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List of electronic music festivals

List of electronic music festivals

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, Category:Trance festivals, list of music festivals, list of electronic dance music festivals, rock festivals, teknival, free festival, rave, algorave, doof
1800–1950s · 1960s · 1970s · 1980s · 1990s · 2000s · 2010s

The following is an incomplete list of music festivals that feature electronic music, which encapsulates music featuring 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. Overlapping with topics such as list of electroacoustic festivals, list of EDM festivals and list of trance festivals, this list generally excludes multi-genre festivals with only a partial focus on electronic music (Glastonbury, Summer Sonic Festival, and Big Day Out) and festivals that have added EDM stages in later years.[1][2] However, fusion festivals may be listed under individual subtopics of Category:Electronic music festivals by region.

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 live electronic music 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, electronic jazz, disco, computer music, synthpop, 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 musicians and DJs the ability to mix elaborate and complicated music in forms such as techno, electronica, trap, trance, house, and industrial, all of which have large festivals, raves, technoparades, algoraves, doofs, or teknivals in their sole dedication.


  • Related lists, categories, and media 1
  • Festivals by debut year 2
    • 1800s–1950s: Electroacoustics 2.1
    • 1960s: Rock and pop festivals 2.2
    • 1970s: Computer music 2.3
    • 1980s: Birth of techno 2.4
    • 1990s: Genre proliferation 2.5
      • 1990–1994 2.5.1
      • 1995–1997 2.5.2
      • 1998–1999 2.5.3
    • 2000s: Growth of commercial raves 2.6
      • 2000–2002 2.6.1
      • 2003–2004 2.6.2
      • 2005–2006 2.6.3
      • 2007–2009 2.6.4
    • 2010s: Recent events 2.7
      • 2010–2012 2.7.1
      • 2013–2015 2.7.2
  • See also 3
    • Lists 3.1
    • Categories 3.2
    • History, genres, and craft 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

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Category Electronic music festivals by type
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List of free festivals Category Free festivals Commons page
List of circuit parties Category Circuit parties Commons page
List of industrial music festivals Category Industrial music festivals Commons page
List of gothic festivals Category Goth festivals Commons page
List of hip hop music festivals Category Hip hop festivals Commons page
List of raves Category Rave Commons page
List of EDM festivals
List of technoparades Category Technoparade Commons page
List of free parties Category Free parties Commons page
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List of trance festivals Category Trance festivals Commons page
List of doofs Category Doofs Commons page
List of algoraves Category Algorave Commons page

Festivals by debut year

1800s–1950s: Electroacoustics

See list of historic jazz festivals for a more comprehensive list of early jazz and blues festivals in the 1950s and 1960s.
Name Yrs Locale Notes
Early Folk and Classical Music Festivals 1800s– 1920s (many) Worldwide A number of festivals for classical music and folk music in the late 1800s and early 1900s periodically featured electronic instruments and electroacoustic improvisation, though they were not necessarily a regular feature. Some of these festivals included Leeds Festival (1858–1985) in England, the folk festival Þjóðhátíð (1874–present) in Iceland, and Glastonbury (1914–25) in England.
Donaueschingen Festival 1921– present Donaueschingen, Germany A vital party of the history of electronic music, this festival paved the way to the concept of establishing small festivals to present new and experimental musicians. After Spharophon, among others, which was shown at the festival.
Beaulieu Jazz Festival 1956- 1961 Hampshire, England Lord Montagu of Beaulieu holds an annual trad and modern jazz festival in the ground of Beaulieu estate, in the New Forest. Attracts beats and jazz eccentrics, called 'ravers'.[3]
ONCE Festival of New Music 1958– 1969 Ann Arbor, Michigan ONCE Group was responsible for hosting. During the years the festival was active, a number of avant-garde composers’ works were performed, including Pauline Oliveros, David Behrman, Roger Reynolds, Gene Tyranny, and Philip Krumm. The compositions and the performances served as a laboratory for new approaches in both acoustic and electronic music.
Pro Musica Nova 1958– 2001 Bremerhaven, Germany Was a biennial festival for contemporary music sponsored by Radio Bremen from 1958 to 2001. It was founded by Hans Otte. Pro Musica Nova introduced the public to the music of experimental composers including Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, György Ligeti, Terry Riley, Lamonte Young, Conlon Nancarrow and Hans-Joachim Hespos. Otte also commissioned many new works for the festival.[4]

1960s: Rock and pop festivals

See list of historic rock festivals for a more comprehensive list of early rock/pop festivals, detailing live psychedelic rock, electronic rock and nu jazz in the 1960s and 1970s, all of which feature electronic elements.
Name Year Location Notes Picture
National Jazz and Blues Festival 1961– 1980s United Kingdom Mostly oriented around jazz and blues to start, this annual festival soon became a showcase for progressive rock as well, featuring groups such as the psychedelic rock group Cream.
Reading and Leeds Festivals 1961– present United Kingdom The line-up settled into a pattern of progressive rock, blues and hard rock during the early and mid 1970s[5] then became the first music festival to embrace punk rock and new wave in the late 1970s, when The Jam, Sham 69, The Stranglers and Penetration were among the headline acts.[6] Currently known for its rock focus, it also hosts major EDM stages for DJs.
Un disco per l'estate 1964- 2003 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.
Trips Festival 1966 San Francisco, California The Trips Festival on January 21–23, 1966 was the most attended and advertised of the early Acid Tests events, which were started in late 1965.[7] On Saturday January 22, the Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company came on stage, and 6,000 people arrived to imbibe punch spiked with LSD and to witness one of the first fully developed light shows of the era.[8]
Shiraz Arts Festival 1967– 1977 Shiraz and Persepolis, Iran An experimental international festival, a number of electroacoustic works were presented during its run, with artists such as Dave Tudor and John Cage performing in 1971.
Summer of Love 1967– 1968 North America The Summer of Love from 1967 to 1968 was an important aspect of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, which was closely tied with alternative music and free rock festivals featuring genres such as psychedelic rock. The development of better electronic speaker equipment allowed for massive concerts to attract hundreds of thousands of attendees. Started with the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival in Marin County, California, the other significant shows in California included the Monterey Pop Festival, the San Francisco Pop Festival, the Los Angeles Pop Festival, Newport Pop Festival, and Northern California Folk Rock Festival I and II. Notable shows not in California included the Miami Pop Festival I and II in Florida, and the Isle of Wight Festival in England. By 1969, similar festivals were appearing all over the world, bringing alternative music to increasingly mainstream audiences.

