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New for 2019: Dispatches’ always-updated list of the best EDM parties and events across Europe

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the years since establishing Dispatches in the Netherlands, it’s that disco never died in Europe; it just morphed into EDM.

From the Italo Disco of Italy to the New Beat of Belgium, Europeans have never taken off their dancing shoes since disco’s heyday of the mid-to-late 1970s. Nor have they blown up a tonne of vinyl dance albums on a football pitch to mask their misogyny, racism and homophobia.

Today’s Euro dance scene is filled with the sonic bass cannons, dropped beats, and wubs of electronic dance music. Thus, Dispatches has create an ever-updating list of Europe’s best EDM parties, most of which are on an axis connecting London, Amsterdam and Berlin.

That’s not to say all of Europe doesn’t groove; after all, dance music never stopped being on-trend in the continent and surrounding islands. Thus, we’ll include parties from London to Copenhagen, Lisbon to Bucharest, Ibiza to Vienna, and of course, Paris to Berlin.

If you have a party we should know about, be sure to email us about it: terry@dispatcheseurope.com and cameron@dispatcheseurope.com.

• Belgium

elrow Town 2019 in Antwerp: This is a few days of partying and camping in Antwerp, with the main day of music 6 July. elrow Town is put on by the family who owns the Elrow club in Barcelona, and who puts on shows around the world from Las Vegas to, well, Antwerp.

Headliners include: Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati and Loco Dice. You can see the full lineup here.

Tickets start at 64 europs (exclusive of camping), and you can get yours here.

elrow Town Antwerp is situated on the left bank of the Schelde River. The official name of the festival site is the ‘Middenvijver’.
The official address of the site is Blancefloerlaan, 2050 Antwerp.

Boom, Belgium – Tomorrowland Belgium: Little Belgium has the EDM festival of the year. And pretty much THE festival, period. There’s no question it will sell out. The only question is, “Will the crowd top 500,000 from 19 to 28 July, one of the longest festivals in Europe?”

But Tomorrowland has to be long because it has the biggest names including EDM pioneer Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Steve Akoi and yes, The Chainsmokerrs.

Tomorrowland sold out this year within minutes, but you can get on the waiting list here.

If you’ve never been, the website has good info on Dreamville and all the facilities surrounding this mega-event, which brings in people from all around the world to a site between Antwerp and Brussels.

The website also has a warning about ticket scams and secondary sellers jacking up prices.

• Croatia

Zrce Beach – Hideout Festival: Tickets already are selling out for this summer fav at Zrce Beach, scheduled for 1 July thru 5 July. Hideout promises 150 artists, and some of the names announced for 2019 include Camelphat, Barely Legal, Charlotte de Witte and Horse Meat Disco. Tickets are on sale here … for the moment. Flight packages are also available, with options flying from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Dublin to Zadar and Split and at very competitive prices. More info here.

• FRANCE

Versailles – Versailles Electro: We had to post this as soon as we heard about it. A rave in the Versaille Palace. How Marie Antionette!

On Saturday, 8 Junes, the Hall of Mirrors is the place to be as Ed Banger Records hosts the French electo scene. Headline acts include Breakbot x Irfane, Busy P, Myd and So Me. You can see their bios here.

Now here’s the truly crazy part … this is an incredibly affordable event considering the setting. Tickets start at 22 euros and top out at 120 euros for the Gold VIP ticket. So you can to this once-in-a-lifetime event for about what you can get into Concrete.

You can book your tickets here.

• GERMANY

Bunker Fruedenberg, Germany – Her Damit: Take an old army bunker 50 kilometers outside Berlin in the middle of a forest, insert Berlin’s Techno/House scene and rave aesthetic, and you have the definitive German experience. Her Damit takes place way early this year – from 17 to 19 May. The lineup is TBA, but DJ Boring, Candy Pollard, Bleak and Karl Ferdinand have been past acts.

This is Berlin, and unlike Croatia and Ibiza, don’t expect slick. Her Damit is famous for being kind of ad hoc. That said, there’s camping nearby and glamping.

Tickets start at about 77 euros plus a 5-euro trash deposit. You can get them here.

The Her Damit website appears to be minimalist, but if you check out the various links, it has a ton of good information.

Mannheim – Time Warp: On 6 April 2019, Time Warp celebrates 25 years of doing what they do best – uniting house and techno aficionados under one roof for a marathon rave. Spread across six different floors – each with it’s own distinctive synthesis of sound and visuals – Time Warp always delivers some of the world’s most respected artists, jaw-dropping visuals and incredible production.

