The idea of heading out to a weekend-long festival, dancing to live music with friends and strangers has felt almost like a dream during the pandemic. Nothing compares to the real thing.
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Fortunately, now that vaccines are here and gatherings are returning, attending a rave will be a priority for a lot of music lovers. With that said, let’s check out the best music festivals around the globe that are scheduled for 2021.

Voodoo Village Festival
4th September 2021, Belgium

Source: Voodoo Village Festival

After a year of silence, Voodoo Village is excited to reunite with their tribe! The one-day house and techno festival will bring a heart-pumping lineup including Stephan Bodzin, Bedouin, Fjaak and more, set to perform on different stages. The Fuse stage is set to bring top-notch techno to the festival, the Contrair stage combines the best of house, techno, disco and everything in between. Meanwhile, the Hangar stage is an indoor electronic music marathon that delivers some of the hottest local Belgian lineups. 

Interestingly, visitors will also have the option to travel to the event ground by boat, which would be an amazing way to begin the ultimate Voodoo Festival experience. 

Adhana Festival
26th Dec 2021 – 3rd Jan 2022, Brazil

Source: Murilo Ganesh, Adhana Festival 2018

Planning to welcome the new year with amazing music? Head over to Adhana Festival, where you’ll experience 187 hours of PsyChill, Forest, Fullon, Goa, Dark, Progressive as well as Techno. The stellar lineup comprises 120 acts, including Digoa, Digital Dubs, Chapeleiro, Meditar and more!

DGTL Festival
11th – 12th September 2021, Amsterdam

Source: DGTL Festival Amsterdam photo ©Jordy Brada

While other event organisers were struggling to make ends meet in 2020, DGTL Festival pretty much lucked out as they’ve accidentally purchased pandemic insurance of $2.3 million before the Corona outbreak began. Talk about a great investment! 

The event, which is one of Amsterdam’s most prominent dance music festivals, returns this year with a stellar line-up of heavy hitters in the underground electronica scene, including Disclosure, Bicep, The Black Madonna, John Talabot, Henrik Schwarz, GusGus and Danish techno titan Kölsch.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)
13th  – 17th October 2021, Amsterdam

Source: ADE’s PR

In the span of 5 days, ADE is set to light up Amsterdam’s historical locations and unique venues, with a spectrum of electronic sub-genres performed by over 2,500 artists. The best part is, there are plenty of dance music-related activities available for festival-goers too! Get involved by taking gear masterclasses and visit exhibitions, watch films and documentaries, see renowned DJs and artists at their MusicTalks during the day, then head over to the live shows at night. Whatever you decide, you’re definitely going to enjoy every moment.

Monument Festival
13th – 15th August 2021, Norway

Source: Monument

For those who love deep and hypnotic techno music, this is for you. Monument Festival is an intimate three-day event located in Norway’s magical, lush forest. There will be a dedicated camping area in the festival ground, in which visitors are able to choose whether they prefer to set up their own tent or rent a pre-setup lavvu. Of course, yoga and breathwork sessions will be available too, in case you need a little serenity from the long hours of partying. The massive lineup includes Eyvind Blix,Forest Drive West, Garçon, Jane Fitz, Korpex, Paula Koski and more.

MoDem Festival
16 – 22 August 2021, Croatia

Source: MoDem Festival

If you’ve always wanted to experience a music festival with blue-green waters and gentle waterfalls in the middle of glorious green forests, MoDem is the perfect place to find yourself, enjoy nature at its finest and dance (of course!). This will be the very best combination of art, psychedelic trance and deep techno music, featuring an extensive lineup that includes Windowbrains, Megalopsy, Bayawaka, Davidkrast, Microdot and more.

All in all, these music festivals look extremely amazing! Those lucky enough to find themselves at these events this year will have a unique celebration of life with the sounds they love, while the rest of us might have to wait a little longer.