With a wide range of shows across the year through spring, summer and beyond, these events are packed with the biggest global stars, the most exciting new talent and a wonderful array of additional offerings.
Whether its finding the next best thing on metropolitan city crawl, raving in the alpine mountains, dancing on a sandy beach, or taking the family for a wholesome country camping adventure, all these shows are bringing people together in a glorious celebration of music, arts, culture, food, drink and fun. There’s something here for everyone.
Here are some of the best UK and European festivals and we’ll see you in a field/city/beach/ski lodge somewhere soon!
CREAMFIELDS – ELECTRONIC DANCE FESTIVAL
TAKING PLACE: Creamfields South – Friday 26th – Sunday 28th May 2023 Bank Holiday Weekend, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, UK
Creamfields North – 24 – 27 August 2023, Bank Holiday Weekend, Daresbury Cheshire.
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SNOWBOMBING – THE WORLD’S GREATEST SHOW ON SNOW
TAKING PLACE: 10-15 April Mayrhofen, Austria
Setting the tone for an unforgettable 2023 festival season to come Snowbombing, The World’s Greatest Show On Snow, is once again stepping up to the plate as a show impossible to resist for those looking for one of the greatest party destinations on the planet. Transforming the village of Mayrhofen into a living, breathing world of world-class DJs, laugh-out-loud fun, moments that can’t be experienced anywhere else and that unmistakable atmosphere that makes Snowbombing the festival that fans will be talking about for years to come.
The Road Trip, Street Parties and the Forest Raves at one of the most unique party destinations on the planet
Scenic Apres Ski Brunches with UKG and Bongo’s Bingo
Legendary secret shows at Hans The Butchers!
TICKET PRICE Packages start from £349 + BF
LOVE SAVES THE DAY – THE INDEPENDENT BANK HOLIDAY HOME OF ELECTRONIC AND UNDERGROUND CULTURE
TAKING PLACE: 27-28 May Bristol, UK
Returning to the iconic Ashton Court Estate on the May Bank Holiday Weekend (27th/28th) – Love Saves The Day has become a legendary staple in the South West event calendar, showcasing some of the music world’s biggest global talents, alongside promising newcomers and local legends to form a melting pot of thriving modern culture that celebrates its independent approach and commitment to sustainability. One of the most exciting festivals in the UK, and a fast-growing sensation ready for a landmark year.
Some of the most iconic performances of the year by world-beating talents
Stunning production curated and produced by independent artists that play host to their incredible lineup
A true value-for-money festival experience, ensuring all have access to a massive Bank Holiday Party
TICKET PRICE Weekend Tickets start from £89.50 (+BF)
LIVE AT LEEDS : IN THE PARK – THE BEST NEW FESTIVAL ON THE BLOCK
TAKING PLACE: Saturday 27 May Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, UK
Building on its incredible reputation as the home of new music, Live At Leeds is set to return to Temple Newsam Park for its second outdoor show – Live At Leeds: In The Park, following a hugely successful debut in 2022. Bringing together the most exciting names in alternative indie and new music, it’s an unmissable festival experience spread across five stages – a must for modern music fans.
Your very own summer home of new music
Discover the rich music history surrounding Live at Leeds
The perfect all-day festival experience – an amazing value summer party packed with festival favourites and incredible new talent
TICKET PRICE Starts from £60 + BF
PARKLIFE – EUROPE’S BIGGEST METROPOLITAN FESTIVAL
TAKING PLACE: 10-11 June Heaton Park, Manchester, UK
One of Europe’s biggest festivals returns to its usual June weekend with arguably the biggest festival lineup of the summer. Combining massive international names, artists that are coming to define the here and now and a summer party lineup like no other, Parklife is the go-to name when it comes to the best festivals in the game.
The biggest and best headliners each year
THE festival of modern youth culture
10 unmissable stages of groundbreaking artists and anthems
TICKET PRICE Starts from £129.50 + BF
AFRO NATION – PORTUGAL THE WORLD’S BIGGEST AFROBEATS & AMAPIANO PARTY
TAKING PLACE: 28-30 June Praia Da Rocha Beach, Portimão, The Algarve, Portugal
By the culture, for the culture: Afro Nation Portugal stands as an unmissable highlight of the summer festival season, uniting the diaspora on sites of cultural significance across three continents, the Afrobeats explosion continues to grow with Afro Nation Portugal right at the heart of it all. Expect the biggest names in contemporary African pop from Lagos, Accra, Kampala and more, with the hottest Amapiano DJs from South Africa’s globally dominant dance scene, alongside the best Caribbean reggae and dancehall acts – nothing comes close.
Exclusive VIP parties at the private beach club
The biggest beach fashion looks & all the latest dance routines!
Jollof rice done right and a VIP Afro Spa on site
TICKET PRICE Starts from £194 + BF
ROLLING LOUD – PORTUGAL THE HOTTEST SHOW FOR HIP-HOP FANS, ON THE BEACH!
