The giants of EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival, and Electric Forest, may grab all the headlines, but the grand old US of A is full of incredible EDM and dance music festivals of all shapes and sizes. Here's a look at 10 that truly stand out from the crowd.
Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
Festival Lineup (2021): Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Diplo, ZHU, Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, The Chainsmokers
North America's Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas is an immersive experience up there with the best in the world. Taking place in Sin City, both artists and audience are ready to party, and it shows. A stacked lineup, ridiculous light shows and pyrotechnics, a plethora of unannounced special guests and a massive glow in the dark site waiting to be explored are all standard issue at EDC's flagship festival. Put it on the bucket list already.
When & where: May 20-22, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada
EDC Las Vegas 2022 Guide & Mailing List
Ultra Music Festival
Festival lineup (2022): Carl Cox, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland, Nina Kraviz, Zeds Dead
The culmination of Miami Music Week which kicks off festival season with a bang, you could easily make a case for Ultra Music Festival being the most exciting festival in the country. Gathering 170,000 people in Bayfront Park, the festival is an all out euphoric haze of sight and sound.
When & where: March 25-27, 2022; Miami, Florida
Ultra Music Festival 2022 Guide & Mailing List
Miami Music Week
Festival lineup (2019): Steve Aoki, Aly & Fila, Kaskade, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Pete Tong, Nicole Moudaber, Jamie Jones
Think of Miami Music Week as South by Southwest purely for electronic music. Started in 2011, the festival has grown exponentially to transform the city into a giant electronic music festival, welcoming almost 200,000 electronic music fans to witness 1,200 artists take the decks in 85 venues across six days.
When & where: TBA March, 2022; Miami, Florida
Miami Music Week 2022 Guide & Mailing List
Festival lineup (2021): KAYTRANADA, Eric Prydz, ZHU, Peggy Gou, Jamie xx, Rüfüs Du Sol, Black Coffee
Set in Wynwood, Miami's art district, III Points in unique on this list. While it is undoubtedly anchored in electronic music, it also peppers in sets by acclaimed talent from other genres as well. Without a doubt in the conversation for best mid-sized festival in the country, every year its lineup is expertly curated, including some of house, techno, and EDM's best artists of all levels of notoriety.
When & where: TBA 2022; Miami, Florida
III Points 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Mutek San Fransisco
Festival lineup (2019): Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Smerz, Kode9, GAIKA, Legowelt, Dopplereffekt, Arpanet
A little left field of the other festivals on this list, you're not going to find the likes of Martin Garrix or Steve Aoki at Mutek San Fransisco. What you will find, though, is a reliably progressive stable of underground electronic artists who are pushing the genre forward. If you want to delve deeper into what DJ and digital cultures have to offer, this is the festival for you.
When & where: TBA May, 2022; San Fransisco, California
MUTEK San Fransisco 2022 Guide & Mailing List
Festival lineup (2020): The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Flume, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Louis The Child, Diplo
Absorbed in a thousand twinkling lights and transformed into a spectacular fantasy by countless art installations and travelling performance troupes, Electric Forest's woodland home takes the color-explosion of the festival's visual shows and spreads it across the whole site. Electric Forest is firmly established as North America's alternative electronic superpower.
When & where: June 23-26, 2022; Rothbury, Michigan
Electric Forest 2022 Guide & Mailing List
Festival lineup (2022): Glass Animals, Sofi Tukker [live], Four Tet, Get Real, Gorgon City, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills
Another expertly curated mid-tier festival, every year CRSSD brings a varied, talent-rich lineup to its scenic waterfront location in downtown San Diego. The festival mixes sets from electronic legends with current genre leaders and buzz-worthy up-and-comers, providing not only party-starting beats for people to get down to but also a bit of an education in the history and contemporary standing of the DJ scene.
When & where: March 5-6, 2022; San Diego, California
CRSSD Festival 2022 Guide & Mailing List
Time Warp US
Festival lineup (2021): Âme, Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Paula Temple
Time Warp is perhaps the most respected and revered techno brand on the planet. With over 25 years of experience, their annual German festival is an absolute institution. Returning Stateside with a bang in 2019, the party is back again this year. You can expect nothing short of the biggest names in techno plying their craft in front of a crowd ready to let loose.
When & where: TBA November, 2022; Brooklyn, New York
Time Warp US 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Movement Electronic Music Festival
Festival lineup (2021): Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, ANNA, Carl Craig, TOKiMONSTA, Maceo Plex, MK
Detroit is the birthplace of techno, so it's only right that it has a major dance music festival. Movement Electronic Music Festival's roots go back to the turn of the millennium, as its precursor, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, ran from 2000-2005. The city with an electronic soul found a way to keep the party going and the festival has even spread all the to Turin in Italy.
When & where: May 28-30, 2022; Detroit, Michigan
Movement 2022 Guide & Mailing List
Festival lineup (2021): Excision, 12th Planet, Sullivan King, GRiZ, Zomboy, Liquid Stranger, Adventure Club
No list of the best American dance music festivals would be complete without a bass music entry. The sub-genre is thriving in The States and perhaps no bass music festival is more acclaimed than Lost Lands. The festival was founded by Canadian dubstep legend Excision, who also hand-picks the lineup of the biggest and most creative bass and dubstep artists.
When & where: TBA September, 2022; Thornville, Ohio
Lost Lands 2022 Guide & Mailing List
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