What could possibly be better than combining music, partying and sightseeing? Well, that’s exactly what music festival holidays offer: a fantastic balance between seeing your favourite bands, discovering new ones, and enjoying the sights and sounds of another country. Whether you’re into Rock, Pop, Drum and Bass or Jazz, there are hundreds of fantastic music festivals around the world; all you need to do is decide whether to opt for a small, locally run event showing the very best in lesser-known artists, or go all-out by attending one of the world’s largest and best-known music experiences.
Of course, most people think of camping when considering music festival holidays, but thanks to HomeAway’s extensive range of private accommodation, you can forgo the muddy conditions and opt for a little luxury instead. You can travel out to the festival by day, and return to your comfortable lodgings by night, or opt to camp at the site of the festival for a few days, extending your trip by booking a rental retreat where you can recuperate after the event. Whatever you fancy, read on for a rundown of our top five music festivals.
The best music festival holidays for 2014
Rock im Park, Germany
Rock im Park and Rock am Ring are two festivals holding the same line-up, but held in two different locations every year. Rock im Park is held in south Germany, in Nuremberg, whilst Rock am Ring is held along the Nurburgring racetrack in west Germany. Taking place from the 6 - 9 of June, they host over 85 bands across three stages, and 2014 has attracted some serious rock heavyweights: Nine Inch Nails, Slayer, The Offspring, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Kings of Leon will all be doing their thing. Set up base in a private apartment in Koblenz for Rock am Ring, or Nuremberg for Rock im Park.
Groezrock Festival, Belgium
Europe’s busy festival season is opened by this spectacular event, a two-day alternative music festival which grows more popular each year. Held in early May (the 2 - 3 for 2014), Groezrock has been around since 1992, and today attracts around 35,000 festival-goers intent on having the mother of all weekends. Situated in the Kempen area in a little village called Meerhout, the festival encompasses acts of all kinds; from Ska and Punk to old-fashioned Rock and Roll, there’s plenty to whet your musical appetite. If you fancy the likes of Alkaline Trio or New Found Glory, just check out our properties in Antwerp.
Arenal Sound, Spain
First held in sun-drenched August of 2010, Arenal Sound is the festival baby of our top five events, but it’s risen to amazing heights since its inception. A sun-soaked party held on Burriana Beach, Castellon, it boasts music 24 hours a day, and some of the world’s most famed Pop-rock, Indie and Electronic acts. Past artists have included Calvin Harris and the Scissor Sisters, and the festival’s always spiced up with a few ‘undiscovered gems’. Head for the BCL – the Beach Club Live – to find themed parties around the pool, or simply take a break from the music for a spot of scuba diving or sailing. in 2014, Arenal Sound runs from 31 July till 3 August; Miles Kane and Azealia Banks are among the more well-known acts.
Open’er Festival, Poland
As one of Poland’s biggest music festivals, the Open’er is not to be missed. Held in Gdynia, a city situated on the country’s beautiful north coast, it’s held every July and proffers a truly eclectic selection of artists. Are you an expert in Electronic beats or really want nothing but Reggae? Never fear: Poland’s Open’er Festival has it all, and more. You can expect seven stages, artists performing from 4pm till 2am, and some of Europe’s best-known DJs keeping the party rocking till sunrise. For the 2014 event, Interpol, MGMT and grunge legends Pearl Jam are confirmed, and the event runs from the 2 - 5 July.
Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands
This eclectic festival’s name, “Pinkpop”, comes from the Dutch word for Pentecost, “Pinksteren”: every year, the Pinkpop festival is held over the Pentecost weekend, which in 2014 means it runs from the 7 - 9 June. Pioneered in Landgraaf back in 1970, the festival attracts more than 60,000 festival-goers every year, offering the chance to see some of the world’s best-loved artists. The 2014 lineup promises Arcade Fire, Metallica and, for those who like their rock a little less, well, rocking, Ed Sheeran; you'll also get a chance to see some of Europe’s most exciting up-and-coming acts. Why not check out our apartments in Limburg?