Top three European festivals to join this summer

Future Music Festival 2013

Future Music Festival 2013 (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer)

If you didn’t go Glastonbury you’re probably envious of a news feed populated by new pics from the world’s greatest festival and status updates like “Best Weekend Ever!”

No holiday or festival booked for summer? There’s still time to get in on the action without breaking the bank.

Don’t bother with any of the other UK music festivals. None come close to matching Glastonbury. Try one of these top three European festivals which guarantee sunshine, good vibes and pure tunes.

 Soundwave Festival, Croatia- 18-22 July

Soundwaves unique offering is its stunning coastal location. Numerous boat parties take place throughout the day and night, just seconds away from the main festival.

If it all gets too much don your shades and just chill on the beach. A luxury you won’t be afforded at any washed out UK summer festival. Hot weather, beaches and sea bring out beautiful people so expect plenty bikini clad women and topless guys. Leave those Hunter Wellington boots at home!

Rock purists stay away. This festival is all about house, disco, dub and dance from dawn till dusk.

Prices £120

 Berlin Festival- 6-7 September

What this festival lacks in beaches and boat parties, it makes up for in a diverse line up to suit eclectic music tastes. With heavy hitting veterans such as Blur alongside upcoming stars such as Bastille you’ll get a more traditional music experience. In true libertarian Berlin style there is a room surfer option for those happy to sleep on a spare mattress, or more likely, an empty couch.

Berlin has such a vibrant nightlife, rich culture and poignant history it would be a waste not to stay beyond the two days and explore the city.

For this festival prepare for “culture by day, vice by night”

Price 130 Euros

Sziget Festival, Budapest 5-12 August

A full week in length this festival offers value for money and will test your party stamina. The organisers have taken this into account and incorporated theatre, circus, exhibitions and cinema into a massive seven day line-up. The billing isn’t too shabby either with household names such as Dizzee Rascal, Blur (again) alongside credible if not headline acts such Bat for Lashes and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Within stumbling distance of the city proper you can sample Budapest famous spas and nightlife.

Price €209,

Stop looking in envy at your friends Glasto pics. Get some friends together and make some memories of your own.

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