The GloFX team has revamped and brought back our list of the Biggest and Best EDM Festivals of 2018. How can we pick which EDM festivals to attend when there are so many bidding for our love and support?
As the demand for festivals to outdo themselves and competing events continues, the attendees become the winners. There are new experiences and adventures at every festival you attend, so be sure to research and find the perfect match for your fam.
This list encompasses festivals from all over the world, and each one guarantees a unique experience that’s sure to leave a long-lasting impression on anyone who attends them. As the festival culture continues to grow and more options become available, we have to look at many categories in order to get the best experience.
Each of the festivals listed received high praises on the following 5 attributes:
- Headlining Performers
- Atmosphere & Vibe
- Ticket Price
Best EDM Festivals of 2018
Organized by Date
|BUKU Music + Arts Project||Mar 9-10||New Orleans, LA|
|Beyond Wonderland||Mar 16-17||San Bernardino, CA|
|Ultra Music Festival||Mar 23-25||Miami, FL|
|Coachella Music & Arts Festival||Apr 13-15, Apr 20-22||Indio, CA|
|Istoria Festival||Apr 20||Melbourne, Australia|
|Shaky Beats Music Festival||May 11-13||Atlanta, GA|
|EDC Las Vegas||May 18-20||Las Vegas, NV|
|Sunset Music Festival||May 26-27||Tampa, FL|
|Movement Festival||May 26-28||Detroit, MI|
|Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival||Jun 7-10||Manchester, TN|
|Spring Awakening Music Festival||Jun 8-10||Chicago, IL|
|Paradiso Festival||Jun 15-16||The Gorge, WA|
|Electric Forest||Jun 21-24, June 28-Jul 1||Rothbury, MI|
|Electric Love||Jul 5-7||Plainfeld, Austria|
|Tomorrowland||Jul 20-22, Jul 27-29||Boom, Belgium|
|Boom Festival||Jul 22-29||Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal|
|Sziget Festival||Aug 8-15||Budapest, Hungary|
|Shambhala Music Festival||Aug 10-13||Salmo, BC|
|Electric Zoo||Aug 31-Sept 2||New York City, NY|
|Lost Lands||Sep 14-16||Thornville, OH|
|Freaky Deaky||Late October||Milwaukee, MI|
|It’s The Ship||Mid-November||Singapore|
|Djakarta Warehouse Project||Early December||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|ZoukOut Festival||Early December||Singapore|
|Sunburn Festival||Late December||Pimpri-Chinchwad, India|
|Lights All Night||Late December||Dallas, Texas|
BUKU Music + Arts Project – New Orleans, LA | March 9-10, 2018
Headliners: Bassnectar | Migos | MGMT | SZA
Venue: Its unique location in the outskirts of the Lower Garden District of New Orleans, gives it an exclusive and industrial feel. Mardi Gras World becomes an oasis of creative expression, which is why BUKU stands out as a festival in terms of art and culture. This year they are expanding the venue to allow room for bigger stages and additional art installations. The entire venue is a culmination of artistic innovation and youthful culture.
Reputation: The BUKrewe creates a fusion of EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock music. The support from the local community is justified by BUKU’s attentiveness to musical detail. If you attend, keep an eye out for the famous Live Graffiti Gallery that grows and comes to life throughout the weekend as artists add their personalities to the event.
Price: For $185, you’ll receive a 2-day General Admission pass to the BUKU Project. You will need to keep in mind that this is not a camping festival so check out their travel packages that include two night hotel stays.
Atmosphere: The BUKU Project is a living, breathing artifact that’s heavily rooted in the southern cultures of its New Orleans home. It’s one of the few festivals whose image mirrors that of the community in which it thrives. BUKU immerses you in a unique experience similar to what you would expect to have walking down a counterculture-esque version of Bourbon Street at night. Away from the stages, you’ll find lounge areas where you can get a hit of the refreshing Mississippi River breeze to cool you down after an intense set. In addition, at the end of the night, you are only minutes away from the famous French Quarter.
Beyond Wonderland – San Bernardino, CA | March 16-17, 2018
Headliners: Tiesto | Dash Berlin | Alesso | Seven Lions | KSHMR
Venue: Beyond Wonderland has moved around quite a bit since its first year in 2010. This year it will be back at its original venue the National Orange Show Events Center (NOS) in San Bernardino, CA. You will experience four permanent stages and two roaming stages, each one draws you into a different chapter of Lewis Carroll’s novel.
Reputation: Beyond Wonderland has been growing in popularity for the last eight years and this year has more hype than ever before. BW is known to bring the big names in house, trance, dubstep, drum&bass, and all of today’s dance music. Last year, Insomniac expanded Beyond Wonderland internationally to Mexico.
Price: 2-day GA tickets will run you about $190, but for $100 more you can experience the VIP treatment. VIP tickets include dedicated dancing areas, air-conditioned bathrooms, locker rentals, complimentary Mad Hatter Tea Party & Pastries. Add on $10 to any ticket option to receive a 3D collectible magnet.
