A wise man once said: “Live life intensely, you are only here once”. That man was Armin van Buuren. Bearing his words in mind, we need to face the fact that our time on this earth is limited. But this shouldn’t stop you from living life to the fullest, as there are plenty of things to do and places to see. And… a lot of crazy events to attend!
Going to a festival is a huge happening, a quick escape from your everyday routine, and an all-around magical experience in one. But which ones do you attend when there are just so many to choose from? To help you out a bit, we’ve put together a list of the best parties to cross off your bucket list. Will you be the first to cross them all off your list?
When: End of July
Where: Boom, Belgium
Advertised as an international destination and played out as a fairy tale, Tomorrowland spotlights the crème de la crème of the industry. With its beautiful stages and an amazing Dreamville camping experience, it’s no surprise the Belgian festival tickets sell out within minutes.
[x] Ultra Music Festival Miami (UMF)
Where: Miami, Florida
Ultra Music Festival is a massive three-day Electronic Music festival that takes place in Miami, often during the Winter Music Conference. Bringing in the best of mainstream and House artists allowed it to expand to South Africa, South America, Europe and Korea. Make sure to check out at least one of these parties and their breathtaking locations. We promise you’ll love it!
[x] A State Of Trance (ASOT)
When: February 18th, 2017
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands
There are many great Trance festivals in the world, but there is only one ASOT. Hosted by Armin van Buuren and featuring an amazing array of Trance artists on a multitude of stages, this iconic party is truly a game changer. ASOT Utrecht is not just the only European date, it also serves as the epicenter of the global Trance movement.
[x] Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC)
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Another festival that needs no introduction. Possibly the biggest and largest festival in North America, EDC boasts a killer line-up, a stunning location, and plenty of well-themed stages where top-tier artists play between sunset and sunrise. Its New York edition sets the mood quite right for the massive weekend in Vegas. Expect all kinds of madness from this kick-ass event.
[x] Full Moon Party
When: Every Full Moon Night
Where: Koh Phangan, Thailand
If you have ever dreamt of rocking a party at one of the most charming places on earth with palm trees and white-sand beaches in the backdrop, look no further! It takes place every month and provides a wide range of music from Reggae and Trance to Drum&Bass and beyond. From what we’ve heard, these parties are just insane.
When: End of June
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This two-day festival is billed as THE techno party in the Netherlands. Don’t miss out on this if you are looking for some of the most forward-thinking talents and acts to grace the stage.
When: End of August
Where: Cheshire, England
You just can’t talk about the UK party scene without mentioning Creamfields, simply because it’s the most hyped festival in the UK and without doubt the ultimate Bank Holiday party! You really need to experience this epic three-day camping event as it spotlights the cream of the crop in dance music. We’re there, so why shouldn’t you be!
[x] Time Warp
When: Early April
Where: Mannheim, Germany
There’s a reason why Time Warp is often labeled as the Mecca of Techno! The happening in Mannheim, Germany is the craziest and liveliest Techno event in Europe and it has an Italian and a Dutch edition too. A crazy gathering beyond your wildest dreams, Time Warp is where it’s at.
When: End of April
Where: Empire Polo Fields, Indio California
Coachella is among the coolest festivals in the United States. Due to the wide spectrum of musical genres, this three-day festival appeals to a great variety of people. It’s the perfect place to go if you set out to leave the world behind you and meet incredible people. And don’t forget that pretty much all celebrities can be found partying there every year.
Where: Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands
Genre: Hard. Just HARD!
Held in Australia and Chile as well, Defqon.1 is one of the biggest Hardstyle festivals in the world. The main stage is impressive and home to the best names in Hardcore, Hard House, and Hard Trance. Expect fast-paced, in-your-face music causing carnage all night long.
[x] Amsterdam Music Festival
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Armada Music Festival is where the whole world comes together to party. This epic music event usually takes place during the Amsterdam Dance Event and has some of the biggest international DJs take over the Ziggo Dome, Heineken Music Hall and Amsterdam Arena. And don’t forget one of the event’s highlights, the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll’s award show!
[x] Origin Festival
When: End of January
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Genre: Psy Trance
Origin Festival is a weekend camping festival taking place deep in the mountains of Villiersdorp at 125 km from Cape Town. With two dance floors and a wide variety of visionary arts, it is one of the key events of the flourishing Psy Trance scene in South Africa.
[x] Street Parade
Where: Zurich, Switzerland
One of Europe’s most legendary dance events, the whole town is having a damn good time around the Lake Zurich basin. You will dance with people of all ages, from very young kids on their parents’ shoulders to older people wandering around the love mobiles parading and blasting the music of the biggest international DJs.
[x] Electric Zoo
When: Labor Day weekend
Where: New York, USA
This one is dope! If you are looking for a weekend filled with the best acts in Electronic Music, head off to Randall’s Island and become the party animal that you are. Through its four stages providing over 100 music acts ranging from EDM DJs to electronic orchestras, Electric Zoo attracts a wild of thousands of music enthusiasts.
[x] Armada Invites
When: (Approximately) Once every two weeks
Where: Armada Music’s in-office club, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Armada Invites’ is a brand-new livestream event held in Armada Music’s in-office club in Amsterdam, delivering cutting-edge live sets from some of the biggest and most talented artists in the world. If you are not lucky enough to attend the party at the club, you can follow the livestream on Armada Music’s Facebook page or Armada YouTube’s channel. Don’t miss the next show on September 15th with Julian Jordan and Maurice West.
Written by Jessica Franco