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Let’s take a road trip to twelve European music festivals

The soundtrack of this summer is in hands of a handful of headliners that stumble from festival to festival. What parties are these anyway? Below, you’ll find a musical road trip that hits all the coolest music event in Europe.

First visitors of Roskilde 2018

We criss cross through the musical landscape to spot the best live-acts and most promising up-and-coming local heroes. Join us on an exploratory expedition from Finland to Portugal by Hungary and Greece, to end up in plenty more beautiful countries with each unique and distinctive music festivals.

Make sure to read the festival guide before you leave, and the follow the Chordify tour guide to jump on the bandwagon for an unforgettable festival trip. Let’s go!

1 Roskilde – Denmark

June 30–July 7, 2018

Roskilde has been around since 1971 and is one of the oldest festival in Europe.

Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Gorillaz, Eminem

Local Hero: Nephew – Danish rock band that sings in both their mother tongue Danish, as in English.

2 Ruisrock – Finland

July 6–8, 2018

Ruisrock is special because of its beautiful location on the island of Ruissalo, Turku. Aside from that, this festival has been around since 1970!

Headliners: Dua Lipa, N.E.R.D., The Chainsmokers, Clean Bandit

Local hero: Cheek – Finnish hip-hop with catchy melodies

3 Rockwave Festival – Greece

July 6 & July 19–20, 2018

Extraordinary because this festival was the Arctic Monkeys’ first appearance in Greece.

Headliners: Iron Maiden, Arctic Monkeys, Judas Priest, Alt-J

Local Hero: CORETHEBAND – Well-polished pop-rock from Crete

4 NOS Alive! – Portugal

July 12–14, 2018

This festival started out as Oeiras Alive!, shortly after it became Optimus Alive! Until in 2014 it was renamed to NOS Alive!

Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Khalid, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age

Local hero: Jorge Palma – Gorgeous songs by 68-year old Portuguese

5 Exit Festival – Serbia

July 12–15, 2018

Exit Festival sees a very diverse line-up with acts from Mexico, Turkey, Bosnia. Aside form this, the location–a fortress–is very cool and original.

Headliners: David Guetta, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, Martin Garrix

Local hero: Bad Copy – Hip-hop group with wit, self-deprecation, and sharp (Serbian) lyrics

6 Lollapalooza – France

July 21– 22, 2018

Lollapalooza is a world-wide festival with editions in Brazil, Chicago (US), and Argentina, and others.

Headliners: Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, The Killers, Travis Scott

Local Hero: Nekfeu – successful rapper with an acting career on the side

7 Reading – UK

August 24–26, 2018

New Order was the headliner of this festival’s first iteration in 1989.

Headliners:  Fall Out Boy, Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, Panic! at the Disco

Local Hero: Dua Lipa – Award-winning artist with global hits

8 Lowlands – The Netherlands

August 17–19, 2018

With the exception of the 2015 edition, this festival has been sold out for the last 13 years.

Headliners: N.E.R.D., Gorillaz, Dua Lipa, James Bay

Local hero: De Staat – Well-oiled and super tight rock shows, with famed circle pits during their hit Witch Doctor

9 Sziget – Hungary

August 8–15, 2018

Sziget is special because of it’s gorgeous location on an island (Sziget) in the river Danube. Additionally, the festival lasts for a whopping 8 days! Together with Roskilde, it’s one of the longest festivals in Europe.

Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons, Fever Ray.

Local Hero: Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra – Hungarian ska with happiness dialed to 11, complete with trumpet, trombone, and sax!

10 Pukkelpop – Belgium

August 15–18, 2018

With 180.000 visitors (yes, you read that right) this is one of the most-visited festivals in Europe, partially because of the large amount of daytickets made available.

Headliners: Arcade Fire, The War on Drugs. Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons

Local Hero: Bazart – Indie group that sells out Belgium’s largest venues

11 Paleo Festival – Switzerland

July 17–22, 2018

In their own words, Paleo is an extraordinary marriage between concert and carnival. Organized without public financing.

Headliners: Depeche Mode, Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, MGMT

Local Hero: Vendredi sur mer – French poetic synthpop of the highest caliber

12 Todays Festival – Italy

August 24–26, 2018

Todays Festival has only been around for a couple of years and is based on the power of ‘now’: “Because the only moment in which the future can be decided is this instant. The present… TODAY.”

