Biggest and Best EDM Festivals [2020]

How can you pick which EDM festivals to attend when there are so many pining for your love and attention? The GloFX team has revamped the “Biggest and Best EDM Festivals” article to bring you the most note-worthy EDM festivals of the year!

With rave festivals becoming more popular, these events continue to one-up each other, creating unique experiences, wild adventures, and new music each year. This article will help you weed out which festivals you aren’t interested in, and (more importantly) present you the PERFECT festival for you and your festival fam.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (as of 8/28/2020): 

Our team is working hard to stay up-to-date on festivals this season. Moving forward, we will be updating this article weekly until the Coronavirus subsides. Some festivals are doing virtual sets, so make sure to check out each festival’s websites to find out what substitutions they may have to offer! And refer back to this article to see which festivals have been canceled, which have been postponed, and which are still on track for the year!

Best EDM Festivals of 2020

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. 

Each of the festivals received high praise on the following attributes:

  • Headlining Performers
  • Venue
  • Reputation
  • Ticket Price
  • Atmosphere & Vibe

 Best EDM Festivals of 2020

Name Date Location
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Mar 5 – 8 Okeechobee, FL
BUKU Music + Arts Project Mar 20 – 21


September 4 -5


New Orleans, LA
Beyond Wonderland Mar 20 – 21


June 19 – 20


San Bernardino, CA
Ultra Music Festival CANCELED: Mar 20 – 22 Miami, FL
Coachella Music & Arts Festival Apr 10 – 12 / Apr 17 – 19


Oct 9 – 11 / Oct 16 – 18


Indio, CA
EDC Las Vegas May 15 – 17


Oct 2 – 4


Las Vegas, NV
Movement Festival May 23 – 25


Sept 11 – 13


Detroit, MI
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Jun 11 – 14


Sept 24 – 27


Manchester, TN
Paradiso Festival CANCELED: Jun 14 – 15 George, WA
Electric Forest CANCELED: Jun 25 – 28 Rothbury, MI
Electric Love CANCELED: Jul 9 – 11 Salzburg, Austria
Airbeat One CANCELED: Jul 8 – 12 Neustadt-Glewe Airport. Germany
Sónar CANCELED: Jun 18 – 20  Barcelona, Spain
Parookaville CANCELED: Jul 17 – 19 Weeze Airport (NRW), Weeze, Germany
Tomorrowland CANCELED:

Jul 17 – 19 / Jul 24 – 26

Boom, Belgium
Sziget Festival CANCELED: Aug 5 -11 Budapest, Hungary
Shambhala Music Festival CANCELED: Jul 24 – 27  Salmo, BC, Canada
Creamfields CANCELED: Aug 27 – 30 Daresbury, United Kingdom
Mysteryland CANCELED: Aug 28 – 30 Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Electric Zoo CANCELED: Sept 4 – 6 New York City, NY
Imagine Music Festival CANCELED: Sept 18 – 20 Hampton, GA
Lost Lands Festival CANCELED: Sept 25 – 27 Legend Valley, OH
Amsterdam Dance Event CANCELED: Oct 21 – 25 Amsterdam, Netherlands
HARBOURLIFE TBA Sydney, Australia
Lights All Night TBA Dallas, TX

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival – Okeechobee, FL | March 5 – 8, 2020

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2020 Headliners: Rüfüs Du Sol | Bassnectar | Vampire Weekend | Mumford & Sons

Venue: Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, located in Okeechobee, FL, really puts extravagant effort into their theatrics. Walk into Jungle 51 where aliens have crash landed to enjoy some far-out tech house music. Get Lost in Tea and enjoy a chill woodsy vibe with tea sets, old wicker chairs, and lots of other thrifted surprises in the middle of the woods. Or head over to any one of the main stages named Be, Here, and Now. This festival will make you feel like you’re stepping straight into an amusement park.

Reputation: Okeechobee is BACK! In 2019, the festival had to cancel its annual show but stated that they were looking forward to March 2020 to see everyone again. Though many were skeptical that the beloved fest would return, the Okeechobee Team kept their promise. OMF is back on and arriving stronger than ever now under the Insomniac umbrella! Okeechobeeings and newbies alike are thrilled.

Price: Tickets and camping packages are now on sale! GA Eco Passes start at $279, and Standard VIP Passes start at $699. Though these prices may seem normal, remember that OMF is a 4-day festival! For the number of days you’ll be there, these prices are cheap compared to other festivals! Okeechobee also provides a layaway payment option starting at $49.99.

Atmosphere: Be here now. That’s Okeechobee’s official slogan, and we couldn’t agree more. This festival is so fantastic – with so many genres of music, kinds of people, and types of gratitude – that you are almost forced to be in the moment. Job who? Problems what? You can leave your baggage at the door. This festival will make you forget who you were and help you find out who you are.

