Noctis International Festival Guide 2024

As the scramble for Glastonbury tickets intensifies each year, so does the debate over whether enduring the stress and hassle is truly worth it. While the resounding answer remains a probable yes – given its status as the world’s sixth-largest music festival, boasting 200,000 attendees and nearly 3,000 named performances – there are alternatives for those who failed to get a ticket or were weary of capricious weather and pricey libations.

There are still plenty more summer festivals to suit, especially all across Europe. Offering not only the promise of sunshine that’s been yearning for but breathtaking landscapes that beautifully frame each stage. It’s not just the sun that’s heating up; line-ups scorch hotter than ever before, and the choice between a traditional summer holiday and a festival experience becomes increasingly obsolete.

Let’s delve into some of the highlights of the international summer festival circuit in 2024.

Bilbao BBK Live:

Kicking off this tour is the pulsating heart of the Spanish music scene. Bilbao BBK Live returns to the picturesque Kobetamendi in Bilbao, cementing its status as one of Europe’s flagship festivals. Since its inception in 2006, this iconic event has played host to an eclectic mix of homegrown talents and international superstars, drawing in over a million attendees.

Nestled amidst the stunning natural landscapes of the Basque Country, Bilbao BBK Live offers an unparalleled setting across seven distinct stages. From July 11th to 13th, 2024, a diverse crowd of up to 120,000 music lovers will gather to soak up its natural beauty.

Featuring an eclectic array of renowned artists spanning various genres, including The Prodigy, Massive Attack, Jungle, Overmono, Ezra Collective, Floating Points Live, Underworld, Noname, JPEGMAFIA, Jordan Rakei, Death From Above 1979, and Parcels, there is still more to be announced.

Get your tickets for Bilbao BBK Live 2024! For ​​a 3-day pass, tickets are just €150, with the inclusion of 4 nights camping at just €175. 

Where? Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain

When? 11th–13th July 2024

Who? Arcade Fire, Jungle, Massive Attack, The Prodigy, Underworld, Los Bitchos, Parcels, Khruangbin, Ezra Collective, Folamour



For those craving chart-topping hits this summer, then Budapest’s Sziget festival is the ultimate destination. With an impressive lineup boasting heavyweights like Stormzy, Sam Smith, Fred Again.., Martin Garrix, Becky Hill, and Louis Tomlinson, it really isn’t one to be missed. There are also plenty of alternative acts, including the likes of Fontaines D.C., Big Thief, Yard Act, Blondshell, Nova Twins, and Wednesday, for those wanting something a bit more leftfield.

Spanning six unforgettable days, Sziget transforms Budapest’s Óbuda Island into ‘The Island of Freedom’, a sprawling 1km² playground where every corner holds a new adventure. From music to theatre, cabaret to comedy, and art to activism, the festival boasts over 50 diverse entertainment areas, ensuring there’s something for everyone. 

As a global celebration of creativity and unity, Sziget has earned its place among the world’s premier music festivals. Reflecting on the festival’s evolution and the anticipation for its 2024 edition, CEO Tamás Kádár remarks, “We have already received a lot of positive feedback during this year’s Sziget about how much the festival has improved in almost all areas compared to the 2022 Sziget, and from the early bird ticket sales so far, we can observe that there is a huge interest in the 2024 festival.” He continues, “This announcement, which is only the first ‘package’ for now, shows that next year Sziget will also feature big world stars, current artists, and newly discovered musical specialties, so that everyone will be offered a strong and exciting selection of music, regardless of genre.”

Don’t miss your chance to join the global gathering at Sziget 2024. Full six-day festival passes are priced at just €289, with special rates of €229 available for attendees aged 21 and under. For those seeking the ultimate VIP treatment, upgrade options are also available for €509.

Where? Óbudai-sziget, Budapest, Hungary

When? 7th–12th August 2024

Who? Stormzy, Sam Smith, Fred Again.., Martin Garrix, Becky Hill, Louis Tomlinson, Honey Dijon, Anotr, Nia Archives, Nova Twins, Dom Dolla


MEO Kalorama:

In the beautiful city of Lisbon, the beloved MEO Kalorama festival is gearing up to paint the cityscape with vibrant hues of music and art. Departing from the traditional festival scene of muddy fields and raucous crowds, MEO Kalorama stands out for its emphasis on music, art, and sustainability.

