Our Top 5 Music Festivals This Summer

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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Sziget Festival

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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Pohoda Festival

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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Bregenzer Festspiele

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

Johannes Arends
Johannes Arends
Johannes was born and raised in Austria by an Italian mother and a German father. Soccer, politics and video games are his life essence - in that order. He spent a semester abroad in Barcelona and is currently finishing his studies of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences FH WKW in Vienna.

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