Europe's best summer music festivals, according to the acts that play them

The best of Europe's summer music festivals, according to the acts that play them

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Solardo, Eats Everything, Happy Meals, Nightwave and T. Williams tell us which festivals are worth venturing abroad for

The summer months are made for music festivals. There's surely nothing better than spending a day out in the sun in a random field somewhere, enjoying your favourite acts with your pals and hundreds or thousands of like minded music enthusiasts. But have you ever thought about venturing further afield and combining your love of live music with a much-needed break abroad? With Glasto taking a year off, now is the ideal time to look beyond the UK to the many excellent festivals that Europe has to offer. But don't just take our word for it; listen to the experts.

We catch up with Solardo, Eats Everything, Happy Meals, Nightwave and T. Williams to get their thoughts on the European festivals that they enjoy the most, both as performers and spectators.

Solardo on Hideout Festival

The best of Europe's summer music festivals, according to the acts that play them

We love the diversity of the festival. We've played all over the place from the beach to boat parties to peak time stage shows. Musically, they literally cater to everyone's needs and we haven't felt many better places with such good energy.

Hideout 2018, Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia, Mon 25–Fri 29 Jun, from £129.
Lineup: AJ Tracey, Andy C, Apollonia, Alan Fitzpatrick, Bicep, Bugzy Malone Chase & Status, David Rodigan, Disciples, Dusky, Eats Everything, Solardo, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Jackmaster and more.

Eats Everything on Monegros Desert Festival

There are many great festivals in Europe but my favourite gig I've ever had was at a festival called Monegros which is in the desert near Barcelona. It's absolutely insane in every sense. The crowd was the most responsive and nuts crowd I've ever played to, every track they were at fever pitch and it was crazy crazy crazy good. It's not been on for the last few years but hopefully it'll be back this year.

The amount of effort that goes into it, the craziness that's at every turn and the unbelievable energy of the crowd are just three reasons to go. It's really really special. Anyone who's been there will tell you that and anyone who's played there will affirm that!

Monegros Desert Festival 2018, Fraga, Spain, dates and lineup to be announced.

Happy Meals on Milhoes de Festa and Tremor Festival

The best of Europe's summer music festivals, according to the acts that play them

It's difficult to pick between Milhoes de Festa and Tremor festival but since they're organised by the same crew that's maybe OK. Whilst Milhoes is the bigger of the two and takes place in Barcelos in North Portugal, Tremor is the little brother that takes place in Sao Miguel in the Azores Islands. In both cases, the festival takes over the town with gigs in every place that could be considered a venue but with real inclusion of the local community. The line-ups are perfectly curated and they always have a flair for putting artists on in interesting places. At Tremor we performed to an audience who were swimming in natural volcanic springs; at Milhoes, I floated around in a swimming pool watching Matias Aguayo. Sun, all round excellent vibes and important music.

Milhoes de Festa, Barcelos, Portugal, July, dates and line-up to be announced.
Tremor Festival, São Miguel, Azores, dates and line-up for 2019 to be announced.

Nightwave on Sonar Barcelona

Myth and magic collide in the new A/V live show from @daedelus . Named for the many eyed giant of Greek legend, the show features spinning forms creating real time optical illusions. Don't miss its world premiere at #sonar2018

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Sonar is incredibly well programmed each year, without fail. Despite running for so long and getting even bigger in the past few years, it's managed to retain its magic. Barcelona is a very special city; full of passion and that is felt all over Sonar. My favourite ever show is still Sonar 2012, I've never experienced such powerful energy on stage; I think there's even a video of me somewhere crying tears of joy after my set haha!

Sonar 2018, Barcelona, Thu 14–Sat 16 Jun, prices vary.
Line-up: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bonobo, Despacio, Diplo, Gorillaz, Laurent Garnier, LCD Soundsystem, Modeselektor, Thom Yorke, Daedelus and more.

T. Williams on SuncéBeat

The best of Europe's summer music festivals, according to the acts that play them

I'd have to say SuncéBeat is my current favourite European festival. For all those that know the Croatian site location at the Garden in Tisno, you'll know that it is a beautiful spot made for intimate partying/holidaying.

I've had the pleasure of running around this site a few times but being at SuncéBeat with my heroes, some serious fresh talent and the most clued up loving caring friendly house music ravers can't be beaten.

SuncéBeat 2018, The Garden Resort Tisno, Croatia, Wed 18–Wed 25 Jul, from £145. Tickets.
Line-up: Kerri Chandler, Louie Vega, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jayda G, Mr Scruff, Roger Sanchez and more.

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