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DHA Summer Festival Guide: The 15 Best

Published On 28/05/2017 | Editorial

With this past weekend’s heat it may not be official yet but summer is here. Well, at least it soon will be.

With that, we thought we’d break down a few of the festival events that we are most looking forward to. of course we cant be or know everything that’s going on anywhere in the world, so we looked at Europe and its immediate region for our highlights. Naturally, Amsterdam features but we decided to leave off many of our local friends who’s amazing events always feature as a hoghlight to our summer. So, what events are you most looking forward to?

#15. Labyrinth Open Croatia

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The minds behind Belgium’s Labyrinth Club join the Croatian festival circuit with an impressive offering. One of the many events that DHA will hold a presence at this summer, Labyrinth Open Croatia features a diverse lineups of artists like Dubfire, Audiofly, Amelie Lens, Fur Coat and more over its three sun soaked days. Located in a more reclusive area of Kamp Caleb, the space will be transformed into a creative hub of partying.

8-11 July | Labyrinth Open Croatia | Tickets | Kamp Galeb Omiš, Croatia

#14. Strange Sounds From Beyond

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One of the local festival events on the list, Strange Sounds From Beyond may not immediately be on many radars, bu it should be. Last year’s inaugural edition was a highlight of our summer and this year seems to improve upon that. Catch the likes of Daphni, Sun Ra Arkestra, Antal, Lena Willikens, and more diverse selectors at Amsterdam’s intimate outdoor space, Noordlicht Cafe.

25 June | Strange Sounds From Beyond | Tickets | Noordlicht, Amsterdam

#13. Kappa FuturFestival

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Definitely one of the “big boys’ on the list, this two day techno celebration in Turin truly has a lineup to behold. Essentially a who’s who of the worlds favorite DJs this one’s got Carl Cox, Sasha & Digweed, Masters at Work, Body & Soul, Non Kraviza, Sven Vath, Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, the Black Madonna, Jackmaster, Jamie Jones…(I’ll jst stop there, but I didn’t even mention the special Seth Troxler b2b The Martinez Brothers)

8-9 July | Kappa FuturFestival | Tickets | Turin, Italy

#12. SW4

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Don’t hate us for the mainstream nature of the event, but SW4 is still one to watch for due to its incredible lineage of success. A consistent winner of best festival awards, this two day mega festival is one of those that features just about everyone. For us, the sounds of Marco Carola. Solomun, Sven Vath, Loco Dice, Max Cooper, and any number of others grab our attention.

26-27 August | SW4 | Tickets | London

#11. Oasis Festival

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This one’s been a DHA favorite since its inception 3 years ago, and a definitive date on our annual calendar. Growing from humble beginnings into an (expanded) 4 day event, Oasis Festival brigs Marrakesh its smattering of underground talent with mouth watering lineups and unparalleled views. This year, the expanded lineup kicks off with a special Oasis pre party featuring Solomun, before welcoming the likes of Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar and Moodyman.

15-17 September | Oasis Festival | Tickets | Marrakech, Morocco

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About The Author

Steve comes to Amsterdam by way of Brooklyn, Connecticut, Mumbai, and Tokyo. He researches media culture at UvA, while already holding degrees from UCONN (CT) and The New School (NYC). Aside from DHA, Steve is the Senior Editor for cinema platform IndieNYC.com, and writes on issues relating to film, culture, politics & electronic music. Every so often he also dabbles in photography and filmmaking.