European Festivals in 2020


2020 is definitely not a good year for artists, clubs, festivals or arts in general. Because of the lock-down generated by the Covid-19 pandemic clubs are closed and festivals are canceled every week. Sadly, two of the most interesting electronic music festivals had last year their last edition, Nachtdigital near Leipnitz and Strange Sounds From Beyond in Amsterdam. But, here are the electronic music festivals that we recommend this year in Europe. Hopefully the lock-down will not close this summer and some of these festivals will go on.

RE-TEXTURED 2-5 April, London (UK)

Re-Textured is a multi venue, multi-sensory festival in London. The festival will combine experimental electronic music, brutalist and modernist architecture and innovative lighting installations for an arresting visual and sonic experience.
This is the second edition of the festival and includes live acts like Actress, Alessandro Cortini, Donato Dozzy or Rodhad and DJ sets from Helena Hauff, Daniel Avery, Jasss or Olivia.

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 infections in Europe.

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Rokolectiv Festival 23-25 April, Bucharest (Romania)

Rokolectiv is happening in various locations in Bucharest, with a selected line-up of artists and their personal take on the current zeitgeist, as well as on hypothetical futures in music and art. This year the line-up includes, among other,  Animistic Beliefs, Clara Sobrino y Maoupa Mazzocchetti, Parrish Smith and Schwefelgelb.

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 infections in Europe.

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Intergalactic.FM Fest 21-24 May, The Hague

(Netherlands)

The annual Intergalactic FM Festival is a pilgrimage for fanatics of The Hague sound. It is definitely a something that you have to experience. The first name were just announced and we mention Alessandro Parisi, DJ TLR, Gesloten Cirkel, I-F, Ian Martin, Intergalactic Gary, Le Chocolat Noir, Loud-E, Mick Wills, Nick Klein, Orgue Electronique, Pasiphae, Sumerian Fleet, Thimothy J. Fairplay, Traxx, Unit Moebius.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 pandemic the festival has canceled, but they will be streaming online.

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Lente Kabinet Festival 30-31 May, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Lente Kabinet is an open air festival held at Het Twiske, a big nature reserve in a cluster of villages 10 km north of Amsterdan, and it is curated by the Dekmantel crew. They have in the line-up names like: Boy Harsher, Identified Patient, Low Jack, Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force or Ntombi Ndaba & Esa’s Afro-Synth Band.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lente was canceled and Zomer Kabinet and it will be held on September 5th.

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The Crave Festival 5-7 June, The Hague (Netherlands)

The Crave is a festival that celebrates the electronic music from The Hague and is one of the most interesting festivals out there. The main event take place in the enchanting vegetation of The Hague’s Zuiderpark, but there are other events during the 3 days. This year they bringing in a program, featuring West Coast legends, main stage onslaughts and fresh up-and-coming tastemakers. Some of the highlights should be David Vunk, DJ Stingray b2b Afra, E.R.P / Convextion, I-F, Legowelt or Orpheu The Wizard.

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Europe.

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Terraforma 26-28 June, Milano (Italy)

Terraforma is an experimental music festival, where sound acts as a gravitational centre: our experiences and thoughts orbit it, following paths drowned on a common ground or suspended in solitary contemplation. Sound comes and go as a summer storm, naturally orienting life on twisted, unforeseen paths. For this year, the experimental festival held at Villa Arcornati in Milano has lineup-ed artists like Beatrice Dillon, DJ Sprinkles, Donato Dozzy or Paquita Gordon.

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ant Bangos Festival 16-19 July, Lithuanian Beach

Ant Bangos is a boutique festival on the sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea in Lithuania, organized by Opium Club from Vilnius. This year, the first names announced include Erol Alkan, Kamma, Manfredas, Prins Thomas and Sean Johnson.

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dekmantel Festival 29 July-2 August, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Dekmantel festival has developed in one of the most attended festivals in the world for electronic music. The 8th edition takes place under the trees of the Amsterdamse Bos and across various venues around the IJ river. They host a broad roster of heritage acts, contemporary favorites and breaking talents. Some of the most interesting acts from this year are Carlos Souffront, Elena Sizova, Front 242, Gesloten Cirkel, Helena Hauff, Interstellar Funk, Jensen Interceptor, Peaking Lights, Phase Fatale & Reka, The Hacker & Miss Kittin and a 10 hours DJ set from Theo Parrish.

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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DT Camp 14-16 August, Lithuanian Woods

Digital Tsunami is preparing their 5th rave in the Lithuanian woods. The location is secret and you will know it only in the last week before the festival. The organizers have a strict policy and not everybody can buy a ticket. But it’s totally worth it! We’ve been there two years ago and was one of the highlights for us. The crowd is really nice and the location was incredible, on the banks of a crystal clear lake, inside a pine forest. This year we already booked the flights and the tickets for the camp.

For this year they announced the first 12 acts and there already many of our favorites: Alessandro Adriani, An-i, Beau Wanzer, Ernestas Sadau, Intergalactic Gary, Mick Wills, Nick Klein, Olivia or Solar. The DT Camp it’s a must!