BUKU Music + Arts Project – New Orleans, LA | March 20 – 21, 2020 | POSTPONED TO: September 4 – 5, 2020 | POSTPONED DATE CANCELED

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2020 Headliners: Tyler, the Creator | Flume | ILLENIUM | Glass Animals

Venue: This venue is in the outskirts of the Lower Garden District of New Orleans, giving the location an exclusive and industrial feel. The home of Mardi Gras becomes an oasis of expression and creativity, which is why BUKU stands out. The entire venue is a culmination of artistic innovation and youthful culture.

Reputation: BUKU’s BUKrewe is known for creating a fusion of music, art, and performance. Walking around the venue is always a visual delight, and the festival’s attentiveness to detail makes the local community’s support for the yearly event clear. If you end up attending, keep an eye out for the famous 2 to 3 level Live Graffiti Gallery that comes to life as artists showcase their own personalities while guests can observe.

Price: For $185, you’ll receive a 2-day General Admission pass to the BUKU Project. 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 see walking down a city icon like Bourbon Street. 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 20 – 21, 2020 | POSTPONED TO: JUNE 19 – 20, 2020 | POSTPONED DATE CANCELED

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Previous Headliners: Armin Van Buuren | Deadmau5 | Ganja White Night | Rezz

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 drawing you into a different chapter of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Reputation: Beyond Wonderland has been growing in popularity for the last ten 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.

Price:  2-day GA tickets will run you about $129.99, 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, cell phone charging stations, and more! For GA tickets, you must be +18. To buy the VIP ticket and experience, you must be +21.

Atmosphere: Get ready to enter the magical EDM-version of Alice in Wonderland! Beyond Wonderland will send you on an adventure through a psychedelic playground with curious characters around every corner. Prepare for beat-heavy sets from up-and-coming artists as well as your all-time favorites. Insomniac management really makes you feel like you’ve fallen into the Rabbit Hole with giant chess pieces, caterpillars, playing cards, mushrooms, and more! Be sure to let your inner child run wild.

Ultra Music Festival – Miami, FL | CANCELED: March 20 – 22, 2020

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2020 Headliners: Carl Cox | David Guetta | Martin Garrix | Flume | Major Lazer

Venue: For several years, Ultra has been hosted at the notorious Bayfront Park in Downtown, Miami. In 2019, they moved the festival to Virginia Key Beach Park, but now they’re BACK! The Bayfront Park provides a piece of paradise for the festival, making it a cherished getaway. Have some extra travel time? Stop to see the white sand and beautiful oceans of Florida’s beaches!

Reputation: Ultra Music Festival has been making waves in the EDM industry for years… make that over 20 YEARS! 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 scoffers into authentically certified ravers. UMF is such a big deal that the days leading up 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 $399.95, but payment plans for the 3-Day passes have sold out! Ultra Music Festival sells out every year, so if you are looking to go in 2020, we recommend saving now, and buying fast!

Atmosphere: Choosing Ultra Music Festival as your first festival is like getting a Tesla as your first car. It’s seems too good to be true! If you think Ultra is only trying to charm you with its overly stacked lineup and superior production, think again. You’ll be happy to know that the festival partners with various nonprofit organizations to offer its fans ways to get involved with global initiatives. The festival’s written “Mission: Home” sustainability objectives are pollution prevention, nature preservation, community engagement, responsible resource strategies, waste reduction, and traffic mitigation. Feel great about the festival you are supporting, and rave all night!

Coachella Music & Arts Festival – Indio, CA | April 10 – 12 & 17 – 19, 2020 | POSTPONED TO: October 9 – 11 & 16 – 18, 2020 | POSTPONED DATE CANCELED

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Previous Headliners: The Weekend | Beyonce | Eminem | ODESZA | Post Malone

Venue: Coachella will once again be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California in 2020. But don’t let its name fool you. This club stretches across 330 acres of desert land and opens its doors to the Coachella community each year! Despite the unappealing idea of raving in desert dust, the climate is better than you think. Just get yourself some rave goggle for dust protection! Plus, you’ll 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. Everything Coachella does gets highlighted by numerous news and entertainment 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 into the fest to satisfy its immense fan base, and it’s more than normal to bump into some celebrities! 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, tickets for Coachella 2020 have sold out for both weekends. To prove its power, Coachella sold out all Advanced Weekend 1 passes within 3 hours of going on sale! However, General Admission passes ($399) could become available through cancellations or faulty payments. Sign up for Coachella’s waitlist to see if you can get a spot! If you are truly desperate to attend this year, keep an eye out for giveaways and contests. 

Atmosphere: Coachella goes to extremes to make sure you have the best time of your life while you’re there. What is so amazing is the festival’s commitment to resource conservation. Much like Ultra Music Festival, Coachella offers a variety of incentives to its fans to get involved with its sustainability programs. Earn prizes for carpooling, answering questions about climate change, recycling bottles, and so much more. Coachella creates an atmosphere that inspires fun and creativity, all while encouraging people to do good in the world. That’s something that not a lot of festivals can pull off!

