51. MYSTERYLAND: NETHERLANDS
With fairytale surroundings, open fields and intimate spaces, Mysteryland has built up a reputation as one of the most unique dance festival locations in the world. The festival returns to the Floriade festival grounds in Haarlemmermeer on Saturday, 23 August 2014. Mysteryland strikes down with a broad line-up of creative events alongside the annual explosion of varied electronic musical styles ranging from cutting-edge dubstep, hip-hop and disco to top international names in house, techno and electro. The festival programme also traditionally includes exhibitions by small-scale artistic collectives and theatre makers.
52. NATURE ONE: GERMANY
Where NATO once launched missiles, NATURE ONE now detonates electronic music bangers. The former rocket base at Raketenbasis Pydna near Koblenz has been recalled into action each August since 1994 as a meeting point for the world’s biggest electronic masterminds. Germany doesn’t do raves in half measures either, as glitter balls, flame-throwers and smoke cannons surround superlative sound systems as lasers dart across a 50,000-strong crowd. Four main arenas reverberate to the rhythm of trance, techno, minimal, house and hard-style, as decorative over-sized flowers meet over-sized grins until the very early hours of the morning. A further 19 club floors give the underground scene space to blossom with cutting-edge labels, club stars and pioneering promoters curating unforgettable parties. The Nature One campsite is also one of the best we’re found on the continent with pop-up parties, daytime DJs and enough BBQs and beer to fill an army, so the good times don’t have to finish when the arena does.
53. OUTPUT: USA
Output is open to anyone, but is not for everyone. Output welcomes individuals who value the communal experience of music over cameras and bottle service.
54. PALEO: SWITZERLAND
Since 1976 – and the «First Folk Festival» that drew an audience of some 1,800 people in the town assembly rooms in Nyon –, Paléo Festival is today one of Europe’s most important musical events. Since its creation, the Festival has been growing in a regular and managed way, gaining steadily in professionalism during this period of development. Each year, more than 250 concerts and shows are on offer to the 230,000 members of the public who fill the Festival’s 84-hectare Asse site (car parks included), situated above the town of Nyon. To this day, over 5 million people have contributed to this unwavering popular success. For more than twelve years, the Festival has been sold out before it even started and enjoys an ever-growing reputation. In 2013, over 600 media professionals covered an edition that was noted for some unforgettable shows and a variety of architectural and artistic structures inviting dreamlike contemplation.
55. PARKLIFE: UK
Not content with offering the best value for money festival in the UK, Parklife yet again raises the bar as it offers more for revellers to enjoy across the weekend than ever before. A regular highlight the Treehouse Stage will reach sky high altitude with a host of uplifting beats across the weekend including Manchester renowned Mute and Content DJs. 2014 welcomes an VIP explosion as Parklife adds a plethora of pampering for those with VIP tickets, an exclusive VIP arena will offer up a tantalising mix of DJs from Leeds based Matt Everson to student champions Gold Teeth, plus revellers will also enjoy a private viewing platform, beautiful loos, access to the gourmet food and that all important place to relax during the two day party. New York seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy are added to an already astounding Sunday line-up which features Crosstown Rebels father Damian Lazarus and Manchester favourite, Heidi who returns to the festival with The Jackathon, one of the most popular stages of 2013.
56. RIO CARNIVAL: BRAZIL
Rio Carnival is a wild 5 days celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Friday and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses, celebrated as a profane event, can be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It usually happens in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere, when the Rio summer is at its peak. There are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the best-known ones taking place in Recife together with the neighboring Olinda (in the North of Brazil) and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
57. ROCKNESS: SCOTLAND
After winning LINE UP OF THE YEAR at the UK Festival Awards and ‘BEST SMALL FESTIVAL’ in the 2011 NME awards, RockNess has firmly established itself as one of the UKs best loved festivals. Set in front of the stunning Loch and described by the NME as ‘the UK’s most eye-wateringly gorgeous festival site’, previous headliners have included Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, The Strokes, Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers and Paolo Nutini just to name a few.
58. ROW 14 / ELROW: SPAIN
ROW14 is a brand new electronic-music club, created by Monegros Desert Festival and F135 Club promoters, where the outdoor areas fade into the indoor clubs, building a new quality-clubbing experience in Barcelona. Row14 is situated at 14 km (15 minutes) from Barcelona’s centre, and it only takes 5 minutes to the airport.
59. THE SECRET GARDEN PARTY: UK
A crazy festival party where everyone joins in and brimming with ideas and creativity that takes place at Mill Hill Field, at Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire. This is a festival without sponsorship and offers an eclectic musical mix. The dates are confirmed as Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th July 2014. Set in a 220 acre landscaped garden, bordering a river and lake, The Secret Garden is a garden-party-gone-crazy. As well as music there’s loads of activities for kids and adults alike, and it is more of a party experience. The festival has been granted a permanent licence with a capacity of up to 32,000 for each of the four days.
60. SENSATION: WORLDWIDE
Sensation is an indoor electronic dance music event which originated in the Netherlands and organized by ID&T. The original event, which ran exclusively in the Amsterdam ArenA for a period of five years until 2005, is now located throughout Poland, Spain, Austria, Chile, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia, Denmark, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia, Brazil, Norway, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and starting from 2012, the United States, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey and Romania.