Best 2011 Summer Festivals in the U.K. and Europe

    The summer festival scene in the United Kingdom and Europe is the apex for international musical talent. 2011 looks like a banner year too, from Glasto to Sziget.

    Glastonbury 2007 – Photo credit

    Sonar
    Where: Barcelona/A Coruña, Spain
    When: June 16-18

    The lineup of acts at Sonar 2011 includes M.I.A., Dizzee Rascal, James Murphy and Janelle Monáe.

    Barcelona City Guide

    Southside Festival
    Where: Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
    When: June 17-19

    Southside will rock the Bodensee/Lake Constance region this June with acts like Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, Gogol Bordello and Warpaint.

    Friedrichshafen City Guide

    Hurricane Festival
    Where: Scheeßel, Germany
    When: June 17-19

    Hurricane runs concurrent to Southside, in the Lower Saxony municipality of Scheeßel, some 55 km from the city of Bremen.

    Bremen City Guide

    INMusic Festival
    Where: Zagreb, Croatia
    When: June 21-22

    Croatia’s top international music festival takes Zagreb by storm in late June. Acts on the bill include Arcade Fire (who seem to be everywhere this summer), Jamiroquai and Nick Cave’s alt-rock band, Grinderman.

    Zagreb City Guide

    Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
    Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton, England
    When: June 22-26

    The summer festival par excellence, the 2011 version of Glasto boasts a truly sick parade of acts, from U2 to Wu-Tang Clan, Coldplay to Beyoncé, Lee “Scratch” Perry to Cee Lo Green. Do not expect to catch a wink of sleep if you find yourself at Worthy Farm this year.

    London City Guide

    Hove Festival
    Where: Tromøy, Norway
    When: June 28 – July 1

    Get your festival on, Nordic style, at Hovefestivalen. Kasabian, DJ Quik, Linkin Park and The Strokes, among others.

    Oslo City Guide

    Roskilde Festival
    Where: Roskilde, Denmark
    When: June 30 – July 3

    Roskilde Festival is a major summer staple and sports a solid lineup this year, with acts as diverse as Portishead, My Chemical Romance and Daniel Norgren.

    Copenhagen City Guide

    Open’er Festival
    Where: Gdnynia, Poland
    When: June 30 – July 3

    Poland gets some significant summer festival love, with the likes of Coldplay, The National, M.I.A. and Big Boi in attendance at Open’er.

    Gdansk City Guide

    Rock Werchter
    Where: Werchter, Belgium
    When: June 30 – July 3

    Rock Werchter indeed. One of Belgium’s best festivals features Robyn, Portishead, Kaiser Chiefs and the ageless Iron Maiden.

    Antwerp City Guide

    Eurockéennes de Belfort
    Where: Lac de Malsaucy, Territoire de Belfort, Franche-Comté, France
    When: July 1-3

    A veritable Grand Slam event in the Euro summer festival scene, Eurockéennes de Belfort lures top acts like Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age and Raphael Saadiq.

    Belfort City Guide

    Main Square Festival
    Where: Arras, France
    When: July 1-3

    Main Square Festival will take over the Arras citadel in July with headliners like Kasabian, Warpaint, Moby and, yes, Arcade Fire.

    Arras City Guide

    Montreux Jazz Festival
    Where: Montreux, Switzerland
    When: July 1-16

    The iconic, incomparable Montreux Jazz Festival has the kind of cred that draws artists like B.B. King, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon and Wayne Shorter.

    Montreux City Guide

    EXIT
    Where: Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia
    When: July 7-10

    Few summer festival backdrops have the chops to compete with Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress. Main stage acts in 2011 include Arcade Fire, Santigold, M.I.A., Pulp and Beirut.

    Belgrade City Guide

    Oxegen
    Where: Punchestown, County Kildare, Ireland
    When: July 7-10

    Europe’s self-proclaimed “Greatest Music Festival” is a pop music smorgasbord, with the likes of Coldplay, Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas and Weezer.

    County Kildare City Guide

    Ruisrock Festival
    Where: Turku, Finland
    When: July 8-10

    The 2011 lineup at the always solid Ruisrock Festival features The Prodigy, The National and Fleet Foxes.

    Turku City Guide

    T in the Park
    Where: Balado, County of Kinross, Scotland
    When: July 8-10

    T in the Park’s litany of bands looks eerily similar to other summer festivals in 2011, with usual suspects like Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, The Strokes and My Chemical Romance.

    Edinburgh City Guide

    Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (FIB)
    Where: Benicàssim, Spain
    When: July 14-17

    FIB will draw tens of thousands to the Costa del Azahar with the likes of Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Portishead and The Streets.

    Melt! Festival
    Where: Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Germany
    When: July 15-17

    Melt! promises to fire up Saxony-Anhalt with Pulp, Robyn, Cut Copy, Crystal Fighters et al.

    Leipzig City Guide

    Sziget
    Where: Budapest, Hungary
    When: August 10-15

    Massive Sziget is a pinnacle bash on the summer calendar and proves it once more with a lineup that includes Rise Against, Dizzee Rascal, Gogol Bordello and, believe it or not, Amy Winehouse.

    Budapest City Guide

    Way Out West
    Where: Göteborg, Sweden
    When: August 11-13

    Way Out West’s array of acts is notable, from Kanye West to Prince, Janelle Monáe to Santigold. Potential for a memorable live collabo!

    Gothenburg City Guide

    Electric Picnic
    Where: Stradbally Hall, County Laois, Ireland
    When: September 2-4

    Arcade Fire winds down one of the most ambitious summer festival tours on record at Electric Picnic, along with Pulp, Jimmy Cliff, PJ Harvey, Public Enemy and a host of others.

    Dublin City Guide

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