Lonely Planet Writer

Are these the most unusual settings for festivals across Europe this summer?

There are amazing music festivals happening all across Europe over the next few months, and some are taking place in quite unexpected locations. From cruise ships to fortresses and monasteries, here is a round-up of some of the most unusual festival settings we’ve come across that will be rocking to the beat this summer.

Uva Festival, Spain

Uva festival will take place in Ronda, Spain, in June 2018. Image: Uva Festival

Combining music with stunning views, UVA festival takes place at a 15th century monastery in Ronda, Spain, known for its labyrinth of ancient walls and secret hideaways. The intimate 650-person gathering is set amongst the cliffs and vineyards of Ronda, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and is an annual celebration of the interaction between music, visual arts and architecture. Acts include Call Super, DJ Central, DJ Sports, Donna Leake, Habibi Funk, Debora Ipekel and more. Uva festival takes place between 8 and 10 June and further information is available here.

The Ark Cruise, Spain and France

The Ark is a festival that runs on a cruise ship. Image: The Ark

A festival taking place on a cruise ship will give passengers the chance to explore European hotspots like Barcelona, Sète, Ibiza and Palma. Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas will be transformed into a luxurious floating festival with four different stages for the Ark festival, including an open air stage on the upper deck around the pool. Entertainment will be provided by 50 DJs from a variety of electronic music genres, including Loco Dice, Luciano, Nastia, Booka Shade, Camelphat, Claptone and Faithless. There are two different sailing dates, the first from 30 August to 3 September and the second from 3 to 7 September, and passengers can choose from six different departure options. Further information is available here.

Cirque Magique Festival, Belgium

Cirque Magique will take place in August 2018 at Ledegem, Belgium. Image: Nachtschaduw

Cirque Magique Festival is a celebration of magic, frisky clowns, circus culture and wonderful creatures soundtracked by house and techno’s biggest names. It takes place in August in Ledegem, Belgium, and is an immersive world designed to capture the imagination. You can enjoy the mysterious Imaginarium stage, discover the theatrical Circodrome and watch the romantic Kaleidoscope, while South Africa’s Artescape Collective will create a true fairytale world. The line-up includes Sven Väth, Luciano, Ben Sims b2b Truncate, DJ Ghost, DVS1, Oscar Mulero, Nicole Moudaber, Roman Flugel and it runs from 3 to 5 August. Further information and tickets are available here.

Kappa FuturFestival, Italy

The Kappa FuturFestival takes place in Turin in July. Image: Kappa FuturFestival

The Kappa FuturFestival in Turin is set amongst soaring steel columns and vast concrete towers that are now lush with vegetation. Having emerged from Torino’s largest urban industrial wasteland, Parco Dora is home to one of the most iconic festival stages in the world. Acts this year include Jackmaster, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Solomun, Peggy Gou, Amelie Lens and Robert Hood. It takes place from 7 to 8 July and further information is available here.

RPMM Festival, Portugal

Portuguese festival, RPMM, takes place in Porto. Image: RPMM

Portuguese festival, RPMM, takes place in Porto, with the main events taking place at the beautiful and historic Alfandega buildings, across a 12th century Unesco Heritage Site, as well as at various other satellite venues around Porto. It’s shaping up to be a tasteful showcase of over 50 local and international underground artists, including Âme DJ, Matthew Dear, Francesca Lombardo, Guy Gerber, Matt Tolfrey, and Margaret Dygas. It runs on 28 and 29 July and further information is available here.

Instytut Festival, Poland

A 19th century Polish fortress, Garnizon Modlin, will be the setting for Instytut Festival in Warsaw. Image: Instytut Festival

A 19th century Polish fortress located near Warsaw will play host to a unique coming together of art and music in June. Garnizon Modlin will be the setting for Instytut Festival’s three-stage programme, including acts like Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Oscar Mulero, Dax J, Headless Horseman, Kobosil, Randomer and more. It takes place from 22 to 24 June and further information is available here.

Nova Batida, Portugal

Portuguese festival, Nova Batida, will take place across two venues in Lisbon. Image: Nova Batida

Portuguese festival, Nova Batida, will take place across two venues in Lisbon. The first is the LX Factory, a creative hub made up of warehouses, roof terraces, fashion outlets and bars, and the second is Village Underground Lisboa, a former tram terminus and venue made up of old shipping containers and buses. Acts include Little Dragon, Gilles Peterson, Seun Kuti + Egypt 80 and Mount Kimbie, and other highlights include surf lessons, boat parties, yoga, wellness and street art performances. Nova Batida takes place from 14 to 16 September and further information is available here.