crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide For 2017

The festival scene is bustling in Europe at the moment, and here's a few which really stand out.

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The festival scene is one which has grown into something extremely huge over the last few years. New festivals arrive on the scene every year, while many of the heavyweights seem to stand firm and continue to grow year on year. It’s a bustling market and the choice for fans is extremely difficult. That also means when you decide on who you want to see at the festival, there are quite a number of clashes due to the vast expanse of what is on offer. We’ve put together a Top Ten European Festival Guide for 2017 to try and show you what is on offer, and where the best parties are at.

Photo Credit: Simon Hutchinson / AVA Festival

AVA Festival: Belfast, Northern Ireland – June 2nd – 3rd

AVA Festival is set to take place for the third time at the start of June in Belfast at T13 and what the festival has established in the previous two years, no other festival could really match it. The team behind the festival managed to secure the first ever Boiler Room in Belfast, and this seems to be a feature happening each year. The cool thing about this one is the mixture between the party and the conference, with talks and exhibitions taking place on the Friday, before being headlined by the mighty Jeff Mills and Guillaume Marmin, as they present the UK debut of their live show ‘Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind’. Other highlights on the Friday include Fatima Yamaha, Ben UFO and Moxie, while plenty of Irish talent will be on offer.

Following on from this on the Saturday is the return of Boiler Room, with local legend Ejeca headlining, supported by Denis Sulta, OR:LA, Jordan and many more. This is only the Boiler Room stage as Marcel Dettmann brings his heavyweight Techno to the docks, while the return of BICEP is highly anticipated at the festival. Other stand out acts include Midland, Rebekah and Hammer.

Sonar Festival: Barcelona, Spain – June 15th – 17th 

Sonar Festival will be running for it’s massive 24th edition in the middle of June and this happens to be another festival which mixes parties, exhibitions and showcases all together. Sonar By Day or Sonar By Night, there is certainly something you will find yourself interested within. The opening night of the festival, which actually takes place on June 14th is a huge DJ set from the exceptional talent that is Bjork. Showcases in the following days will all come from the Red Bull Music Academy, Resident Advisor, We Are Europe and many more.

Some of the big names to stand out for Sonar Festival are the likes of Eric Prydz, Carl Craig, Justice and Floorplan. The mixture of sounds and experimental music is unbelievable, with other names on the bill including Giggs, Optimo, Nina Kraviz, Marco Carola and Masters At Work. However one of the main events is an awesome six hour set, back to back, with Seth Troxler and Tiga. Might be worth a shout.

Photo Credit: Awakenings

Awakenings Festival: Spaarnwoude, Netherlands – June 24th – 25th

Hosted by the renowned Awakenings party brand, Awakenings Festival will return in 2017 for a two day Techno bender and you will not be disappointed with what the guys have in store. If you love your Techno, then you will be amazed to find that there are eight arenas hosting some of the biggest names in the underground industry, as well as allowing debut artists and rising stars also show off their skills.

On Saturday, you have the brilliant names of Pan-Pot, Maceo Plex, Adam Beyer, Len Faki and Tale Of Us headlining the stages, while other key acts to perform include Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz, Claptone and the legendary icon that is Ricardo Villalobos. Taking over the stages on Sunday will be the likes of Kolsch who has had a monumental few years, a massive back to back from Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, while Chris Liebing and Dubfire also go back to back. Not to mention other brilliant names such as Loco Dice, Joris Voorn, Black Coffee and many more will all be performing. This is a definite if you brand yourself as a Techno head.

Ultra Europe: Split, Croatia – July 14th – 16th

Ultra Europe has become one of the stand out events over the last few years, bolstered by boat parties, beach parties and much more. The main stand out event though takes place at the Poljud Stadium in Split and attracts thousands of people from across Europe to witness and take part in one of the Ultra branded events. The last few years has also saw the introduction of the Resistance brand, the enforcement of the underground on the festival circuit. For 2017, Ultra Europe are pulling out all the stops over the three days, with plenty of major names included.