We haven’t gotten all the details for the 25-year event, so stay tuned for an update. Car Cox is a wild guess.

You can register for early bird ticket sales here.

Rüsselheim – Love Family Park: Love Family Park is back this summer for 2019, its 23rd year, in a new location at Mainvorland, a location just south of Frankfurt. The event tried an industrial site that didn’t seem to work. So now they’ve returned to an open area surrounded by trees and including acres of green space located on the banks of the Main River.

We have to say we like the description of LFP on the media packet we got from Becca at BigBox: “20,000 techno aficionados from all over Europe for a day of hedonistic revelry under the sun.”

Okaaay.

There’s just one catch: LFP hasn’t released its artist lineup for this year’s event, which is 27 July. Previous years have attracted DJ royalty: Sven Väth, Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Seth Troxler, Amelie Lens, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin to name a few.

Tickets start at 145 euros, and you can get them here.

• Italy

Cagliari, Sardinia –Acid Punk Royale: Okay, let’s have a word-association moment. When we say, “Sardinia,” what are the first words that pops into your head?

Wow, right!!! “Acid Punk.”

Duh.

Acid Punk Royale comes up late this summer 30 August thru 1 September – in Cagliari, Sardinia. This event bills itself as “the king of Techno festivals,” promising 60 of the top DJs and producers. Not just the top DJs and producers from Sardinia, but “on the planet.” So there you go.

There are no acts announced yet on the website, but the APR Facebook page lists Dutch DJ Soulless. You can also ping the organizers on Gmail to get more info:  acidpunkroyale@gmail.com

Tickets are 50 pounds and you can get them here.

• MALTA

Malta – Annie Mac Presents: Lost & Found : This is the first of the major EDM festivals for 2019.

The Radio 1 DJ/personality celebrates her fifth anniversary Malta season 2 May thru 5 May with four days and four nights on this Mediterranean party island.

This year’s AMP L&F lineup includes regulars and newbies –  Mall Grab, Horse Meat Disco, Denis Sulta, RAYE, The Black Madonna, Peggy Gou, Chase & Status and Honey Dijon all join the bill. We count at least 50 acts announced so far for all the events including castle raves, boat parties and pool parties. Yeah, it’s a lot of stuff packed into a few days.

General Admission starts at 109 pounds, and VIP starts at 149 pounds.

You can get tickets here.

PS – We really liked the bingo video from last year, but can’t find it.

• THE NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam – Diynamic Festival: The 2019 edition of Diynamic Festival Amsterdam in the Amsterdam forest will be the first time that this annual underground EDM gathering created by Diynamic producer/label president Mladen Solomun will move to Saturday 1 June from the normal Friday schedule. The reasoning is that on their off day, fans can party from noon until 11 p.m. without interruptions from work or school. Good thinking.

This is also the first year Diynamic has invited major artists who are not (yet) part of the agency or label history, but are valued by Solomun including Adriatique, Apparat (DJ Set), ELAX (aka Boys Noize), Gerd Janson, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Mano Le Tough, Stimming, Tale Of Us, and more.

You can get tickets here for 48 euros.

Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven – The Flying Dutch: Those darn Dutch. They pretty much rule the EDM world with a million festivals, Amsterdam’s clubs and the world’s top DJs. But oh no, that wasn’t enough.

So, they added helicopters flying a circuit between three major cities shuttling those acts including Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and Tïesto to play for fans across the Netherlands.

This year, TFD is scheduled for 2 June. This sells out every year really quickly. So if you’re an expat lucky enough to live in one of these three cities, watch the TFD website tickets page here to see when tickets go on sales.

Coolest. Concept. Ever.

Wildeburg – Wildebrug Festival: This one is on us. Even though its 12 thru 14 July, we’re still telling you about Wildeburg too late to get tickets for 2019 (though not to get on the waiting list). This outdoor festival north of Amsterdam is a favorite of all our Dutch friends, and have been going for years and years. It’s that cool. (Check out the vid above.)

This year, Wildeburg features at least 70 acts on four stages. There’s camping, food and bands playing during the day in what is essentially a small village in the middle of nowhere. And strictly speaking, this isn’t an EDM event – the music is from lots of genres.

You can get on the waiting list here … and there’s always next year.

• Amsterdam – Loveland Festival: Big Names at a Big Festival in the new capital of House and Techno. Carl Cox and Diynamic label founder Solomun will be joined by Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Maya, Stephan Bodzin, Marco Carola, Âme and many more.

This summer, the festival at Sloter Park will be a full weekend event on 11 & 12 August. Tickets start at 35 euros and you can get them here.

