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10 European Festivals You Should Do Before You Enter The Real World

Summertime: you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Before you embark on your career-building quest and have to start planning the best way to spend your 25 days a year, have one last blow-out at one of these amazing European festivals…

1. Berlin Festival – Berlin, Germany.

May 29-31

Berlin is possibly the best city in the world for clubbing, so they’re going to do festivals well. If their video from last year doesn’t make you want to go, we don’t know what will.

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2. Forbidden Fruit – Dublin, Ireland.

May 29-31

You don’t have to travel far to try a new festival. The Irish are a good laugh, and this year Fatboy Slim is playing.

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3. Sonar – Barcelona, Spain.

June 18-20

This city festival is right in the thick of bustling Barcelona. Perfect if you like to retire to a hostel room and a shower rather than a sweaty tent.

via 99festivals.com

via 99festivals.com

4. Secret Solstice – Reykjavik, Iceland.

June 19-21

Believe it or not, Iceland experiences summer too! In fact, it is ‘the only festival where you can party at a time and place when the sun doesn’t set for three entire days’.

via secretsolstice.is

via secretsolstice.is

5. Hideout Festival – Zrce Beach, Croatia.

June 28-2 July

Croatia appears twice in this list because it’s the king of European festivals. There are about 15 in total. Hideout is a winner if you love house, dance and drum and bass. It’s right on the beach and there’s pretty much guaranteed sun.

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hideoutfestival.com

6. Pitch – Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

July 3-4

Amsterdam is definitely a city to do before you enter the workforce. Team this arty festival with a short stay in city and you’ve got a cracking week lined up.

Pitch Festival

Pitch Festival

7. Exit Festival, Serbia.

July 16-18

Exit takes place in the grounds of an old castle, so if you like an atmospheric setting then this is the one for you.

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8. Stop Making Sense – Tisno, Croatia. 

July 16-19

Stop Making Sense is a smaller festival, and only in its fifth year, but Time Out says: ‘Stop Making Sense pools the talents of East London institutions… the results are a relaxing holiday with ace music’.

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9. Benicassim – Costa Azahar, Spain.

July 16-19

Another beach festival. Ideal for indie-rock lovers; The Prodigy, Florence + the Machine, Bastille and Crystal Fighters are making an appearance this year.

via onthebeach.co.uk

via onthebeach.co.uk

10. Way Out West – Gothenburg, Sweden.

August 13-15

Crowds of beautiful Swedish people. What more could you want?

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via apesontape.com

And if you don’t like the idea of waking up in your nylon tent sweaty and hungover with the sunrise (6am), maybe you should look into booking a villa or an apartment with a group of friends. Clickstay have loads of properties in Croatia, for as little as £10 per person per night.

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