This year we have missed out on some of our favorite festivals due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19. But that means 2021 will be the year that festivals move to the next level.
The after-parties will be even more significant, the raves will be louder, and rock concerts will roll on through the night as we celebrate festival season again.
So are you ready to celebrate that you’ve made it through 2020? Into 2021, which will be the year of festivals and celebrations, and here is a festival for every season and every taste, to make sure that the party never stops.
Get your tents ready and your cooler boxes fully stocked. Here are the top music and beer festivals in Europe to look out for in 2021.
Snowboxx – Avoriaz (France)
A week of skiing, partying and some exploring- what more could you ask? Set in the beautiful French Alps, at one of the best and largest ski resorts in France, this festival is well worth the money on experience alone.
With 11 snowparks, 650km of ski slopes, and a massive dance floor set in the mountains, this festival will have you floating up into the clouds by the end of the week. Many have said that the festival and the setting create an experience like no other. Surrounded by snow whilst stomping away to the music – an unforgettable memory.
Set to take place on 20-27th of March 2021, this week-long adventure will include big names such as Andy C, Annie Mac, Denis Sulta, Heatwave, and the Sugarhill Gang. Recover at the slop or waterpark and recharge the batteries for when nighttime comes around again. Top it all off with some of the best raclettes you can find.
The nearest airport for arrival by private jet is Chambery Airport (CMF), and the International airport is Geneva (GVA).
Time Warp DE- Manheim (Germany)
A techno fan’s dream. This festival has been running for the last 3 decades and is coming back in 2021. A production that focuses not only on the audio but also the visual effects, you will find some of the biggest techno names performing at this festival. A festival designed for all the techno-fans, this festival is one you’ll want to come back to every year.
Scheduled for the 20th of March, expect big names such as Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens, Seth Troxler.
The nearest private airport is Mannheim (MHG) or the international airport at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
Are you looking for a low key alternative to Time Warp? Why not try out the Altausseer Bierzelt in Austria?
Altausseer Bierzelt in Austria
A quiet but earnest beer festival in the small village of Altausseer, surrounded by pristine Austrian forest, Altausseer makes a beautiful setting for a celebration. Enjoy a three-day event that sees far fewer crowds than other European beer festivals, meaning quality, not quantity.
Traditional dress, authentic food, and craft beer are the order of the day, every day. The date is yet to be confirmed but expects to visit in June 2021 and every year from then on.
Getting there in style is not a problem via Salzburg Airport, which is under an hour and a half from Altausseer.
The ironically named Tomorrowland is the biggest electronic music festival in the world. With a golden line-up of specially picked DJ’s from across the globe. Tomorrowland-Boom festival is a bucket list for anyone into electronic music or just looking for a great time with amazing visual effects to overwhelm your senses and keep you dancing until the sun comes up.
Tomorrowland is known as the ultimate dance festival and scheduled for the 16th-18th and 23rd-25th of July 2021. The lineup includes Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Marshmello, Amelie Lens, Adam Beyer, Eric Prydz, NERVO. It is guaranteed to start the summer off with a bang.
Getting there is easy the nearest international airport is Antwerp International Airport (ANR)
Paris Beer Week
Are you looking for something more sedate? Consider Paris Beer Week, after all, who wouldn’t want to drink beer in this gorgeous city? Throw in excellent food and a Parisian sense of style, and you have the best festival in France.
Paris Beer Week has been happening since 2013. The event organized by the Bières et Papilles association celebrates the city’s craft beers and breweries.
Dates to Paris Beer Week have not been released yet. The anticipated dates are the 8th – 16th June 2021 – make sure you keep this week free in your diary, you won’t regret it.
Amsterdam Dance Event-Netherlands
The festival has many locations and is the biggest electronic club festival available, featuring over 2500 artists across all the participating clubs in Amsterdam. This festival will have something for everyone, with no limit to the amount of fun you can have – just try to keep up!
The days consist of workshops, demonstrations and conferences and the nights involve nothing but unique beats that will provide you with sensory overload. Unfortunately, there are no dates yet confirmed but keep September free and try not to miss out on this one!
Not into techno? Then there’s always the famous beer festival – Germany’s Oktoberfest. The date of which is likely to be September 21st – October 6th, 2021.
Oktoberfest features themed tents, favorites like Ochsenbraterei, Schottenhamel, Weinzelt, and Paulaner Festzelt offering popular beer like Hacker-Pschorr and Augustiner-Brau along with traditional food including many styles of bratwurst served with potato pancakes.
The nearest private airport is Munich International Airport (MUC) only 37 minutes away, and the fun can begin.
We have all missed the live music concerts and the festivals this year, but by the looks of things 2021 is sure to make up for all the fun we’ve missed.
So let your hair down, dust off the camping chairs and the wellies and remember to pack the sunscreen. Forget festival season; it’s time for a festival year!