Photos: 2019 Festivals in Estonia

Forget Glastonbury, put your Vs up for V and don’t go down to Download. Any seasoned festival veteran looks further afield for their summer experience and we recommend splashing out on a trip to Europe for a memorable, authentic musical experience.

Estonia interests us as the festivals range from multi-venue city breaks to castle raves.

Here are six great reasons to visit Estonia this summer.

Tallinn Music Week, March 28-30

Mixing the traditional with the urban, Tallin showcases local artists and DJs. Expect everything from electro to trance to folk and classical. Telliskivi is said to be the ‘creative hub’ of Estonia so the organisers have their picked of the best of the local artists.


Jazzkaar, April 19-28

If you like jazz, you’ve love Jazzkaar. Bankable names include Bobby McFerrin, John Scofield, Joshua Redman and Judith Hill, artists who also perform at prestigious European jazz festivals such as EFG London Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz.


Tartu Song Festival 2019, June 20-22

While your friends take a mudbath in Glastonbury, take the high road to this 150-year-old choral festival. It has been crowned worthy of UNESCO ‘intangible cultural heritage’ status so promises to offer a unique aural experience.


Juu Jääb Festival, June 20-23

Juu Jääb festival takes place in one of Western Estonia’s most picturesque settings; the island of Muhu. So you can explore the food and culture as well as the music – expect beautiful landscape, friendly locals, world-class music and delicious, wholesome Estonian food.


Song and Dance Celebration, July 4-7

This much-loved occasion stretching back to 1869 is Estonia’s foremost cultural festivity celebrating the Estonian ‘mother tongue’ and ‘fatherland’. This immense nationwide gathering is held in July during the peak of Estonia’s white nights when the sun barely sets, culminating in an impressive performance of 40,000 singers and dancers.


Leigo Lake Music Festival, August 2-3

Leigo Lake Music Festival may be held on Leigo’s small willow-fringed island but it boasts a Vegas-worthy finale with a laser light display, water flights, fireworks and a floating stage for local performers.


Fact file

For more information on travelling to Estonia, visit www.visitestonia.com



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