The 17 Best Indie Rock Music Festivals In Europe [2019]

“It’s indie rock and roll for me,” sing the world’s least indie rock band, but we understand the sentiment coming from The Killers when it comes to this genre. Europe may be the world’s mecca for electronic music, but there’s a thriving indie rock festival scene here full of local talent, legacy acts, and DIY fests.

This Is Not A Love Song Festival 2019

May 30-June 1, 2019

Nimes, France

Intimate indie rock festival in the south of France? Sign us up. Loads of hipster acts from around the world converge at the futuristic Paloma Contempory Arts Center in Nimes for three days of kickass rock. It takes place the same weekend as Barcelona's epic Primavera Sound,and many of the same acts end up at TINALS. Expect a stunning lineup!

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Primavera Sound 2019

May 30-June 1, 2019

Barcelona, Spain

This Barcelona institution is a beacon for the entire spectrum of indie rock along with a smattering of entries from just about every other genre of music. Hundreds of bands fill the Parc El Forum along with one-of-a-kind intimate performances throughout the city. Add this music festival mecca to your bucket list immediately.

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Maifeld Derby 2019

June 14-16, 2019

Mannheim, Germany

Maifeld Derby is an intimate indie rock festival held at a horse racing track. The multiple stage festival features super close camping and vibe that will make you feel like family by the end of the festival. Set times and stages are set up so you spend less time walking and more time seeing incredible this awesomely curated lineup.

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NOS Primavera Sound 2019

June 6-8, 2019

Porto, Portugal

The little sibling to Barcelona's mega-festival Primavera Sound, this Portuguese edition takes place the following weekend in the charming city of Porto. The recipe remains the same, with a staggering roster of indie rock talent. The grassy hillsides of Parque Central means that every seat is a prime location to watching the show.

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OFF Festival 2019

August 2-4, 2019

Katowice, Poland

Still unspoiled by hordes of backpackers, Poland is a treat for travelers. And nothing makes that treat sweeter than the similarly unspoiled OFF Festival in Katowice which after ten years still keeps its lineup fresh and surprising.

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Best Kept Secret Festival 2019

May 31-June 2, 2019

Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands

One of the highlights of the Dutch festival season, the Best Kept Secret Festival brings a world-class lineup to the south of the Netherlands. The beautiful location boasts an incredible lake, plenty of camping options, and multiple stages to complete the weekend.

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Iceland Airwaves 2019

November 6-9, 2019

Reykjavik, Iceland

The winter heats up in Reykjavik where festies spend the days taking in the wonders of the island and spending nights at the top clubs in the country. From hipster indie acts to geysers to after-parties, Iceland Airwaves remains a solid bet for a cold weather festival.

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Sideways Festival 2019

June 6-8, 2019

Helsinki, Finland

Dive into the center of Helsinki in June to experience Sideways. Nearly 80 acts are presented featuring a lineup of the best national and international acts. This is a cozy boutique festival that should be on every indie rock aficionado's wishlist.

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Siren’s Call 2019

June 29, 2019

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Siren's Call is a one-day music festival that takes place sin the heart of Luxembourg City. Besides the indie rock lineup, there's also readings, an organic wine bar, dance performances, a design expo, and a kid's program.

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Check In Party 2019

August 22-24, 2019

Saint-Laurent, France

This DIY indie rock fest may be new to the scene, but its lineup is one of the more buzzworthy additions to the season. Taking place over three days in central France, Check In Party is an ideal way to close out the summer.

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Truck Festival 2019

July 26-28, 2019

Oxfordshire, UK

Formed in 1998 after finding mainstream festivals too commercial, the anti-major Truck Festival finds itself expanding to four days, adding a Thursday schedule to the lineup. The tranquil Hill Farm venue in the pretty Oxfordshire countryside hosts some of the biggest and best emerging artists in the UK across six wonderfully curated stages.

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Flow Festival 2019

August 9-11, 2019

Helsinki, Finland

The effortlessly hip Flow Festival is Helsinki's premier music festival of the summer. The tastefully curated lineup features everything from indie rock and folk to soul and jazz. The festival area is a truly unique place, containing 11 different venues including massive outdoor stages and cozy indoor spots.

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La Route Du Rock 2019

August 14-17, 2019

St Malo, France

This very hip, very cool, indie rock festival is one of the few in France that can boast a 25+ year history. The biannual event has featured Portishead, Disclosure, The XX, Blur, Pulp, Air, and Sonic Youth and has even spun off a winter edition.

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Ypsigrock Festival 2019

August 8-11, 2019

Castelbuono, Sicily

Situated in the absolutely breathtaking mountains of central Sicily, Ypsigrock is a hidden gem of a music a festival. The Castle of Castelbuono is the backdrop to a full weekend of indie rock. Show up early to claim a camping spot and partake in the welcome party.

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Pitchfork Paris 2019

October 31-November 2, 2019

Paris, France

After a summertime bash in Chicago, the very cool and very hip Pitchfork Festival makes its way to Paris a weekend of eclectic music at the Grande Halle de La Villette. The Pitchfork Paris Festival is a mecca for indie music fans of all genres with surprisings twists and a lineup worthy of the brand.

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Melt! Festival 2019

July 19-21, 2019

Ferropolis, Germany

The Melt! Festival, surrounded by the calm waters of Lake Gremmin and the steely silence of the iron city, is filled with the musical noise of one of Germany's standout lineups. Camping is a must at this German festival, and the open-air museum of an abandoned coal factory marks this as a one-of-kin venue.

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Leeds Festival 2019

August 23-25, 2019

Leeds, UK

It's double the love when the dual weekend Reading and Leeds Festival arrive in late August. The mega-fests feature the same lineup in the same weekend in two different UK locations. The roster is always packed with one of the strongest rock and alternative schedules of the summer.

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Beaches Brew Festival 2019

June 3-6, 2019

Ravenna, Italy

Beaches Brew is a super cool, super free, indie rock festival that takes place at the Ravenna Marina. Take the week off work and chill out by the sea while enjoying this wonderfully curated lineup along with a few local brews.

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