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Real music, real people, real parties: Finally, Dispatches’ first live events list for 2021

(Editor’s note: This post listing the first live events announced for 2021 will be updated as we move into summer. Always double-check to make events are actually going to happen.)

Because our expats like traveling and a good party, Dispatches has always compiled multiple lists of live events … everything from the best spring break destinations to startup summits in Finland to EDM festivals on the ski slopes in France and Switzerland, or on the bays and beaches of Croatia, Ibiza and Malta.

We were all so spoiled.

Then, in March 2020, COVID-19 and the global pandemic stopped us from even seeing our friends, much less partying with new ones. We listed virtual events, but even those seem to have declined as people need a little of that human touch.

Finally, with millions of doses of multiple coronavirus vaccines poised to be distributed during the next weeks and months, we can at least start thinking about restarting real fun with real humans. We think this will happen sooner rather than later because EDM festivals and all giant music events provide big economic boosts, generating hundreds of millions of euros from Portugal to Poland.

In fact, the Netherlands (shocker, right?), that small country that has produced pretty much every EDM DJ worth talking about including Afrojack, Hardwell, Tiësto, Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren, is working on a series of safe live events this year that allow in only people who can prove they’ve been vaccinated, or can show a recent COVID-19 negative test.

To get here, Dutch government officials and Fieldlab Events, experimented with pilot events on the way to full-capacity events.

On 18 March, the Dutch government announced that big events can restart effective 1 July. And to sweeten the pot, they created a 300 million euro fund to cover up to 80 percent of costs if they can’t get everyone vaccinated and organizers have to cancel.

See more here on We Rave You.

We’re starting to receive emails about live events at least planned for 2021, so we’re posting our first list since last March, 2020. Finally!

Glastonbury 2021 (main event cancelled)

This was on the books for 23 June to 27 June, but organizers cancelled it. However, on 20 March, organizers announced there will be other events later this year including a two-night weekend concert, according to the BBC. Watch the official website here for an official announcement.

BSH Island – Amnesia Sunset Fortress Stage

1 thru 5 July, Pag Island, Croatia

Party organizers BSH Island returns to Pag Island for a five-date open-air music event from 1 July to 5 July. The Main Stage will be Noa Beach Club, with epic views of the crystal blue Adriatic Sea. The BSH Island lineup includes Do Not Sleep, Under No Illusion Recordings and Pablo’s House all set to host stages at Noa Beach Club with after hours sessions at the Kalypso Club.

The Fortress of Pag hosts Ibiza’s Amnesia at the fortress on Friday, 2 July from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. as the highlight of the BSH Island music weekender. The Ibiza superclub will set-up at the 17th century Fortress, the perfect setting and backdrop for Ukranian melodic techno innovators ARTBAT, Italian duo Mathame, Brina Knauss and Amnesia mainstay Luca Donzelli.

Tickets for this one-off limited capacity Amnesia sunset party located at the Fortress are limited and are available as a single event ticket, or as a part of a package with the rest of BSH Island program.

You can get them here.

By the way, BSH Island organized one of the very few European events that happened in 2020. “Keep The Distance” followed all epidemic rules and safety measures.

Labyrinth Open Air

Multiple events, Sharnbrook, UK

The first of three Labyrinth Open Air EDM events is scheduled for 10 July in Sharnbrook, about 45 minutes north of London. The location is Tofte Manor, a 17th century manor house which has – appropriately – a labyrinth on-site. Once you navigate that, you’ll want to settle in for the acts, which include Âme and Dixon.

More events are scheduled at Tofte Manor for  7 August and 18 September. Each event is limited to 3,500 attendees, so it will likely be a tough ticket to get. Tickets are priced from 40 pounds to 65 pounds and you can see details here.

• On 7 August, DJ Koze will open the year at Tofte Manor with Swedish solo act José González. Here’s the full lineup:

DJ Koze

José González (live) 

Elder Island (live)


Josey RebelleMCDE / Daniel Plessow 

Nabihah Iqbal

 Nick Castle 

Sedef Adasi

Suze Ijó

We do know there are buses to Tofte Manor from London for 20 pounds.

Loveland Festival 25 Year Celebration

7 & 8 August, Sloterpark, Amsterdam

This is really the first Name event of the year, with Adriatique, Chris Liebing, Richie Hawtin, Solomun, Jeff Mills, Dixon and 70 other established and emerging acts, all in Amsterdam.

