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Top 5: EDM Festivals of Europe

by Akhil Kalepu

Aug 30, 2015

Royksopp and Robyn at Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain © Christian Bertrand | Dreamstime


America is experiencing another dance music renaissance, but Europe has been holding it down for a while now. Here are five of our favorite EDM festivals in Europe.


Creamfields Brasil © Gerardo Lazzari | Flickr

© Gerardo Lazzari | Flickr


Creamfields in Daresbury, United Kingdom

What began as a house music night held at Nation became Britain’s largest dance music festival, held annually on their August bank holiday. Creamfields has since expanded to every corner of the world, but the original, held in Daresbury, is not to be missed.


Boom Festival, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal © Retina Funk | Flickr

Boom Festival, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal © Retina Funk | Flickr


Boom in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Started in 1997 as a psytrance festival, Boom is one of Europe’s most unique festivals, founded on the ethos of sustainability, participation and the transformative powers of electronic music. The sound has since expanded to a variety of progressive styles, along with the fan-favorite natural trance showcase which features acoustically produced trance music.


Hatcha at Outlook Festival, Punta Christo, Croatia © James Starkey | Flickr

Hatcha at Outlook Festival, Punta Christo, Croatia © James Starkey | Flickr


Outlook in Punta Christo, Croatia

House and trance seem to get all the love, but dubstep’s rise in popularity helped create several festivals dedicated to bass music. Originally a subsidiary of Leeds’ SubDub, Outlook features the best in drum n bass, dubstep and anything bass-oriented, erecting pristine sound systems in the abandoned ruins of Fort Punta Christo.


Tommorowland, Boom, Belgium © Alain Lacroix | Dreamstime 42992089

Tommorowland, Boom, Belgium © Alain Lacroix | Dreamstime


Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium

Big brother to Atlanta’s Tomorrowworld, Tomorrowland is the world’s biggest electronic music festival, bringing in crowds of more than 400,000. This festival is known for its elaborate stages and choreographed production, as well as a lineup that covers underground artists alongside the mainstream.


Lykke Li at Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain © Christian Bertrand | Dreamstime 52208381

Lykke Li at Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain © Christian Bertrand | Dreamstime


Sónar in Barcelona, Spain

Now in its 23rd year, Sónar is one of the most cutting-edge electronic music festivals in Europe thanks to its tasteful curation and focus on underground and experimental electronic music. The festival sets out to unite dance music veterans with emerging talent from the underground



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