Harley Young shares a handful of the best music festivals from across the continent

Avid music fan looking for something a little different to your average summer holiday? Then this is the list for you. 

If you’re the type of person who enjoys nothing better than beautiful scenery, and great vibes, one of these below European festivals is sure to tickle your fancy. 

Lucky for you, Harley’s also compared return flight prices* from the three major cities we cover; Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds

What’re you waiting for? Give your pals a ring and get those bucket hats ready. 

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Nova Rock
Burgenland, Austria

Rock and metal fans, this one's for you. Austria’s biggest rock festival is back with another star-studded lineup of incredible acts including rock legends both old and new. American idiots, Green Day are headlining the first day of the festival, with Brit behemoths Bring Me The Horizon closing off this killer event. It’s going to be a big one. 

13-16 June

Who’s performing?
Avril Lavigne, Avenged Sevenfold, Bad Omens, Sum 41, Alice Cooper and more.

Rock and metal fans. Price: Weekend tickets from £205.28 (+ booking)


Flights from:

Manchester to Vienna - From £244 return

Liverpool to Vienna - From £168 return

Leeds to Vienna - From £267 return

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Meadows in the Mountains
Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

This eco-conscious community festival brings like minded people together as a form of ‘magical gathering’. Dance your way up the mountain and embrace community, togetherness, skills and experiences that you can take home with you and remember for years to come. Meadows in the Mountains encourages people to travel as sustainably as possible, but if flying with a budget airline is your only option, we’ve listed a few prices below. 

6-10 June

Experiencing music, art and spirituality.

Weekend tickets from £220.66 (+ booking)


Flights from:

Manchester to Sofia  - From £207 return

Liverpool to Sofia - From £272 return

Leeds to Sofia - From £406 return

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Somerset, England

It wouldn’t be a ‘best of’ list if we didn’t include the biggest music festival in the UK now, would it? The five-day festival covering a whopping 900 acres of Somerset fields attracts people of all ages from far and wide with its diverse and energetic lineup known to attract celebrities and huge names in music. 

26-30 June

Who’s performing?

Literally anyone - there’s plenty of entertainment for both adults and kids alike.

Weekend tickets from £355 (+ booking)


Flights from:

Manchester to Bristol - From £166 return

Liverpool to Bristol  - From £144 return

Leeds to Bristol - From £135 return

Gdynia, Poland

Having moved from Warsaw to Gdynia, Open’er is one of Poland’s biggest annual music festivals and features a wide variety of artists and bands spanning all genres. If you’re the kind of person who loves leaving your Spotify on shuffle and your answer to ‘What music are you into?’ is a genuine ‘A little bit of everything’, you’ll really enjoy this one. 

3-6 July

Who’s performing?
Foo Fighters, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, 21 Savage, Slowdive and more.

A little bit of everything 

Weekend tickets from £205.56 (+ booking)


Flights from:

Manchester to Gdansk - From £114 return

Liverpool to Gdansk - From £176 return

Leeds to Gdansk - From 167 return

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Mad Cool
Madrid, Spain 

Only the coolest of the cool kids go to Mad Cool Festival (try saying that three times fast). This festival has it all; amazing headliners, sunshine, world class entertainment, sunshine, a beautiful location - did we mention sunshine? Your summer will be in full swing after this one.

10-13 July

Who’s performing?
The Smashing Pumpkins, Nothing But Thieves, Greta Van Fleet, Pearl Jam, Jessie Ware and more.

Fans of indie and alternative tunes.

Weekend tickets from £179.62


Flights from:

Manchester to Madrid - From £142 return

Liverpool to Madrid - From £226 return

Leeds to Madrid - From £274 return

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Milan, Italy 

Not a fan of camping? No worries. Head to I-Days festival in the country’s fashion capital Milan, for a series of day festivals that still pack as much punch as your typical weekender. Some of this year’s headliners include Lana Del Rey, Metallica, and Sheffield hard rock legends Bring Me The Horizon

May-July (various dates)

Who’s performing?
Bad Omens, Tedua, Green Day, Doja Cat, Queens of the Stone Age and more.

Fans of everything from hard rock to hip hop (and back again)



Flights from:

Manchester to Milan - From £38 return

Liverpool John to Milan - From £47 return

Leeds to Milan - From £160 return

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Montreux Jazz Festival
Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Ya like jazz? If you’re looking for a sophisticated music festival with a two-week timeframe with one of the most stunning backdrops in the world, this is it. Attracting almost a quarter of a million attendees every year, this festival is renowned for its exceptional acoustics and legendary performances.

5-20 July 

Who’s performing?
Tony Ann, Marguerite Thiam, Holly Macve, Victor Ray and more. 

Jazz fans all across the globe.

From £31.15 (+ booking)


Flights from:

Manchester Airport - From £159 return

Liverpool John Lennon Airport - From £305 return

Leeds Bradford Airport - From £230 return

Looking for festivals closer to home? Check out our list of the best festivals in Manchester.

*Disclaimer: Flights and ticket prices were correct at the time of writing (March 2024) and may have changed since.

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