List of electronic music festivals

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List of electronic music festivals
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General Information
Related genres Electronic music, electronic rock, synthpop, electronica, techno, electroacoustic music, EDM, industrial, drum and bass, ambient music, etc.
Location Worldwide
Related events Category:Electronic music festivals, list of music festivals, list of electronic dance music festivals, rock festivals, teknival, free festival, rave
1900-1950s · 1960s · 1970s · 1980s · 1990s · 2000s · 2010s

The following is an incomplete list of music festivals that feature electronic music, which encapsulates music using electronic instruments such as electric guitar and keyboards, as well as recent genres such as electronic dance music (EDM). Many of the festivals in this list take place in the United States and Europe, though every year thousands of electronic-focused music festivals are held throughout the world.

Since the early 1900s there have been music festivals that featured electronic instruments, as electronic sounds were used in experimental music such as electroacoustic and tape music. The use of these sounds greatly expanded in the 1950s, along with the use of electric guitar and bass. With the advent of new technologies in the 1960s, electronic genres such as electronic rock, disco, synthpop, electronica, psychedelic rock and ambient music followed, with large free festivals showcasing the sounds into the 1970s. There has been a significant change in the capabilities of amplifiers, sequencers, and mixing synthesizers since 1980, as well as computers and digital audio workstations. This has given electronic music and DJs the ability to mix elaborate and complicated music in forms such as techno, trance, house, and industrial, all of which have large festivals, raves, or teknivals in their sole dedication.

Festivals by debut year[edit]

1800s-1950s: Electroacoustic experimentation[edit]

Name Years Locale Notes
Wansbeck Music Festival 1906– present  UK Wansbeck, England The Wansbeck Musical Festival started in 1906. Founded by Lt. Col. William Orde of Nunnykirk, this festival aimed to hold competitions among different schools. After the Second World War the Festival resumed in 1946 and by 1955 it had extended to a four day Festival. Instrumental classes have expanded widely throughout the years and Ensemble and Orchestral playing . Jazz & Keyboard sessions, along with Samba & Steel Bands has become a part of this Festival in the present day.[1]
Portsmouth Music Festival 1917– present  UK Portsmouth, England In an effort to improve the quality of life for resident of Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Music Festival was founded in 1917 (during WWI). It partnered with then newly formed British Federation of Festivals in 1922 and became very popular. The four people who had previously organized and worked with the Festival decided to conduct discussion regarding its future after World War II. he Portsmouth Music Festival continues to host annual performances of different people who enjoy making music, dancing and/or acting. The performers are mostly amateurs.[2]
Donaueschingen Festival 1921– present  GER Donaueschingen, Germany The Donaueschingen Society of Friends of Music is a vital party of the history of electronic music as it paved the way to the concept of establishing small festivals to present new and upcoming talents. Founded in 1913, it housed a committee, which met, and discussed possible formats of different concerts – the first being in spring of 1921. These festivals soon became more appealing for musicians because it welcomed experimental forms of music. After World War I, a significant increase in new electronic instruments took place. In 1926, Jorg Mager invented an electronic instrument without a keyboard, whose notes were determined by turning a handle that regulated the frequency of the sound – called the Spharophon. This German inventor later on built the Partiturophon – an electronic organ with three keyboards, which incorporated different timbres – as well as the Kaleidophone, a monophonic instrument with a keyboard that allowed the performer to mix sounds. Both of these instruments were used in theatrical productions. All of these instruments were destroyed in World War II.
Grant Park Music Festival 1935– present  US Chicago, Illinois The Grant Park Music Festival was conceived by Mayor A. J. Cermak during the Great Depression in 1931 when the city presented a series of free concerts to lift the spirits of Chicagoans, originally focusing on classical music. The Grant Park Concerts made their debut on July 1, 1935, commencing with the march from Wagner's Tannhauser. The concerts were often broadcast on NBC and CBS.[3]
Ojai Music Festival 1947– present  US Ojai, California For classical music, with occasional electronic elements. Composers John Adams, Ingolf Dahl, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lukas Foss, John Harbison and Oliver Knussen; conductors Kent Nagano, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Esa-Pekka Salonen; and instrumentalists Emanuel Ax and Mitsuko Uchida were among the diversified pool of musical directors of the festival. The festival is now on its sixth decade.[4]
Swamp Pop Music Festival 1950- 1960s  US Louisiana "Swamp pop" is a distinctive style of music that began in the 1950s when Louisiana teenagers first heard new rock-n-roll idols like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Fats Domino on the radio. The Festival's most popular period was between 1958 to 1964, when nearly two dozen swamp pop recordings reached the national charts.[5]
Moravian Music Festivals 1950– present  US Moravian Church in America Sponsored by the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in America, Moravian Music Festivals are held every 3 to 5 years – alternating between the two provinces. Every Festival includes seminars and workshops on different topics of interest to church musicians and lovers of Moravian music. The festivals offer opportunities for people to gather and enjoy learning new music or just simply enjoy listening to the concerts. The Moravian sacred vocal music was used in Moravian churches in America until the early part of the 19th century. The first "Early American Moravian Music Festival" was held in Bethlehem, PA in 1950 and was conducted by Dr. Thor Johnson – the founder of the Peninsula Music Festival. The success of that experience led to another festival in 1954 and another in 1955. After Johnson's death, the Moravian Music Festivals were able to continue on their own.[6]
Peninsula Music Festival 1953– present  US Door County, Wisconsin Thor Johnson is the founder and conductor of the Peninsula Music Festival. In 1951, he thought about organizing a festival built around a chamber orchestra. The organization was formed and August 6, 1953 marked the first concert of the Peninsula Music Festival. When Thor died in 1975, the Festival Orchestra needed a new artistic leader. Michael Charry was appointed music director in 1978 and when he resigned in 1982, Byron Hanson became its Music Coordinator. In 1985, the Festival Committee appointed Victor Yampolsky as Music Director and Conductor and each year since, the Festival has grown. In 1997, the Youth String Program was added to offer the children opportunities to learn string instruments. In 1998, the festival added the Winter Concerts Series, now called the "February Fest", to bring chamber music all year round. The Peninsula Music Festival is considered to be the only professional orchestra in northeast Wisconsin and the only one of two professional orchestras in the entire state of Wisconsin.[7]

1960s-1970s: Rock and electronica[edit]

