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Europe’s festival scene is legendary, the UK, France, Spain, Croatia, Portugal, Germany and Bosnia host festivals year round that bring a new found freedom to time spent abroad. Ground Control Tours specializes in creating small-group, bespoke tours to the hottest festivals that pack a lot into discovering the best bands and hidden highlights of Europe. 


During your time in London, you can discover the clubs and studios that launched the Beatles, find the favorite meeting spots of John Lennon, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix, and dance the night away to live music in the heart of the city’s cutting edge scene. The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash are just a handful of the bands that put London on the who’s who of the world’s premier music scenes. 

Fans of the written word in London for festivals can visit the drinking holes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, TS Elliot, Salvador Dali, and Dylan Thomas. Another fun night is finding the hidden pubs across the city where passwords and hidden passages lead to speakeasies. Elsewhere, spend a weekend in Devon at the GoldCoast Surf and Music Oceanfest, make a mad dash to Bristol for one of Europe’s premier hot air balloon festivals, or ring in the New Year at Homangy in Edinburgh. 

Festivals in Spain see the cities, villages, and islands spring to life with parties in the streets celebrating Carnival all over the country, Semana Santa in Seville, the country’s food and wine in Madrid, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and an epic tomato fight in the small village of Buno. 

New Year Eve is just one of the times people take to the streets in celebrations that combine somber processions and vibrant parties. Carnival festivals in the coastal village of Alicante and the Canary Island of Tenerife, and the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia light up the night with fireworks. 

During the summer months Portugal and Croatia becomes a heaven for outdoor music festivals that top the charts for Europeans and those who want to get away from the arena tours of the States. 

Primavera Sound, the Sonar Festival, DGTL, and Cruïlla in Barcelona bring music, art, and culture out of the woodwork and into the open. The Download Festival and A Summer Story in Madrid keep things hopping, and Festival Internacional de Benicàssim on Spain's Costa del Azahar sees international acts like The Killers, The Charlatans, and The Weeknd hit the stage against the backdrop of sweeping beaches and blue sky. 

Contact our team to start planning your next adventure, we can make the difference and turn an ordinary vacation in Europe into a cultural immersion in music and the culture of the some of the hottest places in Europe year round...!!!

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