For those of you interested in the more main stream side of things, heavyweights such as Trance king Armin Van Buuren will be performing. Backed up with the likes of Axwell / Ingrosso, Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Tiesto, these artists will all have supporting acts along the lines of Fedde Le Grand, Julian Jordan, W&W and many others. For the underground fans, King Carl Cox will be performing alongside the likes of Adam Beyer, with a special back to back from Sasha & John Digweed. Also included on the bill will be two serious back to back performances – one from Eats Everything and Nic Fanciulli, the other from Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers. Huge.

MELT Festival: Ferropolis, Germany – July 14th – 16th

A festival which is turning twenty years old this year and they have really brought along some talented artists from across the musical spectrum. MELT Festival is situated in the city of iron, Ferropolis, and the location of which the festival is based, will blow you away. Lakes, forests and some iconic excavators provide a stunning backdrop for the festival to take place. With tickets flying out, this is one which is sure to be one hell of a party. Who’s playing you ask?

Well headliners for the weekend are hard hitters Die Antwoord, a live set from Bonobo, Richie Hawtin and his new concept CLOSE, while Techno dons Dixon and Tale Of Us perform. Hercules & Love Affair have also been locked in as have plenty of other huge acts. Expect to see the likes of Claptone, MK, Catz N Dogz, Denis Sulta and a notable back to back performance from AME & Rodhad. Huge performance on the Sunday not to be missed.

Photo Credit: Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland: Boom, Belgium – July 21st -23rd, July 28th – 30th 

It is possibly one of the biggest, if not the biggest dance music festival out there. Tomorrowland has grown year on year on year, from such a small base into a highly demanded festival. This year will see it return as a double weekend, and sadly for fans, all tickets for both have sold out already. However if you are lucky enough to be heading to the festival, the stages and the line up’s will have you wondering where to go. Not to mention the fact that there is so much to do on site.

The heavyweight names within the dance music scene will all be performing with Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Alesso, Martin Garrix and the standard performance from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on the Saturday night. However if you happen to like your music a little more diversified, Tomorrowland have it covered. From the Trance Energy stage to Martin Garrix’s STMPD Records through to Dave Clarke hosting his own vibe, not to mention Cocoon, ANTS, Refune, Q-Dance, Jacked and many others.

And this is all across the two weekends. Huge line up, huge set up, sadly many of us will be tuning into the live stream instead.

Eastern Electrics: London, UK – August 5th 

The one day festival has been abuzz in recent years and that is mainly due to how the festival is staged. From Skream riding around in a rickshaw banging out some Techno to Eats Everything hosting an open-top bus party, they really know how to show off the mood of the festival. This year, Eastern Electrics will head to a new location for its one day party, arriving at Morden Park and the cast which the festival are bringing will surely be something to party about.

Knee Deep In Sound boss Hot Since 82 arrives in London with plenty of his crew as Serge Dvant and Denis Sulta are a few of the names to join him at his stage. Carl Cox will be headlining the main stage with names like AME, Darius Syrossian, Nick Curly and Waze & Odyssey supporting. And also set to feature at the one day bonanza will be Skream with his Skreamizm stage, Defected Records hosting their tent, while Art Department, Steve Lawler, My Nu Leng and many others all join in. Plenty to party about, let’s hope the weather is nice and sunny in London.

Creamfields: Daresbury, UK – August 24th – 27th 

Another festival which will be celebrating twenty years on the circuit will be the mighty Creamfields, which takes place in Daresbury in the United Kingdom. Now if anyone has any particular interest in dance music, and happen to be from the UK, then you know exactly how big this festival is. Over the last few years, they have improved their staging, introducing brand new North and South stages, brought together the extravagant yet highly popular Steel Yard stage (think industrial warehouse vibes), as well as diversifying their line ups with the best from across the dance music industry.

