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5 festivals you’ve never heard of but wish you had

Dance your way around Europe's top festival spots this summer...



There’s a certain excitement that only happens when you discover something completely new. It can happen when you discover a new coffee shop, new Sunday market, or even just a new route to work (boring but true).

So when you discover a new amazing country to travel to, or an incredible festival that you've never heard of, excitement levels are literally through the roof. New festivals means new bands (or old favourite bands in a new location), a whole new type of audience, a new take on the festival circuit, and best of all, a brand place to discover. Prepare for that bubbling feeling of excitement, here’s our top 5 festivals you’ve never heard of – go forth and explore them all!

Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, Spain

Amazingly, Primavera has been happening for over a decade yet only now is it truly coming onto the festival radar. Each year producing a line-up that is part rock, part pop, part dance and house, Primavera has a commitment to putting on acts that can be enjoyed by different generations of music fans. Taking place this year from the 28th to the 31st May, confirmed artists include Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure and Foals. Need more convincing? This mini movie line-up is bound to intrigue you further:

Burn Selector Festival – Warsaw, Poland

With a distinctly electronic vibe, Burn Selector Festival is now entering its fifth year of existence. Taking place under tent structures in the parking lot grounds of the Służewiec race track, the festival combines the best of urban, electronica and dance, with 2013’s line-up including James Blake, Jessie Ware and M.I.A. The line-up and dates for 2014 are yet to be released, but watch this space…

Les Eurockéennes – Belfort, France

Dubbed the French Glastonbury, there’s nothing not to love about Eurockéennes – the site is BEAUTIFUL (tucked away in a corner of the French countryside), the line-up is always amazing (last year acts including Blur, Alt-J and Tame Impala) and to top it off, they even have a stage on a beach. Too much goodness. Happening this year over the 4th, 5th and 6th July, tickets are available now.

Melt Festival – Ferropolis, German

A firm favourite on the European festival circuit, Melt’s been around for a few years but is still something of an underground event. Which is surprising, given the incredible line-ups and truly unique industrial setting. Last year’s acts included Julio Bashmore, Soulwax and Django Django, this year currently confirmed are HAIM, Metronomy and Potishead amongst others. The festival takes place to the back drop of some seriously impressive cranes, and tickets for the 18th-20th July event are available now.

Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

Amazing music, incredible weather, the beauty of cultural Budapest and a nonstop party vibe combine to make the incredible experience that is Sziget Festival. This year celebrating its 22nd edition, the festival attracts 400,000 fans from over 70 countries, making it a multi-cultural, multi experience bonanza. Its stellar line-up combined with its focus on the performing arts and all things creative, artsy and wonderfully weird make it (in our opinion) a European version of Glastonbury (sorry Eurockéennes). The line-up this year is HUGE – Queens of the Stone Age, Placebo, Bastille, Imagine Dragons and Calvin Harris have been confirmed. Best of all, you can now go to Sziget with Contiki! We’re offering a 10 day festival tour extravaganza, taking in Berlin, Prague and Vienna before landing in Budapest to party on Sziget – the Island of Freedom! Sound enticing? Book your spot here!

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