Atmosphere: Get ready to enter the magical EDM-version of Wonderland. Beyond Wonderland will send you on an adventure through a psychedelic playground with characters around every corner. Prepare for beat heavy sets from up-and-coming artists as well as your all-time favorites. You will have plenty of eye candy since Isomniac decorates every inch of the stage and venue. There is plenty of daytime fun to experience from moon bounces to ball pits. Be sure to let your inner-child run wild.
Ultra Music Festival – Miami, FL | March 23-25, 2018
Headliners: Marshmello | Armin Van Buuren | Steve Aoki | Tiesto | Carl Cox
Venue: Ultra Worldwide knew what they were doing when they chose Bayfront Park to hold Ultra Music Festival. Located in Downtown Miami, some of the biggest EDM nightclubs in the nation are just a short walk away from the 65-acre venue.
Reputation: Ultra Music Festival has been making waves in the EDM industry for years… make that 20 YEARS! 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of UMF in Miami and this is something you won’t want to miss. New editions of UMF continue to emerge in cities all over the world, bringing with them massive lineups and jaw-dropping stage productions. Ultra Worldwide is growing an EDM empire and, with each new location, is converting more EDM non-believers into authentically certified ravers. UMF is such a big deal that the days leading to it are packed with events to celebrate its arrival. Miami Music Week attracts thousands of people to South Florida, where fans can enjoy exclusive sets played by some of EDM’s biggest acts.
Price: General Admission tickets for UMF are currently at $379.95. Don’t wait around too long to purchase your tickets, Ultra Music Festival sells out every year. With a lineup that includes some of the biggest names in the business, it almost feels like we are getting a deal.
Atmosphere: Choosing Ultra Music Festival as your first festival is like getting a Ferrari as your first car. If you think that Ultra Music Festival is only trying to charm you with their overly stacked lineup and superior production, think again. You’ll be happy to know that it partners with a variety of nonprofit organizations to offer its fans a way to get involved with global initiatives that aim to benefit humanity. If you happen to be at Ultra Music Festival this year, make sure you stop by Eco Village where you can learn what some of the world’s most influential nonprofits are doing to make the world a better place.
Coachella Music & Arts Festival – Indio, CA | April 13-15 & April 20-22, 2018
Headliners: The Weekend | Beyonce | Eminem | ODESZA
Venue: Coachella is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Don’t let its name fool you though. This club stretches across 330 acres of land and opens its doors to the Coachella community each year. One cool fact you might not know about the venue is that its location is in the desert. Despite the unappealing idea of raving in a desert, the climate is not what you think a desert to be. Plus, you have the perfect view of Coachella Valley, which in itself is an extraordinary feature to have at a festival.
Reputation: Coachella is one of the most famous and most profitable music festivals in the world. If you keep up with festival news, then you may be aware of the high amount of coverage this event gets. Everything Coachella does gets highlighted by numerous sources because of how unique and influential it is compared to most festivals. One thing you’ll never hear from someone who’s been to Coachella is that it was nothing special. The lineups are always on point, incorporating various genres to satisfy its immense fan base. It might seem strange to cram so many styles of music into one festival, but Coachella knows how to do it right.
Price: As to be expected General Admission tickets have sold out for both weekends. The only passes still available are VIP Weekend 2 which will cost you approximately $1,000. To prove its power, Coachella’s sold out all GA passes for both weekends within a week of putting them on sale. If you are desperate to attend this year, keep an eye out for giveaways and contests.
Atmosphere: Coachella goes through all the lengths to make sure you have the best time of your life while you’re there. What amazes us so much about Coachella is its commitment to resource conservation. Coachella offers a variety of incentives to its fans for getting involved with its sustainability programs. Earn prizes for carpooling with friends, answering questions about climate change, recycling water bottles, and much more. Coachella creates an atmosphere that inspires people to do good in the world, and that deserves a lot of praise.
Istoria Festival – Melbourne, Australia | April 20, 2018
Headliners: Armin Van Buuren | Orjan Nilsen | Will Atkinson
Venue: Istoria Festival will not be a touring event this year, but instead will have one date in Melbourne, Australia. It will occupy the space provided by Hisense Arena that allows a 10,000+ attendee capacity.
Reputation: Istoria is put on by Symbiotic, a touring agency that has been growing the Australia EDM scene for quite some time. This will be the second year for Istoria and based on Ben Nicky’s performance last year, you can expect more of the world’s best trance performances.
Price: Tickets are currently on sale via Ticketmaster and cost around $130.
Atmosphere: Fans will get a taste of heaven upon walking through the doors of Istoria. There’s something special about being at a trance-exclusive event. You feel much more connected to everyone around you, and even though you may not know who they are, their mutual love for trance is enough to consider them your friends. Just like you, they’ve all been impacted by the heartwarming melodies and blissful beats of trance music. The atmosphere at Istoria is going to lift everyone off their feet and take them as high as they can possibly go.
Shaky Beats Music Festival – Atlanta, GA | May 11-13, 2018
Headliners: KYGO | Marshmello | Zedd | Excision | Dillion Francis
Venue: This year the event will be changing venues to allow for a larger attendance number and bigger stages. The beautiful Central Park in Atlanta, GA is the new home for Shaky Beats Music Festival and is a short distance from downtown. This will make lodging and travel much easier for the event’s guests.