EDC Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV | May 15 – 17, 2020  | POSTPONED TO: October 2 – 4, 2020 POSTPONED DATE CANCELED

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Previous Headliners: David Guetta | Illenium | Major Lazer | Above & Beyond

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 haze of amazing colors and lights with beauty everywhere you turn.

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Reputation: EDC Las Vegas is essentially a raver’s PARADISE. Not only is it considered one of the biggest EDM festivals in the world (Even bigger than Ultra in 2019!), but there are also plenty of things to do and see that will indulge your senses. This includes some of the craziest stage productions in the history of live entertainment. If this is your first time going to EDC Las Vegas, don’t be surprised if you shed a happy tear or two. Enjoy one of the most well-known festivals of all!

Price: Much like Coachella, EDC is one of those festivals that you have to buy your tickets FAST. When all tiers of tickets went on sale in September 2019, the festival was 100% sold out within 48 hours! If that doesn’t tell you about the reputation of this place, nothing will! Don’t lose hope yet though because you can be put on the waitlist! Also, keep an eye out for ticket giveaways and contests.

Atmosphere: From the moment you step foot into its enchanted fields, you have escaped the confines of logic and society! Inside EDC Vegas, time only serves to signal the start of a new set. The people, the live performances, the actors, the art… all of these things combined leave you questioning reality. But above all, the memories you make and the bonds you create with other ravers will remain as part of you for the rest of your life. This will be an experience you will never forget.

Movement Music Festival – Detroit, MI | May 23 – 25, 2020  | POSTPONED TO: September 11 – 13, 2020  |  POSTPONED DATE CANCELED

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Previous Headliners: Chris Lake | Disclosure | Loco Dice | Orbital

Venue: Movement Music Festival takes place in Hart Plaza located in downtown Detroit. This is a unique city festival nestled between towering building and the Detroit River. When you are looking for a little relaxation between sets, you and your rave fam can stroll over to the riverside and take in the breathtaking views of Windsor, Ontario.

Reputation: Movement Music Festival and the city of Detroit are known for their 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 local favorite in Detroit since its inception.

Price: General Admissions Passes are on sale now for $189 plus a service fee of $21.21, and VIP Passes are on sale for $309 plus a service fee of $24.72. Movement also offers 1-day and 2-day passes.

Atmosphere: If you like to have deep conversations about your love of techno and underground electronic music, this is the place for you because this event is a celebration of where the genre began. And if you still have some life left in you by midnight, be sure to review their list of afterparties! Detroit is a gracious host that will show you all the electronic music it has to offer.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester, TN | June 11 – 14, 2020|POSTPONED TO: September 24 – 27, 2020 | POSTPONED DATE CANCELED

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Previous Headliners: Childish Gambino | Griz | RL Grime | ZHU | Illenium 

Venue: Bonnaroo takes place at Great Stage Park, and 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!

Reputation: For many festival-goers, Bonnaroo feels like a second home. Good feelings and positive vibes are constantly flowing through the park, allowing everyone to feel like they can truly be themselves. Something about Bonnaroo makes everyone a little bit kinder, and everyone is treated like family. With that, families and children ARE allowed into this event. Bonnaroo, like many music festivals, believes that nobody should have to be left out because of age, sexual orientation, gender, or ethnicity. This festival does a great job of maintaining intimacy on such as large scale, while also making you feel like you’ve stepped into a different world.

Price: A 4-Day General Admission ticket to Bonnaroo starts at $299 and increases from there. That’s a pretty fair price for 4 days! And we know that money can’t buy you happiness, but buying a Bonnaroo ticket is the closest you’re going to get. Check out THIS LINK to see camping and hotel options. Also keep in mind that the most popular option “Car Camping” cost $60 per car (not per person)! However, if you buy 4 GA tickets in a single order, you can get a parking pass for FREE!

Atmosphere: You quite literally can’t run out of new things to do at Bonnaroo. The 4 days are packed full of fun activities to get you in the festival spirit! Start the morning off right with an early morning yoga class. Visit some campground plazas around the venue! Inside, you can fine parties, art, wifi, charging stations, and more! On Saturday morning, join in on the eighth “First Annual” Roo Run 5k, and afterward, join one of the many parades trailing around throughout the weekend. And if you are interested, stop by the “Register to Vote” booth. Pledge to vote, and get the chance to win some awesome prizes.

Paradiso Festival – George, WA | CANCELED: June 14 – 15, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Zeds Dead | Alison Wonderland | What So Not | Kaskade

Venue: Paradiso combines technology with the beauty of nature to create an unparalleled camping and festival experience. The venue at the Gorge Amphitheater sits right by the Columbia River Gorge, and it is STUNNINGLY beautiful! Listen to your favorite DJs and take in the gorgeous, rolling mountains in the background.

