Music Festivals Worth Traveling For in 2016
Traveling to see music is nothing new (that’s what this whole site is based on!), but thanks to the increasing number of smaller, well-curated destination festivals catering to the more experienced travelers, it’s increasingly becoming more popular and easier to combine your loves of travel, music and chill vibes.
Here’s a short list of my recommended festivals to attend in 2016…
Moogfest | Durham, NC | May 19-22, 2016
Moogfest may have moved from his home in Ashville, NC to downtown Durham this year, but you can still expect a nice lineup of music weirdos, synth aficionados, and mind bending talks about Afrofuturism, Technoshamanism and Transhumanism.
Lineup Highlights: Gary Numan, Blood Orange, The Orb, Bicep, DJ Harvey, HEALTH, Laurel Halo, Silver Apples, The Black Madonna, Veronica Vasicka
Movement | Detroit, MI | May 28-30, 2016
Movement is the OG of techno festivals. The main event is downtown in the heart of Detroit, but there’s also tons of spin off events and insanely late night parties with big name talent that pop up around town all weekend.
Lineup Highlights: Art Department, Caribou, Carl Craig, Ellen Allien, Four Tet, Guy Gerber, Heidi, Honey Soundsystem, Kraftwerk 3-D, Magda, Matthew Dear, Nina Kraviz, No Regular Play, Richie Hawtin, Tale of Us, Tiga
Primavera | Barcelona | June 1-5, 2016
After 10+ years in the game, Primavera continues to curate perfectly balanced lineups of the best established and up and coming names in indie and dance music. Plus, it’s in Barcelona so it’s a win-win!
Lineup Highlights: Chairlift, Dave P, Floating Points, LCD Soundsystem, Maceo Plex, Moderat, Neon Indian, Optimo, Pantha du Prince, PJ Harvey, Savages, Tame Impala
Love International | Tisno, Croatia | June 29-July 6, 2016
Love International is the new festival from the people behind the now defunct Garden Festival. Expect lots of seaside sets, boat parties and beautiful swimming coves to explore.
Lineup Highlights: Axel Boman, Bicep, Fort Romeau, Horse Meat Disco, Hunee, Jackmaster, Joy Orbison, Midland, Red Axes, Jennifer Cardini, Manpower, Paramida
Obonjan Island | Croatia | July 18 - September 18, 2016
Obonjan isn’t a festival, it’s an actual island some nice people have turned into a summertime music, arts and wellness destination! You can rent a fancy tent or cabin for a few days, chill on the beach, hear some tunes, eat some healthy food, or go on a magical journey if that’s your thing.
Lineup Highlights: Talaboman, Manpower, Lovefingers, Red Axes, Pearson Sound, Four Tet, Midland, Floating Points, Lindstrom, Erol Alkan
Into the Valley | Dalarna, Sweden | July 29-30, 2016
Into the Valley takes place in an old limestone quarry outside of Stockholm and is certainly one of the most unique festival destinations I’ve ever heard about. Looks insane!
Lineup Highlights: Axel Boman, Bicep, Black Madonna, Daniele Baldelli, Ellen Allien, Four Tet, George Fitzgerald, Hunee, John Talabot, Kim Ann Foxman, Kink, Nina Kraviz, Tornado Wallace
Dekmantel | Amsterdam | August 4-7, 2016
Dekmantel has risen to the top of many techno tourists lists due to it’s stellar line ups year after year. I’m also a big fan of their great podcast series on Soundcloud.
Lineup Highlights: Antal, Barnt, Beautiful Swimmers, Daniel Avery, DJ Harvey, Intergalactic Gary, Lena Willikens, Midland, Nina Kraviz, Optimo, Ron Morelli, Tale of Us, Veronica Vasicka
FYF Fest | Los Angeles, CA | August 27 & 28, 2016
The little festival that could! Booked by some of the same minds behind Coachella, FYF continues to deliver solid indie and punk lineups year after year.
Lineup Highlights: Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Kelela, LCD Soundsystem, Grace Jones, Bicep, Gold Panda, The Black Madonna, Honey Soundsystem, AIR
Dekmantel Selectors | Tisno, Croatia | September 1-5, 2016
Selectors is an offshoot of the Dekmantel festival in Amsterdam, but this one’s set on the sunny shores of Croatia and features a bit more balearic and psychedelic techno vibes.
Lineup Highlights: Awesome Tapes From Africa, Daniele Baldelli, Intergalactic Gary, Lena Willikens, Juju & Jordash, Antal, The Black Madonna
The Oasis Festival | Marrakech | September 16-18, 2016
Set at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Oasis has found the perfect mix of festival and vacay vibes. The venue is a sprawling high end resort with multiple pools and lounge areas so you can soak up the sun during the day and dance all night to expertly curated lineups without having to leave the complex.
Lineup Highlights: Bicep, George Fitzgerald, Hunee, Jennifer Cardini, Lindstrom, Maya Jane Coles, Midland, Omar Souleyman
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Sustain Release | The Catskills, New York | September 16-18, 2016
Sustain Release is the smallest festival on our list and you need a special invite or referral to attend (it’s based on past attendees), but that just makes it all the more special. It’s held at an old summer camp in The Catskills and you can camp on site or bunk in a shared cabin. It’s also cheekily referred to as Techno Summer Camp.
Lineup TBD, past lineups included: Veronica Vasicka, Beautiful Swimmers, Mike Servito, Aurora Halal, Blondes, Ital
Levitation | Austin, TX | April 29-May 1, 2016
Lineup: Brian Wilson, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Oneohtrix Point Never, Caribou, Slowdive, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Black Mountain, Shabazz Palaces
Rainbow Disco Club | Shizouka, Japan | April 29-May 1, 2016
Lineup: Andrew Weatherall, Hunee, Antal, DJ Funk, Egyptian Lover
Form | Arcosanti, AZ | May 13-15, 2016
Lineup: Bonobo, Four Tet, Julianna Barwick, Empress Of, Autre Ne Veut
Tropico | Acapulco, Mexico | December 2016, TBD
Past lineups Include: 2manydjs, Apparat, The Juan MacLean, Red Axes, Hot Chip DJs, Rebellodo, Superpitcher, Blonde Redhead, William Onyeabor
Mareh Festival | Ilha De Boipeba, Brazil | Christmas/NYE 2016/17, TBD
Past lineups include: Tim Sweeney, Eric Duncan, Cosmic Kids, Young Marco, Greg Wilson, Joakim