Woodstock Music & Art Fair 1969 White Lake, New York This historically and culturally notable festival as known to have served as a defining moment for baby boomers. Performers included Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix and Santana among many others, with genres such as acoustic music, progressive rock, and psychedelic rock. August 15–18, audience of over 400,000 young people.

1970s: Computer music

Name Year Location Notes Picture
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music 1970 Shepton Mallet, Somerset A DJ played records for early arrivers from the Friday evening and continued to do so between many of the sets until the end. The festival featured a line-up of the top American west coast and British bands of the day, including Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Pink Floyd, etc.
Expo '70 1970 Osaka, Japan The first World's Fair held in Japan, which featured a number of electronic music exhibits. The West German pavilion, designed by Fritz Bornemann, featured the world's first spherical concert hall.[9][10] Inside, the audience was surrounded by 50 loudspeaker groups at different "latitudes"[9] while classical music was played from multi-track tape.[11] Also in the course of the exhibition, often experimental performers gave concerts for over a million visitors.[12] Early Japanese computer music compositions include a piece by Kenjiro Ezaki presented during Osaka Expo '70. Since then, Japanese research in computer music has largely been carried out for commercial purposes in popular music, though some Japanese musicians used large computer systems such as the Fairlight company in the 1970s.[13]
Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Festival 1972–present Bourges, France Hosted by the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, France. Composers submit works which are assessed by an international jury.
Windsor Free Festival 1972-'74 Windsor Great Park, England A British 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.[14]
The Chicago White Party 1974–2010 Chicago, Illinois One of the first White Party parties was held August 8, 1974, hosted by Chicago business owner Chuck Renslow to celebrate his birthday and thank his patrons. It was then held for the next 36 years until 2010. The largest party was held in 1986 at Navy pier with 5000 participants.[15]
International Computer Music Conference 1974– present (many) Various a yearly international conference for computer music researchers and composers. It is the annual conference of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA).
Printemps de Bourges 1977– present Bourges, France The festival encompasses some 60 shows, with over 200 artists on 13 stages within a week; these shows represent diverse genres, often experimental and electronic. The ever-growing public is composed primarily of young people (91% are under 35), and over 200,000 people attend the festival each year.
First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival 1978-? Philadelphia The 2½-hour concert featured more than 30 musical compositions performed on ten computer music synthesizers.[16] One of the earliest commercial computer music albums came from the First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival, held August 25, 1978, as part of the Personal Computing '78 show. The First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival recordings were published by Creative Computing in 1979.[17]
Ars Electronica Festival 1979– present Austria The annual Ars Electronica festival is an annual gathering of artists, scientists and technologists, intended as "a setting for experimentation, evaluation and reinvention".

1980s: Birth of techno

Name Year Locale Notes Picture
Heatwave 1980 Bowmanville, Ontario The rock festival was noteworthy because of the importance of the headliner bands that played and the timing in the evolution of new wave music, and from the size of the crowd.
International Electroacoustic Music Festival 1981– present
Varadero, Cuba, United States Originally titled the "Varadero Spring Festival,"[18] it was renamed in 1998. it has featured electroacoustic musicians such as Julio Roloff. Juan Blanco created it with the purpose of presenting Cuban composer’s electroacoustic and avant-garde works to an international audience and to establish relationships with foreign composers and artists.[19] It is still held in various locations,[20] held in 1988 in Baltimore, Maryland by Vivian Adelberg Rudow.[21][22]
Berlin Atonal 1982-'90, 2013– present Berlin, Germany 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.[23] 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.[24]
Inventionen Festival 1982– present Berlin, Germany Organised by the Artists-in-Berlin-Program of the DAAD in co-operation with the Electronic Studio of the TU Berlin since 1982, the festival is dedicated to electro-acoustic music and sound art.[25]
Rat Parties 1983– 1992 Sydney, Australia a series of large dance parties held in Sydney, Australia that "formed a key element of an emerging subculture"[26] that was fashion-aware, gay-friendly, appreciated dance music and open, outrageous celebration. Forty Rat Parties were organized by the Recreational Arts Team between 1983 and 1992.
Winter Music Conference 1985– present Miami, Florida 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.
DMC World DJ Championships 1985– present Thessaloniki, Greece Sponsored internationally by Technics and Ortofon, has grown over the years and the formats of its competitions have developed along with demand. Originally intended to be a DJ mixing battle, DJ Cheese introduced scratching in his routine in 1986, changing the course of future DMC battles.
Miami White Party 1985– present Miami, Florida One of the first White Party's held by the gay community as a circuit party, the first event promoted safe sex practices, and all attendees wore white. Sixteen hundred guests, asked to wear white, showed up that Sunday night, Dec. 1, 1985. Each paid $10, which went to support AIDS nonprofits. Now a weekl long event, most of the parties are geared to gay men from all over the globe, but there are several events for lesbians and mixed crowds as well.
SEAMUS National Conference 1985– present United States Put on by the American branch of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States since 1985. In 1987, the society began giving the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award to acknowledge people who have made significant contributions to electro-acoustic music. The award is presented at the SEAMUS National Conference, held annually.
Full Moon Party 1985– present Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand First improvised at a wooden disco not far from the beach, the parties gained fame through word of mouth, and the event now draws a crowd of about 5,000–30,000 every full moon evening. The bars on the beach stay open and play music such as psychedelic trance, R&B, drum and bass, house, dance and reggae.
Wave-Gotik-Treffen 1987– present Leipzig,
Annual festival is he 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.
Shelley's Laserdome late 1980s Staffordshire, England a night club at the heart of the house and rave scene of the late 1980s and early 90s too, helping to launch the career of Sasha and featuring regular appearances from Carl Cox, until it was eventually shut down by Staffordshire Police.[27] The club's heyday was circa 1990.
Sunrise late 1980s 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 England Genesis'88 was a party promotion crew founded during 1988 during the U.K's discovery of
Raindance 1989–present Britain one of the best known rave names on the Rave scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first event was held at a circus tent on 16 September 1989 at Jenkins Lane, Beckton in east London. This was Britain's first legal all night rave.[28][29] DJ's such as Carl Cox, Dave Angel, LTJ Bukem, Mr C, DJ Rap, John Digweed, Kevin "Reece" Saunderson, Slipmatt (where he and partner John "Lime" Fernandez would create SL2 during this event in 1989), Fabio and Grooverider started out at Raindance.
Love Parade 1989–2010 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 24, 2010. After a number of deaths at the concert, the annual rendition was cancelled.
Real Bad 1989–present United States the name of a fundraising party held annually in San Francisco, California immediately following the Folsom Street Fair.

