7 Music Festivals You Need To Experience In 2020
We may only be one month into 2020 but it’s never too early to begin planning new adventures and filling out our calendars. As always there is a litany of events and gatherings all across the globe that have caught our attention. Every year more and more festivals sprout from thin air and selecting which gatherings are worth your hard-earned cash can be challenging. When planning our yearly itinerary we always look for festivals that have diverse and welcoming communities, exceptional musical curation and mindful philosophies. This year there are quite a few landmark festivals that have caught our attention and we have assembled a list of 7 music Festivals that you should experience in 2020.
Elements Music & Arts Festival
BangOn! NYC’s annual Memorial Day extravaganza, Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival, has etched out significant real estate for itself as the premier dance music festival on the east coast. With a grass-roots approach that has fostered a tight-knit community as well as a knack for attracting world-class musical talent, Elements Lakewood is a perfect combination of cozy and colossal. BangOn! are master architects of immersive atmospheres and know precisely how to engineer unforgettable experiences. This year’s Elements Lakewood lineup is yet another phenomenal combination of genres from a wide range of international as well as local artists. For the fourth straight year, the nostalgia of a quaint Pennsylvania sleep-away camp will meld with BangOn!’s otherworldly imagination to create a spellbinding world lost in the woods.
Shambhala is perhaps the festival closest to our hearts. The long-running gathering tucked away in the gorgeous Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia has become an annual pilgrimage for us. For over 20 years Shambhala has blazed a trail as one of the world’s most innovative and well-respected festivals, constantly breaking ground with its forward-thinking lineups and stances on topics like harm reduction. Shambhala is truly home for so many people and has become a gateway for countless ravers to grow and experience electronic music in ways they never knew were possible. Although a lineup has not been released yet we are immensely confident that Shambhala will compile its customary roster of visionaries to bring their 23rd annual event to life. This year the Salmo River Ranch will host Shambhala from July 24- 27. While it may be a far track for some, Shambhala is consistently the highlight of our year and we can’t stress enough just how worth the journey is to return home.
Patagonia Eclipse Gathering
One event that we are absolutely thrilled about is the Symbiosis led Patagonia Eclipse Gathering. In 2017, an unprecedented global community assembled to celebrate the alignment of the cosmos when a total solar eclipse filled the skies over the Oregon wilderness. Over the course of a week, we were awe-struck by the living, breathing organism that bloomed on the Big Summit Prairie. Bustling with life, music, art, and culture, Oregon Eclipse was a truly paradigm-shifting event that has remained within our spirit ever since.
This year’s Patagonia Eclipse will take place in December of this year from Thursday 10- Wednesday 16 in the Neuquen Province of Argentina. What makes these events so special is that even though the effort is mainly led by Symbiosis Gathering, the entire event is a collaboration of festivals from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Japan, and many more countries. Truly an international event, Patagonia Eclipse will be the journey of a lifetime as we embark on a voyage literally millennia in the making.
While we’ve haven’t made the trip to Bass Coast yet, its always at the top of our list. Through our love affair with Shambhala, we’ve come to admire Bass Coast from afar and our love of its unique style grown over the years. We are major fans of Bass Coast’s DIY philosophy and dedication to its local artists. Few festivals in the current landscape promote an environment of free expression and artistic integrity as this fertile Canadian birthing ground. If you value innovation, inclusion, and diversity then Bass Coast is one festival that needs to be in your sights for 2020.
DIRTYBIRD 15th Birthday Celebrations
There is no denying that DIRTYBIRD has become a household name in the dance music world. The seminal imprint which started out as a free party with friends in San Francisco has become a global empire. There is certainly no slowing down this behemoth and as DIRTYBIRD rumbles on into its 15th year we’re excited to celebrate with all of our favorite delinquents. This year, along with a countrywide DIRTYBIRD BBQ tour, Claude VonStroke and his incredible team have a slew of events to celebrate their outstanding longevity in the scene. This year Claude VonStroke’s Birdhouse festival which touches down in LA, May 9-10th, while the new CAMPINN Festival will take place in Florida on Labor Day Weekend. DIRTYBIRD Camp Out West is also back in from October 1-4, to round out some incredible programming for the year.
By far our white whale of festivals has to be Croatia’s Outlook. The Mecca of deep bass music is changing its legendary venue but there is no denying its importance in the community. Known far and wide as the epicenter of the sound system community, Outlook is a festival that we are absolutely dying to experience firsthand. This year’s lineup is stacked with an array of favorite artists including Shy FX, Loafah, Distinct Motive, J. Sparrow, J:Kenzo, MALA, Hybrid Minds, Mungo’s HiFi and so many more. Truly a bass lovers’ paradise Outlook remains a major stamp missing from our music festival passport.
Get Lost Miami
We didn’t forget about our house and techno lovers. Very few pillars of clubland have stayed consistent through the times, with trends coming and going with the wind and their flag bearers reaching for what’s next. But through it all, Damian Lazarus and his Get Lost and Day Zero events have offered something palpable for only the world’s most hardcore party people. Damian has revealed a 70+ artist lineup for the fifteenth session milestone of Get Lost Miami on Saturday, March 21 at a brand new location.
The 24-hour bacchanale, which commences at 5am with the reunion of Visionquest. The Detroit collective of Seth Troxler. Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss, and Shaun Reeves will perform together as a quartet for the first time since 2013, kicking off a new era for these electronic visionaries. Carl Craig completes the Detroit contingent, while fellow American pioneers Joeski, Felix Da Housecat, Doc Martin, Danny Daze, and Soul Clap also join the bill. Get all the info on Damian Lazarus’ Get Lost Miami here.