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


Time Warp – Mannheim, 4 April

This one is coming up fast. Time Warp in Mannheim, which is 25 years old, is one of three Time Warp Festivals, the other two being in Brazil and the United States.

As we predicted, 2020 in Mannheim has an amazing lineup including Ricardo Villalobos, Laurent Garnier, Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin.

In fact, it’s a crazy long list that includes Solomun, Adam Beyer, Adriatique, Boris Brejcha, Charlotte de Witte, Chris Liebing, I Hate Models, Jamie Jones, The Black Madonna, Kölsch, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz and the Martinez Brothers.

So pretty much everyone who’s anyone in the EDM/trance/techno is going to be in Mannheim on 4 April.

These tickets start at 65 euros … and almost sold out. You can get yours here.

Sea You Beach Republic – Tunisee, Germany (near Freiburg), 18 & 19 July

This will be year six for Sea You Beach Republic, which is one of the few house/techno beach mega-parties that’s not in Croatia, Greece or Malta. Instead, it’s in the Black Forest on the shore of Tunisee, a small recreational lake with camping, picnicking and a wake park. Oh, and there’s a fashion and beauty lounge. So this is part fair, part EDM festival and part Instagram reality distortion field.

Organizers claim seven stages and 100 artists, which seems like a pretty frenetic couple of days. DJs include Boris Brejcha and Claptone and live acts include Giorgia Angiuli, Lexy & K-Pau and Paul Kalkbrenner.

Tickets start at 60 euros and you can get them here.


Annie Mac’s Lost & Found Festival – St. Paul’s Bay, Malta, 30 April to 3 May

Even though Annie Mac is not that old, this is a Maltese Spring Break tradition that goes back years. Who knows … your Phoenecian ancestors might have been at the first one way back in 2015.

This year, from 30 April to 3 May, some of the BBC Radio1 lineup from days of yore is back including CamelPhat, Denis Sulta and Annie Mac herself. Fresh acts include Michael Bibi and the suddenly notorious rapper Slowthai. We count about 60 acts.

Oh, and there are day/night parties and pool parties. Tickets start at 130 pounds and you can get yours here.

The reveal video from the 2018 event is still one of our favorites because it’s clever and AM clearly doesn’t take herself as seriously as some of the overblow egos in the biz. So we included it above. Enjoy.


Music On Festival 2020 – Havenpark, Amsterdam on 9 & 10 May

Strictly speaking, summer doesn’t begin until 21 June. But in Amsterdam, Music On Festival is the start of an extremely busy summer season of festivals and huge club events.

Per usual, the 2020 lineup is impressive with global acts on their way to Ibiza or whereever including Richy Ahmed, Music On regulars Apollonia and Marco Carola, Leon from Italy and Solardo. You can see the full lineup here.

Tickets start at 35 euros and you can get yours here.


Amnesia Opening Party – San Rafael, Ibiza on 9 May

A sure sign it’s almost summer ….

Amnesia’s Opening Party is scheduled for 9 May and it’s going to be quite a night/early morning. Headliners include Jaime Jones, the Black Madonna, Adam Beyer and eight other DJs/live acts. Amnesia already has its summer lineup in place and we’ll add that later here as well as to our summer events list.

Tickets for the opening party are 40 euros to 60 euros and you can get yours here.

Odyssey Opening Party at Ushuaïa – Platja d’en Bossa, Ibiza on 9 May

Odyssey is also 9 May and like Amnesia, it’s a killer lineup for this 24-hour marathon of fun.

It includes :

  • ÂME (live)
  • Charlotte de Witte
  • Chris Liebing
  • Tale Of Us
  • Maceo Plex
  • Kölsch
  • Kevin de Vries
  • Paul Kalkbrenner (live)

Ushuaïa is a mega entertainment complex with a hotel and restaurant, and some of the rooms are over the dance floor. So when you finally fall asleep, you’ll still be at the party.

Passes start at 40 euros and you can get yours here.


Caprice Presents ModernityCrans-Montana, Switzerland on two weekends in April

A festival so fine it takes up two weekends. (Which is a trend, now.) Anyway, Caprice Presents Modernity is booked in this Swiss ski resort for 17 thru 19 April, then picks up again the following weekend, 24 thru 26 April.

The infrastructure is also changing, according to an email we got from JukeboxPR in London:

Three new stages will be in place this year — firstly a new daytime stage at Cry D’Er to complement Modernity, plus the Moon stage from previous years will give way to two brand new stages, The Forest Stage and The Chalet Stage.