SPAIN

Ibiza – Amnesia, Ibiza: Okay, tickets are on sale for Europe’s first big hot-weather (well, at least warm-weather) party of the year. On 11 May, Amnesia opens in Ibiza, and tickets are already on sale here.

Ibiza – O Beach Ibiza: You have to admit, this is a pretty slick concept – own the day and the night.

If you stay at Ocean Beach, you never have to go anywhere else. They have the beach hotel. They have the food. They have the music. They have the sun-and-fun by the pool.

O Beach Ibiza team starts the 2019 summer party season with a pool party on Friday, 17 May. BUT, starting Friday 26, the facility is open.

Here’s their weekly schedule for the summer:

Mondays – HEDKANDI

The week kicks off with Hedkandi. Expect summertime house and disco vibes with surprise electronic music performances and more.

Tuesdays – KISSTORY
The beat of the UK’s old-skool Kisstory, the anthem radio station is coming to O Beach with an exclusive residency taking over the islands heartbeat with their host of leading DJ talent playing urban classics.

Wednesdays – HotBED
ABODE’s fruity sibling is known for its glistening and tropical themed soundtracked parties paired with a selection of the best in vocal house.

Thursdays – ONE
DJ Spoony is at the helm of this original O Beach concept.  At ONE, his weekly mix of urban beats courtesy of both upcoming and celebrated talent promises an eclectic and uplifting party

Fridays – Pool Party
An immersive, euphoric world featuring curious and wonderful live performers, breathtaking
sky-shows and music from the club’s resident DJ’s

Saturdays – Soul Heaven
Raw soul and heart thumping and disco all day long. Last year’s headliners including Sandy Rivera, Mousse T, Grant Nelson, Purple Disco Machine and The Reflex.

Sundays – Surprise Sunday
Sunday will see a revolving selection of exclusive and surprise parties. This year includes SIN Sundays, Boat Club, House in Paradise, Ibiza Spray and Candypants.

Ibiza – ANTS at Ushuaïa Ibiza: The rest of the year they travel globe doing parties as part of an “underground” music movement. But ANTS are set to invade Playa d’en Bossa between 1 June and 28 September, the “band’s” seventh consecutive summer on the party island.

The ANTS global lineup for 2019 includes Camelphat, Kölsch, Eats Everything, Catz ‘n Dogs, Hot since ’82 and the Mendez Brothers. You can see the full lineup here.

But of course, you have to check the various schedule of parties to see who’s where.

You can get tickets here.

You can see other ANTS events here, which include Kingsland Festival in the Netherlands and Printswork in London.

Madrid – FABRIK: Along with Berghain, one of the most famous (and packed, even with a capacity of 4,000 people!) super-clubs in Europe, with the best video, light and sound systems. Trance, techno and hardstyle drive the energy.

The next big FABRIK date is Raul Ortiz with the Resistencia event on 16 March.

• SWEDEN

Stockholm – Swedish House Mafia: We’re telling you about way early. Why? Before they broke up in 2013, Swedish House Mafia sold out concerts/festivals within minutes everywhere they played.

So don’t even finish reading this … just get your tickets here.

Tickets for the 2 May and 4 May 2019 events start at 1,300 SEK, or about 126 euros. (They may add more dates, who knows.)

Swedish House Mafia reunited, then played the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. After that, they hinted they might play Mexico City on what could be some sort of tour. That’s all we know now.

• UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Abu Dhabi – Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE: This isn’t Europe, but it’s a relatively quick flight away. And it is warm and dry in the middle of the winter.

The next big event is Paradise at Blue Marlin Ibiza on 5 April. Following another successful season at DC10 last summer, Jamie Jones brings his Ibiza Paradise Official party back to Blue Marlin/

Big party … day to night on two stages. Full line-up info coming soon…

You can get tickets here.

• UNITED KINGDOM

Cambridge – Strawberries & Cream: This has nothing to with The Queen or that dessert served at Wimbledon. This is a rap, grime, garage and house festival scheduled for 15 June and curated by the youngest staff curating any festival. (Check out the vid.)

So yeah, it’s gonna’ be fresh. Unless of course Brexit restricts us all on the Continent. The legend is, Strawberries & Cream started as a garden party (which we’ve heard too many times before.) But this is the fifth year and they’re expecting 15,000 people. Nelly and J Hus have both played here, so it’s real.

Tickets start at 45 euros and you can get yours here.

