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Volume 3: Dispatches’ 2018 list of the best music festivals in Europe (updated)

The music festivals scene in Europe is massive, to say the least.

From New Year’s Day through New Year’s Eve, there’s at least a handful of festivals happening somewhere on the continent. Whether you’re banging your head to Arch Enemy and Exhorder; losing yourself in the wubs of Orbital and Helena Hauff; dancing in the moonlight with Skinny Puppy and Blutengel; or bouncing around to the sounds of Foo Fighters and Britney Spears, there’s a festival for you.

There are so many festivals to see and experience in 2018 that we’ve decided to break up the calendar into a quartet of volumes for this year, continuing with our third volume, which covers July and August; these were originally in the second volume, but were moved here because summer in Europe is full of music.

And if there’s a music festival you want us at Dispatches Europe to know about, please email yours truly at; our editor, Terry Boyd, at; or drop a line to our Facebook page.


Amsterdam – Milkshake Festival: The rainbow flags will be out in full force when the absolutely fabulous Milkshake Festival returns to Amsterdam’s Westerpark 28 and 29 July.

Milkshake is a dance festival “that has been created from the thought ‘nothing should be a must, anything is possible’.” The festival welcomes all genders, sexualities, shapes, sizes and races, with the aim of bringing “courtesy and friendly manners back into society.”

Their milkshakes bring all the fans to the Westerpark:

Now&Wow; Less Drama More Techno; Flikker; Sexy Party; Liberated; Gaybar; and many more

A weekend ticket to Milkshake is €82.50, single-day tickets are €47.50. Camping and afterparty tickets are also available.

Boom – Tomorrowland: Boom, Belgium’s Tomorrowland is the one of most popular music festivals in the world, if not the universe.

Tomorrowland is so big — 400,000 attended in 2017 — it’s held on two separate weekends in July at a dedicated park. This is more than a music festival: it’s a global enterprise that can book your trip — including airfare/bus/train — then provides high-end food and beer, as well as a place to stay like DreamVille, where there are sleeping accommodations.

And it’s notoriously hard to attend; in 2015, the 10th anniversary of Tomrrowland, there were 2 million people on the waiting list after the festival sold-out in 8 seconds.

This year’s Tomorrowland is scheduled for 20 through 22 and 27 through 29 July. The theme is “The Story of Planaxis,” which refers to a genus of small sea snails; thus, lots of watery journeys and dreams this time around.

And what sirens shall Tomorrowland’s sailors encounter in 2018? Vini Vici (Aviram Saharai and Matan Kadosh from Israel), Kölsch from Denmark, and Axwell from Stockholm are three names to keep your ears open for. Other sirens include: Armin van Buuren; Hardwell; Fatboy Slim; Charlotte de Witte; Nina Kraviz; Steve Aoki; NGHTMRE; Ace Ventura; Paul Oakenfold; and Tiësto.

The only way to purchase a ticket is to first register for the ticket sale; alas, registration ended in early February. And tickets are sold out. Thus, be sure to mark a reminder in December 2018 so you can register in January 2019 for a shot at a ticket to this unique extravaganza.

Cologne – Amphi Festival: Get ready to welcome the dark within in 2018 at the Amphi Festival in Cologne, Germany!

The two-day dark music festival on the Tanzbrunnen has hosted a number of electronic, gothic, and alternative artists over the past 13 editions, including Project Pitchfork, And One, Front 242, and Skinny Puppy.

The 14th edition — scheduled for 28 and 29 July — is complete and ready to turn the day into night, if only for a while: Assemblage 23; And One; Funker Vogt; In The Nursery; Midge Ure; Oomph!; Soviet Soviet; and Solar Fake are a few of the 44 acts on the bill.

Tickets to the 14th Amphi Festival are €83 for a two-day pass, €59.50 for either day of the festival. And if you want to start things off a day early, €6.60 will get you into the pre-party on 27 July, featuring guest DJs from some of the acts scheduled to perform at Amphi.

