Tired of blowing bucketloads on EDM festivals? Fret not, because a slew of wallet-friendly South American options await you. You shouldn’t have to choose between an Insta-worthy getaway and a rave to remember – and thankfully now you don’t have to!
Storyland (Santa Marta, Colombia) – January
Does soaking up the Caribbean sun over at the undeniably gorgeous port town of Santa Marta, Colombia’s national treasure, sound like an ideal vacation? Well, I assure you that as one of the wildest EDM festivals in the region Storyland will prove to be the icing on the cake of your Caribbean dreams so kick off the year on the right note this January. Performances by dance music titans like Don Diablo, Agents of Time, and Cedric Gervais, when coupled with the show-stopping production is sure to get your hips moving like Shakira’s (yet another Colombian national treasure). A word from the wise? Don’t miss out on the legendary beach parties leading up to this star-studded musical bonanza if you want the full experience!
Universo Parallelo (Bahia, Brazil) – December
No one parties with quite as much gusto and finesse as Brazilians, so it’s really no surprise that Universo Parallelo has quickly made its mark as the third largest psytrance festival in the whole world. Unfolding in the magical oasis of beachy Bahia at the end of the year, Universo Parallelo is a hippie-dippie paradise boasting a mighty line-up featuring edgy acts like Lunatica, Rinkadink, and Mad Tribe. With stunning carnival-inspired sets and a ton of funky new music to discover, you’ll be wanting to relive these 9 days of pure euphoria again and again! As far as parallel universes go, this one’s sure to make it to your good books.
Asuncionico ( Asuncion, Paraguay) – March
Fancy a trip to Paraguay? Well, now you sure will because the country’s biggest music festival Asuncionico is calling your name! Held in the vibrant capital of Asuncion in March, this blockbuster event doubles as the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the historical epicenter of this landlocked marvel of a nation. With tickets selling at a wildly affordable rate, you’ll be able to comfortably rock it out to international musical powerhouses like Interpol, Martin Garrix, and The Killers and still be able to squeeze in some fun adventures around the city without going over your budget.
Lollapalooza Chile ( Santiago, Chile) – March
Yes Lollapalooza is an EDM staple, but have you been to the one in Chile yet? Gracing Santiago’s O’Higgins Park with memorable performances, rock and indie giants like Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Foster the People, and Travis Scott have found themselves at home on the extravagant sets of Lollapalooza’s Latin American installment. This music festival has also catapulted homegrown talent like Chico Trujillo and Los Bunkers into international acclaim, elegantly reminding the world that Chile is a timeless cultural and musical hub that deserves more recognition. It’s bound to warm up even the Chile-st of hearts this March!
XXXperience (Sao Paolo, Brazil) – September
With a name as bold as its experimental themes, XXXperience has effortlessly held onto the crown of Brazil’s largest dance music festival for almost three decades! Held every September in Itu, a tourist hotspot in Sao Paulo, XXXperience has managed to redefine EDM music and its performance. With an incredible lineup showcasing international talent in the form of iconic artists like Oliver Heldens, Astrix, and ARTBAT, this music festival is famed for embracing a diverse range of genres like techno, house and trance. Trust Brazil to throw an unforgettable party! Pack for the trip of a lifetime because you’re about to ex(xx)perience a taste of true musical genius.
Ultra Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – March
Ultra’s South American installation rightly proves that everything’s better down South. Tripling in size since its birth in 2012, this open-air EDM festival attracts fans from around the globe to Buenos Aires, the epicenter of Argentinian arts and culture. With big names like Alan Fitzpatrick, Firebeatz and Knife Party at the helm of this mind-blowingly fantastic display of lights and sound, you need to book your tickets Argent-ly!
Rio Music Carnival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – February
Much to the avid raver’s dismay, February rarely gets much EDM action. But fret not, for Rio Music Carnival is here to brighten up this dull month and transform it into your favorite time of year! Coinciding with Brazil’s illustrious carnival, this music festival breathes new life into the city with its mesmerizing buffet of extravagant floats, jazzed-up dancers and funky new sounds that’ll get you groovin’ from dusk till dawn. Enjoy captivating live performances by Timmy Trumpet, Nervo, Loud Luxury and other musical powerhouses. Kiss goodbye to sleep because this city-wide party is right out of a dream!
Estero Picnic (Bogota, Colombia) – March
Colombia earns its place on the world EDM map with Estero Picnic – a music festival that doubles as a full-fledged carnival, you know, in classic Latin American fashion. Presenting a delightful array of parties, make-shift bars, and delectable food options to indulge in alongside unforgettable performances by evergreen acts of great caliber like Calvin Harris, Florence + the Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And when your ears start to ring, take a leisurely stroll through the eccentric “Hippie Market” to unwind. Estero Picnic’s really a treat for the senses.
Electric Daisy Carnival Brasil (Sao Paolo , Brazil) – December
Whisking one of America’s oldest and largest EDM events off to the heart of Brazil proved to be a wise move because Electric Daisy Carnival Brasil has quickly become a crowd-favorite since its debut in 2015. From elaborate firework displays to full-scale carnival rides, this music festival sets itself apart from the rest in terms of sheer scale and variety of attractions. If the interactive art installations don’t win you over, then the presence of class acts like Dirtyphonics, R3HAB and Excision definitely will.
Lollapalooza Brasil (Sao Paolo, Brazil) – December
For yet another reason to hit up Sao Paolo this winter, check out Lollapalooza Brasil: the perfect combination of internationally-acclaimed superstars and a taste of up and coming Brazilian talent for the hungriest of EDM lovers to wolf down. If you love the musical diversity and welcoming atmosphere of Lollapalooza up in Chicago but also crave a change of scene, this is going to become a quick favorite for you. Let The Fever 333, Portugal The Man, Autoramas, and MAZ guide you through nights of pure euphoria as you fall in love with this beautiful, lively city.
Lollapalooza Argentina ( Buenos Aires, Argentina) – March
Use this Spring to complete your Lollapalooza bucket-list with this wacky edition of the Chicago staple. Get ready to dance your feet off to an EDM-heavy lineup featuring musical royalty like Steve Aoki, Interpol and ROSALIA as the cool Argentinian fall breeze gently kisses your cheek. Head over to Buenos Aires at your own risk though, because you’ll have a real hard time saying goodbye. But if you do go, it’s sure to be a love affair for the books because you’re in for a very bueno time!
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