Our complete guide to this summer’s best festivals

Écrit par Trax Magazine
Photo de couverture : ©Calvi On The Rocks / Pascal Montary Photography
Le 29.06.2016, à 14h56
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©Calvi On The Rocks / Pascal Montary Photography
Écrit par Trax Magazine
Photo de couverture : ©Calvi On The Rocks / Pascal Montary Photography
Exams are over, the holidays upon us, and July, August and September are fast approaching. Are you ready for summer? Not entirely. You still need to pick the perfect festival, be it for the line up, the location or the vibe. To help you in your choice, Trax offers you a selection of 37 festivals spread throughout the season, and all across Europe.  Translated by Henry Hodson. Map by Eléonore Montariol.


Fusion Festival 

[Germany – Lärz]
Date: 29 June – 3 July

Fusion FestivalThe place: The festival is based in the old military aerodrome of Rechlin-Lärz, on the Mecklemburg Lake Plateau around 130 km North of Berlin.

Line up: Acid Arab, DJ Tennis, Ryan Elliott, Sandal Wood, Rizado Báltico, Monte Cumbia, Martin Hayes, Lotte Ahoi, Josephine Wedekind…

The bonus: More than just a music festival, with entertainers, theatre troupes and film screenings taking place throughout the festival. 

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The Djoon Experience 

[Italy – Palermo]
Date: 30 June – 4 July

The Djoon Experience

The place: An idyllic island 10 minutes from Trapani by boat.

Line up: Terrence Parker & Merachka, Jamie 3:26, DJ Shimza, DjeffAfrozila, Africaine 808… 

The bonus: The festival is FREE, you just have to find a flight, a hotel and go and enjoy the music, the sea, and dance in the sun.

Free festival

Kolorz Festival 

[France – Carpentras]
Date: 1 – 2 July


The place: In the open air, facing the Château Durbesson on the site of the Marché Gare in Carpentras.

Line up: Len Faki, Vitalic (DJ set), Kink (live), Sam Paganini, Luca Ruiz, Kosme, Lazare Hoche, Flabaire (live), Julien Holler B2B Theaz, Diese Live, Nina Kraviz, Dave Clarke, Stephan Bodzin (live)… 

The bonus: The Club Trax stage with fresh producers who are reinventing groove ‘à la française’.

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[France – Brest]
Date: 1 – 3 July

The place: Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain and the town of Brest are reborn as a stronghold of electronic music, its headquarters in the Keroual woods.

Line up: Emmanuel Top, Len Faki, Maceo Plex, Paula Temple, The Driver, Agoria…

The bonus: Astropolis uses The Market in Passerelle centre of modern art, a great crossroads of art and culture lasting two days. Record shops, creators, publishers and artists offer collections of music, books…

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Macki Music Festival 

[France – Carrières-Sur-Seine]
Date: 1 – 3 July

The place: On the banks of the Seine, at the Parc De La Mairie De Carrières Sur Seine.

Line up: DVS1, Outlander Wax Theory, Skatebård, Leonxleon, Tom Trago, Papooz, Bonnie Banane, Antal, Playin’ 4 The City (Live), Le Mellotron, Le Camion Bazar, La Mamie’s…

The bonus: Fun and frolics at the heart of a rural village. Put on by La Mamie’s and Cracki Records in a park, with an eclectic line up, what more could you ask for?

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Closing Off 

[France – Paris]
Date: 1 – 3 July 

The place: Secret.

Line up: JoeFarr, Abajour, David Asko, De Santi, DE vs. Troit, Enzo Mosconi, Herrmann, Parfait., Primitive live, RVDE, Size Pier, Vakarm, X1000…

The bonus: A free party atmosphere and good industrial techno.

Festival La Douve Blanche 

[France – Château d’Egreveille]
Date: 2 – 3 July

The place: You’ve guessed it: in a castle.

Line up: Molecule, Jacques, Nzca Lines, BAGARRE, COMA, Bloum, Moi je, KillASon, Mr Bovary, We Are Gold Diggers, Kholl Hawx, JC-303…

The bonus: 14 live performances, and low prices. 