Reputation: Unlike other venues that draw all their wonder from the man-made art and structures the festival planners set up, Paradiso is one of the few venues where nature is a part of the hype! See the clear night sky filled with stars, look over mountain ranges, and gaze over the Columbia River Gorge. However, like other venues, you can run into art installations, live painting, yoga, and other fun activities everywhere you walk.

Price: A General Admission ticket for the 2020 edition of Paradiso will run you $179 for the 2-day festival. Prices go up from here as you get closer to the VIP tickets. Note that camping passes are not included in these prices!

Atmosphere: Paradiso should be on everyone’s festival bucket list. The breathtaking views from the venue’s main stage will put you in a meditative trance. Lay out your blanket on the hill, watch the water flow by, and listen to all your favorite DJs in one place. This venue, so close to natural beauty, is definitely one of a kind.

Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI | CANCELED: June 25 – 28, 2020

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2020 Headliners: The String Cheese Incident | Bassnectar | Flume | Major Lazer | Big Gigantic

Venue: Rothbury 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 past decade. With a name to perfectly fit the Forest’s light-filled atmosphere, Electric Forest is practically on everyone’s list of top festivals to attend. Whether you’re talking to a die-hard raver or a festival dabbler, this festival seems to always come up in conversation. Let the whimsical magic draw you in.

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Price: When tickets went on sale for Electric Forest 2020, it only took 45 minutes for every ticket to sell out. However, don’t lose hope just yet! Electric Forest now has a ticket exchange program for buying and selling tickets. No more getting scammed by people trying to take your money and split. Just click THIS LINK, type in your email address, and request tickets. As soon as tickets are returned by someone else, your purchase will automatically be completed – no hidden fees required!

Atmosphere: One of the top things we love about EF is the absolute passion that goes into creating a loving atmosphere. EF brings art to life with costumed butterfly people, interactive “portals”, moving sculptures, and more. Each time you turn your head, it seems like there is something new to experience. EF also prides itself on having a safe environment where people can express themselves freely. Plus with their program Electricology, the festival is moving toward environmentally sustainability. EF has a way of leading you to where you are meant to be, whether that means crossing paths with your soulmate, bonding with new and old friends, or even just getting to know your true, inner self.

Electric Love – Plainfeld, Austria | CANCELED: July 9 – 11, 2020

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2020 Headliners: Armin Van Buuren | Don Diablo | Kygo |Vini Vici

Venue: The location of this venue in Plainfield, Austria is one of Electric Love’s greatest assets. The green, open pastures surrounding the Salzburg Ring make the perfect campgrounds for a festival and walking from your tent to the stages will be an experience in itself. You can hear the distant beats of music while being completely absorbed in nature.

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 is a variety of pricing options available depending on what you’re looking for. Currently, General Admissions tickets are available as Super Early Bird pricing for €149. Early Bird will be €159, Regular will be €169, and Late will jump up to €189. They do offer VIP tickets, 1-day passes, and extra camping add-ons and options. In addition, they have Wednesday’s pre-party tickets for around €25.

Atmosphere: Electric Love is perfect when taking your friends to their first festival. The event takes lots of steps to create a safe, positive, and loving environment for its attendees. Inside the festival, there is a supermarket that sells camping supplies, festival gear, cold beverages, and more. And if this still doesn’t entice you, in 2019, Electric Love was nominated at the European Festival Awards for Best Major Festival! Now that’s something to rave about!

Airbeat One – Neustadt-Glewe Airfield, Germany | CANCELED: July 8 – 12, 2020

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2020 Headliners: Armin Van Buuren | Dimitri Vegas Like Mike | Marshmello | Steve Aoki

Venue: This outdoor festival is held at a wide-open natural camp site in a small town in North Germany. The festival is proud to provide an experience where attendees can escape the noise and craziness of the modern world and embrace the calm and comfort of Mother Nature. Here you will embrace – and be embraced – by lush meadows and clear blue skies… PLUS, all the thrills of a music festival.

Reputation: Airbeat One has widely become known and respected as a global player in the festival world, attracting 180,000 people each day of the festival! Even before a single headliner was announced, the early-bird tickets were completely sold out for 2019 within four weeks, showcasing the festivals impressive presence in the industry. Part of the attraction is undeniably the main stage, which is known to be an absolutely showstopper with incredible visual effects, design, and size rarely found anywhere else in Europe.

Price: Airbeat One is growing in popularity, so it’s smart to buy your tickets soon! Phase 3 is currently open, and this is the cheapest tickets are going to be. 3-Day General Admissions tickets are going for €129.99 and 3-Day VIP tickets are going for €199.99. 1-Day tickets are also available!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Airbeat One is transportive, which is exactly what the festival designers had in mind. Each year, the event presents stages, props, activities, and an overall completely immersive experience that transports attendees to another world. From setting the stage as the Coliseum in Rome to Big Ben and Tower Bridge, Airbeat is always coming up with ways to take you on another international adventure. In 2019, Airbeat One transformed the quiet fields of Germany into the culturally bustling streets of Mumbai, India – complete with the festival’s very own replica of the Taj Mahal. The theme for 2020 has not been released yet.

