Your EDM Music Festival Guide


With summer finally here, it’s the peak of music festival season. All over the world, EDM music festivals have established their all-star lineups and are prepping to give fans a show that they will never forget. Whether you’re planning to stay state side or go international, we’ve compiled an awesome guide for you. You’ll find a list of helpful tips to help you survive your EDM music festival, a style guide, the top 10 festivals, and a full list of all of the global festivals in 2015.

1.) What to wear

2.) What to pack

3.) What to say

4.) Where to go

5.) List of 2015 Global EDM Festivals

1.) what to WEAR to an EDM festival

what to wear to festival

1. Kandi Bracelets / 2. Men’s Basic Tanks / 3. Women’s Crochet Fringe Halter Top / 4. Women’s Lace Crop Top / 5. LED Flower Crown / 6. Neon Snap Back Hats / 7. Laser Gloves / 8. Diffraction Glasses / 9. EDM Bandanas / 10. Men’s Board Shorts / 11. Artist Series Bracelets / 12. Face Jewels

Another great video by Miss Julie

2.) what to PACK for an EDM festival

what to pack

1.Photo id /2. Camelbak / 3. Portable Phone Charger / 4. Earplugs / 5. Hand Sanitizer / 6. Cash / 7. Sunscreen / 8. Female Bathroom Solution (no long lines at the porta potty’s!) / 9. Lip gloss/chapstick / 10. Bandana



3.) what to SAY at an EDM festival

festival oingo

PLUR = Peace Love Unity Respect

PLUR + Turnt Up = PLURNT

Kandi = colorful bracelets made out of chunky beads given as a friendly gesture at parties and raves

Rave Bunny = this is the crazy girl at a rave scene. She’s normally wearing furry boots, lots of Kandi and probably not a lot of clothing

Light Show = a dance using light/glow sticks, space whips or any other poi products

LED fiber optic whip

Prizm Glasses = diffraction glasses that change the way light looks to give a trippy effect

Banger = when a song is unbelievably awesome

Shuffle = a dance style in which you shuffle your feet

Filthy = positive adjective used to describe dubstep tracks

Drop = When the bass hits after a build up. AKA the best part of the song

Face melt = When you’re exposed to something so crazy and awesome that your face metaphorically melts off. Generally associated from light shows given by LED glovers, poi spinners, and orbiters.

Mainsteam = A generally negative term applied to an artist or a song that is no longer cool because it is now on pop radio stations.

Trance = Mashs up between house and techno music. Usually great emotions felt though the song.

Trap = Subgenre in EDM, Heavy 808 bass, influenced by hip-hop and rap, usually without vocals.

Dubstep = Super Bass heavy genre using a lot of electronic and mechanical sounds.

House = One of the classics of dance music. Focusing on fast kick drum beats.

Vocal = Genre focused around female voices, usually a slower tempo and smoother medleys.

Trip Hop = Mix between trance and Hip-hop.

Bass Face / Bass Head = what your face looks like after hearing a filthy drop OR a person who is addicted to bass influenced sub genres of EDM.

Deep House = The love child of jazz, house and soul music. This is house music but with lower and deeper tones and usually slower paced.

Rage = What you are doing when you’re partying extra hard. Like, harder than anyone else, ever.

Trails = Tracers left behind a streak of light usually created from a led light show, Glover, or insane 3D stage.

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We’ve told you a lot about what to wear and bring to an EDM Festival, and even how to sound “cool”. Now you can gather your gear, cross off your checklist, and head to your favorite festival. But take it from us ravers, you won’t know what you really need until you get there. One thing is for sure — it will be one of the best times of your life!

Be sure to check out our picks of EDM Festivals and the Events Calendars below.


4.) where to GO to an EDM festival

top ten edm festivals

Now that we have prepared you to survive your EDM festival, it’s time to decide when and where to be. Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of EDM festivals internationally. So which one should you choose? Although we can’t choose for you, we can certainly give you our top 10 picks of festivals. Take a look at our comprehensive list below and decide if you’re driving or if you need a passport, because this list is sure to get you excited!

Paradiso Festival
The Paradiso Festival nestled in one of the world’s most elite natural venues- The Gorge Amphitheatre- Paradiso transcends the conventional festival experience by incorporating awe-inspiring theatrical performers, full size amusement park rides, trampoline acrobats, breathtaking art installations, and so much more. You don’t want to miss this lineup: Dash Berlin, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, and up & comers such as; Mija, Wave Racer, Galantis, Haywyre and more.

June 26th – June 27th, 2015

The Gorge Amphitheater, Quincy, WA

Price: $165.00



Electric Forest
Welcome to Sherwood Forest! Festival-goers won’t find Robin Hood here. Instead, they will experience state-of-the-art light displays amongst the wilderness. The forest provides excellent acoustics as the sounds of the festival’s EDM lineup bounce off the trees, surrounding attendees. Artists include: Borgeous, Kaskade, Paul Oakenfold, Big Gigantic, plus a ton more!

