From the established headline grabbers like Tomorrowland and Creamfields, to the newer pretenders like Untold and Airbeat One, there is absolutely no shortage of festivals across the continent for fans of EDM, big-room house, trance and all manner of other dance music styles.
After much deliberation, we picked our ten favourites (in no particular order).
Festival lineup (2019): Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, DJ Snake, Tiësto, David Guetta, Vini Vici
Still the one to beat after more than a decade in the game, the Belgian behemoth is the leading light for Europe’s electronic music festival scene. Famed for its awe-inspiring production, stage design, lighting, visuals and all-encompassing mythology, it has become something of a pilgrimage for dance music fans the world over.
When & where: 22-24 July & 29-31 July 2022; Boom, Belgium
Tomorrowland 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Festival lineup (2019): Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Carl Cox, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Adam Beyer
Arguably the most recognisable global brand in electronic dance music, Ultra’s European satellite might not quite match the sheer scale of its American parent but it doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to line-up or commitment to partying.
When & where: 8-10 July 2022; Split, Croatia
Ultra Europe 2022 Guide / Book Ultra Europe 2022
Festival lineup (2021): deadmau5, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet, Eric Prydz, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Born out of Liverpool's club scene in the 1990s, the legendary festival is more-or-less in its own league in Britain in terms of size and scale. Phenomenal staging, consistently cutting-edge development and lineups packed with the biggest names in EDM, house, techno and more make the festival one of the best anywhere in the world.
When & where: 25-28 August 2022; Daresbury, UK
Creamfields 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Festival lineup (2021): Afrojack, Amelie Lens, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Chase & Status, Paul van Dyk, Tyga
As the winner of the Best Major Festival at the European Festival Awards for their debut edition in 2015, the Romanian dance giant can already boast some real pedigree despite still being in its comparative infancy; the festival has already welcomed a multitude of dance music's global stars, and around a quarter of a million fans each year.
When & where: 2022 Dates TBA; Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Untold Festival 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Festival lineup: TBA
EDC Portugal sees the worldwide dance festival return to Europe in 2022 as they celebrate their 25 year journey with a mega European edition on the Praia da Rocha beach in Portimão.
When & where: 17-19 June 2022; Praia da Rocha, Portugal
EDC Portugal 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Airbeat One Festival
Festival lineup (2021): Marshmello, David Guetta, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Timmy Trumpet, NERVO, W&W, Brennan Heart
Each year a theme determines the design of the gargantuan main stage and bombastic display of lights, lasers and pyrotechnics that compliment a lineup rammed with dance music royalty.
When & where: 7-11 July 2021; Neustadt-Glewe, Germany
Airbeat One Festival 2021 Guide / Book Airbeat One Festival 2021
Festival lineup (2019): Tiësto, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, J Balvin, Don Diablo
Taking place on the shores of central Europe's largest lake, Balaton Sound finds the balance between a beach-side holiday and full-throttle dance music festival. The scene's heaviest hitters take to the stage across full days of unapologetic partying, with additional space on the lineup for more underground electronic DJs and even superstars of rap and hip-hop.
When & where: 2022 Dates TBA; Zamárdi, Hungary
Balaton Sound 2022 Festival Guide & Waiting List
BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival
Festival lineup (2019): David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, W&W
With more than five editions under their belt, the BBF team have already made a name for themselves in the European scene with big branding and even bigger production. What's more, the lineup is unfailingly packed with the biggest names in dance music who turn the sands of Platja del Forum into Europe's biggest and best party destination each July.
When & where: 2 July 2022; Barcelona, Spain
BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival 2022 Guide / Book BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival 2022
Don't Let Daddy Know Amsterdam
Festival lineup (2020): Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Oliver Heldens, W&W, Nicky Romero, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Brennan Heart, Fedde Le Grand
Don’t Let Daddy Know Amsterdam is a high energy, intense one day event held in the famous Dutch capital. With a lineup consisting of some of the biggest electronic DJs in the business, this is an all out, high octane party.
When & where: 5 March 2022; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Don't Let Daddy Know Amsterdam 2022 Guide & Waiting List
AMF: Amsterdam Music Festival
Festival lineup (2019): David Guetta, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Timmy Trumpet, Jonas Blue, Tiësto, W&W, Don Diablo
Spread across three of the city's biggest venues – the ArenA, the Heineken Music Hall and the Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam Music Festival facilitates for over 100,000 dance music fans across the extended weekend. Filling the vast arenas are the sounds of dance music heroes and the sights of consistently cutting edge and spectacular visual production.
When & where: 22 October 2022, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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