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Berlin Atonal 19-23 August, Berlin (Germany)

Berlin Atonal takes place every year in the abandoned power plant Kraftwerk in Berlin. Across five days, the festival focuses on audiovisual experiments and electronic music. The program for this year is not online, but last year the line-up included, among others, Alessandro Cortini, Elena Colombi, Function, HTRK, Jensen Interceptor, Terrence Dixon, Trevor Jackson and Vladislav Delay, so you can expect quality.

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Europe.

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Amural Festival 27-30 August, Brașov (Romania)

Amural is an audiovisual festival in Brașov, Romania. They are focusing on visual art, but also on the interaction with sounds. In the last two years they had acts like Henry Saiz, Max Cooper, Marcus Henriksson, Nathan Fake and locals like Aleksa Alaska, Khidja, Borusiade or Lektronikumuz. For this year, due to the pandemic situation there will be a very restricted edition with just some visual instalations.

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Dekmantel Selectors 27-31 August, Tisno (Croatia)

Dekmantel Selectors is limited to a capacity of 2500, to keep the vibe pure throughout the whole week. During the daytime, there are 4 stages on the beautiful Adriatic coastline and boat parties, while by night, the party moves to the infamous club Barbarella. We’ve been there in 2016 for the inaugural edition and we returned last year. The vibe is still very nice and relaxed. The ambient makes all the difference. I would recommend the day parties on the beach and the boat parties and skip the night. This year they have selectors like Antal, Carlos Souffront, DJ Overdose, Job Jobse, Lena Willikens & Interstellar Funk, Nu Guinea, Rabih Beaini or Solar.

Unfortunately the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Up To Date Festival 1-6 September, Białystok (Poland)

Up To Date Festival is a platform where Electronic Dance Music and uncommon hip-hop mix with one another involving sometimes very distant cultural projects to erect a desolete island standing tall on the sea of plastic and banality. They celebrate all that is new, uncharted, modern and fresh, yet, at the same time, inviting world renowned artists. For this year they announced acts like Horse Meat Disco, Lake Haze, Substance aka DJ Pete or Versalife.

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Paral·lel Festival 4-6 September, Guardiola de Berguedà (Spain)

Paral·lel Festival is 3 days festival curating a musical selection based largely on uniqueness, promoting differentiated and disruptive musical paradigms, exploring experimental, ambient and techno musical aesthetics on a single stage. Last year they had names like Donato Dozzy, Huerco S, Mike Parker, Rrose, Svreca or Vectrol Park, so you can expect loads of ambient, drone and minimal techno.

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Zomer Kabinet 5 September, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Zomer Kabinet is the backup option for Lente Kabinet, which was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They will use the same an open air location at Het Twiske, a big nature reserve in a cluster of villages 10 km north of Amsterdam. Zomer will be the only festival curated by the Dekmantel crew this year. They have in the line-up names like: Boy HarsherLow Jack, Masalo, Ntombi Ndaba & Esa’s Afro-Synth Band, Orpheu The Wizard or Vladimir Ivkovic.

Zomer Kabinet was also canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kala 9-16 September, Dhërmi (Albania)

Kala is a week-long adventure on the sun-soaked Albanian Riviera. This is the third edition of the festival and the line-up includes live acts like 808 State, Bufiman, London Afrobeat Collective or Nu Guinea Live Band, and DJ sets from Antal, Jan Schulte, Marcellus Pittman, Moodymann, Nick The Record and OptimoB.

Kala was also canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemi

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Unsound Festival 4-11 October, Krakow (Poland)

Unsound Festival in Krakow has developed in one of the biggest festivals in the world. This year will be the 18th edition of the festival in Krakow, a week of concerts, club nights, installations, talks and screenings.

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MIRA Festival 5-9 November, Barcelona (Spain)

MIRA is a digital arts festival based on three interconnected areas: exhibition, dissemination and education, and is held annually in Barcelona (since 2011) and Berlin (since 2016). Focused on new trends in digital culture and technology, the festival features a program comprised of audiovisual shows in both traditional and fulldome formats, digital art installations, 3D-4D sound shows, fulldome screenings, conferences, presentations and workshops. For this year there are not dates or artists announced, but last year’s line-up included Alessandro Cortini, Beatrice Dillon, Biosphere, B12, Floating Points and Schwefelgelb.

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Ombra Festival 27-29 November, Barcelona (Spain)

Ombra is a project born from the hand of agency WeareWe and label Oraculo Records with the aim of creating a meeting place for lovers of analogue and avant-garde sounds that do not fit in the current cultural offer. The first edition was held in May 2018 in a club format, bringing together musical styles such as EBM, darkwave and industrial/experimental sounds. Last year the festival took place in different areas of the city with industrial aesthetics. The idea is to combine heritage with music by creating a circuit in different spaces that can accommodate different offers. We’ve been to the festival last year and it was one of the best experiences for us. We will try to get there also this year.

This year the line-up look even better that last year including Absolute Body Control, Das Ding, Clock DVA, De Ambassade, Gamma Intel, Linea Aspera, L.F.T., LVRIN, Neud Photo, MejleParade Ground, Pablo Bozzi, SDH and many other.

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European Festivals in 2020

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