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

Some of the festivals such as Tomorrowland issued refund. Others such as Ultra Europe are honoring unused tickets sold for cancelled shows. Whatever the case, so far, the plans for 2022 could put you back on the beaches of Croatia or in the concert halls of London and Amsterdam.

So far, the pent-up demand is resulting in many of the Dutch festivals selling out in minutes, with scalpers then doubling the prices on resale websites, though tickets to festivals such as Lost & Found in Malta are still available as of late February.

The good news is, it looks like 2022 will be a year to remember for the right reasons starting with this:

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.

Verve Techno Festival

20 May to 22 May, Lucerne, Switzerland

While it has the Montreux Jazz Festival, we don’t think of Switzerland as a destination for the latest acts. We were wrong. Taking place 20 to 22 May, Verve will bring 24-hours of non-stop music to Lucerne’s Allmend/Messe 1 Arena. More than 30 of the worlds most innovative techno DJ’s will rule two indoor stages for up to 10,000 ravers. In stodgy old Switzerland!

Acts include Ben Klock, Innellea, Lilly Palmer, Denis Horvat and a bunch of people we never heard of. But hey, after two years of COVID, they could have Nickelback and we’d be excited.

Tickets start at 54 Swiss francs, or about 58 euros, and you can get yours here.

Amnesia opening party

21 May, San Rafael, Ibiza

Amnesia is the arguably EDM’s most famous club and for 2022, the date is set when the party island of Ibiza returns to life after COVID. So this promises to be one hell of an opening party, and the lineup supports that hypothesis. Nina Kraviz, Eats Everything, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex and lots and lots of others are on the bill for 21 May, which will be a 18 hour party – 6 p.m. till noon the next day. Bring your stamina.

Tickets start at 30 euros and you can get yours here.

Lost and Found

1 June thru 4 June, Malta

The sixth year of DJ Annie Mac’s Lost and Found kicks off the EDM festival season in the Med with Dennis Sulta and many of the regulars from years gone by. You know … before there was a pandemic. The multi-day lineup includes names from the first event including Annie Mac, Dennis Sulta and Camelphat along with fresh acts.

Tickets start at 200 pounds, and you can get yours here.

MOGA Caparica 2022

1 June thru 5 June, Caparica, Portugal

Though its roots are in Morocco, this week-long event is 20 minutes south of Lisbon. MOGA Caparica is a boutique electronic music festival inspired by Atlantic vibes “and providing an experience that connects people from all around the world through dance, music, art and wellness,” according to the news release we got.

The first wave of names includes Amine K – Morocco’s ambassador for electronic music; Ibiza favourites Audiofly, Istanbul’s fast rising Carlita, Dutch pair Dam Swindle; Dan Shake‘s house sounds and Folamour, part of the recent renaissance of young French house and disco producers.

You can see more details on the website. Tickets start at 130 euros and you can get yours here.

Unum Festival 2022

1 June thru 6 June, Rana e Hedhun beach, Albania

Unum Festival, which only started a few years ago, is adding two days for a full six-day festival on the beach with 85 acts on three stages. Okay, this is Albania, not Malta, so some of the acts might not be all that familiar. However, there are Names including Seth Troxler.

Also, for a six-day thang, tickets are reasonable at 179 euros. You can get yours here.

Tox Club

14 June thru 30 September at Destina Pacha Hotel, Ibiza

Underground club Tox Ibiza will open seven days per week starting 14 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.

Secret Project Festival Portugal

17 through 19 June in Praia de Rocha, Portugal

This started out as EDC Portugal. Now, it’s rebranded as Secret Project Festival on the same dates, and at the same beach location. No idea why and there’s no explanation. But the SPF lineup is pretty impressive and includes a lot of Names as well as local acts on three stages.

You pays your money and you takes your chances.

You can pay that money here, with tickets starting at 200 euros, and ticket/hotel packages starting at about 300 euros.

Outlook Festival UK

30 June to 3 July, Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, England

Outlook started in Croatia back in 2008. For 2022, the location is shifting to Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, south of Livepool. This is a little different from the rest of the EDM festivals since Outlook celebrates sound system culture including grime, garage, afrobeats, hip hop, rap, reggae, dub, dubstep, jungle and of course drum and bass. So this is kind of a catch-all genre with its own stars.
They include rapper Ghetts and EDM/dub step producer Skream.

