By Rachel Petticrew
Winter is done and dusted. We have made it to the other side, and there is only one thing on our minds – festival season…
And it’s going to be a good one. This summer will see some of the greatest performers on the planet grace festival line-ups in some of the world’s most fantastic locations.
Dreaming of throwing your tent in the boot and heading along to as many Irish events as your wallet (and your boss) will allow? Fancy a summer in some of Europe’s sunniest cities? Or maybe a trip to see your favourite artist play a once off gig in an extraordinary location?
It’s now or never!
So grab a cup of tea, turn on the heating, and have a look at the best this summer has to offer; it will be here before you know it!
Sziget is Budapest’s biggest music festival. Set on the beautiful island of Obuda, yet only a train ticket away from the city’s River Danube and it’s impressive architecture. Infamous as being a seven-day party (but three and five-day tickets are also available), Sziget caters for all music tastes. 2018’s headline acts include the Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz and Liam Gallagher! Ticket prices range from €189 (3 days) to €299 (7 days).
Return flights from Dublin to Budapest start from €79!
READING & LEEDS
Reading & Leeds is easily the UK’s most anticipated festival each year. With a choice of two locations, the festival focuses heavily on the younger generations, both in terms of music and atmosphere. This years line-up is easily the UK’s best, with acts like Fall Out Boy, Post Malone, Wolf Alice and Kings of Leon gracing us with their presence. Weekend tickets for both locations are €226, however flights from Dublin to Leeds Bradford are no more than €50 return.
If you plan on staying on home turf this year, you’d be a fool to miss out on EP. ‘Picnic has quickly made a name for itself as one of the worlds top music festivals. Held in the fields of Stradbally, Electric Picnic is a truly beautiful experience, a weekend for all ages. The festival never fails to provide top-class headliners, which are yet to be announced, with previous names including Duran Duran and Underworld. EP has an extensive camping area, 3 stages, the beautiful Body and Soul gardens, and a family area (with children’s entertainment). Tickets go on sale from March, and can be paid in instalments!
If you’re on a budget, don’t worry – there are a handful of weekend festivals all over the country, with something to suit everyone. One of these is Indiependence, which is as cool as it sounds. Held in Mitchelstown, County Cork every August bank holiday weekend, Indie is a hipsters paradise. This year’s headliners are Walking on Cars, The Blizzards, and Le Galaxie, however according to organisers many acts are yet to be announced, very excitingly! The festival never fails to entertain, with carnivals, beer tents and good food all at hand. Weekend tickets are only €139, with no booking or camping fees! Bliss.
ROCK IN ROMA
Finally, for something a little bit different… Rock in Roma is a month-long event which will see Rock Gods such as Jeff Beck and Roger Waters, and crowd favourites The Killers play some of ancient Rome’s most revelled sites. Waters will be taking his Us+Them tour to Circo Maximo, which will probably be the greatest gig of the year. The shows will run from July 20th to August 19th, with ticket prices varying from €25 – €100. If you fancy taking in Rome’s beauty this summer, this has got to be the best way to do so. Flights from Dublin to Rome are currently @60 euro each way during July/August, but this is sure to change, so get booking!
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