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Summer festival guide: Europe

Europe’s festival market continues to flourish, with long-running staples stronger than ever, and new markets exploding in regions like Portugal and new Mediterranean hideaways like Albania, as summer getaways become ever more synonymous with catching the world’s best selectors...

MEADOWS IN THE MOUNTAINS

SET in the picturesque mountains of Polkovnik Sera movo, this magical festival is now in its 8th year and attracts over 2,000 revellers. With an eclectic mix of live acts and DJs this year, there’ll be a stage takeover by Little Gay Brother, plus Groove Chronicles, Commix and Gwenan. Don’t miss the 6am sunrise set, it’s legendary.

LOCATION: Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria
DATE: 7th - 10th June
PRICE: €140
STAFF PICK: Donna Leake – a lesson through jazz, funk, psychedelic rock and more.

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SÓNAR

BARCELONA’S best celebrates 25 years with everyone from A-Trak to Fatima Al Qadiri, Laurent Garnier to Sophie, and Helena Hauff to Little Simz. Plus there’s the not so small matter of a six-hour DJ Harvey set to contend with. Super eclectic and super cool as ever, this milestone year could perhaps be the best yet.

LOCATION: Barcelona
DATE: 14th - 16th June
PRICE: €180
STAFF PICK: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto — the closing concert from two masterful composers.

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KALA

ALBANIA may not be the rst place you’d expect to nd yourself partying to The Black Madonna, Roy Ayers, Moodymann, Peggy Gou, Jayda G and Or:la, but new fest Kala aims to change that. Plus there’ll be crystal clear waters, untouched beaches and a rich history to explore. Read our full feature on page 110.

LOCATION: Kala, Albania
DATE: 20th - 27th June
PRICE: £326+ (with accomodation)
STAFF PICK: DJ Alfredo — the Balearic master who inspired a generation.

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INSTYTUT

A brand new festival located in an impressive 19th century Polish fortress, with a penchant for music and audio-visual art. The promoters are already known for their Warsaw parties, and they’ve caught our attention with a techno-savvy line-up that includes Nina Kraviz, Dax J, Marcel Dettmann, Randomer, Kobosil and Headless Horseman.

LOCATION: Warsaw, Poland
DATE: 22nd – 24th June
PRICE: 220 - 300 PLN
STAFF PICK: Zenker Brothers – the masters behind the Ilian Tape imprint bring off-kilter techno.

technoinstytut.pl/festival

PARADISE CITY

THIS eco-friendly gathering in the Castle of Ribaucourt has won awards for its environmental sustainability. Amongst the activities are yoga and mindfulness, as well as life coaching sessions. The line-up is always pretty special too; catch Laurent Garnier, DJ Koze, Red Axes, Or:la, Call Super and Objekt in action this year.

LOCATION: Perk, Belgium
DATE: 29th June - 1st July
PRICE: €109+
STAFF PICK: Romare — the Ninja Tune af liate will be performing with a live band.

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