Best Music Festivals in Scandinavia [2020]
By / February 13, 2020

Summer happens quick in Northern Europe, and the festies that revel up here take full advantage of the warm weather to celebrate a stacked roster of festivals across Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland. Even with the short nights, camping here can be cool and comfortable when compared to the rest of the world, and and the musical genres across the region are plentiful enough for any festie to feel at home.

Heartland Festival 2020


Kværndrup, Denmark

Heartland is a unique boutique festival set on the idyllic grounds of Egeskov Castle. More than just a music fest, Heartland serves up a varied mix of lectures, food, and art along with a beautiful campground setting. The multi-genre lineup entertains up to 6000 festies per day.

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Secret Solstice Festival 2020


Reykjavik, Iceland

Praise Odin! Celebrate the longest day of the year in a place where the sun never sets. Taking place outside the capital of Reyjavik, Secret Solstice takes full advantage of the stunning Icelandic settings with once-in-a-lifetime shows inside a glacier or a heated lagoon. The festival proper features huge headliners and should be on every festie’s bucket list.

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Sideways Festival 2020


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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Bergenfest 2020


Bergen, Norway

Don’t let the title of “rainiest city in Europe” chase you away from Bergenfest. This boutique festival in a castle feels like having some of the largest acts on tour performing in your backyard. And in a city where the sun never truly sets, this is one of the most relaxing and lovely fests in the North.

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Provinssi 2020


Seinajoki, Finland

Provinssi - the festival of the people - opens the Finnish festival season at the end of June. The traditionally rock fest has welcomed a wide variety of performers since its inception in 1979 including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails, Tori Amos, Tool, The Cure, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Roskilde Festival 2020


Roskilde, Denmark

There’s festivals. There’s mega-festivals. And then there’s Roskilde. Started in the early seventies by a pair of high students, today’s Roskilde is the largest festival in Northern Europe. Taking place over a staggering eight days and two weekends, the unstoppable juggurnaut has hosted upwards of 135,000 fans, more than 150 bands, and even boasts 32,000 volunteers. Roskilde proudly remains a non-profit donating millions Danish krona every year to various charities. Oh, and they also have a naked run so have fun in Denmark!

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Way Out West 2020


Goteborg, Sweden

Way Out West welcomes some of the largest bands in the world to Sweden every August in Goteborg. The lovely Slottsskogen Park is home to the eco-friendly fest and a super chill Swedish crowd of festies.

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Lollapalooza Stockholm 2020


Stockholm, Sweden

Lollapalooza adds another location this summer with a new edition in Stockholm. Recently expanded to three days, expect the Swedish version to feature the same great lineups that fans have come to expect from Lolla. Like Berlin and Paris, the debut Lollapalooza Stockholm takes place in a beautiful park close to the city center.

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Copenhagen Distortion Festival 2020


Copenhagen, Denmark

When they Danish cut loose, they really cut loose as evidenced by Copenhagen Distortion. On Wednesday, thousands swarm the streets for nearly a dozen blocks of drinking, dancing, and stages. At night, the entire party is cleaned up and moved to the next neighborhood. It’s the ultimate street party culminating at the harbor for two stacked nights of electronic music.

NorthSide Festival Denmark 2020


Aarhus, Denmark

A wide range of international and Danish artists descend upon the city of Aarhus for this innovative event. The three day fest boasts a wicked lineup which in the past has featured Wilco, Interpol, Alt-J, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Monkeys, Phoenix , Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Portishead, The Stone Roses, and The Flaming Lips.

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Sweden Rock Festival 2020


Solvesborg, Sweden

Established in 1992, this rock and metal festival brings genre legends to Sweden for a wicked weekend. Previous alumni like Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Judas Pries, and Whitesnake have all played this fest.

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Tinderbox 2020


Odense, Denmark

A newcomer to the Danish festival scene, the Hans Christian Andersen inspired Tinderbox stormed into Odense in 2015 and has established itself as one of the top fests in Denmark. Their Google translated motto is Where words fail, music speaks. Please do not pee in the tree. Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.

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Summerburst Stockholm 2020


Stockholm, Sweden

Summerburst, a festival so big that it takes place in Sweden's two largest cities, this capper to the end of the season is a blast of electronic dance music over two days in the final weekend of August. Can't wait that long? Then check in at Summerburst Gothenberg which launches festival season at the beginning of June.

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