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SOUTHPORT Weekender, on holiday. The timeless UK bash spawned this sun-kissed lovechild back in 2010, and what a summer fling it’s been. Immediately garnering respect amongst fans of soulful, chunky beats thanks to pioneering bookings, this edition will be no different; disco, house, R&B, techno, and all between.

Where: The Garden, Tisno, Croatia
When:
19th July 2017 to 26th July 2017
Cost: £119+
Highlights: Louie Vega, David Morales, DJ Spen, Doc Martin, Danny Krivit, Peggy Gou, Rahaan, Antal, Shimza, Sam Divine
Website: suncebeat.com

ONE of the UK’s best-loved festivals, Secret Garden Party waves farewell in 2017, so expect it to go out with a bang! Oooh, there seems to be something in our eye...

Where: Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, UK
When:
20th July 2017 to 23rd July 2017
Cost: £190
Highlights: Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Craig Richards, Honey Soundsystem, House Husband

TS5 was the smash hit of the summer last year, selling out all eight weeks of its debut season. It returns again this year, with the UK garage superstar once again singing, MCing and DJing all at the same time, while blending old school hits, R&B and house. 

20/07 Craig David, plus more TBA

27/07 Craig David, plus more TBA

03/08 Craig David, plus more TBA

Where: IBIZA ROCKS HOTEL, Calle Cervantes 27 07820, San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain
When:
20th July 2017 to 21st July 2017
Cost: 35 €

30 YEARS OF SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER

After a fantastic debut last year, a cluster of warehouses just outside Liverpool city centre once again plays home to a plethora of globally renowned disco and house acts — this year additionally celebrating Southport Weekender’s 30th birthday!

Where: Baltic Triangle Venues, Liverpool, UU
When:
21st July 2017 to 23rd July 2017
Cost: £45 - £55
Highlights: D-Train (live), Ultra Naté (live), David Morales, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Tony Humphries, Joey Negro, Jellybean Benitez, Nicky Siano

WITH a vibe a bit like a hippy commune, Nozstock combines rolling English countryside, charming hand-crafted production, and reggae, hip-hop, drum & bass, ska, psy-trance and the like. Look out for DJ Mag Bunker-hosted sets at the fest this year!

Where: Rowden Paddocks, Herefordshire, UK
When:
21st July 2017 to 23rd July 2017
Cost: £115 - £125
Highlights: Happy Mondays, Uncle Dugs, Ivy Lab, Ocean Wisdom, Billy Bunter, Levelz
Website: nozstock.com

A festival of insane proportions, Tomorrowland is so big it’s now two weekends, boasts 69 arena hosts, over 1,000 artists, and DJs who would usually only play late at night open the event — Carl Cox midday set anyone? Alas, it’s so big it sold out within 64 minutes.

 

Where: De Schorre, Boom, Belgium
When:
21st July 2017 to 30th July 2017
Cost: SOLD OUT
Highlights: Netsky, Martin Garrix, Ben Klock, Booka Shade, Kerri Chandler, Maya Jane Coles

ONE of the oldest in Croatia’s ever-growing warm weather scene, for many Soundwave defines the party trip ethos. More than a festival — not least 13 boat sessions scheduled for the ninth edition this year, amazing local bars, picturesque scenery and community spirit — this might be the Adriatic’s most varied ticket.

Where: The Garden, Tisno, Croatia
When:
27th July 2017 to 31st July 2017
Cost: £129+
Highlights: IAMDDB, Gilles Peterson, Laura Mvula, Roy Ayers, Mall Grab, Chaos In The CBD, Alexander Nut, The Pharcyde, Roni Size, Egyptian Lover

WE could all probably do with a few more reasons to be cheerful right now, but thankfully those folks down in Jersey have us covered — top stuff, as per!

Where: Coronation Park, St. Helier, Jersey, UK
When: 29th July 2017
Cost: £49 - £59
Highlights: Jenna & The Gs, Denis Sulta, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Mollie Collins, Solardo

ONE for the EDM set, when Black Sheep opened last year it blew expectations out of the water. Or into the water, depending on how hot and sweaty they were. The throwdown again descends on Croatia’s holy quartet — Aquarius, Kalypso, Noa, and Papaya — meaning big production, and big choons.

 

Where: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
When:
31st July 2017 to 03rd August 2017
Cost: 525HRK
Highlights: DVBBS, Fedde Le Grand, KSHMR, Nervo, Nicky Romero, Dannic, Tigerlily

NOW flexing an extra day to celebrate ten years, Amsterdam’s premier culture hurricane Dekmantel continues to be one of the most innovative and extensive arts festivals in Europe, with lectures, workshops and raves. Day tickets are already sold out.

