Top 5 festivals to visit in Europe in 2012

Top 5 festivals to visit in Europe in 2012

Everybody wants to do something different this year, visit a new land or enjoy unique experiences – picking a European festival is a great option. Whether you’re into art or music, there is something for everyone to enjoy across the continent in 2012.

It’s all about including alternative hot spots for your family or friendship circle to enjoy, so whether it’s a trip to Scandinavia for a heavy rock festival or a stint on the beach in Spain at Benicassim there is something you can consider. Here we will see a rundown of the top five festivals for Europe 2012…

Roskilde Festival

Without doubt one of Europe’s largest festivals, this spot in Denmark started hosting events in 1971 and it has since taken off to be a non-profit festival that looks to develop both the culture and music in the area as a result. With everything from 24 hour music mixes to experimental art and design, people often spend more than a week there.

Less than 50 kilometres from Copenhagen, this spot offers camping or hotel stays and boasted a line-up that included the Kings of Leon and the Artic Monkeys last year.

Salsburg Festival

Taking place at the end of July and into August, this arts festival held in the Austrian city of Salsburg is one of the biggest in Europe. Known around the world as being the birthplace of Mozart, this has been a prominent drama and music festival since the 1920s. If you and your beloved ones are fans of high class modern and classical music then this will be right up your street.

Isle of Wight Festival

This festival is one of the most popular in the United Kingdom, and being sat on such a beautiful island, it works well both aesthetically and financially to skip the tents, gather a group of like minds and check out country cottages to rent here both for summer holidays and the festival. That way you can mix enjoying this festival with some of the other activities that the Isle of Wight has to offer. Taking place from the 22nd to the 24th June and boasting a line-up that includes Enter Shikari and Magnetic Man, this is an alternative music festival for all the family.

Sonar Festival

An event which is held in Sao Paulo, Tokyo and the Spanish city of Barcelona, this new media art and advanced music festival is international and brilliant. Taking place in mid-June, you and your family will be able to enjoy a particularly alternative style of festival by heading here. With so much to see in the city, this integrates in perfectly and isn’t a camping in a field sort of effort but seen in the centre. With things taking place in the day and then at night, there is so much to do around the clock.

Exit Festival

After being setup in the last decade, this music festival which takes places in Novi Sad and the Petrovaradin Fortress is a great reason to visit Serbia. Enjoyed over four days, this festival has boasted names like Chemical Brothers, Arctic Monkeys and Jamiroquai in recent years and is known for conveying both social and political messages.