Some of the highlights this year is a massive back to back set from Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz which is just going to be insane, while both artists will perform separately across the weekend. Other key performances will be Richie Hawtin presenting his CLOSE concept, while plenty of special guests have been announced with Goldie, Maya Jane Coles, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and plenty of others all joining the festival. It’s one of those ones where the majority of the big names will be there, you can’t even begin to study the line up. Just go look for yourself, but hurry, tickets are flying out!

Photo Credit: Mysteryland

Mysteryland: Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands – August 26th – 27th

Over the last few years, Mysteryland has grown to a two day event, and started hosting camping at the festival. It is one of the longest running dance music festivals in the world, and continues to showcase some of the worlds best talent within the industry. Each year, they bring a host of diverse acts covering all genres from Techno to House to Hip-Hop, Hardstyle to Bass and much more. This festival is an out and out winner every year.

This year’s festival will see Deadmau5 and Alesso headline on the Saturday, while on the Sunday, Armin Van Buuren and Axwell / Ingrosso have been locked in to headline. Backing up these artists over the two days will be stages hosted by Spinnin’ Sessions, Dave Clarke, Q-Dance and one of the biggest party brands on the circuit at the moment, Elrow. It looks like it could be an action packed in the Netherlands if a European break is something you are after.

Dimensions Festival: Pula, Croatia, August 30th – September 3rd

Rounding off crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival guide is Dimensions Festival. Taking place at Fort Punta Christo, just outside of the town Pula in Croatia, the festival is one that is definitely for those that want something a little different. If you class yourself as a real underground head, and like listening to various genres from Funk, Soul, Jazz, Electronic, House, Techno and everything in between, then you’ll love Dimensions festival.

The opening party will be hosted at the Roman Amphitheatre in the heart of Pula, where Grace Jones will take over headlining duties, and will be joined by Moderat, Yussef Kammal and Moses Boyd: Solo X. The next day, the festival will kick off for sun filled parties across the beaches, boat cruises and the fort itself. Expect to see the mighty Jeff Mills performing, while other key artists include Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz, Floating Points and Daphni, while the legendary Goldie has also been locked in. An underground dance music heads dream.

Photo Source: Tomorrowland

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

The festival scene is one which has grown into something extremely huge over the last few years. New festivals arrive on the scene every year, while many of the heavyweights seem to stand firm and continue to grow year on year. It’s a bustling market and the choice for fans is extremely difficult. That also means when you decide on who you want to see at the festival, there are quite a number of clashes due to the vast expanse of what is on offer. We’ve put together a Top Ten European Festival Guide for 2017 to try and show you what is on offer, and where the best parties are at.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

AVA Festival: Belfast, Northern Ireland – June 2nd – 3rd

AVA Festival is set to take place for the third time at the start of June in Belfast at T13 and what the festival has established in the previous two years, no other festival could really match it. The team behind the festival managed to secure the first ever Boiler Room in Belfast, and this seems to be a feature happening each year. The cool thing about this one is the mixture between the party and the conference, with talks and exhibitions taking place on the Friday, before being headlined by the mighty Jeff Mills and Guillaume Marmin, as they present the UK debut of their live show ‘Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind’. Other highlights on the Friday include Fatima Yamaha, Ben UFO and Moxie, while plenty of Irish talent will be on offer.

Following on from this on the Saturday is the return of Boiler Room, with local legend Ejeca headlining, supported by Denis Sulta, OR:LA, Jordan and many more. This is only the Boiler Room stage as Marcel Dettmann brings his heavyweight Techno to the docks, while the return of BICEP is highly anticipated at the festival. Other stand out acts include Midland, Rebekah and Hammer.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

Sonar Festival: Barcelona, Spain – June 15th – 17th 

Sonar Festival will be running for it’s massive 24th edition in the middle of June and this happens to be another festival which mixes parties, exhibitions and showcases all together. Sonar By Day or Sonar By Night, there is certainly something you will find yourself interested within. The opening night of the festival, which actually takes place on June 14th is a huge DJ set from the exceptional talent that is Bjork. Showcases in the following days will all come from the Red Bull Music Academy, Resident Advisor, We Are Europe and many more.

