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

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    The festival season in 2020 & 2021 was 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, War on Drugs, Haim, Fontaines D.C., Rag'n'Bone Man, Beck, Gang of Youths, Airbourne, Lady Blackbird, Ila, White Reaper, Cigraettes After Sex and many more,
    • On-site camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: SOLD OUT
    • More info: official website of Rock Werchter

    Belgium: Pukkelpop festival

    • Dates: 18, 19, 20 and 21 August 2022
    • Location: Hasselt (Belgium) @ Kempische Steenweg, 3500
    • Line-up 2022: no line-up news yet.
    • 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, Imagine Dragons, Royal Blood, Volbeat, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Deftones, Greta van Fleet, De Staat, Chef' Special, Lost Frequencies, Crowded House, Ziggy Marley, Interpol, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Inhaler and many more amazing artists.
    • On-site camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: Tickets are on sale now
    • More info: official website of the Pinkpop Festival

    Netherlands: Down the Rabbit Hole (DTRH)

    • Dates: 1, 2, and 3 July 2022
    • Location: ‘Groene Heuvels' in Beuningen, the Netherlands
    • Lineup 2022: Disclosure, Gorillaz, The War On Drugs, BICEP, Erykay Badu, HAIM, Moderat, The Smile, Phoebe Bridgers, Two Door Cinema Club, Wilco and many more.
    • On-site camping: yes
    • Accommodation: great deals on accommodation close to the festival
    • Tickets: SOLD OUT
    • More info: official website of the Down The Rabbit Hole festival

    Hungary: Sziget festival

    • Dates: 10 – 15 August 2022
    • Location: Budapest in Hungary
    • Lineup 2022: Artic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, Stromae, Steve Aoki, Milky Chance, Fontaines D.C., Kensington and heaps more amazing bands and artists.
    • On-site camping: yes, access to basic camping is 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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    Mia Williams
    Mia Williams
    5 months ago

    I & my wife recently got our visa and were looking for a travel guide that will help us navigate different festivals of Portugal. Although I got some guides, I recently came across your post and it aptly describes the best places to festivals to experience. I will be sharing this blog with my wife and then we will finalize our accommodation and places to visit in different cities. Keep sharing such helpful posts.

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