iEDM's Festival Season Guide: Top Festivals Of 2020

| June 22, 2019

Festival season is finally here! As much as we wish we could attend every event, it's not possible but with careful planning, you can definitely make it to a few staples every year. 

Choosing which events can be tough because some take more time, money and planning than others, especially depending on where you live. (But don't worry- we have tips for flying to a festival HERE.) 

Here is our festival season guide, a complete list of all the top festivals and events for 2019! This list will be updated as new festivals are announced. 

Here are the top festivals of 2020, in alphabetical order!  



Filled with good vibes, beautiful art, and amazing music, this festival is the highlight of many people's year. Since its debut in 2002, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has reached an annual attendance of 80,000 festy goers, year after year giving us legendary acts and has received many mentions from notable outlets. This year's acts, again, has our jaws dropping, take a look at the full lineup HERE.



Breakaway Festival Series 

The multi-city/multi-date festival will happen in satellite cities on various weekends. Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee will all host their own separate Breakaway music festival experiences with headliners such as Bassnectar, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Illenium, Walker & Royce. 

Find your Breakaway city info HERE



Burning Man 

This 10 day event is not your typical music festival. In fact money isn't welcome and it's a barter system. There isn't a schedule or set times, but instead you are fully immersed in Black Rock City for 10 days deep in the Nevada desert. 




Imagine a Dancefestopia where there isn't a separation of Forest and Field camping, a Dancefestopia nestled in rolling hills surrounded by thousands of acres of forest and pristine lake water? Well, look no farther and follow the yellow brick road which will take you to the heart of Dancefestopia. The vibes that this festival brings are amazing and with such heavy lineups in the past, can only confirm that this year will be no different. Pack your bags and get ready to explore one of the best camping festivals out there.



Deja Voom 

Anyone who’s been to a Bassnectar curated experience knows it never disappoints and the debut of his new venture hopefully says the same. Bassnectar’s all-inclusive destination festival takes place from February 27 - March 2 in Riviera Maya, Mexico and features 3 sets from Bassnectar himself and ambient chill-out sets as well as performances from Rezz, The Glitch Mob and a Dirtybird pool party set from Claude Vonstroke and his labelmates. The Bassnectar team will also run a green initiative during the festival that prioritizes recycling and carbon offsetting.



Dirtybird Campout

The vibes on this festival are chill, everyone is happy, laughing and dancing together all night long. Unlike major festivals, Dirtybird Campout doesn't have giant stages with crazy entrancing visuals. Instead, there are some lights, small stages, but a raging dance floor with passionate shufflers, flow artists, and wild dancers. Be on the lookout for more info about this amazing camping festival. Check out our write up on the renegade parties that made this event so special last year HERE



EDC Las Vegas Camping

The first couple thoughts that come to mind when I think of EDC Las Vegas is hundreds of people walking around in rave gear on the infamous Vegas strip. It was last year that the brilliant team at Insomniac introduced a camping option that kept ravers from having to deal with the crazy traffic. If you're looking to experience EDC Las Vegas in a completely different way than other, then this camping option is the way to go! Stay tuned for the very awaited lineup that could be released any day now!

Get ready for this epic adventure with the iEDM EDC Las Vegas Collection HERE



Electric Forest

The most anticipated camping festival this year is once again Electric Forest, as tickets sold out in just minutes after being released. Topping the line up this year is ODESZA on Thursday, Kygo on Friday, BASSNECTAR on Saturday, and Zeds Dead on Sunday. Explore the full line up drop HERE and get lost in the forest along great vibes and spectacular performances.

Check out our specially curated Electric Forest Collection HERE to find your perfect festival outfit. 



Electric Zoo 

Electric Zoo is NYC's staple event year after year hosting the biggest names in dance music. This animal themed rave takes over Labor Day Weekend for unforgettable experiences. If you haven't been, Ezoo should be on your festival bucket list. Get more info HERE



Elements Lakewood 

Elements Lakewood is transformational boutique festival with immersive workshops and an amazing lineup to match. Taking place on a gorgeous property in Lakewood, PA, this 4-day Memorial Weekend camping adventure has a variety of some of the best acts out right now from headliner Disclosure, to Sofi Tukker and our favorite Aussie, Fisher. 

