The UK boasts a rich electronic music scene and an incredibly huge following of up-for-it fans, who when it comes to festival season, experience the equivalent amount of excitement felt by kids at Christmas. It's lucky then that Britain's festival calendar is stacked with electronic goodness which would pack out any stocking.
Junction 2 Festival
An A-list techno lineup heads to West London's Boston Manor Park each summer for a day party, quite literally, underneath a motorway junction.
Friday’s lineup explores a wide range of the electronic music spectrum with a particular focus on house, techno, electro, and breakbeats, whilst Saturday retains the festival’s original style of full-throttle four-to-the-floor techno as well as spacey minimal.
When & where: 5-6 June 2020, London
Nestled in the woodland of Anglesey, Gottwood Festival is a hidden gem to be discovered for underground dance music lovers.
Across nine stages in a stunning lake-side setting you can expect a soundtrack of electronic royalty ranging from soulful house, relentless techno, bouncy garage, and riveting electro. The festival retains a hedonistic atmosphere due to its loyal and enthusiastic crowd who flock to North Wales each year.
When & where: 11-15 June 2020, Anglesey
Birmingham's premier dance music festival pays homage to the city's love of warehouse culture by inviting a number of clubbing brands, such as Hospitality, to help curate its lineup and strike the perfect balance between open-air festival and gritty, urban rave.
The impressive lineup is far from one dimensional - expect sets from the leading giants of drum & bass, grime, garage, bassline, and house.
When & where: 1 August 2020, Birmingham
Despite only two editions under their belt, Houghton Music & Arts Festival has established itself as one of the UK's leading electronic festivals. Curated by British electronic music veteran Craig Richards and produced by another firm favourite Gottwood, the festival has won praise on basically all counts – lineup, scheduling, sound quality, location, atmosphere.
With extended set times and a knowledgable crowd, artists have the freedom to showcase sounds they wouldn't normally explore, and this is where magic moments are created.
When & where: 6-9 August 2020, Houghton
We Out Here
Curated by Giles Peterson, Worldwide FM, and Brownswood Recordings, We Out Here is a festival celebrating musical eclecticism from across the spectrum. Soundtracking the Cambridgeshire countryside will be a mixture of jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, and a strong focus on electronic music.
A jam-packed programme of DJs and live performances as well as incredible food, wellness activities, and art installations make We Out Here a festival that should be on everyone's calendar.
When & where: 20-23 August 2020, Cambridgeshire
The Warehouse Project
OK, so not your typical festival, but still well worth a mention. The Warehouse Project is the UK's best-known electronic and urban music series and has been making Manchester its own for over ten years now.
Running from September through until January, WHP team up with a host of clubbing brands and artists to curate a lineup of nights that pushes the boundaries of the UK's music scene.
When & where: Dates TBA, Manchester
Beautifully tucked away inside a forest in Lincolnshire, Lost Village transforms the magical woodland into an enchanted electronic haven, taking festival-goers on a journey through house and techno to their utopia of the freshest electronic sounds in the scene today.
Mixed into this adventure is comedy, theatre, art and more for three days each summer hidden away amongst the forest.
When & Where: 27-30 August 2020, Lincolnshire
We Are FSTVL
Growing in stature year on year, We Are FSTVL adds a fun and creative aspect to its wide-ranging style. Pioneers and current stars of techno, house, and bass arrive in the eastern outskirts of London in their droves, but the festival's eye-catching main stages steal the show every time.
When & where: 12-13 September 2020, Upminster
SW4: South West Four
Carving out space for itself in central London, South West Four rubs shoulders with the very biggest dance festivals in the world. Unexpected back-to-back sets have come to be an SW4 calling card, and at more than 100 artists over two days the sheer scale is impressive enough on its own.
When & where: 29-30 August 2020, London
The UK's oldest and most prestigious dance event can pack its lineup with the very biggest acts in world electronic music, year after year. In fact, in a program featuring over 200 artists, you'd struggle to find a notable DJ that hasn't played Creamfields.
The production value of Creamfields makes it an even more memorable experience with mindblowing stages such as Arc, Horizon, Generator, and Steel Yard.
When & where: 27-30 August 2020, Daresbury
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