A European summer wouldn’t be complete without stopping off at one of the world famous music festivals. With so many to choose from scattered all of the continent, The Gap Map has rounded up the top ten to help you make that tough decision. The Gap Map Europe Itinerary includes a couple of days at the Ultra Music Festival in Croatia, not only for the line-up but for the convenience of location. When travelling on a budget the best way to save is by following the most economic route. This usually means avoiding skipping back and forward between countries by plane because flight prices in peak season tend to be sky high. Ultra Music Festival can be easily visited while following the suggested itinerary without going too far out of your way and Croatia doubles as a perfect summer party destination with plenty of islands, beaches and cruises to keep you busy after the festivals over.
However, if music festivals are a priority for your Gap Year experience then the itinerary can be altered to include any of the following. Be sure to book your tickets, flights and accommodations as far in advance as possible because the city will most likely be packed out with visitors all heading to the same event!
Here are The Gap Maps Top European Summer Music Festivals.
• Ultra-Europe, 14-16 July 2017,
Ultra has become one of the biggest EDM and House music festivals in the world with this year’s line up including big name acts such as David Guetta, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Seth Troxler, Hardwell, Adam Beyer, Armin Van Buuren, Joseph Capriati, Carl Cox, Afrojack, Axwell Ingosso and Steve Aoki. The town of Split as well as the islands of Croatia organise boat parties, music on the beaches and an all-around good atmosphere during the time of the festival.
For more info go to the official Ultra Music website.
For more tips on travel in Croatia go to The Gap Maps Croatia Page
• Tomorrowland, 21-23 July and 28-30 July 2017
Since 2005 when Tomorrowland made its debut, the electronic music festival has grown in popularity and become one of the most famous and well renowned in the world. The 2017 line-up includes some of the world’s biggest artists including David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Duke Dumont, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Axwell, Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Kaskade, Boys Noize, Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, Fatboy Slim, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nora En Pure, Alesso, Sven Väth, Steve Angello, Oliver Heldens, Nervo, Kolsch, Eric Prydz, Richie Hawtin, Claptone, Maceo Plex, Laidback Luke and basically every other notable electronic artist on the planet.
Hundreds of thousands flock to this festival not only for the artists but for the fantasy world that awaits them. The festival is set up with hugely creative scenes, decorations and elaborate light displays to make it feel like a whole new futuristic world. Sleep in a sea of Tipi tents at the Dreamville campsite or visit the marketplace filled with international food, souviner stalls and even a beauty salon for your Tomorrowland make-over.
For more info go to the official Tomorrow Land website
For all the tips you need for travel in Belgium, visit The Gap Maps Belgium Page
- Glastonbury, 21-25 June 2017
From its early begginings as a blues festival, Glastonbury has been kicking since the day after the music legend Jimmy Hendrix died in 1970. Although the music style has now evolved to a mix mix of contemporary music featuring some big pop and rock artists, the original hippy theme from the 70’s carries on today and it has remained a huge event in British culture. In 2017 the lineup includes, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer, Dizzee Rascal, Alt-J, Lorde, Stormzy, The XX, Birdy, The national, Craig David, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Boy better know, Annie Mac, Phoenix, Fatboy Slim, Kaiser Chiefs, Wiley, Haim plus many more acts over 100 stages!
For more info go to the official Glastonbury website.
For more tips on travel in the UK go to The Gap Maps England and Scotland pages.
Donauinselfest Festival takes place on a long narrow island in Vienna, Austria. It’s location is not the only thing that makes it so unique. It is the largest open air festival in Europe that has completely FREE admission. Expect 200 live acts across 11 stages with genres including something for everyone. Rock, pop, alternative, indie, punk, hip hop, oldies, electro and even folk music.
For more information see the official website.
For more Austria travel tips go to The Gap Maps Austria page.
- Bout du Monde Festival, 4-6 August.
Some might say that the Bout du Monde festival is located in the middle of nowhere, but this is exactly what makes this festival so special. The location is unique, situated at the very heart of the Regional National Park d’Armorique, with views of the Breton coastline and the beautiful grasslands of Landrevarzec. Although it may sound like a party in the sticks, this music festival manages to draw a very cosmopolitan crowd for its mellow, family friendly atmosphere. Expect a chilled, hippy, reggae vibe.
For more information visit the official website.
For more travel tips in France visit The Gap Maps France page.
Europe’s summer season has countless music festivals, celebrating the artists, travellers and locals partying together under the stars! These are our top 5 focusing on destinations that are currently in The Gap Map Europe Itinerary. This itinerary is a step by step guide to your Gap Year and is available for free download on the Europe page. Adjust and save the itinerary to include as many festivals as you want!