Gdynia – Open’er Festival: No part of the continent is lacking in music this time of year, including Gdynia, Poland, located just to the north of Gdańsk (a.k.a., Danzig) along the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. There, you will find the Open’er Festival, scheduled for 4 through 7 July.

Originally known as Open Air Festival (and held in Warsaw from 2002 through 2005), tonnes of big names have graced the stages of Open’er over the years, including: Lorde; Radiohead; and Pearl Jam.

The 2018 lineup adds to that list: Arctic Monkeys; Bruno Mars; Depeche Mode; Gorillaz; and Migos are among the dozen announced thus far.

Tickets to the 2018 Open’er Festival are PLN 259 – PLN 659 (€62 – €157), depending on how many days you wish to attend and/or whether or not you want to camp at the festival.

Hilvarenbeek – Woo Hah: If hip hop is what you’re after in the Netherlands, you need look no further than Woo Hah in Hilvarenbeek’s Beekse Bergen Safari Park 13 through 15 July.

Since the first edition in 2014, Woo Hah has always brought the best national and international hip hop acts to the house, including Method Man & Redman, Cypress Hill, Young Thug, Gucci Mane and Run The Jewels. The main lineup is complemented by a programme featuring art, sport and fashion.

Woo Hah! This lineup has gotchu all in check:

A$AP Rocky; Migos; Cardi B; Ski Mask The Slump God; Lil Pump; A$AP Twelvyy; Latifah; and many more

A weekend pass with camping to Woo Hah is €135, €99 without camping. Day tickets are also available for €59.

Lichtenvoorde – Zwarte Cross Festival: What happens when your mix motocross, music, theatre and stunts? Only the biggest paid open-air festival in the Netherlands (and the biggest motor event in the world), the Zwarte Cross Festival in Lichtenvoorde, only 10 kilometres from the Dutch-German border.

Named after illegal motocross races in the 1960s, Zwarte Cross has combined motorcycles and hard rock since its humble start in 1997. Blondie, Anthrax, Sepultura and K’s Choice are among the many to tear it up at the festival over the years.

Rev it up at Zwarte Cross with this year’s lineup:

2 Brothers On The 4th Floor; Birth Of Joy; BZB; Corpsessed; Crooxs; The Dyke; Death Alley; Kaiser Chiefs; Triggerfinger; and many more

Day tickets to Zwarte Cross are €27.50, camping tickets start at €120.

London – The BBC Proms: For eight weeks during the summer each year, London becomes the Mecca of Classical Music when The BBC Proms take over Royal Albert Hall.

If you’ve never been to The Proms before, the summer-long music festival has nothing to do with the proms of your high-school youth, but with the idea of holding classical music concerts — called promenade concerts — against the informal setting of London’s many pleasure gardens. The first Prom kicked off 10 August 1895 in the Queen’s Hall in Langham Place, helmed by impresario Robert Newman, and conducted by Sir Henry Wood, whose name would go on to become the official name of the festival: Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

Nothing has been announced thus far regarding the 124th edition of The Proms—scheduled for 13 July through 8 September — but you can subscribe to the festival newsletter to learn when ticket sales begin in May. And you’ll definitely want to subscribe, if only so you’ll be ready to buy your tickets to Last Night of the Proms and Proms in the Park, the big sendoffs for The Proms that are all about Britishness.

Madrid – Mad Cool Festival: Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival is celebrating its third anniversary 12 through 14 July in its new home, the Mad Cool Espacio in the capital city’s Valdebas-IFEMA neighborhood.

Though Mad Cool is a young affair, it’s already one of Spain’s biggest festivals, having already pulled in the likes of Neil Young, The Who, Jane’s Addiction, Foo Fighters, Foster the People and Wilco in its first two editions. The new location for this year’s edition can hold 80,000 per day, 35,000 more per day than its birthplace, Madrid’s Caja Mágica.

Wondering who will help christen the new crib this year?

Alice In Chains; Nine Inch Nails; Depeche Mode; Cora Novoa; Modelo de Respuesta Polar; Portugal. The Man; Underworld; Yo La Tango; Tame Impala; and many more.

