December's Best Festivals

December's Best Festivals

As another month draws to a close, we look ahead to the most exciting festivals that the final month of 2018 has to offer. 

DGTL Madrid

The famous festival brand makes its debut in the Spanish capital, after several years throwing parties across the globe; from their home city of Amsterdam to Barcelona, São Paulo, Santiago and Tel Aviv. 

When: 5 December

Where: Madrid, Spain

Who: The Black Madonna, John Talabot, Len Faki, Midland, DJ Koze, Robert Hood, Charlotte de Witte, Skatebård, Âme & Mathew Johnson, Versions (Psyk & Tadeo), Damian Schwartz, Trikk, JP Enfant, Javi Redondo, Vane

SEMF – Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival

One of the landmark events in the German electronic music festival calendar and an event that consistently welcomes techno's biggest names to the Messe Stuttgart exhibition centre each winter.

When: 8 December

Where: Stuttgart, Germany

Who: Charlotte de Witte, Chris Liebing, Len Faki, Maceo Plex, Joseph Capriati, Klaudia Gawlas, Paco Osuna, Sven Väth, Pan-Pot, AKA AKA, Felix Kröcher, Pappenheimer, Extrawelt, Matador, Lexy & K-Paul, Butch, Marius Lehnert, SHDW & Obscure Shape

I Love Techno Europe

As the name suggests, there will plenty of techno on offer in Montpellier come Saturday 15 December, but the festival has widened its purview somewhat in recent years so you also expect to see helpings of dubstep and drum and bass.

When: 15 December

Where: Montpelier, France

Who: Charlotte de Witte, Dixon, Kölsch, Laurent Garnier, Solomun, Tale Of Us, Vitalic, Rusko, Macky Gee, The Hacker, Arnaud Rebotini, Delta Heavy, Giorgia Angiuli, HOSH, Teho, Downlink, Dustycloud 

The Peacock Society: The Fabulous Parade of The Xmas Peacock 

Part of the Parisian festival's annual cycle which sees them host a winter edition alongside their annual summer party. 

When: 15 December

Where: Paris, France

Who: Dixon, Marcel Dettmann, Rødhåd, Rone, Hot Chip Megamix, Mount Kimbie, Roman Flügel, Lorenzo Senni, Lena Willikens, Epsilove, Jorrdee, Retro X, Timothée Joly  


Liquicity Winterfestival

The famous drum and bass brand host a one-day winter special in their spiritual (and literal) home city, welcoming a selection of the scene's finest purveyors.

When: 28 December

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Who: Alix Perez, Dimension, Maduk, Metrik, Commix, Keeno, Fox Stevenson, Raise Spirit, Technimatic, Eldan, Polygon, Telomic



Asia's largest music festival and proof of the global reach of mainstream dance music, the slightly unfortunately named Sunburn Festival is everything you'd expect from a event of its kind – namely superstar DJs on the lineup and a huge production budget.

When: 29-31 December

Where: Pune, India

Who: Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, Alan Walker, Vini Vici, Krewella, Salvatore Ganacci, Nucleya, Mercer, Afro Bros, David Gravell, Timmo Hendricks, Louisahhh, Sartek, Divine, KaRavan, Mojo Jojo, Teri Miko


Rhythm & Alps

Part of the twin New Zealand festivals that extend the New Year's eve party across three days and scale things up to a full-blown, outdoor music festival.

When: 29-31 December

Where: Wanaka, New Zealand

Who: Action Bronson, Vince Staples, Bicep, Nightmares On Wax, Fred V & Grafix, The Cat Empire, Wilkinson, Matt Corby, Kahn & Neek, The Black Seeds, DJ Tennis, Eva Lazarus, DJ Boring, Spectrasoul, Calibre & DRS, Dam Funk, The Upbeats, LTJ Bukem

Rhythm & Vines 

The other sibling and the North Island's offering for a spectacular end of year bash, held amidst the a scenic winemaking region.

When: 29-31 December

Where: Gisbourne, New Zealand

Who: Vince Staples, Tchami & Malaa (No Redemption), Juice WRLD, Bicep, Wilkinson, Flight Facilities, Sigma, Duke Dumont, Peggy Gou, Smokepurpp, Fred V & Grafix, Midland, Sonny Fodera, Friction, SaSaSaS, Bontan, SG Lewis, James Zabiela 

See all of our December festivals and events here


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