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Kappa FuturFestival 

[Italy – Torino]
Date: 9 – 10 July

The place: In the disused Michelin and Fiat factories of the 19th century, opening onto a park.

Line up: Chris Liebing, King Of House, David, Louie Vega, Tony Humphries, Dewalta & Shannon Live, Davide Squillace, Ricardo Villalobos, Marco Carola, Monika Kruse, Raresh, Sam Paganini, Margaret Dygas, Solomun, Sven Väth, Nina Kraviz, Kerri Chandler, Lil’ Louis… 

The bonus: You haven’t seen the site…

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Electro Splash 

[Spain – Vinaros]
Date: 8 – 10 July

The place: Paseo Fora Forat, right next to a heavenly beach. 

Line up: Âme, BLD, Boris Carloff Daniel Kyo, David Kano, DJ Coco, Eduardo de la Calle, Edward, Elesbaan, Ernie, Fort Romeau, Fred P Gato, Helena Hauff, Hunee, Ivan Serra B2B Dubpaper… 

The bonus: Unforgettable memories of a summer that didn’t disappoint.

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Hello Birds 

[France – Normandie]
Date: 8 – 10 July

The place: Étretat, the perfectly natural place to party.

Line up: Pete Doherty, L’Impératrice, Kazy Lambist, Ménage à Trois, Ariel Ariel, Beat X Changers, Pain Surprises Records, Arthur King, La Souterraine, RETARD, Wesh! Soundsystem, Normandy All Stars DJs…

The bonus: Oysters and white wine.

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Electric Elephant

[Croatia – Tsino]
Date :  7 – 11 July

The place: A natural amphitheater, a paradisiac bay…

Line up : Âme, Andrew Weatherall, Auntie Flo, Bicep, Boo Williams, Christian Loffler, Craig Charles, Jacques Renault, Justin Robertson, Kerri Chandler, Margaret Dygas, Maribou State, Mister Saturday Night, Nick Hoppner, Nightmares On Wax, Steffi / The Revenge, Waze & Odyssey, Youandewan…

The bonus: Enjoying the best of house music in the crystal clear water …

Calvi On The Rocks 

[Corsica – Calvi]
Date: 8 – 13 July

calvi on the rocks
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The place: On Calvi beach and across many venues in the town, which comes alive for the occasion.

Line up: 20Syl & Mr. J. Medeiros Present Alltta, Afdc, Agoria, Alkalino, Andreas, Tome, Anja Sugar, Antonin Bg Attar!, Ben Klock, Bicep, Bob Moses, Body & Soul (François K, Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell), Breakbot Live, Busy P B2B Martin Solveig…

The bonus: Catching your favourite artists in the corner of a café by the port.

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Electrobotik Invasion 

[France – Bagnols-sur-Cèze]
Date: 8 – 9 July

The place: Parc Arthur Rimbaud.

Line up: Anja Schneider, Derrick May, Ellen Allien, Maceo Plex, Paco Osuna, Paul Ritch, Rebekah, Shall Ocin, Datametrik, Karmaâ…

The bonus: In the open air for two days, with free shows too (8 July in the town centre).

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Big Festival 

[France – Biarritz]
Date: 9 – 17 July

The place: A big village beside the water, a big club by night.

Line up: The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Vitalic, Claptone, Acid Arab, Salut c’est cool…

The bonus: Surfing and wood fires on the beach at night (and girls who swoon before the guy playing the guitar).

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Dynamicale Estivale 

[France – Paris]
Date: 9 10 July

Dynamicale Estivale

The place: Parc Jean-Moulin les Guilands

Line up: Arnaud Rebotini, Pit Spector, Le Vasco, Caandides, Fils De Vénus, Ohes, Petit Prince, Gabor, Dee Nasty, Microclimat…

The bonus: With the Dynamiterie collective, you can only expect the best.

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Dour Festival 

[Belgium – Dour]
Date: 13 17 July

The place: Eight stages and 270 bands and artists, in the town of Dour.

