasting a heavyweight lineup each year.

Flow Festival 2014 Finland
8th Aug - 10th Aug 2014
Tickets from €159 (3 day festival ticket)

Flow Festival is a spectacular music and arts festival in Helsinki, Finland. Synonymous with bringing music from old school legends to hot-to-trot newcomers, Flow is the crown jewel in Finland's musical calendar and hits it out of the park with its mega lineups each year.

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

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.

Glastonbury Festival 2014 United Kingdom
26th Jun - 29th Jun 2014
Tickets from €260 (full weekend festival ticket)
MGMT, Massive Attack, Arcade Fire, Skrillex, Kasabian

Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival and one of the best known extravaganzas in the world - a template for the many many festivals that have come after

Sónar Festival Barcelona 2014 Spain
12th Jun - 14th Jun 2014
Tickets from €48 (festival day ticket)
Massive Attack

Sónar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art taking place in majestic Barcelona over three days every June.

Sziget Festival 2014 Hungary
11th Aug - 18th Aug 2014
Tickets from €50 (festival day pass)
Placebo, The Kooks, Queens of the Stone Age, OutKast, The Prodigy

Proud winner of the 'Best Major European Festival' award in 2011, Sziget Festival is one of the biggest multicultural events anywhere in Europe, attracting almost 400,000 fans from over 70 countrie

EXIT Festival 2014 Serbia
10th Jul - 13th Jul 2014
Tickets from €110 (4 day festival ticket)

Exit festival is one of the biggest cultural, social and entertainment events in Europe.

Open'er Festival 2014 Poland
2nd Jul - 5th Jul 2014
Tickets from €127 (4 day festival ticket)
Pearl Jam

Open’er Festival is Poland's largest open-air music and performing arts festival, taking over the northern Baltic Sea coastal city of Gdynia each year.