Sónar – Barcelona, Spain |CANCELED: June 18-20, 2020

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2020 Headliners: Vince Staples | Bad Bunny | Disclosure DJ Set | Dixon |Floating Points

Venue: One of the most unique aspects of Sonar is that it is divided into two titles and locations: Sonar by Day, and Sonar by Night. Walking into the entrance gates of Sonar by Day gives you a cultural experience in the heart of Barcelona. This daytime portion of the festival is hosted each year at the Fira de Barcelona, the city’s trade show institute. This venue hosts hundreds of events and receives 2 million visitors from over 200 countries each year and is treasured by Spain to be one of the most important public institutes in the country. The party then continues into Sonar by Night where the entire festival moves to Fira Gran Via of L’Hospitalet, another significant location in the city marked by extraordinary architect. This is where the festival’s most prominent performers play late into the night. And don’t worry about transportation. They have SonarBuses to take you from point A to point B!

Reputation: Sonar was born in 1994, founded by a music journalist and two musicians/visual artists who advertised the event as the “Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art.” Since its inception, Sonar’s attendance number has grown massively and so has its reputation. Starting as a festival with only 6,000 attendees, the event has since become known as one of the most celebrated events in the European electronic music scene, transforming the city into an EDM hub each summer.

Price: What is generally referred to as GA tickets are on now sale for €125. However, this only gives you admission for Sonar by Night for June 19 – 20. Then, there are the Full Delegate Passes on sale for €240.  This will give you access to both Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night, plus access to the Sonar+D program. The list goes on from there with all sorts of ticket variations to ensure you are comfortable with what you are buying!

Atmosphere: Unlike many summer festivals throughout the world, Sonar is not an outdoor camping festival. It is a city festival that builds and capitalizes on the atmosphere and dynamics that Barcelona has to offer. Sonar is a festival where creativity and technology link together, resulting in an international event where creative and music communities from all over the world come together to celebrate the art of electronic music.

Parookaville – Airport Weeze, Germany | CANCELED: July 17-19, 2020

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2020 Headliners: Armin Van Buuren | Dimitri  Vegas & Like Mike | Steve Aoki | Vini Vici 

Venue: Parookaville takes place in an old military airport in Weeze Germany, right at the border of the Netherlands. Each year, this airport is turned into Parookaville, a “city” that comes to life each year to celebrate the founder, Bill Parooka. This surreal city is divided by districts, each a different part of the mythical town that has new and exciting art and music to offer. Countless sets, stages, and building are created to form a utopia. The town is even complete with its own Town Hall, where citizens can pick up their own Parookaville passport and stamp.

Reputation: Parookaville is much younger than many other festivals but is already a festival beacon in Germany and a highly popular destination worldwide. Since its beginning in 2015, Parookaville has added tens of thousands of attendees, shooting from 25,000 to 80,00 in just three short years. The best thing about the festival is its ability to give people the greatest sets, amenities, and experiences Germany has to offer. This has quickly made it one of the must-attend festivals of the year.

Price: Many packages such as camping passes plus full weekend tickets are sold out. However, there are some tickets with camping, weekend tickets, VIP, and single-day passes still available. Single-day passes are starting at €95, and full weekend tickets are starting at €209. If this festival is something you’re dying to do this year, act fast! The tickets may not be there for long!

Atmosphere: Bill Parooka founded the festival with vision to “celebrate the joy of life.” The festival has certainly stayed true to its roots because it’s impossible to not feel the joy of life while immersed in this magical pop-up city. The founding father has made sure that the citizens of his city remain happy while there, providing everything needed for a good time from drool-worthy headliners to the basic needs and amenities that fill the districts of Parookaville. You will find yourself at home here with a supermarket, swimming pool, countless food vendors, and even a barber and tattoo parlor all available onsite. Your fellow citizens will also provide the energy you need because everyone is required to abide by the city’s laws – “Madness, Love, and Pure Happiness.”

Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium | CANCELED: July 17 – 19 & July 24 – 26, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Bebe Rexha | Steve Aoki | The Chainsmokers | Seven Lions | Above & Beyond

Coronavirus Update: Though Tomorrowland Winter (March 14 – 21) has been canceled for 2020, fret not! Tomorrowland Belgium is still set to happen both weekends in July.

Venue: Tomorrowland takes place in Boom, Belgium between Brussels and Antwerp at a venue called De Schorre. It was formerly a clay pit but has been renovated into a huge outdoor recreation area. This area is now home to one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world. Tomorrowland creates an entire camping city for its festival-goers in what is called DreamVille. If you’re willing to spend a bit of extra money, Tomorrowland’s camping huts and tents are amazing and a bucket list item for sure.

