EDM Festivals You Have to Attend at Least Once


Shambhala first began in 1998 and has swelled to a four-day music festival that welcomes 10,000 unique guests to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada. Bass music fans will find sanctuary at Shambhala, where the likes of Ghastly, Caspa & Rusko, Andy C, and What, So Not have appeared. One of the centerpieces of Shambhala is its Artisan Market that features over 40 vendors. Shambhala also boats over 18 food vendors and free water refill stations. Shambhala also recruits volunteers, called Shambassadors and Ankors, to support attendees and provide helpful information. Treat yourself to a myriad of camping options and immerse yourself in the community of Shambhala.

Electric Forest

Every year for the last six years, the faithful descend on the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury Michigan every summer for a camping and music experience like no other. Acts that have been on past lineups include The String Cheese Incident, Tiesto, Pretty Lights, Above and Beyond, Richie Hawtin, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, and Moby. Since 2012, Electric Forest has operated Electric Forest’s Music in Schools Program that supports local music education. Electric Forest also wishes to empower women through the creation of the Her Forest Women’s Program, stimulate minds through the Brainery Workshop program, and open the floor to performers to practice their craft.

Holy Ship

Holy Ship will take you out to sea with the best electronic music representatives on not one but two weekends. Fare includes accommodations, meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), non-carbonated beverages, and access to a health and fitness center. Holy Ship adventurers will also be treated to amenities like pools, a full-service spa and salon, a casino, and an internet cafe. In addition to performances on board, there are also beach parties which will take place on Great Stirrup Cay, a private island off Norway.

Movement Electronic Music Festival

Movement celebrates house and techno every year in downtown Detroit. A family-friendly festival, Movement honors the Detroit music legacy and spans three days of fun, music, and community building activities. Movement is special for a number of reasons, one of them being the Movement Studio. Movement’s Technology area allows several companies to showcase their products and give hands-on demonstrations. Some of the companies that have signed up to participate are Allen & Heath, Xone, and Roland. Music fans with mature tastes should consider traveling to Detroit, the heart of the underground dance music scene.

Imagine Festival

Imagine Festival is an aquatic themed music festival that had its inaugural event in 2014. The festival bills itself as an aquatic fairytale. Organizers erect the festival city of Imaginarium where the festival explorer can engage in flow arts, yoga, and meditation; arrest his or her senses by circus acts, art installations; hydrate in a splash pool, scream in delight on amusement rides, and enlighten the ears. Last year acts like The Disco Biscuits, Nero, Zeds Dead, Borgore, Showtek, Robbie Rivera, and Cosmic Gate were on the lineup.