Summer is coming closer, and we all know what that means. Yes, it’s festival season! Everyone wants to enjoy the best time of the year with great friends, fresh cocktails, and good music. But with all the hundreds -or even thousands- of music festivals that are going on in just two months, which one is worth spending all that money? We from Nomada How Far made a list of our top 10 unique and innovating music festivals in Europe you should go to. Some of these have great concepts, while others try to do everything to make the world a better and happier place, at least for a short period. It’s up to you which one to choose, or maybe you can combine them all in one major European road trip!
Note: this list is ranked in date of happening.
10 INNOVATING MUSIC FESTIVALS IN EUROPE
Start your summer in Barcelona, because in June, Sónar will take over the city for the 24th time. During the 3 days of this cultural event and festival, you can check out hundreds of artists and DJ’s in different locations all over the city, day and night. The line-up is mainly focused on electronic music, but you can also find some other genres like hip-hop, jazz, experimental, etc. Besides music, Sónar also pays attention to film, art installations, and ‘new media’. Remember to keep an eye on pre- and afterparties, because they often take place on rooftops, beaches, and other cool locations in the city. Besides organizing Sónar every year in Barcelona, they host other Sónar events during the year in other cities all over the world as well.
15-17 June 2017
INTO THE VALLEY
Into The Valley has made a big name the last two years with their impressive location, right in the quarry of Dalhalla in Sweden. Now, they decided to move to another great location, surrounded by nature and a lake with crystal clear water in Estonia. The next festival will now be held in an old quarry in Rummu. This new place has a lot of history because there’s a rumor that the works at the quarry were performed by inmates of the local prison, which used to be one of the worst at the time.
Into The Valley not only brings quality music in a unique setting, but also innovating art pieces and installations, made by themselves and others. They try to use pioneering technology and the best sound engineers to give attendees the best festival experience possible.
Into The Valley
29 June – 1 July
Rummu Quarry, Estonia
TAURON NOWA MUZYKA
This Polish festival is held in Katowice, which is well-known for its underground salt mines close to Krakow. The festival is renowned for delivering new and exciting music. And you immediately notice this when seeing this year’s line-up with acts like The Cinematic Orchestra, Christian Löffler & Mohna live and much more! Besides experimental and electronic music, you can also check out promising jazz, rock & hip-hop artists. If this didn’t convince you yet, Tauron Nowa Muzyka is three-time winner of the European Festival Awards for Best Small Festival in Europe! Let’s drink cheap beers in the shadow of the mine shaft towers and discover some new artists!
Tauron Nowa Muzyka
6-9 July 2017
Polifonic is a new festival that will be held at Masserie Del Turco, a beautiful old building surrounded by olive trees in the Itria Valley, near Monopoli. They didn’t give much information yet, but by looking at the line-up, with artists like Hunee, DVS1 and Levon Vincent, the festival looks really promising. Apart from the musical aspect, they offer yoga classes, a chillout area, art exhibitions and of course, great Mediterranean food.
7-9 July 2017
Dekmantel has made quite a big name in the festival scene in a short time. All their festivals are always sold-out months before the first record gets played on-site. But what makes this festival so unique? With multiple beautiful stages spread out over the terrains of the Amsterdamse Bos, and one of the best line-ups an electronic music lover can get, this is definitely a festival that you just can’t miss! They now also organize Dekmantel Selectors in Croatia, with a limited capacity and only a small number of high-calibre DJ’s.
2-6 August 2017
24-28 August 2017
Nachtdigital Festival is definitely one like no other! Although it already exists since 1998, they still manage to keep it a small and intimate festival. There are only 3000 tickets available, which all get sold-out in minutes after the release. But what makes it stand out from other festivals? They try to make the experience as personal as possible by making handmade decorations (which become real pieces of art), aspiring visual arts and carefully selected artists. We heard that the crowd and atmosphere are like no other!
4-6 August 2017
Bungalowdorf Olfganitz, Germany
Øyafestivalen is held at Tøyenpark, Oslo. The festival’s biggest ambition is to become one of the greenest in the world. They do this by keeping track of their environmental impact, before and during the event, and by finding solutions to reduce this. One of the things they do is trying to recycle as much waste as possible that’s made on the festival. Another thing we like is that only Norway’s best, organic and environmental friendly food is being served at Øya to help the climate.
Besides all these great ideas, the line-up is excellent too, with names like The XX, MØ, Ryan Adams, and many more!
8-12 August 2017
London’s Sunfall Festival is ready for its second edition in Brockwell Park. The organization is a collective of the club owners and promoters behind XOYO, The Nest, Phonox and Dimensions Festival. The concept is simple, a music festival during daytime, club nights in different locations around the city at night. Their focus on the quality sounds of underground music is unseen, and they do everything to provide the best sound quality to the audience. The independent record fair on-site wants to promote young and new artists. And there’s a knowledge area where industry professionals and artists discuss music focused topics and give workshops.
12 August 2017
This new 4-day arts & music festival will take place in Portugal near the medieval town of Crato, which lies in one of the most desolate places regions in Southern Europe. The event focuses on bringing quality underground music in a mythical place where you can be creative and disconnect from the world for a few days. Also, performance artists, stimulating installations and a cinema get their own place on the festival ground.
The whole idea is to create an extraordinary experience on an eco-friendly way to be part of the transition towards environmental and social responsibility. With exciting names like DJ Nobu, Robag Wruhme, Vril, and even a stage hosted by the magnificent label Giegling, we think this is just the beginning of a beautiful story.
17-20 August 2017
This rather small festival in Belgium provides a finely selected line-up of known and unknown musicians & DJ’s in all kinds of electronic genres, from contemporary to experimental. A lot of the performances are performed live so that the audience and artists really can connect with each other. You’ll also find various lectures and installations on-site.
8-10 September 2017