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

(Editor’s note: A version of this list included incorrect information about the location of Field Day in London. That has been corrected.)
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 euros (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 Chainsmokers.

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

Split, Croatia – Ultra Europe: Ultra Europe returns for 2019 with an incredible lineup including Swedish House Mafia, Carl Cox, Afro Jack, The Chain Smokers, Richie Hawtin and lots more from 12 thru 14 July.

Easily three of the biggest nights of the summer, and that’s saying a lot.

Tickets start at 169 euros and you can get them here.

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 June, 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 pay to get into Concrete.

You can book your tickets here.

• GERMANY

Funkhaus, Berlin – HYTE Festival Berlin: When should you start making New Year’s Eve plans. Well, now, if you want to party in Berlin.

We just got an email from the HYTE network of global parties stating the flagship HYTE festival in Berlin will return to Shedhalle at Funkhaus, a warehouse venue like no other. The marathon 24-hour party of NYE/New Year’s Day events “featuring a cast of the underground elite alongside its hyped newcomers.”

This is a huge Communist Party complex that’s been turned into the party people’s industrial milieu of choice.

The lineup isn’t public, but for five years, this has been a marquee event with Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz and all the usual suspects.

You can register for tickets here.

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

Frankfurt – World Club Dome: All you beautiful people who were sad to be leaving London for Frankfurt, never fear. Frankfurt has one of Europe’s biggest EDM festivals and its coming up soon.

From 7 thru 9 June World Club Dome turns  Commerzbank Arena football stadium into “the world’s biggest club” for the seventh year, with crazy elaborate stages and lighting.

This has always been a big-names event and this year is no different, with major German, Dutch, Russian and American stars. The 60 acts/DJs include  David Guetta, Len Faki, Nina Kraviz, Armin Van Buuren, Marshmello, Boris Brejcha, Sven Väth, Steve Aoki featuring Timabaland.

This is kind of a cross-over year and organizers are adding mainstream R&B/electronica acts such as Clean Bandit and Jason Derulo.

Boring old Frankfurt? We don’t think so … we just wonder who’s left in Berlin, Croatia and Miami?

Tickets start at about 99 euros and you can get yours here. (Unlike so many festivals this year, WCD is selling out pretty quick.)

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.

• GREECE

Corfu, Greece – Pazuzu Beach Club on Sunset Beach: Pazuzu Beach Club has announced the return of its summer Sunset Stories series of concerts for 2019.

In true Ibiza style, Glyfada is bringing in DJs from across the globe to the open-air beach club. Artists booked for July include Merk & Kremontm electro-house DJ and producer, TUJAMO and Tom Staar.

Dennis Ferrer, who has been at the forefront of the EDN scene since the 90’s is also set to appear. Resident DJ’s are Velix and Kid Angelo.

The Pazuzu website is okay, but the Facebook page has more current (and less confusing) info about dates.

• 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 – Isle of Malta Music Week: Strictly speaking, this is not an EDM event. Past performers including (God help us) Kid Rock. But most of the acts fall into some sort of electronic music/pop/hiphop category, and everyone from Snoop to Chain Smokers and David Guetta have come here.

This year, the event is 27 June through 1 July. This starts out as an MTV event, then morphs into a larger group of parties at clubs and beaches around this party island.

Acts are TBA, so stay tuned.

Tickets start at 30 euros, but a lot are already sold out.

• 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 – We Are Electric: Thirty-thousand partygoers descend on Netherlands’ Velder Woods, Liempde 5 thru 7 July for this techno weekend. The HYTE x We Are Electric Weekender stage takeover takes on place Saturday 6 July.

Headliners for this stop on HYTE’s global party network are Irish duo Bicep, Chris Liebing and Speedy J who make a rare appearance together under their revered Collabs 3000 alias.

Len Faki is on the bill along with live performances from Colin Benders and De Sluwe Vos, rounded off with further DJ support from Tijana T and Mirella Kroes.

Tickets start at 103 euros and you can get them here.

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.

• Amsterdam – HYTEx A Day at the Park: HYTE, the Berlin-based underground festival brand, is coming to Rotterdam for its Netherlands debut.

HYTE takes the main stage at “A Day at the Park” on 21 September with the Chris Liebing as the headliner.

Also on the bill are Nicole Moudaber, Nic Fanciulli and Green Velvet as well as Dutch stalwarts Adin and Wouter S. And there’s one more big headliner that’s TBA, according to the new release we just got from Chris Alderton. (Thank you, Chris.)

HYTE is a global company that puts on killer events from Miami to Berlin, so this should be pretty sic.

Tickets start at 44 euros and you can get them here.