Tickets to the third edition of Mad Cool Madrid are nearly sold-out, with only single-day tickets available for €85; VIP single-day tickets are €175.

Nijmengen – Valkhof Festival: Need more variety in your life? Then head up to Nijmengen for the 2018 edition of the Valkhof Festival 14 through 20 July.

For a whole week, experience more than 120 acts from the Netherlands and beyond, covering post-punk and prog, pop and rock, funk and hip hop, and so on. The festival is part of the International Four Days Marches Nijmengen, the largest multiple-day marching event in the world.

This lineup is ready to march into your heart at Valkhof:

45ACIDBABIES; Art of Bridges; Brass Rave Unit; Dakota; DJ Day Off; Iguana Death Cult; Yung Internet; and many more

Your wallet will only be needed for concessions and band merch, as admission is free.

Rotterdam – North Sea Jazz: North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam is the Netherlands’ biggest jazz festival, and has a long history dating back to 1976.

Both renowned artists and young talents take the stage at North Sea Jazz, and though jazz is a big part of the festival, blues, soul, funk, hip hop and pop music are also welcome. Over 150 performances will take place at the festival’s 15 stages during the weekend of 13 through 15 July.

Some of this year’s lineup’s art became vaporwave and future funk classics decades later:

D’Angelo; The O’Jays; Nile Rodgers & Chic; Earth Wind & Fire; N.E.R.D.; Sons of Kemet; Khalid; and many more

Three-day passes to North Sea Jazz are already sold-out; though VIP passes are still available for €1,010. Saturday day tickets are sold-out as well, while Friday and Sunday tickets are still available for €89.

Rüsselsheim – Love Family Park: This is Germany’s oldest EDM festival, celebrating its 22nd year in a new location after two years at Mainz, Germany’s Messepark. On 28 July, Love Family Park will bring an all-star line up some of the biggest names in underground music to Rüsselheim on the southwest edge of Frankfurt, Germany.

Also: Is Nina Kraviz booked at every EDM festival in Europe? (Yes; it’s better than working on the teeth of cosmonauts, though. – Cameron) (HAH! – Terry)

The 2018 lineup includes:

Richie Hawtin; Nina Kraviz; Sven Väth; Solomun; Fritz Kalkbrenner; Seth Troxler; Loco Dice; Ricardo Villalobos; Boris Brejcha; Amelie Lens; Pan-Pot; Chris Liebing; and many more.

Tickets to Love Family Park are €45 for the first-release group, €119 for backstage tickets.

Shepton Mallet – NASS Festival: Need some sports with your wubs? The NASS Festival at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, England 5 through 9 July is your hook-up.

Once through the gate, you can watch the world’s best skaters “compete for international acclaim in park and vert,” along with the best BMX riders competing in various programmes. There’s also street art to take in “from some of the country’s finest street artists from Bristol and beyond.”

And of course, a proper soundtrack for the concrete jungle of NASS:

Dizzee Rascal; Run DMC; De La Soul; Rebel Kleff; Gentleman’s Dub Club; Sox; Chucky; and many more

Tickets to the action of the Nass Festival start at £133 (€150) for weekend camping from Thursday on, £168 (€190) for VIP weekend camping from Thursday on.

Tisno – Hospitality On The Beach: Drum & Bass overlords Hospitalitydnb are bringing their finest sounds to Tisno, Croatia’s The Garden 12 through 16 July with their first-ever Hospitality On The Beach.

Lose yourself over five days of wubs and sand across multiple stages, boat parties, and the wildest gatherings of sound lasting until the sunrise.

They’ll provide the wubs… and maybe some suds:

Andy C; Camo & Krooked; Inja’s Fully Fuelled Flex feat. Pete Cannon; Kasara; Utah Jazz; Lenzman; The Prototypes; Total Recall; and more

A ticket to Hospitality On The Beach will set you back £159 (€186).

Tisno – SUNcéBeat: A couple of days after Hospitalitydnb move on to their next tour stop, The Garden becomes the setting for the ninth editon of SUNcéBeat 18 through 25 July.