 

Where: Amsterdam Bos/Multiple venues, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
When:
02nd August 2017 to 06th August 2017
Cost: SOLD OUT
Highlights: Steve Reich, Jeff Mills & Tony Allen, Arca, Ben UFO, Nathan Fake, Joy Orbison, Omar S, Sun Ra, Karenn (live), Helena Hauff

THE longest-running all-drum & bass festival, Czech Republic’s Let It Roll gets bigger and more audacious with its production every year. With a spaceship mainstage, an eye-melting opening ceremony and a line-up that represents all colours of the jungle rainbow, this year’s label arena hosts include Hospital, Ram, Shogun, Eatbrain, Symmetry, Dispatch and Critical.

 

Where: Milovice Airfield, Prague, Czech Republic
When:
03rd August 2017 to 05th August 2017
Cost: £76
Highlights: Andy C, Camo & Krooked, Netsky, Delta Heavy, Hype b2b Hazard, Icicle, Dimension, Current Value
Website: letitroll.eu

AKA: The Art Of Techno Exhibition. Neopop is a celebration of electronica in all its nascent and innovative forms as it welcomes generations of top-notch acts to perform across two stages in its grand fort-side location in North Portugal. From DJ Bone to Dixon by way of Kraftwerk 3D, Neopop continues to represent the true craft.

 

Where: Forte de Santiago da Barra, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
When:
03rd August 2017 to 05th August 2017
Cost: €90+
Highlights: Chris Liebing, DJ Stringray, Dax J, Helena Hauff, Jane Fitz, Dr Rubinstein, Moderat (live), Maceo Plex, Paula Temple, Planetary Assault Systems (live)

GET OFF on this beauty… A cosy lakeside retreat due west of Krakow, OFF has been in operation since 2006 and consistently maintained a size and left-of-centre remit that relishes in the indie fringes. Home to a series of talks and workshops, plus some premium techno, hip-hop, rock and electronica, OFF is most definitely ON.

 

Where: Katowice, Poland
When:
04th August 2017 to 06th August 2017
Cost: £60+
Highlights: Talib Kweli, Jessy Lanza, The Black Madonna, Swans, PJ Harvey, Circuit Des Yeux, Carla Bozulich, Daniel Johnston

Having sold out every year since debuting in 2015, and looking likely to again this year, it’s safe to say 51st State has nailed the London festival game. Although it’s unsurprising really, considering how many undisputed legends of house and disco are playing.

Where: Trent Park, London, UK
When: 05th August 2017
Cost: £40 - £75
Highlights: Masters At Work, Dimitri From Paris, Mad Professor, DJ Sneak, Kenny Dope

RELOCATING to London for 2017, EE boasts stages from Knee Deep In Sound, Skreamism, Defected, Rinse and more, but we’re secretly most excited to see Seth Troxler’s latest promo vid...

Where: Secret location, London, UK
When: 05th August 2017
Cost: £35

OFFERING a bill of super-cool, highly individual acts you’d seriously struggle to find elsewhere, Visions brings together music, art, food and even a dog show, building a creative hub in the capital’s buzzing London Fields area.

Where: London Fields, London, UK
When: 05th August 2017
Cost: £40 - £75
Highlights: Sophie, Jenny Hval, Blanck Mass, Liars, Zebra Katz

WE struggle to think of any festival that goes quite as far as Boomtown to create a completely immersive experience — come on, they literally build a friggin’ town! Oh, and all that reggae, drum & bass, house and techno isn’t too bad either...

Where: Matterley Estate, Winchester, UK
When:
10th August 2017 to 13th August 2017
Cost: £195
Highlights: Dub Phizix & Strategy, Loefah, Ben UFO & Mr Scruff & Joy Orbison, Booka Shade, AJ Tracey, Ziggy Marley, Dusky

GOTHENBURG’S gift. Way Out West is more than just a three-day appreciation of great music in a park in the centre of Sweden’s hipster capital; as the festival winds down at night, the clubs wind up for Stay Out West, a series of parties hosted by Diplo, Shake070 and many more.

 

Where: Slottsskogen Park, Gothenburg, Sweden
When:
10th August 2017 to 12th August 2017
Cost: £140
Highlights: Frank Ocean, Danny Brown, Major Lazer, The xx, Chance The Rapper, Fatima Yamaha
Website: wayoutwest.se

THE UK’s most prolific and prominent proper house crew are in the... Garden. Prepare for boat parties skippered (well, soundtracked at least) by decade-spanning dons, and a week’s worth of sunrises at the legendary Barbarella’s open air nightclub, hosted by some of the freshest players in the scene.