Line up: Boys Noize, Salut c’est cool, Panda Dub, Peaches, Tiga (live), Mr.Oizo, Ben Klock, Maceo Plex, MCDE, Petit Biscuit, Dave Clarke, Etienne de Crécy, Four Tet, Nastia, Paula Temple, Pomrad, Elliphant, Odezenne, Henri, PFR, Len Facki, Popof, Roosts, Manuva, MNEK, Pat Thomas, Soom T, Deluxe, La Colonie de Vacances, Oyster Node…

The bonus: DOURRRRRRR!

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The Peacock Society 

[France – Paris]
Date: 13 – 17 July

The place: At the Parc floral de Vincennes with two big warehouses and an outside area.

Line up: Len Faki & RØDHÅD, Kerri Chandler, John Talabot, Raresh, Pantha Du Prince, Helena Hauff, Function live, Jeremy Underground, Virginia ft. Steffi & Dexter live, Laurent Garnier, Sven Väth, Maceo Plex, Robert Hood // Floorplan, Tale Of Us, Brodinski, Recondite, Busy P b2b Eclair Fifi, Margaret Dygas b2b BAMBOUNOU…

The bonus: The sense of detail which pervades each aspect of this festival (line up, location, visuals, activities…)

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Festival La Calypso

[France – Canet-en-Rousillon]
Date :  22 – 24 July

The place: The idyllic beach of Canet-En-Roussillon

Line Up: Levon Vincent, Rolando, Zora Jones, Lakuti, Piu Piu, Doline, Everydayz, O.Xander, Raziek, Nightdrugs, Dj Kesmo, Souzo, Herbie Jay, Manaré, Feadz …

The bonus: The feet in the water, the head in the sound!

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Midi Festival 2016

[France – Hyères]
Date:  22 – 24 July

The place: The Noailles Villa, Hyères

Line Up: Paradis, Leon Vynehall, Flavien Berger, L’imperatrice, Liss, Mawimbi, Lionlimb, Africaine 808, Neue Grafik, Menage a trois, Lauren Auder, Sweat, Malcolm …

The bonus : The best way to (re)discover the French Riviera and the artists of this pretty accurate line-up! 

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Acontraluz Festival 

[France – Marseille]
Date: 22 – 24 July

The place: On the Plage du Prado.

Line up: AllttA, Andre Bratten, Audion aka Matthew Dear, Claptone, D.K./45 ACP, Edu Imbernon, Kölsch, LeMarquis, Locked Groove, Tale Of Us… 

The bonus: View of the beach and the bimbos.

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Platja Electronic Festival

[France – Canet-En-Roussillon]
Date:  29  30 July

The place : The beach of Canet-En-Roussillon

Line up : Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, The Avener, Vitalic Official, Agoria, Worakls, Kungs, Yuksek, Claptone, Oxia, Watermät, Marc Maya, Toni Varga …

The bonus : This year Carl Cox is celebrating his birthday on the main stage. A must see …

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Family Piknik 

[France – Montpellier]
Date: 31 July

Family Piknik
© Family Piknik / Gonthier

The place: Parc Montcalm.

Line up: Sven Väth, Fritz Kalbrenner, Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, John Digweed, BUTCH, Pig&Dan, Guy J, Dave Seaman, ME & her, Lee Van Dowski, Solee…

The bonus: The immense flurries of confetti will have you smiling, whether you like it or not.

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Movement Croatia Summer Festival 

[Croatia – Tisno]
Date: 28 July – 2 August

The garden Tisno croatie

The place: The Garden Resort and the Barbarella club, at Tisno in Croatia.

Line up: Marcel Dettmann, Margaret Dygas, Mike Shannon, Munir Nadir, Nina Kraviz, Octave One, Petar Dundov, Petre, Inspirescu, Psykoloco, Robin Ordell, Ryan Elliott, Sampol, Sandro Kühne, Solomun, Steve O’ Sullivan, Steve Rachmad, Sven Vath…

The bonus: The legendary Detroit festival lands in Croatia, with unmissable boat parties.

