One of the hardest decisions we ever have to make is choosing which EDM festivals we want to attend. With promoters competing to create the best experience, festivals are creating a better atmosphere and better lineup than ever before. There’s treasure lying waiting at every single festival, so how could we possibly know which ones hold the most gold?
So, the GloFX team put together a comprehensive list of the Biggest and Best EDM Festivals of 2017. 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.
We broke down each festival into five categories. Each festival on this list achieved a top-rating in each of these categories:
- Best Headliners
- Coolest Venue
- Top Reputation
- Most Enjoyable Atmosphere
- Price: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck
Best EDM Festivals of 2017
Organized by Date
|BUKU Music + Arts Project||Mar 10-11||New Orleans, LA|
|Istoria Festival||Mar 12-13, Mar 18-19||Melbourne & Sydney, Australia|
|Ultra Music Festival||Mar 24-26||Miami, FL|
|Euphoria Music & Camping Festival||Apr 6-9||Austin, TX|
|Coachella Music & Arts Festival||Apr 14-16, Apr 21-23||Indio, CA|
|Middlelands||May 5-7||Todd Mission, TX|
|Sunset Music Festival||May 27-28||Tampa, FL|
|Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival||Jun 8-11||Manchester, TN|
|EDC Las Vegas||Jun 16-18||Las Vegas, NV|
|Electric Forest||Jun 22-25, June 29-Jul 2||Rothbury, MI|
|Paradiso Festival||Jun 23-24||The Gorge, WA|
|Electric Love||Jul 6-8||Plainfeld, Austria|
|Tomorrowland||Jul 21-23, Jul 28-30||Boom, Belgium|
|Sziget Festival||Aug 9-16||Budapest, Hungary|
|Shambhala Music Festival||Aug 11-14||Salmo, BC|
|Electric Zoo||Sep 1-3||New York City, NY|
|It’s The Ship||Nov 7-10||Singapore|
|Djakarta Warehouse Project||Dec 9-10||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|ZoukOut Festival||Dec 8-9||Singapore|
BUKU Music + Arts Project – New Orleans, LA | March 10-11, 2017
Headliners: Deadmau5 | Zeds Dead | Grizmatik | Zhu
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. The entire venue is a culmination of artistic innovation, abundant with the love and passion that the artists manifest into their craft.
Reputation: The BUKrewe always impresses us with its curated lineup that encompasses a mix of sounds infused with heavy bass. The support from the local community is justified by BUKU’s attentiveness to musical detail.
Price: For $189, you’ll receive a 2-day General Admission pass to the BUKU Project. This is a great deal, especially when you’re getting a lineup that includes a Grizmatik performance and an exclusive Minnesota b2b Space Jesus set.
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.
Istoria Festival – Melbourne & Sydney, Australia | March 12-13 & March 18-19
Headliners: Andrew Bayer | Sander Van Doorn | Ben Nicky | Khomha
Venue: Istoria Festival is a touring event that will be making stops in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. It will first go to Sydney and take place at the Halls Sydney Showgrounds. The following day, it will make its way to Melbourne and occupy the space provided by Hisense Arena.
Reputation: Istoria is put on by Symbiotic, a touring agency that has been growing the Australia EDM scene for quite some time. Symbiotic is introducing Istoria for the first time ever, but we can expect incredible performances from some of the best trance acts in the world.
Price: You can buy a ticket to Istoria Festival for approximately $120. This ticket gives you entry to either the Melbourne edition or the Sydney edition. Each one is bound to be a great time!
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.
Ultra Music Festival – Miami, FL | March 24-26, 2017
Headliners: Major Lazer | Above & Beyond | Hardwell | Tiesto | Zedd
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 now. 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 nonbelievers into authentic 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 are sold out for UMF 2017, but you can still snag a VIP ticket for $1249.95 which offers a much more lavish experience.
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.
Euphoria Music & Arts Festival – Austin, TX | April 6-9, 2017
Headliners: Pretty Lights Live | Alesso | Zeds Dead | Chromeo, | Knife Party
Venue: Carson Creek Ranch makes an ideal location for Euphoria Festival because it can dedicate its entire 60 acres of land to raver shenanigans. A gorgeous river separates two halves of the ranch, serving as a reminder for ravers to keep hydrated in the Texas heat.
Reputation: The community has always been an important part of Euphoria Festival. One of the questions it asks itself is how it can most benefit its fans. Their answer is to give them a way to explore the possibilities of human interaction through activities that promote friendship and collaboration. Euphoria is known for hosting special events for fans who really want to make the most out of their stay. Offering a variety of workshops and even wedding ceremonies, its no wonder why Euphoria is at the top of everyone’s list of festivals to experience.
