Potentially the ultimate party holiday…
Summer is upon us, and that means one thing. It’s time to get out and enjoy the glorious weather (even in Blighty!) and sink some beers with your mates. And what better way to do that than hitting a festival? There are so many to choose from; Catering to everything from heavy metal to hard dance. You can go super swanky in a VIP area or super hippy in a muddy field eating lentils and smoking…well we won’t go there! If you’re a big time party animal a day or weekend trip to a festival combined with an Amsterdam Stag Do, for example, might just make the ultimate last weekend of freedom. Think about it: girls in denim shorts, banging tunes, crazy attractions, cold beer in plastic cups, great vibes, and sunshine – all in one place.
The UK may have some great festivals, but they do thinks really wild on the Continent. And if you love specific genres like techno or hard rock, you may have to cross the Channel to see the best live acts.
But with hundreds of music festivals in Europe in this summer, where to go…? Never fear Pissup is here. Check out our list of 5 of the best music festivals in Europe in 2017. Party people stand up!
1. Lollapalooza Festival Berlin // 09-10 September
Lollapalooza: a branch of the iconic American festival brand was transported to Germany in 2014, and has been going strong ever since. With an awesome line-up of famous live acts from all genres including EDM, hip-hop, rock and pop – the two-day festival reaches around 45,000 visitors daily. Located in grounds of Rennbahn Hoppegarten, the iconic racetrack, this is certain to be a fantastic day of partying it up Berlin-style. And if you’re off to a Berlin Stag Do in early Sept., you could combine a 1 day trip to the festival with a bar crawl the night before! Do it!
Who is headlining this year: Foofighters, Mumford & Sons, The XX.
How to get there: take the S-Bahn S5 to Rennbahn Hoppegarten (Mark).
How much: 75 Euros for a day pass.
2. Sziget Festival, Budapest // 09-16 August
A whole week’s partying on an island in Budapest – their tag-line is “the Island of Freedom” but after a week it will probably be “the Island of Wildness”. This festival has been going for 25 years, and it has been growing year in year out. The festival draws in some of the top names in hip-hop and pop as well as dance music legends. They even have their own name for Sziget festival goers, Szitizens! Don’t worry about your stamina levels for seven days there are day passes, too. Budapest is seriously hot in August so remember to pack plenty of shorts, suncream and sunglasses – you’ll need it. On your Budapest Stag Do why not start as you mean to go on, and book a fun Budapest party bus? Party hard!
Who is headlining this year: Pink, Wiz Khalifa, Kasabian, Macklemore, Major Lazer (plus more!).
How to get there: Take the HÉV line (suburban railway – H5) to Sziget (Filatorigát).
How much: 70 Euros for a day pass, 325 Euros for a 7-day pass.
3. Rock for People, Prague // 4-6 July
Alternative-music lovers of the world, unite! Rock for People in Prague is a festival that showcases a variety of alternative bands with everything from the crazy-geniuses that make up the South African rap trio, Die Antwoord to the operatic sounds of Evanescence. This classic rock festival began in 1995, and it still retains that classic rock vibe – despite the variety of music on offer. The festival takes place by Hradec Králové airport, and runs over 3 days. The Czech capital is a fun city with lots to offer, so why not pack in some adrenaline-pumping activities like Kalashnikov shooting or White Water Rafting. Get your kicks naturally AND the beer and partying way, on your Prague Stag Do weekend.
Who is headlining this year: Die Antwoord, Paramore, Evanescence, Foster the People, Mastadon.
How to get there: Hradec Králové takes 90 minutes by train from Prague Main Station. You can get 50% off the ticket. Read more here.
How much: 3-day tickets are going for 80 Euros. 3 days plus camping, 106 Euros.
4. Airbeat One Festival 2017 // 13-16 July
Dance music festival out in the sticks! If you love EDM, and you like the idea of making shapes until the wee hours in the middle of an airfield…this is the festival for you. Located in Neustadt-Glewe in Northern Germany, between Hamburg and Berlin, this is a truly wild experience. The festival plays host to Europe’s top dance music acts including Tiësto and Armin van Buuren. Airbeat One has forests and greenery and a bathing lake as well as scary rides and bungee jumping. A truly wild party experience!
Who is headlining: Armen van Buuren, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
How to get there: This festival is a bit off the beaten trail for Brits, but there are companies that can take you from Berlin or Hamburg. See here for more info.
How much: 1 Day tickets are 59 Euros, and 3 day, 129 Euros.
5. Weekend Festival Estonia // 3-5 August
This festival is truly the Dog’s Baltics! Seriously party it up in a beautiful setting by the beach. Located in Pärnu, Estonia on the Baltic sea this attractive resort town plays host to the Weekend Festival – one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. This festival is super-popular for a reason, so you’ll have to book ASAP if you want to get a ticket. The website says that 75% of the tickets have already been sold. And no wonder: the line-up has features Deadmau5, Martin Garrix and many more icons of global dance music. It’s a two hour or so trip from Tallinn, so easily doable if you want a night of raving on your Tallinn Stag Do weekend. Why not book up a Tottie Tour and see why guys love coming to Estonia.
Who is headlining: DeadMau6, Armen van Buuren, Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, Alesso.
How to get there: You can get to Pärnu via coach or train from Baltic Station in Tallinn.
How much: Regular tickets start at 69 Euros for a day pass, and 125 Euros for a 3-Day General Access Pass (please click for more details).
Hope you enjoyed our guide to the top music festivals in Europe 2017. If you’re thinking of booking a stag do in any of our destinations please get in touch, and one of our expert party planners will get back to you – and help you build a stag weekend that will go down in legend.