It’s a dream for every EDM fan to be at a massive music festival with tens of thousands of people eager to sing and dance for hours. You’ll have your favorite DJs playing their best tracks and mixes on the most complex and beautiful stages and lighting effects ever conceived.
So, which EDM festival should be on your bucket list?
A list of the best EDM festivals in the world should always start with Tomorrowland. There is nothing else that can compete with the grandiosity this Belgian wonder has to offer to EDM fans. This electronic music festival started way back in 2005, but attendance only surpassed the 50,000 mark in 2008. In 2014, Tomorrowland became a two-weekend event and attracted 360,000 people.
Even if you can’t go to Tomorrowland and be in the ravers’ paradise on Earth, you can always check out the meticulously developed aftermovies that present the best moments of the festival in around 20 minutes.
2. ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)
If Belgium has Tomorrowland, then the U.S. has the massive Ultra Music Festival. In fact, this is an older EDM festival as it started in 1999. Up until 2006, Ultra was only a one-day event. Fast forward to 2011, and Ultra became a three-day festival. In 2013, Ultra was held for two consecutive weekends like Tomorrowland 2014 and understandably garnered 330,000 people.
Now, Ultra Music Festival has expanded to several nations such as Spain, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, and Japan, among others.
3. ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL (EDC)
Along with Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the granddaddies of EDM fests. First held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2008, EDC has since spread to other areas such as California, Florida, New York, Texas, and outside the U.S. in Japan, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.
In 2010, it was referred to as the “American Ibiza” because it was such a humongous EDM festival. In 2015, the three-day EDC had more than 400,000 attendees.
Let’s move to Britain with Creamfields. It was first held in May 1998 and has since spread to other countries. What is amazing about this EDM festival is that it started out from the Cream nightclub in Liverpool.
There have been Creamfields festivals in Spain, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Peru, and in Brazil, among others. During the 2010 Creamfields festival in Buenos Aires, around 80,000 people saw David Guetta, Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, and Paul van Dyk play their music on stage.
Netherlands is also in this list with Mysteryland, which was developed by ID&T. This is the oldest dance music festival in the country as it started in 1993. In 2011, Mysteryland was also held in Chile while 2014 was when the U.S. had its own Mysteryland, which was headlined by Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and hip-hop and trap music DJ duo Flosstradamus.
Started in Barcelona, Spain, in 1994, the festival has since became a beloved event for lovers of electronic and advanced music. What’s unique about Sonar is that it is divided into Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night. In addition, a three-day congress called Sonar+D deals with business, technology, and creativity.
The 2016 edition of the Sonar festival in Barcelona captivated 115,000 people who came from 101 nations. Likewise, Sonar belongs to a project called We are Europe, which was co-founded by the European Union’s Creative program that aims to promote and develop cultural practices.
Stereosonic is held each year in Australia, specifically in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Since 2012, it was known as the fastest developing music fest in Australia.
The 2011 Stereosonic Sydney festival gathered 60,000 people, with Armin Van Buuren, Empire of the Sun, Carl Cox, The Bloody Beetroots, Avicii, Afrojack, and LMFAO pumping up the crowd throughout the day.
8. SUNBURN FESTIVAL
India is also in this list with Sunburn Festival, which is the biggest music festival in Asia. Aside from providing electronic music, it also has something to offer in the realm of shopping and food. The festival is so amazing that CNN declared it as one of the top festival in the world in 2009.
Sunburn 2015 was its largest gathering so far, with attendees coming from more than 42 nations. This made the management of Sunburn overjoyed, noting that people from India do not have to travel the world to go to a music festival that’s as magical and massive as Belgium’s Tomorrowland.
Since 2006, each Memorial Day weekend in Detroit was accompanied by the Movement Electronic Music Festival. The first Detroit Electronic Music Festival was held in 2000 at the Hart Plaza for techno lovers to celebrate where this genre originated from.
Movement 2012 attracted around 100,000 attendees while Movement 2016 had electronic music artists such as Boys Noize, Caribou, Dubfire, DJ Funk, and Four Tet.
For hardstyle lovers, fret not as Defqon.1 by Q-dance is here to blow you away with its relentless, adrenaline-pumping music. Held each year in Chile, Australia, and the Netherlands, Defqon.1 is a celebration of hardstyle, along with hard trance, hardcore techno, and hard house.