These are the best dance music festivals coming up in 2019.

This year there is no shortage of killer dance music festivals, each of them stacked with talented acts and incredible DJs. Here is our guide to the best of the best.

We Are FSTVL

When: May 24th-26th

Where: Upminster, Greater London

Lineup: Andy C, Ben Klock, Dixon, General Levy, Nina Kraviz, Todd Terry

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.

Boomtown

When: 7th-12th August

Where: Winchester

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.

Tomorrowland

When: 20th-22nd July

Where: Boom, Belgium

Lineup: TBA

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.

Ultra Europe

When: 12th – 14th July

Where: Split, Croatia

Lineup: TBA

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.

Outlook

When: 6th-9th September

Where: Pula, Croatia

Lineup: TBA

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.

Creamfields

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.

Amsterdam Dance Event

When: 16th – 20th October

Where: Amsterdam

Lineup: TBA

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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