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A Summer of Music in Europe

Europe hosts a varied range of music festivals, some of which the whole family can enjoy. Travel to europe with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, book online today.


I’ve always been a big fan of music. During my university years, before I moved to England, I’d spend my summer holidays seeking out the best festivals and concerts in Europe, working a part-time job so I could afford to go to as many as possible. Now that I’m a little older, my musical tastes have changed, but my passion for live music is still well and truly alive, and I appreciate more genres than ever before. If, like me, you’re a music lover, enjoy a summer of music in Europe with my pick of this year’s top music festivals. 

Montreux Jazz Festival

Montreux Jazz Festival is one of Switzerland’s biggest music events of the year and if you’ve ever been, you’ll know why. Held on the banks of Lake Geneva in picturesque Montreux, this acclaimed event has been going strong for over 50 years. Once purely a jazz festival hosting the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, today, the festival features acts from across almost every musical genre.

Montreux Jazz Festival takes place in early July in Montreux.

Festival Classique au Vert

Held in Parc Floral de Paris, one of Paris’ many gardens, Festival Classique au Vert celebrates classical music in all its forms, with a series of free open-air concerts throughout the summer. The festival has become popular among people of all ages, especially since the program has come to include acts that have a modern take on traditional classical music.

Festival Classique au Vert takes place from early August to mid-September in Paris.

Festival de Confolens

Festival de Confolens is one of the biggest and oldest international folk festivals, attracting almost 150,000 visitors each year. Held in Confolens, in southwest Europe, the festival features hundreds of musicians and artists from all over the world, with each group showcasing a unique aspect of their country’s culture through a special performance. The festival celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017, which is a huge achievement.

Festival de Confolens takes place in mid-August in Confolens.

Plan for a summer of music in Europe

You can get from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. With such easy travel, you can enjoy as many music festivals as you like.