• PORTUGAL

Figueira de Foz, Portugal – RFM SOMNII: RFM Somnii, scheduled for 5 thru 7 July, bills itself as “the largest beach festival in Europe.” And there are seriously big names for 2019 including Afrojack, Radical Redemption, DJ Snake, Jay Hardaway and American rapper Tyga (assuming he’s not in jail) to break up the Dutch monopoly.

This 8-year-old festival, sponsored by RFM Radio, is heavy on trance and hardstyle, and it usually draws more than 100,000 fans. Because it’s on a beach. In Portugal. Tickets start at 26.50 euros per day, and you can get them here.

Remember, camping goes fast, so if you’re gonna’ go, reserve yours quickly.

• SPAIN

Ibiza – DC10 – Diynamic: On 5 July, Diynamic co-founder Solomun returns to this club in a repurposed aircraft hanger. He’s bringing Maceo Plex, Lehar b2b Musumeci, Adana Twins, Moscoman, Magit Cocoon and Innellea.

Tickets are 50 euros and you can get them 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.

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 now 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.

You can get a full Ibiza schedule here.

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 event is the the 16th Anniversary Party on Saturday, 8 June and acts include Black Coffee.

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:

FIELD DAY is coming up on 7 and 8 June at The Drumsheds London. This is a London festival running from midday to 3 a.m. across two days.

Acts include:

Diplo, The Black Madonna, Modeselektor, Jungle, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Octavian, Deerhunter and Julia Holter.

They will perform across 10 acres of outdoor space and four gigantic interlinking warehouses at the festival’s new North London home.

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 – Eastern Electrics Festival: This promises to be a huge outdoor weekend of games, music, pool parties – you name it – with the festival followed by an after-party at Fabric (see below).

A highlight of summer, Eastern Electrics runs two days – 3 and 4 August – in Morden Park in south London.

This is two very full days of music with acts such as veteran DJ Skream, Steve Lawler, Claptone and Orbital.

This is a lot of people packed into a relatively small space in part of the park. So it’s a good idea to go to the website to read up on some of the rules and requests about making this fun for attendees while respecting residents.

Tickets start at at 50 pounds and you can get yours here.

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

On 3 August, Eastern Electrics descends on Fabric with the after party for their 2019 London festival.

Following the all-day festival, the seminal London promoter take over Room 1 and 2 at Fabric, “inviting the cream of the line-up for a night of vibes programmed specifically for the straight through crew,” according to a news release.

In Room 1 is Elvin Zedo, the revived house and techno alias of London’s most influential selector DJ EZ. The legendary garage figure is set to showcase his broader music taste, firmly reconnecting him with his house and techno roots.

Next up in Room 1 is Hot Creations and Paradise star wAFF. His discography spans a plethora of the scene’s hottest imprints including: Drumcode, Cocoon, Hottrax, and Saura. Channelling tougher yet emotive beats in most recent sets, wAFF continually captivates the dance floor.

Pioneer of the tech-house scene and VIVa MUSiC boss Steve Lawler rounds off the Room 1 bill by digging deep into his collection. ‘The King of the Space’ and 5 time DJ Award winner will be bringing the spirit of Ibiza to Room 1.

DJ Phil Hartnoll, one half of seminal acid house duo Orbital heads up proceedings in Fabric’s Room 2.

Following up is German electronic music chameleon Roman Flügel. The genre-straddling artist showcases a range of sounds in his sets, ranging from house and techno to electro, leftfield and everything in between.

Last but by no means least, Hackney based trio Wax on Mare St. join the Room 2 bill. After their EEdebut in 2017 they have quickly become a staple for the festival, delivering quality sets at the last two events and smashing last year’s after party – It’s no surprise they will be returning again this year.

Tickets start at 10 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 Di jon, 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 in late summer and fall:

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.

Düsseldorf – Connect: Saturday 21 September, Connect will return to Düsseldorf for a second year. This is a partnership of Awakenings and Time Warp two of the most influential electronic music festivals, Big Names at Connect include Nina Kraviz, Boris Brejcha, Richie Hawtin and Solomun.

Ong Jmal, Tunisia – Les Dunes Electroniques: LDE is back 21 & 22 September at Tunisia’s famous “Star Wars” set after a three-year hiatus. LDE is held at Luke Skywalker’s hometown, Mos Espa, from the original Star Wars flick. This year, 30 performers from Tunisia’s and France’s electronic scenes, along with international acts, are coming to the desert.

Mixmag is billing it as a “30-hour rave in the desert.”

Yes, this is Tunisia, and we’re well aware the issues. (Please … we survived six wars!) But LDE’s partner is Tunisia’s national department of tourism, so we’re thinking security will be optimal. Also, tourism in this North African country so close to Europe is way up this year. So far, so good.

Tickets start at 42.50 euros and you can get them here.

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