June 25, 2015

Rothbury, Michigan

Price: $140-$280 +fees and taxes



Tomorrowland 2015

As the largest EDM music festival in the world, Tomorrowland is the place for EDM fans to be in late July. Boom, Belgium has become the Mecca for world renowned DJs and electronic producers. Festival-goers are wowed by 15 stages decorated with flowers, volcanoes, disco balls, and any other outrageous decoration you can think of! The lineup gets bigger and better every year, featuring Avicii, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Axwell & Ingrosso, Martin Solveig and many more!

July 24, 2015

Boom, Belgium

Price: $287 +fees and taxes



Digital Dreams

Bud Light Digital Dreams is the largest electronic music festival in Canada. Now in its fourth year, the Bud Light Digital Dreams music festival will take place at the Flats at Ontario Place, offering party goers a sophisticated festival experience, unlike any other! This year’s performers are better than ever, with top performers, including: Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, Pete Tong, Sander Van Doorn, and much more.

June 27-28, 2015

Flats at Ontario Place, Toronto Canada

Price: $189-$249 +fees and taxes



Lollapalooza 2015

Although this festival is considered a multi-genre musical festival, each year the lineup of EDM artists continue to grow, attracting more and more EDM fans. With more than 250,000 fans flocking to Chicago every year for Lollapalooza, it has become a highlighted music festival not only in the states but also internationally with fans spreading across 115 acres of Grant Park enjoying music, local food, and more.

July 31, 2015

Grant Park – Chicago, Illinois

Price: $110-$3,600 +fees and taxes


Imagine Festival

Imagine Music Festival is a two-day dance music and arts festival that takes place in Georgia. With the Atlanta skyline as its backdrop, IMF encompasses the world’s top dance music on multiple stages, cirque-style artists, art installations, vendors and more. The festival takes place in Historic Fourth Ward Park which is conveniently located in the heart of the city and accessible from all mass transit. You don’t want to miss this festival, the lineup looks awesome, with Dada Life, Datsik, Lil Jon and The Glitch Mob to name a few!span>

August 29-30, 2015

Historic Fourth Ward Park & Masquerade Music Park, Atlanta, GA

Price: $99 – $299

Age restriction: 18 and older only


Electric Zoo

Electric Zoo has become one of the premier EDM music events of the year. Set in the “city that never sleeps,” more than 100,000 festival-goers stay awake and jam to popular EDM lineup! Each year brings bigger and brighter artists, special effects, and light displays to elevate the annual zoo theme to the next level.

September 4, 2015

Randall’s Island Park – New York

Price: $79-$439 +fees and taxes

Age restriction: 18 and older only


Sun City Music Festival

The Southwest’s biggest dance party, Sun City Music Festival, returns to beautiful Ascarate Park this Labor Day weekend for the fifth annual event in El Paso. On September 5th – 6th, top-notch talent from around the globe, such as: Armin Van Buuren and Hardwell will soundtrack the nights, sending off the summer festival season in proper fashion.

September 5-6th

Ascarate Park, El Paso, TX

Price: $119-$189

5.) List of 2015 Global EDM Festivals


Sonar Barcelona 2015

Barcelona, Spain

June 18-20, 2015

Firefly Music Festival 2015

Dover, DE

June 18-21, 2015

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2015

Las Vegas, NV

June 19-21, 2015

Secret Solstice 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland

June 19-21, 2015

Sonic Bloom 2015

Rye, CO

June 18-21, 2015

Best Kept Secret Festival 2015

Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands

June 19-21, 2015

Bravalla Festival 2015

Norrköping, Sweden

June 25-27, 2015

Paradiso Festival 2015

George, WA

June 26-27, 2015

Electric Forest 2015

Rothbury, MI

June 25-28, 2015

OpenAir St. Gallen 2015

St. Gallen, Switzerland

June 25-28, 2015

Tinderbox 2015

Odense, Denmark

June 26-28, 2015

Awakenings Weekender 2015

Amsterdam, Netherlands

June 27-28, 2015

Garorock 2015

Marmande, Fr.

