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The best dance music festivals

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

The best dance music festivals
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By Time Out editors |
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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.

We Are FSTVL
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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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South West Four, press 2017

South West Four

Clapham Common’s bank holiday dance music explosion returns for another weekend of big drops, club anthems and arms in the air. If you’re longing for superstar DJs but can’t afford Ibiza and are loath to spend the last days of summer in a dark room, head to SW4 for your fix of big-room house, EDM, electro, techno, trance and grime, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles. The 2020 line-up is typically bangin', boasting Major Lazer, The Streets, Kano and – for the first time – a couple of ‘afternoon headliners’ in the form of Kelis and Stefflon Don.

Line-up includes:

Sat Aug 29: Major Lazer, Kano, Kelis, Rudimental’s Major Toms, DJ Ez, Ghetts, Jonas Blue.

Sun Aug 30: The Streets, Krept x Konan, TS5, Stefflon Don, Andy C, Example, Ms Banks, Steel Bangles

Clapham Common. Aug 29-30.

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