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Top Summer Festivals In Europe to visit

Summertime in Europe means incredible festivals on every corner of the continent. No matter what type of music strikes your fancy, there is undoubtedly a music festival that caters to the genre. Music festivals have become synonymous with European summer, and are an experience outside the music itself. There are hundreds of summer festivals to visit, but these are the crème de la crème.

1. Isle of Wight Festival
The Isle of Wight Festival is a music festival that takes place every year on the Isle of Wight in England. The festival originated in the 1960’s and was revived in 2002. The 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival had a line-up of some of the most famous musicians in history and is believed to have been the largest human gathering in the world. Today, the Isle of Wight Festival continues to be extremely popular and draws in some of the biggest names in music.

Isle of Wight Festival 2006 - view from the Vi...

Isle of Wight Festival 2006 – view from the Virgin Radio Area

The festival runs annually in early June at the Seaclose Park on England’s largest island.

2. Benicassim Festival
This annual musical festival takes place in Benicassim, Spain a picturesque coastal city surrounded by the Desert de las Palmes mountain range. The Benicassim Music Festival begins in the second week of July and draws over 50,000 festival goers every year. In addition to international musical acts, the festival also showcases art, fashion shows, and short films. The Benicassim Festival is popular with young British due to the great weather and party atmosphere.

3. North Sea Jazz Festival
The North Sea Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival held every July in The Netherlands. The festival has been a long-time favorite of Jazz fans around the globe and has been going strong since 1976. Considered the biggest Jazz festival in the world, this incredible event is held in the port of Rotterdam for 70,000 visitors every year.

4. Roskilde Festival
The Roskilde Festival in Denmark is one of the largest musical festivals in Europe. This popular musical festival has been going strong since 1971 when it was created for the hippies of Scandinavia. Now an international event, the Roskilde Festival draws as many as 110,000 people eager to catch the incredible line-ups. This Danish music festival begins on the first Thursday of July and lasts for four days.

5. Rock am Ring and Rock im Park Festival
The Rock am Ring and Rock im Park Festivals are held together annually in Nuremberg, Germany. This rock music festival event is one of the largest in the world and draws over 150,000 participants, selling out every year. Every artist plays at both festivals, which are held on separate sites in the city but considered to be one event. The Rock am Ring and Rock im Park Festivals take place the first weekend in June and draw the most popular musical acts and artists in Rock and Roll.

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