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Europe’s best festivals

Festival season is just around the corner, and in 2023 it’s back stronger than ever

Among many events, the best festivals in Europe have filled the calendar with the world’s most famous DJs and bands, who seem ready once again to give the best of their shows to all their fans. 

That’s why we wanted to put together a list of the best parties for this year on the European continent, with the venues that will gather thousands of people around electronic music and other genres.

1- Tomorrowland (Belgium)

We couldn’t start the list of the best electronic music festivals in Europe in 2023 in any other way. Belgium has been hosting one of the biggest parties in the world since 2005, when the first edition of Tomorrowland was held.

For 2022 we will have 3 weeks of festival, each with the best DJ’s in the world. It goes without saying who the headliners will be, as it could be said that Tomorrowland is attended by all the electronic music artists. 

This year Tomorrowland will feature up to 14 stages with different atmospheres. As always, the festival will feature its famous Dreamville, a city brimming with good energy in every corner.

In addition, the Belgian festival offers a multitude of packages to attend the event, with many transport and accommodation options that make attending the festival much easier.

  • Location: Boom, Belgium
  • Dates: 20-31 July 2023

2- Ultra Europe (Croatia)

Before the pandemic, the Ultra brand had already established itself as one of the most famous brands on the planet when it came to organising electronic music parties. 

With the boom of its main event in the United States, Ultra decided to bring the music to our continent under the name Ultra Europe.

As every year, this great festival will take place on Croatian soil, at Park Mladeži in the city of Split. Among the DJs on the line-up for 2023 are some of the best-known names on the scene, such as Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and Timmy Trumpet. Tickets cost around 169 euros to attend the 3-day festival.

In addition to the multitude of stages Ultra Europe will be hosting, there will also be Boat Parties, a different kind of party on board a yacht that can be the perfect end to three days of partying in Croatia.

Whether it’s a boat party or a front row seat at your favourite artist’s concert, don’t forget to bring your favourite bikini and look the part and a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and sand.

  • Location: Split, Croatia
  •  Dates: 7,8 and 9 July 2023

3- Secret Project (Portugal)

The Algarve is one of the most stunning beach destinations on the continent. And of course, such an appropriate place is perfect to celebrate one of the best festivals in Europe.

The three stages on Portimão beach offer different genres of electronic music such as bass, techno, disco and house, ensuring hours of fun both day and night on the shores of the Atlantic.

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Do you want to know what are the scenarios for 2023? The 2023 proposal includes: The Project Stage, The Workshop Stage, The Sanctuary Stage and The Secret Stage.

And what about the headliners? Names like Amulador, Enrico Sangiuliano or Harriet Jaxxon are some of the names of the Secret Project, who are waiting to offer an unprecedented show on the different stages.

  • Location: Algarve, Portugal
  • Dates: 17-19 June 2023

4- Creamfields (United Kingdom)

August, why not, is the perfect time to visit the UK. Especially if we take into account that Creamfields, an electronic music festival that has been bringing the most important DJs in the world since 1998, is held on these dates.

Its line-up for 2023 includes such renowned names as Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris and Tiësto, who will be in Liverpool to make the summer edition of Creamfields an enjoyable one.

The festival will also have a luxury camping area for people who want to attend the festival, something that is appreciated by people coming from other parts of the world.

In addition, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the festival there will be a previous festival called Creamfields South which will take place from 26th to 28th May.

  • Location: Liverpool, England
  • Dates: 24-27 August 2023

Although Creamfields won’t have a beach, that doesn’t mean that the August heat won’t be there. I’m sure a good cap will come in handy!

5- Sónar (Spain)

Barcelona is one of Spain’s greatest cultural exponents. And of course, it hosts one of the most important electronic music festivals, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023.

Sonar is not only defined by the music, but also adds sections of creativity and technology to its slogan to achieve one of the most important events in the city of Barcelona.

DJs such as Peggy Gou, Russell Haswell and DJ EZ will be performing alongside artists of the stature of Bad Gyal, La Zowi and Fever Ray. The list of new artists for this edition of Sónar Barcelona includes more than 30, who will join many already known in the city.

In 2023, Sónar will also once again include formats that are not just about partying, but also about enjoying culture, such as talks and workshops on new technologies, which add a very interesting point of interest to the event within the Sónar+D space.

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  •  Dates: 15, 16 and 17 June 2023

If you’re going to Barcelona, don’t forget to enjoy its beaches. Pack your sunscreen, your desire to have fun and don’t forget to bring a beach bag and sunglasses.

Bring your favourite Havaianas flip-flops as well!

6-    World Club Dome (Germany)

The city of Frankfurt hosts one of the biggest electronic music events in Germany at the Deutsche Bank Park. World Club Dome Big City Beats is a festival that welcomes well-known techno artists such as David Guetta, Morten or Stella Bossi, who will rock the 25 stages of this great festival.

The festival is not only given to summer dates, but also adds to its repertoire other festivals such as the World Club Dome Winter Edition, or the World Club Dome Pool Sessions or the World Club Dome Island Edition.

Tickets for the 3-day festival cost around 188 euros, which is quite affordable considering that this, its tenth edition, will bring together 250 artists. You can also buy one-day tickets for 122 euros if you only want to attend one day of this amazing festival in Frankfurt.

  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Dates: 9, 10 and 11 June 2023.

7- We Love Green (France)

The city of light dresses up in June to bring world-class artists. This festival in the Bois de Vincennes will not only feature DJs such as Skrillex, but also live concerts by internationally renowned artists such as Bon Iver, Orlesan and The Blaze, among many other singer-songwriters.

