Snow, wind, rain and the general misery that comes with the first months of the year seem a far cry from festival season, but with line-ups being announced and added to left right and centre it is time to start planning. Most of the travel I have done in my adult life has revolved around live music in one way or another, and over the last two summers I have been fortunate enough to experience a number of different European festivals and with them some of the greatest weekends of my life. Festivals are expensive no matter what country you do them in, so if you’re going to blow 200 quid on a ticket anyway I am all in favour of saving up a little more, if you’re able, and making a holiday and a new experience out of it too.
For all of the festivals featured here, you need to take into account flights, accommodation and tickets. For camping festivals, make sure you have a tent and sleeping bag that will fit into a suitcase (and take into account the additional cost of hold luggage if you’re flying budget) or consider buying one on arrival, or booking boutique camping instead. For non-camping festivals, book an Airbnb here to get £15 off if it is your first trip!