20 European Glastonbury Alternatives for 2019
Trying to fill a Glasto-shaped hole in your summer? Here’s a collection of the best multi-genre festivals taking place across Europe this year…
30 May – 1 June 2019
Taking place across multiple venues in Barcelona from 30 May – 1 June, you can expect the weather to match the festival’s fantastic music programming.
Since its inception way back in 2001, the festival has been consistently showcasing the most sought-after artists in the business. This year will be no different, with Tame Impala, Erykah Badu and Solange all lined up to headline.
While the Parc del Fòrum hosts the main events, visitors are encouraged to explore Barcelona, as you’ll find all manner of workshops, conferences, talks and film screenings to enrich your festival experience.
29 June – 6 July 2019
The legendary Danish festival has long drawn comparisons to Glastonbury due to its history and ethos. The non-profit event was launched in 1971, one year after Glasto’s original Pilton Party, and has followed a similar trajectory to becoming the colossal event it is today.
This summer the festival will welcome more than 130,000 visitors to Roskilde for 8 days of incredible live music, headlined by The Cure, Travis Scott, and Robyn.
JUST ADDED: Bob Dylan, Robert Plant
7 – 13 August 2019
Budapest’s Love Revolution brings together the world’s very biggest artists for a week-long party in the Hungarian capital.
Last year’s edition was attended by more than half a million visitors, and the festival only seems to be getting bigger, with Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine, The 1975, Martin Garrix, Richard Ashcroft and Catfish and the Bottlemen all lined up to perform this August.
Line-up so far:
27 – 30 June 2019
Taking place annually at Belgium’s Festivalpark, the Rock Werchter organisers consistently manage to curate Europe’s most diverse festival line-ups, featuring everything from metal and punk through to pop, rock and hard-hitting techno.
Line-up so far:
P!NK, Tool, The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine, Muse, Bring Me The Horizon
Kylie, Paul Kalkbrenner, Years & Years, THE BLAZE, Miles Kane, Nothing But Thieves, Vance Joy, Yungblud, Bang Bang Romeo, Weezer, The 1975, Jungle, Tom Misch, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Macklemore, Clean Bandit, Two Door Cinema Club, UNDERWORLD
Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Portugal
11 – 13 July 2019
Festival settings don’t come any better than Portugal’s NOS Alive. Situated right by the ocean at the Passeio Marítimo de Algés, the music stages are just 10 minutes from Lisbon city centre.
With a daily capacity of around 50,000, the festival has a pretty compact site, meaning you don’t need to walk miles to watch your favourite acts.
This year’s headliners include The Cure, Vampire Weekend, The Smashing Pumpkins and Bon Iver.
Benicássim, Castellón, Spain
18 – 21 July 2019
FIB Benicássim will be celebrating a quarter century of festivals this July, and the organisers are pulling out all the stops for this special 25th-anniversary celebration. Kings of Leon and Lana Del Ray are the first headliners to be confirmed for 2019, with more to be announced over the coming weeks.
To make it even better, Spain’s sun-drenched answer to Glasto is just minutes from the beach, with shuttle buses running from the festival site throughout each day.
Mad Cool Festival
Valdebebas – Ifema, Madrid, Spain
11 – 13 July 2019
Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival is back for its fourth edition in July 2019, with a hugely diverse line-up headlined by Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins and The Cure.
Following 2016’s inaugural event – headlined by The Who, The Prodigy and Neil Young – it hasn’t taken long for Mad Cool to become recognised as one of Europe’s leading open-air music events.
Your three days will almost certainly be accompanied by Spanish sunshine, so ditch the wellies and pack the factor 50.
Colours of Ostrava
Ostrava, Czech Republic
17 – 20 July 2019
Taking place at the old mining and ironworks site of Dolní Vítkovice, Colours of Ostrava boasts a truly unique festival location.
