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The best dance music festivals

Get your fix of cutting-edge beats, drops and wobbles in a field this summer

By Time Out editors |
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The best dance music festivals
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From the latest house DJs to world-conquering techno producers, British music festivals are a great way to catch the biggest and best dance music acts around. Here's our pick of the greatest UK dance music festivals, so you don't miss out on your very own summer of rave. Sorted.

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The best UK dance music festivals

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Junction 2

Boston Manor Park, Brentford

Calling all techno heads: this emerging festival returns for 2018 to push your party buttons, hard. Junction 2 is a meeting of some pretty serious minds (London Warehouse Events, The Hydra and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label) and takes place in Boston Manor Park in Zone 4, which has never been used for a festival before this one. Once again, Sonus Festival will bring their Croatian know-how as hosts of the main stage, and if you get technoed out at any point, there’s actually a bit of nature to explore amongst the towering industrial backdrop.

Line-up includes Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Joy Orbison, Tale Of Us, Len Faki.

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We Are FSTVL

Over the last few years We Are FSTVL has established itself as one of the seriously big guns among the new generation of dance festivals. Though it takes place so far East it’s practically in Essex, it’s still a firm favourite with Londoners, seeing as you can get there on the tube. Big-name dance behemoths and equally big production values are key to the WAF experience. House and techno of all shapes and sizes are the main ingredients here, but you’ll find grime, garage and bassier flavours too.

Line-up includes MK, Claptone, Sub Focus, Armand Van Helden, Camelphat, Carl Cox, Andy C, Sony Fodera, Todd Terry, wAFF, Fisher, Gorgon City, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, The Black Madonna, Simon Dunmore, GW Harrison, Mambo Brothers, The Martinez Brothers.

Damyns Hall Aerodrome Ltd, Upminster. May 23-24.

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