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Four affordable European music festivals to visit during August

‘Festival season’ as much as we fucking hate saying that phrase, is now in full flow and there’s still time to get away from the job you hate for a long weekend in a country you’ve never been to before.

We’ve picked out four festivals in four different countries and, against my natural instincts, I went for four different events to appeal to more of you. If you don’t like anything on this page you probably came to the wrong website.

OFF Festival returns with another bold and eclectic lineup, with everything from the vital hip hop of Flatbush Zombies and grindcore legends Napalm Death through to much lauded producer Machinedrum and Philadelphia punks Beach Slang, Also taking to the stage is Anohni, The Kills, Mudhoney, GZA, Lush, GusGus, Thundercat, Jaga Jazzist, SBB, Sleaford Mods, Lightning Bolt, Willis Earl Beal, Kaliber 44, DJ Koze, Show Me the Body, Fidlar and more.

OFF is a festival for the discerning music fan and the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world.

The festival takes place from 5-7 August 2016. 3-day tickets available from £70.SZIGET | HUNGARY
Winner of ‘Best European Lineup’ (2016) and ‘Best European Festival’ (2015) at the European Festival Awards, it’s set to be another standout year for Sziget festival.

Situated on the picturesque Óbuda Island in Budapest, this is the go-to cultural event for arts and music lovers. For their 24th edition Sziget welcome a mix of popstars and indie darlings.

Expect the likes of Rihanna, singer-songwriter Sia, One half of Oasis with Noel Gallagher, plus Muse, Bastille, Jake Bugg, Bloc Party, David Guetta, Chvrches, The Last Shadow Puppets, Years & Years, Jess Glynne, Travis Scott, Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, MØ, Sum 41, Molotov, Crystal Castles, Wilkinson, Aurora, Oscar and the Wolf and more.

Sziget takes place from 10-17 August 2016. 7-day tickets from £175.WECANDANCE | BELGIUM
Taking place on the sun-kissed golden sands of Zeebrugge Beach in Belgium, WECANDANCE fuses together the very best in music, food, art and style for a truly one-of-a-kind festival experience – if electronic is your kind of thing.

An exceptional line-up of quality electronic music and hip hop, this year’s festival features acts including Dixon, DJ Tennis, Eduardo Castillo, Jamie Jones, Maribou State, Recondite, Roy Davis Jr, Pachanga Boys, Young Marco, Vaal and more. Food,

Art and Fashion are also a big part of the experience, apparently. There’s also an ‘international range of signature dishes developed by premium restaurants and chefs’- so you can feel as fancy as you like when you’ve popped three eccies. Expert mixologists and roaming sommeliers are available, obviously. Plus Belgium’s rising fashion stars and impressive art installations from some of Belgium’s most respected artists.

WECANDANCE takes place from 13-14 August 2016. 2-day tickets from £65.MYSTERYLAND | THE NETHERLANDS
Mysteryland takes visitors on a ‘creative journey’, combining the electronic music with an extensive arts and culture line-up.

With over 350 acts, criss-crossing house, techno, disco, African beats, vinyl-only, hardstyle, hip hop and feel-good bands, this year’s line-up includes everything from big name acts like Diplo, Martin Garrix, Sam Feldt and Afrojack to underground acts such as Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Detroit Love.

Plus there’s some theatre, movies, street performers, and art installations from revered artists such as Kate Raudenbush, best known for her work on Burning Man Festival and balloon artist Robert Bose, famed for his Balloon Chain at Coachella.

Mysteryland takes place from 27-28 August 2016. 2-day tickets from £95.