Top 10 Electronic Music Festivals That Should Be On Your Bucket List


Today we’ll be listing the top 10 Electronic music festivals that should be on your bucket list. Whether you are a long time fan of EDM or just getting into it, these festivals are something you won’t want to miss. From Ultra Music Festival in Miami, to Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, there’s something for everyone.

Before we get started here are some honorable mentions:

Sensation

Sensation is a dance event which originated in the Netherlands and organized by ID&T. The original event, which ran exclusively in the Amsterdam ArenA for a period of five years until 2005, is now located throughout Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States (New York). It claims to be “the world’s leading dance event” and attracts over 40,000 visitors per night. The first edition of Sensation was held on 25 July 2000 at the Amsterdam ArenA. This show is well known for its strict white dress code policy (which has since been lifted). Sensation is a trance music festival held every summer throughout Europe. The main sponsors of Sensation are Heineken International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

There are few electronic music festivals that have transcended the usual festival medium. The likes of Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland and Coachella are all successful in their own right, but they make up a small minority of the thousands of festivals happening each year.

Here’s our list of ten festivals that you should put on your bucket list. These festivals are not only known for their music and atmosphere, but also for their location and history.

The desire to be at one with a larger community is something that has been at the root of electronic music since its inception.

As an art form, it’s grown and evolved to become one of the most popular and widely-loved genres in the world. This means the demand for festivals to feed this desire has reached unprecedented levels, with events popping up across the globe to satisfy hungry crowds.

There are now countless festivals dedicated to showcasing the best in electronic music and culture, but in order to save you some time, we’ve put together our list of 10 of the best. These festivals offer more than just music; they create a unique experience, each one promoting its own vibe and values. Some offer arts and crafts workshops or yoga classes, while others provide a full-scale amusement park on top of their lineups. Whatever you’re looking for from your festival experience, there’s something out there for everyone.

While the music festivals in the US and Canada are some of the most famous around, there are plenty of amazing dance music festival experiences to be had throughout the rest of the world. With that in mind, here are 10 of the best electronic music festivals abroad and what they have to offer.

SONAR

June 15-17

Barcelona, Spain

Sonar is Spain’s premier dance music festival, held every year in Barcelona. Featuring over 100,000 people and more than 100 artists from all over the world, Sonar truly has something for everyone. The festival features two simultaneous areas: Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night. The Day events are mostly for those interested in the up-and-coming artists on the scene, while Sonar by Night features some of the biggest names in electronic music.

Mysteryland

August 26-27

Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

With an extensive lineup that includes house, techno, electro and drum & bass artists from around the world, Mysteryland is a weekend you won’t soon forget. Its grounds include several stages with elaborate themes and decorations as well as a range of other activities including yoga classes and film screenings. Mysteryland also hosts a conference dedicated to all aspects of musical culture including design

10. EDC Las Vegas

Held in the neon heart of Sin City, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas is an electronic dance music festival that originated in Los Angeles. With a massive lineup featuring over 200 artists and 7 stages, this is a festival that cannot be missed.

9. Ultra Europe

Ultra Europe was established in 2013 and has been going strong ever since. Held in Split, Croatia, this festival has grown to become one of the biggest on the continent and is known for its diverse lineups and beaches.

8. EDC Puerto Rico

An offshoot of the Electric Daisy Carnival series, EDC Puerto Rico began in 2013 and brings the famous carnival vibe to San Juan every year. The festival’s lineup features some of the best names in electronic music, as well as a plethora of rides and circus acts.

7. Lollapalooza Berlin

Lollapalooza Berlin takes place at the Olympic Stadium Park in Berlin every year, with a lineup that features some of the biggest names in music from all genres. The festival also features art installations, food trucks, crafts fairs, games and more – all set against the backdrop of Berlin’s cityscape.

6. Awakenings Festival

Held

1. Sonar

This festival which is held every June in Barcelona, Spain was originally a week-long festival but has since then extended to three days. The festival features both daytime and nighttime events, with the daytime featuring musical performances by artists such as Modeselektor and Die Antwoord, and the nighttime featuring DJs like DJ Koze and Fatboy Slim. The latest addition to the festival is Sonar+D, which is a four-day conference that focuses on creativity, technology and business.

2. Creamfields

It is arguably the world’s biggest dance music festival with over 70,000 attendees at each of its six stages. This year’s event will be held from 22nd August to 25th August in Daresbury, Cheshire (UK) and will feature performances by incredible acts like Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello and Afrojack.

3. Electric Daisy Carnival

This popular festival has been around for 20 years now ever since it started in Los Angeles in 1997. This year’s event will take place from 20th July to 22nd July at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas (US). The festival features different genres of electronic music such as

Deutsche elektronische Musik, also known as German electronic music, is a term used to describe the work of German electronic musicians.

The term can refer to:

Electronic music that originated in Germany and/or was produced by artists of German origin.

German-language electronic music, regardless of its place of origin or nationality of the artist.

Both meanings are often combined in a single usage.


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