6 of the Best Spring Festivals in Europe

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Discover Rad Season’s Best Spring Music Festivals in Europe

Winter is almost over and festival season is around the corner. No need to wait for the summer though, next spring is going to be full of music festivals in Europe. Here at Rad Season we have selected the raddest events in the most amazing locations in Europe to let you make the most out of your spring break.

1. Sónar Reykjavík – Iceland

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The season kicks off with an unconventional festival location. Forget the 40 degrees heat and the hot beers. Sónar Reykjavík is all about geysers, northern lights and a plethora of amazing artists.

Now in its sixth edition, the festival is unmissable both for the vastness of the program and for the location: the Harpa Concert Hall is one of the most evocative examples of Northern Europe architecture and Iceland is not one of the coolest destination of the region. In Reykjavík you can can find a craft vodka distillery just 40km from the city and you can enjoy the local public heated swimming pool for free. The lineup is split in a 4 stage formula: SonarComplex curated by Red Bull Music Academy, Undeground Park curated by Resident Advisor and the evergreens Sonar Club and Sonar Hall which host an underwood of talented artists.

When & where: 16th – 17th March 2018 – Reykjavík, Iceland

Headliners: Underworld, Ben Frost, Cassy btb Yamaho, Nadia Rose, Lindstrøm, Kode9 x Kōji Morimoto AV

Official website: Sónar Reykjavík

2. Snowbombing – Austria

For those who love music and snowboarding, Snowbombing is a must. This famous Austrian festival has been perfectly combining the two since 2000. Riding the slopes (green to black) at day and partying at night is an April tradition in Mayrhofen, a lush Austrian sky resort town.

The connection with nature doesn’t stop with sunset, on the contrary you will be partying in the strangest of places, from forest clearings to alpine farmsteads and an igloo village. The lineup is varied, withs something for everyone from electronic DJs to indie live acts. Bring your best party jacket but make sure it is designed for extreme weather conditions.

When & where: 9th – 14th April 2018 – Mayrhofen, Austria

Headliners: Liam Gallagher, Pendulum, Rudimental

Official Website: Snowbombing

3. Lost & Found Festival – Malta

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If you are not the snow type, you can enjoy the an early taste of summer in Malta, one of the southernmost European islands. Curated by BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, Lost and found Malta is an electronic festival celebrating club culture outside of the icy club scenes of Berlin and London.

This year on it’s 4th edition, Lost & Found brings high quality, international artists in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea to let you enjoy world class electronic music in between pool-parties, boat-parties and even a castle rave. A high-energy festival perfect to unwind during spring break. Are you ready to pack shades and bikinis for one of the raddest festivals in Europe?

When & where: 3rd to 6th May 2018 –  St Paul’s Bay, Malta

Headliners: Annie Mac, Diplo, Jamie XX, Four Tet, J Hus

Official website: Lost and Found Festival

4. Nuits Sonores – France

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A 360 degrees creativity festival, Nuits Sonores takes over the city of Lyon in eastern France each May for more then 10 years now. From experimental techno and electronic music to graphic design and contemporary art, this is the place to be to expanding ones cultural horizons. The festival events are spread over 40 iconic public spaces of the city.

The lineup is firmly rooted in the underground, showcasing both internationally celebrated artists and emerging talents across three days and four nights. Every year, the festival welcomes three established names to curate the daytime festivities: in 2018 it is the time for Jennifer Cardini, Daniel Avery, Four Tet and Paula Temple. 

When & where: 6th to 13th May 2018 – Lyon, France

Headliners: Four Tet, James Holden, Floating Points, Kamasi Washington

Official website: Nuits Sonores

5. The Great Escape – United Kingdom

Festivals in Europe The Great Escape Festival, Brighton UK

The Great Escape is a showcase for new music, mixed with well-known artists, both for the festival goers and for the industry insiders. Brighton, probably the cutest seaside city of the United Kingdom will be literally invaded by music for 3 days: 450 artists, 30 city venues plus a huge (double) location on the beach.

The lineup showcases the future of pop and alternative music, including emerging names ranging from South Korea to Canada, from Australia to Portugal, with British representation. The genres go from the Indian electronics to rap. Between a dj set by Laurel Halo, the rough guitars of Goat Girl and the psychs of Chileans The Ganjas, the advice is to venture through the dense program in search of the musical discovery of the year.

When & where: 17th to 19th May 2018 – Brighton, UK

Headliners: MIST, MoStack, Pale Waves, Erol Alkan, Superorganism, Tom Brennan, Goat Girl and many more

Official website: Great Escape Festival

6. Primavera Sound – Spain

The last event of the spring season is probably one of the better known and most loved in Europe. Barcelona’s Primavera Sound is an indie rock giant event which also features some dance and electronic music.

The festival keeps its roots under the wide canopy of world class rock, with this year headliners including Arctic Monkeys, The National and Bjork. But also giving rising artists an international platform to perform. Primavera Sound is one of those massive events that can leave you a bit drained once is over, but try to save some energy to explore Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

When & where: 30 May – 3 June 2018 – Barcelona, Spain

Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, The National and Bjork.

Official Website: Primavera Sound

Discover also our guides to the best festivals in March, Spring Oktober Festival and the raddest festivals of Thailand


Sabrina Trevisan

Sabrina Trevisan is a freelance web editor and copywriter based, for now, in Milan. After studying in Paris, she decided to move to the southern hemisphere to work and travel extensively through Australia, South East Asia and India. Now back in Milan, she plans to return fully nomad soon. Her personal career goal is to be able to work with Italian customers from the Pacific Ocean shores.


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