Plenty of music lovers like to travel, and a lot of travelers are very fund of music. They might think they can only choose one, but we strongly disagree. If you would love to visit places where they have both, we’ve got a special gift for you. Some of the most beautiful cities in the world are also home to some of the most vibrant music scenes, so here is our list of not-to-be-missed party destinations. These are the best dance music cities in the world.
The very heart of the sunshine state not only welcomes you with its famous beaches and crystal-clear ocean waters, but will also entertain you with some of the wildest pool parties in the world, courtesy of a wide variety of internationally acclaimed DJs. If you are still up for some action later in the night, Miami’s best clubs (e.g. LIV, Club Space) will make it worth your while. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pay Miami’s Winter Music Conference a visit for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the dance music conference.
The best way to enjoy this magical island is to lose yourself at its beaches, ancient towns and secluded spots. Ibiza has something for everyone, from its signature Balearic sound to the wild Techno raves, the biggest Trance parties and a whole lot more. Seeing as it is home to some of the biggest clubs in the world (Privilege, Ushuaia and, until past summer, Space), you have a huge wealth of options available to you for some all-out partying. And if you’re still not tired then, there will be plenty of afterparties for you to indulge in well into the early morning hours.
Setting the trends in dance music for years to come by way of its Amsterdam Dance Event in October, Amsterdam is at the heart of the global dance music movement. But Amsterdam is much more than that. It’s a charming city worth a visit no matter what, teeming with canals, lovely parks and its peculiar floating houses (“houseboats”), not to mention its food specialties. Its vibrant nightlife will guide you to the astounding clubs at the Rembrandtplein (e.g. Escape, Studio 80) and during daytime, its thriving scene of open-air festivals and parties will make for an unforgettable experience.
Dance music is deeply rooted in the history of German city Berlin, from the legendary Love Parade to some of the most epic clubs in the world (e.g. Tresor, Berghain, Watergate). And even if Techno music hadn’t been such a big part of the Berlin music culture, there would still be a lot more to the nightlife of this city, which never ceases to be on the forefront of Electronic Music.
With so many different cultures all clashing together, London is offering a wide choice of clubs and events. Everything music related happens here first and then it is spread out in the world. Just tell us what your musical poison is and we will find you a perfect spot in the city from the best nightclubs to the more intimate venues. If you are an electronic music freak like us, make sure to hit the famous Ministry of Sound, the outstanding club Egg London or KOKO in Camden Town.
The city that never sleeps could not be missing from our list. Needless to say, it offers an endless list of clubs and parties for every kind of musical taste. Electric Zoo Festival is a clear example of what this city can deliver in terms of fun and top-notch music, all the while mega clubs such as LAVO and Marquee are also worth your time clubbing.
Even if often associated to cars due to its automotive heritage, this majestic city is also the cradle of Techno and home of Motown. Besides a slew of iconic Techno clubs, you can discover a wide variety of EDM clubs and events to keep you going all night long. Do consider paying TV Lounge, Grasshopper and/or Elektricity a visit while you’re there.
Its nightlife canvas is ridiculously wide. You can enjoy a bit of live music and a breathtaking view on the waterfront for a more relaxed night out or go crazy in the huge amount of clubs clustered between its streets. As far as we’re concerned, you should not miss out the famous Chinese Laundry and Oxford Art Factory.
The city of Angels has always been a capital of pop culture. It has no dominant sound, but instead takes pride in its multiverse of different scenes. It has long been known for its warehouse parties and underground events and has a well-established night club culture. From the biggest EDM festivals to the thriving Techno clubs, LA offers a wide variety of ways to enjoy your nights and days. Avalon and Exchange LA are two top-notch clubs that will give you a pretty darn good idea of what LA has to offer.
Much more than just a gorgeous city, Barcelona is packed with outstanding clubs where the biggest DJs in the world play on a regular basis. During the day, the town itself is a beacon of hope for all who enjoy art and architecture, while the nights offers a massive party experience in clubs such as Apolo and Razzmatazz. And even when the party is over, you can still find a host of afterhours bars where the fun continues.
Written by Jessica Franco