Here’s why 2022 will be the most amazing music festival year ever!

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    The festival season in 2020 & 2021 were the worst festival seasons ever. Due to COVID-19, all events we were looking forward to were cancelled. Time to fast-forward to 2022 and to make it the best festival season ever! And it is looking good for the festival season in Europe in 2022.

    Summer is such an awesome time to go travelling. Imagine yourself lying in the grass somewhere in Europe, sharing beers with mates, while listening to your favourite band. Or perhaps checking out your favourite Kiwi band. Yes, many Kiwi acts play or have played at music festivals in Europe. What are you waiting for?

    Summertime in Europe means rocking, dancing and partying at one of the many amazing festivals. There are so many different music festivals being organised between May and August. And each one has an amazing line-up. Check out our selection of the best music festivals in Europe. Party on, music geeks.

    Belgium: Rock Werchter

    • Dates: 30 June – 2 July 2022
    • Location: Werchter in Belgium
    • Line-up 2022: Faith No More, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Twenty One Pilots… And many more bands will be announced later in the year.
    • On-site camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: info about 2021 will follow
    • More info: official website of Rock Werchter

    Belgium: Pukkelpop festival

    • Dates: edition 2021 was cancelled (no 2022 dates yet)
    • Location: Hasselt (Belgium) @ Kempische Steenweg, 3500
    • Line-up 2022: No news yet about the awesome bands that will play the Pukkelpop festival.
    • On-site camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: tickets aren't on sale yet
    • More info: official website of Pukkelpop festival

    Netherlands: Pinkpop festival

    • Dates: 17, 18 and 19 June 2022
    • Location: Landgraaf (Netherlands) @ Megaland
    • Line-up 2022: Pearl Jam, Metallica, Nothing But Thieves, Twenty One Pilots…. More bands to be announced later!
    • On-site camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: Tickets will go on sale on 5 November 2021 (more info)
    • More info: official website of the Pinkpop Festival

    Netherlands: Down the Rabbit Hole (DTRH)

    Hungary: Sziget festival

    • Dates: 10 – 15 August 2022
    • Location: Budapest in Hungary
    • Lineup 2022: the festival line-up will be announced later in the year
    • On-site camping: yes, access to basic camping included with your festival pass. Camping upgrades are available.
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: tickets are on sale now
    • More info: official website of the Sziget music festival

    Spain: Mad Cool Festival

    • Dates: 6, 7, 8, and 9 July 2022
    • Location: La Caja Mágica, Madrid in Spain
    • Line-up 2022: Metallica, Twenty One Pilots, Wolf Alice, Placebo, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Deftones, Muse, Faith No More, Kings of Leon, Pixies, Royal Blood and many more.
    • On-site camping: no
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: tickets are on sale now
    • More info: official website of the Mad Cool music festival

    Portugal: NOS Alive

    • Dates: 6, 7, 8, and 9 July 2022
    • Location: Passeio Marítimo de Algés (8 min from Lisbon) in Portugal
    • Line-up 2022: Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Faith No More, Royal Blood, Inhaler, Seaside Steve, The Strokes, Glass Animals, Modest Mouse, Fontaines D.C. and Moses Sumney… And many many more.
    • On-site camping: yes (5 minutes from the festival)
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: tickets are on sale now
    • More info: official website of NOS Alive Festival

    Festivals in Europe for rock fans

    Ready to make it an even longer music festival road trip? Then have a look at these awesome rock & metal festivals in Europe. Never stop travelling, never stop rocking. It'll be a great festival year.

    Music festival pro tip: stream for free

    Can't make it to all metal, rock or punk festivals mentioned above? Most of these festivals have a free live stream that broadcasts a big part of the program. You just need to be able to unlock the geo-block and here's how to do it.

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