From chill lake-side vibes to eclectic performances in old Italian towns, the European festival circuit has it all. Here are our 5 favorite open air festivals in or around Austria!
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Acoustic Lakeside Festival
Presenting a cornucopia of singer/songwriters, Acoustic Lakeside is a good fit for those seeking an oasis of calm – Nothing fits better to soothing vibes than a relaxing swim in the Sonnegger See.
Biggest acts: Son Lux, Fenne Lily, Luke Sital-Singh, Seasick Steve
Jul 19 – 21, Sittersdorf, Austria acousticlakeside.com
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This world-famous mega-festival takes place on an island in the Danube near the picturesque city center of Budapest. Only a three-hour drive from Vienna, it beckons with a unique atmosphere and a wide variety of music performed by major stars.
Biggest acts: Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Arctic Monkeys, Kygo
Aug 8 – 15, Budapest, Hungary szigetfestival.com
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Only 190 kilometers northeast of Vienna, Pohoda (roughly meaning “relax” in Slovakian) stays true to its name, maintaining a chill alternative attitude, an eclectic lineup and environmentally friendly waste management.
Biggest acts: The Chemical Brothers, LP, Jamie Cullum, Ziggy Marley, Aurora
Jul 5 –7, Trenčín, Slovakia pohodafestival.sk
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Umbria Jazz Festival
Playing the streets of the gorgeous old town of Perugia, Umbria Jazz presents jazz and funk in all their colors, with street parades and many free concerts. If you want to combine great live music with an amazing city trip, you should give it a go!
Biggest acts: Quincy Jones, Massive Attack, The Chainsmokers, Gregory Porter, Gilberto Gil, David Byrne
Jul 13 –22, Perugia, Italy umbriajazz.com
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On the world’s biggest floating stage, yet another stunning oversized set that seemingly emerges from the depths of the Bodensee has been built for this year’s Bregenzer Festspiele. Two gigantic hands holding a pack of cards are the stage for Georges Bizet’s famous opera Carmen.
Jul 18 – Aug 20, Bregenz, Austria bregenzerfestspiele.com