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Crossover Summer 

[France – Côte d’Azur]
Date: 3, 15 and 30 July then 9 and 13 August

The place: The château at Mouans-Sartoux, C’Factory in Nice, Promenade des Marinières in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Terrasse du Palais at the Cannes festival, Jardin de l’olivaie in Beaulieu-sur-Mer…

Line up: Jungle (DJ set), Âme (DJ set), Abstraxion (live), FKJ, Kartell, Cézaire…

The bonus: One part of Côte d’Azur you really have to see.

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Nuit FMR #1 

[France – Hippodrome de Pornichet]
Date: 30 July

The place: Hippodrome de Pornichet.

Line up: Agents Of Time, Alex Schaufel, FEM vs Quentin Schneider, Jankola, LA COX, John Wait, Steph Osbgs, Beaujean, PRINCESSE™…

The bonus: Hippodrome, I repeat, hippodrome.

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Neopop Festival

[Portugal – Viana do Castelo]
Date: 4 – 6 August

The place:  The port of Viana do Castelo.

Line up: Antigone, Ben Sims b2b James Ruskin, Ben UFO, Carl Cox, Cruz, Dexter, Etienne Jaumet (live), Fatima Al Qadiri, Frank, Glove b2b Trigger, HHY & The Macumbas live, John Talabot, Jonas Kopp b2b Pfirter, Maceo Plex, Magda, Maya Jane Coles, Nina Kraviz, Oscar Mulero, Pan-Pot, Peter Van, Richie Hawtin…

The bonus: You too will be going to Portugal – like half of your mates.

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Les Plages Electroniques 

[France – Cannes, Palais des Festivals]
Date: 4 – 6 August

The place: On the beach of Palais des Festivals

Line up: Nina Kraviz, Carl Craig, Apollonia, Lady B aka Bruno Gauthier, DJ Tennis, Daox, Magazino… 

The bonus: Going to Plages Electroniques also serves to show that young people and night life do exist on the Côte d’Azur.

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[Holland – Amsterdam]
Date: 4 – 7 August

The place: Amsterdamse Bos, Melkweg, Muziekgebouw, Eye, Tolhuistuin, Bimhuis.

Line up: Randomer, Surgeon, Ricardo Villalobos, Dettmann, Kraviz, DJ Stingray, Daniel Avery, Ben Klock… 

The bonus: Music stronger than the city’s weed.

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Visions Festival 

[France – Plougonvelin]
Date: 5 – 7 August

The place: Fort de Bertheaume, Plougonvelin.

Line up: UVB 76, Witxes, Yeti Lane, 6.R.M.E., Maison Acid x BuenavistACID social club, Marietta, Mimi Kawouin, Not Waving, KG, Osica…

The bonus: A small Breton festival with big aspirations. 

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Off Festival 

[Poland – Katowice]
Date: 5 – 7 August

The place: Dolina Trzech Stawów, a huge field by three lakes.

Line up: Powell, Rødhåd, Daniel Avery, Derick May, 67,5 Minut Projekt, Adam Gołębiewski, Andrew Weatherall b2b Roman Flügel, Anohni, Ata Kak, DJ Koze, Flatbush Zombies…

The bonus: Poland is like Scotland: it’s cold there, but they really know how to party.

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Cargese Sound System Festival 

[Corsica – Cargèse]
Date: 6 – 8 August

The place: La Paillote 1768 on Pero beach and et les arenas of Sarra.

Line up: Paul Ritch, Chloe, Casablanca Drivers, Seth Troxler, Sebo K, Owls, Molly, Varoslav, Seymøur B2B Louksor…

The bonus: A mini Berlin (or mini Paris) by the water.

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Defected Croatia

[Croatie – Tisno]
Date: 11 – 15 August

The place: The Garden Resort, Tisno

Line up: Dennis Ferrer, Kenny Dope, Roger Sanchez, Julio Bashmore, Gutilive, Nick Curly, Osunlade, Nightmares On Wax, Riva Starr, Crazy P… 

The bonus: Spend two months in Tisno in Croatia and see 92 festivals take place before your eyes.

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DGTL Festival 

[Espagne – Barcelone]
Date: 12 – 13 August

The place: Parc del Fòrum 

Line up: Ben UFO, Dixon, Fort Romeau, Jamie Jones b2b Joseph Capriati, KiNK, Maceo Plex, Oscar Mulero, Pan-Pot, Surgeon, Truss, Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz, Agoria, Robert Hood…

The bonus: The Dutch giant hops over to Spain.

