Top 10 Destination Music Festival Events of 2019
If you are passionate about festivals, chances are you also love to travel and thrive from experiencing different cultures and perspectives. The United States has no shortage of electronic events but if you are looking for a change of pace it may be time to branch out more.
The magic of EDM festival culture transcends all boarders and can be found in some of the most stunning parts of the world. Attending an international music event will allow you to combine your love for exploring and music all in one trip!
We scoped out some of the most world-renowned festivals and curated a list of the greatest destination events in 2019. These are handpicked based on lineup, location, ethos, and community so we can assure you that they will be transformative and unforgettable experiences. If you are ready to make the most out of your love for amazing music and adventure in 2019, check out our list below to start planning!
Shambhala is the pinnacle of everything festival culture represents. Nestled deep in the picturesque mountains of British Columbia, it is a dreamlike musical sanctuary that has become a mecca for festival veterans. The 15,000-person capacity preserves its quality and gives it a level of intimacy that is rare for such a coveted event. Shambhala has also gone above and beyond to make itself an educational and grounding experience. Whether its activities like attendee curated workshops or yoga, there are so many ways to engage your mind and leave with newfound passions.
Safety and comfort are huge priorities for organizers which can be seen in various harm reduction initiatives dedicated to overall well-being. Along with that, attendees are encouraged to stay an extra day after the festival ends to ensure they are well rested, making this the most traveler friendly event on our list. If you still have any doubts as to whether Shambhala is worth it, know that practically anyone who has made the journey raves about how no other festival remotely compares to it.
Can you imagine frolicking through the remarkable jungles and beaches of Costa Rica all while enjoying your favorite bass music? You can do exactly that all while immersing yourself in a culture deeply rooted in love and acceptance at Envision Festival on February 29 – March 3. This festival has the ultimate tropical vibes you look for in a vacation along with a massive lineup that is worth traveling to any corner of the world for. This year will feature an exclusive Griz ‘Chasing the Golden Hour’ set, Tycho, Clozee, and many more legendary creators.
Envision’s mission is to create an atmosphere where you can connect with higher consciousness through an appreciation for music, art, and permaculture. They do so by showcasing world class art while emphasizing the importance of giving back and living sustainably throughout the entire event. There are also a series of educational retreats you can participate in to make the most out of your time and abilities there. An event this special is guaranteed to be life-changing and enriching in every way so be sure to make Envision Festival a priority in 2019!
3. Deja Voom
2019 is a year that will go down in history for bassheads with Bassnectar’s first ever destination event. Deja Voom is a tropical ‘basscation’ that will be taking place at the lavish Riviera Maya Resort in Mexico from February 28 – March 3. This event was thoughtfully curated by the Bassnectar team after surveying fans on exactly what they would like to see in a destination style event and they didn’t miss a beat. It is all-inclusive from the moment you arrive including unlimited food and drinks! There are multiple resort packages and locations you can choose from and each one is breathtaking in its own way. You can also purchase adventure packages where you can explore some of Mexico’s most surreal attractions such as Chichen Itza and Rio Secreto.
The whole concept of the event is drool worthy but the lineup is simply obscene. Bassnectar will be playing 3 sets on the beach along with a Lo Fi set where he will dive into his old-school roots. There will also be a Slug Wife and Dirty Bird Players takeover, along with a Beats Antique DJ set, Conrank, Rezz, and Shlump to name a few. The daytime sets will take place at the beach or at the pool party stages and late night sets will be in intimate room settings. There will also be plenty of ways to give back during your time there as Bass Network is organizing a series of initiatives such as charity events and beach cleanups to benefit the local community. Every aspect of Deja Voom is heartfelt and magical so if you are looking for an event that delivers in every way then this is the one for you!
4. Holy Ship!
Holy Ship 2019 will have to back sailings from Cocoa Beach Florida to Great Stirrup Clay. The multi-day cruise will depart on January 9 and will includes a wild beach party along with the cruise festivities. 12.0 which is the first cruise of 2019 is currently sold out but you can still secure your spot for 13.0! This cruise has all the amenities you could possibly want while on vacation. On top of that, you also get to soak up the sounds of Chris Lake, Claude VonStroke, Troyboi, Zhu and more! There are so many ways to unwind and stay entertained during your time there, whether its cooling down at the ice bar, relaxing at the spa, or engaging in activity nights.
