Tour de France, Paris, France
July 23rd-25th, 2010
Follow the world’s ultimate cycling event over 3500 km of rolling French countryside and the sometimes snow-capped peaks of the Alps and the Pyrenees. Be at the Champs-Elysées to witness the crowning of Lance Armstrong’s successor, and then revel in the Parisian nightlife of seedy drinking dens, extravagant clubs and intimate bars.
Santander British Grand Prix, Oxford, England
July 9th-11th, 2010
Car enthusiasts and speed freaks, start your engines! Some of the world’s most exotic and lightning fast cars are competing at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire. Consistently rated as one of the fastest and most challenging circuits on the racing calendar, the British Grand Prix pits Ferraris against McLarens in a feverish fight that’s sure to have more burnouts than a Grateful Dead concert.
Wimbledon, London, England
June 21st – July 4th, 2010
Sit alongside the world famous Centre Court and watch the sweat drip from Roger Federer’s brow and feel the vibrations from Venus Williams monstrous backhand. The oldest and most prestigious event in tennis, and the stage for some of the greatest matches in the history of the sport, is set in the ultimate pub-crawling city. Spend the days gazing at the players fighting for glory and the nights sampling frothy pints from SoHo to Notting Hill.
Oxegen, Kildare, Ireland
It seems fitting that the birthplace of many of the world's most popular musicians and singers, the likes of Bono and Van Morrison, is home to this summer’s hottest concert ticket. Spirited revellers will descend on Kildare, just a couple of hours drive from Dublin, to watch a huge selection of acts including Eminem, Muse, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas. After the show, spend time trolling the streets of Temple Bar and knocking down pints of Guinness while you wait for your hearing to return.
Reading Festival, Reading, England
August 27th-29th, 2010
Retreat from reality, perfect a snarling rock grimace and become a master of the mosh pit at this year’s Reading Festival. The electrifying sounds of Guns N’ Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink-182 will headline the three-day musical experience which is held just a short rail ride from the bustling streets of London. So bang your head like a seasoned veteran at one of the longest running music celebrations in the UK.
Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
August 11th-16th, 2010
More than a festival, this temporarily constructed city in Budapest is a place to spend a week of self-abandon, where the national language is decadent revelry and the party runs 24 hours a day. With more than 1,000 different programs of entertainment spread across more than 60 venues ranging from circus entertainment to classical music, this festival is guaranteed to satisfy even the most eclectic of tastes.
Want to watch the cyclists of the Tour de France whiz by while you meander to a local café for your morning coffee? Yearn to rock to the piercing guitar riffs of Guns N' Roses then explore the foggy streets of London? Hostelworld.com has comprised a list of the greatest sports and music events in Europe this summer, and offers a solution for those with the heart of an explorer and the wallet of a college student. The most exciting summer hotspots are within reach, and more importantly, within budget.