Crack Magazine’s Festival Guide 2024

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Sonic Acts

Various venues, Amsterdam

Line up: Dis Fig, KIM KHAN, Ylva Falk

2 Feb – 24 March

Celebrating 30 years of cutting-edge experiments in sound, moving image and contemporary theory, Sonic Acts makes a grand return. This year’s Biennial is organised under the title The Spell of the Sensuous, taking inspiration from philosopher and ecologist David Abram’s 1996 book, and will focus on “multi-sensory cultural practices responding to the climate emergency and global geopolitics”.

Festival image © Khris Cowley for Here & Now

Simple Things

Various venues, Bristol

Line up: Les Savy Fav, L’Rain, Flowdan

24-29 February

Revitalised after 5 years off, this multi-venue music marathon is going hard. Motivating you to clock up the miles around central Bristol is a lengthy bucket list of must-sees, including the return of sweaty US art-rock heroes Les Savy Fav, fast-rising grime oddball Casisdead, Dublin noise-rockers Gilla Band, deployer of heavy riddims Flowdan, plus Gazelle Twin, Evian Christ, L’Rain and Wu Lu. Picking up the baton later on are the likes of DJ Python, Nick León and Saoirse, plus a host of today’s most exploratory selectors. What’s more, Fever Ray brings the curtain down at Bristol Beacon the following Thursday. See you under the lights. 

Festival image © Rob Jones

AVA London

Various venues, London

Line up: Brian Eno, DJ Boring, Or:la b2b Spray

29 February – 2 March

Returning for a second year is this three-day symposium exploring the intersection between electronic music, technology and digital arts – and its impact on society. Highlight keynote speakers telling us what it all means for the future are Brian Eno, Yellow Squares grime motivator Elijah, and Crack Magazine cover stars TraTraTrax. And after the talks? The parties, with future-trance exponents DJ Boring and Marlon Hoffstadt (a.k.a. DJ Daddy Trance), Or:la b2b Spray, and Swiss techno operator DJ AYA.

Festival image © Anne Tetzlaff


Somerset House

Line up: Caterina Barbieri, Space Afrika, Laurel Halo

20-23 March

Following a four-year hiatus, Somerset House’s Assembly event series returns to platform some of the most forward-thinking sound artists operating today. Alongside Aymaran multidisciplinary artist Chuquimamani-Condori (formerly known as Elysia Crampton), you can also expand your mind with experimental Celtic bagpipe player Brìghde Chaimbeul, spiritual selector Nkisi and industrial provocateur Dis Fig.

Festival image © Pedro Francisco

Sónar Lisboa

Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon

Line up: Oneohtrix Point Never, Shygirl, Nia Archives

22-24 March

Sónar is bringing its typically ambitious and on-point programming to the Portuguese capital for another tour of the contemporary electronic music landscape that takes in everywhere from the main room to the experimental hinterlands. Stop-offs include Daniel Lopatin stepping into his Oneohtrix Point Never guise, Tiga and HudMo bringing L’Ecstasy to life, Shygirl tearing through her own club-focused pop bangers, and a whole load of electronic practitioners claiming their own place in the continuum. All that, plus an “anti-disciplinary” Sónar+D programme of talks, films and art. Brain food overload.

Festival image © Listen Festival

Listen Festival

Various venues, Brussels

Line up: Marina Herlop, Bolis Pupul, Nick Léon

26-31 March

Launched in 2016 with modest ambitions to support Belgium’s local electronic scene, this annual event has evolved into a six-day electronic expo featuring killer DJs and live acts going about their business in cutting-edge venues across the Belgian capital. With a loose definition of electronic music, this year’s line-up runs the stylistic gamut from Catalan experimental pianist Marina Herlop, club music magpie Bolis Pupul and off-centre electro Canadian Marie Davidson to club-focussed operators HiTech, Blawan and Bitter Babe. And how about a full-tilt rave in a tunnel to finish? Yes please.

