Growing bored of doing your rounds at the same few music festivals and want a change of scenery? Give these EDM festivals in Europe a go. Check these destinations off your rave and travel bucket lists at the same time; now that’s what I call a win-win situation!
Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium) – July
Yes, there’s more than just delicious chocolate to seduce you over to Belgium! Held in Belgium’s Boom, and crowned ‘The World’s #1 Festival’ back in 2015, Tomorrowland is arguably the continent’s most well-known and well-loved EDM festival. With hundreds of artists from around the world vying for a coveted spot on its fancy, futuristic floating stages, Tomorrowland promises to rather ironically have you wishing that the day never ends and tomorrow never comes so you can just keep dancing your heart out whilst basking in this high-quality music. From The Chainsmokers to Martin Garrix, you’ll be sure to spot your favorite EDM idols here. I mean David Guetta’s been performing here every year and if he doesn’t grow tired of it, I’m sure you won’t either.
Barcelona Beach Festival (Barcelona, Spain) – July
Not that you needed another reason to add Barcelona to your travel bucket list, but Barcelona Beach Festival has earned its name as one of the wildest dance music festivals in Spain. Polish up your Espanyol because the likes of EDM powerhouses like Don Diablo, Armin van Buuren and Alan Walker are about to set the Mediterranean coast on fire and it’d be a crime to miss it. So round up your BFFs, and head over to BBF this July for a summer to remember!
Mysteryland (Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands) – August
Netherland’s oldest and largest dance music festival, Mysteryland has been around since ’93 and leveled up each year to earn the title of the longest running dance festival in the whole world. Watch out for the star-studded line-up which boasts big names like Swedish House Mafia, Yellow Claw and Afrojack! Its elaborate sets, creative lighting and stellar camping facilities are sure to win you over as soon as you set foot on its grounds in Haarlemmermeer. And with attendees from over 100 different countries, it’s no mystery that Mysteryland is a true fan-favorite amongst EDM lovers!
Airbeat One (Neustadt-Glewe, Germany) – July
Looking to party the German way? Well luckily you don’t have to go much further than the airport (at Neustadt-Glewe)! Sporting an enticing line-up of some of the biggest EDM who’s who such as Salvatore Ganacci, Charlotte De Witte and NERVO, this dance festival will leave you with some major withdrawal symptoms once the four days of non-stop insanity are up. If dazzling visuals and ornate sets are what you crave, then head over to Airbeat One this July! And yes, the abundance of German craft beer doesn’t hurt either.
Ultra Europe (Split, Croatia) – July
Unfolding in the beautiful city of Split in the heart of Croatia, this multi-venue music festival promises to take your breath away with elaborate firework displays and the best beach parties to cool off in between performances. Set aside a week to soak in the festivities and make the most of your time here because Ultra Europe is guaranteed to be the largest international dance party you’ll ever find yourself invited to. Dance it out to sick tunes courtesy of Marshmello, Steve Aoki, Alesso, and every other household name in EDM because Ultra Europe is undeniably ultra cool.
Balaton Sound (Zamardi, Hungary) – July
Hung(a)ry for a rave experience you’ll never forget? Then head over to Zamardi, Hungary because Balaton Sound will certainly deliver! Although slightly smaller than some of the other names on this list, Balaton Sound earns its name as one of the best EDM music festivals in Europe for offering up breath-taking views and truly diverse line-up. Plus, Hungary’s a lot gentler on the wallet too, so don’t miss out on making a whole trip of it.Build up a luscious summer tan in this beachy wonderland sitting pretty on Europe’s largest lake whilst listening to the likes of DJ Snake, Moksi and Jonas Blue.
Creamfields (Cheshire, UK) – August
I bet you don’t think of Britain when you think of EDM, but Creamfields is about to change your mind. Held in Daresbury, Cheshire, Creamfields has effortlessly tripled in size since its birth in 1998 and reminds us why it continues to be the UK’s most renowned EDM festival since with legends like Avicii and Tiesto gracing its stage yearly. Savour every moment of this musical bonanza from the belly of the Steel Yard – one of the largest superstructures in the world, crafted solely to enhance the experience of festival attendees – and party to your heart’s content. The annual DJ Awards named Creamfields the ‘Best International Dance Music Festival’ back in 2014 because even a spell of the notoriously unpredictable English showers won’t be able to dampen your spirits here.
Untold Festival (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) – July
End July on a high note with a tonne of unspeakable fun – ya know, ’cause it’s untold? – in the heart of Romania. Yes, Untold Festival provides the perfect opportunity for you to explore the picturesque city of Cluj-Napoca as you indulge in a generous buffet of EDM perfection, ranging from Stormzy to David Guetta and every musical legend in between. Crowned ‘Best Major Festival’ thrice in a row at the esteemed European Festival Awards, Untold has established itself as a frontrunner in the scene.
Electric Love Festival (Salzburgring, Austria) – July
Follow the sound of music over to Austria’s Salzburgring, to be (von-)trap-ped by the enchanting combination of breathtakingly beautiful European countryside and groovy EDM music of every possible sub-genre over at Electric Love Festival. Annually unfolding in July, this gram-worthy EDM fest is known for putting Austria on the rave map with riveting performances from internationally-acclaimed artists like Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Timmy Trumpet.
Sonar Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) – June
Sónar is the 3 days and 2 nights International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art that takes place at various venues in Barcelona (Spain) in the third week of June since 1994. It’s first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals is by virtue of a carefully balanced cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music’s newest trends. Sónar activities are divided into two main locations: the recently premiered Sónar by Day, located from 2013 in Fira Montjuïc, with concerts and dj’s, showcases as well as the new Sónar+D, the professional activities areas; and the larger shows at Sónar by Night, in Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, where the leading names in the current international music scene are staged.
Amsterdam Music Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – October
Amsterdam is basically the Mecca of EDM, so it’s only fitting that Amsterdam Music Festival sees fans pouring in from every corner of the world. Taking place every October in Johan Crujiff Arena, the largest indoor stadium Netherlands has to offer, AMF boasts a legendary line-up featuring the likes of Coone, Lost Frequencies and Jonas Blue. It also holds the honour of announcing the annual list of Top 100 DJs as ranked by DJ Mag, thereby setting the tone for the rest of the year and playing a pivotal role in catapulting EDM artists to fame. Basically, this festival is a must-attend for every avid raver, and it’s sure to have you saying Amster-dayumm.
11 magnificent destinations, 11 unforgettable music festivals, but only one stop to book your tickets!