It has been a strange year for us all.
We’ve been locked down and isolated, not able to dance or party. But not that the lockdown is lifting and travel bans are over we are all searching for the best place to head to party. Thankfully a few festivals are still happening and here we round up five of them in Europe.
Les Croisières Électroniques
Lerins Islands and Cannes Bay
2, 9, 23, 30 August
Like many events all over the world, Les Plages Électroniques Festival cannot take place in its usual format, but that won’t stop the world renowned beach festival. They have quickly evolved and adapted to come up with Les Croisières Électroniques, a stunning hybrid event for just 100 passengers that is the best boat party imaginable mixed with a fine culinary experience and excursions to discover the most beautiful spots around Lerins Islands (off Cannes coast). Taking place on Sunday August 2, 9, 23 and 30 and with two trips a day from 11am – 3pm and 5 to 9pm, departure and arrival is at the old port of Cannes, with anchorage in the bay of Cannes, and a full line up to come. Tickets start at € 70 and are all inclusive of food and drink, with special VIP tickets accessing an upper deck for just 30 passengers.
Having developed successful concepts in the mountains (Les Pistes Electroniques on the ski slopes of Isola 2000), in the desert (Les Dunes Electroniques) and in other destinations all more exotic than the last (Lisbon, Caribbean and Acapulco among others), the Panda Events and Allover teams are now proud to present their latest creation… Les Croisières Électroniques!
One of Europe’s most beautiful festivals GEM Fest is back bigger than ever in 2020 and for the first time and lands in Europe from 7th to 9th August on a paradise-like Greek island called Zakynthos.
GEM Fest 2020 is set to be a very rare chance to get away to an unreal location and dance in safety. The country has been declared exempt from all travel bans because of its low number of COVID-19 cases meaning you can head out and back without the need to self-isolate at either end. The festival will have full safety measures in place, with testing for VIP guests and thermoscreening for all upon entry to the festival and much more so the message is loud and clear: Come to Greece!
Keri Village of Zakynthos is just being discovered by the outside world. It has sheer white cliffs dropping into seas of milky blue and sapphire, the wild beauty of ancient stony hills, pine and cedar forests, 1000-year old olive groves, agate beaches, a fishing harbor, coves with green pools and wind-sculpted boulders, luminous underwater caves, the iconic beach at Marathonisi Island and more that you can explore and discover on your trip.
Acts include: Andrea Ferlin, Anushka, ATB, CJ Jeff, dOP (live), Marikhi, Onur Ozer, Paul van Dyk, Romeo Blanco, Swanky Tunes, Whoann, Sunset Derek, Roussos and more
Family Piknik 2020
Aéroport Montpellier, France
French festival FAMILY PIKNIK is now set to take place on Saturday 12th September with some of its postponed July edition’s headlining artists still being featured.
This amazing casting joins La Fleur and Rodriguez JR. (live), who were both initially supposed to play on June 6th for the now postponed Boarding to Family Piknik event. The Family Piknik Music crew will also be largely involved behind the decks next to his head honchos Tom Pooks & Joy Kitikonti, with all the sparkling talents from the label itself : Abstraal, Essence of Time, Pontias b2b Mood Gorning b2b Albanø. Local acts The Dualz (live) and Bartok & Canadas will also be in action from 11 in the morning!
This new date was officially disclosed in mid-May, when French government clearly said no public gathering would be allowed until September. Since then, the Family Piknik’s team talked with Montpellier Airport (which holds a special event with them since 2018) to imagine a new hybrid event, combining their amazing location – next to the planes – with some of the key points of Family Piknik’s unique concept : open-air, day/night open hours (from 11am to 4am), pique-nique and limited capacity (5000) accordingly to the Covid-19 context.
Acts include: Charlotte de Witte, Mind Against, Recondite, ARTBAT, Worakis, Popof, Oxia, La Fleur, Rodriguez Jr. Tom Pooks, Joy Kitikonti, Essence of Time, Abstraal, Pontias, Mood Gorning, Albano, The Dualz, Bartok & Canadas
Back In The Future
Rabat and Attard, Malta
29 – 30 August
Old school jungle and bass heads rejoice, you will have a chance to get down and dirty in the sun this year as Back in the Future goes ahead in late August. Chase and Status, Wiley and DJ EZ are the headliners with a wealth of other garage acts also on.
This will be two days of pure musical joy in a beautiful setting with historic architecture, great local food, lush sea and beaches and a real carnival vibe. From July 15th you can arrive on the island without having to self-isolate and plenty of checks and sets will be on site throughout to ensure everyone’s safety.
Acts include: Chase and Status, Wiley and DJ EZ
Rhythm + Waves
16 – 19 September
It is said to be sunny in Malta 300 days of the year so one thing you can be sure of here is that the water will be nice. Musically it is a heavy one for bass lovers with Andy C, Chase and Status, Sub Focus and more all playing. As Malta is in one of the travel corridors with the UK, after July 15, travellers arriving at airports on the island will not need to self-isolate. There will be plenty of temp checks, COVID-19 test sand hand sanitiser available once you arrive.
Aside from the music, you can discover an island steeped in history with clear seas, sunshine and some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe.
Acts include: Andy C, Chase and Status, Sub Focus
The BPM Festival
11 – 13 September
The world famous BPM has managed to sneak in an event this year and it features all the big house and techno stars you would expect – Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Charlotte De Witte and Sonja Moonear are among those on the bill. As well as the music expect a lush setting with crystal clear blue seas, some lovely old architecture in the local town and 3 days and nights of incredible parties on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta.
Like the other festivals that are managing to go ahead this summer, you will have temperature checks on the regular, there will be hand sanitiser on-site and even Covid-19 tests if needed. Tickets start from £154.
Acts include: Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Charlotte De Witte and Sonja Moonear