From the dance festival behemoths you've always wanted to go to – Creamfields, EDC UK, SW4, We Are FSTVL – to a brand new weekend event up in the Highlands of Scotland, here are 10 unmissable UK festivals for anyone of a house, techno, EDM, dubstep, drum & bass, garage, deep-house, tech-house or minimal persuasion.
Junction 2 Festival
Headliners (2017): Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Tale of Us, Ben Klock
A-list lineups head to West London for a new blend of natural and man-made landscapes. Junction 2 returns after its debut edition in 2016, uniting the atmospheric space under one of the city's highways, with the green woodland of Boston Manor Park.
When & where: 9 June 2018, London
Groove Loch Ness
Headliners (2017): Faithless, Skream, Julio Bashmore
Emerging in place of the guitar-focused RockNess, Groove Loch Ness made its debut in 2016 with a much-anticipated lineup and, of course, a breathtaking natural backdrop. This could be the start of something big.
When & where: August 2018, Loch Ness
Headliners (2017): Chase & Status [DJ set], Giggs, Sub Focus [DJ set]
Demand for tickets to MADE Birmingham has become so high that 2015's event expanded into two days. The aim is to discover and showcase the next big thing while also bringing established favourites to a proper, authentic warehouse venue.
When & where: July 2018, Birmingham
The Social Festival
Headliners (2017): The Martinez Brothers, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz
The Social Festival's late-summer vibe combines techno and house with a quintessential slice of classic English countryside. Nic Fanciulli's Saved Records takes a lead in lineup curation, resulting in an unusually intimate stage for some impressively high-profile artists.
When & where: September 2018, Maidstone
Cocoon In The Park
Headliners (2017): Sven Väth, The Martinez Brothers, Green Velvet
The great name of Cocoon has been visiting Leeds' Temple Newsam (former host of V Festival and then Leeds Festival) for seven years now, with a generous genre-palette representing more than just the brand's trance roots. 'Ibiza in Yorkshire' doesn't quite do it, but it sounds catchy enough…
When & where: 14 July 2018, Leeds
Headliners (2017): Carl Cox, Âme, Skream
Underground house and bass parties don't get better than Eastern Electrics' showpiece annual event at Hatfield House. Scattered with creative features like pillow-fighting and an all-new woodland rave area, it's a sure bet if more mainstream dance music isn't your thing.
When & where: August 2018, Hatfield
Headliners (2017): Todd Terje, Booka Shade, Floating Points
Beautifully tucked away inside Bygrave Wood, Farr Festival transforms the magical woodland into an 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 are film screenings, fairground rides and other mysteries, hidden away amongst the forest.
When & Where: July 2018, Baldock
We Are FSTVL
Headliners (2017): Jamie Jones, Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, Sven Väth
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, EDM 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: 25–27 May 2018, Upminster
South West Four
Headliners (2017): Pendulum, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Knife Party
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: 25–26 August 2018, London
Headliners (2017): deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Tiësto
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 Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Knife Party, Annie Mac and over 200 more artists, you'd struggle to find a notable DJ that wasn't at Creamfields 2015.
When & where: 23–26 August 2018, Daresbury
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