1990s: Genre proliferation


Name Yr Location Notes Picture
Electric Daisy Carnival 1991– present (many) Various Operated by Insomniac Events, several renditions in different locales are held throughout the year, attracting hundreds of thousands of people.
Black and Blue Festival 1991– present 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 Germany One of the oldest electronic music festivals in Germany, artists such as Yello, Spoon, Sven Väth, Moby and Marusha have performed.[30]
A*Devantgarde 1991– present Munich, Germany A•DEvantgarde is a new music festival held every 2 years . The A•DEvantgarde Festival was formed in the late 1980s by a passionate group of young German composers who wanted to break from the traditional or Darmstadt School of serial composition
Fantazia 1991–1993, 1997 England Fantazia is a dance organization that first held six large raves in 1992.[31] Earlier, A Fantazia New Year event was held 1991/ 92 at Westpoint Exhibition Centre with 10,000 people. These events were legal, and Fantazia’s rave at Castle Donington was the largest outdoor rave to be held in the UK – with no fewer than 25,000 people. Fantazia raves increasingly featured characteristics of theme parks and mainstream celebrations.
Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend 1991– present Palm Springs, California Dubbed “The Dinah”, the five-day festival is considered the largest lesbian event in the United States and the world. The first unofficial Dinah Shore Weekend took place in 1986 when women began to flock to Palm Springs in conjunction with a golf tournament, and has since grown to include a White Party.
Kazantip 1992– present 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.
VuuV Festival 1992– present Germany formerly known as 'VooV Experience is an annual music festival with about 10,000 to 20,000 visitors. It is one of the oldest rave parties in Germany. From a small party with about 100 people it is now one of the biggest rave parties in Europe. After several moves, was VuuV's place since 2001 in Putlitz. In 2007 they moved back to Antaro.[32]
Earthcore 1992– present Australia an Australian outdoor dance music festival and electronic music events organisation. The outdoor events were generally held in forest environments around Victoria, Australia, with some events held in Queensland and overseas in New Caledonia.
Street Parade 1992– present 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.
Energy 1992–2013 Zurich, Switzerland a techno-music event (see rave) taking place after the Street Parade in Zurich, Switzerland. It is considered the largest indoor event of its nature in the country. In 2010, around 14,000 people attended.
Monegros Desert Festival 1992– present Spain Large EDM festival held in mid July, some 40,000 people to its electronic music performances annually. Formerly called the "Groove Parade" after being founded in 1992, it is held in a windowless graffiti filled hall called Flarida, with an area of some 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft).
Thunderdome 1992–2012 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 Malvern, England Weeklong 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." [35].Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 Concerns about the festival and the way in which it was policed inspired the legislation which developed into the [34]. 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."Back To The Planet, and bands such as the DiY Sound System and Spiral Tribe of the time such as Bedlam, Circus Warp, sound systems in the mid-1980s. Castlemorton hosted many of the large Stonehenge Free Festival people gathered on Castlemorton Common to hold a free party that lasted a full week, the biggest of its kind since the [33]
Seoul International Computer Music Festival 1993– present Seoul, South Korea Important computer music festival in Asia.[36]
Every Picture Tells A Story 1993–2013 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 England EDM - 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
Netherlands, Chile An annual festival operated by Dutch company ID&T. Being the first of its kind in the country when it was established, its organizers have billed the event as the oldest dance music festival in the Netherlands.
CzechTek 1994–2006 Czech Republic An underground 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.
Whitby Goth Weekend 1994– present Whitby, North Yorkshire Twice-yearl goth festival with genres such as EBM and industrial
World's Largest Disco 1994– present 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 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.


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Music Festival
1995– present 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.
Dance Valley 1995– present 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.
Bal en Blanc 1995– present Montreal, Canada It now features headliner DJs from all over the world and attracts over 15,000 attendees. Bal en Blanc usually has two separate rooms, one catering to house music and the other to trance music.
Futuresonic 1995– present 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.[37]
Nature One
1995– present Germany A large open-air techno festival, featuring DJs from Germany and the world, with the theme "open-air rave."
1995– present 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.
I Love Techno 1995– present 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.
Enit Festival 1995 United States A one-night electronic music festival originally created as an after party for Lollapalooza, described as "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
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.
Music Festival
1995–'08, 2011– present 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.
Earthdance 1996– present (many) Worldwide Taking place annually in over 300 locations and 60 countries, every year, musicians, DJs, artists, and speakers convene at local Earthdance events to share inspiration and ideas to "build a world culture of peace."
Dance Event
1996– present 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.
of Memory
1996– present Oakland, California Columbarium walk-through at Chapel of the Chimes on the summer solstice.[38] It features over 40 musicians performing on unique instruments, or compositions designed for the event, often electronically processed.[39]
Lake Parade 1997– present Geneva, Switzerland a large Lovemobiles.
Melt! Festival 1997– present Gräfenhainichen, Germany one of the biggest open-air electronic music festivals in Germany. The festival takes place in Ferropolis open-air museum. 2 in Resident Advisor's Top 10 festivals for July 2013
ETD Pop 1997– present San Francisco, California ETD Pop is an annual electronic music festival held at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, U.S., a suburb of San Francisco. It is hosted by the Berkeley-based event promoters Skills.
Boom Festival 1997– present Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal A biennial transformational festival in Portugal. The festival features music performances and a broad variety of visual art exhibits.
Aquasella 1997– present Spain Large EDM festival held in Spain.
1997– present 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.
Rainbow Serpent Festival 1997– present Victoria, Australia A large electronic music, art and lifestyle festival, mainly known for Psychedelic trance and Minimal Techno music, but also features other genres of electronic music and non electronic music in the smaller stages. Also art installations, workshops, etc.
Energy '97 1997 Northamptonshire Turweston Aerodrome in Northamptonshire (now the site of the Gatecrasher Summer Sound System festivals). The festival sold out, attracting 18,000 revelers in all. With 10 large marquees featuring genres of dance music ranging from Drum and Bass, to Techno, to House Music, to Hardcore.
Fuckparade 1997– present 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.
1997– 2011 Los Angeles, California A yearly electronic music rave held near Halloween and founded by Go Ventures, with many of the attendees dress in costume.
Audiotistic 1997- '03, 2009- '11 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.