Reputation: Celebrating their 16th year in 2020, 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. It 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 without having to worry about security taking your props away.

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Price: Pre-registration for tickets is available now through January 31st and the first set of WorldWide tickets will go on sale January 25th. Full Madness Passes (GA passes) start at €249. The popularity of this event causes tickets and travel packs to sell out in minutes each year. Be sure to pre-register now for a chance to join the people of Tomorrowland!

Atmosphere: Tomorrowland is a symbol of 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 here, you will start to recognize the importance of being around “your kind” of people and how that can cleanses you. The people of Tomorrowland become your family and you become theirs. This festival is proof that it is possible for the world to achieve peace among all nations.

Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary | CANCELED: August 5 – 11, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Foo Fighters | Ed Sheeran | Florence + The Machine | Twenty One Pilots | Martin Garrix

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 7-day long, multi-genre lineup. Despite its reputation as a prominent rock festival, Sziget also features reggae, hip-hop, indie, and EDM. Sziget Festival becomes the premier party central in Hungary every time it comes around. In 2018, 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 €299 – €339. If you are not able to experience the entire 7 days, there are packages available for 1, 3, and 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, and we don’t mean that figuratively! Sziget Festival asks its fans to wish for artists and bands they want to see at the festival. Submissions for the #sziget2020 Wish Machine are open, and they want to know your top 10 picks for this year’s festival.

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC, Canada | CANCELED: July 24 – 27, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Excision | Griz | Nero | Zeds Dead | Zhu

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’s venue from other festivals is its extraordinary stage setups. 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.

Reputation: Shambhala is the largest electronic music festival in Canada. Its knee-trembling lineups are stacked with awesome artists. 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 2020 are currently on sale for approximately $300 USD plus tax. This is for the Extra Early Bird special including tent camping, parking, and admission for all three days of the festival. Ticket prices only go up as we get closer to the festival dates, so if you’re sure you want to go, buy sooner rather than later!

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 the festival, 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 yourself and let it guide you, 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.

Creamfields – Daresbury, Cheshire, England | CANCELED: August 27 – 30, 2020

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2020 Headliners: CamelPhat | Armin Van Buuren | Pendulum Trinity

Venue: This festival has traveled throughout England for years, and is now taking place in Daresbury, a small village in Cheshire, England. This is home of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland) author, Lewis Carroll! Creamfields is another sunny, summer fest hosted outdoors at a large camping resort. It offers plenty of sunbathing and napping opportunities in between sets and always allows plenty of room for crowds in front of their stages. In 2018, Creamfield created SILO, the festival’s first 360-degree arena-style stage.

Reputation: Creamfields has been known to kill it in cutting-edge production, and always offers something new and innovative to its audience. The festival is constantly outdoing itself and exceeds even the most devoted fans expectations with bigger and better stages, lineups, and exquisite camping options each year.  

Price: All tickets are now on sale, and wow, does Creamfields have options! You have the Standard, Bronze, Silver, and Gold camping packages for 2, 3, and 4 days; Standard and Gold tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; Standard and Gold 2-Day tickets for Friday & Saturday and Saturday & Sunday; and finally, 3-Day Standard and Gold tickets. 1-Day tickets are priced as low as approximately $85 USD, and all ticket and package variations have layaway options!

Atmosphere: Creamfields has so much to offer and is an essential festival to attend no matter your style. With gorgeous scenery, big open spaces, pristine camping sites, jaw-dropping stages, and impressive lineups, this festival will never disappoint. They out-do themselves every year, and the air of this festival is filled with the energy and excitement for what’s to come.

Mysteryland – Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands | CANCELED: August 28 – 30, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Martin Garrix | Alison Wonderland | Oliver Heldens | Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Venue: The universe of Mysteryland is hidden amongst captivating fields, forests, and lakes of the Floriade Terrain in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands, just 15 miles from Amsterdam. Within these natural wonders, you will find 17 stages with outdoor dance floors, massive amounts of LED screens, laser shows, and the most advanced sound systems around.

Reputation: This festival present itself as cryptic, but there is no ~mystery~ why Mysteryland is one of the top go-to festivals each year. This event is known for having absolutely everything a party animal could want. Production quality is always at 150%, and the overall experiences are unparalleled by any other festival. Mysteryland holds the crown for longest running EDM festival in the world, and it shows. This is a team that you can trust to give you one of the greatest time of your life.

Price: Mysteryland tickets are going on sale January 28th, 2020 at 12:00pm CEST. Last year, GA admissions were €119.50, and VIP tickets started at €289. Though 2020 ticket prices have not been revealed yet, we predict they will be around the same price. Also note that you must be 18+ to attend this festival! Festival security is allowed to ask for your ID before going into the venue to make sure it matches your personalized ticket. If your ticket and ID do not match, you could potentially be denied entry.