See also: Rock festival
Name Year Location Notes Picture
The Shenandoah Valley
Music Festival
1963  US Orkney Springs, Virginia The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival began during the summer of 1963 when a group of volunteers began sponsoring public symphony and chamber music concerts each summer during the workshops. The Festival's main season includes eight to 10 evening concerts featuring symphonic – both pops and classical – folk, big band and an assortment of other genres. The concerts are held on select weekends throughout the summer.[8]
Un disco per l'estate 1964- 2003  ITA ITALY It was organized and sponsored by the Italian record industry association, AFI, and by RAI, except for the editions between 1995 and 2000, in which the festival was organized and broadcast by Mediaset. Un disco per l'estate 1975.jpg
Fantasy Fair and Magic
Mountain Music Festival
1967  US Marin County, California At least 36,000 people attended the two-day concert and fair that was the first of a series of San Francisco area cultural events known as the Summer of Love. The Fantasy Fair was influenced by the popular Renaissance Pleasure Faire and became a prototype for large scale multi-act outdoor rock music events now known as rock festivals. KFRC Fantasy Fair Dryden Balin Kantner.png
Monterey Pop Festival 1967  US Monterey, California Major one-time cultural event with genres including rock, pop and folk, including blues-rock, folk rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock styles.
Northern California
Folk-Rock Festival I
1968-1969  US San Jose, California The first festival featured notable bands such as Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Janis Joplin, The Youngbloods, Electric Flag, Kaleidoscope, Taj Mahal, etc. The second festival featured The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jefferson Airplane, etc.
Miami Pop Festival I/II 1968  US Hallandale, Florida An estimated 25,000 people attended this event, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry and Michael Lang, later famous as promoter of Woodstock. The second was held December 28–30, 1968, this was the first major rock festival on America's east coast. Produced by Tom Rounds, who had previously produced the seminal Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival.
Newport Pop Festival 1968-'69  US Costa Mesa, California The first music concert ever to have more than 100,000 paid attendees. Also held the following year.
San Francisco Pop Festival 1968  US San Francisco, California Held Saturday October 26 & Sunday October 27, 1968. The groups playing at the festival included The Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, etc.
Los Angeles Pop Festival 1968  US Los Angeles, California The dates were December 22 and 23, 1968, with groups such as Blue Cheer, The Box Tops, Canned Heat, etc.
Vancouver Pop Festival 1969  CAN Squamish, British Columbia Canadian rock festival held on August 22, 23 and 24, 1969. It was produced by Candi Promotions. The groups playing at the festival included The Chambers Brothers, Chicago, Alice Cooper, etc.
Woodstock Music Festival 1969  US White Lake, New York Started in 1969, this historically and culturally notable festival drew a huge group of spectators and was known to have served as a defining moment for baby boomers. Performers included Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix and Santana among many others, with genres including both acoustic music and psychedelic rock featuring electric guitars and keyboards. Woodstock redmond stage.JPG
Bumbershoot 1971–present  US Seattle, Washington One of North America's largest annual international music and arts festivals, held in Seattle, Washington every Labor Day weekend. It features a large amount of rock and experimental artists and genres, which in 1990s included the local grunge genre, and recently has included indie rock. Audience at Bumbershoot, 1973.jpg
Windsor Free Festival 1972- 1974  UK Windsor Great Park, England A British Free Festival organised by some London commune dwellers, notably Ubi Dwyer and Sid Rawle. The event was brutally suppressed by the police, which led to a public outcry about the tactics involved. In 1975 both Ubi Dwyer and Sid Rawle were imprisoned, for attempting to promote a 1975 Windsor Festival.[9]
BOOM Festival 1972 – 1978  YUG Yugoslavia a former Yugoslav rock music festival. The festival was held for the first time in 1972 in Ljubljana, and for the last time in 1978 in Novi Sad. The festival featured numerous prominent acts of the former Yugoslav rock scene, and five various artists live albums were recorded on various editions of the festival.
Stonehenge Free Festival 1974- 1984  UK Stonehenge, England Important free festival that happened during the month of June, and culminating on the summer solstice on June 21. The festival was a celebration of various alternative cultures, with New Age Travellers and the Wallys asnotable counterculture attendees. The stage hosted many bands including Hawkwind, Gong, Doctor and the Medics, Flux of Pink Indians, Thompson Twins, etc. Stonehenge84.jpg
Village Fair 1974–present  AUS Bathurst, Australia Annual community festival that began in 1974 with increasingly expanded performances such as local indie music acts and Australian headliners. Nnew venue in 2007, and a music festival almost double in size of any previous years.[citation needed] Village Fair 04.jpg
Winnipeg Folk Festival 1974–present  CAN Winnipeg, Canada First held Birds Hill Park as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg's 100th anniversary. This event now features performers in the genres blues, Celtic, bluegrass, world and other[10] Winnipeg Folk Festival 2006 (0092).jpg
Nambassa 1976- 1981  NZ New Zealand A series of hippie-conceived festivals held between 1976 and 1981 on large farms around Waihi and Waikino in New Zealand. They were music, arts and alternatives festivals that focused on peace, love, and an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The January 1979 three-day event attracted over 75,000 patrons making it the largest arts, multiple cultural and popular music event of its type in the world.[11] Nambassa 1979 Main Stage, Negative Theatre.jpg

1980s: Birth of techno and EDM[edit]

Name Year Locale Notes Picture
1980- 1986  UK Port Eliot, England Featured a host of different types of performances, media, experimental theatre and rock, punk, folk and reggae music.
Berlin Atonal 1982-'90, 2013- present  GER Berlin Originally held at SO36 in Kreuzberg, the early years of Atonal fostered revolutionary and innovative musical acts such as Psychic TV, Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Dept, 808 State, Die Haut among many others.[12] Throughout the 1980s Berlin Atonal was at the vanguard of the progressive electronic and experimental music and art scenes in Berlin. The festival closed in 1990. In 2013, Berlin Atonal was at a massive abandoned powerplant in Berlin-Mitte.[13] Berlin Atonal.jpg
Winter Music Conference 1985– present  US Miami,
Weeklong electronic music event, held every March in various clubs in Miami. It is aimed at professionals such as DJs, record label representatives and promoters. The event is also considered a mecca for clubbers, and it features the International Dance Music Awards. WMC09 - Beatport Pool Party.jpg
Festival of the Tenth Summer 1986  UK Manchester Music and art festival organised by Factory Records to 'celebrate Manchester.' It consisted of ten events, culminating in an all day music festival at the Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre on 19 July 1986.
Wave-Gotik-Treffen 1987– present  GER Leipzig,
Annual festival (From German, "das Treffen" translates to "the meeting") is considered the largest gothic festival on this planet. Every year hundreds of artists and band from various genres perform at different venues throughout the city over a span of four days. Wgt 05 agra vorplatz.jpg
SXSW Music Festival 1987– present  US Austin,
With over 1,000 performances in the SXSW Music Festival annually, SXSW is one of the biggest industry festivals and showcases in the U.S.[14] Dirty Pretty Things - SXSW 2006.jpg
Sunrise late 1980s  UK England Huge outdoor Sunrise raves organised by Tony Colston-Hayter and Paul Staines. Sunrise were instrumental in organising the Freedom to Party demonstrations and the free parties that followed alongside Genesis '88, Biology and Weekend World.
Genesis '88 1988- 1992  UK England Genesis'88 was a party promotion crew founded during 1988 during the U.K's discovery of acid house and illegal acid house parties. Genesis enjoyed a succession of events that saw attendances rise from 300 to 15,000 people. However, Genesis were targeted by the UK government and the criminal underworld after the media wrote of huge profits (£500,000) being made by such promoters. The Genesis organisers were kidnapped and extorted by gangsters for protection money, which happened to other promoters as well. This, coupled with the government’s label of "Public Enemy No.1", helped bring about the end of illegal acid house parties.
Love Parade 1989- 2010  GER Germany/
Was a popular festival and parade that originated in 1989 in Berlin, Germany, and spread throughout the world. The last Love Parade was held in the City of Duisburg on July, 24the 2010. After a number of deaths at the concert, the annual rendition was cancelled. Berlino Love Parade 1997.jpg

