(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: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
• Abu Dhabi
NuraiFest – Zaya Nurai, Abu Dhabi: Remember Frye Fest … how everyone was so excited about partying on a private island with top music acts? Well, NuraiFest promises to be that cool, but will actually happen because all the resources are already in place. And this is the UAE, which ain’t short on cash.
Pool parties, beaches and Audiofly, Steve Lawler, Tiga, wAFF, M.A.N.D.Y., Satori live and Serge Devant performing 22 thru 24 November.
A 15-minute boat ride off Abu Dhabi, Zaya Nurai Island has 52 private villas, an oceanside spa, five fine-food and casual- food and beverage experiences, a beach club, and a calendar of exceptional activities on land and sea. There are three ways to get to the island – by boat, helicopter or seaplane.
Obviously, this won’t be inexpensive. Tickets start at 499 Arab Emirate dollars ($185, or 122 euros) per day, and there are VIP tickets.
Culture Box, Copenhagen – Copenhagen doesn’t have the same caché as a Berlin or even an Amsterdam even though it has Distortion, one of the biggest festivals in Europe, five days of dance music. But it still has some must-experience clubs, and Culture Box seems to get the most pub. And it’s the place all our pro Dutch partiers head, so it must be good.
Culture Box doesn’t book Wiz Khalifa, but there are some significant acts via What Happens founder/producer Tim Andresen, and Ben Klock, Sven Väth, DJ Koze, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier other big names come on a regular basis.
Come on … tell us where there’s a better place to be young and beautiful than Copenhagen?
Soho Garden Dubai – Ibiza and Croatia are holding closing parties, but the party is just beginning in Dubai. (We know … this isn’t Europe, but it’s a favorite destination of Europe-based expats.)
Soho Garden Dubai, on the grounds of the famous Meydan Racecourse, is starting its 2019/2020 season with a full lineup of acts:
• Tickets go on sale soon for the Elrow New Year’s Eve party.
This is waaay more than just another club. Soho Garden Dubai has 4,000 meters2 (about 43,000 square feet, or one acre), of clubs, restaurants, pools and a 10,000-capacity concert venue.
The complex includes the renowned Las Vegas nightclub Drai’s, Bohemian chic beach party location Soho Beach, high-end London based club, Toyroom, minimalist underground nightclub CODE DXB, European brasserie & bar Glasshouse by Soho and Japanese eatery Tokyo Vibes.
Other events at the various clubs include:
21 November – Camelphat (Abode, Soho Garden)
22 November, Patrickt Topping and other guests (Soho Garden)
22 November, Adriatique and others at Soho Beach
28 November, John Digweed and Francesca Lombardo (Soho Garden)
White Dubai – White Dubai has been steadily working its way up the DJ Top 100 Clubs list, jumping four sports recently to No. 16. There’s a reason for that … this is the Middle East stop for top acts.
Jason Derulo was here last month and Nelly was here earlier in the year. Remember, Dubai’s season starts when Ibiza, Croatia, Greece and Malta are throwing their closing parties. So this can be your winter-go to. (And don’t miss the Halloween Party.)
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.
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-era 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.
• THE NETHERLANDS
Rotterdam – RTM opens: You would think clubs would have it easy in the Netherlands what with the “party-and-let-party” ethos. But nope. Clubs are closing left and right in Rotterdam for a number of reasons ranging from authorities’ concerns about X and other party drugs to shifting music tastes to cost overruns.
So, when something new is happening, it’s news. RTM is a new limited run, 450-capacity basement club that will host about 13 parties for 12 weeks through New Year’s Eve.
You can see all the events here on the RTM website.
Tickets generally start at 10 euros and you can get yours here.
Amsterdam – Shelter: An ever-evolving DJ collective, with DJ Bone at the helm, will debut at Shelter on 22 November.
Joining forces with Bone for the launch are A Guy Called Gerald and Dave Angel.
“Techno is a great unifier and brings strangers together. It’s this togetherness that I wanted to recreate both behind the DJ booth and out on the dance floor with this evolving and ever-changing line up,” stated DJ Bone in a media release. “I’m excited to get into the booth with artists and friends who have influenced the way I enjoy music, bringing our collective enthusiasm to a legendary venue like Shelter.”
Tickets are 17.50 and you can get yours here.
Shelter regularly hosts “names” such as Hot Since ’82 and Boris Brejcha. You can see the full lineup here.
Lisbon – LXM Festival: Coming up in December, LXM Festival is one of the rare end-of-year festivals, but this is sunny Portugal.
LXM runs from 13 thru 15 December and includes some of the biggest EDM acts including Boris Brejcha as part of his album release tour, Ben Klock and I Hate Models.
Tickets start at $38 (not euros, oddly) and you can get yours 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:
• 29 NOVEMBER – VOYAGE SHOWCASE NIGHT, BIRDS OF MIND, A.D.A.M Birthday set
Bristol – In:Motion/The Marble Factory: We were in Bristol about this time last year and it’s a vibrant university city and we met lots and lots of expats including a surprising number of Americans. It’s club scene … well, not the best with one exception – the Marble Factory. This is one of the top-ranked clubs in the world, with big names in a big space that used to be a warehouse, then a skate club.
