Stars of the future
|WHEN? 27th-31st May WHERE? Space, Sands, Zoo Project, Plan Be, Ushuaia, Sankeys, Amnesia and more TBA|
|HOW MUCH? £85|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Tom Flynn, Patrick Topping, The Mekanism, Mind Against, Los Suruba, Maher Daniel, Lewis Boardman, Detlef, Dance Spirit, Andy Baxter, Samu.L, Anek and many more.|
Nine events, five days and numerous venues, Emerging Ibiza is a series of parties programmed in Ibiza especially to promote upcoming DJ talent. Handpicked by a panel of experts that includes Audiofly, Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, Nick Curly, Steve Lawler and Renato Ratier among others, the series will launch at Sands, before visiting Space Ibiza, Zoo Project, Amnesia and Sankeys, among others, during the week. Tom Flynn, Patrick Topping, The Mekanism and Mind Against are just some of the DJ names involved.
Everywhere you go...
|WHEN? 6th-9th June WHERE? Paris, France|
|HOW MUCH? €24/€30/€47|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Underground Resistance, Mount Kimbie, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Derrick May, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Moodymann, Ben Klock, DJ Deep, Marcel Dettmann, Rødhåd, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebling, Len Faki, Sonja Moonear, Marcel Fengler, Floating Points and more.|
Always take the weather with you, is how the song goes. Something that particularly applies to festivals. Hence, the title Weather Festival might seem churlish, especially if it's attended by loads of Brits. Regardless, you can rest assured the music at this techno event — made up of a multi-stage main arena and a bunch of spin-off parties at local clubs like Rex, Concrete and Machine du Moulin Rouge — is going to be spot-on despite the weather.
|WHEN? 12th-14th June WHERE? Barcelona, Spain|
|HOW MUCH? €55/€72/€125/€195|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Massive Attack, Richie, Hawtin, Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Rudimental, Caribou, Bonobo, Boys Noize, Caribou, Four Tet, Neneh Cherry with RocketNumberNine, Loco Dice, James Murphy, Gesaffelstein, Todd Terje, Tiga, Jon Hopkins, DJ Harvey and more...|
Barcelona's day and night programme of cutting-edge dance reaches 21 years this June. Also in Reykjavik, Stockholm, Tokyo, Cape Town and Mexico these days, the Catalan capital is still the daddy. Name a left-of-centre dance act worth seeing and they're bound to be here somewhere, either outdoor at Fira Montjuïc or inside the enormous hangars of Fira Gran Via L'Hospitalet after dark.
24-hour party people
|WHEN? 20th-22nd June WHERE? Hot Spring Valley, Iceland|
|HOW MUCH? £105/£158|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Massive Attack, Kerri Chandler, Carl Craig, Damian Lazarus, Eats Everything, Skream, Boddika, Gorgon City, Jackmaster, Oneman, Paul Woolford, Droog, Waze & Odyssey, Ben Pearce, Artwork, Clive Henry, Francesca Lombardo, Klose One, Josh Butler, My Nu Leng, Voyeur and more...|
Prefer daytime partying? Look no further! Secret Solstice is the new three-day dance fest in the Arctic Circle where ravers won't have to worry about the sun going down. Why? Because it won't. Located in the stunning volcanic, hot-water spring surroundings of Iceland at the height of summer, this event won't stay secret for long. The music ain't bad either.
Give France a chance
|WHEN? 30th June - 6th July WHERE? Sete, France|
|HOW MUCH? €129/€209|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Theo Parrish, Four Tet, Ebo Taylor, Connan Mockasin, Karol Conka, Floating Points, Osunlade, Andrew Ashong, John Wizards, Michael Kiwanuka, Swindle, Gilles Peterson, Simbad, Lefto and more...|
Set upon various stages — inside and out — within the quaint seaside town of Sete, Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival is the pick of the bunch for those whose tastes stray into the outer realms of the dance spectrum. From Afrobeat to funk and soul, all with a futuristic edge, there's plenty here to get you dancing. It's not just the gorgeous sunsets that keep its loyal, word-of-mouth following flooding back every year.