1990s: Genre proliferation[edit]


Name Yr Location Notes Picture
Black and Blue Festival 1991– present  CAN Montreal The world's largest gay-benefit dance festival, attracting thousands of tourists to Montreal every Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, which raises money for HIV/AIDS and the gay community. It is organized annually by the Bad Boy Club Montréal (aka BBCM and Fondation BBCM). The various events attract up to 70,000 participants as at 2010.
Mayday Music Festival 1991– present  GER Germany One of the oldest electronic music festivals in Germany, artists such as Yello, Spoon, Sven Väth, Moby and Marusha have performed.[15] Mayday 2009 dortmund halle 1-1.jpg
Kazantip 1991– present  UKR Crimea The longest running and the largest electronic music festival in the former Soviet Union. Originally held in a reactor building on the Crimea Peninsula, the weeklong event purports to be free music republic. People at KaZantip.jpg
Street Parade 1992– present   SWI Zurich, Switzerland The most attended technoparade in Europe, attracting 900,000 in 2011. Inspired by the Berlin Love Parade, originally a demonstration of love, peace, freedom, generosity and tolerance with 2000 ravers dancing through Berlin behind two Lovemobiles. Zurich Street Parade 2009 002.jpg
Big Day Out 1992– present  AUS Australia As of 2003, it has featured seven or eight stages (depending on the venue), accommodating popular contemporary rock music, electronic music, mainstream international acts and local acts. 2010 Big Day Out in Sydney.jpg
Thunderdome 1992- 2012  NED Netherlands Operated by ID&T, a Dutch entertainment enterprise whose first big event was The Final Exam, with more than 10,000 people in attendance on 20 June 1992. From 1992 to 2012 it operated Thunderdome as a festival.
Castlemorton Common Festival 1992  UK Malvern, England Weeklong free tekno informal concert organized by An estimated 20,000-40,000 [16] people gathered on Castlemorton Common to hold a free party that lasted a full week, the biggest of its kind since the Stonehenge Free Festival in the mid-1980s. Castlemorton hosted many of the large sound systems of the time such as Bedlam, Circus Warp, Spiral Tribe and the DiY Sound System, and bands such as Back To The Planet. A great deal of media interest surrounded the festival. Simon Reynolds wrote that "during the next five days of its existence, Castlemorton will inspire questions in Parliament, make the front page of every newspaper in England and incite nationwide panic about the whereabouts of the next destination on the crusty itinerary." [17] Concerns about the festival and the way in which it was policed inspired the legislation which developed into the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.[18] This wide-ranging Act effectively made illegal such outdoor parties that played music in England, which was defined in section 63(1)(b) to include "sounds wholly or predominantly characterized by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats."
GOGBOT 1993- present  NED Enschede, Netherlands The festival deals with subjects on the area of multimedia, art, music and technology. GOGBOT is a free entrance festival. It counts around 20,000 visitors. GOGBOT is known for its controversial themes. Gogbot, Enschede, Skull, detail..jpg
Every Picture Tells A Story 1993- 2013  AUS Melbourne The Melbourne Underground Development (M.U.D.) crew started a series of warehouse/rave parties that continued for almost 10 years, with 21 of their own Every Picture Tells A Story parties in total - drawing thousands of people to each event.
Tribal Gathering 1993- 2006  UK England First Tribal Gathering took place at Lower Pertwood Farm, Warminster, Wiltshire, England. 25,000 people attended to see acts such as diverse as Laurent Garnier and Pete Tong.
Mysteryland 1993– present  NED Netherlands An annual festival operated by Dutch company ID&T. Q-dance.jpg
1993- 2010  SWE Sweden Labeled as a goth, synth and techno festival, it takes place during three days in the middle of July. The idea is to offer small and big acts, resulting in balance of synthpop, EBM, trance, indiepop and so forth.[19] Arvika2006.jpg
Time Warp Festival 1994– present  GER Mannheim As a cultural festival, the main sponsor was TDK Marketing Europe from 2005 to 2007. The new sponsor is Cosmopop.
CzechTek 1994- 2006  CZ Czech Republic An underground teknival held annually in July, the locations were usually announced a day before the event on Czech rave websites. With little or no organization at all, the Festival attracted thousands of free tekno dancers from several European countries. It made an open invitation to all performers, soundsystems, and performers. Closed after a violent police response in 2006. Czechtek04Flash.jpg
Dance Valley 1994– present  NED Spaarnwoude, Netherlands Annual dance music festival dubbed "The Woodstock of Dance" held in the summer, catering only to pure dance and particularly trance. It has also featured artists in the Electro, Eurodance, Hardstyle and Experimental styles. DanceValley2009.jpg
World's Largest Disco 1994- present  US Buffalo, New York The event, widely popular in the area, is a tribute to the disco era and features live performances by 1970s-era musicians, along with dancers dressed in 1970s attire. The current event began as an annual occurrence in 1994, but it traces its history and name to a disco held in Buffalo in 1979, featuring The Trammps and Gloria Gaynor. That disco is marked in Guinness World Records as the largest disco in the history, with 13,000 people in attendance.
Sónar 1994– present  SPA Barcelona, Spain A three day-three night annual music festival, described officially as a festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. Lineup includes Techno, House, Electro, IDM, Hip hop and various other experimental and Avant Garde types of music. Sónar 06 Barcelona Catalonia.jpg


