Festival season is just around the corner and what better way to get in the party mood than by snapping up a ticket to one of this years hottest events. From sizzling sunshine escapes to historic fortresses and industrial playgrounds, there’s an adventure to suit everyone. For a once in a lifetime experience, soundtracked by some of the biggest names in music, make 2014 a year to remember by dancing the days and nights away at one of the following festival hotspots
When: 7-12 April 2014
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
Who: The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers (DJ Set), Foxes, Tom Odell, Nina Kraviz, Scuba & more
Best for: Luxurious spa’s, secret mountain sets, endless piste action
Snowbombing is a festival filled with fresh air, blue skies, black runs & white-hot parties… A week-long whirlwind of world class DJs and bands, in the idyllic alpine setting of Mayrhofen, Austria. Days are spent skiing, boarding, enjoying music on mountain top stages or relaxing in the spa of a luxury hotel. Nights deliver cutting edge performances in unique venues, from a sky-high igloo, to an enchanted forest clearing. Snowbombing celebrates its 15th birthday in 2014 with a world class selection of live acts and DJs including The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Foxes, Tom Odell, Nina Kraviz, The Martinez Brothers, Breach, Chase & Status, Scuba and Rudimental.
When: 2 – 9 July 2014
Where: Tisno, Croatia
Who: Derrick Carter, Francois K, Levon Vincent, Bicep, Ewan Pearson, Soul Clap & more
Best for: Sun-kissed beaches and boat parties mixed with house, disco and funk beats
Croatia’s founding festival returns for 2014. Blessed with crystal clear Adriatic waters, sizzling sunshine and star-lit night skies, the idyllic and intimate setting welcomes a global crowd to a true slice of paradise. Laid-back party vibes rule on the beach whilst boat parties and club nights showcase the very best disco and house grooves from an impressive roster of international DJs that includes Ewan Pearson, Bicep, Derrick Carter, Prosumer, Axel Boman, Seven Davis Jr, Soul Clap, Eats Everything and more.
When: 10 – 14 July 2014
Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
Who: Disclosure, Rudimental, Damon Albarn, Carl Cox, Skrillex & more
Best for: Historic fortress location, major headliners and the legendary Dance Arena with exclusive B2B DJ sets.
Winner of the ‘Best Major Festival’ at the European Festival awards, EXIT was started by 3 students in 2000 against the Milosevic regime, fighting for political change and freedom. Taking place in the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia. EXIT has numerous stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels, with something for music lovers of all genres. Acts for 2014 include Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Rudimental, Skrillex and incredible b2b sessions including Carl Craig vs. Green Velvet.
When: 18 – 20 July 2014
Where: Ferropolis, Germany
Who: Portishead, Dixon, Jungle, Four Tet, Haim, Metronomy, Panda Bear, Mano Le Tough & more
Best for: Dancing ‘til dawn and witnessing the biggest breakthrough acts of the year
Germany’s Melt! Festival returns to the ‘City of Iron’ in July. Located just over an hour from Berlin, Melt! Festival draws in a musically-savvy crowd every year with its cutting edge line-ups. The festival site is scattered with giant industrial diggers which come to life at night with an incredible light show. This year, expect monumental performances from the likes of Portishead, Dixon, Haim, Little Dragon, Jeff Mills, Jagwar Ma and Metronomy.
When: 18 – 20 July 2014
Where: Salacgriva, Latvia
Who: Bastille, Ellie Goulding, MO, Kraftwerk, The 1975 & more
Best for: Beautiful coastlines and chart topping headliners
Positivus is the largest music and arts festival in the Baltic states, taking place in the picturesque coastal town of Salacgriva in Latvia. With three main stages, including the Red Bull Academy stage, Positivus brings a rich diversity of international chart toppers and underground emerging talent to the idyllic holiday location. Along with the large musical programme Positivus also offers exciting art and dance stages giving festival goers a variety of activities and plenty to explore across the three day festival. Taking place from the 18th to 20th of July, headliners for this year include Bastille, Ellie Goulding, MO, Kraftwerk, The 1975 & more.
When: 2 – 4 August 2014
Where: Katowice, Poland
Who: Belle and Sebastian, Fuck Buttons, Holden (LIVE) Neutral Milk Hotel & more
Best for: A boutique festival experience where you can discover the boldest and eclectic alternative acts from around the world.
One for the indie / alternative music lovers! This boutique festival takes place in the lush greenery of the Three Lake Valley in Katowice, Poland. OFF Festival is a way of life, one that flies in the face of current trends and stays true to itself and the organisers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music. This year the festival will serve up acts including Holden (LIVE), Belle & Sebastian, Jacques Greene, Fuck Buttons and Neutral Milk Hotel.
When: 9 – 16 August 2014
Where: Pag, Croatia
Who: Sven Väth , Dubfire, Guy Gerber, Mano Le Tough, Maceo Plex, Adam Beyer & more
Best for: Beach parties, world renowned DJ’s, unforgettable festival friendship
Barrakud invites you to the breathtaking island of Pag to experience the latest jewel in Croatia’s festival crown. Taking place from 9 – 16 August, the Barrakud Extended Experience brings together an impressive array of acts at the forefront of today’s electronic music scene, for 8 days of sun-drenched parties by the sea. This 2014 line-up includes Adam Beyer, Art Department, Ellen Allien, Guy Gerber, Mano Le Tough, Maceo Plex, Paul Kalkbrenner, Sven Väth and more.
When:15 – 19 October 2014
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Who: The A-Z of the dance music world
Best for: 24 hour party people, 4/4 beats, tech workshops for aspiring DJs
ADE is the ONLY way to end the festival season with a bang. The city of Amsterdam is taken over for 5 whole days and nights of electronic music. Over 80 clubs involved make it the biggest club festival in the world and with more than 2000 international DJs, spinning everything from house and techno to bass and dubstep or trance and hardstyles, you’re guaranteed to see many of your favourite acts perform. Aspiring DJs can also dig deeper into the daytime program ‘ADE Playground’ where they’ll discover tech and gear workshops, artist Q&As, in-store DJ sessions and more