Festival image © Alex Heuvink


The Hague, Netherlands

Line up: Autechre, Sunn O))), Jenny Hval, Gazelle Twin

4-7 April

Showcase the staggering breadth of programming at this reliably adventurous Dutch gathering in 90 words or less? That’s a big ask. Among the sonic innovators and multidisciplinary artists showing up are Neon Dance, who’ll perform to a score by the much missed Jóhann Jóhannsson; post-rap futurist Slauson Malone 1; Australia’s mesmerising improv trio, The Necks; experimental soundscaper Annea Lockwood. All that and we haven’t even touched on the big names: Autechre, Oneohtrix Point Never and Sunn O))). Serious business, this.

Festival image © Lloyd Winters

In the Round Festival


Line up: Vashti Bunyan, Tirzah, Jlin

18-27 April

Before The Ramones’ performance there set the wheels in motion for UK punk, or Macca composed his trippy score for its hippy Million Volt Light and Sound Rave, the Roundhouse was a steam engine repair shed built with a train turntable at its heart. In the Round taps into this past by installing a circular stage for a series of special one-off shows. This year’s performers include cult folk singer Vashti Bunyan, queen of south London’s genre-dissolving alt-pop scene Tirzah, footwork disruptor Jlin, and a co-headlining pairing of outsider bluesman Lonnie Holley with saxophonist and sound artist Matana Roberts.

Festival image © Bristol New Music

Bristol New Music

Various venues, Bristol

Line up: The Bug, Klein, Jlin, Sarahsson

25-28 April

Bristol New Music honours its 10th anniversary by championing local and internationally renowned artists within the realms of contemporary art and sound design. Bristol-based multidisciplinary, Sarahhson, opens the weekend in a Grade II* listed church, merging surround sound and contemporary dance with her interpretation of the building’s rich history. Experimental artist and composer Klein returns with a rare performance set to captivate The Lantern. The Bug graces Strange Brew with a specially-installed rig for his heavy, industrial dub to close Saturday, whilst Jlin and Ryoji Ikeda headline with a mesmerising audiovisual show to challenge all of your senses. 

Festival image © Stijn De Grauwe


Port of Brussels, Belgium

Line up: HAAi, Honey Dijon, KI/KI, Mochakk

27-28 April

The industrial port of Brussels will come alive when the Hangar Festival takes over a massive 6,000 square meter warehouse for the third time. This immersive electronic music experience boasts an eclectic line-up featuring Chloé Caillet, Denis Sulta, DJ BORING, Honey Dijon and more, covering everything from deep house and techno to disco and electro. The cavernous raw industrial venue situated along the Brussels canal provides a unique atmospheric backdrop, elevating the underground vibe. Hangar is taking the European festival circuit to new heights by combining a world-class musical line-up with an uncompromising, multi-sensory experience in a distinctive setting. This is one immersive event that cannot be missed.

Festival image © Harriet Brown


Various venues, Southampton

Line up: Dreamwife, Shame, The Orielles

4 May

Tick a visit to U.K. grassroots gig institution Joiners off your bucket list as you hotfoot it around this spirited indie rock and pop crawl. Shame’s kitchen-sink punk-pop catharsis and Dream Wife’s jagged, Cure-sized riffs tops things off, but there’s a whole fizzy grab-bag of emerging talent to keep you moving. Namely purveyor of lo-fi funk Willie J. Healey, indie janglers-turned-disco darlings The Orielles and sugar coated shoegazers Our Girl. Pack your comfiest kicks for this inner-city adventure.

Festival image © Laurie Diaz

Nuits Sonores

Various venues, Lyon

Line up: Marina Herlop, Mun Sing, Sabrina Bellaouel

7-12 May

Now in its 21st edition, Nuits Sonores’ flagship Lyon event brings together a stacked programme of local and international electronic acts for a week of festivities. This year, we’ve teamed up with the cherished festival to offer our Supporters the Crack Magazine Pass, highlighting and guaranteeing you entry to our must-see performances, which include Catalan avant-garde composter Marina Herlop, Belgian pop vocalist Martha Da’Ro, and a rooftop rave soundtracked by Paquita Gordon b2b Marco Shuttle to take you into the early hours.

