Foreign Festival Overview

A look at this summer’s more accessible foreign festivals.

T in the Park

Scotland’s premiere music festival comes back with possibly its strongest line-up to
date. The festival offers a healthy range of differing taste, with rock gods Biffy Clyro
and Arctic Monkeys, electronica giant Pretty Lights and hip-hop’s heirs to the throne,
Chance the Rapper and Earl Sweatshirt. With Arctic Monkey’s set to headline the last
night off the back of AM, it promises to be a special weekend in Edinburgh.

Dates: Friday, July 11th – Sunday, July 13th

Tickets: £214.95 (€261.86) (Thursday to Sunday camping)

Reading and Leeds

England’s festival with the alternating locations offers up another solid helping of
summer fun. Their line-up also boasts Arctic Monkeys, along with Jake Bugg. The
line-up also contains indie darlings Vampire Weekend and the emo’s most radio
friendly band in Jimmy Eat World. Dance duo Disclosure beef up the billing along
with post-hardcore kings Basement and Irish talent Hozier. An absolute can’t miss
performance will be that of hip-hop’s party-starter supreme, Danny Brown.

Dates: Friday, August 22nd – Sunday, August 24th

Tickets: £213 (€259.72) (Thursday to Sunday camping)


Budapest’s Sziget festival takes place on a 108-hectare island. The weeklong festival’s
nickname is the Island of Freedom, which tells you all you need to know. Line-up
highlights include stoner-rock royalty Queens of the Stone Age, hip-hop’s most
celebrated duo in OutKast, retro-pop rockers the 1975, EDM pioneer Deadmau5 and
English pop songstress Lily Allen. Even if the music’s not to your liking, why not go
and partake in a game of lifesize foosball?

Dates: Monday, August 11th – Monday, August 18th

Tickets: €209 (first round) (weeklong camping)

Ultra Europe

Croatia’s Ultra Europe promises to be the biggest party in Europe this summer. The
festival is in its second year and takes place over three days in Split’s Poljud Stadium.
While surely lacking in the diversity offered by the above festivals, the good times
will certainly not be lacking for those interested in EDM and dance music with
heavyweights such as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and Example all on
display. With the camping experience described as “the best choice for every true
party hedonist”, what’s not to like?

Dates: Friday, July 11th – Sunday, July 13th

Tickets: €199 (Thursday to Sunday camping)

Odrán de Bhaldraithe


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