This will sell out, so don’t wait. You can (try to) get tickets here, which start at 83 euros.

Lowlands Festival

20 thru 22 August in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Like all the big Dutch events, Lowlands (not to be confused with Loveland, above) skipped a year. But this multi-genre camping party is back this year with some seriously serious acts including Liam Gallagher, Stormz, Chemical Brothers and the Opposites along with a ton of acts from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Weekend tickets start at 220 euros and you can get yours here.

Sonus Festival

21 through 26 August, Pag Island, Croatia

Sonus has been rescheduled for  21 – 25 August, 2022. Seriously, though, you should probably think about booking tickets now, and you can do that here.

Labyrinth ‘Sessions Series’ Shows

Multiple dates across London starting 27 August.

Here’s the full schedule as of late May:

• Friday 27 August – Todd Terje (Olsen Records) – Extended DJ Set at Loft Studios
• Saturday 28 August – Gerd Janson (Running Back) – All Night Long at Loft Studios
• Saturday 18 September – Fideles (Afterlife) – All Night Long at Village Underground
• Saturday 9 October – Perel (DFA) – All Night Long at Orange Yard
• Friday 22 October – Trikk (Innervisions) – All Night Long at The Theatre at The Cause
• Friday 3 December – Nick Castle (Labyrinth) – All Night Long at Secret Location TBA
• Saturday 18 December – Studio Barnhus (Axel Boman b2b Kornél Kovács b2b Pedrodollar) – All Night Long at Village Underground

See all the Labyrinth events and ticket info here.

The Lofts

Opening Party 27 August, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This new club is opening in Newcastle on 27 June with BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong and Horse Meat Disco – the DJ collective of Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Luke Howard and Severino Panzetta – headlining, with Charlie Hedges, Mighty Mouse and Natasha Kitty Katt also on the bill.

The new 1500-capacity club has 3 separate rooms, a sound system from L-Acoustic and a state-of-the-art, fully immersive light and visual show.

You can get tickets here for 16.75 pounds.

Moovin Festival

27 thru 29 August in Manchester

Moovin Festival is back from 27 thru 29 August at Whitebottom Farm in Etherow Country Park just south of Manchester. Headliners at Moovin Festival include Bassment Jaxx, Todd Terje, the original rap stars Sugar Hill Gang, Naughty By Nature, David Rodigan and dozens more.

You can see the full list here. And you can buy tickets here for 115 pounds. The Barn Party and camping tickets are sold out.

Movin Festival supports Action Against Hunger. You can see the details here.

Junction 2

28 & 29 August at Tobacco Dock, London

After this was postponed for 2020, a lot of big names will be resurfacing in London at Junction 2 including Afrodeutsche, Dixon, the ubiquitous Nina Kraviz, Charlotte DeWitte, Adam Beyer and more. This is a two-day event with an after-party at Fabric.

The final tickets are available here at 65 pounds.

Reading Festival 2021

27 thru 29 August, Richfield Avenue

This multi-genre hip hop/house/EDM/rock festival started as a rock music festival back in the 1970s. Since then, everyone who’s anyone has played Reading Festival from the Foo Fighters to the Rolling Stones.

The 2021 post-pandemic line up is incredibly eclectic and includes Stormzy, Post Malone, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jack Harlow, Disclosure and Queens of the Stone Age along with Doja Cat, Liam Gallagher, Lewis Capaldi, Two Door Cinema Club, DaBaby, Neck Deep, Sofi Tukker and AJ Tracey.

There are multiple stages because this is a two-city simultaneous event (see below), so check out the website to see who plays where and when. Thought it’s a bit confusing at this point. They’ll work it all out by August, we’re thinkin’ …..

There’s already a waiting list, and you can get on it here.

Leeds Festival 2021

27 thru 29 August, Bramham Park, Leeds

This is the twin to the Reading event, though Leeds Festival only dates back to the 1990s. And since Liam Gallagher can’t be two places at the same time (or at least we don’t think he can) he and all the acts listed above for Reading have to not just scramble between stages, but between cities.

So be sure to check out who will play where and when.

And just like the Reading event above, tickets are sold out, but you can get get on the waiting list here.


