Of course, when you hear the words ‘June’ and ‘festival’, it’s sure to be the hedonistically muddy delights of Glastonbury Festival that spring to mind. But if you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket this year, never fear! There are plenty of other festivals across Europe that are sure to tickle your artistic fancy. Here are a few of our top picks.
Copenhagen, Denmark | 4-8 June 2014
Descending onto the streets of Copenhagen over the course of five party-packed days, Distortion is the crème de la crème of city-wide festivals. By day, there’s your pick of delicious street food, happily wandering crowds and spontaneous outdoor parties breaking out wherever the moment calls for it. By night, Copenhagen’s plethora of clubs, bars and party venues play host to DJs from all over the world. Get yourself a street bracelet (Gadearmbåndet) and get ready to party. Image source
Wyndstock – A Midsummer Night’s Ball
Norfolk, England | 20-22 June 2014
If you’re a fan of all things whimsical with a generous helping of ‘20s-esque decadence, Wyndstock might just be the party that you’ve been looking for. Taking place in Norfolk’s finest countryside, put on your gladrags and head on over to the Palladian palace of Houghton Hall. It’s here you’ll find dancing, feasting and general merriment beneath the stars, leaving you wondering exactly why your name isn’t Jay Gatsby. Image source
Kanegra, Croatia | 18-24 June 2014
Over the last few years, Croatia has emerged as the place to head for debauched and carefree festivals on the sun-drenched beaches of Europe. Arguably the cream of the crop, Echo is Croatia’s leading electronic music festival, the dazzling Adriatic coast proving the perfect backdrop for blissed-out party goers. Dance your heart out until the sun rises before sitting back and revelling in the Croatian paradise. Image source
Meadows in the Mountains
Bulgaria | 13-15 June 2014
If you like meadows and – wait for it – mountains, then you’re in for a right royal treat. A three-day music, arts and literature festival, Meadows in the Mountains is nestled dreamily amidst the Rhodopian moutains near Bulgaria’s border with Greece. Think misty waterfalls and rugged sunsets combined with an impressive line-up of burgeoning creativity…what more could you need for three days of high-rise pleasure? Image source
Midnight Sun Film Festival
Sodankylä, Finland | 11-15 June 2014
Film-buffs the world over rejoice, because Finland’s Midnight Sun Film Festival is the stuff cinematic dreams are made of. During Finland’s ‘white nights’ of summer, the sun shines 24 hours a day – and it’s this surreally eternal daylight that is the setting for Midnight Sun. Taking place over the course of five days, films are shown back to back, day and night, in-keeping with the everlasting sunshine. With offerings from Finland’s finest as well as filmmakers from all over the world, it really is a magical sight to behold. Image source
What’s your festival of choice this June time?