Top 2024 Festivals in Athens & Santorini

Craving epic music and epic seas? Greece serves it up in 2024! Combine electrifying music festivals with an unforgettable Go Sail Greece adventure.

Rock out near Athens, then unwind on a luxurious yacht or traditional boat, exploring hidden coves and vibrant island life. This guide unveils the hottest festivals to fuel your soundtrack, while Go Sail Greece whisks you away for an unforgettable Greek escape.

Top 7 Summer Festivals in Greece 2024:

1. Supa Dupa Fly Santorini (June 7-11):

The Supa Dupa Fly Santorini festival is a four-day event (June 7-11, 2024) celebrating 90s and 00s R&B and Hip-Hop music. Held on the picturesque Greek island of Santorini, the festival offers a unique blend of music and luxury. Attendees can expect beach parties on Santorini’s exclusive private beaches, scenic “Rave in Cave” events, and VIP villa brunches. Beyond the music, the festival allows time for exploring the island’s beauty, with options for activities like sailing, quad biking, and yoga.

2. Release Athens Festival (June 20-July 21):

The Release Athens Festival is a major summer music festival in Greece, running from June 20th to July 21st, 2024. Held at the unique open-air venue Plateia Nerou (Water Plaza) near downtown Athens, the festival boasts a diverse lineup featuring established and emerging artists across various genres. This year’s headliners include Pulp, Massive Attack, Duran Duran, Judas Priest & Bruce Dickinson, and Thievery Corporation. Beyond the music, the festival’s seaside location offers a cool and scenic atmosphere for enjoying live performances.

3. Rockwave Festival (June 25-July 7):

The Rockwave Festival is a long-running Athenian music festival taking place this year from June 25th to July 7th, 2024.  Held at the prestigious Lycabettus Theatre overlooking the city, the festival features a mix of international and Greek rock, metal, and alternative acts. This year’s lineup boasts established names like Opeth, Placebo, Rotting Christ, and MIKA alongside up-and-coming artists.  Known for its energetic atmosphere and beautiful setting, Rockwave Festival attracts music fans from across Greece and beyond.

4. EJEKT Festival (July 22):

The EJEKT Festival is a one-day music extravaganza held annually in Athens, Greece. This year, it takes place on July 22nd, 2024, at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA). Known for attracting major international acts, EJEKT consistently delivers a high-energy atmosphere for music lovers. This year’s headliners include Bring Me the Horizon, Neck Deep, Bury Tomorrow, and Sixx:A.M.  Since its inception in 2005, EJEKT Festival has become a staple of the Athenian summer music scene, drawing crowds with its impressive lineup and vibrant festival experience. If you’re fan of partying, you can read more about here.

5. Free Earth Festival (August 27- September 1, 2024):

The Free Earth Festival is a multi-day music festival focused on psytrance music, held annually on a beach in northern Greece. This year, it takes place from August 27th to September 1st, 2024, at Asprovalta Beach in Central Macedonia.

Beyond the music, the Free Earth Festival incorporates themes of sustainability, environmentalism, and social justice. Attendees can expect a unique festival experience that combines world-class psytrance DJs, art installations, educational workshops, and a strong emphasis on community and social responsibility.

6. Plisskën Festival (September 13-14):

The Plisskën Festival is a two-day music festival held annually in Athens, Greece. This year, it takes place on September 13th and 14th, 2024. More information about the lineup, genres, and venue are likely to be revealed closer to the festival dates.

Based on past editions, here’s what you can expect from Plisskën Festival:

  • Genre-defying lineup: The festival is known for its diverse lineup, featuring established and emerging artists from a wide range of genres, including indie, rock, electronic, hip-hop, and more.
  • Focus on new talent: Plisskën Festival places a strong emphasis on showcasing some of the latest talent to emerge from the international music scene.
  • Athens location: The festival takes place in Athens, Greece, which offers a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of things to see and do beyond the festival itself.

7. Athens & Epidaurus Festival (June-August):

The Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the crown jewel of the Greek summer cultural scene, running from June 1 to August 24, 2024.  This prestigious festival is not just one event, but a sprawling program of theatre, music, dance, and even some visual arts presentations happening across multiple venues in Athens and the nearby ancient theatre at Epidaurus.

The cornerstone of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the program of ancient Greek tragedies and comedies performed at the Herod Atticus Theatre and the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre.  These venues are both renowned for their exceptional acoustics, and seeing a performance in these historic settings is a truly magical experience.

The Athens & Epidaurus Festival also offers a wide range of contemporary theatre productions, along with a program of classical, jazz, and world music concerts.  The festival makes use of a number of unique venues throughout Athens, including the Athens Concert Hall, the Megaron Mousikis, and even the National Library of Greece.

BONUS FESTIVAL

Kalamata International Dance Festival (12-21 July 2024):

The Kalamata International Dance Festival is a major artistic event that takes place annually in the beautiful Peloponnesian city of Kalamata, Greece. This year, the festival will be held from July 12th to 21st, 2024.

For ten days, the festival will showcase a wide variety of dance performances by leading Greek and international artists. The festival program typically features a mix of contemporary dance, ballet, traditional Greek dance, and experimental dance pieces. Performances take place on stages throughout the city, including theatres, cultural centres, and even public squares.

Greece’s summer festivals pulse with music, from beach parties to ancient dramas. Rock out at Rockwave or get lost in electronic beats at Free Earth. Time your trip right and combine your festival fun with an epic sailing adventure! Explore hidden coves and stunning islands before or after the music. Pack your dancing shoes, sunhat, and swimsuit – Greece awaits!