Ah, EDM fans. You’re a lively bunch. From the inception of raves in the 90’s to the massive festivals of the present, you’ve never ceased to throw the best dance parties the world over. For that, we salute you and pay homage to the great EDM celebrations you’ve made possible with this exclusive list of the World's Biggest EDM Festivals. Check out the top 15 EDM fests below or find the motherload of festival dates, lineup, info and more in our 2013 Music Festivals Guide.
Created by the same people behind Mysteryland in the Netherlands, Tomorrowland is Belgium's massive celebration of EDM festivities. Taking place in the magical "DreamVille" festival grounds near Brussels, Tomorrowland attracts more than 180,000 fans over three days of music, dancing, art and debauchery.
Where: DreamVille, Belgium
When: Late July
Outlook Festival is one of Europe's biggest electronic music festivals with one of the loudest music systems anywhere in the world. Outlook offers up some of the best in underground dubstep, reggae, garage and hip hop, where you'll occasionally find big names like Skream and Kode 9 each year. With over 100 artists in the 2012 lineup, Outlook Fest 2013 is looking to shaping up to be massive.
Where: Pula, Croatia
When: Early September
Noted as "one of the essential festivals in the world" by Armin Van Buuren, Global Gathering is an annual 2-day dance music festival held in a different country each year. In 2011, the fest attracted over 250,000 and was thought to have one of the best lineups of any EDM fest in the world - get ready for an epic 2013 edition.
Where: Different city each year
When: End of July
As Germany's biggest electronic music festival, Nature One is known to attract tens of thousands of European EDM fans each year for multiple days of electronic music mayhem. As a way to curate this fest, dance music nightclubs from around Europe travel to Nature One to set up their own music stages where they invite trance and house DJs to spin their unique flavor of EDM beats.
Where: Kastellaun, Germany
When: Early August
Taking the cake as the longest running EDM festival in the world, Ukraine's kaZantip festival lasts for 5 weeks with music playing 24/7. More than 150,000 "paradiZers" visit the festival grounds each year, bringing with them costumes and culture from around Europe. To spot a fellow "paradiZer," look for the signature orange outfits and yellow suitcases associated with the festival. This festival is known to feature non-stop techno and trance beats, which keep the crowd grooving throughout the day and night.
Where: Crimea, Ukraine
When: Late July - Late August
EDC is one massive party, always drawing huge crowds to its stages, carnival rides and dance floors. Making its home in the one and only Sin City, the 2013 event saw upwards of 250,000 fans over three days. Pretty much every big EDM superstar will be there, and with the infamous Vegas Strip just a few miles away, this EDM fest is one of America's finest parties. As of January 2013, EDC has expanded to New York, Orlando, Chicago and more to come. Check out our EDC 2012 Recap to see what you missed.
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: Mid June
Creamfields is a fine example of the international love for EDM festivals. Bringing together the most renowned house, techno, dubstep, D&B and trance artists in the world, Creamfields makes a home in England each year, but also has sattelite festivals in countries across the globe - Australia, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Russia and the list goes on.
Where: Cheshire, UK & Cities Across the Globe
When: Late August in UK
The BPM Festival is Mexico's answer to electronic music fans looking for a time and place to express their passion for EDM. While BPM doesn't typically attract all of the biggest names in electronic music, the festival does bring in a ton of house, techno and trance DJs (Steve Angello, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, etc.) to the sunny shores of Playa Del Carmen.
Where: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
With three days and three nights devoted to electronic music and digital art, Sónar features legendary producers along side up and coming beatsmiths and solo artists. While the lineup at Sónar is said to focus on "IDM" (Intelligent Dance Music) rather than "EDM" (Electronic Dance Music), you'll still find the likes of Fatboy Slim, deadmau5 and Amon Tobin rocking the stage.
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: Mid June
WEMF (World Electronic Music Festival) takes place in Canada every year and is true to its name, hosting EDM talent from around the world for a three day, three night music extravaganza. With multiple outdoor stages, over 200 different DJs plus visual art and light displays, WEMF is one massive party, eh?
Where: Ontario, Canada
When: Mid June
Tiesto, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar - just a taste of the huge names headline the 2013 Ultra Music Festival. Those names only should be reason enough to buy tickets to one of the largest and oldest EDM festival in the United States. This year, UMF will be celebrating its 15th birthday and expanding to two weekends of mayhem, so it should be extra raging. Check out the full Ultra Music Festival 2013 Lineup
Where: Miami, FL
When: Late March
In 2011, Stereosonic Sydney broke the record for the largest festival ever held in Australia - since then, it has only gotten bigger. Making stops in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perthy, Sydney and Melbourne, Stereosonic is the ultimate place to experience Australian dance music culture. Everyone from Tiesto to Major Lazer was on the 2012 lineup and we can't wait to see what's in store for next year's event.
Where: All over Australia
When: Early December
Described as "a peacock on ecstasy chasing you down the rabbit hole..." Mysteryland is the Netherland's take on the electronic music festival scene. Mysterland brings together the world's premier electronic music labels and production companies for a multi-day, multi-stage festival that highlights leaders of the electronic music movement. Taking place in a country with very liberal drug policies, you can expect to find burners, trippers, stoners and the like all enjoying the good times.
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
When: Late August
When you think about electronic dance music, India is not the first country that comes to mind. Still, with a population over a billion, you'd expect the country to have plenty of EDM fans. The annual Sunburn Festival provides an outlet for the masses of Indian EDM fans who come together for a colorful celebration of music and art in the heart of Goa. Big names in house and trance such as Gareth Emery and Pleasurekraft are known to take the stage alongside Indian dance music superstars for multiple days of dancing under the hot Indian sun.
Where: Goa, India
New York City has a lot to offer when it comes to local EDM culture, and New Yorkers really know how how to party. Electric Zoo shows NYC's love for EDM with a festival taking place on Randall’s Island park each Labor Day weekend. With buzz names like David Guetta, Pretty Lights, Laidback Luke, and Hardwell on the bill, this party is actually a bit like a zoo...pretty damn wild.
Where: New York, NY
When: Labor Day Weekend
Looking for more music festival lineups, dates and info? Check out our Music Festivals Guide.
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