2015 Summer Festivals: Electronic August

2015 Summer Festivals: Electronic August


If you thought July was the hot month for electronic festivals, then August must surely be boiling. With another mammoth 32 festivals ranking up the volume, from the UK to Serbia, it's time to welcome big-hitters Sonus, Dimensions and Creamfields stage left. 

So without further ado, let's dive straight in and take a look at who'll be plugging in over the next 31 days. 


1st - 4th

We kick off the month with three amigos: Life in Color's literal colour explosion down in Istanbul will leave you nursing your hangover for days; one of the UK's premier underground house and techno festivals, Eastern Electrics, comes armed with pillow and paint fights; while, over in Ibiza, legendary dance brand Creamfields brings a touch of its class to the world's number one party island. 


5th - 8th

Fast forward a week and it's time to ride the waves at Boardmasters, with the likes of Faithless, Rudimental and Bastille soundtracking a weekend of surfing, skating and BMXing down on the Cornish coast.

Or, if you're more into your drum 'n' bass, then Portugal is the destination for you (Electric Loop). EDM? Weekend's stints in both Finland and Estonia will definitely satisfy your senses. And if it's a bit of everything, Lovefest's natural lake, tucked away in Serbian woodland, or MEO Sudoeste's blaze of pop, EDM and techno inside its Portuguese national park will not disappoint.


8th - 16th

Croatia comes calling in the form of Barrakud, who will orchestrate eight sun-drenched days of pulsating techno with Ellen Allien, Sven Väth and Maceo Plex. And it isn't just Croatia where techno is on the menu: Portugal's NeoPop plays out inside a riverside fortress, giving us the chance to sweat it out alongside creaking fishing boats and breaking tides. 

For those after something a bit more diverse, then Hungary's Sziget looks you in the eyes like an adoring puppy, with a lineup that spans from Avicii, SBTRKT and High Contrast to Kasabian, Foals and Kings of Leon. 

And now for something totally off the wall. Imagine a movie set blaring out everything from reggae through to jungle while countless crowd performers feed into its world of wonder. Got it? Even more so, do you like it? If that's a yes, then get yourself to the UK's BoomTown

Sunwaves caught the headlines last year as Marco Carola defied stamina by sticking behind the decks for 24 hours, and we're wondering what surprise the Romanian beach resort will play host to this time out. Contrastingly, it's a touch of the industrial at Helsinki's Flow Festival, where music, art, creativity and culture come together inside one of the city's disused power stations, with popular electronic faces such as Major Lazer and Nina Kraviz being joined by alternative gems alt-J, Beck and more.

Combining both the urban and the beach is DGTL Barcelona, which will be bringing its electronic sparkle to the city's Parc del Fòrum. Its futuristic art installations are sure to dazzle. 


16th - 23rd

Feel the heat? It's about to get even hotter as techno Eden Sonus comes to the party with tINI, Luciano and Sven Väth, who will reverberate out of Zrće Beach's infamous Papaya and Kalypso clubs. 

Elsewhere, c/o pop takes over Cologne for a week that delves to the bottom of the electronic genre, with conferences and workshops accompany the variety of parties across city squares, underground clubs and even atop buses. Similarly, if you're after new music and want to be ahead of trends, head to Poland's Tauron Nowa Muzyka, which pairs artistic creation with digital exploration. 

Down South, you'll find B.my.Lake (Hungary) and Lake Festival (Austria), both taking place, you guessed it, next to a lake, with the two blistering backdrops providing the perfect setting for the likes of Richie Hawtin, Calvin Harris and Nervo.

Positiv (France), takes open-air techno to the next level, while over in Amsterdam (STRAF_WERK), the Dutch promoters will be pulling in dance maestros Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82 and Skream for a day-long park rave. Still in Holland, Brothers Open Air will laying on four stages of house, hardstyle and everything in between on the shores of Henschotermeer's glistening forest lake, and Holi Fusion will be paining Eindhoven with its colourful eruption. 


24th - 30th 

There's no letting up as we fly into the last weekend of the month, with Croatian favourite Dimensions, the mega dance giant Creamfields, and the fiesta of fantasy that is Mysteryland stealing the show. 

Look beyond those three, and you've got Life in Color's Israel leg and the hardstyle boxer Ground Zero, who will be twisting the industrial genre this way and that inside a Bussloo (Holland) woodland. 

And last, but certainly not least, we have a duo of UK treats: London's sensational electronic weekender South West Four, fresh off winning 'Best Festival' at DJ Mag's Best of British Awards 2014, has become a must for London clubbers. Meanwhile up North in Leeds, The Garden Party is a more intimate affair, with a variety of North West promoters such as Chibuku and The Warehouse Project coming together to collaborate on a Bank Holiday weekend full of music, dancing, feasting and art in the heart of Leeds' city centre. 

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