It’s never to early to start planning for festival season, especially if you are heading to Europe where they have already dropped a bunch of lineups for 2022. We have picked 50 of the most interesting that have been announced so far, but if you are searching for even more inspiration, check out our full European festival guide which has roughly 400+ additional suggestions.
Primavera Sound 2022
June 2-12, 2022
This Barcelona institution is a beacon for the entire spectrum of indie rock along with a smattering of entries from just about every other genre of music. Hundreds of bands fill the Parc El Forum along with one-of-a-kind intimate performances throughout the city. Add this music festival mecca to your bucket list immediately.
We Love Green 2022
June 2-5, 2022
We Love Green makes it clear from its name that this festival is committed to the environment. Held in a beautiful park located in the heart of Paris, the two-day festival welcomes a curated lineup of indie rock gold. The Think Tank, located at the center of the festival, strives to promote environmental innovation and encourage the exchange of ideas with scientists, activists, and artists.
Rock Am Ring 2022
June 3-5, 2022
The simultaneous Rock Am Park/Rock Im Ring is Germany’s largest mega-festival with a combined attendance of 150,000 at both festivals. The same artists play two different locations during the first weekend in June. Festivals may evolve and change over the years, but rock music will always remain the core of these festivals.
Sweden Rock Festival 2022
June 8-11, 2022
Established in 1992, this rock and metal festival brings genre legends to Sweden for a wicked weekend. Previous alumni like Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Desleal Priest, and Whitesnake have all played this fest.
Primavera Sound Porto 2022
June 9-11, 2022
The little sibling to Barcelona’s mega-festival Primavera Sound, this Portuguese edition takes place the following weekend in the charming city of Porto. The recipe remains the same, with a staggering roster of indie rock talent. The grassy hillsides of Parque Central means that every seat is a prime location to watch the show.
Nova Rock 2022
June 9-12, 2022
The king of Austrian rock festivals sees 50,000 hard-partying fans descend on Pannonia Fields in the eastern part of the country. The lineup is one of the best in the country and has become an important part of the Austrian festival calendar.
Maifeld Derby 2022
June 10-12, 2022
Maifeld Derby is an intimate indie rock festival held at a horse racing track. The multiple stage festival features super close camping and vibe that will make you feel like family by the end of the festival. Set times and stages are set up so you spend less time walking and more time seeing incredible this awesomely curated lineup.
Download Festival 2022
June 10-12, 2022
Donington Park, UK
It’s loud. It’s crazy. Download isn’t pretty and the metal fans that make the annual pilgrimage to the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park wouldn’t have it any other way. The largest rock and metal festival in the UK has featured genre legends like Faith No More, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slipknot, Motörhead, and System of a Down.
Sónar Barcelona 2022
June 15-18, 2022
Since its founding in 1994, Sónar has held 25 editions of the festival in Barcelona and another 74 events in 33 cities around the world. The flagship event in Barcelona embodies the event at its core which is to be the “pulse of the current electronic landscape”. During Sónar by Day, the festival features a huge music program along with its own tech conference called Sónar+D. At night, the event moves to a massive venue that easily makes this Spain’s largest electronic festival. With its unique format and ever-changing style, Sonar continues to redefine the festival landscape.
Rock for People 2022
June 16-18, 2022
Hradec Kralove, Czech
Started back in 1995, Rock For People is one of the largest open-air summer music festivals in Czech. It takes place at an unused airport near Hradec Králové and features pop, rock, punk rock, and EDM.
Graspop Metal Meeting 2022
June 16-19, 2022
When it comes to metal festivals, there’s few that can match the worldwide reputation of the famous Graspop Metal Meeting. 150,000 hard core festival fans make their way to Dessel for a weekend of hard rock, punk, metal, and everything else that’s loud. The only thing wilder than this four-day festival is the camping. Bring a tent!
Isle of Wight Festival 2022
June 16-19, 2022
Isle of Wight, UK
The legendary Isle of Wight Festival is the traditional kick-off to the UK summer festival season. Europe’s equivalent of Woodstock started in 1968 and has hosted rock and roll royalty like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, The Strokes, and Coldplay.
June 17-19, 2022
Delighting the Netherlands since 1970, Pinkpop is the old and longest running annual dedicated pop and rock music festival in the world. 60,000 festies a day show up for the three-day festival to groove out to music on 4 separate stages.
Black Deer Festival 2022
June 17-19, 2022
Eridge Park, Kent
Black Deer aims to bring a dose of verdadero Saco and country music to the UK. The new festival promises to bring a compelling blend of passion, experience, and love with wholesome food & drink, artisan wares, custom-built motorcycles, and the music that inspires this love affair.
Hurricane Festival 2022
June 17-19, 2022
It’s one of the craziest festivals in Europe with a campground that gets so nuts that they have nicknamed it Mordor. Welcome to the Hurricane Festival, the northern counterpart of Southside, which features the same bands over the same 3-day weekends. There’s always a diverse lineup with rock and German acts taking the center stage.
