A musical summer: Europe's best festivals

02 July 2015

A musical summer: Europe's best festivals

You can find opportunities to listen to great live music throughout the whole year, also in Italian cities. In the summer, however, there is the possibility, especially outside Italy, to experience something special and unique.

Going to a big music festival means being in huge and super-equipped areas, where hundreds of musicians and bands are condensed in a few days, scattered over several stages, with thousands of boys and girls running around to enjoy their favourites. If you want to try this experience, as we recommend, here you have a list of potential destinations!

- FIB Benicassim, Benicassim, July 16th to 19th. This spanish Festival has a long history, though in recent years it was a bit obscured by Primavera Sound in Barcelona, held in late May. Near Valencia, on the beautiful Mediterranean coast, it allows to combine great music with a holiday in the sun, by the sea. You can hear and see the Blur, Portishead, Franz Ferdinand, and dozens of other famous names of the international rock scene.

- Way Out West, Gothenburg, August 13th to 15th. For those who prefer the nordic countries and a more frisky breeze, in the middle of August you can consider this swedish Festival that, within a few years, has gained a wide and affectionate audience. It takes place all in the outdoors in Slottsskogen Park. On the stages the choices go from old favourites like Patti Smith to new stars like Florence + The Machine.

- Sziget Festival, Budapest, August 10th to 16th. It is held on the island of Obuda, in the middle of the Danube that runs through Hungary's most historic and iconic city. Since 1993, once a year for a week, that place becomes the island of freedom and music. It's a Festival that stands out for its musical diversity, going seamlessly from rock to electronic to world music, from Robbie Williams to Gogol Bordello.

- Rock En Seine, Paris, August 28th to 30th. At the gates of Paris, in the beautiful park of the Château de Saint-Cloud. This will be its thirteenth edition and it grew a lot over the years: in three days more than 60 concerts will be played in front of a crowd of over one hundred thousand people. The program is really sophisticated and refined: this year, among many, will play The Chemical Brothers, The Libertines and Alt-J.

But before leaving on the hunt for concerts...do not forget your suitcase! Take a look on the Carpisa e-shop, you will definitely find the right trolley.

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