Festivals We're Excited About in August
Summer may be winding down into fall, but that doesn’t mean that festival season is showing signs of slowing down. If anything, it continues to ramp up as we head into the final months of 2022. This is no surprise, considering that most festivals have been on hiatus for the last couple of years. This is the comeback we've all been waiting for.
If you haven’t yet attended that ultimate festival, never worry. We’re here to tell you about the must-attend events happening around the world this August.
1. Let It Roll Festival 2022
First, we have to talk about the Let It Roll Festival, which is happening August 4-7 in Prague, Czech Republic. Let It Roll is the world's largest drum and bass festival and a must-attend for anyone who’s even remotely into the genre. Let It Roll is again taking place at Milovice Airfield, and 2022 marks its 20th anniversary. Some of your selectas for the weekend include Alix Perez, Black Sun Empire, Hybrid Minds, Mefjus, Sub Focus, and Pendulum, performing live. This is like the smallest taste of those slated to perform, but you have to attend to really get the entire lineup. Trust me. It will be worth it.
Tickets for Let It Roll Festival are available now.
2. Wilderness Festival 2022
Wilderness Festival takes over Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire on August 4-7. Touted as a British boutique festival in nature, Wilderness Festival happens among lakes, forests, and parkland. It’s a fully inclusive event welcoming everyone while providing a truly epic experience. One of Britain’s poshest festivals, Wilderness, features wellness and arts and crafts ‘experiences’ such as yoga, pilates, aerial yoga, pottery, fashion or festival styling. If you want to dance to music, visit the main stage for Underworld, Peggy Gou and Laura Mvula. Or if you’re more of a night owl, Eats Everything, Derrick Carter and Brass Funkeys are holding things down on the late nite tip, while Queer House Party, QUEEFY Cabaret, and Kim Lana bring all the freshness and flamboyance you could ever need. Whatever you feel like doing, Wilderness has tons of options.
Tickets for Wilderness Festival are available now.
3. Defected Croatia
UK house label Defected hosts a six-day event at The Garden at Tisno from August 4-10, known as Defected Croatia 2022. Taking the motto, House Music All Life Long, to heart, Defected curated a lineup that househeads only dream of in a breathtaking location. Your day begins with mindfulness sessions of yoga and meditation at the beach, geared towards bringing peace and balance after hours of dancing. Then, join 5000 like-minded house heads and more than 80 legendary DJs, and experience the warm family vibe that only Defected creates. Some of the DJs providing the soundtrack to this monumental event are A-Trak, Bob Sinclar, Danny Tenaglia, Gorgon City, Honey Dijon, John Summit, LP Giobbi, Mark Farina, Nic Fanciulli, and Prunk. If you love house music, Defected Croatia is the festie for you.
Tickets for Defected Croatia are available now.
4. Fresh Wave Festival 2022
Fresh Wave Festival is celebrating ten glorious years of bringing music to the Banja Luka this August 11-13, taking place at Kastel Fortress, which for the uninformed is one of the oldest historical monuments in that part of the world. It’s also known as a place where people come together to celebrate life, which is why it’s the perfect location for Fresh Wave! This event has three stages full of regional and global talent, like Machado, who brings high energy to the decks. Or Insolate, a Croatian techno legend with over 20 years in the game who serves as the label boss of Out of Place. You’ve also got DJs like Adam Beyer, Claptone, Hernán Cattáneo, Hot Since 82, and trap producer Z++, who is making his debut, so you know this is one banging event.
Tickets for Fresh Wave Festival 2022 are available now.
5. Aquasella Festival
Aquasella Festival is one of Spain’s largest and most popular electronic festivals, as it welcomes roughly 30,000 attendees to Arriondas August 18-21, and 2022 is Aquasella’s 25th anniversary. Featuring three stages of pure musical bliss and a river beach perfect for cooling off in, Aquasella’s got something for everyone. On Thursday, for your listening pleasure, Aquasella brings you Anna Tur, a DJ and producer from Ibiza who hosts On Air with Anna Tur and is one of the label owners of LOWLITA Records. Her seamless blending of house and techno makes her a fan favorite. Amelie Lens, Jeff Mills, John Digweed, and Riva Starr, along with their friends, hold things down Friday night while The Blessed Madonna, Honey Dijon, Nico Moreno, and more keep things popping on Saturday. Alain Fanegas, Chanin, Damian Martin, and Jairo Beltrami are closing the festival, so be prepared to dance every night until the morning.
Tickets for Aquasella Festival are available now.
6. elrow Town
elrow Town London returns to London on August 20 after a three-year hiatus. Because of the break, this year’s elrow Town will be the biggest ever and feature upwards of 50 DJs throwing down the best in house, disco, and tech-house. Taking over Parsloes Park, elrow Town will be a 10-hour event full of madness, dance music, and of course, Rowgelia, the elrow mascot. She’s traveled the world and can’t wait to share her experiences with you. There will be three main stages and three smaller stages, consisting of a mixture of open-air structures and big top-style tents full of food, drinks, and various entertainers and performers. DJs like Archie Hamilton, Dom Dolla, Joseph Capriati, Paco Osuna, Skream, and Viviana Casanova will drop banging beats, so be ready to dance hard, making those 10 hours fly by.
Tickets for elrow Town London are available now.
7. Sonus Festival
Papaya Club @ Sonus Festival / Photo by: Sonus Festival
Sonus Festival returns to the idyllic Croatian coastline after a two-year break this August 21st-25th. Held at Zrce Beach in Novalja, the Adriatic Shore offers the perfect backdrop for a five-day, five-night festival with natural rock formations and private beaches galore. Boat parties, beach parties, and open-air club events all celebrating electronic music make Sonus Festival your ‘perfect summer rave.’ This year’s lineup features over 70 well-known and underground performers, bringing those techno tracks you love so much. Artists like 999999999, Grammy Award Winner Black Coffee, Boris Brejcha, Carl Cox, Fisher, I Hate Models, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin, and William Djoko (DJOKO) each bring their signature sounds to the decks to keep you moving and grooving.
Tickets for Sonus Festival are available now.