Early bird tickets are gone, so the least expensive start at 160 pounds and you can get them here.

This event is in addition to Outlook Origins, which is in Tisno, Croatia this year. (See details below).

Barcelona Beach Festival

2 July in, yes, Barcelona

Barcelona beach has some acts that take us back to the heyday of EDM back in the mid-2010s including Armin van Buuren, Marshmello, and Vini Vici. AND it has the coolest logo, a skull with headphones and octopus legs.

Barcelona Beach Festival is rescheduled to 2 July 2022. There are no details, but organizers will honor tickets from last year’s cancelled event.

Tickets start at 84 euros, and you can get them here.

Hideout Festival

3 July thru 7 July in Croatia

After two years away due to the pandemic, 3 July thru 7 July 2022 will see Hideout Festival return with a 10th edition. Hideout promises five stages of diverse live music from first wave headliners Camelphat, Sonny Fodera, Andy C, Jamie Jones, Jayda G, Eats Everything, Skream, Sam Divine, HAAi, Horse Meat Disco, Sherelle, Shy FX, TSHA, Bad Boy Chiller Crew and Ticket Prices start at 149 pounds and can be reserved here with a 50 pound deposit.

There are also a number of flight, coach and accommodation packages.

Yes, this is a see-and-be-seen beautiful people event. But Hideout Festival is serious about music and brings together beach vibes, boat parties, day parties and exclusive headline shows across five open-air venues. All the things you’ve been missing since 2020.

Exit Festival

7 thru 10 July in Novi Sad, Serbia

This is one of the few festivals that wasn’t cancelled because Serbia never shut down. And it’s on for 2022, for sure, announcing Nick Cave and Boris Brejcha so far.

Tickets start at 87 euros and you can get them here.

Ultra Europe

Split, Croatia, 8 July thru 10 July, 2022

Ultra Europe in Split, Croatia has been rescheduled for 8 through 10 July, 2022 and the lineup is huge including Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Nina Kraviz and Richie Hawtin.

Some of the tickets are sold out, but you can still get in on the fun for – considering the lineup and setting – a very reasonable 149 euros. See your options here.

Those with tickets for the cancelled event will be contacted by email about renewing for this year.

Lost in a Moment

9 July at Tofte Manor, England, about 90 minutes north of London

After a 3-year hiatus, Innervisions’ Lost In A Moment is returning and it’s back at Tofte Manor, a 17th century pile outside London near Cambridge. This open-air event has Dixon and Âme as the headliners.

This is from one of the websites:

Lost In A Moment is neither a festival, nor a party. It is certainly not a rave. Yet it does share one single integral element with all of these: music.

Watch the vid and decide for yourself.

Tickets start at 52.50 pounds, and you can get them here.

Tomorrowland

Various dates, Boom, Belgium

This is the largest of them all, with 600,000 projected to attend this year. And this crazy giant business is only getting bigger, adding a third weekend. It takes more than 15,000 people just to make Tomorrowland happen, and still manages to turn a profit of something like 20 million euros

Tomorrowland is back live (after digital events) with three weekends in July:

• 15 to 17 July

• 22 to 24 July

• 29 to 31 July

Each version has a different lineup of acts including Armin van Buuren and Steve Aoki on the 17 stages across the Dreamville property. There are multiple camping areas.

We can’t tell for sure, but we’re guessing this is mostly sold out already. You can get on the list here.

Sea You Festival

15, 16 & 17 July at Tunisee, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

This festival on a Black Forest lake near the Germany/France/Swiss borders has a 2022 lineup with some veteran stars including Eats Everything, Claptone and Purple Disco Machine along with newbies. This is a self-contained event with camping, swimming, two stages and facilities … the “Beach Republic.”

Early bird tickets are sold out, but remaining tickets start at 125 euros and you can get yours here.

The website does note that if the event is cancelled like the previous two years, you will get a refund.

Family Piknik 2022

31 July, Lunel Arena, Lunel, France (outside Montpellier)

Ah, underground EDM in the sunny south of France. The concept started in Montpellier back in 2012 and has hosted Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Solomun, Marco Carola and Maceo Plex, among others. Created by Christophe Gimenez and his team, Family Piknik brings together Underground DJ’s performing from early hours in the morning (to this crowd, 11 a.m. is early) to midnight.

This year, there are a series of events starting 31 July and the lineup for the first includes Nora en Pure, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Colyn and Denis Horvat.

