10 International EDM Festivals To Add To Your Bucket List

Supreet Cheema 0

A festival’s experience is about gaining something by giving it away, and if there were any time to discover your inner raver, now would be the time! We’ve made it easy for your bucketlist by narrowing down the top 10 EDM festivals this world has to offer!

1. Creamfields, UK

Creamfields originated in UK in 1998 and takes place in Daresbury, Cheshire. Big artists like Armin Van Buuren, DV&LM, Martin Garrix, and many more are part of the lineup usually. Here are reasons why you should attend Creamfields, UK if you get the chance!

2. Coachella, California

Coachella, the music & arts festival is nested in the surreal Empire Valley of California. Multiple genres marry under the summertime sky and deliver an experience to its audience which is nothing short of magical! The top-notch festival provides a royal line-up and in 2014 organizers even managed to confirm an OutKast (Hip-Hop) reunion appearance!

3. Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas

Can you imagine riding on a Ferris-Wheel, listening to your favourite artist play your favourite song? That’s what sums up EDC. True to its roots, EDC LV maintains a carnival atmosphere, filled with diverse stages, amusing rides, entertaining games, art instalments and top of the line DJ structure. The Las Vegas edition is like a modern-day Woodstock for dance music enthusiasts, and it’s much more exciting than the others.

4. Lollapalooza, Chicago

This Chicago mega-concert isn’t just about headliners and EDM in particular, there’s something for everyone, and plenty of opportunity to dance your ass off to Skrillex, Calvin Harris, raise your fists to Kings of Leon and even get a chance to rap along Eminem! This festival caters to a much wider audience than just dance music fans and this is what differentiates it from every other name mentioned on this list.

5. Electric Zoo, New York

Electric Zoo is where the legendary meet the rookies, and the elite meet the hippies. This 3-day event is held over Labor Day weekend in Randall’s Island Park in NYC. With numerous stages and over 100 different dance music sets, the line-up each year gets more and more impressive with bigger and better production setups. But the best part about this Zoo is its location, New York being the perfect place to connect with likeminded fans and internationally renowned DJs.

6. Burning Man, Nevada

The now legendary event manages to embrace the ancient Celtic traditions of the Sun King into a modern day format, shrewdly weaving the themes of tribal culture with the latest electronic dance music, performance and arts. This week long event held at the end of August in Nevada and holds no rules or regulations to the party space within the Burning Man festival, but everyone is expected to act in a positive manner, giving something of them to help create the theme.

7. Ultra Music Festival, Miami

UMF-M kickoffs the EDM festival season with pride and joy, held generally in March. Ultra has risen to the very top of must-see festivals in the world, and is heavily recognized by both the legendary pioneers of Electronic music and those who are barely scraping the surface today. The Miami edition is a staple and one of the biggest names in the dance community and continues to grow year by year.

8. Mysteryland, New York

Mysteryland has been a leading pioneer on the dance festival scene in Europe and the US since 1993 and is promoted by ID&T! It is little known that Tomorrowland emerged from the key values of the Mysteryland itself. It has its roots in Netherlands, Chile and USA. The epic madness happens on different dates every year and is hosted in the same location at the infamous 1969 Woodstock and holds strong musical history within its gates.

9. Electric Forest, New York

Electric Forest is a multi-genre event occurring in late June, basically there are more instruments than the previous music festivals on this list, but the EDM artist line-up isn’t compromised at all. This 4-day festival takes place in the middle of the forest with backlights and neon-painted trees everywhere. It’s spooky, exciting and offers a different experience than the rest, which will likely blow your mind.

10. Tomorrowland, Belgium

Ravers from all countries travel to Belgium to attend this alluring festival in the month of July, to experience an unearthly weekend. Tomorrowland has become one of the most notable global music festivals due to its amazing choreographed production and has also spawned a US version with TomorrowWorld. Featuring mythical illusions, carnival rides, second to none line-up and exotic characters, it is on everyone’s bucket list!

Supreet Cheema

Exceptionally passionate about music especially Electronic Dance Music. Freelance Disc-Jockey. Writer at GrapeVineOnline.in and various other platforms.