Curated by the organizers of Southport Weekender, the annual festival brings a full week of disco, house, techno, soul, R&B, and funk to ensure a good time is had by all. Plus, SUNcéBeat was the winner of Clubbing Croatia’s Best Disco & House Festival in 2016.

Who’s got the SUNcéBeat funk in 2018?

Motor City Drum Ensemble; Jayda G; Hyenah; Helen Ting; Jamie 3:26; Terry Jones; The Menendez Brothers; and more

A full pass to SUNcéBeat is currently £165, but will rise in price soon enough. Children under 16 accompanied by a full-fare paying adult get in free.

Wateringen – Waterpop: Cool off from the hot summer sun in Wateringen when Waterpop returns to rock the house at Hofpark 28 July.

Known as “the nicest festival in the Netherlands,” Waterpop began as a small party with two bands in 1978. Today, 13 bands provide the soundtrack for nearly 25,000 fans in attendance, the festival long-since becoming a household name in the Netherlands.

The nicest festival needs a nice soundtrack, after all:

Projekt Rakja; Leif de Leeuw Band; WULF; Blackbird; Blackwave; DJ Bombastic; and more to come

You’ll have plenty of cash to spend at Waterpop, as admission is free.

Werchter – Rock Werchter: Starting off as a small rock and blues festival in 1975, Rock Werchter in Werchter, Belgium has grown to be one of the biggest rock and alt music festivals in Europe. The Cure (who shared their thoughts about Robert Palmer by playing a long version of “A Forest” before Palmer’s set in 1981), Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Radiohead, Triggerfinger, R.E.M., and Muse are among the many who have played Rock Werchter during the festival’s four decades.

Scheduled to perform at this year’s Rock Werchter—set for 5 through 8 July—include: Queens of the Stone Age; Gorillaz; Pearl Jam; Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; Nine Inch Nails; The Killers; Alice In Chains; David Byrne; and MGMT.

A four-day pass to the 2018 edition of Rock Werchter will set you back €238; day tickets are €102. Camping and resort packages are also available.

Zamárdi – Balaton Sound: Central and Eastern Europe are among the hottest regions for a beach holiday right now; why not throw a festival or two in the mix? Case in point: Balaton Sound on Lake Balaton in Zamárdi, Hungary 4 through 8 July.

The sister festival of the Sziget Festival, Balaton Sound’s “5-day, non-stop beach themed music festival” is like every non-stop beach party in Ibiza, and more. And if you’re wondering where you’re going to put your wallet while dancing in the sun, there are a few contactless payment options available, including a waterproof payment bracelet.

Every beach party needs a proper soundtrack:

David Guetta; The Chainsmokers; DJ Snake; Axwell /\ Ingrosso; Ty Dolla Sign; Vini Vici; Princess Nokia; and many more

A five-day pass to Balaton Sound is €210, €310 for the VIP experience. Prices go up 1 May, so don’t sleep on this.


Amougies – W Festival: New Romantics! Goths! New Wavers and Rivetheads! Lend us your ears, for W Festival in Amougies, Belgium is set to go 15 through 19 August.

The biggest news thus far for this year’s gathering is the stand-alone celebration of the 40th anniversary of Bauhaus 15 August. Vocalist Peter Murphy and bassist David J will play songs from the legendary group’s back catalogue that night to mark the occasion.

You won’t need a DeLorean or roads where you’re going, just this mixtape:

Midge Ure; A Flock of Seagulls; Front Line Assembly; Clan of Xymox; Men Without Hats; Kim Wilde; Suicide Commando; Project Pitchfork; A Split Second; ABC; and many more

A full four-day ticket to the W Festival is €120. If you want to see the Bauhaus 40th anniversary show, it’s €60 for the show, €170 for the show and the four-day festival pass. Don’t wait to get your ticket to see Peter Murphy and David J, though, as there will only be 2,000 tickets available when they go on sale 12 March.