Headliners: The War on Drugs, Editors, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, My Bloody Valentine

Local hero: Cosmo – In this Italian electro-pop, you’ll hear all influences of nowadays’ clubculture.

Eight festival headliners that will mark the summer of 2018

‘Oh, when I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever’

Let’s suppose the summer of 2018 will be just as legendary as the summer of ‘69. Then, who would be our new Bryan Adams? This festival season a few fast-moving, stage-hopping musicians are working hard to provide the soon-to-be nostalgic soundtrack for the summer of 2018.

‘And if I had the choice
Yeah, I’d always wanna be there’

While we fight off our burnout symptoms with relaxing festival vibes, these festival headliners juggle through dizzying tour schedules. No hangover or sleep deprivation will hold them back. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

With temperatures rising up to a 100 degrees Fahrenheit and sudden summer showers lurking around every corner; the 2018 artist makes her/his way through muddy backstage areas, while they plough through heaps of journalists and groupies to entertain one steaming crowd after another.

‘Those were the best days of my life’

Which names are center stage on this year’s posters? Perusing the lineups of the festivals, we notice some recurring headliners. These 8 artists are the architects of the soundtrack of the summer of 2018.

1 Dua Lipa

Roskilde (Denmark), Ruisrock (Finland), Mad Cool Festival (Spain), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Lollapalooza (France/USA), Osheaga Festival (Canada), Sziget (Hungary), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (The Netherlands), Reading/Leeds Festival (UK), Electric Picnic (Ireland), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland).

2 Arctic Monkeys

Southside Festival (Germany), Hurricane Festival (Germany), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland), Open’er (Poland), Rockwave Festival (Greece), Rock Werchter (Belgium), NOS Alive (Portugal), Madcool Festival (Spain), Lollapalooza Festival (VS), Osheaga Festival (Canada), OYA Festival (Norway), Way Out West Festival (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Austin City Limits (USA).

3 Gorillaz

Rock Werchter (Belgium), Open’er Festival (Poland), Roskilde (Denmark), Gurtenfestival (Switzerland), Lucca Summer Festival (Italy), Monte Kobetamendi (Spain), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Vieilles Charrues (France), Lollapalooza Festival (France), U-Park Festival (Ukraine), Park Live Festival (Russia), Sziget (Hungary), BoomTown Fair (UK), FM4 Frequency Festival (Austria), Lowlands (The Netherlands).

4 Kendrick Lamar

Øya Festival (Norway), Lowlands (The Netherlands), Sziget (Hungary), Way out West Festival (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Zürich Openair (Switzerland), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Fuji Rock (Japan), Reading/Leads Festival (UK).

5 The Killers

O Son de Camino (Spain), Rock in RIo (Portugal) Open Air St. Gallen (Switzerland), Rock Werchter (Belgium), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland), Lattitude Festival (UK), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Benicassim (Spain), Deichbrand Festival (Germany), Lollapalooza Festival (France), Panorama Music and Arts Festival (USA), Skookum Festival (Canada).   

6 The War on Drugs

Ottawa Bluesfest (Canada), Festival D’ete de Quebec (Canada), Hallifax Jazz Festival (Canada), Forecastle Festival (USA), Sloss Music & Arts Festival (USA), Pitchfork Music Festival (USA), Panorama Music and Arts Festival (USA), XPoNential Music Festival (USA), Sziget (Hungary), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (The Nederlands), Green Man Festival (UK), Open Air (Switzerland), Todays Festival (Italy), Skookum Festival (Canada), Grandoozy (USA).  

7 Fever Ray

Body & Soul Festival (Ireland), Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival (Poland), Down The Rabbit Hole (The Netherlands), Roskilde (Denmark), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Exit Festival (Serbia), Melt Festival (Germany), Øya Festival (Norway), Way Out West (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Sziget (Hungary), Pitchfork Festival (France), Club To Club Festival (Italy).  

8 Travis Scott  

Longitude (Ireland), Benicassim Festival (Spain), Super Bock Super Rock (Portugal), Lollapalooza (France/USA), Osheaga Festival (Canada), Hard Festival (USA), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Blockfest (Finland), Festival Cabaret Vert (France), Reading/Leeds Festival (UK), Austin City Limits (USA).

Obviously this is just a small selection of all the fantastic music out there. The nice thing about festivals is discovering new acts as well. For more festival inspiration check out the festival survival guide.