Festival image © Illias Teirlinck


Asiat Park, Belgium

Line up: Anz, Ben UFO, Nene H, Octo Octa

9-11 May

Horst returns to Asiat Park this year, a former military base transformed into a scenic space for the community. The festival is a small part of a wider, year-round movement in the Vilvoorde area challenging the way we could all live as a society. Sustainability and inclusivity are at the very heart of this project. Now in its 10th year, this edition celebrates a decade of innovation with its architecture, installations and a selection of electronic music’s heaviest hitters. Skream & Benga make a quick stop in Brussels as part of their reunion tour, Octo Octa switches things up with an exclusive drum ‘n’ bass set and Manchester’s superstar Anz will bring her eclectic mix of sounds.

Festival image © Annaëlle Peyre

Le Bon Air

Marseille, France

Line up: Helena Hauff, Sherelle, Ben UFO

17-19 May

Bringing in the summer in true French fashion, Festival le Bon Air returns for its ninth edition as an ode to the changing of seasons, with a line-up boasting some of the brightest acts in techno and UK bass. Two powerhouses of their respective scenes, Helena Hauff and Sherelle, have been granted residencies to showcase their talents alone and with friends throughout the weekend. The sweet Marseille soleil will also bring DJs such as Ben UFO, Peach, Floating Points and DJ Boring across the channel for the newly-upgraded 3-day programme of festivities. 

Festival image © Bart Heemskerk

Lente Kabinet

Het Twiske, Amsterdam

Line up: Avalon Emerson, DJ Lag, Manuka Honey

18-19 May

Dutch tastemakers Dekmantel have brought back the intimate Lente Kabinet Festival for its 11th Edition. Located within the lush sylvan grounds of Het Twiske, the two-day interdisciplinary festival boasts a phenomenal line-up of international DJs and live acts, including astrological industrialist Manuka Honey, splice ‘n’ dice maestro Simo Cell, and Dutch cultural mainstays such as Palmbomen II. The Dekmantel crew have fashioned Lente Kabinet under the concepts of creative exploration, community and collaboration, inviting festivalgoers to reunite and reconnect: with music, with the arts, with nature and—through all of the above—with each other. Want to start your 2024 summer festival season right? Take a pilgrimage to Lente Kabinet.

Festival image © Robin Stumm


Revierpark Wischlingen, Germany

Line up: Mama Snake, KI/KI, Young Marco

19 May

Edition number ten of this flagship blowout from the bleeding-edge outdoor rave specialists. A few things are guaranteed at this one-dayer stretching across five stages in a stunning green haven in the heart of Dortmund: a skin-prickling sound system, eye-melting visuals and a doozy of a line-up peddling dance music’s most propulsive sounds. Creating a techno-heavy disturbance this year are Denmark’s Mama Snake, Amsterdam operator KI/KI, curveball-selecting free spirit Young Marco and acid techno don Gerd Janson, who goes b2b with Narciss.

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Berlin Dance Music Event

Berlin, Germany

Line up: LOLSNAKE, James Carter, Marten Hørger

22-26 May

One for both the habitual ravers and the electronic scholars, the Berlin Dance Music Event (BDME) is a multi-day coalition of music and minds that electrifies the heart of Berlin’s iconic Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district. Now in its fourth edition, this pioneering gathering offers a unique convergence of conference and festival, attracting over 300 artists, speakers, and industry professionals from across the electronic music spectrum. BDME’s festival side promises a stellar line-up headlined by the likes of LOLSNAKE, James Carter and Marten Hørger. The fusion of thought-provoking discourse and cutting-edge performances makes BDME a must-attend for anyone passionate about the future of electronic music culture.

Festival image © Matt Eachus


Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Line up: Afriquoi, James Holden, Tara Clerkin Trio

24-27 May

The globe-trotting philosophy and music weekender lands in Hay to cook up another five-star feast of brain food. With festival-unfriendly discussions on the future of conflict, anti-reality and quantum theory, featuring speakers including Slavoj Žižek, Paterson Joseph and Myriam François (among hundreds of others), this is a utopia of existential crises. We’ll also discover what the future sounds like for dub-folk-into-wyrd-jazz meanderers Tara Clerkin Trio, gnawa-powered synth explorer James Holden, Richard Dawson, Sea Power and The Orb. Bring an open mind.

