Top 36 Festivals for the over-30's, 40's and 50's 2020 [A helpful illustrated guide]

Updated: Feb 24



Wine & Music Valley

Porto Comercial de Cambres, Lamego, Portugal

Multi-Genre


Wine & Music Valley is a wine, food and music festival held in the beautiful Duoro Valley in the north of Portugal.

Organised by the team behind legendary festival Rock in Rio, the event is billed as the first major festival totally inspired by wine that also celebrates gastronomy and live music, welcoming a lineup of hugely respected artists to soundtrack the two-day event.

Naturally, a huge part of the festival's appeal comes from the idyllic location on the banks of the River Douro, the natural setting providing a perfect backdrop to a weekend of wine-tasting, delicious cuisine and live music. 


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Lost village

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Alternative - Electronic - House


Lost Village is a UK dance music festival in Lincolnshire. Located in an abandoned forest, Lost Village is more than just a music festival, it is a world of experiences, making sure you will not be short of things to do.

Since their first festival in 2015, Lost Village has expanded into a unique and surreal world, complete with surprise performances, comedy and much more. 

Alongside the music and comedy, there will also be live talks, interviews, debates, and lessons scattered throughout the weekend. 


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Lindisfarne Festival

Beal Farm, Northumberland, United Kingdom

Multi-Genre


Lindisfarne Festival returns to the Northumberland coast, once again laying on a diverse programme of music, art and performance across four days. 

Although showcasing everything from indie, funk, folk, rock, reggae and dance music over nine stages, the music is just a fraction of Lindisfarne's shenanigans. 

Drawing comparisons to a carnival, Lindisfarne's site is filled with street performers, fancy dress competitions, fire shows, street food, comedy, yoga and more, creating a weekend full of quirks and surprises around every corner.


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Ouest Park Festival

Le Havre, France

Alternative - Pop


Ouest Park Festival is an annual, multi-genre music festival held in the French port city of Le Havre. 

Returning once more to its home in the cultural hub of the Fort de Tourneville, this year the festival turns sixteen as it continues to explore music spanning a wide range of genres; headliners in recent years have come from the worlds of hip hop, indie, reggae and electronic music, to name a few. This year sees French pop icon Catherine Ringer top the bill as she performs hits from her adored band Les Rita Mitsouko. 


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Rock en Seine

Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, Paris, France

Multi-Genre


Held each summer in the western reaches of Paris, Rock en Seine is huge music festival that has become one of the biggest in France since the very first edition early this century.

Despite its name, the festival is not strictly bound to rock music (although you can expect to see giants of the scene on the lineup) with performers coming together from a diverse mix of styles: indie, alternative, pop, rock, hip hop, electronic music and more.

Across three days in Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, a beautiful historic parkland, there will be performances from not just the international superstars who top the bill, but an exciting mix of rising stars and new talent from across the globe.


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Ypsigrock Festival

Castelbuono, Italy

Alternative - Indie - Rock


Ypsigrock Festival is an alternative music festival in the quaint, hill-top town Castelbuono, Sicily. With the festival celebrating its 24th edition in 2020, the festival has a place in the charming town's heritage as strong as the stones in its castle.  

Indeed, as the town's name suggests, the castle and its main square make the festival's focal point, though along with its courtyards and piazzas, all of the festival's stages boast a historic beauty.

But as well as its enchanting location, Ypsigrock continually draws impressively alternative lineups. Previous artists have included Beach House, Digitalism, Jesus and Mary Chain, Erol Alkan and Editors. 

If a festival in a unique setting with indie and electronic focus is your thing, Ypsigrock is the one for you. 


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Locus Festival

Locorotondo, Italy

Jazz - Soul


The beautiful Valle d'Itria has increasingly become home to arts and music events, and the appropriately named Locus Festival is at the centre of them. A month-long series of concerts taking place in the historic town of Locorotondo, Locus leans towards progressive jazz, blues and other forms of world music, and has an especially sharp sense of curation. 

