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New for 2020: Dispatches’ list of the best EDM parties, festivals and special events in Europe and beyond

This begins our third year of dedicating a list to EDM events across Europe and beyond. This multi-billion dollar music niche is no longer a niche … it’s global, with huge organizations based in London, LA and Barcelona putting on festivals and events in the sun, in the snow and in the clubs from Abu Dhabi to Zagreb.

Dance music never stopped being on-trend in the continent and surrounding islands, so living the expat life in Europe puts you close to the best concerts. And make no mistake … this is sybaritic lifestyle, so much so that Instagram blocked #EDM (well, for a couple of minutes, anyway) because, well, people were getting a little too frisky in the photos they were posting. But hey, you’re only young and beautiful once.

We’re include parties from London to Copenhagen, Lisbon to Bucharest, Ibiza to Vienna, and of course, Paris to Berlin for 2020. And picking up from last year, we’ll include events in the Middle East and Africa … destinations easily reachable from Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London.

Finally, you’ll notice crossover as we list events on this page, on our Spring Break page and on our ski/music list as warrants … because these are overlapping expat audiences.

As always, this post will be updated regularly, especially as we move toward the opening parties for Ibiza as well as clubs in Croatia and Malta.

If you have a party we should know about, be sure to email us about it: and


Kala Festival – Dhërmi, Albania, 10 thru 17 June

“Party in Albania” … we never thought we’d utter those words, but Albania is on the Adriatic and it is beautiful, despite its issues.

Kala Festivalreturns to the unspoilt coastline of the Albanian Riviera next summer for its third edition. Taking place from 10 June to 17 June in Dhërmi, the week-long festival combines an array of DJs and live acts, food and wellness activities (we’re guessing yogo on the beach.)

Promoters call Kala Festival “that sweet spot between music festival and summer getaway.”

Acts include:

Moodymann, 808 State (live), Jayda G, Optimo, Marcellus Pittman, Pender Street Steppers, Bufiman (live) and Skee Mask.

A rotating roster of curators including Jamie Tiller, John Gómez, Lauren Hansom and Nick The Record will take over Gjipe, a secluded beach in the mouth of a red-stone canyon that can only be accessed by boat.

London record store Phonica Records and online music publication Stamp The Wax will also be hosting stages at the week-long event.Paragraph

This is mostly sold out, with the last tier of tickets for 2020 to be released in January. If you want to attend, you can join the waiting list on


Festival Hibernation – Grandvalira, Andorra, 3 thru 5 April

We heard about Hibernation a couple of years ago, then we missed it last year. This year, Hibernation is back on our list. Techno, house, and skiing in the Pyrenees of Andorra.

For 2020, Hibernation is 3 to 5 April.

This festival is at Grandvalira, a resort 2000 meters in the mountains (and the largest in Pyrenees), so there should be plenty of snow. And because this is in the Pyrenees, not Switzerland, this is a lot more affordable experience.

Weirdly, at this late date, they still haven’t posted the 2020 lineup. Last year featured Berlin regulars including Âme and Len Faki as well as Arman from Toronto and Ukraine’s Nastia.

Tickets start at 25 euros and you can get yours here.


Rampage – Antwerp on 13 & 14 March 2020

This mega-sound-and-light show promises the 2020 show will be updated with “the very latest technology, animations, lights, visuals, and lasers. “

From the release:

The five acts who are bringing custom audio-visual shows have the very best possible platform on which to blow your minds and drench you in multi-sensory delights.

The 30 or so drum n’ bass/dubstep acts include Pendulum Trinity from Australia via the UK, Noisia as part of their farewell tour, DJ Marky and Black Sun Empire.

Tickets start at 57 euros and you can get yours here.

Ostend Beach Festival – 10 thru 12 July

Here’s an eco-friendly urban beach party that doesn’t require buying a plane ticket to Croatia or Greece. TwentyTwenty will be the 11th year for Ostend Beach Festival, which mixes clubs and this port town’s long, sandy public beaches. Ostend has presented some pretty big names in the past including CamelPhat, Sven Väth, Patrick Topping and Kölsch.

The 2020 lineup isn’t posted yet. But you can get tickets here starting at about 31 euros.


Outlook Origins The Garden Resort, Tisno, Croatia 30 July to 4 August

It’s December, and we’re already posting about partying in Croatia. But as we always point out, he/she who hesitates is lost when it comes to booking big events. Also, Outlook Origins will happen a month earlier than in recent years.

There are multiple locations for 2020 including an opening party in a castle before the actual festival. So be sure to peruse the website.

In its 12th year, Outlook Origins celebrates the best in drum & bass, dubstep, grime, garage, reggae and other genres. So there is a serious mix of music under the Adriatic sun.

For 2020, the 10th year, curators include:

Calibre, Goldie, Lenzman, Zed Bias, Mala, DJ Storm, Flava D, D Double E, The Bug, Iration Steppas, Fliptrix and Mungo’s Hi Fi.

Tickets start at 107 euros and you can get yours here.

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