European Music Festivals 2012: The Cream of the Crop Part 1

Ah my favourite part of the year is already upon us; European Festival Season. Here are a few top recommendations from yours truly. All of these gems are equally as unique in their own special way…

Benicàssim, Spain- Surrounded by beaches, oozing with art and fashion and of course displaying some of the best rock and pop performers of the moment, Benicàssim quite simply has it all.

Confirmed so far for the 2012 festival are The Stone Roses, Florence and the Machine, The Vaccines, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Bombay Bicycle Club, Dizzy Rascal and New Order.

Benicàssim takes place from Thursday 12th until Sunday 15th July.

A 4 Day Ticket Including 8 Days Free Camping will set you back a decent enough €180.

Open’er Festival, Poland- Offering 4 days with camping for the equivalent of 90 euro, a visit to Open’er is the perfect no brainer to bulk up any circuit traveler’s itinerary this summer.

Bjork, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Public Enemy, Bon Iver, The Macabees, Friendly Fires, Orbital and The XX are some great acts already confirmed for the show.

Open’er takes place from Wednesday 4th until Saturday 7th July inclusive.

Tickets range from an unbelievable 165 PLN (€40) for a Day Ticket and 410 PLN (€89) for 4 Days with Camping.

Isle of White Festival- The Isle of White Festival has always been famous for legendary performances, some of which have included Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and more recently Muse.

In staying with tradition this year’s line-up will not differ from the past as it includes the well celebrated headliners To, Petty, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen. More over Lana Del Rey, Tinny Tempah, Jessie J and born performers The Vaccines are amongst the amazing new acts to hit the stage.

The fun commences from Thursday 21st until Sunday the 24 of June.

Tickets are priced from £160 (non-camping) to £200 (camping) for the whole weekend.

Pukkelpop, Belgium– This year Pukkelpop fans were given the chance to pick their own unique musical favourite’s resulting in a line-up which now includes the pick of the festival crop.

Revelers will now get to enjoy the tunes of Björk, The Stone Roses, Foo Fighters, Bloc Party, Chase & Status, Two Door Cinema Club and many more…

The music at Pukkelpop explodes in Belgium big time from Thursday 16th until Saturday August 18th, although the campsite is open for slumber from Wednesday 15th until Sunday 19th inclusive.

Pre-sale Tickets range from €79 for a One Day Ticket up to €155 for 3 Days with Camping.

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, Germany– Germany’s biggest and simultaneous festivals which are known for their almost identical line up’s are almost always sell outs.

Famous for their amazing bills and decent prices these Deutsch gigs are once again offering the best mix of bands around.

Already confirmed for 2012 are Metallica, Soundgarden, Kasabian, Linkin Park, Motorhead, The Offspring, Gossip, M.I.A and Tinie Tempah, to name but a few.

The party gets started from Friday 1st of June and runs right through until Sunday 3rd.

Unfortunately both super festivals were sold out in minutes, although the promoters are advertising a perfect alternative day festival Rock Im Pott which takes place in The Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen on Saturday August 25th.   

The Line-up includes none other than both rock Gods the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Placebo with some very special guests.

Tickets for that beauty are priced at a decent enough €72.

More Fabulous European Festival previews to follow next week…


About audsmul10

Music journo and blogger. European Music Editor for

Posted on June 6, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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