Reputation: Shaky Beats will be featuring 50 artists during the three days that are all leaders in their genre. The event is known for their well thought out lineup that includes electronic, indie, and hiphop acts so everyone has something to enjoy.
Price: Tickets for Shaky Beats are around $180 for Early Birds, but the price will increase closer to the event date. Don’t wait and pay more than you need to. This event has Group Ticket packages which offers perks and prizes as your group expands. You have the chance to earn VIP expedited entry, a professional photoshoot, and access to the Exclusive Lounge.
Atmosphere: Shaky Beats makes a point to focus on the music, but you will not want to miss the food trucks. There is something for everyone and you can travel through a world of food over the entire weekend. This festival is loved by many fans because it filled the electronic void in Atlanta after Tomorrowland and Counterpoint were canceled.
EDC Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV | May 18-20, 2018
Headliners: Marshmello | Rezz | Porter Robinson’s Virtual Self | Tiesto | Martin Garrix
Venue: Conveniently located within 15 miles of the Las Vegas Strip, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway offers its 1,200-acres for ravers to gather under the electric sky. The radiance of eight massive stages can be felt way beyond the festival grounds, letting the outside world know what it’s missing out on. You will be in a hazy of amazing colors and lights with beauty everywhere you turn.
Reputation: EDC Las Vegas is essentially a raver’s PARADISE. There are plenty of things to do and see that will indulge your sensory pleasures, including some of the craziest stage production in the history of live entertainment. If it’s your first time going to EDC, don’t be surprised to find yourself producing tears of happiness as a result of everything you’re experiencing while you’re there. If these three days aren’t enough for you to prepare for EDC Week, which allows you to experience the world’s best pre and post-party at Las Vegas’ finest clubs and casinos. EDC Week will start on Wednesday, May 16 last through Wednesday, May 23; just in time for you to start celebrating Memorial Day Weekend.
Price: General Admission tickets are currently available for $440, which is a bargain for the experience of a lifetime. If you want to avoid a hotel stay in Las Vegas you can enjoy Camp EDC, which is a fully immersive world of its own that offers another adventure under the Electric Sky.
Atmosphere: From the moment you step foot onto its enchanted fields, it’s as if you’re reborn into a world that defies all logic. Inside EDC, the rules of life do not apply. Time is useless, and serves only to signal the start of a new set. The boundary that separates what is from what could be vanishes, leaving you questioning reality for weeks after. Most important of all, the memories you make and the bonds you create with the people at EDC will remain a part of you for the rest of your life.
Sunset Music Festival – Tampa, FL | May 26-27, 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Major Lazer | RL Grime | Above & Beyond
Venue: Sunset Music Festival takes place at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. The venue features a spacious lot that can fit nearly a hundred thousand people, which means there is plenty of room to dance and express to your heart’s content. The stadium’s centralized location makes it convenient for locals and travelers from around the country.
Reputation: Sunset Music Festival is one of Florida’s most anticipated dance music events of the year. If you’re a Florida native, then you may have heard about SMF from seeing friends posting about its killer lineups. As a bonus, it’s located near some of Florida’s best beaches. For non-Florida ravers living inland, the chance to see the ocean and chill on the beach makes a trip to SMF all the more enticing. Each stage has enough talent to hold you over for the entire day. Your memorial day weekend will be filled with more music than your head or feet can handle, but it is worth it.
Price: The price for a 2-Day general admission ticket to SMF will cost you approximately $130. If your budget is a little more flexible, you might want to consider going VIP for the premium services you’ll receive. A 2-Day VIP admission ticket costs roughly $210, but is entirely worth it if you value pampering.
Atmosphere: It’s incredibly easy to make friends at Sunset Music Festival because of how awesome its fans are. Everyone there just wants to enjoy themselves without causing any trouble. Everywhere you look, you’ll find ravers in good spirits dancing, sharing stories, trading kandi, and anything else you can think of that fosters friendship. You’re bound to have a good time at SMF just as long as you pace yourself, get a good amount of rest beforehand, and stay hydrated. The Florida summer heat can be ruthless sometimes, so make sure you take the proper preventive measures to avoid a trip to the medic station.
Movement Music Festival – Detroit, MI | May 26-28, 2018
Headliners: Claude VonStroke | Loco Dice B2B The Martinez Brothers | Wu-Tang Clan | Diplo
Venue: Movement takes place in Hart Plaza located in downtown Detroit. This is a unique city festival nestled between the skyscrapers of the Rock City. When you are looking for a little relaxation between sets, your crew can stroll over to the Detroit River and take in the breathtaking views of Windsor, Ontario.
Reputation: Movement Music Festival and the city of Detroit are known for their export of techno music so it is no surprise that you can find some underground names taking on the main stage. The event, formerly known as Detroit Electronic Music Festival, has been going strong since 2000 and has even branched out to Turin, Italy. This event has been a locals favorite in Detroit since its inception.
Price: To get your 3-Day pass to Movement Music Festival, you will be spending around $190 for General Admission. If you plan on attending, you need to purchase your tickets soon since prices will be going up in the next 30 days.
