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Unmissable Music Festivals in France & Belgium

Unmissable Music Festivals in France & Belgium If you’re a music fan, you’ll be spoilt for choice for top music festivals in Europe!

Don’t miss out on some of the best music festivals happening across the continent this summer. With Europe bringing in an eclectic mix of festivals in any genre, there’s an added bonus of discovering a new country on the way too!

Summer marks the start of festival season for music fans worldwide, but with so many to choose from it can be hard to decide which ones to attend. The choices on offer in Europe however are definitely not to be overlooked. With typically warmer weather and cheaper tickets than the UK, driving to a music festival abroad can also double-up as a holiday!

When travelling to Europe with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, there’s also no baggage limit. So loading up your car with your tent and other festival essentials is the perfect way to discover new music. See some of our top music festival picks in France and Belgium!

Boom, Belgium
Under 2 hours, 30-minutes from Calais


Immersive yourself in Belgium’s biggest Dance festival. Credit : Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is the world’s biggest dance festival and it’s no surprise why when you see it’s visually impressive stage designs. Every year has a theme that transforms the festival into an immersive experience like no other!

This experience also extends to the festival camping ground too, appropriately named ‘Dreamville’! With a wide range of accommodation, this ‘city’ complete with a supermarket, a jewellery store and even a real hairdressers is the perfect place to recharge between acts.

The festival takes place in late July at recreation area De Schorre, in Boom, which is easily accessible from the E19 and A12 motorways. When you are travelling on the highway, follow the signs “Festival Boom”. Once you get closer to the festival, follow the signs to “P Festival”.

La Route du Rock
Saint Malo, France
Under 5 hours, 30-minutes from Calais

La Route Du Rock

Listen to the biggest alternative acts against the beautiful Brittany coast. Credit : La Route Du Rock

If some of the biggest names in alternative, indie and rock music performing by the beautiful Brittany coast suits your tastes, then La Route du Rock is the festival for you.

The four day festival takes place in or around the seaside town of Saint Malo in August, with big names playing the main stage inside the ruins of an old French castle. La Route du Rock is also less crowded with an attendance of 25,000 festival goers. However this doesn’t mean the acts are compromised as the festival regularly pulls in the biggest names in the industry.

La Route du Rock offers ticket holders free parking on site. If you’re not in a rush there’s plenty of sights and towns to visit on the way to Saint Malo when getting there by car. So creating the perfect road trip playlist is a must!

Kempische Steenweg, Belgium
Under 3 hours from Calais


Discover a wide variety of genres at PukkelPop and try to locate its secret rooms! Credit : PukklePop

PukkelPop has been held at various locations in Belgium for over 30 years, before settling on a woodland site near to Hasselt. Returning every year in August, Pukkelpop offers a wide variety of artists from different genres. From rock, pop to dance music, the acts perform over eight different stages.

Everything is not what it seems either, as there are ‘secret rooms’ across the site that are waiting to be discovered and explored.

Festival goers can reach Pukkelpop via the E313 or E314 motorway.

Which music festival will you drive to? With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle it only takes 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, the quickest way to cross the channel to discover more music!