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Sprıng - Summer festıval season ın Europe ıs about to kıck ın and musıc festıvals especıally are huge

Tıme to do some serıous calendar plannıng folks

Much copıed and pasted from elsewhere so double check ınfo before travellıng ıf you want to go

Here goes -

15 - 24 April - SPAIN, Seville and Granada, Holy Week, Semana Santa - hundreds of shuffling pointy-hooded penitents, torchlit processions up to the Easter weekend in gorgeous cities. The premium time is during the night/early morning of Thursday-Good Friday.

24 April - ITALY, Florence, Scoppio del Carro - festively exploding a cart in Piazza del Duomo on Easter Sunday, set off by a mechanical dove driven from the Altar during High Mass. What madness is this?

24 April Easter weekend - GREECE, Chios Island, Vrontados, Church Rocket War, Rouketopolemos - two rival churches fire around 60,000 firework rockets at each other between 8pm on Saturday and midday Easter Sunday. A heaven-sent art atttack?

27 April - 2 May - ENGLAND, Gloucestershire, Cheltenham International Jazz Festival - the UK's top jazz fest in a lovely location.

30 April - NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam Orange Festival [Queens Day], for lovers of the colour orange, beer and dope, this is a massive street and canal-boat dance party, starting the night before.

May Festivals

3 - 8 May - SPAIN La Feria de Abril [April Fair] in Seville - Seville's best party with traditional dress, parades, dancing and boisterous parties in a gorgeous environment. Seville Pictures

10 - 13 May - AUSTRIA Salzburg Whitsun Festival - opera and concerts. 'Europe's most prestigious musical event.' Very large, very expensive. Every year in Mozart's pretty home town of Salzburg. Austria Guide

11- 22 May - FRANCE Cannes International Film Festival - the world's most glamorous film festival, every year. Festival de Cannes

12 May - 4 June - CZECH REPUBLIC Prague Spring International Music Festival - one of Europe's best music events in outstandingly medieval Prague

13 - 15 May - ENGLAND, Somerset, ATP All Tomorrow's Parties at Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead - a corporate-free, intimate, fan-friendly rock festival where artists and organisers stay in the same holiday camp as the fans. ATP is know for its unpredictable and exciting line-ups. The concept is expanding to venues in Australia, US and Spain.

14 May - 20 June - AUSTRIA Vienna Festival - this 5 week event offers a wide range of arts, especially music, naturally, but also dance and theatre, sometimes challenging pieces but all set in magnificent buildings.

Mid May - late July TBA - RUSSIA, St Petersburg, the White Nights Festival in gorgeous, romantic and endlessly light St Pete. The "Stars of the White Nights" with a series of opera and ballet performances is the most important part of the Festival [21 May - 21 July 2011].

26 - 28 May [also 25 and 29 May at Poble Espanol] - SPAIN, Barcelona, Primavera Sound - one of Spain's biggest music festivals at Parc del Fòrum, 6km from Barcelona on the coast. Primavera is popular for line-ups focusing on eclectic, new, independant music.

10 - 12 June - ENGLAND, Isle of Wight Festival - the revived legendary festival of the late 60's is now held annually at Seaclose Park, Newport since 2002.

10 - 12 June - ENGLAND, Download Festival - the UK's largest rock and metal music festival, held at Donington Park, Derby, near East Midlands Airport. Download is known for its relaxed community feel. Weekend tickets include camping; also available are Day tickets, Family tickets, Kids offers and Early Bird specials.

10 - 12 June - SCOTLAND, near Inverness, RockNess - an annual music fest in a picturesque setting at Clune Farm on the banks of Loch Ness in Dores. With a spectacular view of the lake, this is considered by many to be the world's most beautiful festival environment.

20 - 23 June TBC - CROATIA, Zagreb, T-Mobile INmusic Festival [previously known as Vip INmusic Festival] - Croatia's biggest outdoor event focuses on modern rock music and is one of Europe's up and coming fixtures, popularly combined with a city break. Held beside Lake Jarun and with camping it's said to be Glastonbury's sunny alternative!

21 - 24 June - ENGLAND, Cambridgeshire, near Huntington, Secret Garden Party - an arty independant music/art festival where visitors walk around in fancy dress. The event has a theme each year and develops into a temporary community, featuring several music stages, theatre shows, films, games, talks, workshops and art installations. Secret Garden Party offers original and extraordinary activities similar to USA's Burning Man. Kids love it too!