Atmosphere: Movement is all about the music and the people who love the beat. This event is a celebration of the genre and where it all began. If you like to hold deep conversations about your love of techno and underground electronic music, this is the place you need to be. If you still have some dancing in you by midnight, be sure to review their list of after parties. Detroit will be a gracious host that will show you all that electronic music has to offer.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester, TN | June 7-10, 2018
Headliners: Eminem | The Killers | Muse | Bassnectar
Venue: Bonnaroo takes place at Great Stage Park, making it the largest outdoor festival in North America. Close to 100,000 fans, gather in the rolling countryside of Manchester, TN to celebrate the joys of life through music, art, entertainment, and friendship. Be sure to walk around and take in the camping scene; depending on where you ended up there could be a party you want to join on the other side of the farm.
Reputation: To many people, Bonnaroo feels like their second home. The good vibes are constantly flowing through the park, which makes it a great place to take both young children and aged adults. Bonnaroo, like many other music and arts festivals, believes nobody should have to be left out because of their age or ethnicity. What this festival does so well is it manages to maintain intimacy within such a large area. It helps when its fans are extremely kind and treat each other as family of the farm.
Price: A 4-Day General Admission ticket to Bonnaroo is priced at approximately $300. Money can’t buy you happiness unless you are purchasing this festival’s ticket. A General Admission ticket gets you entry for 4 days and camping is included. If you would like to bring your car into the camping area that will cost you $60.
Atmosphere: You’ll never run out of things to do at Bonnaroo. The weekend is packed full of fun activities to get you in the festival spirit. You might begin your day at Bonnaroo by participating in an early morning yoga class. If the first artist you want to see doesn’t come on until late in the day, you can spend your afternoon at Planet Roo and blossom your creativity through a variety of artist workshops. When you get hungry, you can satisfy your food cravings at the Food Truck Oasis, which hosts some of the best gourmet food that will have your mouth-watering from just the sights and smells alone. It can be expensive making vendors your only source of food at a festival. A helpful tip to lower costs of your Bonnaroo diet would be to bring your own food and snacks so that you aren’t burning a hole in your wallet from food alone.
Spring Awakening – Chicago, IL | June 8-10, 2018
Headliners: Afrojack | Borgore | Getter | Big Gigantic | Alison Wonderland
Venue: Spring Awakening Music Festival is held at Addams-Medill Park, Chicago, IL. This venue has been the home for Spring Awakening since it’s inception. The park is home to two festivals each year, the other being Ruido Fest. This event goes far past the festival grounds with after parties in some of Chicago’s best nightclubs.
Reputation: Spring Awakening has held some seriously impressive lineups in the past that includes a variety of festival all stars and newcomers that are on the verge of blowing up. Throughout the weekend there are takeovers on the side stages such as Bass Kitchen’s carnage and Sunday School’s ‘festival within a festival’.
Price: Tickets for Spring Awakening are currently on pre-sale so please be sure to grab them before the price increases. Right now 3 day passes cost $250, but if you are able to splurge for VIP they are only $100 more.
Atmosphere: Spring Awakening grows bigger and better every year as React continues to up it’s production. This event helped the popularity of Silent Discos which are now mainstays at all music festivals. The producers of spring Awakening have created a great environment that allows you to roam freely from stage to stage and experience all your favorite artist hassle free.
Paradiso Festival – The Gorge, WA | June 15-16, 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Tiesto | Zeds Dead | Zomboy | Porter Robinson | Yellow Claw
Venue: Set at one of the most beautiful concert locations in the world, Paradiso Festival is held at the Gorge Amphitheater, in Washington state. The natural acoustics of the venue produces superior sound quality. Beyond the main stage, you’re treated to a view of the Columbia River and Columbia Gorge canyon. A sight like that can enhance your whole experience at a festival tenfold. The Gorge Amphitheater should be on everyone’s Music Venue Bucket Lists.
Reputation: People who go to Paradiso Festival say it’s one of the best festivals you can attend in the United States. Its lineups always turn heads, and once you see where the festival takes place, you’re pretty much sold. A festival that provides you with amazing music and an equally amazing venue has to be one to keep on your radar.
Price: Tickets are not currently available, but Early Bird tickets went on sale in November starting at $180 for General Admission. Check back regularly to ensure you get the best prices available, these will surely go fast.
Atmosphere: Paradiso Festival recognizes itself as the place where “Digital Meets Nature.” Neither Digital nor Nature is trying to dominate the other. Instead, they synergize to create an atmosphere of positive energy that invites you to take a seat on the Amphitheater’s soft grass and take it all in.
Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI | June 21-24 & June 28-July 1, 2018
Headliners: String Cheese Incident | Bassnectar | Griz Live Band | Marshmello (Weekend 2 Only) | Rufus Du Sol | ZHU
Venue: The Double JJ Resort, in gorgeous western Michigan, has been Electric Forest’s home since 2011 and is still welcoming friends of the Forest onto its land. Inside its ginormous campground, there’s never a boring moment. Campers can mingle with their neighbors or wander through the sea of tents that fill up every inch of grass for hundreds of meters out. Inside the venue, you’ll encounter the secrets of the Forest, which are revealed through interactive art installations and immaculate stage setups that will have you doubting everything you previously thought was impossible.
