Let's Go - The Salt-Water Top 5 European Festivals
It's known as a 'rave-cation' and with so many opportunities for musical merrymaking in all sorts of extraordinary settings this Summer it's no wonder lots of people are adding a little travel to their Festival line-up. European Festivals offer the best of both worlds, the difficulty is choosing where to go...Budapest, Barcelona, Croatia? Should we prioritise the setting? Or is it all about the music? Are we talking dancing on the beach, or rocking out to an industrial backdrop? At Salt-Water HQ we've been considering all the options so read on for the Salt-Water Top Five European Festivals. Only one thing is for sure - you will need to pack your Salt-Waters...
FLOW, an eco-friendly Festival in Helsinki
Image ©Samuli Pentti
Flow is one of the world's first carbon neutral Festivals and this has made our top 5 because of their commitment to the planet. Flow has a zero carbon footprint, uses 100% reused materials and solely green electricity. It has been organised in Helsinki annually since 2004 and is set in a disused power station. As well as 9 music stages, it also offers a huge and varied arts program. This years line up includes Neneh Cherry, Tame Impala and Cardi B.
Flowfestival.com August 9 - 11
COLOURS OF OSTRAVA, a Festival for the whole family in the Czech Republic
Image © Matyáš-Theuer
There are lots of excellent Family Festivals in the UK - Greenman, Latitude and the Good Life are all worth looking at if you have little folk in tow. But if you wanted to try something a bit further afield we fancy Ostrava which gives free admission to everyone under 140cm. Festival-goers can look forward to over 350 events including bands, DJs, films, open discussions, workshops, theatre, poetry, art installations and a range of great programmes for kids. Rosalía, Rag n Bone Man, The Cure, and Years & Years will all join the line-up this year.
Colours of Ostrava, 17 -20 July
THE BOATY WEEKENDER, A floating Festival from Barcelona to Sardinia
Image © Festicket.com
We love this one for the novelty factor plus it's curated by the wonderful Belle & Sebastian. They've got their hands on quite a large boat and are loading it up with their musical friends for a four day sail around the Med. Yo la Tengo, Mogwai & Teenage Fanclub are playing plus they promise yoga, cocktails, club nights, themed balls and scrabble tournaments. Plus Breakfast will run until 2pm each day. Yes. Please.
The Boaty Weekender, August 8 -12
PUKKELPOP, Festival for the Indie fans in Belgium
Image © Jokko
A very strong line-up has won this Festival in Hasselt a place in our Top 5. This year will see Billie Eilish, Twenty One Pilots, Stormzy and Royal Blood all take to the stage. Plus it's incredibly easy to get to (the closest station is actually within walking distance) and the cost of your train fare from Brussels is included in the price of the ticket. Can't say fairer than that.
Pukkelpop, August 15 -18
BUKTA, the most beautiful Festival setting in Norway
Image © Besser Nord Als Nie.net
Bukta takes place in Telegrafbukta – one of Tromsø’s most popular summer spots for camping and swimming. On the beach, surrounded by trees and mountains, this one has made our Top 5 due to it being one of the most beautiful festival sites in the world. Things only get better with the midnight sun – during the months of June and July the sun doesn’t set on Tromsø, meaning there is no night and you can literally party for 24 hours – something that virtually no other festival in the world can claim!
Bukta, July 18 -20
Wherever you go, whatever you do, have a wonderful Salt-Water Summer
x With love from the team at Salt-Water Europe