Small but mighty, here’s our pick of the best music and arts festivals around Europe this summer
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Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Rhodope mountains, close to the Greek border, make an atmospheric setting for this multi-genre music festival. It’s a scenic escape with four stages showcasing underground electronic music and acoustic bands, plus zip-lining, a giant hammock in the forest, yoga and other wellness activities – along with hillside gatherings for sunrise. The resident choir from the local village of Polkovnik Serafimovo (around 100km south of Plovdiv) also performs in traditional dress with Kukeri dancers.
• 6-9 June, €150.50 (plus camping for €6.50pp), meadowsinthemountains.com
Awake is a rural party in Transylvania, in the grounds of Teleki Estate, an 18th-century baroque castle with more than six hectares (16 acres) of gardens beside the River Mureș. Music spans drum’n’bass, hip-hop, indie, soul and punk, including Pussy Riot, JP Cooper and Netsky. There’s also a cinema, a forest library, talks from the “feed your mind” programme, wellness activities, interactive theatre and outdoor artwork across the site.
• 15-18 August, £38, awakefestival.ro
Sacred Ground, Germany
• 12-14 July, €139, sacredground.de