21 June - FRANCE, Paris Fete de la Musique - free! A monster musical celebration all over this lovely city. Professionals mix with amateurs playing different sounds in different locations.

22 - 26 June - ENGLAND Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, England - a massive, multiple music event, with different stages featuring different music, but heavy on rock variations. The closest to Woodstock most of us will ever get. Tickets are VERY difficult to acquire so book many months ahead.

25 June for the Parade - GERMANY Christopher Street Day [Berlin CSD Parade] and Lesbian and Gay Festival [Berlin Pride Festival] in Berlin - probably the biggest European gay parade and street party.

25 June - 11 July - SPAIN, Granada International Festival of Dance and Music - a superb event in varied, amazing locations such as the spectacular Alhambra. Granada Pictures.

30 June - 3 July
4 days from the first Thursday in July or the last in June every year.[ Warm-up from 26 June] - DENMARK, Roskilde Festival- one of Europe's five largest rock music festivals, has been running since 1971. It has been played by countless big artists in the past including Bob Marley, U2, Metallica and Radiohead.

30 June - 3 July - BELGIAN, Rock Wercher - one of Europe's five largest rock festivals, along with Glastonbury, and has received the Arthur Award by ILMC several times in the past as the best music Festival.

30 June - 3 July - BELGIAN, Rock Wercher - one of Europe's five largest rock festivals, along with Glastonbury, and has received the Arthur Award by ILMC several times in the past as the best music Festival.

1 - 10 July - DENMARK, Copenhagen Copenhagen Jazz Festival - an annual jazz event.

1 - 16 July - SWITZERLAND Montreux Jazz Festival - all sorts of non-classical music featured, in spite of the name, in an appealing location on the shore of Lake Geneva in Montreux.

6 - 14 July - SPAIN, Pamplona, Los Sanfermines [Bull Running] - don't be bored, be gored! Six bulls are released into the streets every morning of this seven day Basque rite-of-manhood party. You too can battle the big horns. See the excellent Sanfermin website. Bull Running Pictures 2010.

7 - 10 July - SERBIA, Novi Sad, EXIT Festival - an up and coming summer music event, originally started by university students in 2000. Annually staged in the grounds of impressive Petrovaradin Fortress, this laid-back festival is becoming one of the most popular European youth events.

8 - 10 July - NETHERLANDS [HOLLAND], Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival - perhaps the biggest jazz gathering in the world with over 20,000 visitors a day and lots of big name acts. Rotterdam Pictures

11 - 24 July - IRELAND, Galway Arts Festival - Ireland's biggest arts jamboree, with all kinds of entertainment, street, theatre, music, kid's, exhibitions, concerts... Ireland Travel Guide

13 - 14 July - FRANCE, Paris Bastille Day - parties, parades, fireworks, picnics.

19 - 24 July - SWITZERLAND, Paleo Festival Nyon - One of Europe's fast growing, very popular outdoor music events.

28 - 31 July - ENGLAND, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire WOMAD - [World of Music Arts and Dance] impressive world music festival, with 70 artists from 30 countries on 7 stages. Family friendly.

27 July - 30 August - AUSTRIA Salzburg Festival - opera and concerts. 'Europe's most prestigious summer musical event.' Very large, very expensive. Every year in Mozart's pretty home town of Salzburg.

28 - 31 July - ENGLAND, Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Festival - the real deal for the folks who like the music. 'A festival with a prestigious reputation for quality music in intimate surroundings.'

29 - 31 July - IRELAND, Waterford Spraoi Street Festival - 3 days of free music, street theatre, parade and fireworks in Ireland's biggest street party. Ireland Travel

6 - 15 August - IRELAND, Kilkenny Arts Festival - music, theatre, dance, exhibitions set in superb surroundings.

10 - 12 August - IRELAND Puck Fair in Killorglin, County Kerry. A large and loony street fair with plenty of singing, dancing and horse shows, and all overseen by King Puck - a goat.

10 - 15 August - HUNGARY Sziget Festival, an annual rock festival, held Obudai Island in Budapest, is one of the biggest summer music festivals in Europe.