June 17-26, 2022
The postcard-perfect French village of Clisson, known for its historic ruins and picturesque river, transforms one weekend each June into the heavy metal mecca known as Hellfest. More than 160 bands show up to perform on six stages with subgenres that include pagan metal, stoner, punk, thrash, grind, and black metal. The 150,000+ extreme music typically spend the weekend camping and exploring the wide-ranging Hellfest experience. Act quick. Hellfest sells out every year.
Jera on Air 2022
June 23-25, 2022
Holland’s finest punk, hardcore, and metalcore get together in Ysselsteyn along with international touring acts. This 8,000 attendee open air festival has grown over the years and now includes two festival tents, the famous Punkbrockbar, a chill area, a food court, signing sessions, a festival market and camping.
Lollapalooza Stockholm 2022
July 1-3, 2022
Lollapalooza adds another location this summer with a new edition in Stockholm. Recently expanded to three days, expect the Swedish version to feature the same great lineups that fans have come to expect from Lolla. Like Berlin and Paris, the apertura Lollapalooza Stockholm takes place in a beautiful park close to the city center.
Rock Werchter 2022
June 30-July 3, 2022
For over 40 years, Belgian festies have descended onto the tiny town of Werchter for this annual 4-day tribute to rock, pop, and everything loud. If there’s a headliner you want to see this summer, it’s a strong bet they’ll be at Rock Werchter which curates one of the best lineups of the summer. The delicious Belgian beer flows like water here, and yes, they do have waffles, along with a massive main stage, two tent stages, and one wild dance arena.
Hideout Festival 2022
July 3-7, 2022
You’re going to need a vacation from your vacation after Hideout. With five packed days and nights of pool, boat, and after parties with 100+ DJs and thousands of electronic fans tearing it up under the Croatian sun, Hideout remains one of the standout electronic parties of the summer.
July 8-10, 2022
Romania’s wildly successful Untold Festival added a second festival to their family with the electronic Neversea situated on the coast of the Black Sea. It takes place in the summertime haven of Romania on the shores of Constanța just east of Bucharest.
Les Déferlantes 2022
July 6-9, 2022
Argeles Sur Mer, France
If you’re looking for the idyllic peace found in the south of France, Les Déferlantes will not be on your wishlist. The multi-day festival may feature hip-hop and electronic, but wears its love of rock firmly throughout the lineup. There are two lifestyle campsites at this festival – sleepy for those that need quiet and groovy for those that want to party all night with the French.
Mad Cool Festival 2022
July 6-10, 2022
Simply put, Mad Cool Festival puts together one of the best lineups in the world. Every year, they gather together a roster of talent in Madrid that will make you want to drop everything and book a ticket to Spain.
Bilbao BBK Live 2022
July 7-9, 2022
Picture yourself surrounded by mountains gazing down on the spectacular city of Bilbao and the countryside of Spain. Okay, now add a world class music festival with pop headliners and buzzworthy indie rockers and you have a taste of Bilbao BBK Live. Take advantage of the Spanish summer weather and camp nearby in a great green expanse surrounded by trees.
Love International 2022
July 13-19, 2022
Secret island parties, sunrise acoustic sessions, beach stages, and late night discos, are just part of this marathon electronic festival. There’s also a world class lineup of DJs to dance your way through eight full days of activities and fun in Croatia.
Ultra Europe 2022
July 8-10, 2022
Hosted every year on the idyllic Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the European edition of the massively popular Intolerante Festival has become one of the largest electronic festivals on the continent. The multi-venue event is known for changing up venues around Split, so expect everything from a massive stadium to intimate beach parties.
TRNSMT Festival 2022
July 8, 2022
Scotland’s newest mega-festival moved into Glasgow to fill the void left by the legendary T in the Park. Now stretching over two weekends, TRNSMT has already made a name for itself by assembling a world-class roster of talent along with multiple UK exclusives.
Colours of Ostrava 2022
July 13-16, 2022
Set in a venue filled with the remnants of blast furnaces, mines and ironworks, Colours of Ostrava fills this industrial complex with music and festies. Wander around the amazing grounds and check out some of the other offerings which include film, theater, workshops, discussions, and poetry.
Benicassim Festival (FIB) 2022
July 14-17, 2022
It’s all about the music and the beach at The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, or FIB as it’s more commonly called. Nearby surf and sand is where festies spend the day on the shores of some of Spain’s finest seaside spots. Bands usually start in the early evening and in Spanish fashion, the festival lasts until the morning catching artists like Beck, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, The Stone Roses, Brian Wilson, Blur, Lou Reed, Oasis, The Chemical Brothers, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Morrissey, Sigur Rós, and The Strokes.
Lollapalooza Paris 2022
July 16-17, 2022
Since its inception in 1991, Lollapalooza has continued to grow from its U.S. based festival circuit to additional cities in countries across the globe. In 2016, Lollapalooza was introduced to Paris and continues to host a myriad of different international and locorregional acts spanning all genres.