Here are the dates of the full Family Piknik 2022 season:

• Sunday, July 31, 2022: OPENING (Lunel Arena)

• August 6 & 7, 2022 : WEEK-END 01 (Lunel Arena)

• August 13 & 14, 2022 : WEEK-END 02 (secret location)

• Saturday 1st October 2022 : CLOSING (Béziers Arena)

See the website for complete details. Early bird tickets start at 25 euros and you can get them here.

Outlook Origins

28 July to 2 August, the Garden Resort in Tisno, Croatia

The original Outlook started in Croatia, and Croatia is still a destination along with the UK above. Anyway, if you’ve been to festivals in Croatia, you know the drill – multiple stages, daytime sessions, boat parties and waking up on the beach, or close to it.

For this multi-day party, we count more than 100 acts including Ben Soundscape and Dub Runner. This is definitely more about continuous grooves, the sun and the sea, not putting Names on stage.

First release tickets are still available for 140 euros and you can get them here.

Untold Festival

4 thru 7 August, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This mega-stadium festival in Romania’s tech town always has big acts and 2022 is no different. They include Richie Hawtin, Boris Brejcha, David Guetta and Above & Beyond.

Multi-day passes start at 149 euros and you can get yours here. And since hundreds of thousands of party people are expected to attend, there’s also housing available through the festival organizers.

Ypsigrock Festival 2022

4 thru 7 August, Castelbuono, Sicily

Every year, we get a media release about Ypsigrock in Italian and every year we go to Google Translate to figure it out. This year, the festival promises its typically eclectic mix of acts including 2ManyDJs, Brooklyn-based New Wave band Nation of Language and The Flaming Lips from back in the day.

The website still has some out-of-date info, but it looks like this festival – postponed for two years during the pandemic – is a go. This has been recognized over and over again through the years as one of the best boutique festivals in Europe, in an intimate setting in a medieval Sicilian hill town. Only about 3,000 people per day attend. And the ticket prices are fair. So go for it.

You can get your ticket here starting at 35 euros. But warm up your Google Translate gizmo before you do.

Les Plages Electroniques

5, 6 & 7 August, Cannes

Another Names event, this time along the Med in one of France’s elite summer destinations. Just you and all the beautiful people.

Acts include Martin Garrix, David Guetta and German actor/producer/musician Paul Kalkbrenner. Being how this is in Cannes, this ain’t gonna be cheap. Passes start at 120 euros. And of course you have to find a place to stay.

We are FSTVL

6 & 7 AUGUST, DAMYNS HALL AERODROME, UPMINSTER in east London

Electronic dance music has actually been around long enough to have nostalgia acts, and We Are FSTVL has some of the pioneers in the genre including Carl Cox, Marco Carola and Adam Beyer. And then there’s the current generation of producers and DJs including Martinez Brothers, Patrick Topping and CamelPhat.

We Are Festival has them all and many, many more for the two-day event at an airfield in far east London. Umar Kamani’s PrettyLittleThing fashion chain is the sponsor.

You can get tickets here, but the truth is, it looks like they’re down to VIP tickets, and they’re kinda ‘spensive. Good luck ….

We Can Dance Season 2022

6 & 7 August, 13 & 14 August, Zeebrugge Beach outside Brugge, Belgium

Remember … it’s just an illusion. That’s the theme of this trippy two-weekend electronic beach festival.

From the website:

Inspired by the hypnotic colorsandpsychedelic printsthat appeared during Paris fashion weeks last September, we’re taking you on a trip full of wonder and magicalenrichments.

Alrighty, then.

The lineup is not an illusion and includes Seth Troxler, Adriatic, Blck Mamba, DJ Kronic and literally a hundred others, with some acts still to be announced.

Tickets start at 65 euros and you can get yours here.

Be sure to read the info page here because there’s stuff you need to know.

Sonus Festival

21 through 25 August 2022 on Pag Island in Novalja, Croatia

Was the pre-COVID scene of sun, beaches and live music all a dream. Well, if it was, the dream continues on Pag Islands this summer.

Even though this is months away, the Sonus Festival organizers already announced a five-day lineup and it’s a killer, with Âme, Ben Klock, Chris Liebing, Kölsch, Maceo Plex, the two Richies – Hawtin and Ahmed, Sven Väth and pretty much every DJ who ever plugged in a turntable in Berlin.

Tickets start at 174 euros and you can get yours 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.

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