Festival image © Jake Davis


Peckham Rye Park, London

Line up: Shy One, Joy Orbison, SHERELLE b2b Kode9

24-26 May

GALA has been centring the dancefloor since 2016 with this congenial summer tear up designed to celebrate club camaraderie. The big names bringing dance music communities together this year are garage pioneer DJ EZ, trance explorer Jobs Jobse, Shy One, Palms Trax, and the inseparable K-Lone and Facta. Bringing GALA’s ethos of unity to the decks are b2bs including Sherelle and Kode9, Eris Drew with Octo Octa, DJ Paulette in the mix with Prosumer and an electric pairing of Hannah Holland and Josh Caffé. Leave your hangups at the gate.

Festival image @ Chama Jemmali

Wide Awake

Brockwell Park, London

Line up: Eartheater, Squid, Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul

25 May

The two biggest draws at this chock-a-block all-dayer set the freewheeling tone for the rest of proceedings. Even within their distinct sound worlds, motorik-powered psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Mercury Prize-winning hip-hop explorers Young Fathers regularly run amok around genres and styles – just like the rest of this wide-ranging lineup. With a bill careering from Bristolian post-punks Squid and Eartheater’s digi-pop melodrama to DJs Ben UFO, Helena Hauff and Optimo (Espacio), you’ll find no genre silos here.

Festival image © Gaelle Beri

Primavera Sound Barcelona

Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

Line up: Lana Del Rey, Pulp, Charli XCX

29 May – 2 June

Primavera returns to Barcelona this year, taking over the city’s Parc del Fòrum from 29 May to 2 June.

Presenting its most exciting line-up yet, headliners include Lana Del Rey, Pulp, Vampire Weekend, Justice,  SZA, PJ Harvey, Mitski and Charli XCX. You can also catch Deftones, Beth Gibbons, A. G. Cook, Amaarae, Troye Sivan, Jai Paul, Ethen Cain, Mount Kimbie and more.

With 5 days of music, the beach nearby and a whole city to explore, this year, as ever, Primavera is an unmissable stop on the European festival calendar.

Festival image © Polifonic

Polifonic Milan

Parco Esposizioni Novegro, Milan

Line-up: I Hate Models, FJAAK, Shanti Celeste, Disclosure

31 May-2 June

No longer just a seaside party in the Adriatic idyll of Puglia, Italy’s Polifonic crew have also been bringing their summer festival to their home city of Milan for the past few years. They can’t replace the salty sea air, but they are making the trip to Italy’s industrial north as appealing as possible with a line-up committed to gender balance, exploration and experimentation. Which in practice means house, disco and cosmic techno spanning the time-stretching talents of Roi Perez, DJ Gigola, Shanti Celeste and Disclosure.

Festival image © Nerea Coll

Sónar 2024

Barcelona, Spain

Line up: Kaytranada, Charlotte de Witte, Surusinghe

13-15 June

Sónar returns to Barcelona’s Fira Montjuïc and Fira Gran Via this June for three days and two nights of music and immersive experiences. With over 200 of these experiences to choose from, Sónar 2024 also takes place within a week of wider cultural activations in Barcelona.

Exploring the intersection of sound, creativity and technology, Sónar by Day returns with over 70 activities including DJ sets, talks and art installations, taking place over five stages and a selection of spaces. Spanning a variety of genres, highlights range from breakout DJs like horsegiirl and DJ Gigola, to Sónar favourites Laurent Garnier, Folamour and Kittin.

Celebrating the best electronic music from across the world, Sónar by Night will follow with the festival’s best curated line-up yet, with highlights including Kaytranada, Charlotte de Witte and VTSS, as well as a Printworks takeover. With re-designed lighting and the addition of a 6 x 10m vertical screen, the elevated set-up provides a prime setting for immersive, AV-focused shows.

As ever, Sónar+D is a standout on the programme for 2024, showcasing the digital innovations shaping various creative industries. Making space for collaboration, open discussion and experimental thought, Sónar+D will present workshops, exhibitions, performances and talks. This year, themes explored will include sound design, the relationship between AI and music, gaming, and the future of the creative industries.

