These are the best dance music festivals coming up in 2019.
When: May 24th-26th
Where: Upminster, Greater London
Upminster’s Airfield of Dreams has hosted We Are FSTVL since 2013, combining a dazzling light show with the brightest acts in electronic music. This year, will see Ben Klock representing techno, DJ Luck & MC Neat handling garage, Andy C dropping d&b, with over a hundred other acts in between.
When: 7th-12th August
Lineup: Ben UFO, Carl Cox, Joy Orbison, Four Tet, Mall Grab
Boomtown festival is more than a dance music festival. It’s actually more than just a music festival. The theatrical, immersive experience will continue the story of the fictional town, picking up where last year’s festival left off. Headliners include the almighty Ben UFO, and there are 200 more acts yet to be announced. Make sure you bring your fancy dress.
When: 20th-22nd July
Where: Boom, Belgium
Now more than a decade old, Belgium’s Tomorrowland is still one of the best festivals in Europe. The festival’s production design, visuals, stages and storytelling have turned it into a mecca for dance fans all over the world. This year, the line-up has yet to be announced, but some of the genre’s biggest names will undoutedly be present, alongside underground heroes and trendsetters.
When: 12th – 14th July
Where: Split, Croatia
One of electronic music’s most recognisable global brands, Ultra’s European festival is every bit as phenomenal as its American counterpart. The lineup is sure to be packed with some of dance music’s most talented DJs: the 2018 edition saw Afrojack, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, DJ Snake descend upon Croatia for a weekend of unbridled hedonism.
When: 6th-9th September
Where: Pula, Croatia
A few months after Ultra Europe, it’s worth returning to Croatia for Outlook festival. This year, the lineup includes leading lights from genres as diverse as grime, dub, hip-hop, breaks and jungle, meaning electronic music fans of all stripes will find something to love. With several of the underground’s biggest breakthrough stars present, Outlook is an opportunity to soak up the sun to a phenomenal soundtrack: last year’s bill featured J Hus, YGG, Lady Leshurr, Lamont, and Slimzee.
When: 23-26 August
Where: Daresbury, UK
Lineup: Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia
Creamfields grew out of Liverpool’s 1990s club scene to become what is very likely the biggest dance festival in the UK in terms of sheer scale. With cutting-edge special effects and staging, Creamfields consistently attracts the biggest names in music. The lineup has not been announced yet, but it is guaranteed to please. Previous years have seen the likes of Annie Mac, Seth Troxler, Duke Dumont, and Eats Everything on the decks, and 2019 is set to feature even more huge names from the EDM scene – Deadmau5 and Swedish House Mafia have already been confirmed.
When: 16th – 20th October
Quite possibly the biggest electronic music festival on the planet, ADE brings together artists, industry insiders and music fans like no other event. No acts have been announced yet, but the festival has never let us down thus far. Last year’s ADE saw Bonobo, DJ Koze, Floating Points, Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Helena Hauff and Laurent Garnier play in venues across the city.
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