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The 7 Best EDM Festivals for Your Bucket List

If you’re a fan of electronic music, then you crave more than just simply listening.  You want to experience your favorites artists, tracks, and emotions in the dynamic environment of a live show.  Nothing quite compares to the pulsing vibrations of the sound system, the electrifying special effects, or that feeling of complete elation as you share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with thousands of other die-hard fans.

To pack the most punch in the shortest amount of time, electronic music festivals allow you the opportunity to see multiple artists, across multiple stages, during the course of just a few days.  What’s more, the different geographic locations, stage setups, and local cultures add infinite degrees of personal discovery and fun.

With that in mind, our BeatActive team has researched and compiled the 7 best EDM festivals to add to your bucket list.  Want to start planning your trip?  Use the interactive map at the bottom of the page to start your journey.


Electric Daisy Carnival

When:  June 16-June 18, 2017

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

How Much:  $436.95 / 3-Day Pass

Payment Plan Option: No

Electric Daisy Carnival, commonly known as EDC, is one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world, with its flagship held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Big name electronic dance producers and DJ’s such as Diplo, Jauz, the Chainsmokers, and Tiësto perform at the many locations held yearly for EDC, which combines the world’s most renowned dance music talent with cutting-edge production to create an unparalleled experience of sight and sound.


Electric Zoo

When:  September 1-September 3, 2017

Where:  Randalls and Wards Islands, New York, NY

How Much:  $219.99 / 3-Day Pass

Payment Plan Option: Yes

Electric Zoo is 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 to four stages. In its 2009 inaugural year, 26,000 people attended to see artists Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, David Guetta and Ferry Corsten. In 2011, Electric Zoo expanded to a 3-day festival and with 85,000 attendees.

Electric Zoo received International Dance Music Awards nominations in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 for “Best Music Event”.


Ultra Music Festival

When:  March 24-March 26, 2017

Where:  Bayfront Park, Miami, FL

How Much: $349.95 / 3-Day Pass (sold out)

Payment Plan Option:  Yes

Party people from around the world descend on Miami in late March for the annual Ultra Music Festival, a three-day party held across eight stages at Downtown’s sprawling Bayfront Park.

Attracting upwards of 70,000 ravers and revelers each day, the party started in 1999 as a humble one-day festivity on South Beach. Over 15 years later, it’s the world’s premiere EDM festival spawning 10 other festivals worldwide. The biggest names in EDM headline Ultra’s main stage, while emerging talents and live artists are found at seven other stages throughout the park.

Past headliners include Tiesto, David Guetta, AVICII, Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia. Other major artists include Moby, Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers. Live sets performed by such diverse artists as Snoop Dog and MIA are crowd pleasers.   Madonna even dropped in for a surprise appearance.

It’s a high-energy crowd of music lovers, Spring Breakers, rave newbies and veterans coming together to jump and groove to disco, techno, dub-step, house, trance, hardcore, pop and industrial music.


Creamfields

When:  August 24-August 27, 2017

Where:  Daresbury, Cheshire, UK

How Much:  $267.50 / 4-Day Pass with Camping

Payment Plan Option:  Yes

Creamfields has been held since 2006 annually on the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury.

The festival began as an offshoot from Liverpool’s Cream nightclub. It’s famous for many things not least its heritage but its consistent delivery of a world class line-up and unbeatable atmosphere. The Creamfields line-up mixes together genre breaking pioneers from across the DJ and live music spectrum and features two outdoor stages and between 8-10 arenas.

The 4 day camping festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and attracts visitors from around the world. Over the last 7 years Creamfields has attracted record breaking numbers selling out months in advance. Since its inception, Creamfields has scooped many awards along the way, including Best Dance Event several years running in the UK Festival Awards and winning the prestigious Music Week Award for Festival Of The Year beating off festival titans Glastonbury, V and Reading.


Sensation

When: July 8, 2017

Where: Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands

How Much: $92.51 / 1-Day Pass

Payment Plan Option: N/A

The Sensation parties are a huge affair.

Dance fans congregate, often in all-white clothes to match the popular Sensation White theme, to groove to house in all its many forms.  Expect to see fire spews from some giant, rotating stage – or maybe giant jellyfish floated through the air, or women spun from hanging circles.


Tomorrowland

When:  July 21-July 30, 2017 (two weekends)

Where:  Boom, Belgium

How Much:  $303.82 / 3-Day Pass

Payment Plan Option: Yes

Tomorrowland is without doubt the biggest and most important dance music festival on the planet.

House, EDM, techno, drum & bass, hard style and every other corner of electronic music is represented by worldwide superstars, all staged among the highest levels of production known to humankind. A trip to Tomorrowland leaves a lasting impression that long outlives the party marathon of the festival itself.

With this level of popularity comes mind-blowing demand: tickets and packages have always sold out in a matter of minutes. For anyone lucky enough to have been, it’s guaranteed to have been the weekend of a lifetime. And to mark 2017 in style, the festival will be extending to two weekends, covering both the 21-23 and the 28-30 July 2017, welcoming in even more fans than before.


Sunburn Festival

When:  Dates TBD

Where:  Kolkata, India

How Much:  $113 / 4-Day Pass

Payment Plan Option: No

Sunburn is India’s premier electronic music brand hosting Asia’s largest 4-day Electronic Music Festival since 2007 .

Sunburn introduced ‘Sunburn Arena’ in 2011 bringing some of the worlds best DJs in an exhilarating arena format across all major cities. Inaugurated in 2007, Sunburn is a synergy of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle that attracts music tourism in India.



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