Whether it’s discovering new underground acts or going on a travel buzz, music fans demand the ultimate experience from festivals these days. A festival no longer means being packed in like sardines for a weekend. More often it’s a wallet-friendly trip to a different country, to combine music with local culture, nightlife, sightseeing, and gastronomic delights. From partying in a 17th-century Balkan fortress to pool parties, beach raves or lakeside gigs, there’s something here for everyone, including some debut edition festivals.
Aug 23rd - 25th
More than 300 artists will take over the sixteen stages of the colorful festival terrain in Haarlemmermeer just below Amsterdam. Among others, Martin Garrix, Diplo and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are confirmed as headliners. In alphabetical order a selection of some of the performing artists: Alison Wonderland, Ben Sims, Boef, Brennan Heart, Brotherhood, Claptone, D-Block & S-to-fan, Dave Clarke, Dillon Francis, DJ Rush, Erick Morillo, Friction, Groove Armada (DJ Set), GTA, Headhunterz, Jonas Blue, Korsakoff, KSHMR, Loud Luxury, Lucas & Steve, Luciano, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, Promo, Roger Sanchez, Sam Feldt, Sam Paganini, Showtek , Sigala, Solardo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Sven Väth, Tchami & Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Vini Vici and Wildstylez. Mysteryland covers the full spectrum of electronic genres, from House, Big Room, Techno, to R &, Drum & Bass and, of course, the harder styles.
Aug 30th - Sept 1st
Acts: David Guetta, Robin Schulz, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin + more
Held in Montenegro. Sea Dance Festival is an extension of the EXIT family – a gold standard guarantee in the festival world. Like EXIT, Sea Dance is also an award-winner and was voted Best Medium-Sized Festival at the European Festival Awards after its first edition in 2014. The festival bottles some of the magic of EXIT’s dance stages and transports it to the alluring golden sand beach of Budva on the Adriatic coast, with narrow medieval streets just a short walk away. EXIT’s famous No Sleep Novi Sad stage is repackaged for Sea Dance, with over 100 performers shared around numerous other stages. Even as a relatively new addition to the festival scene, Sea Dance already has a reputation for securing the biggest names in electronic music. Montenegro was recently listed by Skyscanner as the number one cheap holiday destination, with mountain biking, hiking, and water sports available for those with energy left after dancing all night to the world’s biggest DJs.
Aug 30th - Sept. 1st
Electric Zoo was established in 2009 as one of the Big Apple's premier electronic music festivals. Since that inaugural year, the weekender has evolved into a grandiose party boasting both burgeoning artists and global sensations such as Marshmello, deadmau5, Tiësto, plus much more. Over the years, Electric Zoo has brought its rambunctious soiree across the globe to international locations of the likes of Shanghai, Tokyo, São Paulo, and Mexico City. This year’s lineup consists of Dog Blood (Skrillex & Boys Noize), Alison Wonderland, Flux Pavilion, alongside EZoo veterans Kaskade, Armin van Buuren, Diplo and more! Festival-goers will also experience multiple B2B sets such as DJ Diesel and Borgore, NGHTMRE and SLANDER, Cookie Monsta and Funtcase. Other acts include Brooklyn’s Dirtybird duo Walker & Royce, Camelphat, Cristoph, i_o, Joris Voorn, and Eric Prydz. Plus five major stage hosts - All My Friends, Brownies & Lemonade, Gud Vibrations, Seven Lions Presents Ophelia and Pryda Arena.
Aug 30th & 31st
Toronto's favorite summer concert and picnic series present their two-day season finale festival lineup. Starting with day one with the purveyor of the high-tech minimal sound Boris Brejcha, German techno scene Chris Liebing, favorite Switzerland-duo Adriatique, also Anja Schneider, along with support from Toronto duo Nature of Music, and Brazilian export Hauy. Day two will have Dirtybird label boss Claude Vonstroke, Dutch master Joris Voorn, making his Electric Island debut Pleasurekraft also Francesca Lombardo, plus some Toronto favorites Arman & Beynon and Wess. Canada's techno ambassadors Greg Gow, ADDY, Jeremy Stott, Casualties of Sound, Koki and Rudee Nik. Electric Island is a special experience offering a full day of tasty food trucks, an eccentric hippy market which supports locals vendors, two-stages, and of course that memorable boat ride over and the breathtaking Toronto skyline.
