2015 Summer Festivals: Electronic July

2015 Summer Festivals: Electronic July

Clocking in with 32 electronic music festivals, July is set to be the busiest month of the year so far for house and techno fans. Ultra Europe, the all-conquering Tomorrowland and a few German and Dutch raves thrown in for good measure – let's plunge in to everything that's kicking off in the next four and a half weeks.

Take a deep breath.

1st - 5th

On the first weekend of the month, Paul van Dyk leads us out of the blocks with Serbia Wonderland, right in the heart of Belgrade and overlooking the Sava and Danube rivers. WiSH Outdoor Netherlands presents an even more high-tempo few days in Beek en Donk, north-east of Endhoven; meanwhile, down on the Mediterranean, Calvi On The Rocks spreads its stages and venues across Corsica and the town from which it takes its name.

Further south and a little east, Malta's Gozo island is host to the chilled-out Sunscape, while Hard Island Festival teams up with hardstyle superpower Q-dance for one of Novalja's most pulsating weekends.

Saturday 4th sees a couple of huge one-day raves, with the world-famous Sensation Amsterdam lighting up the Dutch capital and Love Family Park setting a techno soundtrack to the glorious summer sun over in Mainz.

6th - 14th

Armada Day & Night keeps the party going in Novalja, while over July's second weekend The Peacock Society plays a slightly more low-key hand of house and techno in the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris.

Really, though, Friday 10th - Monday 13th is all about the EDM. England (EDC UK), Hungary (Balaton Sound) and France (Electrobeach Music Festival) all host huge festivals packed full of the likes of Hardwell, Faithless, Oliver Heldens and Avicii, but perhaps the biggest of them all takes place in Split, Croatia. Ultra Europe celebrates its third birthday this summer.

No prizes for guessing how long 18hrs Festival's deep-house and techno rave lasts, but you deserve to win something if you can keep dancing the whole time! Then again, if you're feeling really energetic, Extrema Outdoor Netherlands is a short trip southwards and packed full of world-renowned dance DJs. But just in case all that seems like too much hard work, then Belgium's finest beach party (that's right, they do have one) Ostend Beach Dance Festival is a slightly slower-paced option over on the coast of the North Sea.

15th - 24th

2014's Best European Medium-Sized Festival carries us into the next week, as Sea Dance follows its big brother EXIT with a lineup featuring Sigma, The Prodigy and Rudimental on Jaz Beach, Montenegro. And arriving just in time to test your spot-the-difference skills, Sea You Festival combines Carl Cox and Robin Schulz with watersports – it's a perfect combination, right?

PollerWiesen Minus plays it cool on the banks of the Rhine in Leverkusen, while TIKTAK Eclectic Music Festival showcases just about every genre of electronic music you can think of at its open-air extravaganza in Amsterdam.

For anyone who was surprised to learn that there was a big music festival on Corsica (remember Calvi on the Rocks?), you'll be doubly taken-aback to know that it turns out to have two! The Bay Festival lands on the opposite coast of the island, with a bona fide lineup of techno greats. Bliss.

But let's face it. In the end, July 24th - 26th means one thing and one thing only: Tomorrowland 2015. Enough said.

25th - 31st

The last full weekend hands out a big range of festivals across the continent, with MADE Birmingham (UK) and Klamme Handjes (Netherlands) the two the most intimate. MADE has that true warehouse kind of feel, while Klamme Handjes (yes, it really is Dutch for Clammy Hands) relaxes into more of a backyard kind of atmosphere.

Back on Europe's coastlines and taking us into August, Loveweek Festival is the next in line at Zrće beach and Novalja. Barrakud Greece brings a bit of relief to a country desperately in need of a party, with 6 days of techno and house on Corfu.

Sweden's spectacular Into The Valley delves down into a former limestone quarry, making for surely one of the most impressive festival venues of the summer. Solar Weekend rounds things off for the Netherlands, and Let It Roll Open Air marks the very high-point of the year for drum and bass fans.

And finally, we've got two extra special events at opposing ends of their festival journeys. Untold Festival debuts this year, breaking new ground in Romania with a seriously good lineup, featuring Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and Avicii; Nature One, on the other hand, is into its third decade of dance music spectaculars.


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