EDM has grown so much over the past decade, and thanks to this, fans now have endless options when looking to attend and take part in the EDM festival experience. Narrowing such a massive amount of events to only a few of the best is not an easy task because there are so many amazing events, and there will be some which aren’t going to appear here even though they could easily be a part of this list. The incredible famous giants of Electric Forest, Ultra Music Festival, TomorrowWorld, and EDC may grab all the attention and headlines, even if it is not for the right reasons, but the grand old United Estates of America is full of amazing EDM and dance music events of all kinds, shapes, and sizes. Here is a list of some EDM music festivals that truly stand out from the huge crowd of EDM events:

Middlelands (Buy Tickets)

This event has not even debuted yet, but when its first ever edition happens, which will in May of 2017, it will be one of the most anticipated new EDM music festivals in years. It will happen in Todd Mission, Texas, and it will be brought there by the really clever minds behind Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape, Electric Daisy Carnival, Life is Beautiful, Countdown and Dreamstate. Middleands is looking set to take its place at the foreground of EDM music festivals across the United State. Some of the DJs that will feature there are: Bassnectar, Andy C, Jurassic 5 and Major Lazer, among others. Middlelands is set to take place from May 5th to May 7th at Todd Mission, Texas.

Beyond Wonderland (Buy Tickets)

As an Insomniac-produced festival, Beyond Wonderland has many of the trademarks of EDC, from the trippy lasers and superstructures to colorfully clothed dancers. Even though it shares many similarities with EDC, it holds its own many times over with the chance to camp out during the event, and its primary focus placed on a fairy tale theme. Famous stage names and incredible designs, as well as very eccentric dancers, which are known as creatures, help to bring this amazing fairy tale to life. Some of the most famous DJs that will be there playing their sets are Hardwell, Borgeous, Diplo, GTA and Yellow Claw, and many other also great DJs. This EDM festival will happen at San Bernardino, California from March 24th to March 25th. This festival is definitely worth visiting.

Imagine Festival (Buy Tickets)

This EDM event is going to step up into the breach that was left by Tomorrow World. Imagine Festival will move from late August to late September which could take its absorbing party up another notch. Dubstep, EDM, techno and house will blend into close-up performers and wandering circus troupes, all projecting a world that organizers describe ad an aquatic fairytale. After their amazing event in 2016, this year’s post summer temperatures will inject even more energy into the enormous crowds. Some of the DJs that performed at last year festival and will likely return this year are Dillon Francis, Borgore, Steve Angello and Showtek. This festival will take place at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Georgia from September 22nd to September 24th.

Electric Zoo (Buy Tickets)

Proper techno, stadium EDM, and avant-garde house all stand side by side right in the heart of New York City, which somehow keeps Electric Zoo as an intimate, almost personal matter. Some of the DJs that performed at this event in 2016 and may return this year were: Tiësto, Hardwell, Claptone, and Bassnectar. It will take place from September 1st to September 3rd at New York City, New York.

Nocturnal Wonderland

Labor Day weekend hosts another of Insomniac’s incredible events. The world changes all around you into a fairy tale of heart-stopping performers and great electronic music everywhere you look as the night closes in. From underground techno to big-room house, each amazing stage brings a beat for every taste out here, while the wonderland itself doesn’t fail to live up to its name. Some of the DJs that performed at this event last year and will likely return this year are me, Odesza, Knife Party and Above & Beyond. It will take place on Labor Day weekend of 2017 at San Bernardino, California.

Movement Electronic Music Festival

Detroit, the birthplace of techno, celebrated the 10th anniversary of Movement Electronic Music Festival last year but in reality, the festival’s roots go back to the turn of the millennium. Detroit Electronic Music Festival took place from 2000 to 2005, but the city with its electronic soul found a good way to keep the party going. Some of the DJs that will perform at this amazing festival are Testpilot, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer and Carl Cox. This festival will take place on May 27th to May 29th of 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

Mysteryland USA (Buy Tickets)

At this EDM event, you will stumble across new music and soak up your DJs by the bucket load, while Bethel Wood becomes a beautiful and diverse landscape of parties, sub-parties, and after-parties. The great commitment of Mysteryland to exploring the complete electronic spectrum has gone all the way across the Atlantic, leaving the United States edition renowned for breakthrough talent and innovative lineups. Some of the performers that will be there are: LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, and G-Eazy It will take place from June 9th to June 12th of 2017 at Bethel Woods, New York.

Ultra Music Festival (Buy Tickets)

In terms of popularity, size and sheer social clout, Ultra Music Festival is the only dance festival in the entire world that comes close to Tomorrowland. And this festival lineups are as good as those of Tomorrowland. Even before you take into account the seemingly endless global destinations visited by Ultra Europe, Ultra Worldwide and Ultra South Africa, the original Miami edition of Ultra Music Festival is out on its own in North America. Some of the performers that featured at this festival were: Major Lazer, David Getta, Ice Cube and The Prodigy. This event will take place from March 24th to March 26th at Miami, Florida.

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas (Buy Tickets)

2015 saw Electric Daisy Carnival add São Paulo, Brazil, to its army of growing worldwide habitats, but there is something about the City of Lights that fits perfectly with this festival known for indulging in the spirit of the party without any restraint. If you are chasing the amazing electronic dreamworld of Electric Daisy Carnival, its original ground of Las Vegas is still the best. Some of the DJs that performed in this EDM event in 2016 and might return this year are Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Knife Party and Alesso. This carnival will take place from June 16th to June 18th at Las Vegas, Nevada.


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