This is all done in coordination with club partners including Esto Es Tulum from Mexico, Epizode from Vietnam, Pyramid from Ibiza, Gypsyland from Italy, Aum from Paris and Slapfunk Records from Amsterdam. So these are essentially clubbing weekends transported to the Swiss Alps.

“Names” this year include Marco Carola, Sven Väth and Adriatique. But most of the acts are from clubs across Europe.

Tickets start at 35 Swiss francs and you can get yours here.

United Kingdom

inner city electronic – Leeds on 7 March

Leeds’ 24-hour, seven venue electronic music festival/industry conference inner city electronic is on 7 March for 2020. Yes, there are Names and lots of music. But this is also a conference with workshops focused on musical development, the industry, culture and technology.

Whether you’re an aspiring DJ, producer or talent manager, this is like going to a job that’s also a party. Topics in the past included getting gigs, releasing records and getting signed

This year include Peggy Gao, the South Korean DJ who’s also a record label founder, Instagram star and clothing designer, is the big get. She played about 100 nights last year across the globe. Check out her vid above with its sophisticated production values.

Also on the bill are Orbital, Craig Richards and like 40 other acts. You can see the full lineup here.

Looks like inner city electronics is down to the last tickets, which are 45 pounds. You can get yours here.

• Motion – Bristol

The rumours of Motion’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, apparently. The Bristol landmark has released the first part of its 2020 schedule.

Sonny Fodera presents Solotoko on Friday March and on Friday 13 March, the mighty Honey Dijon returns to the South-West with support from DJ Seinfeld, Eli Escobar, object blue and DEBONAIR. 

DJ Marky is back for a 2-hour set alongside Calibre & more on 14th March.

Princess Nokia performs on Saturday 21 March whilst Bristol-based imprint Shall Not Fade mark their fourth birthday with Kettama, Big Miz, Demuja, Black Loops & more.

• Dubbed a ‘Trap-Wave pioneer’, M Huncho performs a headline show on Sunday 22 March. 

DNB Allstars and The Blast finish up march with a Spring DnB Fest on Saturday 28 March featuring SaSaSaS and a slew of acts from the UK DnB community.

• Bringing their ensemble of brass and drums for a night of hypnotic driving techno, marching band Meute takeover on Sunday 5 April with a dozen drummers and horn players from Hamburg, Germany.

• On the other end of the spectrum, The Blast are back once again with DnB pioneers and award-winning producers Chase & Status on 24 April for a DJ set with support from Friction and more.

Icarus returns for a scintillating live show on Saturday 25April, firmly assuring that Motion is here to stay for the foreseeable future and will continue to cultivate the dance music scene in the South-West.

Printworks – London

Printworks has two technologically spectacular spaces in huge old print factory reimagined as a mega entertainment complex. (The well-thought-out Printworks transformation has gotten a lot of positive pub. See the vid above.)

Printworks just released its 2020 sked and it includes major “names” such as Kano, DJ Koze, an Ants show and an Annie Mac show. If you’re actually in the music industry, you’ll want to know the AVA London Conference is scheduled for 13 & 14 March at Printworks.

The 13th is the conference featuring Q&As, keynote speeches from industry leaders and hands-on tech demos. The 14th is the club night. Printworks promise more info as we get deeper into TwentyTwenty.

Terminal V Festival – Edinburgh on 11 April

The next edition of the biannual Terminal V will be one of the first big British festival of 2020, scheduled for 11 April at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Center.

Acts announced so far include:

Bonobo, Ben UFO, Nina Kraviz, Floorplan, Avalon Emerson, Richie Hawtin, Octo Octa, KiNK, Charlotte De Witte, Helena Hauff, I Hate Models and Honey Dijon on five stages at the events grounds.

This is Easter weekend, so a lot of us will be on break. Well, we won’t … but normal people will be. Anyway, organizers are expecting 20,000 people, so might want to get your tickets early.

Tickets start at about 61 pounds and you can get yours here. The big challenge is going to be finding a place to stay, but organizers have a list of hotels, B&Bs and hostels here.

There will also be shuttles and buses to and from the venue.

Electronic Music Conference 2020 – Edinburgh, 17 & 18 July

Edinburgh seems to be the place to be for 2020, following up Terminal V with an EDM industry conference, a gathering place for music fans who want to be come music stars … the next Martin Garrix or Nina Kraviz. Or they want to be music/concert producers such as Cole Bennett.

Well, they can get in the room with industry execs who can make that happen at EMC. EMC promises “more than 100 industry insiders, speakers and experts” at workshops, master classes and skills development sessions.

In other words, EMC promises a lot, but this is the first event, so we’ll see ….

Tickets start at 38 pounds and you can get yours here.

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