Festival image © OffSonar


Poble Espanyol, Barcelona

Line up: Brunch Electronik, FUSE, Keinemusik, Solid Grooves

13-16 June

Sónar’s annual spin-off series once again hands the reins over to cutting-edge club crews and dance music labels for a week of parties that reflect their guest curators’ particular USPs. Among those attempting to outdo each other in Barcelona’s open-air museum, Poble Espanyol, are Berlin’s tech-house crew Keinemusik, Zurich’s globetrotting Adriatique with their feted ‘X’ event, beloved daytime merchants Brunch! Electronik and the mighty Elrow with the dancefloor escapism of their Dance with the Serpent concept. Pick one, or collect them all.

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Solstice Festival


Bitter Babe, James K, Objekt, Peach, Space Afrika

20-22 June

Want to experience a festival in constant daylight? The fourth edition of Solstice Festival takes place in northern Finland, next to the Arctic Circle, during midsummer – a time when the sun doesn’t set at all in the northern hemisphere.

The programme consists of live acts and DJs across three stages, with a stacked line-up featuring Bitter Babe, Objekt, Peach, James K, Space Afrika and many more. The programme also features adrenaline-inducing activities including mountain biking, river rafting and bear watching.

The Solstice team has also placed emphasis on sustainable practices, working together with Caracara Collective this year to maintain a circular economy system that will see its trash and waste upcycled.

Festival image © Bristol Sounds

Bristol Sounds

Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol

Line up: Annie Mac, Placebo, The Breeders, Busted + more

22-30 June

For one week every year, Bristol’s harbourside amphitheatre swaps the sound of skateboard decks popping on concrete for a week of live music courtesy of Bristol Sounds. Pop and rock nostalgists will roll in this year for performances by Busted, James Arthur, Skindred and Placebo, while Gentleman’s Dub Club and The Skints lead a day of skanking. The closing weekend is where it’s at, though, with Annie Mac bringing her Before Midnight experience to a party-minded all-dayer, and indie-rock deities The Breeders topping a bill featuring Squid and Ty Segall.

Festival image © Khali Ackford


Worthy Farm, Pilton

Line-up: PJ Harvey, Little Simz, Fontaines D.C., Arooj Aftab

26-30 June

The ever-circled Glastonbury Festival returns at the end of June, with a predictably stacked line-up. The likes of PJ Harvey, The Streets, Little Simz, Bar Italia, Arooj Aftab and Issue 156 cover stars Fontaines D.C. are set to perform, along with plenty of magic to be found across the 100+ stages around the Worthy Farm site. Nightlife areas also receive their due – a revamped Silver Hayes will welcome artists including CASISDEAD, DJ Stingray and a three-hour Metalheadz takeover celebrating 30 years of the legendary drum’n’bass label. Block 9 meanwhile sees the return of much-loved dystopian tower of glass and concrete Genosys, featuring sets from OK Williams, Bashkka, Eliza Rose and more.

Festival image © Simon Leloup

Paradise City

Perk, Brussels

Line up: Floating Points, DJ Gigola, System Olympia

28-30 June

This garden party in the grounds of Ribaucourt Castle, just outside Brussels, ticks all boxes for the modern festival-goer. With a shelf creaking under the weight of sustainability awards and a programme of activities for body and mind, this is a festival with a conscience. And just as much care has gone into a line-up featuring live sets by Cymande, Sofia Kourtesis and Kiasmos, plus a contemporary dance production from Lefto Early Bird. DJ Gigola, Ron Trent and Suze Ijó are among those on the decks.

Festival image © Anthony Corallo


B.E.C. Arena, Manchester

Line up: American Football, Basement, Mannequin Pussy, Joyce Manor

28-30 June

Outbreak is back for another three-day binge of underground punk spanning art, zines, talks and sonic fury. Setting the theme on day one is a punk AF rap triumvirate of Action Bronson, Danny Brown collaborator JPEGMAFIA and Flatbush Zombies, who then pass the amp-wrecking baton to the great and good of hardcore past, present and future. American Football, Thursday, Nothing and Poison the Well unleash the hits, while Show Me the Body, Ceremony, hardcore supergroup Fiddlehead and the SST-worshipping Angel Du$t incite moshpit mayhem.