Head to the Exit
|WHEN? 10th - 13th July WHERE? Novi Sad, Serbia|
|HOW MUCH? £115|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Damon Alban, Carl Cox Vs Danny Tenaglia, Disclosure, Rudimental, Skrillex, Andy C, Ben Klock Vs Marcel Dettmann, Carl Craig Vs Green Velvet, Dusky Vs Paul Woolford, Eats Everything Vs Cassy, Gorgon City, Heidi Vs Kim Ann Foxman, Maceo Plex Vs Danny Daze, Tiga Vs DJ Hell, Jackmaster & Oneman, My Nu Leng, Fred V & Grafix feat Dynamite MC and much more...|
Serbia's Exit is more than just a festival. Originally offering an escape after years of an oppressive war, this coming together in the Petrovaradin Fortress also has political meaning. But more than anything it's about getting completely lost to an intense soundtrack. Everything from EDM to underground sounds are catered for here, and this year a host of b2b one-off DJ pairings will take this family affair to a whole new level.
Buttery biscuit bass
|WHEN? 18th - 20th July WHERE? Ferropolis, Germany|
|HOW MUCH? £135.90|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Portishead, Dixon, Ȃme, Brodinski, Breach, Boys Noize, Guy Gerber, Jeff Mills, Dusky, Ellen Allien, John Wizards, Kele Okereke, John Talabot, Little Dragon, Kim Ann Foxman, Lone, Metronomy, Maya Jane Coles, Planningtorock, SBTRKT, Subb-an, The Martinez Brothers, Tiga, Seth Troxler, Ten Walls, Whomadewho, Modeselektor, Fuck Buttons, Four Tet, Chromeo and much more...|
For a nation defined by its electronic scene, it's only natural its flagship festival is heavy on the house and techno, but that's not to say they've forgotten the bands. Don't expect a line-up to revival V Festival though, the likes of Portishead, Whomadewho and Little Dragon play live and the only metal is at Ferropolis, the impressive open-air steel museum the festival is found within.
The truth is out there
|WHEN? Saturday 23rd August WHERE? Haarlemmermeer, Holland|
|HOW MUCH? €72.50/€110|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nervo, Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Joris Voorn, Rusko, Art Department, Ben Sims, Sander Van Doorn, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and more TBA...|
How much EDM/dance music can you fit into one day? It's a mystery! Or it is until you have experienced Mysteryland, 12 hours of non-stop carnage across more stages than Gandalf can shake a wand at. Aside from the definitive line-up covering big room monoliths and underground stars, it's Mysteryland's production that really takes the biscuit. A trippy wonderland of hidden trails, psychedelic main stage murals and flame-throwing pyrotechnics, this festival — now also in the US and Chile — is another world entirely.
On the deks
|WHEN? 1st-3rd August WHERE? Amsterdamse Bos|
|HOW MUCH? €42/€105|
|HIGHLIGHTS? DJ Harvey, Daphni, Ben Klock. Andrew Weatherall, Bicep, DJ Koze, Julio Bashmore, 3 Chairs, Marcel Dettmann, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Rohad, Ryan Elliot, Juju & Jordash, Jackmaster & Oneman, Jamie xx, Jimmy Edgar, Nicolas Jaar, Pariah, Levon Vincent, Prosumer, Prins Thomas, Surgeon, Tom Trago and more...|
If you go into the woods today, you'll find only the most respected underground DJ talent on a shit-hot soundsystem. Probably Amsterdam's coolest promoters, Dekmantel — also a label — really proved their worth with their first-ever festival last year. Even with the rain, it was a massive success.
Tauron Nowa Muzyka
How soon is Nowa?
|Tauron Nowa Muzyka|
|WHEN? 21st - 24th August WHERE? Katowice, Poland|
|HOW MUCH? €30/€36|
|HIGHLIGHTS? Dixon, Mouse On Mars, Jackson and his Computerband, Kelela, Ben UFO, Kölsch, Laurel Halo, Kode9, Cooly G, Whomadewho, Jaga Jazzist, Scratcha DVA and more...|
Since when did Poland get so bloody cool!? First Unsound, now this. Entering its ninth year in 2014, Tauron Nowa Muzyka is a four-day showcase of avant garde electronic sounds set in the industrial realms of a Katowice coal mine. Calling upon a 10 years of Hyperdub showcase and DJs like Ben UFO and Dixon, it'll have even Dalston's most tweed-suited and brogue-booted booking an Easyjet flight.