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The best UK dance music festivals

Nobody does a banging techno festival like Blighty. Check out the best UK dance music festivals for a summer blow-out

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Time Out editors
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Nobody does dance festivals like the UK. Nobody. Sure, you might find bigger, you might find louder, but you aren’t going to find anywhere on the planet that can put together a techno extravaganza like good old Blighty. The best dance music festivals in the UK are a colourful celebration of world-conquering producers and DJs who have redefined what it means to spin records in front of thousands of punters. Every corner of the country loves a rave, although that has never been in doubt. Check out our pick of the best the UK has to offer.

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The best UK dance music festivals

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This Peckham party has a big focus on street food and craft beer alongside the DJ-driven line-up – beats and eats, as it were. With a line-up focussing on variations of underground electronic music (but mostly house and techno), and some live instrumental acts thrown in for extra jazzy measure, it's returning in 2022 with three days of programming and long-term collaborators Rhythm Section and Horse Meat Disco.

The first acts announced for Gala's 2022 edition include Gerd Janson, Goldie, Job Jobse, Shanti Celeste, and Josey Rebelle. Brilliant Corners' Giant Steps sound system will bring the noise. The Thursday line-up is all about live music, with Children of Zeus, Nu Genea, Ezra Collective founding member Joe Amon Jones, and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 playing across bass, soul, jazz and Afrobeat. More line up announcements will follow in the coming months.

 

South West Four

South West Four

Clapham Common’s bank holiday dance music explosion returns from a two-year plague-induced hiatus 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. After two years away, expect a big party come August.

Clapham Common. Aug 26-28.

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Okay, it’s technically in Essex, not London, but We Are FSTVL is still a firm favourite with Londoners, seeing as you can get there on the tube. Big-name dance behemoths and equally massive 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.

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After two very atypical years, one of London’s biggest dance music festivals is back to take over Boston Manor Park in 2022. Across the Jubillee weekend in June, the lovely green park in Brentford will play host to (drumroll) Junction 2. You can expect massive names. You can expect hotly-tipped up-and-comers. You can expect, basically, the holy grail of massive raves.

Is there a theme? Yes! In 2022 Junction 2 (which has always associated itself with creativity, technology and community) is all about rebirth and growth. Sounds good to us. What sounds even better is the line-up. The organisers have once against knocked the techno ball well out of the rave park. Who to expect? Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Midland, Nina Kraviz, Avalon Emerson and heaps, heaps more.

 

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