22 Sep Top EDM Festivals in the World
There are too many top EDM festivals in the world to include all of them in a single list. Most of them are as big as they are exciting.
For better or worse, we’ve all had plenty of time to think. Some of us have thought about our professions.
Others have thought about relocating to be closer to family and friends. Others still have thought about what to do if and when the world opens up.
In honor of those who have spent this past year updating their bucket lists, here are the top five largest and most exciting EDM festivals around the world to catch next year.
In 2019, Tomorrowland saw its 400,000 tickets sell out in just 45 minutes. Two million people registered for a shot and most were disappointed. The lineup included David Guetta, Tiësto, Robin Schulz, Martin Garrix, and Alison Wonderland, among others.
The electronic dance music festival, which is held in Belgium each year, skipped the last two years and is scheduled to return in 2022. This festival is well-known even among non-EDM fans and is probably already on most people’s bucket lists.
According to Tomorrowland’s official website, the lineup will be announced soon so keep an eye out and a line open on your list.
Electric Daisy Carnival
The 3-day Electric Daisy Carnival welcomed nearly 225,000 attendees in 2019. It should be noted, this was more than double the number from the previous year. With Deadmau5, Diplo, Steve Aoki, and Armin Van Buuren all featured, it’s no wonder so many people flocked to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The organizers, Insomniac Events, also promote their Charitable Giving Initiative each year to contribute to children, law enforcement, education, sustainability, and self-harm reduction. The promoters go above and beyond to wow you as soon as you enter the speedway. From the incredible set designs to the bright lights, to the stage performers throughout the space, you are instantly transported into a different world.
Ultra Music Festival
I’m a New Yorker so when I saw this outdoor festival is held in March each year, my body has a visceral response. Ultra Music Festival, however, is held in Miami. The weather there is forever warm and welcoming. In 2019, the electronic music festival stretched across three days and had 170,000 people come to the barrier island of Virginia Key to celebrate.
Afrojack, Alesso, Marshmello, Zedd, and Tiësto all played sets. This event has been voted World’s #1 Festival by DJ Mag three years in a row, which makes it an ideal festival to add to your list of future parties.
Billed as the oldest dance music festival in the Netherlands, Mysterland has been held in Floriade, Haarlemmermeer since 1993. Throughout the years, the who’s who of EDM have all made appearances, including Junkie XL, Paul van Dyke, Calvin Harris, and Avicii.
In 2019, when 130,000 people attended, Martin Garrix and Diplo were included in the lineup.
I’m a beach person (but who isn’t?) and some beach time should be included on any to-do list. Sunburn Festival, which is located on the beaches of Vagator, Goa in India, is Asia’s largest music festival. 350,000 people partied on Goa’s Vagator Beach in 2019. They enjoyed the music, cuisine, and shopping outlets.
Held in September, the festival hosted artists like DJ Snake, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, The Chainsmokers, and Flume. Word on the internet is that the festival is held in one of the “most beautiful corners of the country.”
Finally, once traveling becomes easier, it’s worth checking out these show-stopping and epic top EDM festivals in the world. I wish you the best of luck checking these off your bucket list!