The giants of Ultra Music Festival (UMF), Electric Forest, and EDC 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 (2019): David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, Armin van Buuren
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: 15-17 May 2020, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Ultra Music Festival
Festival lineup: Carl Cox, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Flume, Amelie Lens, Major Lazer
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: 20-22 March 2020, Miami, Florida
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 since 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: 16-22 March 2020, Miami, Florida
Festival lineup (2019): Eric Prydz, Diplo, Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, Armin van Buuren, Dog Blood (Skrillex B2B Boys Noize)
Randall's Island, East Manhattan, parks a full-scale electronic festival right in the heart of New York City. Stadium EDM, proper techno and avant-garde house all stand side-by-side, somehow keeping Electric Zoo an intimate, almost personal affair.
When & where: TBA September 2020, New York, New York
Festival lineup: Dillon Francis, Diplo, Adam Beyer, Skrillex, Jamie Jones, Zeds Dead, Galantis
If there's a better New Year's Eve 2019 lineup anywhere in the world I surely don't know it. An absolutely star-studded way to ring in 2020, Decadence Arizona is two days of of world-class dance music spread across two stages.
When & where: 30-31 December, Chandler, Arizona
Festival lineup (2019): Odesza, Kygo, Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, Alison Wonderland, Gorgon City, 12th Planet, Claude VonStroke
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: 25-28 June 2020, Rothbury, Michigan
Elements Music & Arts Festival
Festival lineup: Diplo, Bonobo, TOKiMONSTA, Four Tet, Gramatik, Chris Lake, Bob Moses
Elements setting in Lakewood is one of the most scenic of any festivals in the US, with forests, hills, and a beach-fronted lake surrounding the site. Add to that a lineup that reaches beyond the standard EDM all-stars to offer something a little more varied and you can see why it's getting more popular every year.
When & where: 22-25 May 2020, Lakewood, Pennsylvania
Festival lineup (2019): Alan Walker, Diplo, Above & Beyond, Rezz, Zeds Dead, Alison Wonderland, Marshmello
Expanding to four days in 2019, Imagine Festival, also known as IMF, is Georgia's biggest EDM festival. Taking up shop at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the festival goes to great lengths to ensure a completely immersive and unique experience for all 30,000+ fans music fans in attendance.
When & where: 17-20 September 2020, Atlanta, Georgia
Movement Electronic Music Festival
Festival lineup (2019): Amelie Lens, Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing, Charlotte de Witte, Tale of Us, Seth Troxler
The birthplace of techno will celebrate the 14th anniversary of Movement Electronic Music Festival in 2019, though the festival's roots go all the way back to the turn of the millennium. Detroit Electronic Music Festival ran from 2000-2005, but the city with an electronic soul found a way to keep the party going – even taking it to Turin in Italy.
When & where: 23-25 May 2020, Detroit, Michigan
Festival lineup (2019): Alison Wonderland, Benny Benassi, Illenium, Infected Mushroom, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Markus Schulz
Paradiso is the largest dance music festival in the Pacific Northwest. Anchored in EDM, the festival isn't limited to any one sound, hosting performances from leaders in house, techno, trance, dubstep and beyond. Welcoming over 30,000 costume-clad electronic music fans, of course beyond the music one of the main draws of Paradiso is its stunning location overlooking the Columbia Gorge canyon.
When & where: TBA June 2020, George, Washington
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