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Scandinavian Alternative Music Awards 1998– 2007 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavian Alternative Music Awards (SAMA), was a music festival and award ceremony for electronic music held each year in Gothenburg between 1998 and 2007.
Summadayze 1998– present
Australia, New Zealand The 2006 event in Melbourne saw 23,000 tickets sellout for a 15-hour event.[40]
Homelands 1990s?- 2005? Scotland and Britain was a British music festival which consisted mainly of Dance music, both live acts and famous DJs. was one of the most popular British festivals of this genre. Run by Live Nation UK, it also had editions in Scotland.
Copenhagen Distortion 1998– present Copenhagen, Denmark a celebration of Copenhagen street life and international club culture. With an estimated 100.000 guests per day, it is one of the largest annual gatherings in Europe. Distortion is a mobile festival.
1998– present 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.
Ultra Music Festival 1998– present 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.
Sunwaves 1998– present Romania Kristal Glam Club is a club in Bucharest, Romania.[41][42] Sunrise & Kristal Club are organizers electronic music festival Sunwaves. In 2014, it is the 16 edition of electronic music festival Sunwaves.
OM Festival 1998– 2013 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.
Dance Music
1998– present 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.
Hradhouse Festival 1998– present 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 Northern Ireland An annual Northern Irish electronic music festival which was held since 1998 - with a skipped year in 2004.
Music For People
& Thingamajigs
1998– present 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.[43]
Scattered 1998– present Sydney, Australia Founded in 1998 as a small 150 person event, it has grown over time to large-scale rave which hosts major happy hardcore, gabber and hard trance DJ's.
New West
Music Organization
1998– present 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 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 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 Colorado Annual EDM festival with major acts such as Steve Aoki, held in various cities in Colorado.
Camp Bisco 1999– present New York An electronic and jam band music festival, hosted and centered around The Disco Biscuits at Indian Lookout Country Club in upstate New York. The Disco Biscuits launched Camp Bisco in 1999 with the idea of combining sets by electronic DJs with improvisational rock bands.
Elektra Festival 1999– present Montreal, Canada Presented every year in May by ACREQ (Association pour la Création et la Recherche Électroacoustiques du Québec - The Association for the Creation and Research of Electroaccoustics of Quebec. Elektra’s mission has since been to present artists and works that combine the latest in electronic music and visual creations derived from new technologies.
Marsatac 1999– present Marseille, France It was originally dedicated to the Marseille's hip hop scene, then has expanded progressively to international hip-hop scene, to electro, rock and, since 2008, to African music for one night. In 2012, more than 35,000 people participated in the festival
Bats Day in the Fun Park 1999– present Anaheim, California Started in August 1999 as a joint effort between the promoters of the goth/industrial and deathrock clubs Absynthe and Release the Bats. It has become an annual three-day event
Tinitus 1999– 2009 Stockholm, Sweden An annual alternative music festival focusing on the subgenres of alternative electronic music such as Industrial, EBM, Synthpop and Futurepop.
Maschinenfest 1999– present 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.
CTM Festival
(formerly Club Transmediale)
1999– present Berlin Now titled the CTM 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."
San Francisco
Music Festival
1999– present 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.[44]
Eclipse Festival 1999– present 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 Netherlands Founded by ID&T as a large trance event.
Norbergfestival 1999– present Norberg, Sweden Held in Sweden.

