Do you crave amplifiers and synthesizers the way other humans crave water and oxygen? Do you live to rave? Are you looking to hit the craziest electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in 2013? If so, you must check out at least a few of the following extravaganzas.
1.) Electric Zoo, New York City
The name pretty much sums it up. Every Labor Day weekend since 2009, tens of thousands of EDM fans—more than 110,000 in 2012—have descended upon New York City’s Randall’s Island for electronic glory. From August 30 to September 1, 2013, this exciting event will sprawl across two gigantic stages, and will include some of the best DJs in the world, among them Dada Life, David Guetta, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and Sebastian Ingrosso. Laurent Garnier, a groundbreaking techno musician from France who rarely attends festivals, is likewise slated to perform at Electric Zoo this year.
2.) Decibel Festival, Seattle
Also appropriately named, Decibel Festival is a five-day movable EDM feast. It begins on September 25 and ends on September 29. The 2013 Decibel Festival is the event’s 10th annual staging and this fall its concerts will fan out across Seattle. At many of the Emerald City’s bars, nightclubs, and other performance spaces, you can discover acts that are not only electric but eclectic, with rave artists from the 1990s performing alongside today’s biggest names. Scheduled to make appearances are Olafur Arnalds, Teen Daze, Peter Hook & the Light, and Pillowtalk.
3.) Shambhala, British Columbia
In British Columbia, Canada, the Bundschuh family owns the picturesque Salmo River Ranch. And every year, beginning in 1998, three Bundschuhs siblings—Corrine (Zawaduk), Anna, and Jimmy—have been hospitable enough to host an EDM festival. Five hundred people attended its first incarnation and 10,000 went in 2010. What makes Shambhala truly stand out is its democratic spirit, as it has never accepted any corporate sponsorships.
This year Shambhala takes place from August 7 to August 12. Attendees must be at least 19 years old, and IDs are checked.
4.) TomorrowWorld, Atlanta
It might sound like a section of Disneyland, but TomorrowWorld is actually the biggest music festival in Belgium, where it’s called TomorrowLand. It makes its U.S. debut in 2013, running from September 27 to September 29 in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills. In addition to the gorgeous natural setting, you can look forward to campsites with showers, as well as, believe it or not, delicious food. Expect the grounds to include a bakery, gluten-free vendors, and maybe a steak restaurant.
5.) What the Festival, Oregon
If you go to What the Festival at Wolf Run Ranch in Oregon’s White River Valley, bring a swimsuit. That’s because the event has a beach theme. An enormous wading pool substitutes for the ocean, and guests may float in contentment or sit and soak their feet.
Surrounded by mountains and forests, What the Festival features comedians in addition to EDM, and there’s even a lounge for smoking hookah. WTF debuted in 2012, and this year it’s taking place from July 26 to July 28. And it may be new, but it boasts top acts nonetheless, including Kastle, Gramatik, and Purity Ring.