Aug 25th – Sept 2nd
Where the sun is hot and the dust is everywhere, the popular desert festival will once again have every music lover in the scene. Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community. A temporary city. A global cultural movement based on 10 practical principles. They don’t book acts or provide entertainment no corporate sponsorship. You are entering a community known as ‘Burners’ becoming part of a forever tribe.
The fifth edition of Oasis Festival takes place back where the story first began, namely the stunning Fellah Hotel in Marrakech. It is here in this picture-perfect location that revelers can soak up the sun, dance beneath the stars, lounge amongst tropical gardens and cool off in crystal clear swimming pools, all sound-tracked by a forward-thinking line-up of electronic music’s finest. The lineup will have techno titans such as Âme b2b Dixon, Amelie Lens, Baltra (Live), BINH b2b Nicolas Lutz, Cassy B2B Eats Everything, Chromeo (DJ Set), Loco Dice, Mind Against, Nicola Cruz (Live}, Recondite (Live), Seth Troxler, and| Yasmean + more!
Less than a month on the Algarve coast, The BPM Festival: Portugal has announced its final artist and showcase lineup for its third edition in Portimão, Portugal. The Final 2019 artist lineup will have Alan Nieves, Andrew Meller, Archie Hamilton, Caleb CallPMoway, David Berrie, Eli Brown, Fatima Hajji, Gonçalo, Janson, JDP, Lee Jo Life, Luke Welsh, Kyle Hall, Macca, Mason Collective, Melé, Mobb Handed, Oli Blanc, Olli Ryder, Raul Pacheco, Ray Mono, Serginho, Silvie Loto, Sinisa Tamamovic, and Tiago Fragateiro. Also revealed are showcases from Carl Craig's Detroit Love, Spain's Dreambeach, Drumcode, and Maceo Plex's ELLUM. With all venues within walking distance along Avenida Tomás Cabreira, The BPM Festival: Portugal offers the perfect opportunity for house and techno aficionados to dance and discover the Algarve in the Portimão.
The debut edition of The BPM Festival: Tel Aviv will feature world-class talent on four stages of music in Hayarkon Park with Acid Pauli, Âme (LIVE), Danny Tenaglia, DJ Koze, Honey Dijon, Sasha and more. Outfitted in BPM jungle decor, each stage: Legacy, Spiritual, Fusion, and Minimal, will be accompanied by stunning art installations by Israeli burner camp the Sunrise Kingdom and mesmerizing visuals. Presented in partnership with regional leaders, The Block Club, Music Tel Aviv Group, Midburn Pirates, and Sunrise Kingdom, The BPM Festival looks forward to creating an unforgettable Israeli debut as it welcomes new fans to its devoted international audience.
Les Dunes Electroniques - Ong Jmel, Tunisia
When your inner nerd is combined with dance music it’s safe to say that life can be officially completed. Les Dunes Electroniques was founded in 2014 as a collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts of the Republic of Tunisia. After three years away, the festival makes a welcome return. The action goes down at Ong Jmel, near Nefta, at the gateway to Tunisia's southern desert—globally recognised as the setting of Luke Skywalker's hometown, Mos Espa, in the original Star Wars franchise. This unique musical adventure will serve up 30 hours of uninterrupted music from the Tunisian, French and international electronic scenes with more than 30 artists on the bill. The festival will have people raving for 30 hours straight.
Sept 27th – 30th
Just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles the blissful and picture-perfect paradise of Catalina Island will become a carefully curated and all-encompassing celebration of life and dance music. The idyllic getaway on the beautiful Catalina Island is an immersive experience this debut festival will be featuring world-class artists Andrew Rayel, Chus & Ceballos, Mark Knight, Oliver Heldens, Sam Feldt, Shiba San and more. Whet Travel has produced more than 50 island destination parties, including 15 years of Groove Cruise, the world's premier electronic music cruise, as well as Salsa Cruise, celebrating 20 years of sailing in 2018. Whet Travel was ranked as the #4 fastest-growing travel company in the country by INC Magazine and has been awarded charter partner of the year by Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Lines. Groove Island is guaranteed to be a truly memorable experience filled with fun, dancing, and adrenaline-fueled activities.