The We Love Green festival is the perfect excuse not only to enjoy 3 days of great music, but also to visit Paris, one of the most beautiful cities on the European continent.

For the 2-day pass you only have to pay 109 euros, and you can choose the days of the festival on which your favourite artists will perform.

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Dates: 2, 3 and 4 June 2023

If you decide to go to Paris, a stylish pair of sandals like the Havaianas Luna is a must-have in your repertoire, a pair of elegant and waterproof sandals. They’ll come in handy for both concerts and a stroll down the Champs Elysées.

8- Flash Festival (Italy)

Tuscany hosts one of the best festivals in Europe very close to the city of Florence. Not only will you be able to enjoy the best of electronic music, but there will also be a tasting of the best Italian food so that you can spend the whole day at the festival.

Inside Moves, Eliza Rose and Barry Can’t Swim are some of the artists you’ll have the chance to hear if you visit Italy in May, as this is one of the festivals that kick off the summer season in Europe.

  • Location: Castiglion fiorentino, Italy
  •  Dates: 18-20 May 2023

9- Amsterdam Music Festival (Netherlands)

Summer is over and autumn is well underway, but the music doesn’t stop. October is the perfect month to visit the open city of Amsterdam and enjoy one of the most famous festivals in Europe.

A single day is enough for AMF to gather internationally acclaimed DJs like Martin Garrix, Tiësto, or Timmy Trumpet in its 2022 edition, which is sure to be equally outstanding in 2023. The city of eternal partying will vibrate like no other on that day, especially considering that attendees will have afterparties in the best venues in Amsterdam.

The same day will also be used by DJ Mag to reveal its list of the 100 best DJs of the year.

  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dates: October 21, 2023

10- Sziget Festival (Hungary)

One of the most party-loving countries in Europe could not be missing from our list. Hungary has been hosting some of the best electronic music festivals on the continent for years.

What makes this festival special is that it is held on an island in the Danube River, an incredible place to enjoy the best artists in the world. Florence + The Machine, Billie Eilish, Imagine Dragons and Lorde are just some of the names that will be present in Budapest next August. 

Not only will you be able to go to the festival, but you’ll also be able to sleep there thanks to the different accommodation options on offer. Undoubtedly one of the best festivals in Europe this 2022.

  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Dates: 10-15 August 2023

Festivals Havaianas will be present at

Did you know that Havaianas will be present at some of the best European festivals? If you are lucky enough to be able to attend, you will be able to visit the different stands and surprises that you will find at each of these festivals:

11- Rock in Rio (Portugal)

We return to Portugal to enjoy one of the most iconic festivals of this summer. The Rock in Rio festival is held in the Portuguese capital after several years without being held in Europe, as it usually alternates between South American and European countries every year.

Its 2023 edition was initially planned for May. However, the organization has decided to postpone it to the dates of September 2-10, and the headlining artists are still unknown. What is clear is that they will be at the level of those who performed in the 2022 edition, such as Muse, Post Malone, Duran Duran, or Black Eyed Peas

This festival will take place in one of the most emblematic parks of the Portuguese capital, Da Bela Vista Park with a total area of 85,000 m². Undoubtedly, a unique place to enjoy one of the best festivals in Europe.

  •  Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  •  Dates: September 2-10, 2023

12- Jova Beach Party (Italy)

The Jova Beach Party is much more than a festival. It is a succession of festivals that take place throughout the summer months in different parts of Italy.

Although the Jova Beach Party is scheduled to start up again this year, the reality is that the specific dates are not yet known. What is expected is that it will repeat its format, with different locations across Italy, including some of the country’s best beaches.

  • Location: Italy
  •  Dates: To be determined

This unconventional festival has made a place for itself in the summers of all Italians and little by little in the summers of all Europeans who make the transalpine country their holiday destination.

13- Boardmasters (UK)

Boardmasters defines itself as a unique surf and music festival.  All attendees will be able to enjoy not only artists such as Lorde, Liam Gallagher, Florence The Machine or Cypress Hill, but also one of the meccas of British surfing as Cornwall.

The festival takes place in Newquay at two different venues, Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. All musical performances and the camping area will be located at Watergate Bay. At Fistral Beach, as well as surfing competitions, there will also be skateboarding and BMX events.

In addition to music and surfing, this festival stands out for having alternative activities such as yoga workshops, relaxation classes and many more. 

It is also important to mention that as part of their sustainability programme, the organisers manage several clean-ups of the festival areas.

  • Location: Newquay, UK
  • Dates: 9-13 August 2023

14- Delta Festival

Last but not least, we return to a Mediterranean paradise. The Delta Festival is a festival held in the city of Marseille, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea at Les Plages du Prado.

It’s a festival where, along with the best dance and electronic music, you can enjoy different sports and arts, as well as the beach! 

With a line-up of more than 200 artists such as Angèle, Charlotte de Witte, Ofenbach, Nina Kraviz or Cascada, there is no doubt that it will be one of the festivals of the summer.

Are you up for 5 days of music and sport at this festival?

  • Location: Marseille, France.
  • Dates: 23-27 August 2023.

If you’ve been to a festival before, you’ll know that as well as having a good time and enjoying the atmosphere, it’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothes that allow you to be on your feet during the festival.

Forget about trainers and give your feet a break with Havaianas sandals. You’ll find everything from models ideal for a walk on the beach to new urban models.

You can also choose the flip-flops that best suit your style. No matter where the festival takes place, we’re sure to have a flip-flop for you.

Have you already chosen the European festival you’ll be attending in 2023?

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