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TOP 10: Electronic Music Festivals in the UK


From the dance festival behemoths you've always wanted to go to – Creamfields, South West Four, We Are FSTVL – to a weekend event up in the Scottish Highlands, here are ten 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 (2018): Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Tale of Us

An A-list techno lineup heads to West London's Boston Manor Park each summer for a day party, quite literally, underneath a motorway junction.

When & where: June 2019, London

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Groove Loch Ness

Headliners: MK, Hannah Wants, Idris Elba, Ben Nicky

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. 

When & where: 18 August 2018, Loch Ness

Festicket Guide / Book Groove Loch Ness 2018


MADE Festival

Headliners (2018): Dizzee Rascal, Andy C, Kurupt FM, DJ EZ

Birmingham's premier dance music festival pays homage to the city's love of warehouse culture by inviting a number of clubbing brands, such as Hospitality, to help curate its lineup and strike the perfect balance between open air festival and gritty, urban rave. 

When & where: July 2019, Birmingham

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Houghton Festival

Headliners: Craig Richards, Ben UFO, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler

Few festivals – if any – make as remarkable an impression after only one edition as Houghton. Curated by British electronic music veteran Craig Richards and produced by another firm favourite Gottwood, the festival's debut won praise on basically all counts – lineup, scheduling, sound quality, location, atmosphere. Let's hope they can keep it up. 

When & where: 9-12 August 2018, Houghton

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Cocoon In The Park

Headliners (2018): Sven Väth, Seth Troxler, Tale of Us, Apollonia

The great name of Cocoon has been visiting Leeds' Temple Newsam (former host of V Festival and then Leeds Festival) for eight 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: 13 July 2019, Leeds

Festicket Guide / Book Cocoon in the Park 2019


The Warehouse Project

Headliners: Four Tet, Annie Mac, Jackmaster, Daniel Avery, Adam Beyer

OK, so not your typical festival, but still well worth a mention. The Warehouse Project is the UK's best-known electronic and urban music series, and has been making Manchester its own for over ten years now.

Running from September through until January, WHP team up with a host of clubbing brands and artists to curate a lineup of nights that pushes the boundaries of the UK's music scene.

When & where: 22 September 2018 - 1 January 2019, Manchester

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Farr Festival

Headliners (2018): Dixon, Hunee, Daphni, Maribou State 

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 2019, Baldock

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We Are FSTVL

Headliners (2018): Andy C, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Ben Klock

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: May 2019, Upminster

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South West Four

Headliners: Marshmello, Chase & Status, Dizzee Rascal, Armin van Buuren

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

Festicket Guide / Book South West Four 2018


Creamfields

Headliners: Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Tiësto, Adam Beyer, Armin van Buuren

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 over 200 artists, you'd struggle to find a notable DJ that hasn't played Creamfields.

When & where: 23–26 August 2018, Daresbury

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