Going into its third edition is a tasteful mix of electronic music and local culture, returning to Essaouira. Once again investing in the picturesque and richly cultural city of Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, festival-goers will be invited to live a timeless experience, an unprecedented trip to the old "Mogador", punctuated by strong musical moments and memories and a link between traditional and electronic cultures. The Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa will host acts from the forefront of the international and Moroccan scene. Including, Bradley Zero, Praslea, DJ W!ld, Louise Chen, Konstantin Sibold, Behrouz, Terekke, Amine K, Driss Skali, Kenny Dope, Marwan Sabb, Nathan Micay, Glitter ٥٥, Bas Ibellini, BLOND:ISH, Enzo Siragusa, Folamour, Lazare Hoche, Luca Bacchetti, Lum, Sabo, and Satori. Plus Kenny Dope, Lazare Hoche, Nathan Micay, Bas Ibellini, BLOND:ISH, Enzo Siragusa, Luca Bacchetti, and Folamour. Known as Morocco's windy city, Essaouira will dance for three days to the rhythms of a stream of hedonistic electronic music stars and welcome a tribe of globe-trotting ravers all driven by their love of cultured music and unifying moments.
Oct 19th & 20th
The two-day music event will be held at Skylight ROW DTLA. Curated by founder Gary Richards aka producer and DJ DESTRUCTO and will feature a variety of some of the most respected and engaging house music artists from around the world. The first night will have Justice (DJ set), Idris Elba, Destructo, Busy P, Volac, Shift K3Y, Phlegmatic Dogs, Matroda, Sita Abellan, Wongo + more TBA. The second night will consist of Black Coffee, Special Guest TBA, DJ Harvey, Blond:ish, Kaz James, Gene Farris, Bruno Furlan, Da Capo, Dillon Nathaniel, Biscits + more TBA
Oct 4th – Oct 6th
As summer days draw nearer only one thing is for certain - its almost Campout time! Campers from coast-to-coast will gather on the iconic shores, grassy fields, and wild dance-floors of Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds for another weekend of outrageous fun. Head Counselor Claude VonStroke unveiled the lineup of DJs and live acts that will be sound-tracking Dirtybird Campout 2019. The billing features returning Dirtybird favorites and new inductees from across the worlds of techno, bass, hip-hop, and house. This multi-genre lineup will light up the Birdhouse and Bass Lodge stages as campers get a peek inside. Featuring Adam F, Claude VonStroke, Cut Chemist, DāM-FunK, Dillinja, EPROM b2b Barclay Crenshaw, Heidi, Herbert, J-E-T-S (Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum), Jhené Aiko, Josh Wink, Justin Martin, Mija, Nastia, Robag Wruhme, Shiba San, Tiga b2b Matthew Dear, Wajatta (Reggie Watts & John Tejada), Walker & Royce.
Oct 19th - 20th
The first-of-its-kind destination festival celebrates the worlds of gaming, esports and live music along with comedy, streaming, cosplay and much more. Revealing an unprecedented lineup of professional gamers, world-class musicians and streaming all-stars including Marshmello, Ninja, Logic, Jacksepticeye, Snoop Dogg, Imagine Dragons (special gaming appearance only), Sodapoppin, Alan Walker, Nick Eh 30, DrLupo, Lindsey Stirling, Pokimane, Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), NickMercs, Lil Yachty, Grouplove and many more. The two-day festival will transform the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, along with bringing festival-goers of all ages two stages filled with top acts of musical entertainment.
Oct 16th – 20th
Acts, Events, Panels, to be announced soon!
Amsterdam is world-famous as a hub for nightlife and electronic music, and every October it becomes the centre of the electronic music universe for five days during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). Some 400,000 people hit the Dutch capital every year for ADE, which features more than 2,500 international artists performing in over 100 of Amsterdam’s most iconic venues including Melkweg, Gashouder, Claire, Shelter, Paradiso, the NDSM Docklands and De School. But it’s not simply a five-day rave – ADE offers an inspirational conference program that covers all aspects of dance music culture and the industry. By day, across Amsterdam’s five main districts, there are dozens of seminars, workshops, exhibitions, artist interviews, feature and documentary screenings, DJ showcases and tech classes. Amsterdam Dance Event takes place over five days every October and is the ultimate festival for electronic music fans, who can even learn more about the culture between the parties.
If you are journeying to a foreign Country, pack your bags and purchase tickets and travel packages for your last minute get away. Cross off your festival bucket list and live life to the fullest. There is still plenty of time to make out to the White Isle Island to Ibiza for its closing parties in the final weeks.