2000s: Growth of commercial raves


Name Year Location Notes Picture
ZoukOut 2000–present Singapore One of Asia's biggest music dance festivals, it is organised by Zouk Singapore. DJs that have performed at ZoukOut include Paul Van Dyk, 2ManyDJS, Masters at Work, Gilles Peterson, Richie Hawtin, etc.
Unyazi Electronic Music Festival 2000–present South Africa NewMusicSA also runs the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival, which alternates with the New Music Indaba on an annual basis.
Netmage 2000–present Bologna, Italy An international festival dedicated to electronic art as a multidisciplinary program of works, investigating and promoting contemporary audiovisual research.
Dissonanze 2000–present Rome, Italy a yearly festival focused on electronic music held in Rome, Italy. The first edition was in 2000. Besides music it also focuses on multimedia & video art.
Snowbombing 2000– present (many) Europe Held in Scandinavian locations at ski resorts.
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.[45]
Numusic 2000– present 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.
Alfa Mito Club to Club 2000– present Torino, Italy Resident Advisor called them "Europe's most thriving hub for forward-thinking electronic sounds." Five day festival with venues as diverse as warehouses and theaters.[46]
manSEDANse 2000?- 2011 Tampere, Finland The festival included programming during the week such as workshops and lectures on topics related to electronic music and surrounding electronic culture. The main music events took place on weekends.
Sound Summit 2000– present 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.
Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2000– present 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.
Qlimax 2000– present 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.
Sensation 2000– present
Amsterdam Arena, International 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.
How Weird Street Faire 2000– present 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.
Ricochet Gathering 2000– present 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 Central Coast of California A transformational festival presented by The Do LaB.
Chillits 2000– present 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 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.
Universo Paralello 2000– present Bahia, Brazil This festival is one that celebrates electronica, trance, and psychedelic music, it is one of the most prominent festivals which have “trance” as one of its main themes, held at the beach of Praia de Pratigi in Bahia. There are 7 days of music and 8 days of camping.
Electrofringe 2001–'11 Newcastle A part of This Is Not Art, involves various installations and hands-on workshops.
Five Days Off 2001– present 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–present Buenos Aires Creamfields BA was the first
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.
Lumous Gothic Festival 2001– present Finland commonly known as Lumous) is the largest festival dedicated to the goth subculture in Finland and the northernmost Gothic festival in the world. covering musical genres such as gothic rock, deathrock, industrial, EBM and neofolk
Nation 2001–present Singapore Gay parties held in Singapore
Electroclash Festival 2001–2004 New York City Electroclash came to media attention in 2001, when the Electroclash Festival was held in New York.[47] The Electroclash Festival was held again with live tours across the US and Europe. Other notable artists who performed at the festivals and subsequent tours include: Scissor Sisters, ADULT., Fischerspooner, Mignon, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Mount Sims, Tiga and Spalding Rockwell.[48]
Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts 2001– present Minneapolis, Minnesota An electronic music festival founded by Douglas Geers, a weekend of lectures, performances, master classes, and multimedia installations on the latest in electronic and electroacoustic music and art. Mostly free and open to the public.[49]
New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2002– present (many) Various Also known as NIME, is an international conference dedicated to scientific research on the development of new technologies for musical expression and artistic performance.
Electroacoustic Music Days 2002?- present Greece By the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association, annual event which takes place in various cities and institutions throughout Greece. During these event, some of the latest electroacoustic works from Greece and abroad are showcased.
Insomnia Festival 2002– present Tromsø, Norway Alongside the Numusic festival in Stavanger and Ekkofestival in Bergen, it is the largest festival for electronic music in Norway.
Xtra Bass 2002– present United Kingdom A free week-long drum and bass tour of the UK hosted by the BBC's digital radio station BBC Radio 1Xtra. The tour covers 7 cities in 7 days
Les Siestes Electroniques 2002– present Toulouse Summer festival dedicated to emerging artists from the field of music & digital culture.
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.
Cybersonica 2002– present 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
Nuits Sonores 2003– present Lyon, France Electronic music festival. It usually occurs in May of each year during five days since 2003
TodaysArt 2003– present The Hague, Netherlands At the end of September each year, TodaysArts has 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 had 5,000 visitors.
Planet Pop Festival 2003– present Brazil Annual festival of dance music performed by the Building Records label, which has involved dance music artists of international radio stations in Brazil each year.
GOGBOT 2003– present 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.
Summer Darkness 2003– present Utrecht, Netherlands Acts perform in various clubs throughout the city of Utrecht. The 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 Toulouse, France Annual electronic music festival has hosted DJ’s such as Joachim Garraud, Avicii, etc.
Moonpark 2003–present Buenos Aires, Argentina held three times annually since 2003. Some of the acts performed during its last editions included John Digweed, Sasha, Hernán Cattáneo, Satoshi Tomiie, etc.
Drop Dead Festival 2003– present (many) United States, Europe An electro, post-punk, synthpunk, and experimental multiple-day festival, and the largest DIY festival for "art-damaged" music.
Lovebox Festival 2003– present Victoria Park, London A music festival for two days in July. Originally, Lovebox was the name of a nightclub hosted by Groove Armada. Was a one-day festival on London's Clapham Common until 2004.
Defqon.1 Festival 2003– present (many) Netherlands and Australia Annual music festival held in the Netherlands and Australia. Founded by Q-dance, it plays mostly hardstyle and related genres such as hardcore techno, hard house and hard trance.
Piknic Électronik 2003– present
Montreal, Barcelona Annual festival held in Montreal, with artists such as Wolfgang Gartner headlining.
Unsound Festival 2003– present

Krakow, Poland dealing with evolving and mutating forms of music, as well as related visual arts.
Ruhr-in-Love 2003– present Oberhausen Family festival of the electronic music scene, floors are presented by clubs, event organizers, record labels, booking agencies, radio stations, magazines, etc.
60x60 2003– present (many) International Annual festival which tours the world, was conceived and developed by the new music consortium Vox Novus. a continuous sixty-minute concert, is a collection of 60 electro-acoustic or acousmatic works from 60 different composers-sound artists, each work 60 seconds or less.
Ekkofestival 2003– present Bergen, Norway The Ekkofestival, Ekkofest or Ekko -Bergen Electronic Music and Art Festival, is an annual fall music festival. The festival mainly focus on presenting electronic music and contemporary art, with a multitude of genres.
Pirate Station 2003– present Russia Known to be the largest and most popular Drum and Bass event in the world, takes place annually in Russia.
Winterworld 2003– present Germany Founded in Germany as an EDM event, with three main floors with different electronic music styles and an international line-up.
Bang Face 2003– present United Kingdom A regular electronic dance music event that takes place at various venues across the UK. 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, etc.
Reverence 2003–2009 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.
The Labyrinth Festival 2003?- present Niigata prefecture Electronic music festival held annually in the mountains. Attendance is limited, and 95% of the festival tickets can only be purchased in Japan. Acts include both techno and experimental.
Amore Festival 2004–present Italy Today Amore Festival has become a three-day event that attracts over 20,000 people from Italy and Europe with its main event happening on 31 December at Fiera di Roma.
Konemetsä 2004–2009 Finland Konemetsä - Open Air Forest Festival has music is played continuously 24 hours / day.
Decibel Festival 2004– present Seattle, Washington An "International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media". It is held every September. In 2011 it was 5 days long. It also includes a free, all-ages 3 day conference.
O.Z.O.R.A. 2004–present Ozora, Hungary psychedelic trance festival which has been held on an estate in Ozora every year since 2004.[50] The first party was called Solipse and took place during the Solar eclipse of August 11, 1999.
Wild in the Country 2004– present Staffordshire, England describes Wild in the Country as "the ideal festival for lovers of electronic music."[51] and notes that the festival is part of a Renaissance tradition of holding gigs in picturesque settings like Allerton Castle and Shugborough Hall. The last festival was at Knebworth Park starting on 30 June 2007 with Underworld, Hot Chip and Sasha and Digweed.
Systo Palty 2004– present Russia Open-air annual art and music festival featuring trance music.
Moogfest 2004–2008, 2010– present Asheville, North Carolina First held in New York City, the annual two to five-day electronic music festival was moved to Asheville, where Robert Arthur "Bob" Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and founding father of electronic music, was based.
Output Festival 2004–present Amsterdam, The Netherlands Dutch tri-annual music festival which focuses on experimental, contemporary electroacoustic music related to the electric guitar.
Urban Art Forms Festival 2004– present Austria One of Austria's largest electronic music festivals[52] held in July,[53] with a focus on visuals as well as music.[54] The festival has featured drum and bass, among other genres.[55]
Electric Picnic 2004–present Stradbally, Ireland Features dance music, as well as rock and pop. Its history includes international acts such as Kraftwerk, Röyksopp, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, New Order, Björk, etc.
C.O.M.A. 2004– present Montreal, Canada A yearly weekend underground music festival that features industrial, power electronics other alternative electronic musicians and DJs. In 2008, C.O.M.A. was essentially replaced by the Kinetik Festival, which ran until 2013. In 2014, Kinetik was replaced by Aftermath, held in Toronto and featuring many of the same bands that were originally intended to play at the seventh edition of Kinetik.
Eccentrik 2004– present Raleigh, North Carolina A 3-day industrial and goth music festival. Started in October 2004, Eccentrik features various musical styles including deathrock, gothabilly, industrial, gothic rock, psychobilly, post-punk, synthpop and other related genres.[56]
UltraMar Festival 2004-'09, 2011– present Cartagena, Colombia More than 130 international artists have participated in the festival, among whom are Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, etc. In 2008, the Ultramar Festival joined with Summer Dance Festival, another important festival of the city of Cartagena, to form UltraSummer Festival.
Soundwave Festival 2004– present San Francisco Formerly the Soundwave Series, founded Alan So from the ME'DI.ATE Art Group to explore "innovative sound experiences with diverse local and international artists and musicians." H held every two years for two months in San Francisco.
LovEvolution 2004- '09, 2011 Bay Area, California Formerly San Francisco LovEvolution and San Francisco LoveFest, was a technoparade and festival that occurred annually after the end of Love Parade.[57]
The Glade 2004– present England An electronic dance music festival that originally began as a stage at Glastonbury Festival.


