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Fun, sun and superstars: EDM, live music and festivals are back on the calendar for 2022

Twenty twenty-two is going down as a year to remember on the electronic dance music scene. The good news is, the summer is only half-over, with festivals continuing till late in the fall.

The return of live events post-pandemic has already brought everyone together across Europe from Albania to Stockholm. Let the party continue ….

As of late summer, we still have 11 events to go:

Club 338

Now thru 24 September, London

London’s Club 338 unveils another summer of sounds at this converted industrial space. Studio 338 is hosting in-house parties such as HOME with Raresh, Sepp, Cap, Lamache, a grand Space Mini Summer Festival with Kings of Tomorrow live (feat. Julie McKnight), James Zabiela, a special Release Summer Mini Festival  with Tania Vulcano, Steve Lawler and more with the likes of Toolroom, Hospitality Records, Garage Solstice, a Sankeys Bank Holiday Festival and more.

You can see the full summer sked here on the website.

Swedish House Mafia Paradise Again World Tour

It’s true … or at least true on Facebook. We’re being fed ads for the Swedish House Mafia’s tour through Europe in later 2022. Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso are scheduled to start the tour 29 July in Miami. They’ll sweep through the United States (including Cochella) and Canada until September, when they’ll jump the pond to Manchester, where the European leg starts on 29 September.

SHM is known for taking long, long breaks from touring. But it looks like at this point they’ll play every major city in Europe (and a fair number of the Second Tier towns) including Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, London, Munich, Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam.

Tickets will sell out faster than Kanye changes names, but you can try here on TicketMaster.

We just picked Amsterdam (31 October 2022) at random (and because it’s closest to us) and ticket prices start at 66 euros.

Tox Club

Thru 30 September at Destina Pacha Hotel, Ibiza

Underground club Tox Ibiza will open seven days per week starting in June. Miami-based Denial Events is supplying the talent, according to a news release, which will include 100 acts over the summer. Denial Events executives are promoting this run at the Tox Club “as intimate music experience that could only be found at private parties before.”

You can get more info here.

Dimensions Festival

1 September through 5 September, Tisno, Croatia

Dimensions Festival will take us into the fall, on to the beach and to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast and The Garden Resort. This underground festival celebrates its 10th anniversary edition with a lineup that includes a number of acts from Detroit including Detroit In Effect, Marcellus Pittman and DJ Stingray 313. There are lots of live acts and a range of genres including house, techno, electro, garage and disco.

You can see the full lineup here, which by our count includes about 100 acts over the five-day event.

You can get tickets here starting at 160 pounds for final release.

Sumdayz Festival: The Experience Begins

10 & 11 September, Rome

You really have to wonder why the EDM scene in Italy hasn’t taken off like Croatia, Belgium, Germany or the Netherlands. Maybe this is the event that changes that.

Sumdayz Festival is a new EDM festival at CityLab 971. The multi-stage open-air festival “will provide immersive audio and visual experiences across the entire weekend from some of the biggest and brightest names in electronic music,” according to their news release.The lineup includes Apollonia, tINI, Traumer, Raresh, Praslea, Priku, Barac, Black Loops, Giammarco Orsini, Christian AB, Quest, Jeremy Underground, Onur Özer,  Sugar Free and more.

Tickets start at 36 euros with a tiered structure providing different pricing and experiences for ticket holders.

Epizode Albania

15 through 19 September, Shengjin, Albania

This is the second big event in Albania after Unum Festival. The first names have been announced and include French trio Apollonia, Düsseldorf-based Loco Dice and Munich-based Christian Löffler. And this is a festival that prides itself in elaborate sets to compliment the music. (Check out the vid above.)

Founded in Vietnam, this is the second year for the European version, with the first Albanian event drawing attendees from 49 countries, according to organizers. So the Albanian coast seems to be catching on as festival destination.

Multi-day passes start at 108 euros and you can get them here.

Hospitality Weekend in the Woods 2022

17 & 18 September, Beckenham Place Park, London

This drum & bass festival with the longest name in the world is held on 98 acres of fields with lakes, woodland and a Palladian-style mansion in south London. That in itself makes this pretty cool. But there’s more … about 100 of the most acclaimed names for the drum & bass world playing across the seven stages during two days, according to organizers.

The headliner is Fabio & Grooverider and The Outlook Orchestra, a 40-piece orchestra. Which you won’t find in Ibiza.

Tickets are 74 euros (not pounds, weirdly) per day (weekend tickets are sold out) and you can get them here.

MOGA Festival

28 September thru 2 October, Essaouira, Morocco

MOGA Festival returns to Essaouira for a fourth edition in its homeland. “Inspired by hippie culture,” according to the release we got, this is more of an international cultural event than just another EDM lost week. That, and it’s gotta be the only EDM festival held at golf course/spa.

The festival includes free access to events including workshops, sports activities, talks, and cuisine, though there are official ticketed evenings.

MOGA Festival features Moroccan, Portuguese and international artists across five stages. On the bill are Acid Arab, DJ Tennis, Polo & Pan, Lee Burridge, Jimi Jules, Petre Inspirescu, DJ Python, Sassy J, Soichi Terada (live), Sonja Moonear, CC:DISCO!, Vlada and more.

It’s already sold out, but you can get on the waiting list here.

Amnesia Closing Party

15 October, Ibiza

Amnesia (yes, the “I took a pill in Ibiza” club) has (fittingly) booked the Chemical Brothers for its main closing party of 2022 on 15 October. We say “main,” because we count six closing parties at Amnesia, Pyramid and elrow. You can see them all here.

Tickets for the final party are 45 euros. But if you want a VIP table, be prepared to fork out up to 10,000 euros.

Time Warp

28th & 29th October, Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany

This is the “Two Days, Two Stages” indoor version of the global series. There are two stages – one in the Maimarkthalle and the second in the Maimartkclub.

On those stages, organizers are promising some Time Warp-worthy acts including Peggy Gou, Kölsch, Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Solomun, Denis Sulta, Desolations boss Loco Dice, techno innovator Maceo Plex, techno titan Richie Hawtin and a live set from acid techno lover Reinier Zonnevel.

Tickets start at 59 euros, and you can get them here.

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