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Positiv Festival 

[France – Marseille]
Date: 13 – 14 August

The place: Les Docks des Suds

Line up: Kaytranada, Georgio, The Geek x Vrv, Alpha Wann, Mr. Oizo, Stwo, TroyBoi, Boris Brejcha, Romulus, Deen Burbigo, Lemaitre…

The bonus: Chillwave in the home of Pastis.

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Festival Forte 

[Portugal – Montemor-o-Velho] 
Date: 25 – 27 August

The place: Castle of Montemor-o-Velho

Line up: Apparat, Ben Klock, Ben Frost w/ MFO (live a/v) Cabaret Voltaire (live a/v), Daniel Miller, David Rodrigues, Drumcell, Helena Hauff, Kobosil, Konstantin, Marcel Dettmann, Vril (live), Michael Mayer, Orphx (live), Trade (Surgeon & Blawan) (live), Silent Servant (live), Rødhåd…

The bonus: an audio-visual leaning to the line up, cutting-edge techno in a château.

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TheSoundYouNeed Festival 

[Malta – Ta’ Qali]
Date: 26 – 29 August

The place: Ta’ Qali in Malta, club Numero Uno

Line up: Flight Facilities, Basenji, Bondax, Fakear, FKJ, Hermitude, Hudson Mohawke, Joe Hertz, Jungle (DJ set), Karma Kid, Kidnap kid, Maribou State, Mr. Carmack, Point Point…

The bonus: It’s the first edition from the popular online channel, in the most promising of spots.

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Hadra Trance Festival 

[France – Vieure]
Date: 2 – 4 September 

The place: In the green pastures of the Allier region, by the water on the Vieure common. 

Line up: Curious Detail, D-Root, Frantic Noise, Gaspard, Kasadelica, Akasha Experience, AstroPilot, MantisMash, The Serpent’s Egg…

The bonus: Quite simply the biggest psytrance festival in France.

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Inox Festival 

[France – Chatou]
Date: 3 September

The place: On l’Ile des Impressionnistes of Chatou

Line up: Adam X, Bas Mooy, Dax J, Andy C, Bear Grillz, Delta Heavy, Dope D.O.D, Joachim Garraud, Don Diablo, Chuckie, Ace Ventura… 

The bonus: Joachim Garraud’s festival, very spacey.

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Oasis festival

[Morocco – Marrakech]
Date : 16 – 18 September

The place : In a magnificient hotel under the starry night of Marrakech, at the edge of a swimming pool… 

Line up : Bicep, B.Traits, David August, Dixon, Derrick May, Dubfire, Eli & Fur, Helena Hauff, Hunee, Job Jobse, Tale Of Us, The Black Madonna, Virginia …

The bonus : Add the line-up to the spot and you will find the bonus by yourself…

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[France – Marseille]
Date: 23 – 24 September

The place: La Friche la Belle de Mai.

Line up: Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Agoria B2B Louisahhh, Mstrkrft, Mind Against, Comah, Flavien Berger, George Fitzgerald, Odezenne, Alo Wala, Flava D, Gnucci…

The bonus: The most renowned festival in Marseille, and rightly so.

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Meakusma Festival 

[Belgique – Eufen]
Date: 23 – 25 September

Meakusma Festival

The place: Kulturzentrum Alter Schlachthof Eupen.

Line up: Roger Robinson & Disrupt, Thomas Brinkmann, Ben UFO, Marcus Schmickler, Piero Umiliani Today, DJ Nigga Fox, Mike Cooper pres. White Shadows In The South Sea, Substance (aka DJ Pete), Nadar Ensemble, Kassem Mosse, Tolouse Low Trax, Christian Klinkenberg Orchestra… 

The bonus: The fountain of knowledge you will become having seen all of the artists on the line up.

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Dream Nation 

[France – Paris]
Date: 24 – 25 September

The place: Les Docks de Paris

Line up: TBA

The bonus: The official techno parade after-party

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