People genuinely treasure this event and everyone that is a part of it which is why ‘ship family’ is filled with strong bonds and lifelong friendships. Holy Ship sets itself apart from other party cruises in a multitude of ways but their Positive Legacy Initiative is one of the most important ones. This allows attendees to participate in charity auctions and donate to causes such as hurricane relief and carbon offset projects. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the New Year!
Sonar Festival will take place from July 18 – 20 in the marvelous city of Barcelona. The location alone is worth traveling to so adding one of the first major electronic music festivals to the trip is the cherry on top. Since its inaugural event in 1994, Sonar has consistently pushed boundaries in the European music world by exposing them to innovative music styles. The festival has an emphasis on the importance of technology when it comes to creativity. The initial lineup for next year was recently unveiled and it includes ASAP Rocky, Skepta, Jane Coles, and Disclosure. Check out the website for more information on how to catch some of the biggest names in music in style.
6. Groove Cruise
Groove Cruise is a festival cruise that will be departing from Miami and making stops in Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, and the Playa Maya Resort in Cozumel Mexico. The next departure from January 10-14 will be the its 15th anniversary and is sure to be one of their most epic years yet. It is a 96-hour nonstop party from the moment you board with performances from Kaskade, Aly & Fila, Markus Schulz and many more. The luxury accommodations and free food make it easy for you to focus on what really matters which is losing yourself on the dance floor.
You can also let your creative side run wild every night by participating in themed costume parties. Self-expression and connecting with others is heavily encouraged on the Groove Cruise so do not be afraid to let your inner party animal shine! Although the Miami cruise is currently sold out you can join a waitlist where you will be notified if spots open up.
Mysteryland is the Netherlands largest electronic music event, with over 100,000 attendees every year. Music lovers from around the world are drawn to the festivals extravagant stages and impeccable production and cannot seem to get enough! It is located near Amsterdam as so there are plenty of opportunities to explore Europe beyond the event. For those of you the may be on the fence to try out boutique festivals abroad, Mysteryland has been around for over 25 years and has built a strong reputation for consistently creating top-notch experiences. It is once in a lifetime experience that you will be glad you made the effort for!
8. Tomorrowland Belgium
Tomorrowland is the holy grail when it comes to international festivals. There will be two installments for Belgium in 2019, one going on from July 19-21 and the second one following on July 26 – 28. Attendees reside at Dreamville which is the popup city that surrounds the event where they engage with all the dazzling sights and sounds around them. This is by far the most expansive event on our list, with a whopping 400,000 attendees this year. The scale of the event production makes this event a rarity worth attending at least once.
Hideout Festival is a Croatian music event that has sold out every year since it first began in 2011. That might be because of the phenomenal views or next level lineup and production or a combination of those. It will go on July 1-5 on Zrce Beach in Croatia which has crystal blue water and mountain views as a backdrop. Camelphat, Claptone, and Skream are some of the 150+ artists that will be playing on the beach, poolside, and boat parties. You can also participate in water sports or even go bungee jumping here! It is also relatively easy to travel to with plenty of accommodations near the festival. There is a Christmas Special going on right now where you can score discounted tickets so what are you waiting for?
Bali is on the bucket list for many avid travelers due to its unwavering beauty and exquisite culture. If you are searching for a reason to pull the trigger and make a trip there, Air Festival is a worthwhile one. It is held on La Brisa Beach which was built using wood from fully recycled fisherman boats. The location reflects the festivals dedication to sustainability and respect for nature. There are two stages known as the Air and Awan stages that play multiple sub genres of electronic music at all times. There are so many activities you can partake in while you are there like yoga and even surfing! The lineup and official dates have not been announced yet but will be available soon! Check out Air Festival's Facebook Page to stay up to date.
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