Top European festivals


Are you a Grad, Elementary or High School teacher looking to make the move to teach in the UK?

During the summer holidays whilst teaching in England, take the opportunity to explore the surrounding European continent and the festivals it has to offer!

From festivals in historical sites to beach and boat parties, Europe’s festival scene is jam-packed with exciting options. And while you may need to be quick to get your hands on tickets, these are summer escapes that you won’t forget in a hurry.


One of Europe’s most popular festivals, and with its powerful mix of sun, sea and music, it’s easy to see why. The biggest names in music flock to the Spanish beach resort, set on the coast between Barcelona and Valencia, while you can continue the party in the local clubs long after the sun goes down.


With line-ups that get better year after year, Ultra Europe brings the party to Croatia. The most awe-inspiring names in electronic music descend on Split for three days of EDM, coupled with truly breath-taking visuals. Add in spectacular opening and closing parties, a yacht regatta, and an Ultra Beach party at Hvar Island, and you have a festival that pulls out all the stops.

Primavera Sound

With stellar line-ups year after year and the beauty of Barcelona to go with it, Primavera Sound promises a festival experience with a difference. Savour the best of local delicacies and devour gastronomic delights from around the globe from hundreds of street food vendors and food trucks –while enjoying names from across the genres.


Europe’s greenest festival has plenty to appeal to the senses and it gets bigger every year. What was once a day event is now a fully-fledged weekend of musical bliss in Aarhus, Denmark. All the food and drink on offer is organic and festival prides itself on sustainability – pushing a powerful message alongside its equally strong line-up.


Electronic music takes over Amsterdam for Awakenings. Expect techno, house and EDM in stunning locations across the Dutch capital or brave the ADE Marathon – more than 124 hours of techno from close to 100 of the finest DJs in existence!

Rock Werchter

If you want incredible food and a top-quality line-up in addition to a buzzing atmosphere, Rock Werchter is quickly establishing itself among Europe’s must-see festivals. The four-day party in the heart of Belgium attracts crowds from all over the world, keen to see the headliners, crowd-pleasers and emerging local talent.


Where else can you dance and rave in a mighty fortress? EXIT festival, held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, has helped to put the country on the map when it comes to music. The vast citadel on the banks of the River Danube provides an idyllic setting to listen to superstars from the worlds of rock, punk, drum and bass, dance, techno, reggae and hip-hop, at what has been voted the Best Major European Festival twice in recent years.


This monster party in Budapest lasts for seven days, giving you ample time to listen to the big-name headliners and the lesser-known acts on the bill. The festival site on Obuda, an island in the middle of the Danube, is packed full of cultural and entertainment options, including the chance to glamp in luxury sheds! Of course, if you’d prefer some modern comforts, the delights of the city are just a short distance away!


Welcoming 400,000 people from around the world for two weekends of madness in Boom, Belgium, Tomorrowland is one of the world’s biggest festivals and features the best in electronic dance music. It’s incredibly popular though, and tickets usually sell out in a matter of minutes! Big-name DJs are renowned for showcasing their latest material at Tomorrowland, so if you want a glimpse into the future of dance music, this is the place to be.