Europe's best summer music festivals

There’s something to be said about the magic of live music. And with the festival season about to kick off, we’ve rounded up some of our team’s favorite music festival destinations for this summer. Whether you’re dancing the night away in Germany or rocking out in Italy, we’re sure our selection of festivals will please even the toughest of music critics. Once you’ve made your choice, there’s no need to worry about packed airports and stuffed trains, as car-sharing is a hassle-free way to get to your summer destination. You can even load up your playlist with your own personal road trip soundtrack. So, let’s get ready to hit the road. Here are our top picks for the summer of 2023!

Primavera Sound Madrid

One of Spain’s most famous festivals has to be Primavera Sound, in the beautiful city of Madrid. It’s a summer must-go for many music lovers, so Primavera festival simply can’t be left out from our list. Every year in June, this groundbreaking festival lets you immerse yourself in the beats of the best (indie) music. You can expect a solid line up, as Primavera Sound only attracts the best artists and world-renowned DJs, ensuring a line-up that will keep you dancing all night long. If you want to get in the holiday mood early and travel in a relaxed manner, we can only recommend using a car-sharing service to reach Primavera Festival. This way, you can get into the festival mood as soon as you're in the car with your friends!

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Germany: Berlin Lollapalooza

Berlin, a hub for great music no less than 365 days out of the year, really knows how to step up when it comes to inner-city festivals. Take Lollapalooza, which is set to take place in early August in Olympiastadion, which was originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics. Other than its unique location, Lollapalooza highlights various musical genres, from early 2000's indie rock to soulful R&B. And what would a festival in the capital be without a healthy dose of techno? It's Berlin, after all. With a wide range of mobility options to choose from in the city, heading to Lollapalooza will be a breeze. Whether you need a ride for the day or weekend, you're sure to find one that suits your needs and budget.

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Italy: Rock in Roma

Rockers unite! Starting in July, this unique festival lasts for more than 1 month and takes place in the beautiful city of Rome. Past headliners have included rock legends Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones, and it's big names like these but also Italian music talents that attract people from all over the globe. So if you've been looking for an excuse to escape to Italy this summer, Rock in Roma might just be the perfect one. Let's be honest, what better way to enjoy summer than the Italian way? So if you're lucky enough to rock out in Rome this summer, we highly recommend using car-sharing services to reach your destination. And with a fleet covering only premium car brands, there will always be a ride fit for a rockstar!

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Austria: Electric Love festival Salzburg

The name says it all, with Electric Love festival the electronic music lovers among us have found their match in Salzburg. Every year in July, thousands of music lovers flock to the Salzburg lake district, where the Electric Love festival is nestled between the green fields, in the idyllic Austrian countryside. It calls itself more than just a music festival, and rather a celebration of life. Its location makes it the perfect mini escape from everyday stress, allowing you to dance the night away with friends, together with 50,000 other festival goers. The Salzburgring can be easily reached from Vienna in about 3 hours, during which you can allow yourself plenty of pitstops to take in the beautiful scenery. With car-sharing services readily available in Vienna, driving to the festival becomes an enjoyable journey, rather than a stressful event!

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Netherlands: Lowlands festival

Lowlands festival is held every year in August in Biddinghuizen, about 68 kilometres east of Amsterdam. Lowlands is a real must for anyone seeking an immersive festival experience while the end of summer is coming closer. The festival even has its "Kick That Ass" own award, which will be awarded to one of the lucky students of the Design Academy in Eindhoven for their unique creations. Choosing car-sharing to reach Lowlands is a great way to explore the scenic Dutch landscape (windmills, anyone?) and guarantees a hassle-free journey since you can tuck away any camping gear or much-needed snacks in the trunk. We highly recommend giving car-sharing a go, especially if you are travelling from the Amsterdam area.

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Hungary: Sziget Festival

Experience an iconic week-long outdoor party at Sziget Festival, which takes place on Óbudai Island (also known as Hajógyári Island) in the northern part of Budapest. You can even take a break from dancing and relax at the small beach nearby, where you can take a refreshing swim in the Danube. To reach Sziget in comfort, we recommend using one of SHARE NOW's cars so that you can enjoy easy parking at one of our dedicated spots directly at the festival!

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Embarking on a ride to a music festival in Europe is an experience not to be missed this summer. By using a car-sharing service to get to your destination, you choose a maximum of flexibility, freedom, and fun. With car-sharing services available in major European cities, you can focus on what really matters: creating memories that will last well beyond the summer of '23. So, turn up the music, grab your friends and hit the road!

Nicky Verdoodt

Nicky Delphin

Sr. Digital Content Strategist

"Passionate about cats. And cars!"

While the cat’s away, Nicky writes about mobility, one post at a time.