Reputation: Electric Forest is a growing force that has taken the nation by storm in the last decade. Its name is a perfect representation of what you should expect at the event. Electric Forest is practically on everyone’s list of top festivals to attend. This is no coincidence. Whether you know someone that’s been or have been yourself, Electric Forest always seems to pop up in conversations. Because there are so many people that want to go to Electric Forest, they will continue having a second weekend this year. This expansion is a trend we’re seeing from several festivals and is most likely a result of the growing influence dance music has in the entertainment industry. Initiatives like these tell us that EDM isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and it shouldn’t either.
Price: General Admission tickets to Electric Forest are still available for both weekends, the cost is ~$350. If you have a car with at least two occupants then you are able to park next to your campsite for free. The tickets are sold out for Maplewoods Camping, which is a forested campground close to the venue entrance.
Atmosphere: One of the things we love about Electric Forest is the passion that goes into creating a loving atmosphere inside the festival. Electric Forest brings art to life by embedding visually captivating art installations into nature. Seeing the beautiful souls navigate through the Forest is another amazing sight to behold. Each time you venture into the venue from the campground, you find something new to experience. Electric Forest also prides itself on having a safe environment for people of all types where they can express themselves freely without having to worry about what other people think. There are thousands of paths you can take through the Forest. No matter which path you take though, Electric Forest has a way of leading you to where you’re meant to be, whether that means crossing paths with your soulmate or getting to know your true self.
Electric Love – Plainfeld, Austria | July 5-7, 2018
Headliners: Armin Van Buuren | Axwell & Ingrosso | Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Venue: The brilliant geography of Plainfield, Austria is one of Electric Love’s greatest assets. The wide-open pastures surrounding Salzburg Ring make an excellent campground for the festival. Walking from your tent to the paddock where the stages are held will be one of your favorite things to do at Electric Love. You will be able to experience the sounds of music in the Salzkammergut lake district.
Reputation: Electric Love has done a great job at gaining support from its fans. It is considered Austria’s leading electronic music festival and attracts over 100,000 attendees from all across the globe. Showing no signs of slowing down, Electric Love is showing the world of festivals that it can compete with the best of them. Electric Love unites all your favorite electronic styles and provides incredible stage productions.
Price: There are a variety of pricing options available depending on what you’re looking for. Currently, tickets are available at Early Bird pricing and will jump up in March. Single-day tickets start at about $90 and increase to about $180 for a regular 3-Day pass. There are quite a few VIP options available as well to accommodate a range of budgets. In addition, they have Wednesday’s Pre-party tickets at about $20. In a place like this, we definitely suggest weekend passes.
Atmosphere: Electric Love is the perfect event to take your friends to their first ever festival. It takes a lot of steps to create a safe and positive atmosphere for its fans. Free-Wi-Fi is offered at locations throughout the venue in case people need to contact their friends or family. Inside the festival, there is a supermarket that sells camping supplies, festival gear, cold beverages, and other important items that people might need.
Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium | July 20-22 & July 27-29, 2018
Headliners: Carl Cox | Alesso | Alison Wonderland | Martin Garrix
Venue: Tomorrowland takes place in Boom, Belgium at a venue known as De Schorre. It was formerly a clay pit, but since then has been renovated into a huge outdoor recreation area. This area is now home to the largest electronic music festival in the world. Tomorrowland creates an entire camping city for its festival-goers in DreamVille.
Reputation: Tomorrowland offers one of the most enriching experiences you can have at a festival. Fans don’t just go there to see their favorite artists play. They go to be a part of a community of kindred spirits who are influenced only by their capacity for love. Tomorrowland is everything you could ever hope for in a festival. Tomorrowland has become a leader in stunning stages that will make you think you have died and gone to festival heaven. You won’t have to worry about sneaking your LED gloves or orbits into the venue. Tomorrowland wants you to enjoy the festival in the way that’s best for you, which means you can flow as much as you want inside the festival without having to worry about security taking them away.
Price: Pre-registration for tickets is now available and the first set of world-wide tickets will go on sale January 27th. The popularity of this event causes tickets and travel packs to sell out in minutes each year. Be sure to pre-register for a chance to join the people of Tomorrowland.
Atmosphere: Tomorrowland is a symbol for unity. It can bring people from all over the world together, and it will feel as if you’ve known these individuals your entire life. After a trip to Tomorrowland, you start to recognize the importance of being around your kind of people. The people of Tomorrowland become your family and you become theirs. Tomorrowland is living proof that it is possible for the world to achieve peace amongst all nations.
Boom Festival – Idanh-A-Nova, Portugal | July 22-29, 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Ace Ventura | Aes Dana | Symbolic
Venue: Boomland is located on the perimeter of Idanha-A-Nova Lake which is one of the most remote parts of Southern Europe. When you enter Geopark Naturtejo, you will find yourself surrounded by a gorgeous lake and the amazing mountain views. If you would like to explore on your own, venture to Monsanto to oversee the entire region.