Get your experience packages HERE



Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival

Brace your neck for another bass festival joining the likes of Lost Lands and Bass Canyon. The inaugural bass and dubstep Florida festival features a medieval theme and takes place February 16-17 in Sunset Cove, Florida, touting headbanger favorites like Excision, Adventure Club, 12th Planet, Zomboy, Doctor P and more. With cheap prices, a stacked lineup and amazing weather, Forbidden Kingdom is a festival to look out for.



Global Dance Festival

Global Dance Festival confirms the lineup for their 17th year. Five stages for two days with an incredible lineup this July in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos Stadium at Mile High will host this long time running festival with headliners like Excision B2B Illenium, Kaskade, ZHU, Chris Lake. Green Velvet, Golf Clap, Shiba San to name just a few.

Grab your weekend pass HERE



Global Dub Festival

Calling all bass lovers to see Adventure Club / Bear Grillz at Global Dub’s 2019 return. Presented by Global Dance Festival, the one day event takes place at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on May 18th and is jam-packed with bass. Global Dub 2018 brought heavy hitters Ganja White Night, Zomboy and Eptic to the stage.  



III Points Festival

The sixth edition of III Points is returning February 15-17 in Miami’s Art District with a notoriously bold genre-spanning lineup. With sets running until 5 am, III Points embraces R&B, indie and dance in its eclectic lineup. The three-day event is packed with multiple b2b sets as well as performances from Virtual Self, Peggy Gou, Yaeji and DJ Koze. III Points cancelled 2018 so all eyes are on how the festival will do this year. Granted, the artist-centric vision and its early date will hopefully be a tasteful preview that leads into Miami’s heavy music festival season in later months.



Imagine Music Festival

Imagine 2019 will be IMF’s 6th year running and it’s returning on Atlanta Motor Speedway for a bigger and better year. Held September 21-23, the aquatic-themed camping festival is cementing its place as a growing music and arts experience that includes transformational workshops, a splash pool, art space and more. Last years lineup hosted big names like Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, Kaskade and the 2017 lineup secured headliners like Above & Beyond, Tiesto and Deadmau5.



Lightning in a Bottle

In addition to the carefully curated lineup, Lighting in a Bottle brings larger than art pieces to yoga classes to meditation workshops and so much more. The line up brings plenty of artists performing at seven stages, Do Lab does a great job of bringing something for everyone. From psytrance, techno ragers to deep grooving house beats.  Be part of one of the major camping festivals leading the scene for the west coast, 2019 early bird sale coming soon HERE.



Lost Lands

Headbangers, save the dates and get ready to make your way back to Lost Lands. The third edition of this festival is going to be unforgettable so be ready for a weekend full of filthy drops and a camping experience that will take you into a journey. 



North Coast Music Festival 

Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, North Coast Music Festival is continuing its traditions at a beautiful new location with a killer lineup. Bassnectar will be headlining Friday and Major Lazer Saturday. Nice to see many local Chicago city DJs were incorporated as well such as GoodSex, Stratus, Elevatd, Birthdayy Partyy, Inzo and Dee Mash. two stages with promises of no sound bleeds! Northerly Island being a beautiful peninsula bordering Lake Michigan and the stunning Chicago city skyline it’s sure to be a fantastic way to start the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

Grab your tickets HERE



Meow Wolf Taos

The Meow Wolf art empire presents a special three-day long art and music festival. Located in Taos, New Mexico the festival is run by the artist collective and is community-based offering local brewery tours, hot air balloon rides and a brunch theatre. A carefully curated lineup is sure to set the mood. Flying Lotus 3D, ZHU, Barclay Crenshaw and a Desert Hearts Takeover are just the beginning.

