Are the lighter evenings and better weather getting you thinking of parties in the park, hanging out with friends, and dancing to great music?
According to a recent study, electronic dance music, or techno, is the most popular genre in the world after pop and rock. David Guetta, Daft Punk, and Fatboy Slim have all become international sensations with their use of synthesizers and new mixes from sampled beats.
There are so many genres of techno to cater for everyone’s taste: from ambient to hardcore; industrial to trance. However, hardcore and dubstep are considered to be the main two. The main difference between the two is the slower, heavier sound in hardcore; dubstep has a lighter, more upbeat sound. It might have started in Detroit in the 1970s, but it is definitely the global sound of the 21st century.
Luckily for you, you can experience all types of techno at the festivals listed below. If you’re a fan, check out these 7 top festivals to get to this summer.
Sonus Festival — Croatia
Party hard from 21st to 25th August on Pag Island, just off the coast of Croatia. Headliners include Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, and Monika Kruse. Pulsating sets are not just at the massive beachside stages, but also on special boat trips. If you need a little variety over the 5 days, there’s swimming, quad-biking, bungie-jumping, and more!
Awakenings Summer Festival — Netherlands
Get ready for an amazing 3-day camping experience from 29th to 31st July at the new location of Hilvarenbeek in the south of the country. There are nine dedicated areas of outdoor and tented stages. There’s a massive list of artists, but for those who like their live acts, check out German duo FJAAK on Saturday or 999999999 on Sunday.
We Are FSTVL — England
This 2-day event creates an atmosphere like no other in a huge aerodrome, also known as The Airfield of Dreams, on the east outskirts of London. Running from 7th to 8th August, it features a list of big names including The Martinez Brothers and Craig David TS5. There are a variety of ticket options, from 25% student discounts to Backstage Tables and VIP benefits.
AVA Festival — Northern Ireland
Belfast boasts its own big names this summer with Bicep, Mura Masa, Floorplan, and Jon Hopkins DJ all featuring. It is probably one of the easiest festivals to get to, taking over the Titanic Slipways in the city of Belfast. Be quick to book — tickets are already on their 4th release for this year’s edition from 3rd to 4th June.
Glitch Festival — Malta
What could be cooler going to rooftop pool parties and secret cave raves? Glitch Festival returns to the Mediterranean island of Malta from 13th to 16th August. Check out the slots for Amelie Lens, Anfisa Letyago, Ben Klock, Honey Dijon, Nina Kraviz, and also French artist Julian Muller, who is known for his vinyl sets.
Junction 2 — England
With new dates 18th to 19th June and a new location (Trent Park, London) announced for 2022, Junction 2 festival is a great way to start your summer of techno. Regular fans of the festival might be disappointed not to be back at Boston Manor, but the lineup more than makes up for it. Great acts include Maceo Plex, Amelie Lens, and Ben Klock, with Robert Hood down to play live.
Ultra Europe — Croatia
Another big event happening in Croatia is Ultra Europe, 8th to 10th July. You will not want to miss headliners Marshmello and DJ Snake. The official campsite BEACHVILLE is also the place stay, with a range of Beach Houses, camping tents, and other cool accommodation options. The dedicated Beachville Arena will also keep you entertained when not exploring Split or heading off on a boat party.
All the festivals we’ve listed offer great options for tickets, transport, toilet facilities, as well as food and drink. The music also runs late into the night with amazing light shows to add to the fantastic experience.
So, whether your favorite activity includes cocktails in the sand or dancing all night long, then why not check out one of these 7 great techno festivals this summer? Whichever you choose, you’re sure to have a great experience.