June 26-28, 2015

Hideout Festival 2015

Novalja, Croatia

June 28- July 2, 2015

Roskilde Festival 2015

Roskilde, Denmark

June 27-July 4, 2015



The Garden Festival 2015

Tisno, Croatia

July 1-8, 2015

Wireless Festival 2015

London, UK

July 3-5, 2015

Summerfest 2015

Milwaukee, WI

June 24- July 5, 2015

Paradise City 2015

Perk, Belgium

July 4-5, 2015

Electric Love 2015

Salzburgring, Austria

July 9-11, 2015

EXIT Festival 2015

Novi Sad, Serbia

July 9-12, 2015

Balaton Sound 2015

Zamardi, Hungary

July 9-12, 2015

Electric Elephant 2015

Tisno, Croatia

July 9-13, 2015

Quebec City Summer Festival 2015

Quebec City, QC

July 9-19, 2015

Extrema Outdoor Netherlands 2015


July 11, 2015

NASS Festival 2015

Somerset, UK

July 10-12, 2015

Electrobeach Music Festival 2015

Le Barcarès, France

July 10-12, 2015

Ultra Europe 2015

Split, Croatia

July 10-12, 2015

Brownstock 2015

Chelmsford, UK

July 10-12, 2015

Sea Dance Festival 2015

Budva, Montenegro

July 16-18, 2015

Rock in Roma 2015

Rome, Italy

June 16- July 18, 2015

Latitude Festival 2015

Suffolk, UK

July 16-19, 2015

FIB 2015

Benicassim, Spain

July 16-19, 2015

Lovebox 2015

London, UK

July 17-18, 2015

Moods of the Madison 2015

Ennis, MT

July 17-18, 2015

Positivus Festival 2015

Salacgriva, Latvija

July 17-19, 2015

Melt! Festival 2015

Ferropolis, Germany

July 17-19, 2015

Northern Nights 2015

Piercy, CA

July 17-19, 2015

Longitude Festival 2015

Dublin, Ireland

July 17-19, 2015

Mutiny Festival 2015

Chichester, UK

July 17-19, 2015

Airbeat One 2015

Neustadt-Glewe, Germany

July 16-19, 2015

Croatia Rocks 2015

Zrce Beach, Island of Pag

July 19-24, 2015

Tomorrowland Belgium 2015

Boom, Belgium

July 24-26, 2015

Splendour in the Grass 2015

Byron Bay, Australia

July 24-26, 2015

Center of Gravity 2015

Kelowna, British Columbia

July 24-26, 2015

Capitol Hill Block Party 2015

Seattle, WA

July 24-26, 2015

Secret Garden Party 2015

Cambridgeshire, UK

July 23-26, 2015

Motion Notion 2015

Golden, BC

July 23-27, 2015

Lollapalooza Chicago 2015

Chicago, IL

July 31-August 2, 2015

Solar Weekend 2015

 Roermond, Netherlands

July 30- August 2, 2015



Hard Summer 2015

Pomona, CA

August 1-2, 2015

Summer Meltdown 2015

Darrington, WA

August 6-9, 2015

Soundwave Croatia 2015

Tisno, Croatia

August 6-10, 2015

Shambhala 2015

Salmo, BC

August 7-10, 2015

IleSoniq 2015

Montreal, Quebec

August 14-15, 2015

Hyperion Homegrown Festival 2015

Spencer, IN

August 13-15, 2015

Summer Set Music Festival 2015

Somerset, WI

August 14-16, 2015

Meme 2015

Winnipeg, Canada

August 13-16, 2015

Pukkelpop 2015

Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium

August 20-22, 2015

Zurich Openair 2015

Zurich, Switzerland

August 26-29, 2015

Mysteryland Netherlands 2015

Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

August 29-30, 2015

South West Four 2015

London, UK

August 29-30, 2015

The Garden Party 2015

Leeds, UK

August 29-30, 2015



Outlook Festival 2015

Pula, Croatia

September 2-6, 2015

Backwoods Music Festival 2015

Stroud, OK

September 4-6, 2015

Nocturnal Wonderland 2015

San Bernardino, CA

September 4-6, 2015

Electric Zoo 2015

Randall’s Island Park, NY

September 4-6, 2015

Fashion Meets Music Festival 2015

Columbus, OH

September 5-6, 2015

North Coast Music Festival 2015

Chicago, IL

September 4-6, 2015

Bumbershoot 2015

Seattle, WA

September 5-7, 2015

Hopscotch Festival 2015

Raleigh, NC

September 10-12, 2015

The Social Festival 2015

Kent, UK

September 12, 2015

Bestival 2015


September 10-13, 2015

Lollapalooza Berlin 2015

Berlin, Germany

September 12-13, 2015

Dancefestopia 2015

Kansas City, MO

September 11-13, 2015

Groovefest 2015

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

September 6-13, 2015

Oasis 2015

Marrakech, Morocco

September 11-13, 2015

Catskill Chill 2015

Hancock, NY

September 18-20, 2015


San Diego, CA

September 18-20, 2015

Pop Montreal 2015

Montreal, Quebec City

September 16-20, 2015

Ultra Japan 2015

Tokyo, Japan

September 19-21, 2015

Tomorrowworld 2015

Chattahoochee Hills, GA

September 25-27, 2015

Landmark Music Festival 2015

Washington, DC

September 26-27, 2015



Bear Creek 2015

Live Oak, FL

October 1-4, 2015

Austin City Limits 2015

Austin, TX

October 2-11, 2015

Amsterdam Dance Event 2015

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

October 14-18, 2015

Something Wicked 2015

Houston, TX

Oct. 24 – 25th, 201


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