Brace yourselves, the festival season is upon us! As a result, it’s time to start planning the holidays around the biggest and best events across the world. While there’s a ton of outdoor dance events when it comes to EDM, there are a few that stand out from the crowd. From Deep House to Trance, Progressive House, and everything in between, immerse yourself in the sensory music experience at one of these top festivals… After all, these are 10 international EDM festivals you can’t miss out on…
The Flying Dutch, Amsterdam + Eindhoven + Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Dutch are quite the force to be reckoned with in all that is Electronic Music and this sold-out festival is one of the sterling examples why. Allowing for ten of the world’s best Dutch DJs to bring one hell of a party to Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Rotterdam on June 4th, The Flying Dutch is where you can expect all kinds of main stage madness to ensue. From Armin van Buuren and Martin Garrix to Tiësto, Showtek, and W&W, The Flying Dutch will let you soar to great heights for certain. So how ‘bout you get ready for take-off!
Sonar Music Festival, Barcelona, Spain
With twenty-one years of experience under its belt, Sonar is one of Europe’s most-respected annual electronic music festivals. Festival goers can immerse themselves in panoramic views over Barcelona at this cultural event of epic proportions. Expect not only established artists, but fresh, emerging talent and a thrilling showcase of the latest in music technology as well. Sonar Music Festival is where it’s at.
Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium
If you’re a fan of EDM, you will have surely heard of Tomorrowland. This Belgian festival attracts well over 150,000 music fans (in fact 180,000 in 2013) and has become a regular addition to every festival goers yearly travel plans. Tomorrowland is best known for its colorful, carnival-like atmosphere, astronomical line-up and extravagant stage and lighting displays. You can probably see why so many people love being there.
Electric Daisy Carnival, New York & Las Vegas (United States) and Milton Keynes (United Kingdom).
May 14-15 (NY), June 17-19 (LV), July 9 (UK)
Having been around since 1997, the Electric Daisy Carnival has settled in many homes from Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas to Brazil, Japan and the UK, thus giving it its worldwide fame. As the largest electronic music festival outside of Europe, EDC was dubbed the “American Ibiza” in 2010. Don’t expect one genre to be overly present at EDC; this is where you get to indulge in a whole plethora of genres.
Creamfields, Daresbury, Cheshire, United Kingdom
As one of the biggest dance music festivals in the U.K., Creamfields started out life as an offshoot from a Liverpool nightclub before becoming one of the best known music events across Europe. Held annually since 2010, Creamfields has travelled the world and back, allowing for a broad range of genres to entwine with striking light displays, fireworks and a camping village…For sure, this is one that is not to be missed.
Mysteryland, Netherlands & United States
June 10-13 (Bethel Woods, New York), August 27-28 (Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands)
Among the oldest dance music festivals in the Netherlands, promoter ID&T touts Mysteryland as “the world’s longest-running electronic music, culture, and arts festival”. Though it’s a bold claim with big promises, it may well hold great truths. Mysteryland gained a reputation as the dance music version of Woodstock in America. Reason enough to verify the claims yourself, don’t you reckon?
Sunrise Festival, Kolobrzeg, Poland
Known worldwide for its mammoth beach afterparties, Sunrise Festival is one of Poland’s biggest festivals, planting itself firmly on the European festival map and on your favorites list. Sweet beats and Trance dreams is what Sunrise Festival is all about, embracing the day as it blends into night.
Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
Officially named the Best Major European Festival, Exit festival is any EDM lover’s heaven. Held at the Petrovaradin Castle in Novi Sad, the festival has been inundated with awards won by the votes of its happy revelers. With an already insane line-up, it’s no wonder Exit Festival is known as one of the most diverse and famous music festivals and a Serbian adventurer’s dream.
Don’t Let Daddy Know, Macau, China
What began in Ibiza in 2012 has since grown to be a globe-trotting festival like no other. We are, of course, talking about DLDK, short for Don’t Let Daddy Know. Brandishing eye-popping line-ups time and time again, the guys from DLDK made sure a lot of the world’s leading artists have had their share of the gargantuan festival. Mark your calendars, because Don’t Let Daddy Know is hitting up Chinese region Macau on July 1st. And if you are to attend this rollercoaster rise, don’t forget to keep it a secret from your parents.
Ultra Music Festival, Miami, United States
March 24-26, 2017
You might’ve missed Ultra Music Festival (UMF) this time ‘round, but it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Already adorning the EDM calendar in 2017, Ultra Music Festival Miami coincides with the Winter Music Conference; it’s no wonder this high-energy, full-velocity event is on the bucket list of most festival goers.