Festival image © Mike Schnock

Monheim Triennale II

MS RheinFantasie, Monheim

Line up: Oren Ambarchi, Ganavya, Brìghde Chaimbeul

4-6 July

An ambitious, site-specific contemporary music project, in which a triad of annual events culminates every three years in The Festival. This year, it’s part two of the cycle – The Prequel – with 16 artists gathering to workshop the solo and collaborative performances they will bring to next year’s festival proper. Among the musicians invited are locked-groove magician Oren Ambarchi, beguiling smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul, feted spiritual jazz and ambient artist Ganavya, Palestinian sound collagist and rapper Muqata’a, and Terre Thaemlitz (a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles).

Festival image © Anthony Corallo

Kappa Futur

Parco Dora, Turin

Line up: Black Coffee, Skrillex b2b Blawan, Jeff Mills

5-7 July

Kappa Futur was first held in 2009 to mark a century since the Italian poet Filippo Marinetti unleashed his Futurist Manifesto on the world and its festival lineups continue to tap into that cultural movement’s zeal for forward momentum. Joining the OG architects of dance music Jeff Mills, Carl Craig and Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City at this post-industrial art park in Turin is a massed crew of modern-day dancefloor disruptors with their own agenda, including KI/KI, Anz, DJ Nobu, and Blawan in a mind-melting b2b with Skrillex.

Festival image © Rob Jones

Love International

The Garden Tisno, Croatia

Line-up: Amaliah, Josh Caffé, Avalon Emerson

10-16 July

Love International will be returning to its home of The Garden, Tisno for its 7th edition in 2024. With secret island parties, beach stages and late-night discos, this week-long celebration of love and electronic music takes place within the picturesque backdrop of Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Presenting a packed programme of world-class DJs for 2024, unmissable names include Avalon Emerson, Shy One, HAAi, Amaliah and Josh Caffé, as well as b2b sets from the likes of Craig Richard and Francesco Del Garda, and Eris Drew and Octo Octa.

Festival image © Andres Iglesias

Mad Cool

Madrid, Spain

Line up: Dua Lipa, Nia Archives, Rema, Jessie Ware

10-13 July

This Madrid blockbuster found its feet last year after relocating to a purpose-built festival space powered by renewable energy. So this year it expands to four days with a stacked programme of rock, pop and everything in between. Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Sum 41, Garbage, Dua Lipa and Janelle Monáe sling scruffy anthems and pop pizazz, while pretenders to the crown like Tyla, Soccer Mommy, Nia Archives, Kneecap and Rema bring their own youthful rizz to the show. Our tip? Do not miss The Breeders.


Festival image © Benny Gashi


Petrovaradin Fortress, Serbia

Line up: Bonobo, Barry Can't Swim, Carl Cox,

10-14 July

The activism may be less in-your-face than it once was at this Serbian summer institution born out of youth rebellion, but EXIT keeps flying the flag for social change whenever it returns to its fortress home on the Danube. This year, the festival celebrates world-changing figures throughout history with a line-up swinging from Bonobo, Sama’ Abdulhadi and Helena Hauff to big guns Kenya Grace, Gucci Mane and Black Eyed Peas. There’s also room for Rage Against the Machine riff-conjurer Tom Morello, Anatolian psych wonders Altın Gün and a stage of politico-punk veterans.

Festival image © NOS Alive

NOS Alive

Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Portugal

Line up: Tyla, Khrangbin, Benjamin Clementine

11-13 July

Another city adventure to weave into your holiday plans. NOS Alive will set up shop by the riverside in Algés, just west of Lisbon, with seriously grammable views of the city’s iconic suspension bridge in the distance. Providing a fittingly epic soundtrack at sundown and beyond are Hi-NRG pop queen Dua Lipa, Grammy-nabbing R&B star Tyla, and sultry lo-fi pop stylists Khruangbin and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. A dedicated club stage, featuring Genesis Owusu and Tourist, offers a counterpoint to the anthemic chugging of Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam.

