Sounds of the Summer: Top Summer Festivals in Europe

Date Posted: 17/06/2022

The 21st June marks this year’s summer solstice and the official longest day of the year. Summer Solstice is the start of longer sun-filled days, warmer nights making it easier for everyone to make those all-important Summertime memories.

With the first day of summer fast approaching, the UK is gearing up for epic holiday anthems, Great British Barbeques, and glorious sunshine (hopefully!) But what is a perfect activity to truly embrace the feeling of summer? – Festivals! With so many different genres, cultures and styles, there is a festival out there for everyone!

As the festival season tees off, we are delving into some of the best gigs around Europe to help you decide the soundtrack to your summer 2022. Which festival sounds like the one for you?

Sziget Festival, Budapest

Kicking off our star-studded list is the magical Sziget Festival. One of Europe’s go-to music festivals, set in the heart and soul of beautiful Budapest, this event sees Obuda Island completely transform into an epicentre of musical talent. As over 500,000 eager music lovers head to the Danube each year in search of rhythmic memories, the history city comes alive during this 5 day unforgettable spectacle.

Those taking to the glittering stage this year include: Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Kings of Leon and Tame Impala to name but a few.

2022 Dates: 10-15 August, Budapes, Hungary.

Carnival de Santa Cruz, Tenerife

With sun-kissed sands and glistening oceans, the island of Tenerife has been a firm favourite holiday destination for many Brits. But have you ever experienced the magic of the largest canary Island during Carnival? This year’s 2022 carnival has been moved from its traditional date in February to June so there is still time to catch a last minute flight to experience the epic final week of celebrations.

2022’s theme is all things Science Fiction so expect some out of this world sights and costumes! From friendly street parties and outdoor parades to the traditional burning and burial of the sardine; the island’s carnival is considered one of the biggest in the world.

2022 Dates: 3-26 June, Tenerife.

Glastonbury, Somerset

You don’t have to travel too far to experience an amazing festival. The UK is home to an array of iconic festivals that will have your hearts racing in no time. Queue one of the world’s most famous music festivals- Glastonbury. A genre embracing extravaganza, Glastonbury has something for everyone of any age. From Rock, Pop and house to techno, Drum n Bass and Indie, it’s no wonder why music-lovers of all breeds flock to the magical fields of Somerset for a-once-in-a-lifetime weekend of epic celebrations.

And this year’s line-up is just as fun-filled as the past; with performances from: Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Pet Shop Boys, Lorde, Sam Fender, Megan thee Stallion and many, many more! This festival is definitely a bucket list contender.

2022 Dates: 22-26 June, Pilton, Somerset

Let it Roll, Czech Republic

Bouncing onto our list is the motherland of drum and bass music. If you’re a fan of heart pumping 170bpm musical magic then Let it Roll festival is the one for you. Located in a former military airbase on the outskirts of Prague, this 3 night festival is heaven for drum and bass lovers ready to let rip this summer season.

With sets from Dimension, Hybrid Minds, Sub Focus, Black Sun Empire, Culture Shock and many more drum and bass icons, heart and ears will be thumping in the Czech Republic- it’s a good job the location can handle the booming bass. 

2022 Dates: 4-6 August, Milovice, Czech Republic.

Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain

A festival newbie, Mad Cool Festival has claimed its place among festival royalty even though it’s only a few years old. Despite its ground breaking Spanish rival Primavera Sound to the West, Mad Cool has successfully attracted huge audiences; particularly for the rock, pop and indie lovers.

This year’s line-up sees music legends take the stage in all its glittering glory. With performances from: Metallica, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, Stormzy, Muse, Kings of Leon, Florence and the Machine and so many more; this line up is definitely worth looking into! 

2022 Dates: 6-9th July, Madrid, Spain.


Which festival sounds like the one for you?