Europe Festival Guide 2013

Following yesterday’s UK Festival guide, here’s the Europe edition, which picks out our favourite festivals across the continent. As with the UK edition, each festival comes complete with all the information you’ll need and, plus a track from one of our artists to watch. You can also listen to all of these as one playlist over at our Soundcloud.


To help you out with the hefty financial commitment of festival season, our friends at Just Ticket are kindly providing tickets commission free for Stamp The Wax readers, making them significantly cheaper than you’ll find online once you factor in handling charges. This will be applicable to Outlook, Dimensions (both £10 cheaper than online) and then Farr Festival and Bestival in our UK guide. All you need to do is text “STW [insert festival name]” to 07722118869 to reserve yours then JT will arrange payment and collection. Just Ticket are also giving the opportunity to earn a free ticket to a festival you sell eight tickets for, so if you’re interested get in touch at


Takes over Amsterdam’s Oosterpark for one day, showcasing some of the best the best Dutch and international talent in Electronic, Hip-Hop  and Soul.

applesapWhen: 10 August
Where: Oosterpark, Amsterdam
Tickets: £25 (+bf)
Headliners: TBC (The 2013 lineup hasn’t been released yet)
Ones to Watch: Standouts from 2012 were Rustie, Jesse Boykins III, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q and Disclosure
Other Attractions: Surely we don’t need to tell you about Amsterdam’s other attractions?


Chilled beats during daytime beach sessions and deep electronica at night from the team that brought you Outlook.

dimensions-final-ABOVEWhen: 5th – 9th September
Where: Fort Punta Christo Pula, Croatia
Tickets: £145 or £135 from Just Ticket (see above for details)
Headliners: Mala (live & DJ), Daphni, Tony Allen (Live),
Ones to Watch: Moodymann, Pantha Du Prince, Omar S, xxxy, Dixon, 3 Chairs, Theo Parrish, Pearson Sound, Benji B, Floating Points, Andrew Ashong, Andres, Romare, Portico Quartet, Lefto, Machinedrum, Hype Williams
Other Attractions: A host of boat parties


After the sell-out success of the past two years, Hideout have booked even more artists this year, whilst capping the size at 10,000 to retain the intimacy it has previously held.

Screen Shot 2013-03-15 at 16.09.04When: 3rd – 5th July
Where: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
Tickets: £109 (sold out; but usually someone selling online)
Headliners: Four Tet, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Julio Bashmore
Ones to Watch:  Modeselektor, Huxley, Dusky, Simian Mobile Disco, Mosca, Claude VonStroke, Dixon, Floating Points, David Rodigan, John Talabot, Jackmaster, Scuba, Soul Clap
Other Attractions: Pre-parties, daytime entertainment and picturesque beach backdrop.


The industrial German festival offers a wide range of music – from ambient beats, to indie-pop, to future garage – over three days, spread across six floors.

melt-festival-2013When: 19th – 21st July
Where: Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Tickets: £103
Headliners: Atoms for Peace, The Knife, Flying Lotus, Django Django
Ones to Watch: Mount Kimbie, Alt-J, James Blake, Flying Lotus, Disclosure, Modeselektor, Ben Klock, Daughter, Jamie Jones, Joy Orbison, King Krule, Henrick Schwarz, DJ Koze, Ry/Frank Wiedemann, Todd Terje/Lindstrom
Other Attractions: Explore the open-air museum of 20th Century machines that make up the festival.


Europe’s leading bass music and sound system culture festival, with an all-star Hip-Hop cast this year.

outlook430When: 29th August – 2nd September
Where: Fort Punta Christo Pula, Croatia
Tickets: £145 or £135 from Just Ticket (see above for details)
Headliners: Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, The Pharcyde
Ones to Watch: Joey Bada$$, Mala (live & DJ), Pharoahe Monch, XXYYXX, Alborosie & The Shengen Clan, Shy FX, David Rodigan, Kode 9, DJ EZ, Lefto, Jackmaster, Loefah, Maribou State, Machinedrum, Portico Quartet
Other Attractions: The abandoned ruins that make up the festival site.