Reputation: Boom Festival prides itself on being environmentally friendly and self-sustaining. This is seen from the solar energy panels used to light the entire venue to the lush garden filled with pumpkins, zucchini, and herbs. The event has won the Outstanding Greener Festival Award for the past few years to prove they do it best. Boom Festival is all about creating a new borderless world that encourages everyone to love and support the people and land around them.
Price: Boom Festival 2018 is officially sold out, but you can always try for next year!
Atmosphere: Boom Festival is a transformational trances event that brings people together from all across the globe. The event is centered around psychedelic trances music with each style being showcased on one of the four dance stages. Hear some of the world’s best electronic psytrance at the Dance Temple or head to the Chill Out Gardens for afternoon downtempo. No matter your preference you will find a perfect place to relax and connect with the beautiful souls around you.
Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary | August 8-15, 2018
Headliners: KYGO | Arctic Monkeys | Gorillaz | Dua Lipa |
Venue: Sziget Festival is located on Óbuda Island, an island in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary. A festival on an island seems almost too good to be true, yet Sziget Festival is as real as the Post Festival Depression you’ll experience immediately after leaving the island. The festival considers their venue the Island of Freedom leading the #LoveRevolution.
Reputation: Sziget Festival is a past winner of the Best Major European Festival award. The festival boasts a seven-week long multi-genre lineup. Despite its reputation as a prominent rock festival, Sziget also features reggae, hip-hop, indie, and electronic music. Sziget Festival becomes the premier party central in Hungary every time it comes around. Last year, Sziget saw a huge spike in attendance, bringing in 496,000 people from 95 countries.
Price: You can get a regular 7-Day pass to Sziget Festival for approximately $350. If you are not able to experience the entire 7 days, there are packages available for 1, 3, 5 days as well. The festival also offers upgraded camping, luxurious glamping, exclusive entry to private boat parties, and add-on services to suit the specific needs of all their fans.
Atmosphere: Simply put, Sziget Festival is the place to party. It’s also the place where your wildest dreams can come to life. We don’t mean that figuratively. Sziget Festival asks its fans to wish for something they want to see or do at the festival. Those that are chosen by the Sziget Angels will get to see their wishes come true. This year’s wishes include bungee jumping in a tutu, breakfast in bed (tent-style), a personal boat trip down the Danube River, and one bottle of Fanta.
Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC | August 10-13, 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Excision | Destructo | Pendulum | DJ Craze
Venue: Shambhala is hosted at the picturesque 500-acre Salmo River Ranch, in British Columbia, Canada. The venue is loaded with vibrant landscapes that will take your breath away. What really separates Shambhala from other festivals is its extraordinary stage set ups. Chances are you won’t find another festival that puts so much thought into designing each stage. Shambhala takes its fans very seriously and will go the extra mile to make sure everyone leaves ten times happier than when they came in. No matter what you do at Shambhala, you’re guaranteed to have a takeaway something wonderful from the experience.
Reputation: Shambhala is the largest electronic music festival in Canada. Its knee-trembling lineups are stacked with artists who are prominent in the bass music community. Those craving the vibrations of the lower frequencies will have more than enough music to choose from. Shambhala lives by one principle, “It’s all about the people on the dancefloor.”
Price: Tickets for this Shambhala Music Festival 2018 are currently on sale for approximately $350 USD. This includes tent camping, parking, and admission for all three days of the festival. They do not have single day tickets available at this time.
Atmosphere: One of the best parts of being at Shambhala is getting to know your fellow Shambhala ravers who may even end up becoming lifelong friends in the process. Whether you’re coming alone, with a group or your significant other, Shambhala will make you feel right at home. When you enter Shambhala, your troubles are left behind and your eyes are opened to life’s riches. What you do at Shambhala is entirely up to you, but we’ve found that if you surrender to the forces of Shambhala and let it guide your trip, it will reward you in ways unimaginable. This festival encourages ‘attendee-organized events’ from costume days to workshops so be sure to check out the Facebook Group to stay up to date on all the activities.
Electric Zoo – New York City, NY | August 31-September 2, 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Above & Beyond | Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz | Excision
Venue: Electric Zoo is held on Randall’s Island. Resting on the East River in NYC, its field of freshly-trimmed grass makes a comfortable surface for ravers who want to sit down and feel the sensations of the bass beneath the soil. A backdrop of the New York City’s impressive skyline can be found over the horizon, which at night becomes a great light-up display to view through festival rave glasses.
Reputation: One of the Zoo’s most noticeable traits is its diverse fan base. Its location, being inside New York City, tends to attract ravers from different backgrounds and cultures. Here, you’ll be sure to encounter some epic rave outfits as you bounce back and forth between stages. It’s common for international travelers to make Electric Zoo a destination on their trip to the United States, making it clear that the Zoo isn’t just a place for Americans to party. This year will be the 10th anniversary of the festival, so get ready to experience the best EZoo yet. If you are living outside the United States, don’t feel left out. The festival continues to expand internationally, so far you can catch EZoo in Mexico, Brazil, and Shanghai.
