city music festivals

8 music festivals to spice up your city break

Want to take your city break to the next level? Here we have recommended some of the best one day festivals in major cities from New York to Barcelona. So once you’ve finished partying, you’ll be right in the heart of some of the world’s exciting cities.

Field Day, London

Set in London’s Victoria Park, Field Day is set in “The Barn” – a new hangar-like stage fitted out with one of the most technologically advanced lighting rigs around. Headliners include Aphex Twin, Jon Hopkins and Nina Kravis, making for an exciting experience in the heart of our capital.

When? 3rd June
Price: From £54.50 for one-day tickets
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MoMA PS1 Warm Up, New York

Although it conventionally isn’t strictly a festival, if you’re in New York during the summer this is an absolute staple. Being one of America’s largest contemporary art institutions, they know how to be creative. The festival is curated by a committee who introduce visitors to the best in experimental sound, music and DJs across a range of genres.

When? Saturdays, 10th June – 26th August
Price: From £15 for one-day tickets
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Primavera Sound, Barcelona

Parc del Forum makes a gorgeous location for this world-class festival. It’s known for its huge variety of artists: the 200 acts confirmed include The xx, Grace Jones, Solange and Frank Ocean. Travel hack: explore the free programme of events that take place around the Raval neighbourhood over the weekend too.

When? 15th/17th June
Price: From £72 for one-day tickets
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Dekmantel Festival, Amsterdam

Dekmantel lives up to its reputation of being one of Europe’s finest festivals. It’s a five day event featuring some of the best music you’ll hear all year. It’s simply feel-good music, with a happy atmosphere flowing throughout the event.

When? 2nd-6th August
Price: From £12 for one-day tickets
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Movement, Detroit

Not only does it have a stellar line-up of artists, Movement is based in Detroit – a city that plays a pivotal role in the history of music, and is a place everybody roots for. As the home of techno, people from across the globe are coming, and you should too.

When? 27th-29th May
Price: From £72 for one-day tickets
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Flow Festival, Helsinki

Based in Finland, Flow Festival is the perfect place for some bliss festival escapism – it’s a cool festival site with great bookings, in a lovely city. Artists are split onto three big stages so you don’t have to miss out on too much, and there’s a wealth of delicious dining options from rabbit-and-duck pastillas to lobster hot dogs, so try something new!

When? 11th-13th August
From £80 for one-day tickets
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EXIT Festival, Novi Sad

In its 50th year, this Serbian festival hosts more than 30 stages with a whopping 1,000 artists in a huge celebration of all sorts of genres. Catch Faithless performing atmospheric anthems in the sunrise and Rag’n’Bone Man’s dulcet tones over a sunset – all in a stunning location at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad.

When? 6th-9th July
Price: From £25 for one-day tickets
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Nuits Sonores, Lyon

What really sets Nuits Sonores apart from other festivals is how it’s spread across some of the city’s most fabulous locations: from the hanging gardens of Perrache to the swimming pool on the Rhone river banks. Party with 80,000 other festival goers and 250 artists for a wonderful weekend of exploration.

When? 24th-28th May
Price: From £22 for one-day tickets
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Have you been to any other festivals that were just as memorable and beautiful? Share with us in the comment box below!


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Suitable for both men and women, this bag is perfect for weekend travel, camping, festivals and more. Pack it, roll it up and carry it with the handle or shoulder strap!

It’s ideal for those that don’t like unpacking – unroll it on the bed to take out what you need, then roll it back up, or unroll it and hang it up – both provide easy access to your stuff!