25 More Festivals To Discover Before You Die
Earlier this year, inthemix took a ‘round-the-world trip in our 25 Festivals To Discover Before You Die. Our idea was to side-step the mega-festivals everyone knows – Tomorrowland, EDC Vegas, Coachella, Burning Man, Ultra and the like – and turn the spotlight on some personal favourites of the ITM team. From a five-day camp-out right in the middle of Morocco’s Sahara Desert to the stunning Naeba Greenland in Japan to our #1 party marathon Kazantip, our 25 picks stirred up debate, cheering and a whole lot of FOMO.
With so many hidden and not-so-hidden gems on the festival calendar all year ‘round, we decided it was time for a sequel that travels to New Orleans, Puerto Rico, Poland, New York City and many stops in between. So, what’s missing from our party itinerary?
#25 CREAMFIELDS BA
WHY: In 2001, Buenos Aires became the first international location that UK-based festival juggernaut Creamfields expanded to. By 2012, Creamfields BA was far and away the biggest festival in South America. Every November, dance music’s world-class cast – last year it was David Guetta, Calvin Harris, PVD, Richie Hawtin and more – make their way down to Argentina for one long summer night.
By all accounts, Creamfields BA lives up to its reputation as the best party in South America, keeping the festival running until 6am the next day. When the music stops, spend your hangover unwinding in one of the most picturesque cities in the continent.
WHEN: November 9, 2013
WHERE: Buenos Aires, Argentina
#24 VOODOO EXPERIENCE
WHY: The morning after Halloween, New Orleans dusts off the cobwebs and kicks off three big days of Voodoo Festival. Combining music, arts, bohemian culture and soul food (hello, corn bread!) Voodoo comes complete with art installations, amusement park rides and (if you pony up for a VIP ticket) a lounge with arcade games, massages and more. Part of the revelry goes down in a 40-foot-long cargo container repurposed into a 3,000 person entertainment complex, and it’s all set in the outdoor splendour of New Orleans’ city park. It’s also one of those ‘best of both worlds’ deals – you can camp on site if you want to be in the action 24/7, or retreat to the city to stay in a hotel if you’d rather be close to your hairdryer.
Sure, Voodoo Fest isn’t purely a dance festival – on any given year you’d be just as likely to see Eminem or Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining as you would Deadmau5 – but the bills are always star-studded. This year, dance fans are well catered to, with the likes of Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Afrojack, Boys Noize and Rudimental all locked in to play.
WHEN: November 1-3, 2013
WHERE: New Orleans, United States
WHY: 2013 marked the 16th year of Germany’s über-popular Nachtdigital festival – two nights and three days of outdoor raving at a holiday camp in Olganitz, that went down on the first weekend of August. Think pine forests, idyllic lakes, alpine bungalows and 30-plus DJs, headed up this year by Michael Mayer alongside Ame, James Holden, Mark E, the Giegling Family’s micro-house and dub-techno, and more from the worlds of bass to minimal.
Tickets are limited to 3,000 and famously sell-out within hours, which means if you’re hoping to check out Nachtdigital you’ll have to be vigilant to secure your spot in 2014. Sign-up to their newsletter to stay abreast of dates and tickets for next year, and find out first-hand why this intimate affair is one of the world’s most desirable festivals.
WHEN: Early August
WHERE: Bungalowdorf Olganitz, Germany
#22 NUITS SONORES
WHY: Welcoming spring to the beautiful (and hard-partying) city of Lyon every May, Nuits Sonores enters its fourteenth year with a reputation as France’s premier electronic and indie rock festival. Their programming remit ranges from the accessible and zeitgeist-y to the (very) experimental, which means 2013 saw everyone from The Raveonettes, Disclosure and James Blake to off-beat Brussels producer Squeaky Lobster.
While the 2014 line-up hasn’t been announced yet, 2013 saw more than 170 acts spread across the city for four days and nights, including countless ‘Sound Aperos’ – free ‘warm-up’ bars all over the city – and the famed ‘Circuits’, where a small entry fee gets you into 10+ clubs with staggered (and staggering) line-ups.
This May, for instance, you could have seen Seth Troxler followed by Black Strobe or the Kompakt crew, moved onto Manoo, Stacey Pullen or Andhim, and wound things up by 6am with Philipp Jung from M.A.N.D.Y. Nuits Sonores also hosts the annual European Lab, where festival and arts event organisers from across Europe come together to network – so if you’re looking for a way into working on a European festival, it’s a good bet.
WHEN: May 28 to June 1, 2014
WHERE: Lyon, France
#21 TIME WARP
WHY: OK, in truth, Time Warp is more a gargantuan party than it is a festival, but it’s as much a destination as any entry on this list. Each March, a staggering roll-call of techno and house talent convenes in southern Germany at Maimmarkthalle for an epic all-nighter across several rooms – some more cavernous than others. 2014 will be Time Warp’s 20th edition, which surely means an all-star cast will be assembled, but you can always count on scene heroes like Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Ben Klock and Chris Liebing. Some of the best sets happen as Sunday morning journeys headlong into the afternoon.
As our reviewer wrote in 2012: “There are no overblown headliners booked to draw a larger crowd, no concessions to other genres, and even though the DJs might be playing to 10,000 strong crowds at some points, there are certainly no compromises in their musical selections. Every other scene could only hope to have a flagship party as excellent as this to make the pilgrimage for every year.”
WHEN: March 2014
WHERE: Mannheim, Germany