Atmosphere: Simply put, Mysteryland is the ultimate party and transports you into the next realm of reality. Being in this land, you will lose track of time and totally lose yourself in the moment – each perfect, dazzling moment – where you are surrounded by nature, art, music, and like-minded travelers all there to soak up the mysteries of life. This place radiates pure joy and is a place where all colorful people of the world can come together and celebrate the love and friendship that music forms.

Electric Zoo – New York City, NY | CANCELED: September 4 – 6, 2020

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Previous Headliners: 4B | Excision | Above & Beyond | Zedd | Alison Wonderland

Venue: Electric Zoo is held on Randall’s Island, resting on the East River in NYC. It is a field of freshly-trimmed grass, making a comfortable surface for ravers who want to sit down and feel the sensations of the bass beneath the soil. A backdrop of 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 diffraction or kaleidoscope glasses.

Reputation: One of the Zoo’s most noticeable traits is its diverse fan base. Being inside New York City, EZoo tends to attract ravers from all different backgrounds and cultures. It’s common for international ravers to make Electric Zoo a destination on their trip to the United States, making it clear that it is a worldwide phenomenon and worth of the title of one of the best. 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, Japan, Brazil, and China.

Price: Since Electric Zoo is in September, the festival has not released 2020 tickets quite yet. We do, however, predict that ticket costs with remain close to what they were in 2019. There are three types of tickets: General Admission, VIP, and Platinum. In 2019, GA 3-day tickets were on sale for $239.99, VIP tickets were on sale for $539.99, and at the top of the pack, Platinum tickets were on sale for $899.99. Note that service fees were not included in these prices!

Atmosphere: It’s not easy creating a peaceful atmosphere while neighboring Manhattan, yet EZoo manages to block out the bustling city and replace it with tunes from some of the biggest artists in the game. As Billboard Magazine states, “Electric Zoo might not be the country’s largest, splashiest, or most hyped electronic dance music festival. But we’re going to go on record and say that it’s the best.” Journey to a place where the standards of society can’t touch you, and become your truest, happiest self.

Imagine Music Festival – Hampton, GA | CANCELED: September 18 – 20, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Diplo | Zeds Dead | Marshmello | Seven Lions

Venue: Imagine Music Festival returns for its 6th year, taking place again at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The location provides campgrounds directly outside the venue (for minimal walking) with free showers and restroom facilities. If camping isn’t your thing, there are lots of hotels surrounding the speedway. There’s also a giant pool! This may sound strange for a September festival, but Georgia doesn’t start getting cold until the end of October. In September 2019, the weather around Atlanta, Georgia was in the high 80s low 90s all month!

Reputation: With the ability to host over 60,000 people, Imagine Music Festival has quickly made a name for itself as one of the top electronic music festivals in the South. While simultaneously booking some of the best talent in the industry, the festival adds unique features and yearly improvements to provide its festival-goers with the best of an aquatic, musical wonderland.

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Price: 3-Day General Admission Passes are $149 plus fees and shipping, and you can upgrade to VIP for $249 plus fee and shipping. However, this does not include camping! The festival’s camping options include GA Car Camping, GA Tent-Only Camping, Companion GA Camping, VIP Car Camping, and Companion VIP Camping. Plus, if you want to arrive to the festival early, you can buy a Thursday Early Arrival Add-On for $49.

Atmosphere: Experience an aquatic adventure at Imagine Music Festival. Enjoy some of the best acts in electronic music, and explore transformational workshops, live art, circus acts, yoga classes, silent discos, and more! Each stage is equipped with large visual displays, performers, lasers, and other production features to give you an amazing sensory overload. Lounge and rave, relax and go crazy. Imagine Music Festival has something for everyone.

 Lost Lands Festival Thornville, OH | CANCELED: September 25 – 27, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Excision | Slander | Zeds Dead | 12th Planet

Venue: Lost Lands, located in Thornville, Ohio, is described as a “bass music and camping festival of prehistoric proportions”. The Legend Valley campground is located in the countryside, so the festival blasts the music as loud as they can (1 million+ watts of bass)! Though Lost Lands is smaller than a lot of United States festivals, the number of attendees is almost 35x the number of residents in Thornville!

Reputation: Lost Lands is quickly becoming a festival favorite all across the nation. With its creation in 2017, the amount it has grown in just three short years seems outlandish. Yet in 2019, Lost Lands sold out for the first time with an estimated 35,000 tickets. Just because they are new doesn’t mean they can’t compete with the big leagues! The festival creator and EDM artist Excision really knows what he’s doing.

Price: 2020 tickets are not on sale yet; however, in 2019, GA tickets were priced at $229 and VIP at $374. But note that camping for this venue is sold separately. Do not wait to get your tickets! Sign up for Lost Land’s mailing list to be one of the first people to know when tickets go on sale as well as who will be headlining!