Beginning on the local level in 2005, the festival quickly found international renown, not least for its ability to find acts on the brink of exploding and matching them with timeless icons such as David Byrn, DJ Premier and Gil Scott-Heron. Mixed with the historic setting and the south of the country's famous food and wine, Locus provides the setting for an unforgettable trip.


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BIME Live

Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Bilbao, Spain

Alternative - Electronic - Multi-Genre - Pop - Rock


BIME Live is an indoor music festival held each Autumn in the Spanish city of Bilbao. Taking place in the impressive halls of the BEC – Bilbao Exhibition Centre – the two-day festival offers a diverse lineup of performers that span genres and generations.

On the main stages, you are just as likely to see live performances from electronic music giants – Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy in recent years – as from indie and alternative favourites old and new.

And with separate stages focused on underground electronic music and trap, the festival prides itself on offering something to all manner of music fans across the two days at Spain's biggest indoor music festival.


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Caravan Sur

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

Funk - Reggae - Rock


Caravan Sur is a music festival in Seville, Spain, that showcases acts from the worlds of classic rock, blues, funk, soul, Latin rock and reggae.

Across three days, world famous headliners top the bill – the last edition saw performances from the iconic ska band The Skatalites and the world famous Blues Brothers band – while the rest of the lineup welcomes performers from across Spain.

What's more, the festival organises a battle of the bands to offer local acts the chance to appear at the festival on the same stage as some of their inspirations.


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The Big Feastival

Churchill Heath Farm, Kingham, United Kingdom

Indie - Multi-Genre - Pop


The Big Feastival has become one of the UK's most popular family festivals for food and music lovers, held each summer on the farm of legendary Blur bassist Alex James.

Combining family fun, food and music, the weekend includes an incredible spread of culinary delights, including sessions from Michelin star chefs, as well as street food caterers covering a huge variety of cuisines.

Beyond the food, the music isn't half bad either. Its recent lineups have included Lewis Capaldi, Rudimental and Elbow in amongst all the extra fun, from tree climbing and arts and craft workshops, to the funfair and the chance for the children to meet their TV heroes.


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Soultown Festival

Croydon Road Recreation Ground, London, United Kingdom

Disco - Soul


Soultown Festival lights up Croydon with a day of motown and soul. Its recent lineups have included Jocelyn Brown, Evelyn "Champagne" King, James "D-Train" Williams and many more. 


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Elevate Festival

Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria

Alternative - Electronic - Experimental


Elevate festival is both an experimental music and arts festival in Graz, Austria, that makes political discussion just as pertinent. 

Entrenched within the heart of the Schloßberg hill, you'll explore new perspectives whilst exploring the festival's meandering tunnels: merging music, art, and politics, your current tastes will be both deconstructed and dismantled. 

With exploration and experimentalism at the core of the festival's ethos, freedom of expression is what makes Elevate differ to more mainstream music festivals, ensuring you'll experience a programme of forward-thinking political debate and musical performance.


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MUWI La Rioja Music Fest

Logroño, Spain

Multi-Genre


MUWI La Rioja is a music and wine festival held in the northern Spanish city of Logroño. Situated in the heart of one of the country's most famous winemaking regions, the festival combines the historic industry of its home with a diverse lineup of performers.

Across four-days, the festival's programme covers indie, pop, rock, reggae and electronic music, primarily centred around showcasing diverse Spanish and French acts and exciting local talent.

And of course there will be free-flowing, locally produced wine on offer for the duration of the festivities to provide a welcome accompaniment to the musical performances.


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Fort Festival

Castillo de Tossa, Tossa de Mar, Spain

Electronic - House - Techno


Fort Festival is a celebration of the finest underground electronic music, set against the arresting backdrop of a historic hill-top fort in Tossa de Mar, Spain.

Overlooking the popular coastal town, the three day party presents passionate dance music fans with a lineup of esteemed DJs, producers, and live performers showcasing their take on house and techno – from scene pioneers to newer proponents of the revered sound.