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Music Festival
1995– present  US Olympia, Washington Known first as The Olympia Festival of Experimental Musics, in addition to unusual, experimental, and/or noise music, many festival performers use film, multimedia, and spoken word. Dendrites (band) 27A.jpg
1995– present  POL Poland Annual ticket-free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by the Woodstock Festival. Recent years have seen reggae, electronic music and even classical music represented. 2013 Woodstock 123.jpg
Futuresonic 1995– present  UK Manchester An annual festival of art, music and ideas. Features art and music events, exhibitions and live performances in up to 30 different venues and locations.[20] Faust (band) May2007.jpg
Nature One
1995– present  GER Germany A large open air techno festival, featuring DJs from Germany and the world, with the theme "open air rave." BackfireMoH.JPG
1995– present  US Various Massive electronic music festival originally based on Alice in Wonderland. In its early years, Insomniac Events moved the event to different locations, with diverse musical genres. Nocturnal Wonderland outside.jpeg
I Love Techno 1995– present  BEL Gent, Belgium An international techno event. It took place the first time in 1995 at the Vooruit in Ghent and attracted 700 people, and has since grown to be held at the Flanders Expo in the same city. I Love Techno 2009 lasershow.jpg
Enit Festival 1995  US United States A one-night electronic music festival originally created as an after party for Lollapalooza, described as a "an inter-planetary festival celebrating cosmic peace and sexuality." A traveling tour and visited cities such as Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Holmdel.
Ten Days Off 1995– present  NED
Ghent, Belgium, Amsterdam Started in 1995, "10 Days Off" began as a 10-day long Belgian celebration of techno music which has since grown to be a yearly club event. Several concert venues in the cities of Ghent, Belgium and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Gui-boratto@ten-days-off-2008.jpg
Music Festival
1995–'08, 2011– present  CAN Ontario Canada's longest running electronic music festival. Started and still run by Destiny Event Productions. 3-Day summer all day, all night event is held across Southern Ontario, Canada.
Dance Event
1996– present  NED Amsterdam Annual five-day event organized by The Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation. Has daytime conferences at local universities and the electronic ADE Festival at night, with over 2,000 DJ's. Magnetic Man.jpg
of Memory
1996– present  US Oakland, California Columbarium walk-through at Chapel of the Chimes on the summer solstice.[21] It features over 40 musicians performing on unique instruments, or compositions designed for the event, often electronically processed.[22] Garden of Memory Oakland.jpg
Boom Festival 1997– present  POR Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal A biennial transformational festival in Portugal. The festival features music performances and a broad variety of visual art exhibits. Dance Temple-Boom 2012.jpg
1997– present  GER Saalburg-Ebersdorf, Thüringen An open-air festival featuring electronic dance music. The first festival was in 1997 with 2,500 people. The 15th festival in 2011 reached 35,000. SonneMondSterne.jpg
Fuckparade 1997– present  GER Berlin A techno demonstration which stemmed in reaction to the music restriction and commercialization of Love Parade, first named Hateparade. The most played styles of music are Gabber, Speedcore, Techno, Punk, and House. Fuckparade2006 02.jpg
1997–'11  US Los Angeles, California A yearly electronic music rave held near Halloween and founded by Go Ventures, with many of the attendees dress in costume. Armin Van Buuren at Monster Massive 2009.jpg
Audiotistic 1997-'03, 2009-'11  US Southern California Annual festival known for sporting a diverse assortment of genres, ranging from rap and hip hop to electronic genres drum & bass and dubstep. The Rootslyrics at Audiotistic 2009.jpg


Name Year Location Notes Picture
1998– present  UK University of Bradford Union An annual three day music festival n the August bank holiday weekend, featuring alternative electronic music acts from genres including industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthpop and power noise. Heimataerde Infest 2008 08.jpg
Ultra Music Festival 1998– present  US Miami, Florida An outdoor electronic music event held annually during the Winter Music Conference. Takes place across 12 different stages, features top DJs and artists as well as specialized music areas showcasing Drum and Bass, House, Techno, Electro, Breakbeats, Trance, etc. Ultra-music-festival-week-1-miami-fl-2013.jpg
OM Festival 1998- 2013  CAN Ontario Community-based summer solstice festival that ran annually in southern Ontario. The festival, organized by Sumkidz (now Suma), primarily featured electronic music as well as dance, workshops, art, and other forms of acoustic music. OM festival reunion imgp6181.jpg
Dance Music
1998– present  UK England The Creamfields Dance Music festival features DJs and live acts and is held annually on the UK's August Bank Holiday weekend in England. The festival began in 1998 and is run by the Cream clubbing brand supporters. CreamFields Brasil.jpg
Hradhouse Festival 1998– present  CZ Boskovice, Czech Republic Annual festival of electronic dance music that takes place in Boskovice, Czech Republic, that reinforces the region's importance as a major center for dance music.
PlanetLove 1998-'03, 2005- present  IRE Ireland An annual Northern Irish electronic music festival which was held since 1998 - with a skipped year in 2004. Dance Festival at The King's Hall.jpg
Carrboro Music Festival 1998– present  FRA Carrboro The festival started out as part of the French celebration known as Fête de la Musique – a free festival of music celebrated worldwide on the summer solstice.[23]
Music For People
& Thingamajigs
1998– present  US Bay Area, California The three-day festival, it promotes experimental music that incorporates made/found instruments and alternate tuning systems and hands-on discovery. They feature artists who design their own musical instruments in a festival of workshops, music making, and performances.[24]
New West
Music Organization
1998– present  US Portland, Oregon Mission is to forge connections between the composers, performers and lovers of avant garde classical music and the DJs, MCs, guitar-gods, troubadours and gourmets of experimental popular music – produces an annual international festival of electro-acoustic music.
Together as One 1998– present  US Los Angeles Creation of Go Ventures and Insomniac, annual electronic music festival held on New Year's Eve. A commemorative compilation CD of the first festival was released by Moonshine Records.
Music Festival
1998– present  CAN Nelson, British Columbia The largest and one of the longest running electronic music events in Canada, held in August at a 500-acre (2.0 km2) cattle ranch in the mountains. Since the beginning, it has been a family-run event and has never accepted corporate sponsorship.
Global Dance Festival 1999– present  US Morrison, Colorado Annual EDM festival with major acts.
Tinitus 1999- 2009  SWE Stockholm, Sweden An annual alternative music festival focusing on the sub-genres of alternative electronic music such as Industrial, EBM, Synthpop and Futurepop. Front 242 3.jpg
Valley Music and
Arts Festival
1999– present  US Indio, California One to three-day annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Fields. Genres include alternative rock, hip hop, and electronica as well as large sculptural art. Coachella Sunset 2011 Jamey M Photo.jpg
Maschinenfest 1999– present  GER Aachen, Germany A yearly, three-day underground music festival featuring industrial, power electronics, and other alternative electronic performers who include both independent and signed bands, held in a bunker. Militia Maschinenfest 4.jpg
All Tomorrow's
1999– present  UK England Named after a song by The Velvet Underground and Nico, the festival is geared towards post-rock, avant-garde, and underground hip hop, along with more traditional rock fare, in an intimate venue. All Tomorrow's Parties at IlkhomRockFest, June 22, 2013..jpg
Club Transmediale 1999– present  GER Berlin Now titled the CMT Festival, an annual music and visual arts event originally focused on electronic music, but has since evolved to cover a wide range of genres under the banner "festival for adventurous music and related visual arts." Birchvillecm1.jpg
San Francisco
Music Festival
1999– present  US San Francisco Mission is to provide a public forum for composers and sound artists working with electronic-based technologies in the Bay Area. Designed as an annual multi-day event consisting of concerts, installations and discussions.[25]
Eclipse Festival 1999– present  CAN Quebec Aweekend-long international gathering of visual and musical art, it features a symbiosis of dance, open philosophies, performance art, human (and spiritual) experiences.
Trance Energy 1999– present  NED Netherlands Founded by ID&T as a large trance event. Above & Beyond at Trance Energy 2010.jpg
Norbergfestival 1999– present  SWE Norberg, Sweden Held in Sweden. Lustmord.jpg