 

London – Printworks London announces 2019 weekly schedule: The biggest names in EDM and Hiphop, DJs including Annie Mac and live acts.  Next-gen audio-visual production with cutting-edge, d&b audiotechnik & Funktion-One sound system. Two technologically spectacular spaces in an old print factory reimagined as a mega entertainment space. (The well-thought-out Printworks transformation has gotten a lot of positive pub. See the vid above.)

We’re talking about the mew Printworks London, which just announced its sked for 2019 – 12 shows, and 70 artists. So let’s start with the first event, updating as 2019 progresses.

From the latest news release:

On the 14 April, Printworks (both the Press Halls and the Dark Room) will be taken over with a 40-strong crew of DJs, dancers and performers to create a brand new day party for lovers of house and disco. East Creative, the team behind the brand new event ‘Sunday Service’ are also the team behind some of the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+ inclusive events such as Sink The Pink and Mighty Hoopla. Expect a day of pure and unadulterated house music with legends like Todd Terry — who has pioneered his own brand of deep house since the 90s—as well as one half of Masters at Work and house encyclopaedia Kenny Dope and Classic Music co-founder Luke Solomun.

This is just one of six new shows added for 2019. Check out the website for all details.

You can get your tickets here, but don’t wait because at least one weekend is either sold out, or close to selling out, as we post this.

London – Fabric: Fabric, one of London’s iconic clubs, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 special parties in addition to its regular schedule.

From the website:

fabric XX will welcome a cast of artists including friends new and old. The first phase sees Lee Burridge, Bonobo, Tale Of Us, FUSE, John Digweed and The Martinez Brothers coming to EC1 – parties will run across both days and nights, with every artist playing extended sets running for up to 10 hours. And for those wondering about our annual birthday weekender, this year the celebrations will span across every weekend in October.

We’ll update this as the year goes on. And you can get tickets here.

Scotland – FLY Open Air, Scotland: FLY Open Air has both a dramatic setting and top names. Scotland’s leading house and techno festival returns to its own Scottish estate, Hopetoun House, 18 and 19 May having expanded from one to two days in 2018. Solomun will headline his first Scottish appearance in 10 years. Nina Kraviz, Peggy Gou, Sven Väth, Honey Dijon and many more are also on the bill.

Great event, great destination. But what’s up with that weird video?

Tickets start at 65 pounds and you can get them here.

Belfast – AVA Festival and Conference 2019: We never thought about how Brexit might complicate our parties and destinations list, but this might be affected since it runs 31 May and 1 June. AVA Festival and Conference is part daytime audio-visual industry/arts conference, part nighttime party.

From the website:

Split between a free daytime conference at The MAC (FRI 31st May), and all-out-party at the epic ex B&Q warehouse on Boucher Road  (FRI + SAT 1st June), 2019’s edition will be the biggest yet. Celebrating, amplifying and developing the strong current of electronic music and AV throughout Belfast and beyond for the past 5 years – AVA welcomes back a whole host of homegrown heroes and new editions for 2019.

A lot of big names for the music part including Berlin DJ/music mogul Len Faki, The Black Madonna, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Mall Grab.

Tickets start at 75 pounds and you can get them here. 

And don’t forget your passport … you won’t be in the EU anymore, Dorothy.

Coming up this summer:

Cluj, Romania – Untold Festival: The biggest festival in Eastern Europe, with some of the biggest acts. This year, Untold Festival is 1 thru 4 August and David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are on the Main Stage. Tickets start at 157.29 euros for the four days and you can get them here.

London, England – South West Four Festival: This is yet another “names” festival with Martin Garrix as the headliner. SWFF is over the bank holiday of 24 & 25 August. In London. So, expect a goodly crowd … and quick sellout. Tickets start at 52.50 pounds for the day tickets, and you can get yours here.

 

Fort Punat Christo – Outlook Festival  2019: One of the final summer mega-parties in Croatia. Ten stages, 300 acts. You get the idea. Outlook runs for a week, from 4 thru 9 September at Fort Punta Christo. Acts include Chase & Status, Bugzy Malone, Goldie (live) and Ghetts, Tickets start at 120 pounds and you can get them here. Outlook is the sister festival with Dimensions above, and this will be the final year for both at the fort.

Fort Punta Christo – Dimensions Festival: Dimensions Festival is 28 August to 1 September at Fort Punta Christo. We just got the list of artists and they include Nina Kraviz (the woman at every festival), Jeff Mills/Tony Allen and Objekt. This is an interesting festival in that it covers multiple genres from house, electro and techno to acid, DnB, ambient and jazz. The full list runs more than 100 acts. And organizers say this is the last year for the festival at the abandoned fort overlooking the Aegean. You can get tickets here

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