PARTY PEOPLE! So you like to boogie? Then what could be better than combining your love of music with travel. We have scoured the globe to provide you with a list of the very best EDM festivals all around the world. Explore a new country/city and unite with electronic music lovers from all over the globe for one massive party. You’ll experience the best DJ’s, the best production, lighting, stages and atmospheres AND get a holiday out of it! So pack your glow sticks, put on your glittery shorts, get on your dancing shoes and start planning your trip. Here’s a list of what’s happening throughout the year.
1. Ostend Beach Festival
Where: Ostend, Belgium
When: July 12 – 14
What Belgium’s biggest beach party
Why: Ostend Beach Festival presents a lineup of 80 top DJs across four stages, bringing you summer vibes and scenic North Sea views of Belgium’s largest coastal city. OBF is up there with the best beach festivals in the world, and when you’re jumping on white sand beaches to the sounds of great dance music, with views of stunning sunsets over the ocean, it’s easy to see why.
Trip tip: After or before partying in Ostend, make sure you check out the beautiful city of Bruges, which is a simple 14 minute train journey away.
2. Airbeat-One Festival
Where: Neustadt-Glewe, Germany
When: July 10 – 14
What Massive party in a massive German airfield
Why: Airbeat-One Festival has become one of Europe’s biggest and best EDM festivals, with 45,000 people from all over the world gathering to party in an airfield in Northern Germany. Around 150 top acts (including superstars such as Marshmello, Tiesto, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and many more) play five incredible stages. Airbeat-One Festival is known for its jaw-dropping stage design and impressive visual production, go check it out if you don’t believe us.
Trip tip: If you’re keen to party before or after the festival, head to nearby Hamburg, which was recently voted as the best night out in the world. Even if you’re all partied out, it’s still well worth exploring. Discover why everyone is so obsessed with Hamburg right now.
Where: Boom, Belgium
When: July 19 – 28
What: The world-famous dance dream-world
Why: Tomorrowland is one of the biggest and best EDM festivals in the world. More than 400,000 party people from every corner of the globe head to Belgium to watch more than 1,000 acts, where you’ll be spoilt for choice with top DJ’s throughout both weekends (they had to make two to satisfy the huge demand!) Tomorrowland is world-famous not only because of the awesome lineup on offer, but also because of the unique, magical atmosphere, where a dream-like world is created through renowned, creative stage designs. If you’re an EDM fan, this is definitely one for the bucket list!
Trip tip: Boom is in the middle of both Antwerp and Brussels. Both are worth a visit but Brussels has lots of cool things to do and is only 40 minutes away.
Where: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
When: August 1 – 4
What: A magical Romanian party
Why: Untold festival is Romania’s biggest EDM festival and one of the most famous in Europe. Similar to Tomorrowland, Untold has awesome stage designs based on themes which change each year. You’re guaranteed an amazing atmosphere at the main stage, where 80,000 people party together inside the impressive Cluj-Napoca stadium. As you’d expect, Untold’s line up features the best names in EDM, with a few surprise artists (that you may have heard on the radio) thrown in for good measure!
Trip Tip: The second largest city in Romania, Cluj-Napoca is well worth exploring. The city is the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region and boasts great nightlife and beautiful architecture.
5. Cirque Magique
Where: Ledegem, Belgium
When: August 2 – 4
What: A surrealist electronic music festival with a circus setting
Why: Music, sound, light, decoration, food & drinks, camping… Cirque Magique offers top quality at all levels. Expect a fine selection of the best underground electronic music, from floaty house to pounding techno, all EDM tastes are catered for. However, Cirque Magique isn’t just about DJ’s… Like the name suggests, you’ll be wowed by big top tents, circus performers and fairground rides.
Trip tip: Hop on a train for just 1 hour and you’ll be in beautiful Bruges.
6. 51st State Festival
Where: London, UK
When: August 3
What: A one-day festival honouring a wide variety of house music
Why: 51st State Festival celebrates the roots of House music pulling together the threads of this hugely influential sound, exploring classic house, garage, disco, soul, dub, dancehall and more. Led by pioneers from Chicago, New York and beyond, the 51st State Festival programme is truly transatlantic, joining the dots between the US, the UK and the Caribbean.
Trip tip: There’s so much to do in London, even if you’ve blown your budget on beverages and snacks at the festival, you can always check out these free things to do in London.
When: August 22-25
What: UK’s biggest EDM festival
Why: Creamfields describe itself as the ‘the world’s leading dance music festival‘ featuring an ‘unbeatable line up’ and to be honest, if you love EDM, it’s hard to disagree. Grab your sleeping bag and tent for this outdoor event in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, which attracts 70,000 party people from across the globe. If you want to see the biggest and best names in EDM, this is the number one place for it in the UK.
Trip tips: Daresbury is close to both Liverpool and Manchester, both awesome cities packed full of things to see and do. Once you’ve ticked off the usual must-do’s, make sure check out the best things to do in Manchester according to a local. There’s some hidden gems.