Is it really over? We thought the music would come back to life last year as the pandemic ebbed. We were wrong. Well, maybe 2022 could be the year the post-COVID, live music scene starts to return to something like normal in Europe. The cancellation of years of EDM and other live music festivals has been painful for fans, certainly. But the financial blow of two years without revenue to all of the organizers has been brutal and of course there’s a ripple effect that reaches every business from the acts themselves to ad agencies to sound system providers to the hospitality industry.
This is, after all, a multi-billion euro global business.
Tomorrowland organizers issued a detailed official statement last June saying they negotiated with Belgian officials to have 2021 events, but to no end. Shutting down events cost them, the region and Europe as a whole millions of euros.
From their statement:
It is a huge financial blow for us as an organisation to lose our annual turnover almost entirely for the second year in a row, but also for the suppliers, freelancers, artists and associations involved who always contribute passionately to Tomorrowland. Today, with a heavy heart, more than 50 million euros worth of orders with dozens of loyal Belgian suppliers were cancelled. In addition, this is another setback for the travel and hotel industries in Belgium; over a period of 2 weeks during the festival, more than 80% of the Brussels and Antwerp hotel capacities are used by visitors, artists and crews.
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.
At least at this point, it looks like 2022 will be a year to remember for the right reasons starting with this:
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.
2 April in Mannheim
This is one of the first to confirm for 2022. Time Warp returns to Mannheim on 2 April 2022 for the first time in three years. There aren’t a lot of details. But you can get on the mailing list here on the Time Warp landing page.
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.
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.
Split, Croatia, 8 July thru 10 July, 2022
Ultra Europe in Split, Croatia has been rescheduled for 8 through 10 July, 2022. There isn’t a lot of information other than those with tickets for the cancelled event will be contacted by email about renewing for this year. And you can get on the mailing list on the landing page for 2022 details.
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.
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 that ever plugged in a turntable in Berlin.
Tickets start at 174 euros and you can get yours here.
Scheduled, but few details
• EDC Portugal is rescheduled for 17 through 19 June in Praia de Rocha, Portugal. There’s no lineup announced year, but the vid is great.
• We’ve seen reports that Awakenings is rescheduled for 24 thru 26 June outside Amsterdam, but there’s no website for the event.
• Barcelona Beach Festival is rescheduled to 2 July 2022. There are no details, but organizers will honor tickets from last year’s cancelled event.
• Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium has been rescheduled to 2022 but there’s no definite dates or details.