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Lattexplus Festival

Q1 Arena, Italy

Disco - House - Techno


Lattexplus Festival is a two-day electronic music in the historic city of Florence, Italy. 

Though Florence (or Firenze to the locals) may be known for its romantic streets and Renaissance architecture, since Lattexplus has been bringing together electronic music and digital arts to create a diverse festival experience. 


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Summer of Love Yogafestival

Kiental, Switzerland


Summer of Love Yogafestival is a yoga-orientated gathering dedicated entirely to the practices mental, physical, and spiritual benefits.

Inviting yogis of all skills, experience, and backgrounds to join a four-day gathering within the soul-soothing environs of the Bernese Highlands, Summer Of Love Yogafestival is the consummate blend of both inner and outer tranquility.

With a rich programme of workshops, concerts, Ayurveda massages, and teachings from a series of international gurus, it'll be impossible for practitioners of all experiences not to channel their collective zen.


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Caprices Festival

Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Electronic - House - Techno


Caprices Festival is a famous electronic music festival held in the Swiss Alpine resort of Crans-Montana. Fans of underground house and techno are now well aware that the mountain-top party is one of the finest meeting points for the scene's most respected names.

With the likes of Sven Väth and Ricardo Villalobos counting themselves among the festival's regulars, the four day affair hosts parties both in the town's clubs, and in the now-iconic MDRNTY stage perched atop the mountain, with far-reaching views across the Alps.


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Polaris Festival

Verbier, Switzerland

Electronic - House - Techno


Polaris Festival is an electronic music and snow-sports festival held in the luxurious Alpine village of Verbier, Switzerland. 

When it comes to spectacular views and a roster of techno DJs that match the unrivalled quality of the skiing, it truly is hard to find a festival that compares to Polaris, with sounds from the main stage filling the slopes for four-days and unbelievable vistas from the Mouton Noir Stage, which sits on top of a ski lift. 


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Defected Croatia

The Garden Resort, Tisno, Croatia

Disco - Electronic - House


Defected Croatia takes over Tisno's beautiful Garden Resort each summer, bringing with them a sunshine lineup of house and disco to the idyllic Croatian shores. 

Regarded as one of Croatia's hidden dance gems, Defected brings together just a few thousand each August to party aside clear blue waters, secluded woodland and stunning beaches, all in the company of some of our favourite artists.


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Sónar Festival

Various Venues, Barcelona, Spain

Alternative - Electronic - Experimental - Hip Hop - House - Techno


Sónar Festival is one of the world's most esteemed electronic, alternative and experimental music festivals, held early each summer in the city of Barcelona.

Championing underground musical talent – alongside forward-thinking technology, art and innovation – the Spanish festival has spawned satellite events across the globe, all sharing the ethos and vision of the original.

But Barcelona remains the home of Sónar, and for fans and industry professionals alike, a trip to the city in mid-June is an unmissable highlight of the worldwide season.


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Reworks

Fix Factory, Thessaloniki, Greece

Electronic - House - Techno


Reworks is a Greek electronic music and visual arts festival, held every September in the city of Thessaloniki. Consistently showcasing new trends and underground talent, the festival is now one of Europe's most creative and innovative.

2019 sees the festival celebrate its 15th anniversary, once again giving its platform to both local and international talent, showcasing these across multiple spaces in the coastal city.

Hitting the decks for this year's Reworks will be the likes of Ben Klock, Solomun and Sven Väth, who head up a lineup that spans a range of electronic music genres, taking festival-goers on a journey from underground house and techno through to ambient and experimental.


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Wisłoujście Festival

Twierdza Wisłoujście - Muzeum Gdańska, Gdansk, Poland

Electronic - Techno


Wisłoujście Festival is an electronic music festival in Gdansk, Poland.

After its unforgettable second edition in 2019, Wisłoujście Festival returns to the historic seaside fortress of the same name for another round of electronic music from the scene's most prevalent artists. 

