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2023 music festivals: Dispatches’ list of the best in EDM, pop, rock and everything else

It’s time once again to plan for summer into fall and that includes music festivals across Europe and beyond. We’re putting together another list of the best festivals and events world-wide including techno, EDM, pop, rock and pretty much everything else. All your favorite genres. Tune in here, and you can track Nina Kraviz as she makes her way across Europe and the globe, mixing table to mixing table. And of course, the big question is, where will David Guetta and Bebe Rexha, or Tiësto and Tate McRae show up?

Time Warp

1 April in Mannheim, Germany

Time Warp is finally making a long awaited and sure to be emotional return to its spiritual home in Mannheim. After four years away, the influential festival returns to Mannheim’s Maimarkthalle with a mix of established acts as well as exciting debutants … more than 40 headliners.

Artists include: Sven Väth, The Blessed Madonna, Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, Charlotte de Witte, Nina Kraviz, Paula Temple, Ricardo Villalobos, Marco Carola, Seth Troxler, Dixon, DJ Koze and more.

You can get tickets here starting at 99 euros.

Terminal V

8 & 9 April, Edinburgh, Scotland

One of Scotland’s biggest techno events, Terminal V is returning to Edinburgh across two days of the Easter weekend. The event features a huge lineup of the worlds biggest electronic music artists and party goers can expect incredible mind-blowing indoor stages complimented by further outdoor stages and festival areas alongside techno and house music elitists.

Artists include: Amelie Lens, Big Miz, Charlotte de Witte, Ewan McVicar, Folamour (A/V), Kettama + more

You can get tickets here starting at about 84 euros.

Caprices Festival

Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Dates: Weekend One – 7 thru 9 April // Weekend Two – 14 thru 16 April

Caprices Festival is one of the most iconic mountain-top festival in Europe and is now celebrating its 20th edition The 2023 version includes two weekends in Switzerland’s famous Crans-Montana resort. There will be all-new stages, the signature sophisticated production, surprise guests, winter sports fun and electronic music covering a wider spectrum than ever from DJs and live acts across two weekends from 7-9 April, and 16 – 16 April. 

Artists include: Jamie XX, Fatboy Slim, Black Coffee, ARTBAT, DJ Tennis, Blond:ish, Who Made Who (live), Adriatique, Monolink (live), Magda, Modal Tune (Guti b2b Sarkis live), Themba, Jeff Mills, Zip, Loco Dice b2b Seth Troxler, Luciano b2b Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth, Arapu b2b Gescu, Archie Hamilton, Cobblestone Jazz (live), East End Dubs, Janeret, Manda Moor, Raresh, Sonja Moonear plus many more to come. 

You can get tickets here starting at 49 euros.

Cross The Tracks 2023

Sunday, 28 May in Brockwell Park, London

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Soul, jazz and funk festival Cross The Tracks returns to Brockwell Park on May Bank Holiday 2023. The first phase line-up includes Masego, Kelis, Alfa Mist, Gilles Peterson, Roy Ayers, Ravyn Lenae, DOMi & JD Beck, Loose Ends, Hermanos Guitiérrez, Carrtoons, Channel One, The Silhouettes Project, BCUC, The Count, Chelsa Carmichael, Cherise, Lunch Money Life, Handson Family and more. As well as an all encompassing day of music, there will be 10-plus London breweries, more than 40 food and drink vendors; a creatives market; talks, panels and workshops by charity partners; and site art, making this an essential British day out.

You can get tickets here starting at 25.50 pounds for kids, and 60 pounds for general admission.

City Splash Festival

29 May, Brockwell Park, London

This festival in a huge park in Brixton is just a tube ride from much of London. And it has some of the bigger names in Caribbean music.

City Splash is a one-day spectacular at Brockwell Park on Monday 29 may with reggae, dancehall and Afrobeats heavyweights such as Chronixx, Koffee, Shenseea, Skillibeng, Gyakie, Stylo G, Jah9, Ayra Starr, General Levy, Channel One, Iration Steppas, Ras Kwame, Pioneer b2b Supa D ft Coldsteps and many more all play across seven stages with a wealth of black-owned food, drinks and creative markets all making it an unmissable celebration of Caribbean and African culture.

For tickets, head to

Tickets start at 29.50 pounds and you can get yours here.

You can use the journey planner tool here.

Pinkpop Festival

16 thru 18 June, Landgraaf, Netherlands near Maastricht

This will be one to remember, with Pink at Pinkpop in 2023. Also on the bill are RHCP (who are now in what? their 70s?), Queens of the Stone Age, One Republic, The Black Keys, The Hollywood Vampires, aka Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry from Aerosmith and friends, as well as a bunch of Dutch acts including Rondé.

Tickets are 275 euros for the weekend, and yes, they will sell out. Ticketmaster is running sales, and they’ll have a resale channel. You can see details here.

Glamping is available, but there are lots of hotels on the Dutch side of the border as well as in nearby Aachen, Germany.

Hideout Festival

25 thru 29 June, Zrce Beach, Croatia

This is the first of the festivals in Croatia. Hideout Festival made a big post-pandemic comeback in 2022 and now time for the 2023 edition. This year’s edition will be bigger and better than ever, with a lineup that includes the biggest names across the full spectrum of electronic music and first wave names including Crucast, Gorgon City, Interplanetary Criminal, Jayda G, Patrick Topping and Solardo.

You can also book accommodation and flight packages directly through the festival for a deposit of 99 pounds and 199 pounds respectively.

There have now been 10 editions of Hideout Festival over the past 12 years and has included guests such as Honey Dijon, Sonny Fodera, Chase & Status, Loco Dice, Patrick Topping, Gorgon City & Jayda G. It was one of the first events to start the Croatian clubbing revolution and has been at the forefront ever since. It began small but has since grown into a festival renowned for its attention to detail and cutting-edge production. The crowd is famously up for it with high-energy parties and vibrant, playful, youthful atmospheres across the whole of Zrce Beach.


Coming up later in the year, but you should probably think about getting tickets now:

Wellnergy in London on 17 June combines music with fitness and wellness. We like it! You can get tickets here starting at 20 pounds for juniors.

Tomorrowland, 21 thru 30 July in Boom, Belgium near Antwerp is sold out. You can see the waiting list here. This is the biggest of them all, with 600 acts including top Names in EDM. Tickets become available each March. Better luck next year ….

Les Plages Électroniques, 4 thru 6 August in Cannes. Party on the beach with some the most famous DJs in EDM. You can get tickets here.

Ultra Europe, 7 thru 9 August in Split, Croatia. You can see the full lineup here, which includes Nina Kraviz and Steve Aoki.

Lowlands Festival, 18 thru 20 August in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands. Lots of Names for 2023 including Billie Elish, Charlotte Witte and Florence and the Machine. This is another festival that sells out in minutes after tickets are available, though there will be some resales on Ticketmaster.

Sonus Festival, 20 thru 24 August at Zrce Beach, Pag Island, Croatia. This is the 10th year anniversary edition with Kölsch, Diplo, I Hate Models, The Martinez Brothers and 40 other acts. You can get tickets here starting at 200 euros.

Dimensions Festival, 31 August thru 4 September, Tisno, Croatia. You can see the full (huge) lineup here.


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