Festival image © Sharon Lopez

Bilbao BBK

Bilbao, Spain

Line up: Ezra Collective, Noname, Floating Points, Massive Attack

11-13 July

We’re not sure which is most impressive – the line-up featuring Gallic pop royalty Air, UK rave behemoths The Prodigy and Underworld, and a middle order packed with such gripping talents as Mulatu Astatke, Nomame, Cymande and JPEGMAFIA, or the festival’s idyllic location on Mount Cobetas within easy reach of one of Europe’s most cultured cities. Either way, Bilbao BBK Live is winning on most fronts, and comes with the added bonuses of a forested clubbing stage and the hula-hooping antics of pop’s most flamboyant septuagenarian Grace Jones.

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Ferropolis, Germany

Overmono, Yussef Dayes, Bar Italia

11-13 July

Best known for packing its line-ups with variety, MELT returns this year with a programme that spans a breadth of genres. From pop and indie to techno, drum’n’bass and jazz, MELT is spotlighting the tastemakers of 2024, ranging from newcomers to industry legends.

Highlights include jazz musician Yussef Dayes, who will deliver a sunset set on the beach of Lake Gremmin, and one of electronic music’s most influential duos, Overmono. Two whole stages (Big Wheel and Beach Club) will be dedicated to electronic music, with sets from the likes of Fadi Mohem, OK Williams, D. Tiffany and DJ Spit b2b Kikelom.

Elsewhere on the line-up, our picks include Toronto DJ and producer Bambii, Honduran singer Isabella Lovestory, experimental artist Sega Bodega and previous Crack cover stars Bar Italia, John Glacier and Eartheater.

Taking place in Ferropolis, near Gräfenhainichen, from 11-13 July, there’s something unmissable for everyone at MELT, and dozens more artists to discover each day.

Festival image © Bass Coast Projects Ltd

Bass Coast

Merritt, Canada

Line-up: Leikeli47, Ben UFO, Conducta, Sherelle, Yung Singh

12-15 July

Returning to Merritt, British Columbia on the ancestral, unceded territory of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx people, boutique festival Bass Coast is back for its 16th edition this July. Independent and artist-owned, Bass Coast is built around cultural respect and thoughtful curation — both for its line-up and overall festival experience. Headlining this year is irreverent Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47, alongside Maine electronic producer Of The Trees. The line-up also features artists such as Ben UFO, Conducta, Sherelle and Yung Singh, as well as workshops, performances, art installations and even yoga, immersing attendees in a rich cultural experience.

Festival image © Caroline Dejonghe


Dour, Belgium

Line up: Arca, BAMBII, Obongjayar

17-21 July

Belgium’s summer party fixture is levelling up this year with a line-up that goes harder, faster and stronger than most. There’s the usual bewildering array of electronic music’s finest, including a Bicep A/V DJ set. Away from the dance, though, we’ll be steered through an audacious live programme featuring Venezuelan avant-pop experimentalist Arca, Taylor Swift’s bestie Ice Spice, cloud rapper Aminé, Turkish psych charmers Altın Gün, and U.K. representatives Skepta, Ezra Collective and Nia Archives. Dour never looked so vibrant.

Festival image © Polifonic

Polifonic Puglia

Valle D'Itria, Italy

Line up: Danielle, DJ Seinfeld, Gayance, Upsammy

25-28 July

After their excursion inland to Milan earlier in the summer, it’s all back to the stunning Itria Valley on the Puglia coast for the Polifonic crew’s flagship soirée in the sun. Diversity and rave positivity are the name of the game as a who’s who of dance music’s most cosmic and exploratory figures, including Bambounou, Saoirse, DJ Koze, Palms Trax, Dixon, Egyptian Lover, and Arabic funk and soul treasure hunters Habibi Funk, inject contemporary rhythms into a very Med pace of life. Only good vibes guaranteed.