The festival’s extensive programme stretches way beyond the music, with attractions including the Science & Technology Centre, The Gong Auditorium (inside a former gasometer), and CEZ Family park & Kids Stage.
The festival was featured in The Guardian’s Top 10 Festivals in Europe back in 2016, and has twice been shortlisted for Best Major Festival at the European Festival Awards.
Novi Sad, Serbia
4 – 7 July 2019
Almost 200,000 festival-goers are set to invade Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress this summer, as Exit Festival returns for its 19th year.
Whilst frequently hosting a variety of big-name headliners, the festival is arguably most famous for its Dance Arena, which showcases the very best artists from the electronic music scene along with mind-blowing visual effects.
Rock am Ring
7 – 9 June 2019
This July sees Germany’s Rock am Ring return to the 150,000-capacity Nürburgring for its 34th edition.
Featuring a collection of rock and metal’s biggest names, Rock am Ring is the ultimate event for those who like their music with a heavier edge.
Despite its leaning toward the harder end of the rock spectrum, there’s still room for mainstream artists, with this year’s headliners, Tool, Die Ärtze and Slipknot joined on the bill by The 1975 and Bastille.
15 – 18 August 2019
Proudly presenting alternative and emerging artists alongside international superstars, Pukkelpop’s expertly curated music programme caters for every musical taste.
The 2019 line-up is as impressive as ever, with The National, Royal Blood and Tame Impala all set for headlining slots.
Super Bock Super Rock
Meco Beach (nr Lisbon), Portugal
18 – 20 July 2019
Despite its roots being in rock and indie music, Portugal’s Super Bock Super Rock has branched out in recent years to cover a much a broader musical spectrum.
With the festival hitting the 25 year mark this summer, the organisers have gone all out with their line-up, inviting The 1975, Lana Del Ray and Migos along to headline.
9 – 11 August 2019
Set in the spectacular former industrial area of Suvilahti, the Finnish capital’s flagship festival is shaping up to be one of the stand-out events of the summer, with plenty of big name and local artists announced.
The festival’s attractions stretch way beyond the music, too, with a variety of talks and workshops on offer, along with more than 40 restaurants and bars.
Stockholm 28-29 June| Paris 20-21 July | Berlin 7-8 September
The global festival behemoth, Lollapalooza, heads to seven different cities this summer, and makes its debut in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.
With each event boasting its own superstar headliners, the hardest part will be choosing which one to visit…
We Love Green Festival
1 – 2 June 2019
Along with a huge music roster – headlined by Tame Impala, Christine and the Queens, and Future – France’s most progressive and forward-thinking music festival also features an extensive programme of workshops and conferences, with a large focus on environmental sustainability.
Bilbao BBK Live
11 -13 July 2019
Bilbao BBK is a music lover’s paradise, showcasing some of the most influential artists from both the indie rock and electronic music scenes, with The Strokes, Thom Yorke and Hot Chip all lined up to perform this summer.
The setting is pretty spectacular too, with the festival’s stages backdropped by the Arriaz Mountains.
21 – 23 June 2019
From 21 – 23 June, Hurricane Festival is set to welcome 70,000 ticket-holders to its annual feast of rock and indie music.
Along with headlining slots from the world’s biggest bands, the festival also features a great variety of new music, with this year’s festival featuring performances from emerging British artists such as Sam Fender, The Sherlocks and Black Honey.
8 – 10 June 2019
The Netherlands’ Pinkpop Festival, which has now been running for almost half a century, takes place annually across the Pentecost weekend, welcoming 60,000 visitors per day.
Fleetwood Mac, a band Michael Eavis has long been after to headline Glastonbury, have been confirmed for year’s Pinkpop Festival, along with Mumford & Sons and George Ezra. Many more are expected to be announced over the next few weeks.
Artists announced so far:
Fleetwood Mac, Mumford & Sons, George Ezra, Tenacious D, Bring Me The Horizon, Krezip, Mt. Atlas