10 of the best European music festivals you’ve never heard of

Festivals don’t have to be huge and commercial. We look beyond the best-known events to pick out 10 alternative parties in incredible locations from £35 for a weekend

Vibe Non-stop party
Headliners Fort Romeau, Horse Meat Disco, Optimo
A slew of chic, boutique, dance music-orientated festivals have joined the UK circuit over the past few years. Houghton, Farr, Gottwood and Field Maneuvers are among those that have made an impression but one that’s had far less attention – despite running since 2009 – is Masked Ball. The three-day, non-stop party (that’s right, this year it has a coveted 24-hour music and alcohol licence), has a lineup that includes cosmic disco selector Daniele Baldelli, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Boca 45, Mr Thing, Horse Meat Disco, Fort Romeau and Paramida. The bi-annual festival takes place in spring and autumn (a Halloween edition), with secret dancefloors, “nano-venues” and dens to explore. • 25-28 May, £85 for weekend ticket including camping, maskedball.net

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