TAKING PLACE: 5-7 July Praia Da Rocha Beach, Portimão, The Algarve, Portugal
The world’s premier rap festival returns to the beaches of Portimao for Rolling Loud’s second annual Portugal fest, and has recruited an international array of A-list performers. Brining together a clash of the biggest US & UK names on the beach, Rolling Loud is only place to be for rap and hip hop fans this summer.
Rolling Loud Portugal 2023 is a major pillar in the festival’s massive international expansion, which kicks into high gear this year. Founded by 5-time Billboard Hip-Hop Power Players Matt Zingler & Tariq Cherif, Rolling Loud has grown into a global festival phenomenon, and after the inaugural Rolling Loud Portugal in 2022, which saw J Cole, Future and A$AP Rocky rock the beach, the show returns this summer with and even bigger display.
Surprise special guests that Rolling Loud always deliver
The biggest US and UK collabs on the beach
Unique merch drops
TICKET PRICE Starts from £194 + BF
STANDON CALLING – INCLUSIVE MUSIC AND FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY + DOGS!
TAKING PLACE: 20-23 July Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire, UK
Going into it’s 17th year as one of the UK’s most trusted and beloved festival weekends, this festival is a permanent fixture in the calendar for thousands of festival-loving families across the UK. Found less than an hour away from London, it’s the closest camping festival from the capital and offers the ultimate exploration of music and arts for all ages, hidden in the heart of the English countryside.
Standon brings everyone together and always delivers a formidable programme of global pop superstars, the buzziest new bands, and impeccable late night electronic acts, with 2023 showing a sensational line up celebrating the most fun loving, creative and diverse acts around. With a wealth of entertainment to dive into at every turn – alongside a revered line up of street food, woodland well-being retreats, comedy & talks on the lawn, family games and more.
The famous Dog Show at the UK’s most dog friendly festival
Costume Parades, swimming pool, wild well-being, crafts and more
All four days of music, now the weekend’s even bigger
TICKET PRICE Starts from £195 + BF
TRUCK FESTIVAL – THE NEW RITE OF PASSAGE FOR INDIE/ALT MUSIC FANS
TAKING PLACE: 21-23 July Hill Farm, Oxford, UK
Your favourite artists’ favourite festival Truck Festival, and an atmosphere like no other, all come together for a weekend of incredible live music, laugh out loud fun and countless new memories served in its own distinct charm. An unmissable rite of passage for the best in new, vibrant alternative music and The Godfather Of The Small Festival World. Expect a fun-filled weekend from one of the most exciting festivals of the summer!
A weekend of incredible live music, laugh out loud fun and countless new memories
One of the best crowds of the summer festival season – where else would you get circle-pits to an Orchestra!
A snapshot of the best names in indie/alternative culture – both leading the way and waiting to break through, all in one place (oh, and Barry from Eastenders)
TICKET PRICE Starts from £140+ BF
FLOW FESTIVAL – HELSINKI CULTURE / MUSIC / ARTS / DEBATE THE FLOW FESTIVAL WORLD – ONE OF THE MOST CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FESTIVALS ON THE PLANET
TAKING PLACE: 11th – 13th August Helsinki, Finland
With a jaw-dropping cutting edge lineup (including Wizkid, blur, FKA twigs, Caroline Polachek, Suede, Tove Lo and many more), outstanding art installations, sensational top quality restaurants and much more to be discovered, Flow Festival Helsinki is a must for all looking for a unique experience next summer based in one of the world’s coolest cities. Constantly celebrating the innovators, icons and trail-blazing new talent shaping modern culture – it’s future festival culture that sees fans from around the world return year after year.
A formidable programme of exciting boundary-breakers, influential icons, exhilarating and trail-blazing new talent
The very best in acclaimed culture – across Music, Arts, Talks and Debate
Outstanding art installations and sensational top quality restaurants – born from an industy-leadinng approach to Festival Sustainability and Environmental Change
3-Day Tickets start from €225 (£200)
1-Day Tickets from €119 (£105)
THE LONG ROAD – UK’S FINEST SUMMER CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS COUNTRY
Stanford Hall, Leicestershire, UK
The Long Road is a three-day camping festival, celebrating the UK’s growing appreciation for the music, lifestyle and influences of Country and Americana. Whether you like your Country from across the tracks or just around the bend, your Americana old time or modern, your Roots southern fried or rocky, The Long Road delivers it all. It’s an authentic, immersive and welcoming family friendly experience, nestled in the stunning grounds of Stanford Hall.
Lucky Dice classic American Car and Motorcycle Show
Mouthwatering BBQ, southern fried chicken, shrimp & hot dog comps
Dog park, wild swimming and the chance to stay in a Bowtop Caravan
So there you have it 10 of the best festival across the UK and Europe that we think you should be attending in 2023.