Tickets and Camping Information are available HERE



Paradiso Festival

Embark on a full weekend adventure by camping at Paradiso Festival! The Gorge Campground is located adjacent to the Amphitheater with a pathway connecting the two. Get ready to enjoy a weekend full of great music and vibes out of this world with all your favorite EDM acts like Borgeous, Whipped Cream and more.



Phoenix Lights Festival 

The fifth annual Phoenix Lights is brought to us by Relentless Beats, the promoters behind Crush, Decadence, Goldrush and other leading Arizona-based EDM events. Held at The Park at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix on April 5-6, the all ages festival has previously welcomed a mix of electronic and hip-hop to its lineup, with diversity from Martin Garrix, Travis Scott, Brownies & Lemonade, Gramatik and more. So far, the only headliner to be announced has been Kaskade, with more to come.



Shaky Beats Music Festival

Shaky Knee’s younger, rave-driven sister festival Shaky Beats is back in 2019 for its 3rd year on May 10-11 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2018, Shaky Beats saw headliners like Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd, Excision, Dillon Francis and Seven Lions sprinkled in with hip hop artists Playboi Carti and Ludacris. The festival has previously hosted other big names like Porter Robinson, ODESZA, Major Lazer, Nas, and A$AP Ferg to name a few. Be on the lookout for Shaky Beats’ lineup drop on Tuesday January 8th!



Splash House

Splash House just unveiled another amazing lineup for their June 7-9, 2019 edition featuring an after hours with headliners A-Trak, AC Slater and Pete Tong, plus after hours with Dom Dolla and Shiba San and more. This 21+ experience is like none other with the best pool parties you've ever been to! 

More info on Splash House June 7-9 edition HERE



Sundara Festival

ODESZA’s new all-inclusive destination festival is set to take place in Riviera, Maya Mexico from March 13-16. The specially curated lineup by ODESZA features headliners like Rufus du Sol, RL Grime and Alison Wonderland and is packed with activities like yoga, snorkeling and exploring off-site areas. One of the highlights is artists will perform two unique sets during daytime parties and late night sets. To ensure an intimate experience, only a limited number of packages will be sold.



Suwannee Hulaween

With such a gorgeous venue, plenty of art and Halloween costumes being outrageous in all the best ways. Spooky vibes and incredible art installations inside the Spirit Lake is only part of the reason we listed on our Top 10 Festivals for 2018. Be on the lookout for announcements on this year's festivities and check out the top 10 totems from 2018 HERE




Tomorrowland is the mecca of all EDM festivals. Taking place in Belgium, this staple festival is known for its insane stage designs year after year. This year's event takes place July 19 and goes on for 2 weekends through July 28. Package options are available for those traveling overseas. Get more info HERE



Ubbi Dubbi Festival

Ubbi Dubbi, Texas’ newest springtime EDM festival looks to be a promising addition, with its phase 1 lineup announcing a diverse lineup - from trap to dubstep to techno and house- , that will have something for everyone. Taking place at Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavillion on April 27-28, the event will kick off early festival season and no doubt be a newcomer on the scene.  



Ultra Music Festival 

Ultra is another staple music festival that coincides with Miami Music Week, making this three festival the epic closing event for the crazy week. EDM takes over Miami and every venue is packed. 2019 was the first year at Ultra's new location - Virginia Key Beach. More info HERE


This list will continue to grow as new events are announced. As your get ready for your next event, look your best at your next festival with iEDM’s FESTIVAL SEASON COLLECTION HERE.


Plus check out our specially curated CAMPING FESTIVAL COLLECTION HERE for ideas for campsite decor, clothing for any weather and LED toys to add to the fun. 


about the writer

Lacy Bursick

Lacy Bursick

Read More...Lacy Bursick is a Colorado resident who enjoys traveling, hula hooping and hiking with her dog.

She grew up in the Midwest and became passionate for the music scene doing concert photography and reviews while in college at Ball State University.

Her favorite festivals are Electric Forest and Hulaween because of all the interactive art and variety in music.

She loves everything from jam bands, deep house, to dubstep. You can find her at a Bassnectar show dancing with her friends.

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