Price: Tickets for #EZooTen have not gone on sale. To get the best pricing for the event, sign up now to join the PreSale List. This will make you eligible for early bird pricing.
Atmosphere: It’s not easy creating a peaceful atmosphere in the heart of Manhattan, yet ID&T manages to block out the noises of a bustling city and replace them with tunes from some of the biggest artists in the game. No party can prepare you for the madness you might experience at Electric Zoo. Don’t worry, it’s just your body reverting back to its original state of being happy and carefree before society told you that you need to behave a certain way. Remember to keep an open mind throughout the three days of the event, and you’ll leave feeling like a world-class explorer.
Lost Lands – Thornville, OH | September 14-16, 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Excision (of course!) | Zeds Dead | 12th Planet | Rezz
Venue: Legend Valley Music Venue is the appropriate home to Lost Lands Festival. Excision and friends turn this venue into a scene straight out of Jurassic Park with dinosaurs and volcanoes included. Legend Valley is a 30 minute drive to Columbus, OH which has plenty of lodging for those who do not want to camp onsite. You can expect some of the best weather of the year for Ohio.
Reputation: Last year, Excision created an otherworldly festival and insane lineup all his own and we can’t express how excited we are for round two. There is no doubt this event caters to the headbangers of the world. In 2018 you can expect the ground to rumble under 1,000,000 watts of Bass with the PK Sound System.
Price: This festival’s passes cost $250 and include 3-Day admission and a free set of ear plugs (You will definitely thank them!). This is a camping event, but you must pay separately for a spot. A General Admissions camping spot is recommended for up to 4 people and costs $125. They have increased the size of each spot to accommodate 1 car and 1-2 tents.
Atmosphere: There is no reason to go to sleep once the music ends inside the venue. If you take a stroll around the campgrounds, you will run across Sound Camps that will feature the beats and sounds created by fellow headbangers. Lost Lands is even expecting late night visits from some of their headliners! This event did not skimp on its production and settings. There are over 40 life-size dinosaurs throughout the festival grounds, but one of the main attractions is the Cave of Souls stage that features 360 degrees of production.
Freaky Deaky – Milwaukee, WI | Late October 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Griz | Bassnectar | Mija | Ganja White Night
Venue: The Milwaukee version of Freaky Deaky is held at the Wisconsin Center which is a massive convention and exhibition hall located in the heart of downtown. It is conveniently located three blocks from the Amtrak station which has trains that travel too and from Chicago all day long. Freaky Deaky is also held in Chicago and Michigan each year if you can’t make it to Milwaukee.
Reputation: React is known for throwing some of the best electronic events in the United States and they do not disappoint with this one. You will see some of the best artists during the two day event.
Price: Tickets for Freaky Deaky 2018 are not available yet, but stay tuned for updates later this year.
Atmosphere: Come in your most extravagant Halloween rave attire and party like the dead. This is a Halloween party you will not want to miss out on! The festival has costume contests, carnival rides, and games. There are many Halloween festivals to attend, but if you want a straight-up rave night then this is the one for you.
It’s The Ship – Singapore | Mid-November 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Knife Party | Dada Life | Far East Movement
Venue: This festival cruise takes place on the Genting Dream, departing from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore. Last year was the first year the event took place on this new ship and attendees were not disappointed. The ship carries a variety of shops, bars, nightclubs, and a casino for when you want to splurge on a night out in the middle of the ocean. It’s on board facilities also include several sport courts, a rock climbing wall, and an ice skating rink. Then there’s the insane amount of partying that you can’t forget about.
Reputation: It’s The Ship takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. The vessel embarks on a 4-day cruise to Penang, an island on the west coast of Malaysia. The island’s grandiose appearance is attributed to the exquisite architectural designs of its cultural heritage sites. To end the day, It’s The Ship puts on a headliner to perform at Penang, reminding its fans that this is no cruise vacation.
Price: Cabins for this year’s edition are not open for booking just yet, but plan to spend at least $800 unless you’re splitting the costs with a group of friends. It may seem pricey, but don’t forget that you’re paying for a cruise as well as a festival. It’s well worth it! It’s always a good idea to do some research to find the best deals on flights so that you aren’t paying more than what’s necessary for your travel expenses. Figuring out how to get the biggest bang for your buck at a festival is an essential skill every raver learns at some point.
Atmosphere: It’s The Ship is always having events take place on board to get you out of your cabin. You won’t want to miss out on these activities, because they typically involve the participation of the artists on board. You might even go up against your favorite DJ in a heated round of beer pong. We have mad respect for It’s The Ship for being able to pull that off.
Djakarta Warehouse Project – Jakarta, Indonesia | Early December 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Tiesto | Hardwell | Marshmello | Zeds Dead
Venue: The Djakarta Warehouse Project takes place at the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia. This event venue is one of the few worthy of hosting Asia’s biggest 2-Day electronic music festival. Its location in the center of Jakarta symbolizes its importance to the capital city, bringing massive amounts of attention to the events that it hosts.