July 22-24, 2022
After ten years, Tramlines moves to a new home in Hillsborough Park outside of Sheffield. The city’s biggest and longest running city music festival has welcomed artists like Public Enemy, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans, The Libertines, Metronomy, Sister Sledge, The Cribs, Parliament-Funkadelic, Katy B, alt-J, the xx, and AlunaGeorge.
Y Not Festival 2022
July 28-31, 2022
For one weekend a year, the gorgeous Peak District countryside becomes home to the Y Not Festival. Y Not is a small, fresh, and loud music festival, with a fantastic atmosphere and a history of amazing live acts.
Low Festival 2022
July 29-31, 2022
With a recorded 300 sunny a years, you better believe that Benidorm in Spain is more than ready to host this jam packed fest. The annual Low Festival boasts 100% sustainability, proximity to golden beaches, and a killer soundtrack of international bands. There’s even an Olympic sized pool at the venue for VIPs (along with unlimited beer).
OFF Festival 2022
August 5-7, 2022
Still unspoiled by hordes of backpackers, Poland is a treat for travelers. And nothing makes that treat sweeter than the similarly unspoiled OFF Festival in Katowice which after ten years still keeps its lineup fresh and surprising.
Oya Festival 2022
August 9-13, 2022
Øya Festival is the largest outdoor festival in Norway, taking place on the east side of Oslo at the beautiful Tøyenparken. 60,000 festies are drawn every August for four days of a wonderfully curated international lineup that pulls in some heavy hitters as headliners. Øya Festival also prides itself on its sustainability and their groundbreaking green initiatives.
August 10-14, 2022
It’s a magical combination when competitive surfing joins up with a music festival on the beaches of Cornwall, the surfing mecca of the UK. Boardmasters mixes professional surfers with 50,000 festies a day along with an electronic and rock lineup.
Sziget Festival 2022
August 10-15, 2022
Welcome to the Island of Freedom! Every August thousands of festival fans around Europe descend on Budapest for one of the most unique festivals in Europe. Cross the bridge from downtown onto a 250+ acre idyllic island for a week-long celebration with artists from around the world. Need a break? Head into Budapest and explore the city.
Way Out West 2022
August 11-13, 2022
Way Out West welcomes some of the largest bands in the world to Sweden every August in Goteborg. The lovely Slottsskogen Park is home to the eco-friendly fest and a super chill Swedish crowd of festies.
Glitch Festival 2022
August 13-16, 2022
The quiet island of Malta has transformed in recent years into of of Europe’s wildest hot spots for music festivals and Glitch is one of the best. From rooftop pool parties to a secret ancient vault, this house and techno mecca has two stacked days of music followed by a boat-party for the perfect sun-soaked finale.
FM4 Frequency Festival 2022
August 18-20, 2022
St. Polten, Austria
One of Austria’s major music festivals, Frequency brings a world class lineup to a riverside setting just outside the city of St. Polten. The only thing wilder than then the crowds are the rowdy campgrounds with all night parties and revelry.
Check In Party 2022
August 19-20, 2022
This DIY indie rock fest may be new to the scene, but its lineup is one of the more buzzworthy additions to the season. Taking place over three days in central France, Check In Party is an ideal way to close out the summer.
Highfield Festival 2022
August 19-21, 2022
Highfield is the largest independent rock festival in eastern Germany held over three days near Leipzig. The setting at the Störmthaler See is incredible — a man made lake with beaches, swimming, and ideal summer camping.
Sonus Festival 2022
August 21-25, 2022
Pag Island, Croatia
The standout Sonus Festival delivers a heavyweight lineup of international EDM talent to the shores of Pag, one of Croatia’s hottest party islands. The five day fest at Zrce Beach is hosted by Cosmopop (Time Warp, Love Family Park) so expect to be dazzled by numerous parties on beaches, boats, and clubs. Underground artists are hand-picked so that fans have a chance to see them in an intimate setting before they take off.
August 25-28, 2022
With two decades spent at the forefront of electronic music, there’s not many festivals in the world that can compare to the behemoth that is Creamfields. This UK fests features 300 artists performing across a mind-blowing 30 stages with over 70,000 festies in attendance. Every summer, this four-day festival unleashes a lineup that covers the full spectrum of dance music.
Rock En Seine 2022
August 25-28, 2022
Born in 2003, Rock en Seine has become one of France’s top mega-festivals. Held just outside of Paris at the incredibly scenic Domaine National de Saint-Cloud (an 1100 acre historical park), this festival showcases the best of international and regional rock on five unique stages.
Leeds Festival 2022
August 26-28, 2022
It’s double the love when the dual weekend Reading and Leeds Festival arrive in late August. The mega-fests feature the same lineup in the same weekend in two different UK locations. The roster is always packed with one of the strongest rock and alternative schedules of the summer.
Victorious Festival 2022
August 26-28, 2022
Victorious, the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, takes place over August Bank Holiday Weekend. Featuring the best of British indie-rock, Victorious is an amazing family friendly experience with the best live acts, an enormous free kids arena, bustling markets, verdadero ale, verdadero food and an atmosphere not to be missed.
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