12 August - 4 Sept. [International]
5 - 29 August [Fringe] - SCOTLAND Edinburgh International Festival, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe - over a thousand shows of all kinds, ranging from opera to stand-up comedy, from near porn to mere corn. A true European art attack in great Edinburgh city. Not to be missed. Edinburgh Festival Pictures

12 - 21 August - SPAIN, Feria de Malaga - the biggest party in town with fancy dress, exotic food and dance, and fireworks.

16 - 22 August 2010
TBC for 2011 - IRELAND Fleadh Cheoil - a huge celebration of Ireland's music, dance and arts, with over 10,000 musicians roaming and playing all over the place. Hosted by a different town every year; 2010 in Cavan.

28 - 29 August [the last Sunday and Bank Holiday every year] - ENGLAND, London Notting Hill Carnival - fiesta with music, dance, and parade by London's Caribbean community;

24 August
[Every last Wednesday of August] - SPAIN La Tomatina at Buñol town 40 kms from lovely Valencia - a huge and incredibly messy public fight with 25 tons of tomatoes, one day. Big kids should get down to Bunol and let rip.

26 - 28 August
[Bank holiday weekend] - ENGLAND, Reading Festival in Berkshire - the world's oldest popular music festival,which started in 1961 as the National Jazz and Blues Festival. Reading attracts more than 80,000 people annually, has campsites and weekend tickets that include camping, but day tickets are also available. England Counties Map.

26 - 28 August - ENGLAND, Leeds Festival in West Yorkshire - a rock and pop music festival, held in Bramham Park near Wetherby, with campsite. It is run by the same organization as the Reading Festival. The weekend tickets include camping; day tickets are also sold.England Counties Map.

26 - 28 August
[Bank holiday weekend] - ENGLAND, Daresbury, Creamfields in Cheshire - the UK's biggest dance music festival, also held in other European places such as Andalucia, Prague and Llisbon [dates vary]. Creamfields has been so successful that it stages events across the world - Sydney, Istanbul, Buenos Aires and more.

17 Sept - 3 October - GERMANY, Munich Oktoberfest mainly about downing vast quantities of beer and bratwurst, then behaving badly with your neighbours, but set in a gorgeous city. Key requirements: 1] Love beer 2] Love sausages 3] Love raucous singing 4] Love drunk Germans.

22 - 25 September TBC - SPAIN, Festes de la Mercé, Barcelona - Barcelona's biggest annual festival to celebrate the city's patron saint, the Virgin de la Merce with over 500 activities including a parade of the giants [wooden figures operated by humans], Castellers [the human towers] and fireworks for 4 days around 24th September [a public holiday].
Great thread.

Anyone got the scoop on Cannes? Good time even if you're not a film industry professional?
Went to Cannes movie festival last year... This shit is crazy but you'll need contacts otherwise you won't enter anywhere...
My cousin's gf was organizing some private parties by the beach and that's how I got in.
Try the V.I.P club, difficult to get in but you will flip out...

A lot of private parties are thrown in the villas but very hard to find out. if you have an account on check the parties and put yourself on the list.
Good list but Kazamtip in Ukraine is reportedly one of the best festivals in the world. Some EE girls I know can't speak highly enough about it and as a month long party on the beach full of EE girls I don;t see how it can be anything other than amazing. Another thing to add is that Glastonbury puts every other western European to shame it is leagues ahead of the competition and high on my list of things I think people should do before they die.
Where: Meco Beach, Lisbon, Portugal
When: 14, 15, 16 July 2011 (25ºC/32ºC)


Stage 1

Arctic Monkeys
The Strokes
Arcade Fire
The Kooks
Brandon Flowers
The Walkmen
The Gift
Rodrigo Leão & Cinema

Stage 2

Lykke Li
Ian Brown
El Guincho
The Legendary Tigerman
The Vaccines
Tame Impala

Stage 3

James Murphy
Nicolas Jaar
Sven Väth
Ricardo Villalobos
Guillaume & The Coutu
Tim Sweeney
Dumonts (live)
Sascha Dive
Dorian Paic
Zé Salvador & João Maria
Kaesar E Henriq
Rui Murka
Makam (live)
Rui Vargas E André Cascais
Groovement Showcase (johnwaynes & Kaspar Live)

Official Website (portuguese) ->

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Gearing up to kick into high festival season right now
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