Where: The Garden, Tisno, Croatia
When:
10th August 2017 to 15th August 2017
Cost: £150+
Highlights: Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Kenny Dope, Eats Everything, Derrick Carter, Sam Divine, Soul Clap, Nick Curly, Honey Dijon, Luke Solomon

WELSH woodland and a dedication to building a fun, friendly, family-like vibe keeps Gottwood rammed year after year, and earned the event Best Boutique Festival at last year’s DJ Mag Best Of British Awards.

Where: Houghton Hall, Norfolk, UK
When:
11th August 2017 to 13th August 2017
Cost: £140 - £150
Highlights: The Black Madonna, Mathew Jonson (live), Levelz, Ross From Friends (live), Scuba, Helena Hauff, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, Move D, Red Axes (live)

A music and art festival, set deep in the heart of the stunning Norfolk countryside, and curated by Fabric resident and Musical Director Craig Richards? Yes, yes, yes... take our money!

Where: Houghton Hall, Norfolk, UK
When:
11th August 2017 to 13th August 2017
Cost: £140 - £150
Highlights: Ricardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Nicolas Jaar (DJ set), Sonja Moonear, Andrew Weatherall, Radioactive Man (live), Calibre

THERE’S few places in the UK more beautiful than the Cornish coast, and coupling that with a wide range of big name DJs and MCs, and a chance to ride the country’s best breakers, makes Boardmasters practically impossible to resist.

Where: Watergate Bay, Fistral Beach, Cornwall, UK
When: 12th August 2017
Cost: £59 - £184
Highlights: Stormzy, DJ Shadow, Armand Van Helden, Andy C, Patrick Topping, Hannah Wants, Netsky, Solardo, Theo Kottis, Kurupt FM

RETURNING for a second year, Sunfall once again splits an unbelievable line-up over a daytime fest in Brockwell Park and night-time parties at a host of London’s best venues. Decisions, decisions...

Where: Brockwell Park, London, UK
When: 12th August 2017
Cost: £50 - £65
Highlights: Helena Hauff, Ben UFO, Peggy Gou, Romare, Move D, Floating Points, Yussef Kamaal, Konstantin, The Black Madonna, Madlib
Website: sunfall.co.uk

AFTER a fifth instalment in 2016, best described as ‘proper stomping’, Croatian institution Barrakud is back for round six. Keeping the format — a five-day club crawl — whether you sleep or not is irrelevant, given that intensity and atmosphere scarcely let up from the off. Convincing, then you notice the price.

 

Where: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
When:
13th August 2017 to 17th August 2017
Cost: €13 per day, €27.50 full event
Highlights: Ellen Allien, Paul Kalkbrenner, Ben Klock, Carl Craig, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Solomun, The Martinez Brothers, Adam Beyer, Mano Le Tough

A brand new two-day party in the idyllic grounds of a 13th century Bavarian castle, limited to 700 people with full focus on discerning house, disco and techno and fine food and artistic direction from DJ Tennis. This almost sounds too good to be true. Get on board; if Farrago smashes it this year, it will only get bigger.

 

Where: Schweppermannsburg, Bavaria, Germany
When:
18th August 2017 to 19th August 2017
Cost: €95
Highlights: Isolée (live), Mano Le Tough, DJ Tennis, John Talabot, Optimo, Honey Dijon

BARCELONA’S beloved party brand Elrow hits the UK capital for an open-air one-dayer. Expect top quality house and techno, more confetti than a Vegas chapel and all the colours. Seriously, all of them.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK
When: 19th August 2017
Cost: Sold Out

BASS buttons on, heads down; Time Dance continues its Croatian legacy with the fifth instalment of Sonus, bringing heavyweight techno to idyllic Pag Island. Four days and nights of relentless, uninterrupted seriousness contrast the blue skies and gorgeous rays, making for possibly the best idea Team Mannheim will ever have.

Where: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
When:
19th August 2017 to 23rd August 2017
Cost: €179
Highlights: Enzo Siragusa, Jackmaster, Margaret Dygas, Matador (live), Rhadoo, Ricardo Villalobos, Vril (live)

CELEBRATING 20 years in 2017, Creamfields is nothing short of legendary in the UK festival scene. This year’s line-up is as epic as ever (five pages long, in fact), offering EDM superstars and big name DJs from across the dance spectrum.