With an additional day to sink your teeth into, the multiple stages buried within the surrounding forests and grounds of Wisłoujście Fortress, masked with projections and decoration will leave you in awe whilst you dance the weekend away.


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Oasis Festival

Fellah Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco

Electronic


Morocco's Oasis Festival has now established itself as a leader in North Africa’s thriving festival scene. Embedded in the cool shade of the Atlas Mountains a short drive from the centre of Marrakech, Oasis will again be hosted in the luxury Fellah Hotel, where a philosophy of wellness and heritage provides a rejuvenating base to party poolside late into the night. 

Oasis’ electronic music palette seems only to be getting more vibrant. Expect legendary B2Bs as well as a sprinkling of spectacular live performances, and of course headline DJ sets from international titans. 

Promising an atmosphere of relaxation and wellness that stands apart from its peers (from morning yoga to a spa and hookah lounge), Oasis Festival is a unique cultural experience in the spectacular Red City with internationally lauded electronic music at its fore.


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MOGA Festival

MOGA Festival, Morocco

Electronic - Experimental - Techno


MOGA is an electronic music festival in the Morocco that blends the best in forward-thinking house and techno with the traditional art, music and culture of the country it calls home.

With a lineup that boasts established DJs from across the world as well as providing a platform for lesser-known acts from Morocco's national scene, the festival is one of North Africa's finest electronic music offerings.

But where it really comes alive is the exploration and integration of Gnawa culture, with art, dance and musical performances.


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Les Dunes Electroniques

Ong Jmal à Nefta, Tunisia

House - Techno


Les Dunes Electroniques is an electric festival at Ong Jmal in Nefta, Tunisia. 

Famed for being the setting of Luke Skywalker's hometown of Mos Espa in the original Star Wars film franchise, the location of this 30-hour rave is like none other, with sand dunes and traditional Tunisian domed houses in the backdrop of the festival's two stages, which will host 30 of the best acts from Tunisia and the global underground electronic music scene. 

Organised by the folks behind Plages Electroniques in the French Riviera and celebrating its third birthday this summer, Les Dunes Electroniques turns three has already begun making waves to transform the global image of Tunisia and puts it on the festival map.


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Rock in Rio Lisboa

Parque da Bela Vista, Lisbon, Portugal

Electronic - Hip Hop - Indie - Multi-Genre - Pop - Rock


Rock in Rio Lisboa is the European edition of the legendary Brazilian festival, held across two weekends in the heart of Portugal's capital city.

With the festival alternating between South America and Europe each summer, the latest edition has been two years in the making, ramping up anticipation for the spectacularly vibrant celebration and all the carnivalesque attractions it offers.

Perhaps the biggest draw though, as with the Rio de Janeiro flagship, is the hugely impressive lineup that regularly features global megastars from a diverse array of genres – boasting a pedigree of performers that few festivals across the globe can compete with.


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SEMF - Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival

Messe Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Electronic - House - Techno


SEMF - Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival is a 12-hour techno party held in the city's staple trade and exhibition centre Messe Stuttgart.

Establishing its presence amongst Germany's most revered all-night techno celebrations, SEMF, moving into its 13th edition now regularly invites a leading lineup of every renowned techno artist you can think of whether it's burgeoning superstars like Nina Kraviz and Charlotte de Witte, or legendary figures like Laurent Garnier, Sven Väth and Chris Liebing; the latter of which both return in 2019.


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Moseley Folk & Arts Festival

Moseley Park, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Folk


Moseley Folk Festival takes over Birmingham's Moseley Park for a weekend of music, food and fun for all the family. 

Here they invite a great selection of international artists and unsigned acts from the experimental folk and acoustic scene to perform. 


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80s In The Park

Three Mills Island, London, United Kingdom

Disco - Pop


BBC Radio 2's Sara Cox and Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp host the ultimate 80s party at London's Three Mills Island this August, filling the day with non-stop pop anthems. 

And as this an 80s party, rolling back the years is actively encouraged, so get digging in that wardrobe and donning your finest 80s gear, ready to dance the day away to everything from Bowie to Belinda, Wham to Whitney and Kylie to Kate Bush.


