Not Going To Glastonbury?

Not Going To Glastonbury? Don’t worry. There’ll be plenty of other options!

Festival season

Are your social media feeds also swamped with posts about Glastonbury? For those of you who couldn’t get your hands on the golden ticket, here is Your Coffee Break’s guide to the top 3 alternative European festivals; from the beach to the slopes you can leave the wellies to those at Glastonbury this year.

Horizon Festival

Sitting at the top of the slopes in Bulgaria is an interestingly unique snow covered festival. Unlike anything you have ever seen before, Horizon festival is a celebration of house and dance music.

Horizons festival is an ideal festival for those adrenalin junkies prepared to hurl themselves from the slopes. It has been described as a surreal yet euphoric experience with breathtaking scenery, extreme sports and live music and entertainment throughout the day.

After a day of skiing, festival goers can head back to the dizzy altitudes to collect their party wristbands for the numerous stages and djs sets in various venues on the Piste. It’s only in its second year but Horizon Festival has already received rave reviews, proving to be one to watch.

Soundwave Festival

Now we head to the picturesque beaches of Croatia surrounded by the Adriatic sea. Soundwave has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful festival locations’ by Time Out Magazine. Spread over 5 days this chilled out festival is in a league of its own.

With three main stages there is an eclectic array of live music, djs and performing arts. Soundwave Croatia is notorious for its boat parties showcasing a high calibre of internationally renowned DJs and Mcs from a range of genres including jazz, dub, electronic and reggae.

There is a load to do other than the festival including national parks, big game fishing, excursions and sightseeing. Should you choose to stick around for an extra few days, it’s really easy to extend your camping wristbands cheaply online!

Optimus Primavera Sound

Described as an ‘essential date in the diary for indie kids’ Optimus Primavera Sound doesn’t fail to impress. A far cry from the muddy fields of Glastonbury, Primavera sound can be located in the beautiful city in Portugal -attracting a huge crowd of 20 something music lovers from around the world year after year.

There are things to do for 7 days, so you can really make the most of the festival and make it into a holiday, especially with the option to rent an apartment instead of camping.


By: Kia Mcsween