20 Summer Music Festivals You Can’t Miss In 2018

June 27, 2018

Photo credit: Rockstar Photographers (Sziget Festival)

After the long and dark winter months, the first sunny days of the season are here, and this not only means nice tans, and tropical beach holidays, but we can also see the end of our temporary rave-retirement.

Wake up from your winter rest, summer means festival season, and it’s just a few weeks away, so you better start planning! No idea where to go? Here are our favorite summer music festivals for the season!

Hangout

When: May 17 - 19, 2019

Where: Gulf Shores, United States

Why we LOVE it: Hanging out in the white sand at the endless shores of Alabama, while amazing artists like The Killers, Halsey or Kendrick Lamar play their best on the main stage – what's there not to LOVE?

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Sasquatch

When: May, 2019 (TBA)

Where: George, United States

Why we LOVE it: The irresistible festival set in a natural amphitheater called The Gorge, with a stunning view of the Colorado River. It’s a three-day, outdoors musical holiday for everyone who needs a break, with amazing artists like David Byrne, Bon Iver and many more!

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Primavera Sound Barcelona

When: May 30 - June 1, 2019

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Why we LOVE it: A festival designed to satisfy people with a rich and diverse taste in music. They have some pretty big names on their line-up like Björk and Arctic Monkeys, but this indie extravaganza also covers some of the up-and-coming artists – get ready for a musical exploration of a lifetime!

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Governors Ball

When: June, 2019 (TBA)

Where: New York, United States

Why we LOVE it: This is the deal – three mind-blowing days in “The Big Apple”, with remarkable artists like Eminem, N.E.R.D, Travis Scott and Jack White! Time to check out Randall’s Island and it’s many silent discos, outdoor life-sized board games and mini golf courses! It doesn’t get any more fun than that!

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Rock Am Ring

When: June 7 - 9, 2019

Where: Nürburgring, Germany

Why we LOVE it: Rock and Roll, high-quality beer and a crowd that’s ready to rock out! Most rock fans will react to this with a resounding “Hell Yeah!”, and who can blame them, when you have artists like Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, Muse, or Gorillaz coming with the intent to blow people’s mind!

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Ultra Hong Kong

When: June, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Hong Kong, China

Why we LOVE it: Ultra parties are always legendary, but there is something special about Hong Kong. This EDM event fits right into the urban area of the metropolis, and the fact that it’s a one-day event only adds to its intensity. It’s a massive blowout, so you better get your tickets now!

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Firefly

When: June, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Dover, United States

Why we LOVE it: A lot of decisions, including artists and experiences, are decided on by the community of Firefly. This year they went for Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and The Killers, to name a few – pack your tents and head for the forest!

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Electric Forest

When: June, 2019 (TBA) | June - July, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Rothbury, United States

Why we LOVE it: Two weekends with enough changes in the lineups to make it worth your while! You can see Bonobo and Chromeo on both weekends, but Green Velvet goes on the first while Get Real goes on the second weekend. Hey, you can always go for both if you can’t decide between them!

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Isle of Wight

When: June 13 - 16, 2019

Where: Newport, United Kingdom

Why we LOVE it: One of the most inclusive festivals around, designed for everyone from teens to families! The island has its own microclimate and a lineup that will blow you away! Depeche Mode, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher – the tickets are selling fast, so get them as soon as you can!

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Hideout

When: July 1 - 5, 2019

Where: Novalja, Croatia

Why we LOVE it: Get ready to get awestruck by the beauty of the Croatian coastline! This is a festival focused on dance and electronic music, but no need for dancing shoes around here – you’ll be dancing in the sand to artists like Chase & Status, Appolonia and Gorgon City!

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Balaton Sound

When: July 3 - 7, 2019

Where: Zamardi, Hungary

Why we LOVE it: Searching for EDM heaven? Well, this is one of the few festivals that offer 24-hour parties within festival grounds! A lake-side, non-stop dancing event for those hungry for serious raving. With artists like The Chainsmokers, Axwell & Ingrosso, Rita Ora and Alesso, a crazy fun time is guaranteed!

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Ultra Europe

When: July 12 - 14, 2019

Where: Split, Croatia

Why we LOVE it: There are few places in the world that can match the beauty of the Croatian coastline. It’s the perfect setting for an all-out EDM party with some of the biggest DJs in the world! Carl Cox, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Hardwell, Axwell & Ingrosso and many more! Find your way to the heart of Croatia this summer!    

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Tomorrowland

When: July, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Boom, Belgium

Why we LOVE it: I’m not going to talk about Tomorrowland’s line-up – practically every single one of your favorite DJs are up there! The thing is, this is the EDM fairytale land and you have to experience their “happily ever after” to understand its magic! It’s a rave for those who still believe!

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Panorama

When: July, 2019 (TBA)

Where: New York, United States

Why we LOVE it: Even though this festival is held in the middle of NYC, it has its own universe in Randall’s Island Park. The center of that universe in 2018 are artists like The Weekend, St. Vincent, Odesza and many more! New York is the place to be this year!

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Check Out: Festivals Near Beach

Fuji Rock

When: July, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Yuzawa, Japan

Why we LOVE it: Rock and Roll lives in the “Land of the Rising Sun”. A massive festival in a breathtakingly beautiful location, celebrating its twentieth birthday! An adventure into the ancient forest with a view of the massive mountains and acts like Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D and Skrillex!

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Lollapalooza Chicago

When: August 1 - 4, 2019

Where: Chicago, United States

Why we LOVE it: A legendary festival with variations in all parts of the world, but it all started here, in Chicago. Four days, four stages, four amazing headliners! Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Weeknd and Bruno Mars – this is going to be HUGE and tickets are flying off the shelves. No money for the ticket? Don't worry, you can always volunteer through Headcount.

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Sziget

When: August 7 - 13, 2019

Where: Budapest, Hungary

Why we LOVE it: “The island of Freedom” lasts for 7 days in the party capital of Europe! The unique atmosphere and incredible diversity of experiences are the core, but what about the stage? Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Gorillaz and Arctic Monkeys – need I say more? Get your tickets to freedom now!

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Mysteryland Netherlands

When: August 23 - 25, 2019

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Why we LOVE it: A giant, three-day electronic music event in one of the most popular party cities in the World! In Mysteryland, the festival grounds are designed to provide a magical experience for the fans! Alesso, Fatboy Slim, Hardwell and Axwell & Ingrosso are there to make you go wild!

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South West Four

When: August 24 - 25, 2019

Where: London, United Kingdom

Why we LOVE it: This two-day festival is set in London, and you know how wild parties can get in London, right? With five stages filled with nothing but the crème de la crème of EDM performers, it’s an event of massive hype and all-night dancing! Get ready for this one, it’s going to be amazing!

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Check Out: Upcoming Festivals

The Ark

When: August - September, 2019 (TBA) | September, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Why we LOVE it: How can we make a party cruise from Barcelona with crazy pool parties, 60+ artists on 6 stages any better? Well, say we drop by the always partying island of Ibiza? If this sounds like a plan, get your tickets now, since they offer only 4000 spots on the cruise ship!

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Monika Tudja

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Monika fell in love with live music and festivals when she was 16, and she didn't stop loving and attending them ever since. She is passionate about singers with raspy voices, electronic music, and this site here that she co-founded so you guys can explore the best music festivals around the globe.