Festival image © WOMAD Festival


Charlton Park, Wiltshire

Line up: Young Fathers, Alison Goldfrapp, Sampa The Great

25-28 July


Festival image © Bart Heemskerk


Amsterdamse Bos

Line up: RP Boo, Helena Hauff, Cakes Da Killa

26 July – 4 August

Festival image © WECANTDANCE


Zeebrugge Beach, Belgium

Line up: DJ Spit, LSDXOXO, Mall Grab, Nina Kraviz

3-11 August

Feel the sand between your toes at this Belgian seaside rave. With the help of spatial designers Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck, WeCanDance will transform Zeebrugge’s beach into a synapse-frying world that reflects this year’s theme, ‘Drop in the Light, Rise in the Dark’, over back-to-back August weekends. Looming large on the line-up is Soulja Boy, whose rowdy hip-hop swag will break up the continuum-exploring sounds of VTSS, Mama Snake, Sedef Adasi and Gabber Eleganza, a.k.a. hardcore DJ and gabber scene historian Alberto Guerrini.

Festival image © Sziget


Budapest, Hungary

Line up: Stormzy, Overmono, Big Thief

7-12 August

Sziget can wield many impressive stats to wow you into submission but the headline figure is six – the number of days this festival on the Danube stretches out across. It’s a number that explains why there’s enough entertainment on offer (art, sport, a Budapest city pass, a full-tilt rave arena) to put any five-star holiday camp to shame. There’s also the small matter of a line-up featuring Fred again.., Skrillex, RAYE, Big Thief, Blondshell, Stormzy, Teezo Touchdown, Fontaines D.C., Kiasmos… We’re tired just writing it all down.

Festival image © Neopop


Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Line up: Amelie Lens, KETTAMA, Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin

8-10 August

Incongruous as it may seem, for three days and nights every August the sleepy port city of Viana do Castelo, in Portugal’s far north, is transformed into the capital of techno thanks to Neopop. It’s no different at this 17th edition, with another busload of cutting-edge rave operators scheduled to arrive at the city’s waterfront fortress. Bringing the energy are Palestinian techno activist Sama’ Abdulhadi, avant trance and acid specialist Amelie Lens, Josh Wink, and Detroit techno visionaries Jeff Mills and Octave One. Portugal’s DubLab will deploy mind-melting visuals for additional oof.

Festival image © Konstantin Kondrukhov


Suvilahti, Helsinki

Line up: PJ Harvey, The Smile, Denzel Curry

9-11 August

Festival image © XRDS


Vijverspark, Brussels

Line up: TBC

17-18 August

Festival image © MUTEK


Montréal, Canada

Line up: aya, Evian Christ, Bored Lord, Kode9

20-25 August

Festival image © Isabelle Dohmen


Southwark Park, London

Line up: bar italia, ML Buch, Lena Willikens

24 August

Festival image © Pedro Francisco

MEO Kalorama

Lisbon, Portugal

Line up: LCD Soundsystem, The Smile, Peggy Gou, Yard Act

29-31 August

MEO Kalorama brings Portugal’s busy festival season to a close in some style. After impressing in 2022 and 2023, this Lisbon knees-up proves three is the magic number with a real zinger of a lineup. Following in the footsteps of megastar artists who’ve performed at Bela Vista down the years are Afrobeats don Burna Boy, trip-hop heroes Massive Attack and NY disco-punks LCD Soundsystem. There are standout names everywhere you look, though, including The Smile, Fever Ray, Gossip, Ana Moura and Ezra Collective. One final blowout in the sun? Oh go on, then.

Festival image © Giulia Spadafora


The Downs, Bristol

Line up: LCD Soundsystem, Floating Points, Nubya Garcia

31 August – 1 September

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Oasis Festival

Marrakech, Morocco

Jyoty, Anz, Amine K

6-8 September

Oasis festival heads home to luxury music resort The Source in Marrakech for this year’s weekender, taking place from 6-8 September.

With a wide range of recruits from all over the world, ranging from buzzy new names to rare appearances from industry legends, this year’s programme upholds its reputation as Morocco’s leading electronic music event. So far, the line-up includes homegrown prodigy Amine K, broadcaster and Rinse FM powerhouse Jyoty, Ninja Tune star TSHA, legendary techno boss Laurent Garnier and former Crack Magazine cover star Anz.


Festival image © Voodoo Festival

Voodoo Village

Grimbergen, Belgium

Line up: TBC

7-8 September

Festival image © Felix Hohage


Limassol, Cyprus

Line up: Artbat, Fatboy Slim, Ameli Paul, Estella Boersma

20-22 September

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