8 must-see EDM festivals
EDM festivals are on the rise; more and more of them area appearing, in increasingly diverse areas.
The Asian EDM market, for instance, is continuously expanding, with a range of events being made in their territory.
Fortunately, you don’t need to spend money going to Miami Ultra Music Festival in order to attend high-quality festivals: the European market is also in rapid growth and there are many different EDM festivals that you can enjoy!
It’s time to get involved in these incredible events: here are the main European festivals that you should go to in 2017!
The world’s fun capital, Tomorrowland is the quintessential EDM festival. Founded in 2005, It takes place in Belgium every year in the small city of Boom, where thousands and thousands of people go at the end of July to have an unforgettable experience.
What makes this festival unique, other than an almost infinite line-up that brings together nearly all of the biggest names on the EDM world scene, is its fantastic setting. The theme changes each year, ranging from the more peculiar – such as 2012’s event, staged as a book representing the theme ‘The Book of Wisdom’ – to the more creative, like 2015’s running which, having ‘The Secret Kingdom of Melodia’ as its theme, could only be set up as a marvellous castle.
Ultra Europe (Croatia)
Ultra Europe is the European version of the Miami Ultra Music Festival. Organised by Ultra Worldwide, the famous Croatian festival is definitely one of the most aspired-to goals by fans from all over the world; it takes place in Poljud Stadium in the Croatian city of Split and has done so since 2013. The first Ultra Europe festival lasted for two days, but over the past few years, the festival has grown exponentially. It went from having just two stages – the Main Stage and the Carl Cox & Friends stage – to having the Main, the Arcadia Afterburner, the Resistance and the UMF Radio stages in 2016, the festival’s fourth year. The line-up in this year’s festival is also made up of the main representatives of the EDM world, like Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, deadmau5, and many others.
Creamfields is the biggest and best-known British festival. It was founded in 1998 and is held in Liverpool. Born as an expansion of the famous nightclub Cream, the Creamfields of today is one of the most important names on the EDM world scene.
Creamfields is a true emblem of EDM in Europe, having behind it a range of spin-offs all over the world, including Australia’s (perhaps the most famous) held between 2010 and 2012.
We know very little about the next festival, but what is certain is that deadmau5 and Eric Prydz will be amongst the headliners.
The Amsterdam Dance Event is one of the biggest events that take place in the Dutch capital. Publicised as both a festival and a conference, it entertains masses of the public for five whole days in mid-October every year, reaching an audience of up to 350,000.
The project began in 1995 as a 3-day conference, followed by a performance by thirty Dj’s; today. Not only does ADE feature around 2200 Dj’s, it is also one of the festivals at the centre of EDM world scene.
One of the reasons for which it has cashed in such a huge success in recent years is the ceremony that brings the voting for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ to an end. In 2016, it saw Martin Garrix as the winner.
Sziget is the biggest Hungarian EDM festival. It takes place on an island in the middle of Danubio, Budapest, during the second week of August.
It features over 60 stages, including not just electronic artists but all genres, ranging from rock to jazz, blues to classical.
Since 1993, the year of its founding, Sziget has seen enormous growth, rising from a ‘provincial’ festival to an internationally renowned one reaching 496,000 viewers on its last running, and guaranteeing the public an incredibly varied lineup, with artists of the status of Hardwell, Zedd, David Guetta and others appearing.
The Flying Dutch (Holland)
The Flying Dutch is undoubtedly one of the most notable events of the world; unlike others, it takes place in three different locations: in Amsterdam, at the Olympic Stadium; in Rotterdam, at the Ahoy Buiten; in Eindhoven, at the Strijp-S. What makes this festival unique is the fact that, for 11 hours, it gets the entire nation joining in and dancing.
All eleven Dj’s travel via helicopter in order to perform for an hour in each of the three cities.
It will take probably place between the end of May and the beginning of June as it does every year, and we can’t wait to relive these unforgettable Dutch experiences.
We couldn’t exclude one of the biggest (if not the biggest) Italian festivals from this list. A symbol of the EDM scene in Italy, Nameless takes place in the vicinity of Barzio, in Lecco, where every year it offers a selection of artists that draws in more and more fans from all over. Regarding the next running, we can only tell you that it is expected to be one of the best: the first official announcement is none other than Axwell /\ Ingrosso.
Balaton Sound (Ungheria)
Created by the makers of Sziget, Balaton Sound is one of the most important EDM festivals in Europe. Presented as Heineken Balaton Sound in 2007 and represented in 2013 with the renowned MasterCard’s sponsorship, it takes place every year in the Balaton lake area, in Zamárdi. Since it’s debut, Balaton Sound has been presented as an exclusive festival, to say the least. Indeed, the idea to hold it in mid-summer at the biggest lake of Europe has not only worked, but also made Balaton one of the most unique festivals in terms of location. The festival has also won the prize for the best mid-size European festival. What are you waiting for – go ahead and book!