Atmosphere: The only way to describe Lost Lands is that everyone is in the best mood ever all 3 days. The music is hardcore with lots of heavy dubstep, the kind of music that you can headbang all day and night to. Because of this, Lost Lands is popular among seasoned festival-goers. Hang out with some dinos, and get lost in the music!

Amsterdam Dance Event– Amsterdam, Netherlands | CANCELED:  October 21 – 25, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Richie Hawtin | Tchami | Malaa | Markus Schulz

Venue: Amsterdam Dance Event is such a big event for the area that it takes over the entire city… literally. This event spreads throughout Amsterdam, with stages and shows taking place in 140 of Amsterdam’s best and most popular music and nightlife venues. From the HERTZ Silent Disco Club to Amsterdam’s Infamous Centraal Station, there is somewhere to go and someone to see at any given location during the 5-day festival.

Reputation: Being one of the most distinctive and unique events of its genre, Amsterdam Dance Events actually has two sides to it: it is both an EDM Business Conference and Festival. This Festival brings music professionals and enthusiast alike from all over the world to network, share, and simply celebrate all aspects of the music industry.

Price:  Tickets for this event are not available yet but go on sale January 15th, 2020. In 2018, the festival offered 3 ticket options: a 4-Day Conference Pass for €300, a 5-Day + Night Pass for €450, and a total package pass that includes a hotel stay for €550.

Atmosphere: This experience is the perfect event for anyone and everyone who has a passion for the EDM industry, offering pop-up events all over Amsterdam to celebrate not just the music that bring so many people together, but also the best in art, film, photography, and music. From 3 PM to 3 AM, you can be assured that there something for everyone in the squad, from the CEO to the Rave Babe of the group.

HARBOURLIFE – Sydney, Australia | TBA

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Previous Headliners: Green Velvet | MK | Franky Rizardo | Shiba San | Dena Amy | Eli Brown | Roland Tangs

Venue: Held at at Mrs. Macquarie’s Point in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia, Harbourlife Festival is located on a harbor right on the water making this a beautiful, mesmerizing oceanside party. This breezy venue adds a spectacular view and an awesome open space to mark this festival as the quintessential Australian Summer Kickoff!

Reputation: Harbourlife is an event put on by Fuzzy, a popular events and promotional company in the Sydney dance scene. The owners of Fuzzy started throwing oversized parties in 1996, which quickly turned into a full-blown festival business. Harbourlife was officially created in October 2003 and has since become known as one of the best Sydney events to attend. It continuously sells out and brings more and more dance music enthusiasts to this breathtaking Australian harbor each year.

Price: Tickets for this year are not yet for sale, but the tickets for attending Harbourlife in 2019 were broken down in tiers with prices starting at First Release GA at $162, Second Release GA at $172, Final Release GA at $182, and VIP tickets at $257.

Atmosphere: This 1-day festival is just as beach-bummy as it sounds. From the minute the first bass drops to the very end, this is the ultimate welcome-to-summer bash. From non-stop dancing to beach balls bouncing around, you do not want to miss one of the greatest waterfront parties in the world. The atmosphere is full of easy-going, sunny vibes, bringing beaming smiles and bright memories to everyone in attendance.

Lights All Night– Dallas, TX | December 26 – 27, 2020

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Previous Headliners: Skrillex | Bassnectar | Virtual Self | Louis the Child

Venue: Lights All Night is held at Dallas Market Hall in Texas, allowing 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. No need to worry about the cold of winter, because most of the venue is inside! This year, the festival has added one tented stage outside to allow for more variety.

Reputation: Texas’ longest running end-of-the-year party has brought close to 50,000 fans over two days in past years and 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 as well.

Price: In 2019, you could score a 2-Day General Admissions Pass to Lights All Night for $209.95 plus $43.27 for fees and sales tax. 1-Day tickets are available, as well as GA Express passes, VIP passes, Upgraded VIP passes, and 2-Day VIP Platinum. Do keep in mind that you have to be +18 to get GA passes and +21 to get any VIP passes.

Atmosphere: Whether you still think it’s 2015 or are anxiously awaiting a fresh start in 2021, Lights All Night will deliver you into the new year on a mesmerizing high note. Enjoy yourself all night long dancing under twinkling disco balls, confetti canons, and the vibrating beat of music from every direction. Ring in the new year with your favorite artists in the hottest party of the year!

Final Thoughts

As many know, this isn’t even a fraction of the festivals that the EDM world has to offer, but these are the ones that stand out, that make themselves known as the biggest, the best, and the most outrageous. New festivals continue to emerge throughout every continent, and that’s why this year isn’t like the last and won’t be like the next!

Just remember that being scared or cautious about trying something new isn’t bad, but don’t let the fear prevent you from going! Everyone experiences festivals differently, so the only way to know which one is right for you is by dipping your toes in and trying them out.

Which festivals do you think should be on the list? Should we do another article for 2021 festivals? Let us know in the comments below!

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