(There are also live rock/alternative bands under the Motion flag, so check the sked.)
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.
The next huge event is:
The Christmas Party on 7 December is the next big night that’s not sold out. Tickets are 22.50 pounds.
Southampton – Switch Southampton – We finally got to the fall/winter sked for underground destination Switch, which has hosted Snoop Dogg, Annie Mac and many more.
The news release we got states that Switch has recently undergone a full-club 200k refurb which includes:
- New entrance for quicker customer entry
- Brand new festival-style staging
- Brand new dancefloor bar
- Brand new sound system
- Brand new lighting system
- Increased capacity of balcony & better views
Switch has more than just EDM including soul and hip hop.
Fresh from Amsterdam Dance Week is DJ Michael Bibi coming to Switch on 14 December. Tickets start at 12.50 pounds and you can get them here.
Manchester – The Warehouse Project at Depot: More than 200,000 partiers have made the Warehouse Project’s 30 shows this year, according to the media release Dispatches received.
The new 10,000-capacity Depot – a huge former warehouse – has already hosted Skrillex and Four Tet, a curated live show from Aphex Twin, a live performance from Hacienda Classical plus a huge drum & bass takeover featuring Chase & Status. Boiler Room, Slowthai, Skepta presents and elrow are amongst the slew of events still to come.
FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER – APE & METROPOLIS PRESENTS
LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Andy C, Goldie, Sub Focus B2B Wilkinson, High Contrast, Dimension, Calibre, DnB Allstars, Kings of the Rollers, Hype & Hazard, S.P.Y B2B Randall B2B Breakage, Dillinja B2B Benny L, DJ Marky, Dynamite MC, DRS, GQ
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER – SKEPTA PRESENTS [IN ASSOCIATION WITH NOISEY]
LINE UP: Skepta, Octavian, M Huncho, Jaykae, Flohio, Miraa May, Tiffany Calver, SHERELLE, Chlobocop, Black Josh, Metrodome, Yung Omz
FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER – ANJUNABEATS
LINE UP (A-Z): Above & Beyond, Amber Stomp, Amy Wiles, Gabriel & Dresden, Genix, Grum, Oliver Smith, Tinlicker, Trance Wax
SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER – FEEL MY BICEP
LINE UP: Bicep [dj], Jeff Mills, Special Guest: Floating Points Live, Midland, Avalon Emerson, 808 State Live, DJ Seinfeld, Call Super, Overmono Live, HAAi, Aurora Halal Live, Josey Rebelle, Hammer, Willow, Djrum Live, Brame & Hamo, Mor Elian, Cromby, Danielle, James Shinra, LNS, Krysko, Greg Lord
THURSDAY 5 DECEMBER – UNDERWORLD LIVE
LINE UP: Underworld – Live at the Depot, Plus Special Guests To Be Announced
FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER – JAMIE JONES PRESENTS PARADISE
LINE UP: Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Nicole Moudaber, Richy Ahmed, Ilario Alicante, Enzo Siragusa, Krystal Klear, Detlef B2B Latmun, Melé, Rich NXT, Rebüke, Lauren Lo Sung, Anna Wall, Krysko
SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER – HIGHSNOBIETY & WHP PRESENTS
LINE UP: Fredo, Slowthai, Mike Skinner DJ Set, Casisdead, Flohio, Kojey Radical, Children of Zeus, Bakar, Tiffany Calver, Murlo AV Set, Places + Faces presents + sounds, P-Rallel, BadGirl$, Hannah Faith, Jossy Mitsu, Teki Latex, ConM1, Yung Omz, Rich Reason, HighSnobiety Soundsystem
SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER – ELROW MANCHESTER – NOWMADS [BIGGEST INDOOR FESTIVAL]
LINE UP: [A-Z] Erick Morillo, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli, Yousef [A-Z] Alisha, Andres Campo, Cici, Eddy M, James Organ, Joey Jackson, Joseph Edmund, Mason Maynard, Max Chapmon, Olli Ryder, Opus Klien, Secondcity, Viviana Casanova
SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER – FATBOY SLIM
LINE UP: Fatboy Slim, Eats Everything, Josh Butler, Route 94, Melé, Eli & Fur, Prospa, Cousn
SATURDAY 28 DECEMBER – KALUKI 14th BIRTHDAY
LINE UP: Marco Carola B2B Joseph Capriati [A-Z] Archie Hamilton, Ben Sterling, Calvin Clarke, Dennis Ferrer, Enzo Siragusa, Joey Daniel, Luke Welsh B2B Mike Morrisey, Luigi Madonna, Marco Faraone, Matt Tolfrey, Pete Zorba, Pirate Copy, Richy Ahmed, Sho, Tini Gessler
TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER – NEW YEARS EVE AT THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT
LINE UP: Annie Mac, Rudimental [DJ], Groove Armada [DJ], Hannah Wants, Artwork, Krystal Klear, Melé, Shadow Child, Waze & Odyssey, TSHA, Prospa, O’Flynn, Dance System, Del30, Krysko, Greg Lord, Rich Reason, Joe Motion, Olli Ryder, Luke Welsh, Nghtwrk
COMING UP FOR 2020
• Rampage is back in 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.