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Tomorrowland 2005– present Boom, Belgium The largest electronic music festival held in the world, with over 400,000 attending in 2014. First organized by the original founders and ID&T.
Bent Festival ~2007- 2011? United States Festival dedicated to circuit bending,[58] held annually in the cities of New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis.[59]
Berlin Festival 2005– present Berlin, Germany two-day outdoor rock/ electro music event which is located near the city of Berlin, first organized in 2005, since then, its audience has grown to about 20,000 visitors.
Hartera 2005– present Rijeka, Croatia annual electronica music festival. The name derives from the festivals location, an old paper factory (which was one of the largest in Europe) that functioned for 150 years before shutting down.
Amphi Festival 2005– present 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.
Pitchfork Music Festival 2005 – present Chicago, Illinois annual summer music festival focuses primarily on artists and bands from alternative rock, rap & hip-hop, electronica, and dance music.
Dominator 2005 – present Eersel, Netherlands EDM festival that takes place at the E3-strand in Eersel, Netherlands, put on by Q-Dance.
New Years Revolutions 2005– present 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 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
Blacksun Festival 2005 – 2007 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 festival gives American bands a closer opportunity to play.
Distorted Music Festival 2005 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 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.
Punktfestivalen 2005 – present Kristiansand, Norway The annual autumn music festival primarily focusing on live remixing, live sampling and live electronics involving local and international artists.
Isotopia Festival 2006– 2008 Australia Was an annual electronic music, art and lifestyle festival that included environmental speakers, forums, films, local bands, DJs and several workshops. One of the main goals of the festival was to raise awareness against Australian nuclearisation.
Transmission 2006– present
Czech Republic, Slovakia Europe's largest indoor trance music event, based in Prague[60] at the o2 Arena.[61] In March 2014, the festival was held for the first time in Slovakia.[62] Markus Schulz has frequently headlined.[63]
Life Festival 2006– present Ireland Mixes traditional instruments with electronic dance music groups.
Les Ardentes 2006– present Belgium multi-day electro-rock music festival which yearly takes place in Liège, in early July.
Sonic Bloom 2006– present Colorado EDM festival in Colorado.
Beat-Herder 2006– present Lancashire, England an annual summer music festival. The festival covers several musical genres including breakbeat, dub, reggae, dubstep, techno, house, drum & bass, folk, dance-punk and psychedelic rock. The event also sees regular appearances from novelty musicians such as the Lancashire Hotpots and William Fairey Acid Brass.[64]
Blip Festival 2006=2007 (4) New York, Denmark, AUS, Tokyo Chiptune festival
Le Guess Who? 2006– present Utrecht, Netherlands Annual electronic music festival with over fifteen venues.[46]
South American Music Conference 2006– present 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 Australia An annual music festival featuring Australian and international artists held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
Indoctrination Festival 2006 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 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 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.[65]


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Refresh Festival

2007– present Kotor, Montenegro Annual music festival held in Maximus discothèque. It started in 2007 and usually has 2 stages (a DJ and a Hip Hop stage), but the 2008 edition included a 3rd, open-air stage for live performances by Ex-Yu bands.
Wintercase ? Italy
Seoul World DJ Festival 2007– present Seoul, South Korea music festival initiated as the main program of Hi-Seoul Festival in 2007 at the Nanji Campground on the Han River
Open Air Field 2007– present Luxembourg EDM event. 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
Secondfest 2007 Internet A music festival in the Second Life virtual world, with artists such as Simian Mobile Disco, Digitalism, and The Knife.
Creamfields Perú 2007– present Peru Rendition of Creamfields.
Luminosity 2007– present Amsterdam, Netherlands With the slogan "Spreading The Love Of Trance Music", the Luminosity festival is considered to be a 100% Trance by some followers, and it's organized by a foundation named Luminosity Events. In 2013, the event keeps the tradition, with a beach festival plenty of trance music stars, and as they say: "Luminosity Events is a non profit foundation run by volunteers who have a big heart for Trance music."
HARD 2007– present 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.
Loop Live 2007– present Bulgaria Free music event and always includes a host of new and popular artists. The festival is televised usually a week afterwards on City TV.
SYNDICATE 2007– present Germany The largest German festival for all harder styles of electronic music. Hardcore, hardtechno, hardstyle and techno are showcased on 4 floors.
Balaton Sound 2007– present 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
Sunburn Festival 2007– present Goa, India Large annual EDM festival. First took place in December in 2007 at the Candolim Beach in Goa, India.
Stereosonic 2007– present Australia first festival tour was held in Australia in November/December. The headliners included Armin Van Buuren, Booka Shade, Fedde Le Grande and Trentemoller.
Igloofest 2007– present Montreal, Canada An annual outdoor festival held over the course of 3 or 4 weekends in January and February.
The BPM Festival 2008– present 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.
Coma Dance Festival 2008 Dubai, United Arab Emirates took place on November 2008 between two cities in the Middle East, twenty minutes of the coast of Abu Dhabi- UAE and Forum de Beirut-Lebanon. The festival were proclaimed the first festival dedicated to dance music in the Middle East.[66][67]
Outlook Festival 2008– present Pula, Croatia musical event hosting all kinds of bass music, such as Dubstep, reggae, hip-hop, ragga, Drum and Bass, Garage, House, techno.
International Music Summit 2008– present Ibiza, Spain 3-day electronic dance music (EDM) conference, seen as a direct competitor to Miami's Winter Music Conference.
Electric Forest Festival 2008– present Rothbury, Michigan A four-day multi-genre event, with a focus on electronic and jam band genres. As Rothbury Festival it debuted in 2008, and the new 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 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.
Strawberry Fields 2008– present Melbourne, Australia , dance music in an outback setting, it "has gradually expanded from its psytrance roots to offer attendees richly diverse lineups."[46]
Subsonic Music Festival 2008– present Monkerai, Australia Annual music festival with camping setting. Wrote Resident Advisor, "Subsonic has gradually embraced house, techno and other forms of dance music alongside its original staples: psytrance and dub."[46]
The Bounce Festival 2009– present Plumas County, California A four-day multi-genre event, with a focus on Electronic Music Culture and Installation Art. The Big Bounce debuted in Belden, CA in 2009 with headliners Bassnectar and Fort Knox Five. Event producers formulated The Bounce, LLC in 2011 and created The Bounce Festival with Fresh Bakin'. The event remained in Belden until they expanded the event to a larger private Plumas County location in 2013.
Warriors Dance Festival 2009–present