2000s: Growth of commercial raves[edit]


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Snowbombing 2000– present (many) Europe Held in Scandanavian locations at ski reseorst. Mayrhofen Bilder Snowbombing3 08.jpg
MUTEK 2000– present (many) International New art forms festival devoted to "experimental electronic music, audio-visual spectrum, digital creativity, and transmedial art." As of 2005, events held in Montreal (where it started), Valparaiso, Mexico City, Barcelona, Toronto, New York City, São Paulo, and Berlin.[26] RN-SignalLive.jpg
Numusic 2000– present  NOR Norway Dedicated to the advancement of Electronic music and Art. The festival features record label showcases, club/dj events, live concerts, workshops, discussions, installations, exhibitions and artistic showcases.
Sound Summit 2000– present  AUS Australia A yearly event that focuses on independent electronic music and hip hop as part of the annual This Is Not Art Festival. It is usually composed of artist development workshops, etc. Bad Dreems at 'Family; An Introduction to Adelaide Underground, Sound Summit, Sydney, Nov 10, 2013.jpg
M'era Luna Festival 2000– present  GER Hildesheim Annual alternative music festival. The second to largest European wave and gothic festival (the largest being the Wave-Gotik-Treffen) attracts about 25,000 fans.[27] Edvm-13-06-2005.jpg
Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2000– present  US Detroit, Michigan Electronic dance music showcase held each Memorial Day weekend, which has featured performances by musicians and DJs, and emphasized the progressive qualities of the culture surrounding electronic music. The city's support for the festival has been seen by many as the first high-profile acknowledgement and celebration of the city as the birthplace of techno music. Laser Light show and laser search light over Detroit Michigan Hart Plaza GM World Headquarters.jpg
Electric Daisy Carnival 2000– present (many) Various Operated by Insomniac Events, several renditions in different locales are held throughout the year, attracting hundreds of thousands of people. Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 Los Angeles.JPG
Qlimax 2000– present  NED Arnhem Annual Dance Event, held at the Gelredome, in Arnhem, Netherlands. Since 2003 each edition has had it own anthem to symbolize the theme of the event. Qlimax 2008-11-22.JPG
Sensation 2000– present  NED Amsterdam Arena Dutch indoor dance-even now been divided into two versions. Sensation Black concentrates more on darker music, such as Hardstyle and Hardcore, while Sensation Sensation White is typically a house and trance event. Attendees are required to wear all black or white, depending on the event. Sensation-2009-1.jpg
How Weird Street Faire 2000– present  US San Francisco, California Annual electronic music festival to "connect the diverse electronic music communities and spread peace." Now has a wide range of dance music, including Live Electronica, World Beat, Dubstep, Breaks, Electro, Trance, House, Techno, Drum & Bass, etc. How Weird Street Faire.jpg
Ricochet Gathering 2000– present  US Various In April 2000, the first gathering was held at the Okefenokee Swamp. Genres vary from old-style retro to up-scale, modern contemporary electronic music. Locations can be difficult to get to. All of the music created at each gathering is live, unrehearsed, spontaneous and recorded in one take. The Ricochet Dream music label publishes and records the music created at the event.
Lightning in a Bottle 2000– present  US Central Coast of California A transformational festival presented by The Do LaB.
Chillits 2000– present  US Willits, California A small, exclusive, annual ambient music festival held every September at a private retreat center in Willits, California. It was started by the Cloud Factory community, and ticket distribution is largely based on participation.
Electronic Music Midwest 2000– present  US Kansas City, Kansas A festival of new electro-acoustic music, was created as the result of a group formed in 2002 between Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), Lewis University, and the University of Missouri–Kansas City.Overall it has as featured over 300 new electro-acoustic compositions.
Electrofringe 2001–'11  UK Newcastle A part of This Is Not Art.
Five Days Off 2001– present  NED Amsterdam a festival that includes music and cultural events in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It started in 2001 as spin-off of Ghent, Belgium's Ten Days Off Festival.
Creamfields BA 2001–?  ARG Buenos Aires Creamfields BA was the first Creamfields festival to be organised outside of Cream's hometown of Liverpool, quickly growing larger than other Creamfields events in Latin America with almost 70,000 people attending its sixth edition. Leo Garcia - Creamfields 2004 1.jpg
Global Gathering 2001– present (many) Various The festival is held annually organized by the Godskitchen brand, held in locations such as the UK and Russia. Main stage crowd shot.jpg
Area Festival 2001-'02 (many) North America Founded by electronic musician Moby, who asserted that he was "in large part, inspired by the ethos of Lollapalooza", and wished to create a similarly "genuinely eclectic, interesting, alternative music festival". First called Area:One in 2001, and the sequel tour Area2, in 2002. Moby, Area One.jpg
Insomnia Festival 2002- present  NOR Tromsø, Norway Alongside the Numusic festival in Stavanger and Ekkofestival in Bergen, it is the largest festival for electronic music in Norway.
Les Siestes Electroniques 2002– present  FRA Toulouse Summer festival dedicated to emerging artists from the field of music & digital culture.
Cybersonica 2002– present  UK London Annual multimedia festival for electronic music, sound, art and technology, first supported by the Arts Council England and other sponsors. Invites sonic and digital artists to submit new pieces for commissioning.


