(Editor’s note: This reformatted post replaces our original Dispatches list of the 2019’s best EDM events, which contained corrupted code.)
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.
Fall into winter is particularly crazy starting with ADE in Amsterdam in October.
If you have a party we should know about, be sure to email us about it: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shedhallespace at Funkhaus, Berlin – HYTE Warehouse Series: Berlin-based festival promoter HYTE has unveiled the first in a new series of warehouse events in their hometown starting Friday 16 August. The new HYTE series will be in Room Two of the Shedhallespace on the grounds of the famous Funkhaus complex.
The series launches with Adam Beyer and Pan-Pot representing their respective Drumcode and Second State imprints.
By the way, DJ Mag dives deep into Beyer’s legacy as “techno’s uncompromising kingpin.” Drumcode itself has developed into one of the world’s most widely recognized techno imprints, renowned worldwide for its trademark sound.
Tickets are 28.10 euros and you can get them 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.
Tickets start at 67.50 euros and you can get them here.
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.
Tickets start at about 77 euros plus a 5-euro trash deposit. You can get them here.
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.
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
• THE NETHERLANDS
Rotterdam – 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.
Amsterdam – DJ Bone’s Homeless Homies: An event for a great cause. Detroit native DJ Bone is an activist for homeless, getting directly involved in trying to help. He and his wife Ahnne created Homeless Homies, with proceeds from DJ Bone’s record label Subject Detroit directed to their Homeless Homies Foundation.
Now, they’re putting on an event that coincides with Amsterdam Dance event. On 18 October, Homeless Homies ADE Party comes to Shelter. The bill includes DJ Bone, of course, as well as Ben Sims, Dubfire, Peggie Gou and others. You can see the full lineup and get tickets here.
Tickets start at 35 euros, and the first two releases are gone ….
Amsterdam – Verknipt at Amsterdam Studios for ADE: Amsterdam Dance Event is one of the biggest events of the year in the Dutch capital of Crazy.
This year, Verknipt, an organization that puts on mega techno/house events in Amsterdam and other cities, returns to Amsterdam Dance Event for a sixth season. For 2019, there will be three days of events running from 17 to 19 October at Amsterdam Studios‘ three rooms.
There are more than 50 acts scheduled during the three days and they include I Hate Models, Benny Rodrigues, Randomer, Victor Ruiz, Solardo, Ghost in the Machine and many more.
Tickets start at 50 euros per event, and you can get them here.
Portimão, Portugal – The BPM Festival: Set in the coastal town of Portimão, BPM Festival Portugal brings together a community of music lovers for four days of parties from 12 thru 15 September.
This year is the third edition on the Algrave coast and 2019 has a huge selection of acts across house and techno.
Nobody seems to get top billing, so we waded into the list and came up with the Martinez Brothers, Patrick Topping, Adriatique, Eats Everything, Maceo Plex and Richy Ahmed. Those are just the “names.” There are like a hundred more acts.
Festival passes start at 188 pounds for the second release and you can get yours here.
Ibiza – Closing Parties Guide: Sadly, it’s already time to plan how we’re going to end our summer. And this year, the Closing Parties on Ibiza have become their own thing.
Here are the first events courtesy of Corrie at Listen Up Music Promotions in London.
LEE BURRIDGE – YOKOO – ROY ROSENFELD
Friday 20 September
From the release – Having taken residence at Cova Santa this season, Lee Burridge and his All Day I Dream family have hosted another beautiful chapter of their musical story this season. Each party offers something fresh and unique in the musical landscape of today; transcending genres, social norms and musical politics they offer an authentic all-encompassing musical journey that you might just feel like joining them on.
• DANCE OR DIE at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel
Line-up: NIC FANCIULLI – CARL COX – CASSY – ALEX KENNON – BRINA KNAUSS
Wednesday 25 September
From the release – A new project for Ushuaïa Ibiza, the provocatively titled DANCE OR DIE is a collaboration with Nic Fanciulli, one of the most respected names in house and techno. With a nod to the hedonistic days of rave, DANCE OR DIE is a no-nonsense event which is all about the dancefloor.
• BEDOUIN PRESENTS SAGA
Line-up: BEDOUIN – DAMIAN LAZARUS – GUY LALIBERTÉ
Sunday 29 September
From the release – Launched in 2017, SAGA was lauded as the most successful new residency on the island. A collaborative project between Bedouin, Cirque Du Soleil and the Adria Brothers, the concept aims to tell a story in an enticingly beautiful and dramatic way. Transforming Heart into an incredible sensory audio-visual experience, the party truly compliments the magic of the most avant-garde venue on the island.
