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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Paris – Yoyo Palais de Tokyo: In a 9,000-square-foot space converted from a cinema, Yoyo is one of the cooler clubs in Europe. In this “temple to modern art,” Yoyo has concerts and DJ sets under the Palais de Tokyo. And the vibe is part industrial, part artsy-fartsy. This is the place that hosted Cardi B’s first concert in Europe and schedules regular big bashes.
Next up on 29 March is Fakear presents: Orisha.
From the website:
We transform the Yoyo into a spaceship, a pirogue, a caravan, for a night. Come ! Artists will not be just behind the machines.
Fakear • Romare (dj set) • RO & Konoba • MAGIC POWER • Miret & Alizarina
There’s only one problem … we don’t see any way to buy tickets online. But if you’re in the neighborhood …
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.
Rüsselheim – Love Family Park: Love Family Park is back 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.”
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.
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.”
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: email@example.com
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.
PS – We really liked the bingo video from last year, but can’t find it.
• THE NETHERLANDS
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.
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 sceduled 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.
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.
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 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.
This club has a LOT going on! Mathame – the audio project from Amedeo and Matteo Giovanelli – will be joined by Manchester duo Solardo on Friday 1 February. The Mancunian kings of the underground continue to win kudos for their roles as not just popular DJs, but also as owners of the Sola label as well as innovative producers.
The Gia Sai showcase on Friday 8 February has Paris-born New Yorker Salome joined by Damian Lazarus. With sought-after pair Andhim and Detroit techno innovator Stacey Pullen in attendance on the 15th, February’s line-up is rounded out by the Ibiza regular Bas Ibellini and a very special to be announced guest, according to the Blue Marlin website.
• UNITED KINGDOM
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:
• Amnesia presents Pyramid, 23 March, which includes Kölsch The brand new Monday night party has taken Ibiza party people back to the old school with a real focus on the music and dancing to high-quality electronic music. With a focus on mind-blowing production that mixes up cutting edge technology, organic materials and immersive audiovisuals, Pyramid has brought the focus back to the experience and the people.
• Annie Mac Presents follows on 29 March
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:
elrow Town 2019 in Antwerp: This is a few days of partying and camping in Antwerp, with the main day of music 6 July. This 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. Most of the details aren’t final yet including the lineup.
But we know this:
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.