Some of the big names to stand out for Sonar Festival are the likes of Eric Prydz, Carl Craig, Justice and Floorplan. The mixture of sounds and experimental music is unbelievable, with other names on the bill including Giggs, Optimo, Nina Kraviz, Marco Carola and Masters At Work. However one of the main events is an awesome six hour set, back to back, with Seth Troxler and Tiga. Might be worth a shout.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

Awakenings Festival: Spaarnwoude, Netherlands – June 24th – 25th

Hosted by the renowned Awakenings party brand, Awakenings Festival will return in 2017 for a two day Techno bender and you will not be disappointed with what the guys have in store. If you love your Techno, then you will be amazed to find that there are eight arenas hosting some of the biggest names in the underground industry, as well as allowing debut artists and rising stars also show off their skills.

On Saturday, you have the brilliant names of Pan-Pot, Maceo Plex, Adam Beyer, Len Faki and Tale Of Us headlining the stages, while other key acts to perform include Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz, Claptone and the legendary icon that is Ricardo Villalobos. Taking over the stages on Sunday will be the likes of Kolsch who has had a monumental few years, a massive back to back from Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, while Chris Liebing and Dubfire also go back to back. Not to mention other brilliant names such as Loco Dice, Joris Voorn, Black Coffee and many more will all be performing. This is a definite if you brand yourself as a Techno head.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

Ultra Europe: Split, Croatia – July 14th – 16th

Ultra Europe has become one of the stand out events over the last few years, bolstered by boat parties, beach parties and much more. The main stand out event though takes place at the Poljud Stadium in Split and attracts thousands of people from across Europe to witness and take part in one of the Ultra branded events. The last few years has also saw the introduction of the Resistance brand, the enforcement of the underground on the festival circuit. For 2017, Ultra Europe are pulling out all the stops over the three days, with plenty of major names included.

For those of you interested in the more main stream side of things, heavyweights such as Trance king Armin Van Buuren will be performing. Backed up with the likes of Axwell / Ingrosso, Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Tiesto, these artists will all have supporting acts along the lines of Fedde Le Grand, Julian Jordan, W&W and many others. For the underground fans, King Carl Cox will be performing alongside the likes of Adam Beyer, with a special back to back from Sasha & John Digweed. Also included on the bill will be two serious back to back performances – one from Eats Everything and Nic Fanciulli, the other from Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers. Huge.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

MELT Festival: Ferropolis, Germany – July 14th – 16th

A festival which is turning twenty years old this year and they have really brought along some talented artists from across the musical spectrum. MELT Festival is situated in the city of iron, Ferropolis, and the location of which the festival is based, will blow you away. Lakes, forests and some iconic excavators provide a stunning backdrop for the festival to take place. With tickets flying out, this is one which is sure to be one hell of a party. Who’s playing you ask?

Well headliners for the weekend are hard hitters Die Antwoord, a live set from Bonobo, Richie Hawtin and his new concept CLOSE, while Techno dons Dixon and Tale Of Us perform. Hercules & Love Affair have also been locked in as have plenty of other huge acts. Expect to see the likes of Claptone, MK, Catz N Dogz, Denis Sulta and a notable back to back performance from AME & Rodhad. Huge performance on the Sunday not to be missed.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

Tomorrowland: Boom, Belgium – July 21st -23rd, July 28th – 30th 

It is possibly one of the biggest, if not the biggest dance music festival out there. Tomorrowland has grown year on year on year, from such a small base into a highly demanded festival. This year will see it return as a double weekend, and sadly for fans, all tickets for both have sold out already. However if you are lucky enough to be heading to the festival, the stages and the line up’s will have you wondering where to go. Not to mention the fact that there is so much to do on site.