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Camden Oktoberfest

Electric Ballroom, London, United Kingdom


Camden Oktoberfest brings the traditional Bavarian festival to north London's Electric Ballroom for four Saturdays, transforming the venue into a decked-out beer hall complete with long wooden tables and bunting. 

On hand will be the Dirndl and Lederhosen-clad waitresses and waiters, who will keep your steins filled and your plates topped up with classic German sausages.

And alongside the food and drink, expect live music from The Old Dirty Brasstards and No Limit Street Band – both 10 piece drum and brass bands – as well as a variety of other DJs and performers, dancing, hilarious challenges and competitions. Full fancy dress encouraged.


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Wheels and Fins Festival

Joss Bay Beach, Broadstairs, United Kingdom

ElectronicIndie - Multi-Genre - Rock


Wheels and Fins Festival is a boutique music and action sports festival on Kent's Joss Bay Beach, showcasing a huge lineup that goes from rock and indie to drum and bass and garage.

But the music is just one part of Wheels and Fins. The other is sport. Away from the main stages, festival-goers will also have the chance to watch and take part in skating competitions, surfing lessons and bike displays.


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Issoudun Reggae Temple

Issoudun, France

Reggae


Issoudun Reggae Temple is a reggae, dub, ska and ragga music festival that takes place in the titular town of Issoudun in central France. 

The world-renowned festival invites a lineup of the reggae's most prolific artists for a weekend; from those who have shaped the history of reggae, to those who continue to carry its legacy onwards into the future.

Whether you're a seasoned reggae veteran or new to its music, Issoudun is the perfect place of pilgrimage to immerse yourself in its culture – its arts, exhibitions, food, drinks and activities celebrating the Caribbean and its most famous musical export.


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Müssen Alle Mit

Bürgerpark Stade, Stade, Germany

Electronic - Multi-Genre - Rock


Müssen Alle Mit is a multi-genre music festival held in Stade, Germany. 

Set amongst the scenic banks of a river Elbe tributary, Stade's Bürgerpark welcomes a diverse array of German artists, celebrating the cream of local and domestic talent.

With an inclusive, warm environment, there's a variety of genres on display from rock, to punk, to folk, with impromptu performances in and around the festival site if you're lucky to catch them. 


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Electrique Baroque

Ludwigsburg Palace, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Electronic - House - Techno


Electrique Baroque is an electronic music festival in Ludwigsburg, Germany. 

Held on Ludwigsburg Palace's regal courtyard, both past and present collide in spectacular fashion; contemporary European dance music with the glamour and theatricality of Germany's ancestral royalty. 

Electrique Baroque's wide appeal stems from its impressive visual and sound production making use of its historic locale, resulting in a day-long party soundtracked by electronic music's finest.


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Rheingrün Open Air

Karlsruhe, Germany

Electronic - House - Techno


Rheingrün Open Air Festival is a one-day electronic music festival that takes place at the end of summer in Karlsruhe, Germany. 

Held in a scenic natural environment, the festival invites a lineup of DJs to explore the sounds of underground house and techno amidst the impressively verdant riverbank setting.

And with previous editions hosting DJs from both the expansive German scene and from across Europe, the festival has become a favourite way to party in the late summer sun.


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Oktoberfest

Campingplatz Obermenzing, Munich, Germany

Folk


Oktoberfest 2020, held in the Bavarian heartland of Munich, Germany, is undoubtedly the world's most famous and traditional beer festival.

Attracting thousands of beer-swilling, lederhosen and dirndl-clad party-goers from across the continent, Oktoberfest is one of the world's largest beer-centred congregations, with the primary intention of celebrating Bavaria's traditional culture and historic adoration for steins of the finest beers. 

Aside from consumption of deliciously brewed beverages, the event also has live music, funfair, parades, and traditional German cuisines, making the entire city of Munich the world's biggest party for a few weeks between September and October each year.


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