Rock Werchter regularly assembles the most amazing big name line-up of any music festival anywhere. It is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other four being Exit, Sziget, Roskilde and Glastonbury) and is held annually in the Belgian village of Werchter, near Leuven. It’s been running since 1976.
The 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012 festivals received the Arthur award for best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference.
Where? Werchter, Belgium
When? 4 – 7 July 2013
Massive? Hosts up to 85,000 guests per day.
Mythical?Line-up. 2012 saw the likes of The Cure, Pearl Jam, Mumford and Sons and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few.
Exit is four days of intoxicating Serbian atmosphere at perhaps the coolest festival venue anywhere: Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, an 18th-century fortress by the Danube. It offers a diverse line-up including metal, punk, indie, dance, electro and reggae and partying until dawn.
Where? Novi Sad, Serbia
When? 10 – 14 July 2013
Massive? The four day festival hosts up to 200,000 people. The main stage within the fortress has a capacity of over 35,000.
Mythical? Location. Held in an 18th century fortress, enough said (it’s also known as “State of Exit”).
The Sziget Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the world. It is held every August in Budapest on Óbudai-sziget (“Old Buda Island”), island in the Danube (“sziget” is the Hungarian word for “Island”).
Where? Budapest, Hungary
When? 5 – 12 August 2013
Massive? It runs for seven days with more than 350,000 people and 1000 artists attending. Held on a 108-hectare island (which takes hours to walk around).
Mythical? It is now being increasingly labeled as a European alternative to Burning Man due to some of it’s unique and wacky features (e.g. “an electronically amplified, warped amusement park that has nothing to do with reality”!?)
KaZantip (also known simply as “Z”) is a dance music festival held every year on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine. (the tickets are called a “viZa”). It runs for 2–6 weeks(!) in Summer and more than 150,000 “paradiZers” come to party each year.
KaZantip presents itself as a “virtual republic” with over 300 DJs on more than 14 dance floors which play 21 hours per day.
Where? Popivka, Ukraine
When? 31 July – 14 August 2013
Massive? 300 DJs. 150,000 people. 60,000 square metres.
Mythical? People watching. Just ask any hetero male to watch this… Kazantip. Plus it’s on a beach in the Black Sea and can go on for up to 6 weeks!