Price: Euphoria offers a variety of packages to suit the specific needs of each fan. A 3-day General Admission pass would cost you 212, but for $90 more, you can add another night to your trip and get the full experience of camping at a music festival surrounded by nature. We recommend camping whenever a festival permits it. If you’re tight on money, you can apply to Euphoria’s Work Exchange Volunteer Program. Not only will you earn a 3-Day GA & camping pass into Euphoria, but you’ll also get to learn about everything that goes into organizing a festival. It’s a unique opportunity to get more involved with the scene you love, and the rewards go much further than getting to for free.
Atmosphere: Music has always been (and will always be) a huge factor that plays into rating a festival. Combine that with a gorgeous landscape and a community of happy human beings all decked out in their freshest rave gear, and you have yourself the ultimate weekend getaway! Euphoria Festival loves to enhance the vibes at Carson Creek Ranch on which thousands of people make their home for four days and three nights. They also take pride in their eco-friendly initiatives, striving to ensure that the ranch remains a clean and unadulterated habitat.
Coachella Music & Arts Festival – Indio, CA | April 14-16 & April 21-23, 2017
Headliners: Radiohead | Kendrick Lamar | Empire of the Sun | Porter Robinson & Madeon | Martin Garrix
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 it’s 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 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: Not surprisingly, all Coachella 2017 passes are officially sold out. If you’re considering going next year, make sure you get your tickets early in advance!
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.
Middlelands – Todd Mission, TX | May 5-7, 2017
Headliners: Bassnectar | Major Lazer | Big Gigantic | Griz | Seven Lions
Venue: Middlelands will be held at the Texas Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds. Don’t expect the venue to look like your typical EDM festival. Middlelands aims to recreate a scene of what life was like hundreds of years ago, with an electronic twist.
Reputation: Middlelands will premier for the first time in May 2017, but so far it’s received great feedback from the community for its godly lineup and ability to push the boundaries of immersive entertainment. With Insomniac and C3 working together, we know that Middlelands is going to be unlike anything we can ever imagine.
Price: If you act now, you can snag a 3-Day General Admission ticket to Middlelands for $205. If you want the full King’s (or Queen’s) treatment, a 3-Day VIP is only $410 away from being yours.
Atmosphere: We expect Middlelands to have an incredible atmosphere. The Renaissance world has the potential to introduce a new dynamic to the festival experience. Everything you’re going to see and do at Middlelands is something that’s never been attempted by a festival, so make sure you absorb as much as you can while you’re there. To make your time at Middlelands even better, it helps to get into Renaissance character by looking the part (think Steampunk). If you aren’t the type of raver to go all out on a costume, an awesome set of rave goggles can significantly enhance your appearance to make your Renaissance impression that much more believable.
Sunset Music Festival – Tampa, FL | May 27-29, 2017
Headliners: Major Lazer | RL Grime | Above & Beyond | Zeds Dead | Yellow Claw
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.
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 might have heard about SMF from seeing friends posting about its killer lineups. As a bonus, it’s conveniently 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.
Fans were very receptive to its well-balanced lineup last year. Each stage had enough talent to hold you over for the entire day. After Funtcase was done with us, we gave our necks a break and ventured to the main stage for Cash Cash. After that, it was back to the bass stage so we could get a heavy dose of vomit step from Snails. Once we had our fix, we finished our night back at the main stage where The Chainsmokers, followed by Jack U delivered all-star performances.
Price: The price for a 2-Day general admission ticket to SMF will cost you approximately $150. 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 $240, but is entirely worth it if you value exclusivity.
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.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester, TN | June 8-11, 2017
Headliners: Flume | The Weeknd | Chance The Rapper | Major Lazer | Red Hot Chili Peppers
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.
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 $350. Money can’t buy you happiness, but festivals are the next best thing.
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 whole in your wallet from food alone.
EDC Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV | June 16-18, 2017
Headliners: Above & Beyond | Kygo | Flosstradamus | Major Lazer | Zedd | Flux Pavillon | Tiesto
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 its missing out on.
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.
Price: General Admission tickets are currently available for $355 a pop. Considering what you’re getting out of a trip to EDC Las Vegas, we think that’s more than a fair price.
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.
Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI | June 22-25 & June 29-July 2, 2017
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 immaculate stage set ups 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, a second weekend has been added to include more people in the Forest festivities. 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 sold out for the first weekend, but you can still snag a ticket to its second weekend for a price of approximately $300. It’s safe to say they’ll be gone pretty fast, so don’t wait!
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 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 soul-mate, or getting to know your true self.
Paradiso Festival – The Gorge, WA | June 23-24, 2017
Headliners: 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.
Reputation: People who go to Paradiso Festival say its 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.
☀️ Daydreaming about sunsets in Paradise…☀️
— USC Events (@uscevents) March 5, 2017
Price: A ticket to Paradiso will cost you $199. We think that’s a great price for a festival that offers so much to see and do. After all, not every festival gets to have a mountain range as its backyard.
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 Love – Plainfeld, Austria | July 6-8, 2017
Headliners: DJ Snake | Krewella | Showtek | Flux Pavilion | Pendulum DJ Set | Brennan Heart
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.
Reputation: Electric Love has done a great job at gaining support from its fans. It’s become the biggest electronic music festival in Austria. Considering its relatively young age, that is a very impressive feature. Electric Love will be celebrating its 5-year anniversary this July. Showing no signs of slowing down, Electric Love is showing the world of festivals that it can compete with the best of them.
Price: There are a variety of pricing options available depending on what you’re looking for. Single-day tickets start at about $80 and increase to about $150 for a regular 3-Day pass. There are quite a few VIP options available as well to accommodate a range of budgets.
Atmosphere: Electric Love is the perfect event to take your friends for 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 21-23 & July 28-30, 2017
— Rave Moments (@Rave_Moments) July 13, 2015
Headliners: Steve Aoki | Tiesto | Carl Cox | Krewella | Martin Garrix | Kaskade | Deadmau5 | David Guetta
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.
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. You’ll meet some of the kindest humans in the world and dance alongside folks from just about every part of the globe. Tomorrowland is also very lenient on what you can bring into the festival. 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: Tomorrowland tickets are sold out, but there are still travel packages available that also include regular passes to the festival. Act fast!
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. It doesn’t matter what language you speak or what color your skin is. 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.
Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary | August 9-16, 2017
Headliners: Flume | The Kills | Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike | Major Lazer
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 withdrawals you’ll experience immediately after leaving the island.
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 it’s 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 $320. 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 11-14, 2017
Headliners: Excision | Destructo | Pendulum | Kill The Noise | DJ Craze | Adventure Club
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 are its extraordinary stage sets up. 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 take away 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.
Price: Tickets for this Shambhala Music Festival 2017 are officially sold out. Don’t worry, you’ll get another chance next year!
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.
Electric Zoo – New York City, NY | September 1-3, 2017
Headliners: 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 make 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. Its 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. Best of all, we’re only in Phase One of the 2017 lineup and it’s already looking to be a monster.
Price: Currently, a general admission ticket to Electric Zoo would cost you $219. If you think about it, you’re going to spend that amount over a span of time, so you might as well put it towards a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else!
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, its 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.
It’s The Ship – Singapore | November 7-10, 2017
Headliners: It’s The Ship hasn’t released a lineup for 2017 yet, but past editions have included big names such a Knife Party, Dada Life, Sander Van Doorn, and Far East Movement.
Venue: This festival cruise takes place on the MS Mariner of the Seas, departing from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore. 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 $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 from 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 | December 9-10, 2017
Headliners: Last year, the Djakarta Warehouse Project gave its fans an outstanding lineup that featured distinguished artists like Carl Cox, Dillon Francis, Brennan Heart, Ummet Ozcan, Destructo, and Zedd. Surpassing a lineup like that this year will be tough, but Djakarta Warehouse Project is up for the challenge.
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, its 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.
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. In last year’s edition, Djakarta Warehouse Project hosted the largest Mannequin Challenge in history, managing to encompass 40,000 festival attendees in the record-breaking feat. It’s clear to us that Djakarta Warehouse Project embraces unity amongst everyone.
ZoukOut – Singapore | Dec 8-9th, 2017
Headerliners: ZoukOut brought its A-game last year with its expertly crafted lineup. International legends like Dillon Francis, Hardwell, Zedd, and Martin Garrix showcased their skills in front of thousands of fans. This year, so far on the list is Flume and Marshmello so stay tuned for more artists!
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 one of the best 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.
Price: Tickets for this year’s edition aren’t for sale, but they will most likely be priced similar to last year. If you want the best deal, then you should plan to purchase a 2-Day pass.
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.
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!
Did we miss a festival that you think should be on our list? Let us know in the comments section below!