Name Year Location Notes Picture
TodaysArt 2003– present  NED The Hague, Netherlands At the end of September each year offers a program at 20 venues (in- and outdoor) in the center of the city with over 200 artists from more than 25 countries. The first edition of the Cultuurnacht had 5,000 visitors. TodaysArt-2008.jpg
Summer Darkness 2003–present  NED Utrecht, Netherlands Acts perform in various clubs throughout the city of Utrecht. he festival was a joint venture by Cybercase, Tivoli (Utrecht), EKKO and Mojo until EKKO made the decision in 2009 to quit.
Inox Festival 2003–present  FRA Toulouse, France The electronic music festival is famous for having hosted DJ’s such as Joachim Garraud, Avicii, Sebastien Drums and many others. Beat Torrent @ Inox Park Paris Chatou 2011.jpg
Decibel Festival 2003–present  US Seattle, Washington An "International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media". It is held in the Seattle area every September since 2003. In 2011 it was 5 days long. It also includes a free, all-ages 3 day conference. Alexsmoke-liveinseattle.jpg
Ekkofestival 2003–present  NOR Bergen, Norway The Ekkofestival, Ekkofest or Ekko -Bergen Electronic Music and Art Festival, is a music festival which takes place in Bergen, Norway[1] in the fall every year. The festival mainly focus on presenting electronic music and contemporary art, where the musical expressions encompasses a multitude of genres, with electronic music as the common denominator.
Drop Dead Festival 2003–present United States, Europe Largest DIY festival for "art-damaged" music. It has as many as 65 bands per event, and has been known to attract attendees from over 30 countries. Drop Dead is an electro, post-punk, synthpunk, and experimental multiple-day festival. Ddfcrowd.png
Lovebox Festival 2003–present  UK Victoria Park, London A music festival that is held in the Victoria Park in east London over two days near the end of July. Originally, Lovebox was the name of a nightclub that was hosted by Groove Armada and was also the name of an album by the same band that contributed to the establishment of the musical concept that became Lovebox. The Lovebox club concept was expanded in 2003, making the event a one-day festival on London's Clapham Common until 2004, but was then moved to Victoria Park in 2005, where it is now held over two days. Paloma Faith at Lovebox.jpg
Defqon.1 Festival 2003–present Netherlands and Australia an annual music festival held in the Netherlands and Australia. It was founded in 2003 by festival organizer Q-dance. The festival plays mostly hardstyle and related genres such as hardcore techno, hard house and hard trance. Defqon.1 2014 Red stage close-up.jpg
Rock The Bells Hip-Hop Festival 2003–present North America An annual hip-hop festival, beginning in 2003, originally held in California, until 2007 when the festival traveled to multiple locations in North America. The Rock the Bells festival made its first mark in hop-hop history in 2004, as the re-united Wu-Tang Clan performed.[28] Wu Tang performing.jpg
Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts 2003–present  US Minnesota An electronic music festival held in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 2001. Founded by Douglas Geers, over the years it has featured artists such as Katharina Rosenberger in a weekend of lectures, performances, master classes, and multimedia installations on the latest in electronic and electroacoustic music and art. Most events are free and open to the public.[29] Ana-Maria Avram conducting.jpg
Piknic Électronik 2003–present  CAN Montreal Annual festival held in Montreal, with artists such as Wolfgang Gartner headlining. Scene Piknic Electronik - Wolfang Gartner - Osheaga fest 2012-08-05 Montreal.jpg
Ruhr-in-Love 2003–present  GER Oberhausen Family festival of the electronic music scene, floors are presented by clubs, event organizers, record labels, booking agencies, radio stations, magazines etc. The focal point is the Mixery-Stage featuring international headliners.
60x60 2003–present International Annual festival which tours the world, was conceived and developed by the new music consortium Vox Novus. It is a collection of 60 electro-acoustic or acousmatic works from 60 different composers-sound artists, each work 60 seconds or less in duration. It is a continuous sixty-minute concert.
Pirate Station 2003–present  RUS Russia A large Drum and Bass music festival that takes place annually in Russia. The festival is known to be the largest and most popular Drum and Bass event in the world. Pirate station moscow 2009.jpg
Reverence 2003- 2009  US Madison, Wisconsin An electronic music festival. Featuring primarily aggrotech, electro-industrial and synthpop bands, it has also included other electronic dance music genres as well.
Bang Face 2003–present  UK United Kingdom A regular electronic dance music event that has been taking place at various venues across the UK since 2003.[2] Starting as a monthly club night in London, it has grown to include an annual three-day weekender at Camber Sands and Newquay, a boat party on the River Thames, as well as guest shows at festivals such as Glastonbury. Aaron Funk.jpg
Winterworld 2003–present  GER Germany Founded in 2003 in Germany as an EDM event, with three main floors with different electronic music styles and an international line-up. Sean Finn (9).JPG
Moogfest 2004–'08, 2010– present  US Asheville, North Carolina First held in New York City, is an annual two to five-day electronic music festival towards the end of April. The festival was moved to Asheville because it is the city where Robert Arthur "Bob" Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and founding father of electronic music, spent the last thirty years of his life. Pet Shop Boys 2 - Wed. April 23, Moogfest 2014.jpg
Konemetsä 2004-present  FIN Finland Konemetsä - Open Air Forest Festival has music is played continuously 24 hours / day. Konemetsa main stage 2006.jpg
Urban Art Forms Festival 2004–present  AU Austria Austria's largest electronic music festival.
UltraMar Festival 2004-'09, 2011- present Latin America More than 130 international artists have participated in the festival, among whom are Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Roger Sanchez, Sasha, Deep Dish, Richie Hawtin and Axwell. In 2008, the Ultramar Festival joined with Summer Dance Festival, another important festival of the city of Cartagena, to form a unique event called UltraSummer Festival.
Fusion Festival 2004  GER Lärz, Germany Festival one hour north of Berlin devoted to off-chart music including Trance, Techno, Dubstep, Breakbeats, Techhouse but also features more odd tastes such as Swing, LatinJazz etc. Their slogan is "5 days of Holiday communism" and the political theme is pronounced anti-fascist, anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-homophopia and of course somewhat anti-government.[30] Musikfestival Fusion Festival 2004.jpg
C.O.M.A. 2004–present  CAN Montreal A yearly weekend underground music festival that features industrial, power electronics other alternative electronic musicians and DJs. Pneumatic-detatch-at-COMA2.jpg
San Francisco LovEvolution 2004-2009  US Bay Area, California (formerly San Francisco LovEvolution and San Francisco LoveFest) was a technoparade and festival that occurred annually.[31] San Francisco LovEvolution 2009.jpg
The Glade 2004–present  UK England An electronic dance music festival that originally began as a stage at Glastonbury Festival. Down at the Glade (323787499).jpg
Eccentrik 2004–present  UK Raleigh, North Carolina A 3-day industrial and goth music festival that takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina. Started in October 2004, Eccentrik features various musical styles including deathrock, gothabilly, industrial, gothic rock, psychobilly, post-punk, synthpop and other related genres.[32]
Soundwave Festival 2004–present  US San Francisco (formerly the Soundwave Series) was founded in 2004 by artist and designer Alan So from the ME'DI.ATE Art Group to explore innovative sound experiences with diverse local and international artists and musicians. Soundwave is held every two years for two months in San Francisco and explores new themes in sound every season.


