Europe's Top Summer Music Festivals

4 June 2015

Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams and the Black Keys are among the acts set to perform at music festivals across Europe this summer. The continent never disappoints when it comes to getting your fill of big-name music acts.

From the 'European Woodstock' and the historic Glastonbury, to a four-month festival in Italy and electronic gigs in Spain, here are five top summer music events that shouldn't be missed.

Isle Of Wight Festival

June 11-14, The Isle of Wight, UK

Founded in the late 1960s, the Isle of Wight Festival is sometimes referred to as Europe's answer to Woodstock, since its early editions featured American counterculture icons such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors and Joan Baez.

Forty years later, the event draws some of the leading names in international pop and rock to the small island just off the coast of Portsmouth. Blur, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Groove Armada and Pharrell Williams are among the acts lined up for the 2015 edition.

 The Isle of Wight Festival has been around since the 1960s.

Rock In Roma

June 14-September 6, Rome, Italy

As one might expect from a festival that lasts four months, Rock in Roma includes a wide variety of acts and genres, despite the focus on rock. For the 2015 edition, the line-up ranges from the popular Muse, Stromae, Lenny Kravitz and Robbie Williams to lesser-known artists such as Jeff Mills and the New York-based indie band Interpol.

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Sonar

June 18-20, Barcelona, Spain

Another major festival held in the Spanish city, Sonar is positioned as more avant-garde and arty than Primavera Sound (held in May). This year, electronic music fans can look forward to dancing to The Chemical Brothers, FKA Twigs and Laurent Garnier, among others.


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Glastonbury

June 24-28, Pilton, UK

A product of the same era as the Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury was founded shortly after Jimi Hendrix's death. The Kinks performed at its first edition, where the price of admission was just $2.

Already sold out, the 2015 edition will feature some of the biggest stars of the international music scene, including Kanye West, The Who, Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige, Azealia Banks and The Chemical Brothers.

 Glastonbury is another stalwart of the music festival scene. Picture: Andrew Allcock

Roskilde Festival

June 27-July 4, Roskilde, Denmark

This Danish festival is organised by the non-profit Roskilde Foundation, which supports humanitarian and cultural causes.

This year, the charity event has an impressive line-up that includes Paul McCartney, Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Muse, and Florence and the Machine, among others.

 Pharrell Williams will perform at Roskilde, among other European festivals.

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