The heavyweight names within the dance music scene will all be performing with Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Alesso, Martin Garrix and the standard performance from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on the Saturday night. However if you happen to like your music a little more diversified, Tomorrowland have it covered. From the Trance Energy stage to Martin Garrix’s STMPD Records through to Dave Clarke hosting his own vibe, not to mention Cocoon, ANTS, Refune, Q-Dance, Jacked and many others.

And this is all across the two weekends. Huge line up, huge set up, sadly many of us will be tuning into the live stream instead.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

Eastern Electrics: London, UK – August 5th 

The one day festival has been abuzz in recent years and that is mainly due to how the festival is staged. From Skream riding around in a rickshaw banging out some Techno to Eats Everything hosting an open-top bus party, they really know how to show off the mood of the festival. This year, Eastern Electrics will head to a new location for its one day party, arriving at Morden Park and the cast which the festival are bringing will surely be something to party about.

Knee Deep In Sound boss Hot Since 82 arrives in London with plenty of his crew as Serge Dvant and Denis Sulta are a few of the names to join him at his stage. Carl Cox will be headlining the main stage with names like AME, Darius Syrossian, Nick Curly and Waze & Odyssey supporting. And also set to feature at the one day bonanza will be Skream with his Skreamizm stage, Defected Records hosting their tent, while Art Department, Steve Lawler, My Nu Leng and many others all join in. Plenty to party about, let’s hope the weather is nice and sunny in London.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

Creamfields: Daresbury, UK – August 24th – 27th 

Another festival which will be celebrating twenty years on the circuit will be the mighty Creamfields, which takes place in Daresbury in the United Kingdom. Now if anyone has any particular interest in dance music, and happen to be from the UK, then you know exactly how big this festival is. Over the last few years, they have improved their staging, introducing brand new North and South stages, brought together the extravagant yet highly popular Steel Yard stage (think industrial warehouse vibes), as well as diversifying their line ups with the best from across the dance music industry.

Some of the highlights this year is a massive back to back set from Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz which is just going to be insane, while both artists will perform separately across the weekend. Other key performances will be Richie Hawtin presenting his CLOSE concept, while plenty of special guests have been announced with Goldie, Maya Jane Coles, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and plenty of others all joining the festival. It’s one of those ones where the majority of the big names will be there, you can’t even begin to study the line up. Just go look for yourself, but hurry, tickets are flying out!

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

Mysteryland: Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands – August 26th – 27th

Over the last few years, Mysteryland has grown to a two day event, and started hosting camping at the festival. It is one of the longest running dance music festivals in the world, and continues to showcase some of the worlds best talent within the industry. Each year, they bring a host of diverse acts covering all genres from Techno to House to Hip-Hop, Hardstyle to Bass and much more. This festival is an out and out winner every year.

This year’s festival will see Deadmau5 and Alesso headline on the Saturday, while on the Sunday, Armin Van Buuren and Axwell /\ Ingrosso have been locked in to headline. Backing up these artists over the two days will be stages hosted by Spinnin’ Sessions, Dave Clarke, Q-Dance and one of the biggest party brands on the circuit at the moment, Elrow. It looks like it could be an action packed in the Netherlands if a European break is something you are after.

crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival Guide

Dimensions Festival: Pula, Croatia, August 30th – September 3rd

Rounding off crssbeat’s Top Ten European Festival guide is Dimensions Festival. Taking place at Fort Punta Christo, just outside of the town Pula in Croatia, the festival is one that is definitely for those that want something a little different. If you class yourself as a real underground head, and like listening to various genres from Funk, Soul, Jazz, Electronic, House, Techno and everything in between, then you’ll love Dimensions festival.

The opening party will be hosted at the Roman Amphitheatre in the heart of Pula, where Grace Jones will take over headlining duties, and will be joined by Moderat, Yussef Kammal and Moses Boyd: Solo X. The next day, the festival will kick off for sun filled parties across the beaches, boat cruises and the fort itself. Expect to see the mighty Jeff Mills performing, while other key artists include Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz, Floating Points and Daphni, while the legendary Goldie has also been locked in. An underground dance music heads dream.

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