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Get down and dirty: This summer’s top ten European festivals

For Vocal House Heads


Feeling suffocated by the black-clad uniformity of the techno scene? Then loosen up on the Adriatic coast with DJs Todd Terry and Derrick Carter, who will be on hand to deliver a fun yet credible house music soundtrack befitting the picture-perfect setting in Tisno, Croatia. £199, August 9-14,

For Live Instrumentation


Boasting 16 uniquely dressed arenas at Manchester’s Heaton Park, Parklife’s gigantic programme accommodates every musical persuasion. Liam Gallagher will perform, likewise hip-hop specialists N.E.R.D, with apex DJ support coming from Diynamic label boss Solomun.£145, June 9-10,

For Free Party Vibes


Powered by a slew of obscure German DJs and a handful of respected names like Israeli DJ-producer Maayan Nidam (pictured), this under-the-radar alternative techno stompathon takes place in Leipzig. Its hidden spot in the German countryside brings an underground atmosphere. £118, August 3-5,

For Music Enthusiasts


Not the most daring choice in our list but Barcelona’s Sónar is such an essential rite of passage for music enthusiasts that we felt obliged to include it. Explore the futuristic art and music tech exhibitions by day, then head over to the night zone to catch DJ Harvey and John Talabot dropping extended sets.£160, June 14-16,

For Nice People

Pohoda Festival

It may have capacity for 30,000 revellers but this top Slovak festival, which fuses music, art, good food and plenty of topical debate, feels unashamedly intimate. On the sonic front, electro fans can salivate over big-beat heavyweights The Chemical Brothers, with reggae icon Ziggy Marley bearing summertime treats for those who prefer a touch more melody with their music. Book now and tickets cost £85.50, July 5-7,

For District Line Disciples


The perfect pre-Ibiza season warm-up requires travelling just a few miles outside of Essex. The fat FSTVL line-up will appeal to garage, house, techno and bass fans alike, with DJ EZ, Jamie Jones, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz and Sigma your genre headliners. £179.50, May 25-27,

For Communitarians


The Netherlands’ most colourful outdoor event is a bona fide carnival of film, theatre, science and alternative music, delivered over three days within the boundaries of a neon, pop-up style town in a little place called Biddinghuizen. The jaw-dropping line-up includes DJs Richie Hawtin, Âme and the always diverse Ben UFO, with Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Gorillaz performing live. £175.00, August 17-19,

For Avid Explorers

Secret Solstice

Jump into a hot spring and rave inside a giant glacier at Iceland’s mega-festival in Reykjavik. Funk legend George Clinton will supply the grooves, Bonnie Tyler the Eighties melancholy, Clean Bandit the pop-star harmonies, which leaves esteemed techno DJs like Rhadoo and Charlotte de Witte catering for the fringe. £203, June 21-24,

For Consciousness Expansion

The Gardens Of Babylon

This Dutch dance brand are known for fusing art and astrology with electronic music. Expect cosmic rhythms aplenty, with Blond:ish and their lush psychedelic beats taking over the German town of Goch. £105, July 27-29,

For Serious Hippies


Abstract art installations and desert camping make this eccentric Burning Man-style festival the perfect getaway for conscientious objectors. Take some food with you to northern Spain – somewhere between Zaragoza and Lleida – but leave your evil cash habits at home as Nowhere is strictly a no-commerce zone. £140, July 3-8,