#10. Paradise City
We wrote about Paradise City as soon as we came across it, describing it as the sustainable Glastonbury alternative you need in your life. Well, it’s true…this Belgium festival, located at the stunning Castle of Ribaucourt is a full on green event with several initiatives, from low consumption lighting to recycled tents across a 10 point plan. Oh, and the lineup featuring Recondite, Ame, Omar S, Acid Pauli, Agoria, and more, isn’t half bad either!
#9. Secret Garden Party
Of course the last ever edition of this beloved party will be included. Secret arden Party’s annual celebration of all things fun comes to an end in 2017, but not before what s sure to be the biggest event to date. The incredibly diverse lineup will bring Andhim, Butch, Craig Richards, Eats Everything, Edu Imbernon, Jackmaster, George Fitzgerald, and many more. Don’t miss out on this one!
#8. Fairground Festival
Continuing with our focus on some of the industry’s more environmentally friendly focus, we look at Tunisia’s Fairground Festival. Many out there may not exactly think of Tunisia as being a center for electronic music, but Fairground may just change that. Located at the ecovillage in the touristic Sousse region, Fairground will welcome Adriatique, Mano le Tough, Satori, Hunter/Game and more over its 2 days.
#7. Into the Valley (Estonia)
The first International edition of the famed Swedish festival, Into The Valley travels to Estonia for a festival traversing between Techno, Disco and House. Held on the Rummu quarry, the event juxtaposes beauty with baron between the ocean and abandoned building background, Musically, the lineup is mouth watering with the likes of The Black Madonna, Cassy, Ricardo Villalobos, Nastia, Dixon, Midland, Avalon Emerson, Jeff Mills, Rodhad and almost 70 more across its 3 days
#6. Flow Festival
The massive, multi format Flow Festival of Finland featuresone of the world’s most complete and ambitious lineups. Not only does it bring rare performances from Aphex Twin and Frank Ocean, or chart topping stars Lana Del Ray and Young Thug, but its electronic music programme is able to go toe to toe with the best out there. This year will see Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers, Maceo Plex, Willow, Model 500, Jon Hopkins, Nina Kraviz, Bicep, and more
#5. Melt Festival
Much like Flow, Melt is another massive, multi format festival, only this time in Germany. Of the non electronic music variety, performances come from Die Antwoord, Sampha, MIA, Phoenix, and The Kills, but for the more dance music minded there is also plenty to choose from as Richie Hawtin, Bonobo, Modeselektor, Dixon, Adam Beyer, Claptone, and some 50 more join in the fun,
For those with a more discerning taste in festivals, Croatia’s Dimensions is frequently at the top of “best of” conversations. For us, last year was a highlight experience and this year is no different. From its ancient coliseum set opening party (heasling by Grace Jones!!), to its slew of famed boat parties, Dimensions, as well as Marcel Dettmann, Floating Points, Daphni, Goldie, Nina Kraviz, Antal, Theo Parrish and more selectors bring the diversity.
In the same conversations as Dimensions, Amsterdam’s beloved Dekmantel returns bigger than ever. Sold out a while ago, Dekmantel keeps it real with a constantly curated lineup of favorites, underground icons, and surprises. This year, highlight performances comes from the likes of Arca, British Murder Boys, Fatima Yamaha, Floating Points, Helena Hauff, (who just last night DESTROYED Dekmantel’s little sister event Lente Kabinet’s Red Light Radio stage) Nathan Fake, Red Axes, Sun Ra Arkestra, Peggy Gou, Anthony Parasole, and more.
#2. The Ark Cruise
Taking off from Barcelona on 31 August, and making stops in Marseille and Ibiza before returning to its point of origin, The Ark Cruise will house seven stages over its 3 sea fairing days. Located on the massive Freedom of the Seas, the Ark Cruise also sees DHA curate on very special stage deep inside the boats Lagoon featuring Aeden, Axel Boman, Eagles & Butterflies, Henrik Schwarz, Kimou, KiNK, Robag Wruhme, and Stephan Bodzin.
#1. Secret Solstice
Finally, what better way to cap off our summer festival guide than with the event that literally welcomes in the summer solstice. Iceland’s Secret Solstice is truly a one of a kind festival experience. Located so close to the Arctic Circle that it features never ending daylight, Secret Solstice also boasts some of the world’s most exotic venues (think Glaciers and Lava Tunnels). Musiclly, its diverse lineup features a smattering for everyone, but dance music wise there is no shortage. The festival’s Hel venue (its primary electronic music nighttime space) will host showcases from the likes of The Warehouse Project and Circoloco, while welcoming Seth Troxler, The Black Madonna, Kiasmos, Dubfire, Kerri Chandler, and more.