This month, to celebrate the upcoming festival season, we showcase some of our favourite unique and incredible festival locations…
Here was a time when festivals were homogeneous beasts – a few tents in a green field was the most you could expect. These days, locations are diverse and exciting, providing an opportunity to enjoy dance music in unique spaces.
WHERE: Barcelona, Spain
HIGHLIGHTS: Solomun, Jeff Mills, Eats Everything, Paco Osuna…
Intent on keeping that vintage warehouse feel, DGTL’s gritty, urban sound and setting sit in delicate contrast to Barcelona’s chill, summer vibe, making it the ideal festival for techno fans still after a touch of summer holiday.
A ‘must do’ for any self-discerning festival connoisseur; everything about Exit is unique. From its fortress location – the dance stage is in the moat – to it’s sheer 16-stage scale. With a rich musical range, and a party that doesn’t wind down until after sun-up, Exit always delivers.
WHEN: 6th-9th July
WHERE: Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad (SERBIA)
HIGHLIGHTS: Faithless (DJ set), Paul Kalkbrenner, Duke Dumont, Foreign Beggars, Black Coffee, Hardwell, Solomun b2b Dixon
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
Now in their 21st year, the EDC crew transform Las Vegas’ Motor Speedway with interactive art installations, huge carnival rides, mobile art cars and more. With 400,000 annual attendees, EDC is spectacular, even by Vegas standards!
WHEN: 16th-18th June
WHERE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (USA)
HIGHLIGHTS: Line up TBA, but expect a who’s who of electronic music
There’s few places in the UK more beautiful than the Cornish coast. Boardmasters matches this location with an rockin’ line-up and the chance to surf the country’s best waves, creating the perfect formula for festival fun.
WHEN: 12th August
WHERE: Watergate Bay/Fistral Beach (UK)
HIGHLIGHTS: Stormzy, DJ Shadow, Armand Van Helden, Andy C, Patrick Topping, Hannah Wants, Netsky, Solardo, Theo Kottis, Kurupt FM
Kappa FuturFestival has exploded in just six years. No bells, whistles or gimmicks here; just two days of the finest house and techno from ‘The Shed’ – one of the most iconic festival stages we’ve ever seen.
WHEN: 8th July
WHERE: Parco Dora (ITALY)
HIGHLIGHTS: Masters At Work, Fatboy Slim, Nina Kraviz, Carl Cox, Marcel Dettmann, Jackmaster
Junction 2 returns for year number two, jamming what seems like half the world’s big name techno acts under the a UK motorway bridge outside London.
WHEN: 10th June
WHERE: Boston Manor Park (UK)
HIGHLIGHTS: Ben Klock, Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Recondite (live), DJ Tennis, DJ Koze, Daniel Avery, Planetary Assault Systems (live)
Taking place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, converts will tell you that Burning Man is more than a festival. It’s a pop-up city where fantasy and self expression rule supreme. It’s a way of life. Certainly no other place on earth comes close to the surreal beauty of the currency-free gathering. Has to be experienced to be truly understood.
WHEN: 27th August-1st September
WHERE: Black Rock Desert (USA)
HIGHLIGHTS: Line up TBA
Iceland’s Secret Solstice is genuinely one of a kind. Hosted during it’s famous midnight sun and home to an array of unique spaces such as a 5,000 year old lava tunnel, there’s no other festival like it!
WHEN: 16th-18th June
WHERE: Reykjavik (ICELAND)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Prodigy, Shaka Khan, Roots Manuva, Kerri Chandler, Wolf+Lamb