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Tomorrowland 2005– present  BEL Boom, Belgium The largest electronic music festival held in the world, with over 400,000 aattending in 2014. First organized by the original founders and ID&T. Tomorrowland2013-Stage.jpg
Dominator 2005- present  NED Eersel EDM festival that takes place at the E3-strand in Eersel, Netherlands. Dominator 2014 crowd.jpg
Amphi Festival 2005- present  GER Germany Wide-ranging program for a heterogeneous audience, albeit primarily fans of alternative, electronic music, and dark music. The number of visitors to the most recent event in 2009 was 13,000 per festival day. Blutengel6.JPG
New Years Revolutions 2005- present  SA Cape Town, South Africa he Sound Squad is an events company based in Cape Town, South Africa, which focuses on outdoor events, primarily the New Years Revolutions festivals.
Aires Libres 2005- present  FRA Marseille, France main goal is to showcase electronic music outdoor, and promote various cultural activities for children and their families through visual art and several artistic workshops AiresLibres a Roques-Hautes.jpg
Blacksun Festival 2005- 2007  US New Haven, Connecticut was created in 2005 is a 3-day industrial and goth music international festival. Because larger goth festivals take place in Europe, the Blacksun festivals give American bands a closer opportunity to play.
Distorted Music Festival 2005  AUS Melbourne, Australia One year EDM festival that featured underground/mainstream electronic artists, with the genres of breakcore, IDM, noise, industrial, power noise, and glitch.
Electro-music Festival 2005– present  US Huguenot, New York The annual electro-music festival, known as the "Woodstock of electronic music," bills itself as "the world's premiere event for experimental electronic music". The gathering features three days of electronic music concerts, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, jam sessions, video art, a laptop battle, and a swap-meet.
Indoctrination Festival -2006?  US Chicago Dedicated to industrial music and other genres.
South American Music Conference 2006– present  ARG Buenos Aires It is one of the most important music festivals of South America, with the performances of globally recognized artists.
Future Music Festival 2006– present  AUS Australia An annual music festival featuring Australian and international artists held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth Future Music Festival 2013 (8541725920).jpg
Indoctrination Festival 2006  US Chicago, Illinois In Chicago in 2006, took place over the course of three days featuring performances in the genres of IDM, breakcore, industrial, and power noise.
Bloc Festival 2006– present  UK England It is devoted to electronic music of all genres including electro, hip hop, IDM, techno, house music, reggae, drum and bass and dubstep, and incorporates both DJ sets and live shows.
Southeast Electronic Music Festival 2006– present  US Carrboro, North Carolina A festival of DJ/techno/dance music is held every year since 2006 in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, North Carolina by the non-profit Signal Foundation. In conjunction with the University of North Carolina Department of Music, sessions on music composition, production, etc. are held on the UNC campus.[33]
Open Air Field 2007- present  GER Luxembourg he first edition of the event took place on July 2007 under the name Feldparty. Every year the line-up containce a lot of DJ´s, such as DJ Pikay
Ranchita Rocks Music Festival 2007- present  US Ranchita, California The three-day music festival, which debuted in 2007 as a fund-raising concert for community and environmental groups opposed to San Diego Gas & Electric's proposed Sunrise Powerlink electrical transmission line, returned 2008 with several national headlining acts and an emphasis on solar, biodiesel and wind energy to power the event
HARD 2007– present  US United States national music festival, music cruise and concert brand founded by Gary Richards in 2007. The event line-ups consist of alternative and electronic acts and emerging talents. The first HARD Music Festival was held on December 31, 2007 in Downtown Los Angeles and featured Justice, etc.
SYNDICATE 2007– present  GER Germany The largest German festival for all harder styles of electronic music. Hardcore, hardtechno, hardstyle and techno are showcased on 4 floors. Outblast vs. Evil Activities.JPG
Balaton Sound 2007– present  HUN Hungary Also known as Heineken Balaton Sound (since 2013 as MasterCard Balaton Sound for sponsorship reasons) is one of Europe's largest open air electronic music festivals Balatonsound2009morillo.jpg
Sunburn Festival 2007– present  IND Goa, India Large annual EDM festival. First took place in December in 2007 at the Candolim Beach in Goa, India. Sunburnfestivalstage.JPG
Stereosonic 2007– present  AUS Australia first festival tour was held in Australia in November/December. The headliners included Armin Van Buuren, Booka Shade, Fedde Le Grande and Trentemoller. ClavinHarris2.jpg
Out of the Ordinary Festival 2007– present  UK England A family and eco friendly festival near Hailsham Ooto.jpg
Treasure Island Festival 2007– present  US Treasure Island, California The Treasure Island Music Festival is a music festival that was held for the first time in September 2007. It took place on Treasure Island, California in San Francisco Bay and lasted a period of two days. Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop Industries produced the festival. Dr Dog Treasure Island Music Festival.jpg
The BPM Festival 2008– present  MEX Playa del Carmen, Mexico Annual ten day and night electronic music festival, founded by Craig Pettigrew and Philip Pulitano, it is a global gathering of DJs, producers, partiers and industry professionals. BPM parties are hosted at multiple venues in the beach town Playa Del Carmen. BPM2012After.jpg
Electric Forest Festival 2008– present  US Rothbury, Michigan A four-day multi-genre event, with a focus on electronic and jam band genres, held in Rothbury, Michigan, at the Double JJ Resort. The original event was called Rothbury Festival, debuted in 2008, and focused on jam bands and rock bands. The event was not held in 2010. Electric Forest, which debuted in 2011, is co-produced by Insomniac Events and Madison House.
Time Festival 2008– present  CAN Toronto, Ontario one day, annual summer music festival held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The event focuses on electronic music and features DJ's and groups from around the world as well as local Toronto artists.
SkyGravity Festival 2009?  UKR Ukraine International electronic dance music festival in Ukraine (Crimea, near Evpatoria). Featuring music genres are psytrance, goa, full on, suomi, progressive and break trance, but also ambient, dub, downtempo, idm, electronica, experimental, and reggae.
Volt Festival 2009– present  SWE Uppsala, Sweden Annual one day electronic music festival in the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress concert hall.[34] Uppsala Konsert Kongress.jpg
Electrobeach Music Festival 2009– present  FRA Port-Barcarès Large annual EDM festival in France. EMF2014.jpg
TOXICATOR 2009– present  GER Germany TOXICATOR is the first event for all harder styles in South-West Germany, first held in Mannheim, Germany.
West Fest 2009  US Golden Gate Park, California Celebrated the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in this free festival held in Golden Gate Park.[35] West Fest main stage.jpg
North Coast Music Festival 2009– present  US Chicago music and arts festival featuring folk, rock, hip hop, DJ's and wide variety of performance and installation artist Gary Clark, Jr. 2013.jpg
Electric Zoo Festival 2009– present  US Randall's Island, New York City An annual electronic music festival held over Labor Day weekend in New York City on Randall's Island. The festival represents all genres of electronic music, bringing top international DJs and live acts from multiple countries along with hometown acts to four stages. Electric Zoo Festival 2011 at night.jpg

2010s: Recent events[edit]


