Top 5 Bucket List Festivals


#5 Future Music Festival Sydney, Australia

  Future Music Festival is annually held in multiple cities within Australia, but most famously Sydney. This festival not only brings a range of genres to the festival, but also brings the craziness that Aussies are known for in each crowd!

  This year, 2014, the lineup included Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phoenix, Hardwell, Knife Party, 2 Chainz, Dada Life, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Adventure Club, special guest Pharrell Williams! It’s not just a dance festival but a celebration of all genres, Future Music Festival incorporates a safari theme in order to experience an ambiance that you’re in the outback of Australia right in Sydney!

  Not only does this festival have a diverse lineup, but it’s also held within one of the most adventurous cities in the world! Being held in Sydney, Australia, also lets festival attendees be able to attend the many famous beaches in Sydney! So when you’re not raging at Future Music Festival, you can take a 15-minute drive to Sydney’s own Chinamans Beach!


#4 Shambhala Music Festival 

  Shambs... one of the most spiritual festivals on the face of the earth. Shambhala Music Festival is held for five days on the beautiful Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada every year on August 6th-11th. This festival is unlike any other festival around the world - one of these factors being that Shambhala is privately owned, so there are no corporate ties with this festival.

  Shambhala has had electronic gods within its presence every year since the very first Shambhala in 1998. Artists like Bassnectar have called Shambhala “One of the most special venues in North America”. But Bassnectar isn’t the only outstanding artist that has taken the stage at Shambhala. Artists like Excision, Datsik, Beats Antique, Terravita, Andy C, Eoto, Emancipator, Beardy Man, and Liquid Stranger have all been present at Shambs.

Unique to this festival, stage directors are assigned individual stages to manage, meaning that each stage director has unlimited freedom to design each stage to their own individual self-reflection of what the stage should represent. With six stages, these stage directors have a lot to work with.

  What puts this festival on the “Bucket List of Festivals” is the festival’s unparalleled love and unity that is expressed by each of the attendees. The concept of “Shambhalove” makes the crowd of this festival one to never be forgotten. Within each of the patrons of this festival is an unconditional self-love and expression. The Bundschuh family, who runs this festival, expresses Shambhalove by hosting inspirational speakers, seminars, yoga, and meditation sessions that brings the Shambhala family even closer together. As stated by the Bundschuh Family, “Shambhala is a celebration of music, art and life, steeped in one of the most beautiful venues in the world.”


#3 Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 Electric Daisy Carnival has been one of North America’s “go-to” festivals 2008. This electrifying festival brings patrons from all around the world to attend 3 days of heart-pounding, mystifying, art installations and music that can only be experienced at EDC. EDC is held on June 22-24 every year, with tickets selling out in a matter of seconds. Insomniac Productions, the creators of EDC, celebrate life, love, art and individuality at every year of EDC.

  They add new art installations, variations of stages, and artists every year! With the 2013 lineup being jam-packed with a variety of artists, people are wondering if this year will they can bring even more? With last year’s lineup of,Dada Life, Doctor P, Rusko, Tiesto, Terravita, La Roux, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Borgore, Calvin Harris, and so much more, who will the creators over at Insomniac bring next?

Although EDC is always known for having a killer lineup, what people always come for is the experience of EDC! EDC is known for having interactive art environments that makes it feel like the art is coming alive. The carnival rides scattering the park almost make it seem like an adult playground, and large-scale art installations will make you reevaluate if it’s real or not.The makers of EDC wanted to construct 3 main areas that incorporate theatrical performances, special effects, fire displays, water works, and dazzling illuminated art.


#2 Tomorrowland Boom, Belgium 

 Tomorrowland has been the behemoth of EDM music festivals since its opening in 2005. Tomorrowland hosts acts at the top of their games, ranging from the king of dance music, Hardwell, to the king of bass, Bassnectar. Need I say more? Being centrally located in Belgium, there is a world of experiences to be had outside of the festival itself.

  Tomorrowland has been one of the top music festivals around the world for years. However, the theme of fantasy and illusion behind this festival creates an experience only dreamt of. Tomorrowland has over 180,000 attendees every year, which makes this festival a record breaking crowd. This crowd isn’t just any crowd, however. It’s filled with roughly 200,000 people from all around the world who just want to sharing the joy of this event by singing, dancing and getting along.

 Tomorrowland brings people together; it even brings people from two different countries that have gone to war with one another. But that doesn’t stop them from spreading the love and unity that TomorrowLand is known for.


#1 Creamfields Daresbury Estate, Cheshire United Kingdom

Didn’t expect that now did ya? Creamfields is held at the Daresbury Estate in Cheshire, United Kingdom annually on August 22-24th. Creamfields Music Festival has held legendary artists in the past such as Run DMC and Daft Punk. This year we can see new stages, new sound systems, and much more. Not only was Creamfields knighted as Music Week Awards’ 2010 “Festival of the Year”, but was also voted as the UK’s #1 Dance Festival in 2013 by the UK Festival Awards. Twelve stages are uniquely designed for an experience that is specially suited for the acts playing on each stage. For example, in this upcoming Creamfields we will not only see a new appearance of Armin van Buuren’s own ‘Stage of Trance’ but as well as Hardwell’s own ‘Reveal’ Stage.

With last year’s outstanding lineup, Creamfields has to uphold its legacy. Last years acts included, Avicii, Nicky Romero, Above & Beyond, Steve Angello, David Guetta, Feed Me, Porter Robinson, Tiesto, Hardwell, Tommy Trash, Mat Zo, and so many more! To date, the creators of Creamfields have only released a couple waves of lineups, but so far it’s already upholding to its recent year’s success. Acts including Avicii, Afrojack, Deadmau5, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Above & Beyond, Axwell, Ingrosso, Adam Beyer, and a plethora of more acts to be announced!

However, why is Creamfields Music Festival number 1? Why not Tomorrowland, Ultra, or Coachella? Well what this festival brings is that it’s cheaper, costing only about 115 euros - which is equivalent to about $159.70 US dollars. It’s the best bang for your buck; you get to see outrageous headliners for a fraction of the cost of popular US festivals. Although Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Ultra have MASSIVE crowds, what makes Creamfields so special is that even though they have huge crowds, the creators at Creamfields Music Festival created a sound system that is clear and crisp for all of you “back of the crowd” festival goers. By optimizing it’s JBL VerTec Sound system with 10 VT4889’s per side of each stage, the sound quality is outstanding! Along with the VerTec system, Creamfields is also incorporating a low frequency sound design of central sub array of eight L-Acoustics SB 28’s.


Written By: Chris Urbanek