Biddinghuizen – Lowlands: Proclaimed by the Dutch as “the event of the summer,” A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise—Lowlands, for short—returns 17 through 19 August to rock the village of Biddinghuizen, around 55 kilometres to the east of Amsterdam.

Lowlands is a successor to one of the first Dutch pop music festivals, A Flight to Lowlands Paradise, which was held in November 1967 and December 1968. The revival—under its current full name—began in 1993, and has since drawn an annual audience of 55,000 to its many stages (each stage—other than main sponsor Grolsch’s stage—named after the NATO phonetic alphabet).

Lowlands can’t be “the event of the summer” without this lineup:

Gorillaz; Kendrick Lamar; N.E.R.D.; The War On Drugs; Dropkick Murphys; Gogol Bordello; De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig; Patti Smith; Leafs; Zeal & Ardor; and many more

A full festival pass to Lowlands is €195. Cancellation insurance brings the price to €197.95, a collector’s pass comes to €199.95. And that’s before the camping and glamping add-ons.

Budapest – Sziget Festival: In 1993, a small music festival was established in Budapest, Hungary on the island of Óbudai-sziget, meant to be a low-cost affair for local students.

Twenty-five years later, Sziget Festival has grown to be one of the biggest music festivals in Eastern Europe, if not the entire continent; it has won the Best Major European Festival category twice during the European Festival Awards in 2011 and 2014.

More than half a million guests – spread out over several days – attend the multi-day festival annually, all coming from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and, of course, Hungary to see the likes of Prince, Iron Maiden, R.E.M., Fatboy Slim, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and so many more major artists rock the stages.

Would you like to know who will be performing at this year’s festival, scheduled for 8 through 15 August? Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Goo Goo Dolls, Liam Gallagher, Ummet Ozcan, and Perturbator are six of the 38 names announced thus far.

There are several ways to enjoy the Sziget Festival, from a day ticket for €70, to a full seven-day pass for €299. You can also pay to set up camp early, and upgrade your five-day pass to a full seven-day pass. Those prices don’t include the camping packages available, the accessories you’ll need, add-ons, and boat parties, of course.

Devon – Beautiful Days: Looking for a “five-star weekend” in Brexitland? Head up to Devon, England’s Escot Park 17 through 19 August for the 2018 edition of Beautiful Days.

Born in 2003, the weekend-long camping music festival “is a family-friendly weekend camping event attended by people of all ages,” with music and entertainment spread across six stages and a children’s area. Art installations, walkabout theatre, food and craft stalls, and plenty of camping contribute to the welcoming atmosphere of Beautiful Days.

And the days are truly beautiful with a gorgeous soundtrack:

Manic Street Preachers; Gogol Bordello; British Sea Power; The Wildhearts; My Baby; Suzanne Vega; Calexico; Levellers; and many more, including a headliner to be revealed in June

Tickets to Beautiful Days are £142.50 (€164) for an adult camping ticket. Children’s tickets are also available.

Haarlemmermeer – Mysteryland: Near Amsterdam in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands is one of capital city’s biggest music festivals, Mysteryland. And this year is a special year for the long-running extravaganza “renowned for its creativity and jaw-dropping production.”

From 24 through 27 August, Mysteryland will celebrate its 25th anniversary among “the beautiful fields, forests and lakes of the Floriade Terrain” with tonnes of big names and rising superstars!

The Spartans have nothing on this 300-plus lineup:

Hardwell; Paul Van Dyk; Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience; Fatboy Slim; Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike; and many more

Weekend tickets for the 25th anniversary of Mysteryland are €119, €284.50 for the VIP treatment. Camping and single-day tickets are also available.

Hildesheim – M’era Luna: If you’re in Hildesheim, Germany in early August, why not join the wave of goths, headbangers, and rivetheads descending upon the Drispenstedt airfield (formerly occupied by the British Army) for one of the biggest dark music festivals in Europe, M’era Luna!

The annual festival attracts between 20,000 and 25,000 fans every year, all coming out to see artists like The Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim, and Killing Joke. This year’s M’era Luna — set for 11 and 12 August — will welcome to its stages: The Prodigy; Front 242; Ministry; Clan of Xymox; London After Midnight; and Atari Teenage Riot. Thirty-nine artists are on the bill thus far.