Reputation: The Djakarta Warehouse Project is what every raver in Asia fantasizes about. As far as EDM events go, it takes home the award for the biggest and best in Indonesia. The festival is a fresh breath of air for the Indonesia entertainment industry. The support from Indonesia’s rapidly growing rave scene and the demand for more EDM festivals in Asia makes it possible for the Djakarta Warehouse Project to come back each year and deliver some of the best dance music performances in the world.
Price: Tickets for this year’s edition are not for sale yet. Based on last year’s pricing, we predict a 2-Day General Admission pass to the Djakarta Warehouse Project to cost a little over $400. If you are traveling from out of town or the country, be sure to scope out their travel packages for deals on hotels and flights.
Atmosphere: The Djakarta Warehouse Project takes over the Jakarta International Expo for this 2-day event and transforms the facility into a giant playground for ravers. The festival’s atmosphere engulfs its fans in a whirlpool of lights provided by the insane production. It’s clear to us that Djakarta Warehouse Project embraces unity amongst everyone.
ZoukOut – Singapore | Early December 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include DJ Snake | Flume | Marshmello | Yellow Claw
Venue: ZoukOut is hosted by Sentosa Island, Singapore, at Siloso Beach. Fans can enjoy a blissful afternoon in the sun while world-renowned DJs take the stage to bring their own heat to the beach.
Reputation: ZoukOut is known as largest beach-based festivals in Asia. Legendary acts come through each year eager to give it to their fans and turn Siloso Beach into a sandy stampede. If you enjoy high-energy environments, then you definitely belong at ZoukOut. Its spectacular production has allowed the event to win the Singapore Tourism Board’s “Best Leisure Event Experience” three times. ZoukOut brings its A-game every year with its expertly crafted lineup.
Price: Tickets for this year’s edition aren’t for sale yet, but they will most likely be priced similarly to last year. If you want the best deal, then you should plan to purchase a 2-Day pass during the Early Bird pricing.
Atmosphere: At ZoukOut, the party never stops and the good vibes are always rolling. It gives everyone the chance to take a break from the normal daily routine so they can let loose and focus their attention on the positives of life. After a weekend at ZoukOut, you’ll want every festival to be on a beach.
Sunburn – Pimpri-Chinchwad, India | Late December 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Martin Garrix | Afrojack | Swedish House Mafia
Venue: Sunburn is now held at the luxurious Oxford Golf Resort that is surrounded by the rolling hills of India. The event moved to this location in 2017 to provide a better fan experience that streamlined entrance to the venue and improved infrastructure. This golf course is located in the second largest city in India which allows you to expand your travels to experience the amazing culture.
Reputation: Sunburn has gained notoriety throughout the years becoming the largest music festival in Asia and draws a crowd of up to 150,000 festival goers. The event showcases the most renowned artist from around the world and every year they amaze us with their lineup. You can find every genre of dance music sprinkled throughout the weekend.
Price: The price for this year has not yet been released, but you will be shocked by the previous years. Weekend General Admission passes have gone for around $150 in prior years. This is the best pricing for a festival of this magnitude, you can buy tickets for your whole crew.
Atmosphere: Sunburn does not disappoint when it comes to the stages and production. The event stands up to some of the greats like Tomorrowland and EDCLV which is treasured by the fans in Asia who can’t travel the globe to experience these amazing shows. Your mind will be blown away when you walk through the gates and experience the love and passion of Sunburn’s attendees.
Lights All Night – Dallas, TX | December 28-29, 2018
Headliners: 2018 Lineup TBD
Previous headliners include Bassnectar | AC Slater | Marshmello | Porter Robinson
Venue: Lights All Night has taken up residency at Dallas Market Hall which allows for multiple stages in a big city. This venue is located a little outside of downtown but is still close to many hotels that have shuttles going back and forth over the weekend. The event has even teamed up with Lyft to make transportation around the city very accessible and won’t break your bank.
Reputation: Texas’ Longest Running End of the Year Party has brought close to 50,000 fans over two days. Lights All Night has made Dallas a NYE destination for EDM fans across the country. This event while mainly EDM has broadened its horizons in the last couple of years and added a few hip-hop artists.
Price: You can score a 2 Day General Admission pass to Lights All Night for close to $200. In 2017, they stared charity ticket that cost $10 more and the proceeds went to the Houston Food Bank. Some headliners matched those donations and every $10 turned into $80. This was greatly needed after Hurricane Harvey and something that many other events should consider for the future.
Atmosphere: Whether you’re grasping onto the last few moments of 2017, or are anxiously awaiting a fresh start in 2018, Lights All Night is delivering a mesmerizing experience to end your night on a high note. You will enjoy yourself all night long dancing underneath the collection of disco balls and confetti canons. Ring in the new year with your favorite artists and likeminded shuffling fans.
Obviously, there are many other festivals that deserve attention, but these are the ones that we felt stood out. New festivals will continue to emerge around the world, and each will have its own uniqueness to appreciate. Don’t be afraid to try something new, and just because someone else might not like a specific festival doesn’t mean you aren’t going to like it. Everyone experiences festivals differently, so the only way to know which one is right for you is by going out and doing them all!
Let us know which festivals you will be attending this year and hopefully we will see each other!