Every year there are more festivals around Europe offering a range of music and activities, from tango to indie rock to folk with a Celtic flavour, and much more. Here are a selection highlighted by Reuters journalists.
Zagreb, Croatia, June 23-25
The only major festival in the Croatian capital, on the shores of the Jarun lake, IN Music caters for all tastes with an eclectic mix of global and local stars. Headliners include The Black Keys, currently the hottest blues-rock attraction from the States, and 1980s alt-rock stars Pixies, as well as a host of local stars. The festival will have its own campsite, ideal for visitors on a budget. Others may seek out some of the modern hostels in the city or hotels. Tickets are available from official vendors all over Europe. Zagreb is very accessible, with a host of flights from most European capitals and it also has good road, train and bus connections to most of Europe.
Worthy Farm, Somerset, England, June 25-29
Glastonbury may be the granddaddy of British music festivals, but putting Metallica at the top of the bill shows the 44-year-old event can still surprise. Some tickets holders are petitioning to remove the U.S. metal group from the Pyramid stage, saying frontman James Hetfield’s support for bear hunting does not fit Glastonbury’s hippie ethos, but founder Michael Eavis has never just booked safe options. Festivalgoers who want to avoid Metallica can opt for Jake Bugg, Bryan Ferry, Mogwai or MGMT, while Friday and Sunday headliners Arcade Fire and Kasabian tread familiar alt-rock territory. For many, however, the appeal lies in wandering around 900 acres of countryside, catching a new band, dancing, chilling out in Green Fields or experiencing an atmosphere that rain and mud, always a possibility in the English summer, cannot dampen. Tickets costing 210 pounds ($350) are sold out.
Gdynia, Poland, July 2-5
In summer, Poland is filled with music events, but the four-day Open’er Festival in Gdynia, not far from the beach, is one of the most exciting. It is held in a vast green area, at the Gdynia airport Kosakowo, with a campsite, a Ferris wheel, stands by Polish independent designers, and five stages. This year features a heavily indie-rock line-up with The Black Keys, Foals, Lykke Li, Rudimental, Pearl Jam, Jack White, Metronomy, MGMT and Bastille. A four-day pass costs 550 zloty ($180) (630 zloty with camping), a weekend pass for Friday and Saturday is 350 zloty or a one-day ticket is 207 zloty. Free buses run from the Gdynia train station. For a break from the beats, Gdynia offers a beach continued…