Japan, United Kingdom, Serbia A one-day electronic music festival curated by The Prodigy.[68]
Wave Sound 2009–present
TOXICATOR 2009– present Germany TOXICATOR is the first event for all harder styles in South-West Germany, first held in Mannheim, Germany.
SkyGravity Festival 2009? 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.
INTRO Beijing 2009–13, 2015 Beijing, China First large electronic music festival held in China. Cancelled in 2014 over venue problems.[69]
Volt Festival 2009– present Uppsala, Sweden Annual one day electronic music festival in the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress concert hall.[70]
Electrobeach Music Festival 2009– present Port-Barcarès, France Large annual EDM festival in a held in the summer at a beach resort in France. Recent lineups include Afrojack, Dirty South, and Dizzee Rascal.[71] 2013 saw 56,000 people over two days.[72]
Electric Zoo Festival 2009– present
Randall's Island, New York City, Mexico 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.
Lights all Night 2009– present Dallas, TX A 2-day annual electronic music festival held during New Year's Eve, December 31st – January 1st from 5PM to 2AM, in Dallas, TX. The festival is held in the largest column-free exhibit hall of its kind in the United States.

2010s: Recent events


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Amber Beach Festival 2010– present Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia First festival was held in Yantarny on 23–25 July 2010. It was headlined by Vopli Vidoplyasova, Dieselboy, etc.
Soundscape 2010– present Hamilton, New Zealand The first Soundscape featured three stages of electronic music. The July 2010 festival expanded to five stages across four Hamilton central city nightclubs. The March 2011 Soundscape was the first to feature live music and international acts, which over 4000 people attended.
Escapade Music Festival 2010– present Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Escapade Music Festival made its debut in 2010 as a club night with Deadmau5 headlining it and a few hundred attendees. In 2011, featured 3 Major headlining DJs, Tiesto, Laidback Luke and Calvin Harris (Estimated 5000 in attendance). In 2012, Escapade grew exponentially in size and scale to accommodate an estimated 15,000 people
Creamfields Australia 2010– present Australia Operated by OneLove, this event branched off from Creamfields in the UK.
Sun City Music (festival) 2010– present El Paso, Texas Electronic music festival held at Pimlico Race Course. The event, by Disco Donnie Presents & SMG Events, hosts three stages.[73]
We Are One 2010– present Berlin, Germany Electronic Dance Music event, with the presence of trance music DJs like Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren and many others. "We are One" is a Paul van Dyk's brand.
Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition 2010– present Manitoba MEME" is a yearly electronic music and digital arts festival started in 2010 in Winnipeg,
Beyond Wonderland 2010– present United States Electronic dance festival organized by Insomniac Events, spanning one or two days. Locations throughout the west coast of the US.
New York City Electroacoustic
Music Festival
2010– present New York Festival held in New York City on an annual basis.[74]
Dionysian Revival Festival 2010– present 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.
Barbarella Music Festival 2011– present Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic The EDM festival has had the stage presence such as: Afrojack, Chris Lake, Empire of the Sun, etc.
Sun City Music Festival 2011– present El Paso, Texas Held around Labor Day by SMG Events and Disco Donnie Presents in El Paso, Texas, featuring various electronic music artists.[75]
SonicMania Festival 2011– present Japan Held as a "warm-up" for the rock-oriented Summer Sonic Festival held in Japan in August, Sonicmania has had artists such as Kraftwerk.
Resistanz 2011– present Sheffield, United Kingdom Large industrial music festival held in Britain.
Summer Sound 2011– present Helsinki, Finland Biggest indoor/outdoor trance music event in Scandinavia. First year performers included stars like Chicane, Above & Beyond, Roger Sanchez and Judge Jules.[76]
Electronic Family 2011– present Amsterdam, Netherlands A Trance only festival. Third time in the ALDA Events.
Hideout Festival 2011– present 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.
Identity Festival 2011– present United States Features popular electronic-music artists. The festival tours various North American cities.
White Wonderland 2011– present 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 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 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.[75]
Sunset Music Festival 2012– present Tampa, Florida Annual EDM music festival.
Rewire Festival 2012– present The Hague, Netherlands Annual festival with two-day progream, with artists such as Lee Gamble and Kode9.[46]
What The Festival 2012– present Oregon Annual EDM music festival
Lucidity 2012– present Southern California There were three main stages and numerous subsidiary stages featuring bands, spoken word artists, exotic dancers and DJ's.
Veld Music Festival 2012– present Canada Veld is Canada's biggest Electronic Music Festival. [1] The inaugural event took place on August 4 and 5, 2012.
BUKU Music + Art Project 2012– present 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.
BAALS Music Festival 2012– present Fort Wayne, Indiana Beyond trance and techno and house, the festival has a focus on jam band music.
Wavefront Music Festival 2012– present Chicago, Illinois Annual EDM music festival held on the beach in July.
Spring Zouk 2012 Karnataka, India The 3day festival was a project coordinated by the state government and various sponsors to attract international tourism. Led to Porngate. Artist such as Juno Reactor.
Future Music Festival Asia 2012– present 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.
Spring Awakening 2012– present Chicago, Illinois annual musical festival for Progressive house, Electro house, Techno, etc.
Weekend Festival 2012– present Helsinki, Finland Weekend Festival artists are mostly EDM, with some other genres. The festival has been sold out every year in advance. 40,000-60,000 people in every year.
Paradiso Festival 2012– present George, Washington Annual EDM festival held at 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 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.[77]
