Posted on 2012 Feb 07

Top 10 European music festivals for 2012

1. The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, Spain

Serious music lovers seem to be the only people outside of Spain who have heard of Benicàssim. Benicàssim is a small port town located in between Barcelona and Valencia and every year it plays host to a fantastic music festival. The four day event takes place in mid-July and predominately features alternative rock and electronic artists, but it’s also known to be a great place to rave. The event differs from the many music festivals who are restricted to a 2am curfew – here the music starts at 5pm and continues until early the next morning.

It’s one of the few festivals in the world where you relax on the beach during the day and another bonus is that you can buy your food in a supermarket instead of paying festival prices. You even won’t need to worry about personal hygiene as the campsite has its very own purpose-built outdoor showers!

The 2011 lineup included headliners The Streets, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire. So far The Stone Roses, Florence and the Machine and The Vaccines have been confirmed for the 2012 festival.