• CLAPTONE PRESENTS THE MASQUERADE
Line up: CLAPTONE (EXTENDED SET) – JON HOPKINS – BASEMENT JAXX
Monday 30 September
From the release – The man in the golden mask Claptone presents The Masquerade, a magic & mysterious clubbing concept where one can live out their deepest desires. Offering an extraordinary atmosphere full of masked faces, complimented by some of Pacha’s world famous and beautiful costumed dancers, the debut season has taken over Monday at Pacha this year with resounding success.
• PARADISE @ DC-10
Line-up: JAMIE JONES – LOCO DICE – NICOLE MOUDABER – ALAN FITZPATRICK B2B RICHY AHMED – DJ SNEAK – LATMUN – MATT TOLFREY – KATE SIMKO – REBUKE – BIG MIZ – DAVINA MOSS
Wednesday 2 October
18:00 – 06:00
From the release – Jamie Jones’ Paradise remains as one of the islands most successful residencies, consistently attracting a mix of dynamic, big-name and up and coming artists at the iconic DC-10.
San Antonio, Ibiza – Café Mambo: Café Mambo is celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2019.
This is Ibiza’s family owned boho retreat, so there’s food and something going on every night.
• Monday Masquerade pre-party including appearances from Claptone and his guests
• Tuesday for the new night Bodyworks at the mega club Hï with guests such as Fisher, Camelphat and Solardo
• Wednesday with Armin van Buuren, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano before their night at Hï with guests such as Nora En Pure, EDX, Fedde Le Grand…
• Thursday for the pre-party of ABODE at Amnesia with talented guests such as Danny Howard, Ellie Cocks and more
• Friday for the Defected pre-party at Eden, with guests from Low Steppa, • MK, Mambo Brothers, Sam Divine, Simon Dunmore and many more
Saturday with Pure Pacha as they welcome guests every Saturday such as Martin Solveig, S-Men, Housekeeping, Hannah Wants…
Sundays with the pre-party for Glitterbox at Hï bringing back disco vibes with Roger Sanchez, Shapeshifters, Kenny Dope and more…
Ibiza – O Beach Ibiza: You have to admit, this is a pretty sic 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 see other ANTS events here, which include Kingsland Festival in the Netherlands and Printswork in London.
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.
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.
• UNITED KINGDOM
London – Proud Embankment: EDM seems to be taking over at Proud Embankment, a West End cabaret venue.
Cirque de Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberte is part of a group of DJs coming to Proud Embankment as part of Project Loud, a collaboration between the London cabaret and Loud Professional, which builds elaborate sound systems.
Starting 9 August, Project Loud begins its quest to create the most unique and “sonically perfect” party palaces on the planet starts starting with Art Department and Goldcap.
The quest continues with international DJ’s such as Agoria, DJ Sneak, Francesca Lombardo, Laliberte, Behrouz, Nico Stojan, Mayan Warriors Sound System and a Voyage Showcase Night will all serve up some special parties until 29 November.
Here’s the full lineup:
• 20 SEPTEMBER – FRANCESCA LOMBARDO, ANSTACIA, BARTOLOMEO & Residents
• 4 OCTOBER, GUY LALIBERTE, BEHROUZ, MIAGI, EREZ & BNK & Residents
• 18 OCTOBER – NICO STOJAN HOOMANCE, LUNA SUMMER & Residents
• 1 NOVEMBER – MAYAN WARIORS Sound System (Dramian, Mandrake, Tansen (On the road to Dakar Music Fest) & Resident
• 29 NOVEMBER – VOYAGE SHOWCASE NIGHT, BIRDS OF MIND, A.D.A.M Birthday set
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.
The latest news:
On 14 September, Printworks will host the final night of Red Bull Music’s first London festival with Aphex Twin. Tickets are 40 pounds and you can only buy four at a time. You can get more details here.
London – Hospitality in the Park: This is London’s biggest celebration of drum and bass culture with at least 70 acts at multiple stages.
On 21 September, Hospitality In The Park returns to Finsbury Park for the fourth consecutive year. To celebrate, the award-winning (Best Festival at Drum & Bass Awards 2018) festival has some of the best DJs, producers, MCs and promoters in the business including headliners; Mala, Camo & Krooked, S.P.Y, LTJ Bukem.
Check out the website because the art is excellent.
Tickets start at 57 euros and you can get them here.
Southhampton – Docklands Festival: Docklands Festival is coming to Hoglands Park on 28 September with more than 50 house, bass and tech artists including Patrick Topping, Alan Fitzpatrick, Andy C + Tonn Piper, Pete Tong, Wilkinson, My Nu Leng, Sub Focus, Jaguar Skills and GW Harrison.
Promoters are expecting 10,000 people for this outdoor festival, so best not to wait … and let’s hope it cools off a little, huh.
Tickets start at 35 pounds and you can get them here