The winter season may best be known for the period when partying migrates/relocates indoors, yet even with temperatures plummeting there’s still plenty of tantalising options as we round up the best festivals taking place over the next few months across the globe.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest parties in the Autumn calendar, Italy’s Movement Festival is renowned for bringing the best in house and techno to its accustomed home of Torino. As a relative to Detroit’s distinguished DEMF, its programming stretches from October 24th to November with workshops, daytime lectures and networking forums all on offer with the music itself situated across five stages. Celebrating it’s 10th edition, the heavyweight line-up includes Dixon, Robert Hood, Henrik Schwarz and Mano Le Tough amongst others.
Don’t Miss: Lil Louis’ classic ‘House That Chicago Built’ showcase with Derrick Carter, Lil Louis, Marshall Jefferson and DJ Sneak.
Details: 24th October - 1st November, 2015. Lingotto Fierre, Torino.
The spectacular multi-sensory spider that is Arcadia returns with it’s fire breathing powers to the warmer shores of Thailand as it takes over the heart of Bangkok with the promise of a line-up to match the impeccable production.
Don’t Miss: The spider's trademark 50 foot fireballs, lights and lazer show.
Details: 23rd January 2016, Bangkok, Thailand.
Following a triumphant comeback at its seminal Butlins home, Bloc’s renaissance continues with the inclusion of the London Electronic Music Event set to add production workshops and industry panels to its daytime programming for 2016. Although line-up details are yet to be released, with a new village of luxury chalets on offer alongside it’s impeccable programming and usual fun and games expect entertainment aplenty.
Don’t Miss: If Ben Sims and DVS1’s B2B last time out is anything to go by, expect a typically hard-hitting onslaught of techno from the scene’s best.
Details: 11th - 13th March 2016, Butlins Resort, Minehead.
At 3000 metres above sea level, the picturesque Les Deux Alpes is home to Europe’s largest skiable glacier as 3000 partygoers descend on the resort for an activity-filled week of festival action. Rise’s line up drum and bass, house and bass heavyweights includes Sigma, Jackmaster, High Contrast, Blonde, Applebottom and London Elektricity.
Don’t Miss: A rare chance to see the legendary So Solid Crew throw it back to 2001, but be sure to leave ample time to hit the slopes.
Details: 12th - 19th December 2015, Les Deux Alpes, France.
Bugged Out Weekender
Now in it’s 5th year, Bugged Out is again taking the sober out of January with a stellar birthday line up that see’s everyone from Armand Van Helden, Kerri Chandler and Groove Armada, as well as long-term affiliate’s Erol Alkan and Heidi, who’ll be bringing the jacking vibes to the Butlins resort. With a wonderland of arcades, quizzes and rave karaoke to coincide with Bicep, Jackmaster and Artwork’s pool parties, expect nothing but relentless entertainment, guaranteed.
Don’t Miss: With Jackmaster’s impromptu ‘Mad Wi’ It’ crazy golf tournament etched in Bugged Out folklore, be sure to keep an eye out for surprise activities.
Details: 15th - 17th January 2016, Butlins Resort, Bognor Regis.
Vh1 Supersonic Festival
Set against party capital Goa’s stunning backdrop of sun, sea and sand, India’s definitive dance festival Vh1 Supersonic is back for a third year with Disclosure and Deorro recruited to handle its mammoth 100,000 capacity. Having also teamed up with Holland techno aficionados Awakenings as well as D&B linchpins UKF & Arms House expect all tastes to be suitably covered.
Don’t Miss: Disclosure’s live set never fails to deliver, and the Awakenings stage should keep even the most discerning techno fan dancing for the duration.
Details: 27th - 30th December 2015, Goa, India.
Rio Music Conference
Photo by Jordan Lloyd
As a conference, club week and music festival all rolled into one, Brazil’s RMC is twice the size of ADE, making it one of electronic music’s largest trade shows. If the lure of making the trip to Copacabana beach wasn’t enough already…
Divided into two: the conference and the festival, 120,000 revellers will take part over its 14 day duration which incorporates industry heads with artists, producers and partygoers conveniently in time for the world’s largest and most vibrant street party.
Don’t Miss: Although Rio Carnival is a given, the main conference hosted at the Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel is hugely educational and well worth the time.
Details: January 27th - 9th February 2016, Copacabana Beach, Rio, Brazil.
Entering its ninth year, Mexico’s BPM Festival remains at the forefront of the global festival calendar with a 9 day exploration in heavyweight house and techno that showcases no less than 375 artists to 60,000 revellers across its striking Playa Del Carmen locale, Tequila-fuelled hedonism is always guaranteed.
Don’t Miss: LINE-UP ANNOUNCED TODAY!
Details: 8th - 17th January 2016, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Photo by Jacob Khrist
Paris’ transformation into major European party destination for premium underground music continues with Weather Festival’s second winter spin-off of 2015. Championing the best in house and techno, Weather’s esteemed reputation for curating invigorating line ups is vindicated with sets from Laurent Garnier, Derrick May, Kenny Larkin and a live set from the capital’s enigmatic Point G to satisfy the heads.
Don’t Miss: A trailblazing live set from the formidable Robert Hood is a guaranteed show stopper.
Details: 18th December - 20th December 2015, Paris Event Centre, France.
Aside from it’s infinite selection of beach clubs, combining unrivalled boat parties with rooftop soirees and secret jungle raves on the Mexican Riviera, Maya’s phenomenal beach-side is exactly why Coincidance has become one of South America’s most in demand festivals. As the largest Caribbean party over new year’s eve. The 4 day affair features UK outfit Crazy P, alongside eclecticism from Jay Haze, Jimpster, Martin Eyerer, Terrence Parker and Ninetoes.
Don’t Miss: NYE on the picturesque Caribbean coastline! Flights have seldom been cheaper due to the current Mexican Peso exchange rate.
Details: 30th December - 2nd January 2016, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.