As 2023 comes to an end, ravers eagerly anticipate another year of unforgettable experiences at EDM festivals across the country. We are gearing up for a lineup of festivals that push new boundaries and unite ravers across the globe.
Here are my top festival picks for 2024 in dated order.
Ultra Miami will return home to Bayfront Park once again for the 2024 season. The festival will run from March 22nd to March 24th. With more than 170,000 ravers each year, Ultra has been voted the world’s #1 music festival by DJ Mag multiple times. Ultra is notorious for bringing in acts from multiple EDM genres. Their Resistance Stage is a must-see for techno lovers and the Worldwide Stage is where bassheads can call home. Phase 1 of their lineup has already dropped, featuring artists like Calvin Harris, Excision, Camelphat, Amelie Lens, Martin Garrix, and so many more.
Ultra caters to all of its attendees with a ton of different food options, multiple bars, and locker storage. Best of all, there are air-conditioned restroom facilities for all ticket holders. Miami Music Week also takes place that week. If you’re looking to rage at an afterparty, you’ll find many different options throughout the city. Keep an eye out for their Phase 2 drop sometime around February 2024.
EDC LAS VEGAS
North America’s largest festival will be hosted in Las Vegas on May 27th through May 29th. Although the lineup has not been announced yet, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas never fails to recruit the biggest talent in the world.
You can choose to further immerse yourself in the experience by purchasing a camping pass. There are multiple camping options to choose from, but if you’re looking for a more comfortable experience, there are hotels nearby to stay at as well.
EDC is known for its level of production. I’m sure many of us have seen their iconic main stage throughout the years. There is truly no other festival like EDC Las Vegas, and it is definitely one all ravers should experience once in their lifetime. From dancers to interactive experiences to art installations and more, EDC Las Vegas is a place to let go and be yourself. Although you can dress however you’d like, you’ll see rave fashion and style here that you won’t see anywhere else. With over half a million attendees, PLUR is alive and well at EDC Las Vegas.
Electric Forest is famous for being much more than just a festival; it is a place many ravers and music lovers call home. (Over 50,000 ravers to be exact.) Located in Sherwood Forest, this festival is loved by so many for the music and the experience. Attendees will camp in the forest and then trek their way into the festival. The festival offers multiple different stages and groundbreaking new productions. Last year’s lineup featured top artists like Chris Lake, Odesza, Zeds Dead, Illenium, and Jamie XX.
Electric Forest stands out because of its sense of community. With so many different activities like yoga, silent disco, and scavenger hunts, there are endless side quests to complete during your time in the forest. If you’re ever feeling like you lost the feeling of PLUR, you’ll definitely be able to find it here.
This is one of the few festivals that sells out immediately. However, you can still purchase tickets from those who can no longer attend on their reselling platform. The festival will be held from June 20th to 23rd.
Spanning 3 days, ARC Music Festival is Chicago's flagship house and techno festival. Typically taking place over Labor Day Weekend, Arc’s festival lineup and dates have yet to be announced.
This is the fourth year ARC will take over Chicago. The festival brings in international talent straight to where house music was born. The festival brings an immersive experience throughout all four stages.
Last year’s lineup featured headliners like Adam Beyer, Black Coffee, Eli Brown, Eric Pryz, John Summit, and Fisher. For those craving an extended dancefloor journey, ARC keeps the partying going into the night with its "AFTER DARK" after-parties, ensuring festival-goers can keep the rhythm alive until dawn.
A sought-after destination for house and techno enthusiasts nationwide, ARC Festival highlights the rich cultural heritage of Chicago house music by bringing together both local and international acts. ARC is emerging as one of the top festivals in the global scene.
Lost Lands Festival is a true wonderland for bassheads. Every year, 40,000 bassheads make their way to Legend Valley, Ohio. Lost Lands puts on a unique, dinosaur-themed production. The festival is scattered with animatronic dinosaurs, as well as infinite lasers, fireworks, and secret adventures to get lost in the prehistoric land.
Lost Lands was founded by the iconic DJ and producer, Excision. The festival is typically held on the third weekend of September. Stay tuned for tickets to drop late in January and a lineup sometime in the spring or summer of 2024. The newest feature of Lost Lands is that it goes all night! You can stay in the festival grounds to catch some late-night sets and then continue the night at the silent disco in the campgrounds.
Camping and hotel passes are available. I’d recommend purchasing a camping pass for this festival to get the full experience. There is plenty of food and merchandise available both inside the festival grounds and in the campgrounds.