Returning for its third edition at the picturesque Parque da Bela Vista on August 29th, 30th, and 31st, MEO Kalorama offers attendees a refreshing blend of musical discovery and cultural immersion. Positioned as the ultimate choice for adventurous souls and sun-drenched music enthusiasts, this end-of-summer festival promises an unforgettable experience.

The festival’s initial lineup is a testament to diversity, inclusion, and artistic innovation, featuring a dynamic mix of established icons, emerging talents, and highly-anticipated comebacks. MEO Kalorama welcomes Massive Attack, LCD Soundsystem, Sam Smith, Jungle, The Smile, The Kills, Ana Moura, The Postal Service + Death Cab For Cutie, Overmono, Yard Act, Ana Lua Caiano, English Teacher, Ezra Collective, Glockenwise, Nation of Language, and Vagabon. 

Secure your spot at MEO Kalorama 2024 now! Three-day passes are available for just €145, offering access to a world of music, culture, and unforgettable moments.

Where? Bela Vista Park, Lisbon, Portugal

When? 29th–31st August 2024

Who? LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack, Sam Smith, Jungle, Peggy Gou, The Postal Service + Death Cab for Cutie, The Smile, Ezra Collective, Ana Moura, The Kills


Cala Mijas:

If all of that wasn’t quite enough, cap off your summer in style with the ultimate coastal retreat at Cala Mijas – nestled along the sun-kissed shores of Spain’s stunning Costa del Sol. From August 29th to 31st, immerse yourself in a festival experience like no other, where the golden sands, azure seas, and radiant sun serve as the perfect backdrop to complement your festival experience.

But Cala Mijas isn’t just about the here and now; it’s also about paving the way for a sustainable future. With a commitment to preserving the natural beauty of its surroundings, achieving self-sufficiency, and minimising its ecological footprint, the festival is dedicated to creating enduring memories of an eternal summer.

While the lineup for 2024 is yet to be unveiled, anticipation runs high for another stellar roster of artists to grace the stage. Just glance back at last year’s lineup, which boasted the likes of Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Florence + the Machine, alongside an array of musical talents spanning genres.

Tickets for Cala Mijas 2024 aren’t available just yet, but you can secure your place on the waiting list to ensure you’re first in line when they are released. 

Where? Costa del Sol, Málaga, Spain

When? 29th–31st August 2024 

Who? TBA

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Where? Limassol, Cyprus 

When? 20th–22nd September 2024

Who? Fatboy Slim, Claptone, Estella Boersma, TBA



Where? Madrid, Spain 

When? 10th-13th July 2024

Who? Dua Lipa, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, The Killers, Janelle Monae, Måneskin, Sum 41, Bring Me The Horrizon, Avril Lavigne, The Kooks, Keane, and Arlo Parks



Where? Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, Germany 

When? 11th–13th July 2024

Who? James Blake, Takeover: La Noche, Bonobo, Takeover: Teenage Dreams, Honey Dijon, Nick León, Vtss, Dj Koze, Sugababes, and Obongjayar Paula Hartmann



Where? Gdynia, Poland 

When? 3rd–6th July 2024

Who? Foo Fighters, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, 21 Savage, Air, Ice Spice, Kim Gordon, Masego, Slowdive, Skillex, Modselektor, Sampha, and Måneskin



Where? Festivalpark, Werchter, Belgium 

When? 4th–7th July 2024

Who? Foo Fighters, Arlo Parks, Lenny Kravitz, Måneskin, Dua Lipa, Avril Lavigne, Jane’s Addiction, PJ Harvey, The Hives, Black Pumas, Royal Blood, Sum 41, and Tom Odell



Where? Roskilde, Denmark 

When? 3rd–6th July 2024

Who? Doja Cat, Jungle, Skrillex, Ice Spice, Foo Fighters, Aurora, SZA, J Hus, PJ Harvey, Jane’s Addiction, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Kali Uchis, and Kim Gordon


Words: Will Macnab