3 September in London

The fabled Amnesia nightclub presents Pyramid, a dual staged open-air and indoor warehouse party on Friday, 3 September, bringing a little taste of Ibiza to London.

Programmed from noon until 10.30 p.m., Pyramid will host the all-day summer party on an open air stage headlined by Ricardo Villalobos, Honey Dijon, Special Request, Mar-T b2b Luca Donzelli and very special guest, The Blessed Madonna.

An indoor warehouse stage will be hosted by Ibiza-born brand Do Not Sleep with Ilario Alicante, Richy Ahmed, Marco Faraone, Sidney Charles b2b Prunk and Ray Mono. This will be the only Pyramid show that will take place in the capital this year. Tickets start at 39.50 pounds with a seven-day window to sign up till 30 April at 11am.

You can get tickets here.

The event will be at The Drumsheds is a ground-breaking new space at Meridian Water in the N18 area created by the same group who has Printworks. The former industrial gasworks has four huge interlinked warehouses with a total capacity of 10,000 people and 10 acres of outdoor space. It is a secluded spot that allows parties to be louder and longer than anywhere else in the capital, according to the media release we got.

Drumsheds is accessible to the city via London public transport.

Decibel Open Air

11 September and 12 September, Cascine Park in Florence, Italy

Decibel Open Air alive and kicking for 2021, with a lineup that includes Richie Hawtin, Kölsch, Ben Klock, Italy’s own Marco Carola, Nina Kraviz, Peggy Gou and many more. This is a two-stage event in a large green space amid one of Europe’s fabled cities … with Italian food. How bad could it be?

Tickets start at 65 euros and you can get them here.


19 September 2021 in London

Printworks, the underground club in a giant former newsprint shop, is reopening with three 2021 events, two of which are sold out. But there are still tickets for the September show. Low End Theories is a bit of a pig-in-a-poke proposition because the acts will be revealed the night of. It looks like this will be a drum-and-bass event. And that’s all we know.

Tickets start at 22.50 pounds and you can get yours here.


23 thru 25 September in Dubrovnik

Croatia is rejoining the world after the pandemic, and what better way to celebrate than a house festival in Dubrovnik? Higher is billed as “a three-day and night Croatian extravaganza,” it’s hosted by house heroes Solardo at Culture Club Revelin.

You can sign up for ticket info here.

Amsterdam Dance Event

13 October to 17 October

ADE is back and live for its 25th anniversary. Dutch officials are pushing organizers to restart the EDM industry, guaranteeing they’ll cover 80-percent of events that get cancelled, they’re so confident they can get everyone vaccinated.

This is a multi-venue event, so check out the website here. And stay tuned as more details become available.

You can register here for tickets.

Club Amnesia

23 October, Closing Party 2021 on Ibiza

Ibiza’s most famous club is having an “inverted season,” announcing its closing party as its first event. And if you miss all the ice cannons, sound systems and decadence, you’ll want to put this event on your calendar.

The lineup includes:

• Adam Beyer

• The Blessed Madonna

• Richy Ahmed

• Jamie Jones

You can get tickets here for 55 pounds.

Terminal V Festival

30 October and 31 October. Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

This is for you planners … but with its Halloween date, it’s likely to actually happen. Terminal V is a biannual (twice each year) underground house/techno festival in Edinburgh. To meet all the pent-up pandemic demand, Terminal V will run over two days for the first time in its history. During those two days, there are scheduled (by our count) 55 acts in an actual hangar near Edinburgh airport.

Those acts include a lot of established acts including the ubiquitous Nina Kraviz, Maceo Plex, Eats Everything, Honey Dijon, I Hate Models and Sven Vath and a lot of new acts.

You can get final release tickets here starting at 78.69 pounds.

Amaarae’s 10-date tour

Miss hearing acts in person? Basically, fantasizing about seeing Black Pumas or Michael Kiwanuka live is all that’s kept us going. Now, Ghanaian-American singer Amaarae has announced a 10-date Europe tour promoting her new album, “The Angel You Don’t know.” The tour starts 1 November and goes through 27 November. The tour starts in Manchester and goes to Stockholm.

You can see all the dates here and get tickets in advance.

Read more about Amaarae here in the Guardian.


Orange Yard in London

The Loft in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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