How lucky are we to live in a world where there are literally hundreds of electronic music festivals happening all summer long? This blessing can also seem like a curse when you are trying to pick which ones are worth your vacation time and money. Likely, you’ll pick those that are closer to home with the possibility of adding one destination festival to your list. But which one? You could narrow it down by reputation, headliners, location, or date, but chances are your list is still pretty long.
June and July saw some pretty epic festivals, but festival season over quite yet. So, we’ve compiled our picks for the top upcoming festivals worldwide. We won’t dwell on the past by including any festivals that have come and gone. However, that didn’t make this any easier.
So this is our gun to our heads, pick only five festivals to go to, anywhere in the world list.
Sziget Festival just wrapped its 26th year, and like years past, it was epic. Every August in Budapest, Hungary, the festival takes place on Obuda Island, dubbed the Island of Freedom, Sziget Festival is a seven day musical and artistic experience. With 60 stages and over 1000 performances, there is something for all music lovers here. This past year, the Samsung Coliseum stage was dedicated to electronic music. The 360° immersive arena had a roster of 27 DJs set to play. Artists B.Traits, Objekt, Blawan, Avalon Emerson, and more took the stage bringing all the techno, house, and drum and bass festivalgoers could handle. If you missed out this year, make sure you get those early bird tickets for 2020.
21 years strong, Creamfields has never disappointed. Taking place in Daresbury, UK on the August Bank Holiday (August 22-25) means those that are UK-based won’t even need to take the time off work. With different stages dedicated to house, EDM, techno, drum and bass, trance, and grime, this is the ultimate festival for dance lovers. Get ready for performances by Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Martin Garrix, and over 300 more of your favorite artists. The lineups, combined with the over-the-top production, are what keep over 70,000 daily festivalgoers coming back year after year.
Mysteryland is The Netherland’s most notorious electronic music festival. With 17 stages hosted by some of the most infamous dance parties worldwide, including Diplo’s Mad Decent, Q-Dance, Cocoon, and SexyByNature, you can experience all the parties you’ve always wanted to go to at one festival. If all the trance, techno, house, trap, and deep house aren’t enough to keep you occupied, Mysteryland has a healing garden for massages and yoga, Rave Bingo, and a 400m zip line to fill your downtime. It all goes down next weekend in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands. Don’t miss out.
Lollapalooza is one of the most talked-about festivals in North America and we’re still on a high from this past one. Happening every August in Chicago, Illinois, Lollapalooza is not strictly an electronic music festival, but it certainly had a stacked lineup of DJs and producers keeping heart BPMs high and feet moving. Perry’s Stage, named after electro-lover and festival founder Perry Farrell, featured (mostly) electronic music, with a few hip hop artists sprinkled throughout the weekend. Performances by Svdden Death, CharlesTheFirst, and Alesso went down on Perry’s Stage and while Flume and The Chainsmokers took on the Bud Light main stage. This is an American festival you do not want to miss next year.
Mutek is more than just a music festival. Mutek is all about digital creativity, be that through music or art. Since 2000, it has given space to audiovisual artists and enthusiasts to come to create, collaborate, and experience how technology shapes our creativity. Performances are held at various venues throughout Montreal, Quebec, giving you the opportunity to explore and experience the city. Blawan, Jlin, and Project Pablo are just a few of the electronic music acts you can catch at this immersive festival experience. The festival will take place August 20-25.
Wonderfruit is a hybrid festival bringing art, food, creativity, music, and innovation together in Pattaya, Thailand. It was built upon six pillars: Art and Architecture, Music, Wellness, Talks and Workshops, Farm to Table Feasts, and Family. From December 12-16, festivalgoers will come together as a global community and experience what can be described as a pop-up city. You’ll dine together, dance together, learn together, and grow together. Twenty-five musical acts will perform including electronic musician and neuroscientist Floating Points, tech-house queen Sonja Moonear, and Brazilian techno star DJ Murphy. Hugely focused on sustainability and minimizing their environmental impact, they have partnered with Thailand’s Greenhouse Organization to become carbon neutral and have adopted the UN’s Five Sustainable Development Goals.
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