Tickets to the 2018 edition of M’era Luna range €105 for a combitcket without camping, to €445 for a place among three other friends at the Gothic Garden Ganymed. You can also pre-order 24 rounds of Beck’s beer to be picked up upon arrival on the campgrounds of M’era Luna.

Jaroměř – Brutal Assault: What’s more metal than a European hard rock and metal festival? A European hard rock and metal festival inside a fortress! If this is your jam, then head over to Jaroměř, Czechia for the 23rd edition of Brutal Assault 8 through 11 August.

Unlike most other extreme music festivals, Brutal Assault takes place inside Pevnost Josefov, an 18th-century fortress designed by French architect Louis Querlonde de Hamel, and constructed between 1780 and 1790. Alongside Pevnost Terezín, Josefov was built to defend the Holy Roman Empire against invasion from the Kingdom of Prussia.

Today, though, the only invaders are the metalheads who come every August to see their metal gods rock the outer walls of the fortress from within. The 2018 lineup includes: Ministry; Behemoth; Saint Vitus; Testament; Armored Saint; Exhorder; Suicidal Tendencies; and Perturbator.

Tickets to the 2018 edition of Brutal Assault are €84 for a full four-day pass.

Kiewit – Pukkelpop: For over three decades, the “progressive and contemporary” four-day music festival known as Pukkelpop has welcomed the likes of The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Sonic Youth, Eminem and more to its home of Kiewit, Belgium, 7 kilometres north of Hasselt.

Pukkelpop is the second largest music festival in Belgium, only behind Rock Werchter, drawing over 200,000 annually to the fields and woodlands surrounding the many stages.

So far, only one name has been announced on this year’s lineup, and its none other than Kendrick Lamar, who will be the headliner of the festival.

Tickets will be available soon.

London – South West Four Festival: London’s Clapham Common will be ready send off August with a bang when the 15th-anniversary edition of the South West Four Festival rocks the house 25 through 28 August.

SW4 will be celebrating its milestone anniversary with the biggest names in electronic music, including:

Marshmello; Armin Van Buuren; Dizzee Rascal; MK; Wire; Wilkinson; Bugzy Malone; Craig David; and Basement Jaxx

Weekend tickets to the 15th anniversary of South West Four start at £99, but don’t wait to get them, as they’re 50 percent sold out already. Single-day and group tickets are also available.

Novalja – Sonus Festival: At this time of the year, the big festivals usually have more guitars than laptops and decks, but the party never stops with Europe’s electronic music scene. Simply head over to Zrće Beach in Novalja, Croatia 19 through 23 August for the 2018 edition of Sonus Festival.

After celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2017, Sonus is ready for the next five years with four days and nights of non-stop wubs, subsonic bass hooks, and soul-crushing drops like never before. Whether it’s the sand, the boats, or the many clubs along Zrće Beach, Sonus will take you higher with the likes of: Adam Breyer; Pan-Pot; Charlotte de Witte; Jackmaster; Sonja Moonear; and Tale Of Us.

Tickets to the 2018 edition of Outlook Festival are £110 (€126) for a weekend pass, £175 (€200) for the weekend and camping pass. The prices are set to rise to £151 and £200 (€173 and €229) respectively in the near future, so don’t sleep on this.

Reading and Leeds – Reading Music Festival and Leeds Music Festival: Any plans to visit Brexitland in late August 2018? Why not add the Reading Music Festival and Leeds Music Festival in Reading and Leeds, England to your calendar!

Both festivals occur at the same time with the same bill during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend, which will be 24 through 26 August 2018.

Together, Reading and Leeds pull in around 90,000 guests annually at Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park, with big names like The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Metallica gracing the stages over the years.

The 2018 lineup — shared between both festivals — has just been announced as of this writing… and not too many fans are happy with it.

