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 evolved 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: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. – A lot of the New Year’s Eve parties are sold out. Check clubs’ Facebook pages for the most accurate info.
Vienna – Nude by Adriatique: One part record-release party, one part dance music extravaganza, Vienna’s Grelle Forelle is the venue 8 February 2019 for the debut album of Swiss duo Adriatique (Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer), Nude. The full-length album features “downtempo electronica and driving club fare,” switching between the two with the greatest of ease.
Admission to this party is TBA as of this writing. The party starts at 23:30, and ends after sunrise at 8:00.
Copenhagen – Rudimental: Coming across the North Sea to Copenhagen’s VEGA 30 January 2019 is London drum’n’bass duo Rudimental, who will be touring on their third album, Toast to Our Differences, set to be released 25 January. The spotlight is shining bright on the duo as of late, having collaborated with Major Lazer, Anne-Marie and Mr. Eazi on the single “Let Me Live.”
Admission to the party is 300 Danish kroner presale (40 euros), 315 Danish kroner at the door (42 euros). Doors open at 19:00, the party starts at 20:00.
Paris – International Dream Party New Year Event: Bid farewell to 2018 and say hello to 2019 in the City of Lights at Nouveau Casino on New Year’s Eve, where invited artist Joanne Togati’s discography will be mixed by the likes of Franco-Haitian duo Juicy’s Empire, Italy’s Kevin Moncado, and Germany’s DJ Olde.
Admission to the party is 45 euros presale, 60 euros at the door. Whatever you pay, you’ll receive two complimentary drinks, and there will be a buffet from 22:00 to 23:00. The party starts at 22:00 in 2018, and ends just before the first sunrise of 2019 at 6:00.
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.
Budapest – Pre-NYE with Kollektiv Turmstrasse: If you’re looking to pregame before the big New Year’s bash, then head on over to Budapest’s Akvárium Klub to pre-celebrate New Year’s Eve with German house/techno duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse. The duo will perform a three-hour set, but not before Hungary’s own Secret Factory and Poli take the crowd closer to the future.
Admission to this party ranges from 4,000 Hungarian forint to 6,000 Hungarian forint (12 euros to 19 euros). VIP tickets are 8,000 Hungarian forint and 10,000 Hungarian forint (25 euros to 31 euros). Doors open at 23:00, the party starts at 23:30, and ends just before the final sunrise of 2018 at 6:00.
• THE NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam – New Year’s Eve at Shelter: Amsterdam’s new art space/music club has a hot international lineup for NYE.
American veteran DJ Bone will be there with Scotland’s hottest artists, Jasper James, and fellow Shelter residents and Amsterdam favourites William Djoko and Carlos Valdes.
You can get tickets here for 37 euros. (The third release is up, so we wouldn’t dilly dally.)
Amsterdam – New Year’s Eve in Wonderland at NYX: This gay (sort of) club prides itself on being more laid-back and welcoming, with less ‘tude, than the rest of Amsterdam’s legendary scene, which has produced so many famous DJs.
This is a four-story club with multiple stages. Here’s the NYE lineup.
DJ Raphaella Brown
Amsterdam – Free Your Mind Presents Sasha & John Digweed (Warehouse Edition): British dance music legends Sasha and John Digweed are teaming up with Amsterdam-based organizer Free Your Mind on 9 February 2019 to take over Warehouse Elementenstraat, just to the northeast of the city center. The duo’s brand of acid and progressive house have made a huge impact on the European and American dance music scenes, one they continue to push into new territories of sound to this day.
Admission to this party is 40 euros right now, 45 euros closer to the night of the event. The party starts at 22:00, and ends around sunrise at 7:00.
Barcelona –The Rowmuda Triangle: After you’ve pocketed your winnings from Spain’s famous El Gordo lottery, hit the showers, and throw on your freshest threads, get back to raving from the late morning into the late evening of the first day of 2019 at Barcelona’s Elrow. DJs including Adam Beyer, Toni Varga, Eddy M, Gadi, and others will keep the party spirit going.
This sells out every year, but the third ticket release is on sale now for 66 euros. Elrow is Barcelona’s most popular club, famous for its New Year’s Day party, which starts at 11 a.m. and runs till …. The main operation is Elrow, Row 14, a 4,500-capacity venue just outside Barcelona.
Elrow is also an international promotional brand that stages dance parties in 52 cities, famous for production values and props. And it all started in Barcelona.
Stockholm – Swedish House Mafia: We’re telling you about this six months out from the event, and you think we’re crazy, right? Not. Crazy. (Well, that crazy.) 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 KINGDOM
London – Fabric: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day both promise to be memorable at one of London’s most famous (infamous) clubs, one with Patrick Topping headling, the other with Daniel Avery.
For NYE, Fabric has two rooms of fun:
For New Year’s Day, American producer Maceo Plex plays a 6-hour set.
There are still a few tickets left for each day. You can get them via the Fabric website here.
Final release tickets for NYE are 50 pounds, and you can get them here.
London – LCMF 2018: The Death of Rave: It’s not always rainbow glow sticks and soap suds on the dancefloor. Hosted by the London Contemporary Music Festival at London’s Bloc 14 December, The Death of Rave “skews a line from ambient-pop to EBM via black metal, Detroit techno and computer music.” The lineup includes live sets from Gábor Lázár, Teresa Winter, Black Mecha, and Croww, plus DJ sets from JASSS, Howard Thomas, Beatrice Dillon, and Conor Thomas.
Admission to this party is 12 British pounds (14 euros). The party starts at 23:00, and ends before sunrise at 6:00.
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:
• Beat Horizon, 19 January, is a party presented by Soundcrash and one that is already almost sold out. It features hip-hop royalty in the form of Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, with thought-provoking British rapper and writer Akala, the super hyped Ocean Wisdom, drum & bass hero Roni Size, bashment legends The Heatwave, plus Digital Mystikz, DJ Marky, Calibre, Khan & Neek and D Bridge who will all be present.
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.