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Festival season is here, as us festival addicts like to say! Kicking off in the beautiful Miami, Florida here are 7 awesome electronic music festivals to attend this year.
1) Ultra Music Festival – Miami, Florida
There may be more that one Ultra Music Festival, but nothing compares to attending the flagship one in Miami. Occurring during Miami Music Week, Ultra has grown into a massive festival attracting people from all over the world. What once was a music conference is now the place where DJ’s debut their latest tracks for all their fans. As the saying goes, “Hear it here first”.
Dates: March 24-27, 2017
Average Ticket Prices: $350 (GA 3-day ticket)
Expert Advice: Make sure to bring cash for water ($5/bottle Yikes!) and book tickets to the clubs well in advance if you plan on attending after parties. South Beach hotels sell out quickly, or become way overpriced. Consider staying on a beach property off South Beach if you want to save $$$.
2) Middlelands – Todd Mission, Texas
A new addition to the festival community, Middlelands is a renaissance inspired EDM festival from Insomniac. Debuting for the first time this Spring ’17. Come party like Kings and Queens for 3-days and court dance to top name DJ’s, or live like barbarians and just go crazy! The festival offers renaissance themed rides, dancers, and glamping packages. Sure to be a noble experience.
Dates: May 5-7, 2017
Average Ticket Price: $550 (GA 3-day festival ticket and camping pass)
3) Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas, Nevada
“From dusk till dawn under the electric sky” – That is what Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is all about. Every year thousands of visitors flock to Las Vegas to experience the most epic festival in the United States. Electric Daisy Carnival is unlike any other EDM festival offering fireworks, light installations, and an entire carnival filled with rides and games. Like nothing you will ever experience anywhere else.
Dates: June 16-18, 2017
Average Ticket Price: $450 (GA 3-day ticket)
Expert Advice: Go to a sports good store and invest in a Cool Towel. You will be sooo glad you did. Remember, EDC is during the hot Vegas summer. A cool towel will keep you cool all night long. Also, don’t drive! Take the shuttle to avoid the traffic stress.
4) Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium
The pinnacle of all electronic music festivals! Tomorrowland goes beyond any other festivals by creating an entire community around the music. Daily newspapers, exclusive radio stations, markets, restaurants, and more! There is so much to do and see here, 4 days is hardly enough time. As Steve Aoki put it, “Whatever problems you have, it doesn’t matter here. Here it’s about the love.”
Dates: July 21-23, 2017 (Weekend 1) & July 28-30, 2017 (Weekend 2)
Average Ticket Cost: $1,100 (2x GA 3-day festival pass and Dreamville camping in Spectacular Easy Tent)
Expert Advice: If you are planning to camp in Dreamville, upgrade to a solid floor (i.e. spectacular easy tent) or prepare for your tent to get flooded out. It rains and pours on the regular here. Come prepared with raincoats, rain boots, and anything else to keep you dry.
5) Creamfields – Daresbury, Chesire UK
Taking the name as “Biggest Dance Festival in the UK”, Creamfields offers a wide-array of DJ’s, as well as, live acts, insane carnival rides, camping, and tons more. There’s nothing quintessential about this festival. Be prepared for the crazy! Like Tomorrowland, Creamfields offers flight, hotel, and camping packages for those looking for that extra experience.
Dates: August 24-27, 2017
Average Ticket Price: $500 (GA festival ticket and 2 person camping pass)
Expert Advice: Of all the festivals on this list, Creamfields can be the most expensive for Americans. Be sure to bring plenty of drinks and snacks if you are camping to help with some of the costs. The pound is stronger than the dollar, so keep that in mind when you are purchasing things inside the festival.
5) Nocturnal Wonderland – San Bernardino, California
For those who missed EDC or prefer a smaller crowd, Nocturnal Wonderland is perfect for you. This festival offers all the mind-blowing stages, rides, and PLUR atmosphere that EDC offers only more intimate and waaay cheaper. Plus, they now offer camping. If you can’t make it the whole weekend, they do offer single day tickets for sale. Something I wish existed at more festivals.
2016 Dates: September 2-4, 2017
Average Ticket Price 2016: $560 (GA 3-day pass and camping pass)
Expert Advice: If you are camping, bring an Easy-Up Tent for added shade. If you are driving, consider heading out a little early to beat the traffic. In my opinion, the traffic was lacking some organization. More like a free for all getting out of there.
6) Groove Cruise – Los Angeles, California
Just when you thought festivals could not get any better, they took it to the open sea. All aboard this massive Carnival cruise ship for the Groove Cruise, an unforgettable 4-day music festival. Cruise to tropical house beats while you sail from Los Angeles, California to Cabo, Mexico. Dance to popular DJ’s while enjoying all the regular accommodations offered on Carnival cruises. Make sure to pay a visit to the jellyfish room.
Dates: October 6-9, 2017
Average Ticket Price: Cabins range from $729-2,300 depending on how many people in one room.
Expert Advice: The staterooms turn into “dorm” parties. Come prepared to decorate your cabin door and bump your music to attract new friends walking down the hall. Every hallway turns into an open invite dorm party.
7) SnowGlobe – Lake Tahoe, California
Ring in the New Year at SnowGlobe Music Festival in the gorgeous Lake Tahoe. This festival does a great job at turning the summer festival vibe into a winter wonderland. Something no other EDM festival does. They offer food and drink vendors catered to the winter. Make sure to try their spiked hot cocoa. Come up early or stay late to enjoy the slopes! Catch me there this winter for the first time!
Dates: December 29-31, 2017
Average Ticket Costs: $200 (GA 3-day ticket and shuttle pass)
Do you have a favorite electronic music festival? Please share your experience in the comments below!