Where: Daresbury, Cheshire, UK
When:
24th August 2017 to 27th August 2017
Cost: £85 - £220
Highlights: Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz (exclusive live show), Dusky, Armin van Buuren, Laidback Luke, Andy C, Axwell & Ingrosso, Martin Garrix, Diplo

A host of underground dance music’s best and brightest, well-being workshops and top-notch comedy acts, all set in a secluded woodland location decked out in weird and wonderful production? Don’t mind if we do!

Where: Private woodland, Lincolnshire, UK
When:
24th August 2017 to 27th August 2017
Cost: £160
Highlights: Moderat, Nina Kraviz, De La Soul, The Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Midland, Fatima Yamaha, Leon Vynehall, Call Super, Avalon Emerson

PACKING a titillating array of funk, jazz, Afrobeat, reggae, drum & bass and other dance, hippy fest Shambala is all about positive vibes, well-being and dancing ‘til you drop. Spread the love, people!

Where: Secret country estate, Northamptonshire, UK
When:
24th August 2017 to 27th August 2017
Cost: £179
Highlights: Clap! Clap!, DJ Storm, DJ Barely Legal, Soccer96, Oumou Sangare, Zed Bias, Vaudou Game, Speech Debelle, Kimyan Law, Foreign Beggars

A staple of the London festival calendar, SW4 pulls in the biggest names in mainstream dance like no other UK event, and packs a healthy helping of underground talent too.

Where: Clapham Common, London, UK
When:
26th August 2017 to 27th August 2017
Cost: £55 - £105
Highlights: Maya Jane Coles vs Heidi, Pendulum, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Solomun, High Contrast, Dusky (live), Fabio & Grooverider b2b DJ Marky

WHERE to start? For many this is more than a festival, it’s pretty much a way of life. It will take you over, above and beyond your wildest dreams, a celebration of life experiences. Aiming to ‘guide, nurture and protect’, this annual event will probably change your whole outlook.

 

Where: Black Rock Desert, NV, USA
When:
27th August 2017 to 05th September 2017
Cost: SOLD OUT

ALL aboard! The Ark is a unique four-day sonic voyage across the seven seas (well, the Med) on a massive cruise liner that’s also home to a two Michelin Star restaurant, a rock climbing wall, cinemas and even its own shopping mall. Not that you’ll have any time for that type of caper; the line-up is stacked!

 

 

Where: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
When:
31st August 2017 to 03rd September 2017
Cost: €549+
Highlights: 2ManyDJs, Boys Noize, Cassius, Roger Sanchez, Stephan Bodzin, Masters At Work, Henrik Schwarz, KiNK, Chris Liebing

THE biggest soundsystem culture festival in Europe should be proud of all it’s achieved. Episode ten looks to be a fittingly loud anniversary, turning everything up to 11 at the epic fortress site, whilst the opening concert — Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow and The Outlook Orchestra — is a real one-off.

 

Where: Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia
When:
07th September 2017 to 10th September 2017
Cost: £130+
Highlights: Chimpo, Madam X, Kenny Ken, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Pharoahe Monch, D Double E & Footsie, Paleman, Goldie, Plastician, Randall

IT’S all change for one of the nation’s best-loved fests this year, as the Isle Of Wight’s Bestival goes back to its roots design-wise and relocates to a castle in Dorset. Plus, Rob Da Bank’s taste in acts is still as impeccable as ever.

Where: Lulworth Estate, Dorset, UK
When:
07th September 2017 to 10th September 2017
Cost: £170+
Highlights: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Justice, Dizzee Rascal, Little Dragon, Wiley, DJ Shadow, Andy C, Dusky, Solardo
Website: bestival.net

AFTER a cracking first year, Hospitality returns to Finsbury Park bigger and better, this year teaming up with Fabriclive, Let It Roll, Deep Medi and more.

Where: Finsbury Park, London, UK
When: 23rd September 2017
Cost: £33 - £43
Highlights: London Elektricity Big Band, Mala, Mist:I:Cal (Marcus Intalex b2b ST. Files b2b Calibre), My Nu Leng, Benton, Guv, Khan & Neek, S.P.Y, Swindle

WITH Mint Club, Mint Warehouse and Mint Festival, there’s no doubt they like to keep things fresh up in Leeds (sorry, couldn’t resist!), and consistently solid line-ups suggest 2017 will be no different.

Where: The Tetley, Leeds, UK
When: 23rd September 2017
Cost: £TBA

NO details for this one yet, but having scooped Best Festival at our 2016 Best Of British Awards, it’s safe to say Nic Fanciulli’s The Social Festival guarantees a good time.

Where: Kent County Showground, Maidstone, UK
When:
29th September 2017 to 30th September 2017
Cost: £45 - £90

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