January's Best Festivals

January's Best Festivals

With 2018 now a thing of the past (almost), it's time to look forward into the unknown depths of 2019 to see what's on offer  – from winter warmers in the Northern Hemisphere, to summer celebrations south of the equator. Here's a selection of January's best.

Ocaso Festival

: 2-7 January

Where: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Who: Damian Lazarus, Guy Gerber, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, HOSH, Andreas Henneberg, Beth Lydi, Doc Martin, Gene Farris, Frankie Bones, Karmon, Kevin Knapp, Lee Reynolds, Magdalena, Mikey Lion, Nathan Barato, Sacha Robotti, Uner, Ali 

While a huge part of this Costa Rican festival's appeal undeniably comes from the stunning setting in one of the world's most naturally beautiful countries, there's also plenty on offer on the lineup for it to compete with similar events across the globe.

Falls Festival (Fremantle)

: 5-6 January

Where: Fremantle, Australia 

Who: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Interpol, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Vance Joy, CHRVCHES, Juice WRLD, Dizzee Rascal, Toto, The Vaccines, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, First Aid Kit, Soccer Mommy, Mahalia, 88rising, Flight Facilities, Cashmere Cat, Amy Shark, DMA's, Hilltop Hoods 

A touring festival that stops off all over Australia, Falls Festival mixes stars of the national alternative music scene with international names from the world of indie, rock, hip hop and electronic music on a hugely impressive and expansive lineup.


When: 5-6 January

Where: Santa Marta, Colombia

Who: Don Diablo, Sasha & John Digweed, Cedric Gervais, Enrico Sangiuliano, Moska, Julian Jeweil, Pig&Dan, Popof, KhoMa, Franciso Allendes, Markem, Lila, Pao Calderon, Cato Anaya, Lemarroy, F4st, Tavo, Juanes Mesa

A beach party in the company of dance music stars – from EDM giants, to house veterans, to underground techno favourites, set on the glorious Colombian coast.


When: 19 January

Where: Karlsruhe, Germany

Who: AKA AKA, Alle Farben, Fatima Hajji, Felix Kröcher, Gary Beck, HUGEL, Juliet Sikora, Klaudia Gawlas, Klopfgeister, Nelson, Nora en Pure, Ostblockschlampen, Pappenheimer, Plastik Funk, Sebastian Gnewkow, Tom Franke, Torsten Kanzler, Younotus

Designed to shake off those winter chills, this one day festival is comprised of three rooms, eye-catching light displays, and a lineup that intersperses a wealth of German favourites with international DJs.

Sneeuwbal Winter Festival

When: 26 January

Where: Utrecht, Netherlands

Who: ANNA, Pig&Dan, Reinier Zonneveld, ANOTR, Chocolate Puma, Gregor Tresher, Deepend, Benny Rodrigues, Curbi, Lilly Palmer, MOHN, Mitch de Klein, TOMAN, The Him, Tess, ROD, Mr. Belt & Wezol, Nina de Koning

There are plenty of options when it comes to mountain-top festivals that combine snowsports with electronic music, but for those city-dwellers who want the après-ski atmosphere and alpine feel without the need to trek into the mountains, there's this Utrecht festival with its lineup of house and techno favourites to accompany the wintery themed offerings.

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