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition 2010– present  CAN Manitoba MEME" is a yearly electronic music and digital arts festival started in 2010 in Winnipeg, Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition 2013.jpg
Beyond Wonderland 2010– present  US United States Electronic dance festival organized by Insomniac Events, spanning one or two days. Locations throughout the west cost of the US. Beyond Wonderland main stage.jpg
New York City Electroacoustic
Music Festival
2010– present  US New York Festival held in New York City on an annual basis.[36]
Dionysian Revival Festival 2010– present  US New Hampshire Hosted by Nokturnal Aktivities Productions twice a summer over 3 days, creating a "Dionysian lifestyle." Dj's playing EDM styles consisting of house, balkan house, swing house, trip-hop, drum and bass, trance, and techno.[citation needed]
Barbarella Music Festival 2011– present  DR Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic The EDM festival has had the stage presence such as: Afrojack, Chris Lake, Empire of the Sun, etc. Barbarella 2013.jpg
Resistanz 2011- present  UK Sheffield, United Kingdom Large industrial music festival held in Britain. Resistanz 2014.jpg
Hideout Festival 2011– present  CRO Zrce, Croatia On The Guardian's list of the best European festivals of 2011, event features pool parties, art installations, and also utilizes various local venues in addition to the concerts held in the arena. Hideout Festival DJ 2011.jpg
Identity Festival 2011– present (many) North America Features popular electronic-music artists. The festival tours various North American cities. PUBLIC performing the main stage at Identity Festival in Mountain View, CA 2012..jpg
White Wonderland 2011– present  US Anaheim, California Co-organized by Insomniac Events and fellow club promoter Giant. The event was first held for New Year's Eve in 2011, following the announcement that Insomniac had pulled out of co-organizing the New Year's Eve festival Together as One due to conflicts with its fellow organizer Go Ventures.
Mega Electronic Festival 2011  PRI San Juan, Puerto Rico Started by SBS Entertainment on March 19, 2011. The 12 hour electronic music festival featured international DJ line up: Adam Freeland, Benny Benassi, etc.
Escape From Wonderland 2011– present  US California Held around Halloween by Insomniac Events in Southern California, featuring artists; Afrojack, Benny Benassi, Cedric Gervais, Crizzly, etc. Also titled Escape All Hallows Eve in 2014.
DEFINE 2011 (many) Europe DEFINE is a festival for electronic music with workshops, playzones, concerts and parties. Alsion in Sønderborg (Denmark) and Kulturwerkstatt Kühlhaus in Flensburg (Germany) were the venues in 2011.[37]
Sunset Music Festival 2012– present  US Tampa, Florida Annual EDM music festival
What The Festival 2012– present  US Oregon Annual EDM music festival
Lucidity 2012– present  US Southern California There were three main stages and numerous subsidiary stages featuring bands, spoken word artists, exotic dancers and DJ's. GeofBardPhotoCCA3 LucidityFestivalDomes Props2BuckminsterFuller.jpg
BUKU Music + Art Project 2012– present  US New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans based two-day music and arts festival founded in 2012 by Winter Circle Productions and held annually at Mardi Gras World. BUKU's musical tastes have been a relatively even mix of electronic dance music, hip hop music, and indie rock featuring past performances by Ellie Goulding, Kid Cudi, etc.
Wavefront Music Festival 2012– present  US Chicago, Illinois Annual EDM music festival held on the beach in July. Wavefront Truck.jpg
Future Music Festival Asia 2012– present  MYS Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Often abbreviated as FMFA, is an annual music festival featuring local and international artists held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, spinoff of Future Music Festival. FMFA 2013 (8565145132).jpg
Spring Awakening 2012– present  US Chicago, Illinois annual musical festival for Progressive house, Electro house, Techno, etc. Arty @ Spring Awakening, Chicago — June 14th, 2014.jpg
Weekend Festival 2012– present  FIN Helsinki, Finland Weekend Festival artists are mostly EDM, with some other genres. The festival has been attended by more than 40,000 people on both years. Hurts scenery lines at Weekend Festival, Espoo, Finland, 18 August 2012.jpg
Paradiso Festival 2012– present  US George, Washington Annual EDM festival held at The Gorge Amphitheatre on the Columbia River. Founded by USC Events and Live Nation Entertainment, 2012 attendance exceeded 20,000 people. The 2013 event saw performances by Kaskade, Tiesto, etc.
Electro Beach 2012– present  MEX Puerto Vallarta, Mexico A spring break EDM concert series in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, started in 2012. The concert series features DJs such as Avicii, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Chuckie and more.[38]


Name Year Location Notes Picture
TomorrowWorld 2013– present  US Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia organized by ID&T Belgium, spinoff of Tomorrowland. In its inaugural year, TomorrowWorld received a nomination for Best Music Event at the International Dance Music Awards. Tw-2013.jpg
Ultra Europe 2013, 2020 (many) Europe First place in Hvar, Croatia and is a new European edition of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. 2020 announced for Minsk, Belarus. UMF Belarus 2020.jpg
Electric Castle Festival 2013– present  ROM Romania The biggest Romanian music festival taking place annually on Bánffy's Castle Domain in Cluj county, Romania. Electric Castle - Main Stage.jpg
Xtreme Festival 2013– present  ITA Belluno, Italy The Xtreme Festival is an electronic music festival concept which mixes together techno music, Action Sports and street art. The festival takes place in Italy. Lined up with a host of International djs.
Kaleidoscope Music Festival 2013– present  US Oregon Annual EDM festival.
Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2013  US Asheville, North Carolina EDM festival. Animal Collective 2013-10-26.jpg
Decadence 2013– present  US Denver, Colorado Annual EDM festival.
RadioNation 2013– present  GER Germany Styles dance, trance, techno and house are showcased on 3 floors in Mannheim, Germany.
Life in Color Festival 2013– present  US Miami, Florida Annual EDM festival started by Life in Color in 2013, which was first active as Dayglow Productions in 2007, with the company originally organizing large "paint blast" EDM events in Florida. The festival first had headliners such as Calvin Harris, Kaskade, R3hab, and Steve Aoki. The 2014 festival is expected to host around 60,000 people.[39]
Coincidance Secret
Beach Festival
2014– present  MEX Playa del Carmen,
Quintana Roo
, Mexico
Coincidance is a unique Music Festival from Deeplomatic Recordings, Coco Maya Beach Club and Coincidance Events. 2014 lineup includes with artists such as Mihai Popoviciu, Nico Stojan, Anthony Mansfield, Miguel Puente or The Midnignt Perverts Coincidance.[40]
Stylematic 2014- present  BAN Dhaka, Bangladesh Held in Dhaka, it is an electronic dance music festival which was initiated in January 2014. In each season, Stylematic invites international EDM artists.[citation needed] Stylematic s2 Set.jpg
Midwest Wonderland
Music Festival
2014- present  US Rochelle, Illinois two day music and arts festival which takes place at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. The event is a Wonderland themed event with many activities & attractions as well as skydiving.[citation needed]
Neon Festival 2014- present  TUR Turkey The festival began in the 4th biggest city of Turkey.
Dreamland 2014- present  GRE Ancient Olympia, Greece Three day event aims to promote different types of electronic music, art and culture as well as to awake the participants’ ecological consciousness. The festival’s visitors can take part in interactive workshops, as well as in sports activities in Alfeios River (kayaking, rafting, hydrospeed etc.).[citation needed]

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