European festival guide 2017

'Cos Europe is edgy AF

If you're currently bored, still slightly hungover from Christmas, spending your weekends cocooned in a duvet and considering just fucking it all off and leaving the country, you'll be relieved to learn that (as well as cursed with the aforementioned boredom and cocoons) February is an ideal time to book European festivals this summer.

The line-ups are being announced, the flights are cheap and - let's be real – you didn’t get a Glastonbury ticket, Bestival is just too far away to think about right now, and you're far, far too old for Reading.

And anyone who's had to quite literally swim to their tent in the pouring rain will probably agree a festival sans mud is a bloody good idea.

So here are heat's picks of the best European festivals to go to this 2017.

Annie Mac's Lost and Found - Malta

When is it? 13th – 16th April 2017

Where is it? Various locations, Malta

Ticket price: from £85

Why should I go? Annie Mac is the absolute QUEEN of electronic music, so any festival that's 1) created by her and 2) in the SUN in APRIL has got to be top of our list.

Lost and Found is in its third year, and offers four days and four nights of parties in pools, boats, clubs and castles. We know. CASTLES.

Headliners include close friends of AMP – like Armand Van Helden, Jamie Jones and J.E.S.U.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Seth Troxler and Skream).

We're so there.

World Club Dome - Germany

When is it? 2nd – 4th June 2017

Where is it? Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany

Ticket price: €95 (£81.02) 2-Day Pass / €133 (£113.39) 3-Day Pass

Why should I go? One look at the Berlin nightlife shows us Germany as a country knows how to throw a party – and World Club Dome is further proof of that. Taking place in Frankfurt, it's one of the biggest parties in Europe. 2017's intake include Deadmau5, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki.

Hideout – Croatia

Where is it? Zcre Beach, Croatia

When it it? 26th – 30th June 2017

Ticket price: £152.90

Why should I go? Croatia is basically the godfather of cool festivals everyone with a pair of Adidas superstars wants to go to, and Hideout's the first on the calendar.

The beach festival will this year feature the frankly INSANE line-up of Major Lazer Soundsystem, Stormzy, Diplo and more.

Dimensions – Croatia

Where is it? Fort Punra Christo, Croatia

When is it? 30 August – 3 September 2017

Ticket price: £151

Why should I go? Hideout a teeny bit too mainstream for your edgy self? You'll love Dimensions. The only downside, really, is the idea of camping in the literal scorching heat. But you'll (probably) be having too much fun to care. Plus, you can just stay in a hotel or something.

Outlook – Croatia

Where it is? Fort Punta Christo, Croatia

When is it? 7 – 1 September 2017

Ticket price: £141

Why should I go? Those still not tired of partying on beautiful beaches in the beautiful Croatian sun at Hideout and Dimensions (which you obviously won't be) can hit up Outlook. This year the likes of Dizzee Rascal (yassss) and DJ Shadow will be in attendance.

Soundwave – Croatia

Where is it? Garden Festival Site, The Garden, Tisno

When is it? 27 – 31 July 2017

Ticket price: £141.90

Why should I go? See? We told you Croatia was a big deal. Soundwave comes from the mastermind of Outlook & Dimesions Festivals, Noah Ball, as well as one of London's top promotors, Rob Waller/ Soundcrash.

So it's obviously going to be amazing.

This year will feature the likes of Gilles Peterson, Laura Mvula and Horse Meat Disco.

It's probably time to get on and win the lottery so you can buy a one-way ticket to Croatia and go to all of these. Just a thought.

Dreambeach - Spain

When is it? 10th – 15th August 2017

Where is it? Beach Villaricos, Almeria, Spain

Ticket price: From €60 - €132 (£51.06 - £112.33)

Why should I go? Like Spain? Like beaches? Like prancing about on a Spanish beach to the likes of Carl Cox, David Guetta and Pendulum?

Good. Go to Dreambeach, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary – so will likely be extra fuuuuun this year.

Sziget – Hungary

Where is it? Budapest, Hungary

When is it? 9 – 16 August 2017-02-09

Ticket price: From €275 for a 5-day pass (£234)

Why should I go? Anyone with an Instagram page and a smug friend in a relationship who posts their holiday pics all over social media will know that Budapest is pretty darn trendy at the moment.

Combine that with a festival featuring the likes of Kasabian and Major Lazer and you've got yourself a banger of a holiday.



Where is it? Budapest, Hungary

When is it? 11 – 13 June 2017

Ticket price: From £99

Why should I go? It's a metro-festival, meaning that it takes place in the city over multiple venues rather than a horrible field in the middle of nowhere. Which will be a nice change. Plus, the line-up is looking AMAZING. Dusky, Shy FX, Toddla T and General Levy – to name a few.

Colours of Ostravia - Czech Republic

Where is it? Ostravia, Czech Republic (obv)

When is it? 19 – 22 July 2017

Ticket price: €95.77 (£81.52)

Why should I do? If dance music just ain't your vibe, or if you just need a break from it after a MENTAL time at Hideout - multi-genre festival, Colours of Ostravia, could be for you. This year boasts an impressive line-up of Imagine Dragons, Jamiroquai, Norah Jones, alt-J and Birdy.

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