But perhaps, you will be: Kendrick Lamar; Panic! At The Disco; Kings Of Leon; and Fall Out Boy are among the headliners for Reading and Leeds. Other acts scheduled include: Annie Mac; Papa Roach; Diplo; Playboi Carti; and Ski Mask The Slump God.

If this lineup has your ear, you can buy festival passes to Reading and Leeds right now for £205 (€230); day tickets sales will begin 15 February. Tickets to Reading can be had here, those for Leeds right here.

Roermond – Solar Weekend Festival: Since 2005, Roermond’s Solar Weekend Festival has always brought the wubs and dubs together with pop sounds over four days under the early August summer sun, this year from 2 through 5 August.

What began as “a progressive initiative,” Solar Weekend has grown to become “a multi-day festival full of creativity, color and love!” This year’s theme, Imagine: Defining Creativity, brings Solar Weekend back to its base as a festival “where—in creative fields—everything is possible, and everything is allowed.”

Kriss Kross Amsterdam is first out the gate with its Solar lineup:

Kriss Kross Amsterdam; Geza; Raywell; Sanka Soundsystem; Kevin D; and more

More areas and lineups will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, 3- and 4-day passes are available for €115 and €135. Weekend and day tickets are also available. Prices will go up on the passes as soon as the current phase sells out, which is close to happening as of this writing.

Scheveningen – Schollenpop: The second largest free open-air festival in The Hague area, the beaches of Scheveningen will come to life with sound and vision 25 August for the 2018 edition of Schollenpop.

What once was a beach party for a few friends in 1997, Schollenpop has grown to a big beach party, drawing several national and international acts to the shores of the North Sea, including: Killing Joke; Bettie Serveert; Danny Vera; Sepultura; and Playground Zero.

This year’s lineup has not been announced as of this writing, but your wallet will remain fat for concessions and band merch at Schollenpop, as admission is free.

Wacken – Wacken Open Air: The metal festival of all metal festivals, Wacken Open Air always rocks the village of Wacken, Germany like a hurricane every August since the first gathering in 1990.

And if you’re ready to bang your head like never before, then now is the time to make your early August 2018 weekend metal, blacker than the blackest black, times infinity, as tickets to the hardest, heaviest, most brutal festival in all of Deutschland — if not the world — are on sale. The three-day, all-in pass is €221, and includes the festival’s new W.O.A. Card, which is your actual ticket; the cardboard one is a souvenir.

There are around 100 acts ready to melt your bones 2 through 5 August, including: Amorphis; Behemoth; Cannibal Corpse; Eskimo Callboy; Ghost; Judas Priest; Nazareth; Samael; Steel Panther; and Watain. Do not wait, for W.O.A. always sells-out months before the walls of death are erected, a trend which began in 2007, and will not stop in 2018.

Vlieland – Into The Great Wide Open: Bid farewell to the Dutch summer holiday season on the island and city of Vlieland 30 August through 2 September when Into The Great Wide Open returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The annual festival’s core is music, and is augmented by cutting-edge programming, visual arts, cinema, challenging activities and more, all cradled under the summer sky by the trees and sand of the Netherlands’ finest tourist spots.

Into the great wide open, these performers will play under them skies of blue:

Big Thief; Damien Jurado, Destroyer; Hauschka; Jeff Tweedy; Protomartyr; Rico & Sticks; The Posies; Wende; William Fitzsimmons; and more to come

Alas, tickets to Into The Great Wide Open sold-out 30 minutes after going on sale in early February. Thus, you’ll have to mark this one on your calendar for January 2019.


Yes, there are so many festivals, some are announced, but don’t have locations confirmed.

Such as:

Field Maneuvers, Aug. 31 thru 2 September. Location TBA

This is billed as “700 people, three nights, one field – clear your calendar for the UK’s most mischievous little rave. Six years running and stronger than ever, with an all-star line-up of the underground’s elite: this summer’s most intimate festival favourite, Field Maneuvers, is back for 2018.”

The first part of the line up has been made public with including K-Hand, Dr Rubinstein, Powder, Rroxymore, Eris Drew and Gideön. Returning acts include Shanti Celeste and Elena Colombi.

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