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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Arcadia London

icon-location-pin Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
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The rave behemoth known as Arcadia returns to London for a huge two-day outdoor party. Having become a fixture at Glastonbury in recent years, its iconic spider structure (pictured) will be appearing exclusively at this bash in the capital in 2019. Music acts will be announced at a later date, but for a taster of how things go down at Arcadia, check out the highlights video below... Get tickets to Arcadia London here.

We Are FSTVL
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We Are FSTVL

icon-location-pin Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Corbets Tey
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Over the last six years We Are FSTVL has established itself as one of the seriously big guns among the new generation of dance festivals. Okay, it’s technically in Essex, not London, but 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 also find, grime, garage and bassier flavours too. The 2019 line-up hasn't been announced yet, but it's highly unlikely to disappoint.

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Gala Festival
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Music, Music festivals

Gala

icon-location-pin Peckham Rye Park, Peckham Rye
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This May gathering has a big focus on street food and craft beer alongside the DJ-driven artists line-up – beats and eats, as it were. For 2019 it’s returning for the second consecutive year to Peckham Rye Park. The musical roster is still under wraps, but expect well-regarded big names from the worlds of house, disco and electronica.

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Junction 2

icon-location-pin Boston Manor Park, Brentford
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Calling all techno heads: in 2019, this bangin' festival is spreading out over two days for the first time. 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, the line-up is stacked with top DJ talent, and if you get technoed out at any point, there’s actually a bit of nature to explore amongst the towering industrial backdrop. 

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South West Four

icon-location-pin Clapham Common, Clapham
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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 and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles. The 2019 line-up has yet to be announced, but expect it to be teeming with globe-conquering names.

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