Top 100 Electronic Festivals in Europe - 2019
Europe. The continent, which is home to so many different countries and cultures in such a small territory, has all the more a wide range of fantastic festivals to offer.
The list is based on pure mathematics and represents events with the very best acts in the last year.
The score of a festival is calculated by adding DJ points of all electronic artist who played there in 2018. Each individual act has a score based on the number of festival bookings in the last three years and can be found in our top 100 acts list.
Big, bigger, ADE. With 1000 events at more than 200 venues, ADE breaks all boundaries. ADE is regarded as the leading music conference for all genres of electronic music, but not only trade visitors get their money's worth. While the conferences are held during the day, over 2,500 artists play at night. In 2018, 400,000 festival visitors from over 100 countries were attracted - perhaps there will be a new record in 2019.
“Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever” - this motto of runner-up and most multinational and successful electronic festival worldwide says it all. Raising the experience of electronic music to the next level. 2018 was all about The Story of Planaxis - a tale about mysteries, a new perspective on life and most valuable gifts of mother nature and brought 1,000 artists from all electronic genres giving joy to 400,000 people over two consecutive weekends at the end of July.
Creamfields has many international spin-offs nowadays, but the original one was founded in Winchester, England over 10 years ago. The one-day event has grown into a four-day event that attracts up to 80,000 visitors annually and is UK's number one electronic Festival. The stages feature all electronic music styles from EDM, house, trance to drum 'n' bass, grime and more, presented by more than 300 artists. The festival takes place annually during the UK’s bank holiday weekend.
Also, just a few years old ParookaVille is now, one of the biggest EDM festivals in Germany. 80,000 EDM fans came to ParookaVille in 2018 and danced to the sound of 250 DJs on 10 stages. Once a year the festival city comes to life to celebrate electronic music and give the visitors a magical place to escape from their dreary daily lives and dive into a world of dreams.
Mysteryland attracts 100,000 annual visitors and is the second flagship of ID&T which is the company behind Tomorrowland. Musical diversity is deeply rooted in its DNA. More than 300 artists perform on multiple stages, covering all genres within the spectrum of electronic music. Next, to the dance floors, the various paths through forests and grassy fields lead to hidden chill out spaces, art installations, food courts and unexpected encounters with like-minded travelers from more than 100 nationalities.
Encircled by a mighty forest Airbeat One takes place on a former airport - enough space for 55,000 people celebrating together. Last year, the festival’s theme was all about “United Kingdom” which was reflected in elaborate replicas of Tower Bridge and London Eye. In total, almost 170 acts and DJs heated up the enthusiastic audience.
DEFQON1, invites its visitors with the powerful words “Hardest of warriors you have been chosen, under the orange sun, to gather in force, moving as one”. The largest hardstyle outdoor festival in the world has become a legend in the past years and a mecca for hardcore and hardstyle lovers. With 185,000 visitors and more than 200 strictly Hardstyle and Hardcore acts the numbers speak for themselves.
In the heart of Europe, in the middle of the city of Frankfurt, the World Club Dome sparkles the glamour of a club paired with the open air feeling of a festival. Thanks to a unique rope construction that can close the roof of the Commerzbank-Arena within 15 minutes, the "largest club in the world" guarantees a rainproof festival experience. In 2018, more than 160,000 visitors in 3 days celebrated together with 200 DJs, acts and artist on over 20 stages to all genres in electronic music. We can’t wait to experience the 2019 edition.
Awakenings Festival is one of the most well known electronic events and the largest outdoor techno festival in the world. With 80.000 visitors in a weekend, Awakenings Festival is the highlight of Europe’s techno music calendar. During the 2-day festival, there are more than 100 techno DJ’s playing their best sounds for one of the most dedicated crowds.
Decibel outdoor festival originated in 2002 and it has grown into one of Europe’s largest festivals in hard dance music with a capacity of 70,000 visitors. The event contains six districts; The Mainstage, The Forest, The Lake, The Road, The Beach en The Weekend, each with their own look and feel. All harder styles are represented in these districts, such as Hardstyle, Hardcore, Freestyle, Hardstyle Classics, Uptempo, Early Rave, Industrial, Raw Hardstyle, Millenium Hardcore, Terror and Oldschool. All this is spread over more than 14 stages with over 200 artists.