Life Dance 2012– present Cebu City, Philippines A Celebration for the country's largest festival Sinulog held every January with international DJs and more.[77]
Electronic Summer 2012– present Gothenburg, Sweden An annual synthesizer and electronic music festival held in the end of August/beginning of September month at Brewhouse in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Electric Love 2013– present Plainfeld, Austria Takes place at the second weekend in July at the Salzburgring. Headliners have included Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas David Guetta, etc.
Oxegen 2013 2013 Ireland The ninth Oxegen festival to take place since 2004, it was the first to focus on electronic music as compared to rock music. Among the artists were Calvin Harris and David Guetta.
7107 International Music Festival 2013 Pampanga, Philippines Rock and electronic: Kaskade and Alvaro, Natives, Reid Stefan, Kid Ink, DJ Riddler and The Asteroids Galaxy Tour etc.
Morning Gloryville 2013– present
United Kingdom originally named Morning Glory, is a sober, drug-free morning rave.
TomorrowWorld 2013– present 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.
Empire Music Fest 2013– present
Ultra Europe 2013–present Croatia Held in Hvar and Split
Ultra Chile 2013– present Santiago, Chile a Santiago, Chile-based version of the popular North American Ultra Music Festival in Miami.
Electric Castle Festival 2013– present Romania The biggest Romanian music festival taking place annually on Bánffy's Castle Domain in Cluj county, Romania.
Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2013– present Asheville, North Carolina Taking place in October before Halloween, the festival is produced by AC Entertainment, best known for once co-producing Moogfest and Bonnaroo. The first 2013 edition took place in five venues over three days, featuring electronic headliners such as Nine Inch Nails, Bassnectar, and Pretty Lights.[78]
Xtreme Festival 2013– present 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 Oregon Annual EDM festival.
1 World Music Festival 2013 Marina Barrage, Singapore Hip Hop, EDM, House, Electro House, Progressive House, Techno, Trance, Dubstep, Drum and Bass. On 18 September 2013, it was announced that the event would be cancelled.
Decadence 2013– present Denver, Colorado Annual EDM festival.
RadioNation 2013– present Germany Styles dance, trance, techno and house are showcased on 3 floors in Mannheim, Germany.
Forestland 2013– present Međimurje, Croatia EDM festival in Međimurje, Croatia.
Life in Color Festival 2013– present Miami, Florida A spin-off of a "paint party" tour that originated in Florida under the name Dayglow, a larger festival version has been held annually in Miami since 2013. The festival first had headliners such as Calvin Harris, Kaskade, R3hab, and Steve Aoki.[79]
Sea Dance Festival 2014–present Jaz beach, Budva, Montenegro The festival has been part of the EXIT Adventure, representing an additional 3 days of EXIT Festival. The key stages include the Main stage with its 30.000 attendee capacity, Dance Paradise, Reggae Stage, Silent Dance, Latino Stage, Cinema, and Full.feel.CHILL Zone.[80]
EUphoria 2014 – present Mauritius First festival to bring live EDM act in Mauritius, The First Edition brought International DJs and local acts such as David Jay. Second Edition held in 2015 brought Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
SocialBuzz Music Festival S.M.F 2014–present Mauritius Festival held over the last weekend of November at L'Aventure du Sucre, Beau Plan. Representing all genres of electronic music, bringing international DJS -live acts from multiple countries along with hometown favorites DJs. Music Arena, entertainment Village. Among the artists were Otto Knows, Riva Starr, Nick Warren, and Darin Epsilon.
Stylematic 2014– present Dhaka, Bangladesh Annual EDM festival initiated in January 2014, known for inviting international DJs.
Coincidance Secret
Beach Festival
2014– present 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, Climbers, Alex Ferrer (DJ), Anthony Mansfield, Miguel Puente or The Midnignt Perverts Coincidance.[81]
Pangyo Techno Valley Festival 2014 Pangyo, South Korea On October 17, 2014 at the 1st Pangyo Techno Valley Festival, may be cancelled after a safety incident led to several deaths.
Midwest Wonderland
Music Festival
2014– present 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.
Neon Festival 2014– present Turkey The festival began in the 4th biggest city of Turkey.
Amsterdam Music Festival 2014– present Amsterdam Large event organized by ALDA Events and ID&T.[82]
Dreamland 2014– present Ancient Olympia, Greece Three day event aims to promote different types of electronic music, art and culture with an ecological theme. There are interactive workshops and sports activities in Alfeios River (kayaking, rafting, hydrospeed etc.).
Alfa Future People (festival) 2014– present Nizhny Novgorod, Russia Organized by Alfa Bank. Electronic music festival on the coast of the Volga. Headliners: Skillex, Atb, Avicii, Benny Bennasi, Nero, Matisse & Sadko, Markus Schultz etc.[83]
Barcelona Beach Festival 2014–present Barcelona, Spain The first edition was held on July 26, 2014. There, Avicii, Steve Angello and David Guetta transformed Barcelona into the capital of EDM. The second edition will be on July 18, 2015 with Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Axwell /\ Ingrosso and David Guetta as Headliners.
Moonrise (festival) 2014– present Baltimore, Maryland Electronic music festival held at Bassnectar headlined the festival the first two years, alongside Kaskade in 2014, and Above & Beyond in 2015.
Parookaville 2015– present Germany Attracted around 80 DJs, including a number of notable international acts.
Untold Festival 2015– present Cluj-Napoca, Romania Attracted around 200,000 people and a number of well-known international DJs.
Weekend Festival Baltic 2015– present Pärnu, Estonia Held on Pärnu beach. Spinoff of Weekend Festival and is the largest EDM festival in the Baltic area. Headliners have included Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Hardwell.
Future Music Festival World 2015-Present Australia, 52 countries The Tenth Annual Music festival since from 2006 Sydney, Adaline,Perth,Kuala Lampur Safari, Asia Featuring Local & International Artist around The World and is The largest EDM & Future Music With All Genre And The Destination of Future Fantasy land
Road to Ultra 2015– present Lima - Peru Electronic music festival in 2015.

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