One of Spain’s largest festivals, featuring an eclectic line-up, with a focus on independent music.

primavera2013When: 22nd – 26th May
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Tickets: £152
Headliners: Nick Cave, Blur, Phoenix, Rodriguez, Animal Collective
Ones to Watch: Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Knife, James Blake, Wu Tang Clan, Apparat, Disclosure, Daphni, Daughter, James Blake, John Talabot, How To Dress Well, Four Tet, Pantha Du Prince, Poolside
Other Attractions: Experience the events throughout the week in Barcelona.


A festival of ‘Advanced Music and Media Art’ offering cutting-edge artists and influential musical professionals

Sonar2013When: 13th – 15th June
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Tickets: £152
Headliners: Kraftwerk (3D show), Pet Shop Boys, Major Lazer
Ones to Watch: Soulwax, Baauer, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Paul Kalkbrenner, Matthew Herbert, Nicolas Jaar, TNGHT, Todd Terje/Lindstrom, Gold Panda, Oneman, Fatima Al Qadiri
Other Attractions: Be part of Sónar+D, which offers you workshops, installations and live shows using innovative and interactive devices.


Described as one of Europe’s most beautiful festivals, think Bestival… but in a brighter, sunnier setting.

Soundwave-Festival-CroatiaWhen: 18th – 22nd July
Where: Tisno, Croatia
Tickets: £119
Headliners: Bonobo (full live band), DOOM, Robert Glasper Experiment
Ones to Watch: Ghostpoet, Quantic & Alice Russell, Submotion Orchestra, Mt. Wolf, Riot Jazz, Channel One Sound System, Craig Charles, Kutmah, Flako, Andrew Ashong, Solko, The Drop, Catching Flies, Shigeto, Illum Sphere
Other Attractions: Bust shapes at Barbarellas Discoteque or on the boat parties


Four days of anarchy by the sea, in the sun, and under the full moon.

stop_making_sense_festival_lWhen: 1st – 4th August
Where: Tisno, Croatia
Tickets: £120
Headliners: Innervisions (Âme & Dixon), Steve Bug
Ones to Watch: John Talabot, T. Williams, Radio Slave, Lindstrøm, Will Saul, Braiden, Appleblim
Other Attractions: Ride the label-curated boat parties, giving you the chance to catch acts far from the shore.


The creativity of the people behind Hideout, The Warehouse Project and Field Day combine to bring a new festival on the coastlines of Croatia.

unknown-festivalWhen: 10th – 14th September
Where: Rovinj, Croatia
Tickets: £109
Headliners: Four Tet, SBTRKT, Django Django
Ones to Watch: Moderat, Actress, Disclosure, George Fitzgerald, Cyril Hahn, Jamie XX, Henrik Schwarz, Julio Bashmore, TEED, Floating Points, Jackmaser, Ame, Todd Terje, Scuba
Other Attractions: Its location – purpose built, with an idyllic backdrop of beaches and secluded forests.


Gilles Peterson’s brainchild is back with a new face, moving from the French seaside resort of Sète to the sunny alpine village of Leysin.

worldwide logoWhen: 20th – 24th March
Where: Leysin, Switzerland
Tickets: £82 (£208 for festival + platinum ski pass)
Headliners: Hudson Mohawke, Goldie
Ones to Watch: Koreless, RocketNumberNine (featuring Neneh Cherry), Gilles Peterson, Machinedrum, Benji B, Anushka, LV, fLako, Romare,
Other Attractions: Put on your skis and…ski. Or watch the festival from the cable cars.


worldwide_festival_sete_lWhen: 1 – 7 July
Where: Sète, France
Tickets: £82 (+bf) upwards depending on your ticket choice
Headliners: Todd Terje, Mala in Cuba
Ones to Watch: Marco Valle, Chris Dave and the Dumhedz, DJ Marky w/Stamina MC, JETS
Other Attractions: Water jousting (think horses replaced by boats being rowed really slowly)

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