Cancelled or Not? Your 2021 Festival Guide for Europe

2021 Festival Guide Europe
Author : Nadia Shamsedin
June 15, 2021

Cancelled or Not? Your 2021 Festival Guide for Europe

With the recent news that the European Union will likely welcome vaccinated Americans and allow citizens of EU member states to travel between their borders this summer, dance music fans are setting their sights on festivals in Europe. The status of festivals within Europe is a mixed bag. England just announced lockdown restrictions will be delayed by four weeks. However, several festival organizers in certain countries such as The Netherlands are deciding to move forward hosting their events this year either during their normal dates or with re-scheduled dates, while organizers in other countries made the call to postpone their festivities until 2022. Read below for your 2021 festival guide for Europe. Given how dynamic and unpredictable the situation is for festivals returning this year, this guide will be updated regularly as festival organizers update fans on their status. So, bookmark this page and check back often.

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ADE

Amsterdam, Netherlands

One of the world’s premiere dance events, ADE took 2020 off but recently shared they will be moving forward with 2021’s program. Since ADE welcomes attendees from all over the globe, it remains to be seen exactly what travel restrictions will be in place come the fall.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for October 13 – 17, 2021

Anjunadeep Explorations

Dhërmi, Albania

After a successful debut of Anjunadeep’s first major international festival Explorations in 2019 in Albania, Anjunadeep announced they would not move forward with their festival in 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic and are postponing to 2022.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for June 15 – 22, 2022

Awakenings

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A house and techno lover’s paradise, Awakenings initially announced they would postpone their regular June event with new dates for Fall 2021. However, organizers recently updated ticket holders that the local authorities did not grant them a permit for 2021.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for September 11 – 12, 2021

Awakenings festival

Awakenings Festival moved to Fall 2021

Creamfields

Daresbury, Cheshire, United Kingdom

One of Europe’s premiere electronic festivals, Creamfields was yet another heartbreaking victim of cancellation in 2021. Given the UK’s fast vaccination rates and the promise of a full re-opening by June 21, 2021, Creamfields is slated to occur once again later this summer. The festival sold out in record time thanks to pent-up demand and a killer lineup.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for Aug. 26 – 29, 2021

Defected Croatia

Tisno, Croatia

Croatia was actually one of the only European countries that allowed overseas visitors, including Americans, to enter at all this year. So it’s no surprise that Croatia will allow visitors this summer. Defected Croatia announced their intentions to hold their annual festival in the seaside town of Tisno as far back as Fall 2019. They recently updated fans they would be moving forward with the festival and released the 2021 lineup.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for August 5 – 10, 2021

Dekmantel

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A fan favorite, Dekmantel’s annual festival took 2020 off along with every other festival, announcing they would return to their Amsterdam roots in Summer 2021. Hopefully no other curveballs are thrown in Dekmantel’s way and attendees will be able too enjoy their lineup full of amazing, mostly-European talent this summer.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for August 5 – 8, 2021

Dekmantel Festival

Dekmantel Festival

DGTL Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Now that the Dutch government is giving the green light for several festivals to move forward in 2021, the label DGTL announced they would hold their 2021 festival this coming fall. The festival is a sold-out event. No word yet on safety protocols for the festival.

Status: October 14 – 16, 2021

DGTL Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

The second DGTL festival is held annually in Barcelona, Spain. In August of 2020, DGTL organizers updated ticket holders that the festival will be pushed to Fall 2021. No updates since then on the status of the festival.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for September 3 – 4, 2021

Drumcode Malta

Valletta, Malta

Drumcode’s held their last festival in Amsterdam in 2019. They are moving their event to the small island nation of Malta for its 2021 edition. Drumcode fans will be happy to know they are still planning to bring some of top names in techno in the world to the island this fall.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for September 16 – 20, 2021

EDC Portugal

Praia de Rocha, Portugal

Insomniac was set to make the debut of their next installment of Electric Daisy Carnival this year in Portugal. Citing concerns on travel restrictions from various countries, Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella officially announced EDC Portugal will be rescheduled for summer 2022.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for June 17 – 19, 2022

EXIT Festival

Novi Sad, Serbia

With a lineup featuring both global names, as well as artists from their native Eastern European region, EXIT festival is moving full steam ahead this summer.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for July 8 – 11, 2021

Glastonbury

Pilton, Somerset, United Kingdom

Even though Glastonbury organizers tried to hold the festival in 2021, they ultimately succumbed to the ongoing pandemic and were forced to cancel. They did not announce re-scheduled dates for the massive event just yet.

Status: Cancelled for 2021, waiting for further updates

Melt! Festival

Ferropolis, Germany

The 2021 edition of beloved German festival Melt! was supposed to occur in June after the 2020 edition was also cancelled. Festival organizers even went so far as to announce a lineup and dates for June 4 – 6, 2021. However, Melt! updated fans back in March they would need ultimately need cancel the festival this summer again.

Status: Cancelled for 2021, waiting for further updates

Mysteryland

Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

The whimsical electronic music festival Mysteryland is returning this summer. While Mysteryland has not released their full lineup just yet, the festival boasts stage takeovers for any flavor of music attendees might crave, from techno to house to hard dance. Carl Cox will be hosting his own stage takeover this year.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for August 27 – 29, 2021

Parklife

Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

After debuting an impressive lineup for the 2021 installment, Parklife quickly sold out as fans clamor for live music again. The festival will be happening this fall.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for September 11 – 12, 2021

Parklife UK lineup

UK festival Parklife 2021 lineup

Parookaville

Weeze, Germany

Held at a now-defunct airport, Parookaville envisions their festival as a miniature city and quickly became a must-see festival in their short tenure due to their elaborate stage designs. Festival organizers announced the regrettably could not pull off the event to its previous scale this year, so they set their sights on 2022.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for July 22 – 24, 2022

Primavera Sound

Barcelona, Spain

Primavera Sound boasts both a massive outdoor festival over two different weekends, as well as several concerts at venues within the city during the week in between weekends. Announcing a massive lineup for 2022, Primavera Sound is banking on a full capacity event by next summer.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for June 2 – 4 & June 9 – 11, 2022

Sónar Festival

Barcelona, Spain

Sónar’s main music festival held in Barcelona is cancelled for 2021. However, Sónar will be hosting two new multi-day and multi-format events in Barcelona this October, the AI and Music Festival and SónarCCCB. Festival organizers intend to bring the full Sonar festival back in Summer 2022.

Status: Tentatively scheduled until June 16 – 18, 2022

Sonus Festival

Pag Island, Croatia

Always featuring an impressive lineup featuring some of the top techno talents in the world, the annual Sonus Festival was regrettably cancelled for 2021. The 5-day festival on the beautiful coast of Croatia hopes to return to full force next year.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for August 21 – 25, 2022

Sziget Festival

Budapest, Hungary

A magical festival situated on the Óbuda Island in the Danube river, Sziget helped put Hungary on the map as a premiere music festival destination. Given the global nature of both the lineup and the attendees, Sziget cancelled their 2021 event, but promised fans they were working to bring the festival back and better than ever in summer 2022. No dates announced just yet.

Status: Cancelled for 2021, waiting for updates

Time Warp Germany

Mannheim, Germany

The venue for Time Warp Germany, the Maimarkt in Mannheim, is actively being used as a SARS-CoV-2 vaccination center for the surrounding region. Giiven the German government’s goal to vaccinate all eligible adults by end of summer 2021, Time Warp is hopeful they will be able to resume their event this fall.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for October 30, 2021.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Boom, Belgium

One of the most famous electronic music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland will be moving both its weekends to special dates for 2021 only. No lineup has been announced just yet for the festival.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for August 27 – 29, 2021 & September 3 – 5, 2021

We Are FSTVL

London, United Kingdom

Featuring a stacked lineup of global dance music favorites, We Are FSTVL was one of the first festivals to announce their return once the United Kingdom declared a full reopening this summer. The festival sold out instantly.

Status: Tentatively scheduled for September 11 – 12, 2021