The Arctic Monkeys Are Headlining Everywhere This Summer

We’re calling it “Arctic Monkeys Monday” — the band released so many festival appearances yesterday that we had to gather them all up in one place. As of the time of this article, Europe is reaping the benefits of the summer tour with only a single appearance for the group in the United States at Firefly in Delaware.

Now onto the stops the band will be making this summer:

Primavera Sound 2018

May 30-June 3, 2018

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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Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

June 8-10, 2018

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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Photo Credit: Samuel Swanson


Firefly Music Festival 2018

June 15-18, 2017

Dover, DE

In only a few short years, the Firefly Music Festival has become a solid addition to the East Coast summer calendar. Set in the forested landscape of The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware, Firefly boasts seven stages and over a 100 performers each year.


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Hurricane Festival 2018

June 22-24, 2018

Scheessel, Germany

It's one of the craziest festivals in Europe with a campground that gets so nuts that they have nicknamed it "Mordor". Welcome to the Hurricane Festival, the northern counterpart of Southside, which features the same bands over the same 3-day weekends. There's always a diverse lineup with rock and German acts taking the center stage.


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Southside Festival 2018

June 22-24, 2108

Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany

The twin sister festival of Hurricane to the north, Southside wrestles up an identical roster of talent over the same three days. Expect plenty of indie rock, mainstream acts, and some of the top names in German music to perform.


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TRNSMT Festival 2018

June 29-July 8, 2018

Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland's newest mega-festival moved into Glasgow to fill the void left by the legendary T in the Park. Now stretching over two weekends, TRNSMT has already made a name for itself by assembling a world-class roster of talent along with multiple UK exclusives.


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Open’er Festival 2018

July 4-7, 2018

Gdynia, Poland

Poland's mega-festival Open'er brings major acts to the country, most of them for their first time. This is an absolute monster of a camping festival with a stacked four days of headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The Machines, and LCD Soundsystem.


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Rock Werchter 2018

July 5-8, 2018

Werchter, Belgium

For over 40 years, Belgian festies have descended onto tiny town of Werchter for this annual 4-day tribute to rock, pop, and everything loud. If there's a headliner you want to this summer, it's a strong bet they'll be at Rock Werchter which curates one of the best lineups of the summer. The delicious Belgian beer flows like water here, and yes, they do have waffles, along with a massive main stage, two tent stages, and one wild dance arena.


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NOS Alive 2018

July 12-14, 2018

Lisbon, Portugal

NOS Alive (formerly known as Optimus Alive), is one of Portugal's leading mega-festivals, known nationally for bringing huge international stars to the country. Be prepared for sunny weather, an eclectic lineup, and to party all night in Lisbon. The motto "beach by day, music by night", is in full effect with acts typically starting in the early evening and lasting to the early morning.


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Photo Credit: Matias Altbach Photography


Mad Cool Festival 2018

July 12-14, 2018

Madrid, Spain

Simply put, Mad Cool Festival puts together one of the best lineups in the world. Every year, they gather together a roster of talent in Madrid that will make you want to drop everything and book a ticket to Spain.


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Oya Festival 2018

August 7-11, 2018

Oslo, Norway

Øya Festival is the largest outdoor festival in Norway, taking place in on the east side Oslo at the beautiful Tøyenparken. 60,000 festies are drawn in every August for four days of a wonderfully curated international lineup that pulls in some heavy hitters as headliners. Øya Festival also prides itself on its sustainability and their groundbreaking green initiatives.


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Photo Credit: Erik Moholdt and Øya Festival


Way Out West 2018

August 9-11, 2018

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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Flow Festival 2018

August 10-12, 2018

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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Sziget Festival 2018

August 8-15, 2018

Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to the Island of Freedom! Every August thousands of festival fans around Europe descend on Budapest for one of the most unique festivals in Europe. Cross the bridge from downtown onto a 250+ acre idyllic island for a week-long celebration with artists from around the world. Need a break? Head into Budapest and explore the city.


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