The Bestivals


San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona

30 May-3 June
Price: 190 euros (day ticket 80 euros)

Great music in one of Europe’s best party cities, Barcelona. The Primavera Festival is ever-growing in popularity. This year the line-up is incredibly diverse and includes Beirut, Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure, Yann Tiersen and Franz Ferdinand.

Benicassim, Spain

14-17 July
Price: 155 pounds.

This festival promises sunshine and one of the best line-ups of the summer, including The Stone Roses, Bombay Bicycle Club, New Order and
Crystal Castles.

Arras Main Square Festival, France

29 June-1 July
Price: 135 euros (day ticket 59 euros)

Located about two hours north from Paris, Arras may not be very well known, but I personally found it quite enjoyable last year. Performers this year includes The XX, Justice, Pearl Jam, Florence and the Machine, and Noah and the Whale. If you plan to stay there however, book in advance so you won’t need policemen to find you accommodation like I did last year.


3-5 August
Price: Day ticket 95 dollars.

The Shins, The Black Keys and Justice: these are just a due to perform in this festival in the city that Ferris Bueller painted red.

Hurricane Festival, Germany

22-24 June 2012
Price: 135 euros.

An alternative music festival known for great line-ups, this year proves to be no different. Here you can enjoy the sounds of The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Stone Roses, The Kooks, and my fellow Icelanders, GusGus.

Roskilde, Denmark

5-8 July
Price: 240 euros.

Since 1971, Roskilde has maintained a hippy-feel and always promises a good time.Björk and Bon Iver will be performing.


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