2017 promises to be a great year for techno music with a lot of techno music festivals to watch out for. More so in Europe, where techno music is pretty much a way of life among many people there. Today, we have compiled a list of the 13 techno festivals you should check out this year if ever you plan visiting the continent. For clarification, this list takes into account one-location multi-stage festivals rather than multi-club or venue festivals.
Check out the artists, dates, and venues each techno festival has to offer, listed in alphabetical order:
Artists: Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann, Len Faki, Randomer, Paula Temple, Adam Beyer, Dax J, Blawan
Mention Awakenings to any techno fan, and their eyes will just light up. Since it began in 2000, this Dutch powerhouse has been staging one-night parties and wicked weekenders to the delight of those who have been attending over the years. It has also organized as well a host of Easter shows that serve to wet the appetite for their June festival. Along with the above techno acts, hitting the decks under the overwhelming pyrotechnics at each year’s showpiece festival are the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Tale Of Us and Maceo Plex.
When & Where: 24–25 June 2017, Spaarnwoude, Netherlands
For more details visit the Awakenings website.
Artists: Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Karenn, D.A.F., Rødhåd, British Murder Boys, Marcel Dettmann, Donato Dozzy & Peter van Hoesen
The festival hosts four stages, each one showcasing different variety of talent and its own unique soundscape. They are the Mainstage, Greenhouse, UFO, and Selectors stages. The first stage, the Mainstage, will host “unchampioned artisans, albeit exceptional DJs or compelling live-acts.” The second stage, the Greenhouse stage, is famous for its luscious, leafy setting taking place under a clear roof. The third is the UFO stage, positioned to deliver a transcendental musical journey that will “bring you the best there is in experimental and futuristic techno, noise and electro.” Last but certainly not least, the Selectors stage (which has grown into its own mini festival, Dekmantel Selectors) showcases a maximum of five artists per day with a broad spectrum of musical selections.
When & Where: 2-6 August 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands
For more details visit: Dekmantel Festival
Artists: Speedy J, Kobosil, Fjaak, Matrixxman, Rødhåd, Sterac b2b Konstantin
Commanding deep respect across Europe and beyond, DGTL’s underground blend of house and techno are at home in the NDSM Docklands on Amsterdam’s waterfront, as well as in Barcelona’s infamous beachside Parc del Fòrum. DGTL has become an integral part of both city’s electronic music calendars. DGTL excels in selecting a blend of international headliners and juxtaposing them with local and international rising talent, all within one of the most sustainable festival settings in the industry.
When & Where: 15–16 April 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands / 11–12 August, Barcelona, Spain
For more details and tickets visit the DGTL official website.
Artists: Headless Horseman, Karenn, Mathew Jonson, SHXCXCHCXSH, Cari Lekebusch b2b Joel Mull, Abdulla Rashim
The musical focus will be on today’s thriving advanced electronic music scene. The venue is called Stora Vika, an industrial park far away from any type of residential civilization. The buildings and the silos will still be there, but the perception of them will totally change when adding sounds, lights and art to the industrial area. Just like its sister Into the Valley festival, nothing is left to chance when it comes to the whole experience. Music, art, technology, food and beverage are very important components here. The industrial impression, and the area surrounding it, together with the concept for this festival will definitely create a unique feeling.
When & Where: 10-13 August 2017, Stockholm, Sweden
Artists: Answer Code Request, Function, Helena Hauff, Jeff Mills, Regis, Marcel Dettmann
Into The Valley in Dalhalla, Sweden is the mothership where it all started back in 2015. The idea was to use an unexpected location to create a new, unique experience where nothing was left to chance when it came to music, art, technology, food and beverage. The idea is still the same this year, but the venue is new: Rummu quarry in Estonia. The quarry is surrounded by lush nature and crystal clear water, with an attached little beach. The area also includes an abandoned prison taking the visitor back in time – far away from reality. Rumor has it that the prison used to be one of the worst of its time and the organizers believe that “it’s now time for music and joy to seize the place.”
When & Where: June 29–July 1, 2017, Rummu, Estonia
Headliners: Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Tale Of Us, Sasha & John Digweed, Marcel Dettmann, Joseph Capriati
This festival brings on summer raving from noon to midnight with unmissable afterparties in between. This event has become not only a chance to hear some quality sounds, but to also sample the Italian music scene at its best. This year the Italian festival has already announced a fantastic selection of headliners, with plenty more top-tier names to be announced soon. See here why we think FuturFestival is worth flying to if you have the chance!
When & Where: 8–9 July 2017, Turin, Italy
For more details and tickets visit FuturFestival’s website.
