Not got a ticket to Tomorrowland but love electronic music and want to dance the night away to your favourite DJ’s at an exciting festival?
Here’s some alternatives where you can party poolside, frolic in a fortress, get down in a glacier, shimmy by the sea or combine your festival with a city break in Amsterdam!
There’s something for every festival adventurer, are you ready? Here’s 5 unforgettable festivals not to miss in 2018.
Amsterdam Dance Event, The Netherlands
A yearly conference bringing in the worlds biggest electronic music talents, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) combines spectacular performances with stunning Dutch scenery. Featuring a wide variety of individual events from intimate label showcases to unbelievable arena extravaganzas, there truly is something for everybody. Last year’s ADE saw the likes of Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Marshmello, David Guetta, Afrojack, Steve Aoki and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike all deliver world class performances, so it comes as no surprise that the annual event brings in visitors from every corner of the globe. You can even get the Eurostar there with a new route from London launching in 2018.
ADE takes place from 17-21 October 2018. More info available at amsterdam-dance-event.nl.
EXIT Festival, Serbia
Set in Serbia’s breathtaking Petrovaradin Fortress near Belgrade, this extraordinary showcase of talent takes place annually in July. With an incredible track record, the festival has already hosted a number of iconic electronic names, including Hardwell, Alan Walker, Duke Dumont, David Guetta and Fatboy Slim, alongside a number of huge artists spanning several music genres. This year the festival boasts a diverse lineup, with the perfect balance of names from both the mainstream and the underground. With David Guetta, Adam Beyer B2B Ida Engberg, Solomun and Jax Jones already announced with plenty more to follow, this year’s edition should definitely not be missed.
Exit takes place from 12-15 July 2018. More info available at exitfest.org.
Lowlands Festival, The Netherlanbds
Dutch extravaganza Lowlands Festival attracts attendees from around the world year after year, with an outstanding reputation and a consistently, quality production and impressive lineup that only becomes more world class with each passing year. Hosting artists from a wide range of genres, the festival truly has something for everyone, and attendees never fail to be left in awe. This year’s lineup already features a number of huge electronic artists, including Gorillaz, Richie Hawtin, Bicep, Nils Frahm, Daniel Avery and San Holo all set to provide spectacular performances.
Lowlands takes place from 17 – 19 August 2018.. More info available at lowlands.nl
Sea Star Festival, Croatia
Held in vibrant Croatian town Umag, Sea Star Festival boasts stunning beachside views where you can party poolside, alongside unbelievable live performances from a number of iconic artists. Last year the festival held its first edition, and proved to be a huge hit with attendees who were treated to performances from Paul Kalkbrenner, Fatboy Slim, Pendulum and The Prodigy, to name just a few. After such a huge opening expectations were high ahead of the lineup reveal this year, but these have certainly been exceeded, with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Robin Schulz, Disciples, and Paul van Dyk all due to take to the stage.
Sea Star takes place from 24 – 27 May 2018. More info available at seastarfestival.com
Secret Solstice Festival, Iceland
Set just outside Iceland’s breath taking capital Reykjavik, Secret Solstice Festival combines stunning scenery with awe-inspiring performances, with many of the most in-demand artists in the world set to be in attendance. A number of electronic music’s finest artists are also due to perform, including Clean Bandit, Steve Aoki, Charlotte de Witte Skream and A-Trak all on this year’s roster. Iceland is also known for it’s breath-taking scenery and the festival take full advantage of that offering special parties in a Glacier and Lava tunnel for a truly once in a lifetime party experience.
Secret Solstice takes place from 21-24 June 2018. More info available at secretsolstice.is
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity