Look further afield than the congested UK festival scene this summer and head to Europe for sun, sea and stellar line-ups
Canny festival organisers on the Continent have cottoned on to a fervent festival audience in the UK and as well as established Euro festivals such as Benicassim, Exit and Roskilde, countries such as Poland, Norway and Croatia have also put themselves on the map, festival organisers curating top-quality line-ups as part of an increasingly sophisticated set of festival offerings. And with Glastonbury off this year, the Big Chill on hold and the age-old unpredictability of the UK’s weather putting the dampeners on the approaching summer, it’s time to get out the diary and scroll down for Glass magazine’s month-by-month guide to the best of the summer European festivals:
Amsterdam Open Air Festival, the Netherlands
When May 26-27
Who Digitalism, Breakbot, Paco Osuna
What Holland’s capital comes alive for an all-out aural assault of all types of dance music sure to keep you up til dawn.
What With daylight lasting almost all night at this time of year, there’s even less of an excuse to go to bed early as Norway’s biggest festival sees some of the world’s biggest acts take to the stage.
Berlin Festival, Germany
When September 7-8
Who Sigur Ros, Metronomy, Friendly Fires
What The cavernous aircraft hangars at Tempelhof Airport form an atmospheric backdrop for a high-calibre line up that bridges the worlds of dance and indie music.