Headliners: Carl Cox, Sven Väth
Plugging in from 10 till 10, Carl Cox, Sven Väth and more will take ravers on a journey between techno, minimal and tech-house. This techno festival culminates in an epic firework finale. Väth will again head up a cutting-edge lineup, perfect for those keen to keep ahead of the game. Last year’s roster included Karotte, SHDW & Obscure Shape, Gregor Tresher, Sam Paganini and Chris Liebing.
When & Where: 1 July 2017, Mainz, Germany
For more details and tickets visit: Love Family Park’s website.
Artists: Ben Klock, Planetary Assault Systems (live), Âme, Ø [Phase], Paula Temple and Chris Liebing.
From the indoor intimacy of the warehouse to the outdoor curiosity of the park and botanical garden, three stages host an unrivaled selection of techno, mixing household favorites with essential names rising through the ranks.
When & Where: 17–18 February 2017, Paris, France
For more details and tickets visit The Peacock Society’s website.
Headliners: Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Dr. Rubinstein
Manifesting all over Barcelona, Sónar keeps its finger on the pulse of the electronic music scene, showcasing leading names as well as those soon to break. The festival crops up on rooftops, pools and inside bars and clubs. For those looking to increase their techno knowledge, there’s also the festival’s twin event Sónar+D, where lectures, workshops, performances and installations open up the genre from an unique angle. Oh and don’t forget, there’s plenty of OFF Sonar parties going on throughout the city, making this one of our chosen 9 unforgettable festival experiences not to miss.
When & where: 15–17 June 2017, Barcelona, Spain
For more details visit Sónar Barcelona’s website.
Artists: Adam Beyer, Len Faki, Matador, Luigi Madonna, Richie Hawtin, SHDW & Obscure Shape
Sweep down south and to the beaches of Croatia, and you’ll find yourself a techno Eden at Sonus. Legends and underground pioneers lead the way on sand and sea, while Zrce beach’s two heavyweight clubs, Papaya and Kalypsa, anchor the whole festival in classic European style. The list of artists playing this year is huge, with Sven Väth, Solomun, Rhadoo, Adriatique and more also scheduled to perform.
When & where: 20–24 August 2017, Novalja, Croatia
For more details and tickets: Festicket 2017 Guide
Artists: Apollonia, Barac, Gescu, Getic Funk ( Piticu, Xandru, Funk E), Loco Dice, Marc Antona, Marco Carola, Ricardo Villalobos
Sunwaves Festival touts itself as “a fun venture” by SUNRISE and Kristal Club. Started in May, 2007, the event has been known for its outdoor seaside setting as people party to marathon sets from some of Romania’s best minimal techno and micro house artists, as well as guests from around the world.
When & Where: 27 April-1 May, 2017, Mamaia Nord, Romania
For more details and tickets visit: Sunwaves Festival website
Artists: Sven Väth, Dixon, Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Luciano, Richie Hawtin
Germany has long been considered the hub of techno music, so it makes sense that one of the greatest techno festivals in Europe is held in that country. The 20-year old techno institution that is Time Warp rises up from deep house and minimal through dance and techno, with six floors of music filled with distinct visuals, lighting and lasers.
When & Where: 1 April 2017, Mannheim, Germany
For more details and tickets visit: Time Warp DE’s website.
Headliners: To be announced
Curated by both major and underground labels, Weather Festival has become renowned for its on-point lineups delving from the depths of minimal techno up to nu-disco, making it one of Paris’ go-to electronic parties. And although the “official” event shuts down before midnight, the festival’s vibe lives on beyond, manifesting in afterparties across the city’s coolest bars and clubs. In 2016 the lineup featured COLLABS3000 (Chris Liebing & Speedy J), Dixon, DJ Nobu, DVS1, Shlømo, VRIL and more.
When & Where: 2017 Dates To Be Announced, Paris, France
For more details and tickets visit Weather Festival’s website.
Artists: British Murder Boys, Randomer, Perc, Adam X, DVS1, Paula Temple, Orphx
We just had to add this as a special mention. Reaktor Events is an events organization behind some of Europe’s most iconic techno events such as Reaktor NYE, Katharsis, Blocaus x Reaktor, UNPOLISHED and more. As you can tell, the people behind it are experts in throwing 1-2 day festivals, usually being held in warehouse-type industrial locations throughout Amsterdam, featuring cutting-edge techno artists and top-tier productions.
For more details and tickets visit: Reaktor Events Facebook page
With so many techno festivals to attend in Europe, we highly recommend you include at least one of these in your next Euro Trip itinerary so that you get the chance to check and see the great live techno music that Europe has to offer.
If you found this article useful, sign up for our newsletter to learn more and to stay up to date with 6AM’s news and features on the world of electronic music.