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
Headliners: Floating Points, Jeff Mills, Modeselektor, Tale of Us, Hot Since 82 (Amsterdam)
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: 30 March – 1 April 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands / TBA 2018, Barcelona, Spain
Headliners (2017): Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Ricardo Villalobos
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: 19–23 August 2018, Novalja, Croatia
Headliners (2016): Adam Beyer, Marcel Dettmann, Chris Liebing
Curated by both major and underground labels, Weather Festival has become renowned for its on-point lineups delving from the depths of minimal techno up to nu-disco, making it one of Paris' go-to electronic parties.
And although the "official" event shuts down before midnight, the festival's vibe lives on beyond, manifesting in afterparties across the city's coolest bars and clubs.
When & where: TBA 2018, Paris, France
Time Warp DE
Headliners (2017): Sven Väth, Dixon, Adam Beyer
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: 7 April 2018, Mannheim, Germany
Headliners (2017): Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing
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 & Marcel Dettman.
When & where: 30 June – 1 July 2018, Spaarnwoude, Netherlands
The Peacock Society
Headliners (2017): Nina Kraviz, Dixon, Marcel Dettmann
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: 6-7 July 2018, Paris, France
Headliners: Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz
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/natural setting.
When & where: 9 June 2018, London, UK
Headliners: Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Richie Hawtin, Helena Hauff
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. The festival crops up on rooftops, pools and inside bars and clubs.
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: 14–16 June 2018, Barcelona, Spain
Headliners (2017): Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz
Summer raving from noon to midnight with unmissable afterparties in between, Kappa FutureFestival has become not only a chance to hear some quality sounds, but to also sample the Italian music scene at its best.
When & where: 7–8 July 2018, Turin, Italy
Love Family Park
Headliners (2016): Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth
Plugging in from 10 till 10, Carl Cox, Sven Väth and more will take ravers on a journey between techno, minimal and tech-house, culminating in an epic firework finale.
Headlined by "Papa Väth", the German DJ heads up a cutting-edge lineup, perfect for those keen to keep ahead of the game.
When & where: 28 July 2018, Rüsselsheim am Main, Germany
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