Everyone has been to a festival, be it the great muddiness that is Glastonbury, or the glittered up Lovebox. However, it's only when you leave the UK that the festivals really get good. Exploring a new festival as well as a new city is the perfect way to spend a summer. Here are some of the best ones that should be considered when it comes to the best years of your life with music, crazy people and different cultures.
10th-17th August, Rihanna, Muse, Bastille, Sia, David Guetta
As one of the well-known festivals out there, Sziget has long been the one to pull in the crowd with the hottest and newest talent out there, with the big hitters such as Rihanna and David Guetta and their number one hits. Constantly winning awards for best festival, this island based rave includes camping as well as wine tents, sports ground and even a chess playing zone. Explore; if you can tear yourself away from the party that it.
11th-13th August, Sia, AlunaGeorge, Jamie XX, Zara Larsson
Forget Stockholm; come summer, Sweden is all about Gothenburg for this week long festival. Keeping to the Swedish lifestyle, it counts itself as much more environmentally friendly so you can forget about the photos of carnage synonymous with the end of Glastonbury. A mix of the old with Grace Jones and the new and upcoming with Zara Larsson, it promises a multitude of talent and from what I hear, the best street style one could wish for. And it's all vegetarian, so burger lovers, not for you!
28th-31st July, Disclosure, The 1975, Major Lazer
Having died out pre-2003, this festival in the German capital was revived and is one of the festivals to tour the world, with a lot of the dates being around South America as well. Boasting some of the biggest names in music, it's the perfect one to jump across the water to whilst grabbing some beer and sausages to come back with.
31st Aug-4th Sep, Stormzy, Goldie, Angel Haze
Beach. Boat parties. Need I say more? Croatia is known for its summer festivals with most Europeans flocking to one of them at least, and Outlook being one of their well-known ones. Amazing DJ sets, party tunes that keep you going all night, this is one where the phrase "no rest for the wicked" is embodied. Take your Red Bull; you're going to need it.
July 7th-July 10th, Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa, David Guetta, Bastille
Beginning in 2000 as a student protest, this festival has come on in it's time to have some of the finest talents in the Top 40. And being in Serbia means that the drinks are cheaper yet you can still head to relax on the beach in the Danube before it starts, as it's common for the dance tunes to crank up later in the evening.
25th June-2nd June, LCD Soundsystem, Churches, MØ
If you didn't already want to head to Copenhagen from my previous trip, then you will for Roskilde. Featuring an annual naked run, a great mix of mainstream music as well as some more alternative tunes from the up-and-coming, it's boasted pretty much every kind of talent from Kanye West to Iron Maiden. Despite being hit by a tragedy in 2000 after nine were crushed to death, they've picked it up with safety procedures and rules to keep this festival going and popular.
14th-17th July, Muse, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure
If you don't quite fancy heading too far from home, then this is the festival for you. Just a skip away to Spain; you're guaranteed to know at least one of the songs from each of the popular artists that are regularly attracted to the famous festival. Regularly being one of the best rated festivals in Europe for sets, drag the girls for a girly holiday and get dancing to the newest pop and rock music there is.
If you're feeling ambitious, take that sabbatical and do a European road trip hitting every single one on the way. I know it's on my list and when you can be guaranteed not just the tunes and the people but the fine weather, it's a win, win, well, win.