Festivals We're Most Excited About in September
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Fall is rapidly approaching, but that doesn't mean festival season is winding down anytime soon. 2022 has been the return of fun in the sun and late nights with friends. And as we approach the end of the year, it's lovely to reflect on how far this year's come.
This September is chock-full of festivals around the world, so we've handpicked our favorites in hopes of helping you decide which to attend.
1. Electric Zoo
Labor Day weekend seems an appropriate time for a festival. You've got Monday off, so there's no excuse not to venture to New York for Electric Zoo on September 2-4 to enjoy three days of musical goodness, delicious food, and the most epic sunsets you'll ever see. This year's lineup is perfectly stacked, with big-name acts like Porter Robinson, Diplo, Tchami, A Hundred Drums, John Summit, ARMNHMR, Clozee, and Carl Cox, the latter of which will have his own stage takeover. Transforming Randall's Island into a festival attendee's paradise, the park is central in NYC, located along the East River between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx.
Tickets for Electric Zoo are available now.
2. ARC Music Festival
ARC Music Festival also takes place on September 2-4, Labor Day weekend. Hosted at Union Park in Chicago, ARC is an event that encompasses more than just the park, as ARC features an After Dark series throughout Chicago at various venues. In its second year, ARC is bringing out a banging lineup on four stages, including one hosted by elrow, which will be their only US festie stage takeover. Friday has artists like Boris Brejcha and Lane 8. Saturday features Charlotte de Witte and Mark Farina, while Sunday includes Claptone and Fat Boy Slim to give you a little taste. The windy city is the perfect spot for a three-day festival, so don't miss out on ARC Music Festival.
Tickets for Arc Music Festival are available now.
3. Group Therapy Weekender London 2022
Group Therapy Weekender London 2022 is a two-day open-air festival in London's Royal Docks happening September 10-11. Created by Grammy-nominated super group Above & Beyond, they're bringing out the biggest names from their two imprints, Anjunadeep and Anjunabeats. Boasting four stages full of incredible talent, Above & Beyond headlines Saturday with Andrew Bayer, Gareth Jones, and Jaytech. Sunday features Anjunadeep headliners, including LTJ Bukem plus Ruthless MC, Penelope and Tom Middleton, plus many more. Recognizing that times are tough, the group offers reduced-price day tickets for the financially challenged to allow more people to attend.
Tickets for Group Therapy Weekender London 2022 are available now.
4. High Ground Music and Arts Experience
High Ground Music and Arts Experience returns for a second year to Colorado, taking place Sept 10-11. Fusing music, immersive arts, cannabis, and nature, High Ground makes its new home at the Denver Polo Club. DPC is the perfect location for High Ground to grow and evolve, with vast open fields and mountains in the distance. For year number 2, artists include Troyboi, Chromeo (performing DJ set), TOKiMONSTA, Gioli & Assia, and ill-esha, each adding the perfect soundtrack for two days. If you're looking for a slightly different festival and to commune with nature while smoking on a little wacky tobacky, High Ground Music Festival is for you.
Tickets for High Ground Music and Arts Experience are available now.
5. Nocturnal Wonderland
Nocturnal Wonderland returns September 17-18 at Glen Helen Regional Park for two days of music madness. Celebrating 27 years of dancing in the dark, Nocturnal really is a wonderland and playground all rolled into one. Presented by Insomniac, Nocturnal Wonderland features over 50 artists on three stages plus large colorful interactive art installations. Expect to see artists like Andy C, Charles Feelgood, CID, Dr. Fresch, Kaleena Zanders, Liquid Stranger, Nostalgix, Sullivan King, and Whipped Cream. Nocturnal Wonder is the place to feel like a kid again in an adult playground.
Tickets for Nocturnal Wonderland are available now.
6. Hospitality Weekend in the Woods
Hospitality Weekend in the Woods returns for another adventure on September 17 and 18. With a lineup that's every drum and bass fan's dream, Hospitality is back at Beckenham Place Park. With special consideration to highlight all manner of drum and bass acts, there will be various stages hosted by FabricLive, Calibre Presents, Shogun, Born On Road x Run in the Jungle, Undivide, Spearhead, Rupture, Soulvent vs. Flexout, and, of course, Hospitality. So be prepared for an epic two days in the woods and get all the drum and bass your heart can desire.
Tickets for Hospitality Weekend in the Woods are available now.
7. CRSSD Festival
CRSSD Festival returns to Waterfront Park in San Diego this Sept 24-25. This biannual festival is back with the perfect lineup to head into fall and the last quarter of the year. Though an electronic-heavy event full of house and techno, CRSSD has introduced indie bands and underground DJs into the mix. This month's lineup includes Duck Sauce, Orbital, Dom Dolla, Wax Motif, Joseph Capriati, and Richie Hawtin, to give you an idea of what to expect. Revel in the picturesque views of the San Diego Bay while enjoying all the music. But as a reminder, this is not your typical festival. Hula hoops, totems, and LED gloves are prohibited, so don't even bother.
Tickets for CRSSD Festival are available now.