2023's Best Music Festivals In Europe To Book Now


If you believe sunscreen should take priority over wellies when it comes to festival season, it might be wise to go European. Here, we round up the best music festivals in Europe for 2023, from a French wine and music festival in a chateau to a star-studded extravaganza on a Hungarian island.

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The Ultimate European Music Festival Calendar

  • June: Primavera Sound (Spain), Balaton Sound Festival (Hungary)
  • July: Bilbao BBK Live (Spain), Electric Castle (Romania)
  • August: Way Out West (Sweden), Sziget (Hungary), Flow Festival (Finland)
  • September: MEO Kalorama (Portugal)
  • TBC: Sani Festival (Greece)

Best Music Festivals in Europe 2023

Primavera Sound light up sign at night at the festival

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound has been a staple on the European music festival circuit since its first one in 2001. It celebrated its belated 20th anniversary this June by expanding to a two weekend event, with a music line-up boasting names such as Tame Impala, The Strokes, The National and Jorja Smith. The 2023 line-up features the Pet Shop Boys, Blur, Halsey, Kendrick Lamar, Depeche Mode, and countless more acts – an eclectic mix that’s sure to be a hit. Held in the city’s Parc del Fòrum beside the backdrop of the Mediterranean sea, there’s also sister festivals in Madrid and Porto, Portugal if Barcelona doesn’t take your fancy.

When? 1–3 June 2023

Where? Barcelona, Spain


Balaton Sound

Balaton Sound Festival

Where? Zamárdi, Hungary

When? 28 June–1 July 2023

Each year over 150,000 music lovers flock to Zamárdi in Hungary for Balaton Sound, an open-air dance music festival located on Lake Balaton. It’s known for hosting some of the greatest artists and DJs in the pop and electronic world, with the 2023 line-up (so far) featuring Armin van Buuren, Dimension DJ Set and Don Diablo. Relax on the beach during the day before partying into the night – the beach parties are particularly fun.


Bilbao BBK Live

Where? Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain

When? 6–8 July 2023

Enjoy international music surrounded by nature and Spain’s breathtaking landscapes at Bilbao BBK Live. The 2023 line up is stellar, including Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Fever Ray, IDLES, Jamie xx, Phoenix, M83 and more.


Electric Castle

Electric Castle

Where? Banffy Castle, Transylvania, Romania

When? 19–23 July 2023

As festival backdrops go, the 15th-century Bánffy Castle in Transylvania is a pretty special one. It’s the setting for Electric Castle, an immersive festival which offers a unique day-to-night experience, with round the clock music and entertainment. There’s music to suit all tastes, with highlights this year including Twenty One Pilots, Gorillaz and Disclosure, plus stand-up comedy, artistic performances and an eclectic array of food and drink vendors. This year, expect The Chemical Brothers, Iggy Pop and George Ezra.


Way Out West

Way Out West

Where? Gothenburg, Sweden

When? 10–12 August 2023

One of Sweden’s most celebrated festivals, Way Out West takes place in a secluded woodland setting in Gothenberg. Some of the world’s biggest artists have performed there since it began in 2007, from Kanye West to Stormzy and Florence + The Machine – and the 2023 line-up does not disappoint, featuring Blur, Wizkid and Caroline Polachek. Music spans a range of genres, from hip-hop to rock and indie, and, outside of the music, you can expect great vegetarian food – plus it’s big on sustainability, holding an ISO 20121 certification.




Where? Budapest, Hungary

When? 10–15 August 2023

You’ll need some stamina for Sziget, the six-day festival extravaganza set on a Óbuda-Island in Budapest. A whopping 60 stages are spread across the site – nicknamed the ‘Island of Freedom’ – with endless music, art, theatre, installations and talks to explore. The 2023 line-up is music line-up is unparalleled, with Billie Eilish, David Guetta, Florence + The Machine, Imagine Dragons, Sam Fender and Diplo. It’s also surrounded by the Danube, which means you get the benefit of a beach, with boat parties taking place throughout the festival.


Flow Festival

Flow Festival

Where? Helsinki, Finland

When? 11–13 August 2023

Founded in 2004 as a small jazz and soul event, Flow Festival has grown into a key player on the European music festival scene. Wizkid, Blur and FKA Twigs are all performing this summer, alongside a cultural programme of talks and art. Flow has impressive eco-credits too, being one of the world’s first carbon-neutral festivals – which you can read more about here.


MEO Kalorama

Located at Bela Vista Park, one of Lisbon’s biggest urban parks in the city, MEO Kalorama is no less exciting with its later date in the season. Lisbon offers a stunning city break, and MEO Kalorama is all the more enjoyable as the weather cools off. Expect iconic names such as Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, The Blaze, Foals and Metronomy, with a mixture of 80s and modern electronic music sitting side-by-side.

When? 31 August–2 September

Where? Bela Vista Park, Lisbon, Portugal


Sani Festival

Where? Sani Hill, Kassandra, Greece

When? 2023 dates TBC

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year is the Greek Sani Festival. What started as a small jazz festival has transformed into one of the country’s foremost cultural institutions. Making the most of warm summer nights, Sani Festival is this year headlined by Andrea Bocelli – who will close the festival on 20 August – and promises a lineup of the greats, as well as incorporating rock and pop into the itinerary for the first time. Chucho Valdés, Paquito D’Rivera, Al Di Meola, Jack Savoretti, and Bob Geldof will all perform, as well as a plethora of Greek legends. The festival is as kind on the eyes as it is the ears: situated on Sani Hill, where the sea, sky and greenery all meet against the dramatic backdrop of the ruined Byzantine tower and the Aegean Sea.

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Featured image: Balaton Sound.

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