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Top Electronic Music Festivals in the World

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published October 20th 2013
Electronic music is an acquired taste that appeals mainly to the connoisseurs. The fans for this genre have their own events – festivals that take place all over to world, featuring the field's stars as well as a specific type of public. Here are the top 8 most famous electronic music festivals held on an annual basis in different cities of the world:

Sónar Festival, Barcelona

A important annual event that attracts lots of electronic music fans to Barcelona, Sónar Festival has conquered its audience with its sophisticated shows ever since 1994. Besides representing a great opportunity for electronic music lovers to attend their favorite type of concerts and to meet their idols, Sónar Festival is also a way for new talents to establish connections with the key figures of electronic music field. The activities are divided into two main categories:

Sonar by Day featuring concerts, workshops, and an area for professionals to discover new talents.

Sonar by Night featuring great names of the international electronic music scene.

Sónar Festival takes places each year in mid-June, lasts 3 days and gatheres nearly 80.000 people.

Berlin Festival

We all know that Germans love electronic music. The proof is this crazy festival held each year in early September. It starts with two days of non-stop partying in the most famous clubs in the city, and ends up on Tempelhof Airport, near Berlin, where you will find the greatest DJs of the planet.

LoveBox Festival, London

Love Box is a 3-day event held in one of the oldest and most fashionable parks of London - Victoria Park in Hackney. The festival attracts every year thousands of people who enjoy Lovebox' impressive line-up, as well as various performances and the opportunity to taste dishes from all over the world.

Monegros Desert Festival, Spain

This festival is a real 24 hours rave, which brings together nearly 45.000 people in Monegros Desert situated in the North of Spain, on July 18th. The festival's line-up appeals to everyone and it includes the best-known DJs of the underground scene.

Kazantip, Ukraine

Located on the Black Sea, in the town called Popivka, this festival has become one of the largest electronic music events. For 6 weeks, 150.000 people here enjoy their favorite music genre and a number of 300 DJs on a space of 50.000 square meters that hosts 15 scenes. The organizers have even created a false republic whose main law is partying and having fun – a country many people dream of!

Tomorrowland, Belgium

Located in Boom, in the province of Antwerp, Tomorrowland is one of the largest and most famous electronic music festivals. It gathers nearly 200.000 spectators at the end of each month of July. Exceptional programming and surrealism are the festival's main ingredients. Tickets are available only on the official website.

Ultra Music Festival, Miami

A festival founded 15 years ago, Ultra Music has continued to grow and establish its reputation. This event that takes place every year in Bayfort Park, Miami and gathers an average of 200.000 visitors received so far 7 IDM best music festival awards. Its success coming mainly from the impressive line-up was exported worldwide (to Poland, South Korea, Buenos Aires, Brazil, Ibiza).
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Where: All over the world
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