Top 5 European Metal Festivals

Summer is rife with festivals, dotted all over the UK. Whatever your music genre of choice, you can be guaranteed to find a weekend that suits. When it comes to festivals offering heavier sounds for the headbangers amongst you, there’s several on English soil that continually prove to be popular.

Next year, instead of staying close to home, how about planning a holiday around a festival abroad? You can find a myriad of festivals all over Europe to suit your requirements, many of which aren’t too far from a beach club holiday to enjoy after the music is over. Head further towards Eastern Europe and you can enjoy group activity holidays with your friends when you’re all moshed out.

1. Metalcamp

Set in the picturesque mountains of Slovenia, Metalcamp is one for the die hard rockers who also enjoy the outdoors. From 2013, the festival will be known as MetalDays but will still retain its attractive setting. When the music fades, explore the mountains, float down the crystal clear river or explore the Tolmin Gorges and a huge number of other thrilling activities.

Top 5 European Metal Festivals

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2. Wacken

An annual music festival in the town of Wacken, Germany, Wacken Open Air showcases metal music across most genres to some of the most avid music fans in Europe. Often selling out months before the festival kicks off, Wacken is only an hour from the principal city of Hamburg which makes an ideal stop off to make your visit to Germany that little bit longer.

3. Graspop

This fantastic festival in Belgium is well worth a trip. Reasonably affordable, easy to get to and a surefire way to appreciate great music next summer

4. Hellfest

The only problem with this festival in recent years is there’s literally too many bands to choose from. Make sure you make time for yourself at this French festival else you’ll be too tired to walk back to your car.

5. Rock am Ring

Taking place at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, Rock am Ring (and the linked Rock im Park) are the largest music festivals in Germany. Offering rock music as well as metal, it’s a great festival as an introduction to what Europe has to offer.

Book a chill-out beach holiday to recover after your European festival experience or, if you’ve still got a thirst for adventure, a group activity holiday with friends is sure to be a blast.

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