As we draw closer to the end of almost an entire year without festivals, a light is starting to appear at the end of the tunnel. Within the last month alone, a handful of pharmaceutical companies have come forward with promising vaccine results, meaning an end to the pandemic could be on the horizon. For certain places, this vision is already a reality. Take Taiwan for example, which has only seen around 600 cases of the virus and has no need for a mandatory lockdown... The island nation has fared so well that festivals have already begun to make a comeback, with S2O and ULTRA both welcoming thousands of attendees in the fall.
For the rest of us, we can only hope that the live entertainment industry revives itself by next spring. To ensure this, The Guardian recently revealed that organizers are looking at a variety of methods, including thermal scanners, rapid on-site testing, and interactive wristbands that vibrate when attendees aren’t sticking to social distancing rules.
Until then, you’re most likely wondering which music festivals are already confirmed for 2021. Here’s everything we know so far...
EDM Festivals 2021: The Complete List
*This list is being updated constantly, information is subject to change.
ULTRA Music Festival & ULTRA Worldwide
Miami: Mar 26-28, 2021 | Bayfront Park, Miami, FL
Europe: Jul 9-11, 2021 | Mladen Park, Split, Croatia
Korea: 2021 Show Announced, Date & Location TBC
ULTRA is one of the few events companies to have held events during the pandemic, returning to Taiwan in November. The brand has already confirmed a number of shows for next year, with their flagship Miami festival scheduled for March.
More information & updates: https://ultramusicfestival.com/
Apr 9-11 & 16-18, 2021* | Indio, CA
Coachella remained optimistic when the pandemic struck, as organizers rescheduled for October of this year, before changing to April 2021. However, it seems like even that might be a bit of a stretch, as Rolling Stone claims the event could be postponed once again.
*Dates likely to be postponed to October
More information & updates: https://www.coachella.com/
Great Wall Festival
May 1-3, 2021 | Beijing HuaiBei Great Wall
Not an EDM festival per se, but electronic music all the same. Great Wall Festival 2021 is due to take place on the same dates planned for earlier this year. The event invites music lovers to party on top of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, with a 5K run along the wall included in the itinerary (optional, thank God).
More information & updates: http://www.greatwallfestival.com/
Electric Daisy Carnival
Las Vegas: May 21-23, 2021 | Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Mexico: April 16-18, 2021 | Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Portugal: June 18-20, 2021 | Praia da Rocha
Orlando: November 12-14, 2021 | Tinker Field
More information & updates: https://lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com/
World Club Dome: Las Vegas Edition
June 3-6, 2021 | Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany
Usually, the mention of nightlife in Germany conjures up images of industrial Berlin techno hammering on during never-ending Berghain seshes. World Club Dome is aiming for a slightly different vibe, as they hope to bring Vegas-style glamour across the pond, with a lineup consisting of EDM mainstays like Timmy Trumpet, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and so on.
More information & updates: https://www.worldclubdome.com/las-vegas
Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge
June 18-19, 2021 | Gorge Amphitheatre, WA
Beyond Wonderland is another Pasquale Rotella creation, incorporating iconic, over-the-top production with world-class acts. If anyone knows how to do a theme, it’s Insomniac.
"When day breaks in Wonderland, a curious cast of characters emerges, and fantastical animals of all shapes and sizes run wild. In this place beyond our imaginations, colors shine brighter, smiles are wider, and the secrets of Wonderland come to light."
More information & updates: https://pnw.beyondwonderland.com/
Jul 8-11, 2021 | Petrovaradin Fortress, Petrovaradin, Serbia
Despite what you might think, Serbia has more to offer than just Mr. Ball Legs (look it up if you don’t get the reference). Since 2000, The Eastern-European country has welcomed hundreds of thousands of tourists every summer for EXIT Festival, which has won multiple awards in its lifespan. In 2020, the event was reduced to a live stream event with performances by Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Hot Since 82 and more, but next year it’s preparing for a grand return. Check out the lineup below.
More information & updates: https://www.exitfest.org/en/
August 26-29, 2021 | Daresbury, United Kingdom
Creamfields lineup is so stacked that I avoided using the poster in this article for fear of taking up too much space. As expected, they’ve put together a list of the biggest names in the industry, including Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz and more.
More information & updates: https://creamfields.com/
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Sep 2-5, 2021 | Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN
Ahead of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Bonnaroo originally announced dates for next June. However, organizers decided to play it on the safe side to avoid letting fans down, so the show will now go ahead in September instead.
In a statement on the official website, Bonnaroo said: "We want to thank you for being a loyal Bonnaroovian, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate the best options to ensure we can be together on the Farm in 2021".
More information & updates: https://www.bonnaroo.com/
Sep 3-5, 2021 | Randall's Island Park, NY
Electric Zoo is one of the few festivals to have already released a lineup ahead of next year. Fans can expect 50 more artists to be added as the date draws nearer, who will perform on a variety of stages hosted by Deadbeats, Brownies & Lemonade and Wakaan.
More information & updates: https://electriczoo.com/#
September 24-26, 2021 | Legend Valley, OH
Lost Lands is the brainchild of Jeff Abel, who you probably know as Canadian DJ Excision. It took a virus, not a meteor, to wipe out the dinosaurs this time, but the Jurassic-themed festival is set to make a strong comeback next Autumn.
Tickets are already on sale, and according to the website it promises to be ‘the filthiest 3 days of bass music you have ever experienced’. *reaches for the hand sanitizer*
More information & updates: https://www.lostlandsfestival.com/
ESCAPE: Psycho Circus
Oct 29–30, 2021 | National Orange Show Event Center, San Bernardino, CA
Escape is Insomniac’s Halloween EDM festival, where thrill seekers are met with themed stages, interactive art installations and an abundance of terrifying costumed performers. 2020 would have been Escape’s 10th anniversary, but unsurprisingly it was replaced with a two-day virtual rave-a-thon. In 2021, the event is returning late October, lineup details to follow!
More information & updates: https://escapehalloween.com/