If you're scouting around Europe for your next techno fix, you'd be forgiven for automatically settling on Germany, and more specifically, Berlin. But what if you're looking for something a little less obvious, but just as dedicated? Easy.
As good a reputation as the Germans have, there's a wealth of techno festivals and nights all across the continent, showcasing names that wouldn't be out of place in Berghain. Here are ten of our favourites.
DGTL Amsterdam & DGTL Barcelona
Festival lineup: Disclosure (DJ Set), The Black Madonna, Ben Klock, Amelie Lens, Rødhåd, Midland (Amsterdam, 2019) / ANNA, Charlotte De Witte, Chris Liebing, DJ Harvey, Jeff Mills (Barcelona)
Commanding deep respect across Europe and beyond, DGTL's underground blend of house and techno are at home in the NDSM Docklands on Amsterdam's waterfront, as well as Barcelona's infamous beachside Parc del Fòrum, making the brand an integral part of both city's electronic music calendars.
When & where: April 2020, Amsterdam, Netherlands / 23-25 August 2019, Barcelona, Spain
Festival lineup: Rødhåd, Chris Liebing, Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Len Faki, Tale Of Us
Sweep down south and to the beaches of Croatia, and you'll find yourself a techno Eden at Sonus.
Legends and underground pioneers lead the way on sand and sea, while Zrće Beach's two heavyweight clubs, Papaya and Kalypsa, anchor the whole festival in classic European style.
When & where: 18–22 August 2019, Novalja, Croatia
Festival lineup: Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Ben UFO, Balwin, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jon Hopkins (DJ set), Róisín Murphy
A hive of forward-thinking electronic music, Dekmantel has cemented itself as the festival of choice for those looking to experience new trends.
It's a brand that steers clear of headline grabbing names and gimmicks, instead encouraging and rewarding risk-taking. As a result, Dekmantel has become many DJs' favourite festival to play.
When & where: 31st July-4th August 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Time Warp DE
Festival lineup (2019): Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing, Len Faki, Charlotte De Witte, Peggy Gou
I know what I said, but we couldn't neglect Germany completely. The 20-year old techno institution that is Time Warp rises up from deep house and minimal through dance and techno, with six floors of distinct visuals, lighting and lasers.
When & where: 4 April 2020, Mannheim, Germany
Festival lineup (2019): Adam Beyer, Charlotte De Witte, Amelie Lens, Dixon, Jess Mills, Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin, Rødhåd
Mention Awakenings to any techno fan, and just watch their eyes light up. The Dutch powerhouse has been putting on one-night parties and wicked weekenders since 2000, as well as a host of Easter shows to wet the appetite for their festival in June.
Hitting the decks under the overwhelming pyrotechnics and fireworks at each year's showpiece festival are the likes of Sven Väth, Chris Liebing and Berghain residents Ben Klock and Marcel Dettman.
When & where: 29-30 June 2019, Spaarnwoude, Netherlands
The Peacock Society
Festival lineup: Jon Hopkins, The Black Madonna, Charlotte De Witte, Bicep, Len Faki, Robbert Hood, Rødhåd, Daphni
From the indoor intimacy of the warehouse to the outdoor curiosity of the park and botanical garden, four stages host an unrivaled selection of techno, mixing household favourites with essential names rising through the ranks.
When & where: 5-7 July 2019, Paris, France
Festival lineup (2019): Adam Beyer, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Daniel Avery, Bicep, Dixon, Loco Dice, Amelie Lens
Junction 2 is a London-based techno festival, curated by brands including Adam Beyer's Drumcode label and Croatian festival Sonus.
Held inside the capital's Boston Manor Park, quite literally underneath a motorway junction, the festival welcomes the genre's finest names to come and play inside its urban-cum-natural setting.
When & where: 5-6 June 2020, London, UK
Festival lineup: Blawan B2B Dax J, Amelie Lens, Daniel Avery, Disclosure, ANNA, Paul Kalkbrenner, Joseph Capriati, Neon Chambers
Manifesting all over Barcelona, Sónar keeps its finger on the pulse of the electronic music scene, showcasing leading names as well as those soon to break.
For those looking to increase their techno knowledge, there's also the festival's twin event Sónar+D, where lectures, workshops, performances and installations open up the genre from an unique angle.
When & where: 18-20 July 2019, Barcelona, Spain
Festival lineup: Richie Hawtin, Charlotte De Witte, Peggy Gou, Amelie Lens, Boys Noize, Jamie Jones, Nina Kraviz, Seth Troxler
Summer raving from noon to midnight with unmissable afterparties in between, Kappa FuturFestival has become not only a chance to hear some quality sounds, but to also sample the Italian music scene at its best.
When & where: 6-7th July 2019, Turin, Italy
Love Family Park
Festival lineup: Sven Väth, Solomun, Adam Beyer, Charlotte De Witte, Chris Liebing, Amelie Lens, Ricardo Villalobos, Maceo Plex
Plugging in from 10 till 10, Sven Väth and friends take ravers on a journey between techno, minimal and tech-house, culminating in an epic firework finale.
When & where: 27 July 2019, Rüsselsheim am Main, Germany
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