Music around the world: the Quip hot list of destination festivals

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ADE – Amsterdam Dance Event
Amsterdam, Netherlands | October 16-20

For anyone who likes electronic music across decades and sub-genres, this is paradise. ADE takes place across various venues in Amsterdam hosting lectures, workshops, art installations, and of course dance parties. This year the festival will feature 2,500 artists and 550 speakers in almost 200 venues so if you are interested in meeting the who’s who of the electronic genre this is the place to be. The exact dates and line up are yet to be announced but to illustrate the level of royalty and variety here in the past years ADE brought out Lee Burridge, San Holo, Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Soulwax, George FitzGerald, Gui Boratto, Actress, Voodoo Children, Leafs, and over 500 other names across the globe. In a nutshell, ADE is a cultural movement: 


Bilbao BBK live
Basque woodland, Kobetamendi, Bilbao | July 11-15

A Spanish festival located in a clearing in the Basque woodland, “Basoa invites discerning revelers to get lost to the finest in electronic and experimental sounds amidst the idyllic woodland surroundings” – sounds pretty damn good to us! Bilbao brings together world-renowned artists to emerging young talent. So far the 2019 line up features Laurent Garnier, Honey Dijon, The Strokes, Octo Octa, Todd Terje, Thom Yorke, Princess Nokia, Bicep and more.


Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival
Lakewood, PA, USA | May 24-27 

Over the Memorial Day weekend Northeast, PA will become home to a solid line up of performers and campers in search of a unique festival experience. In its 3rd edition, the festival brought together the likes of Disclosure, Big Gigantic, Damian Lazarus, FISHER, Justin Martin, Seth Troxler, Shiba San, and more.  The campground will also feature what they call “immersive environments” and wellness and summer camp activities. 


EXIT Festival
Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia | July 4-7

The location is in a forest on a bank of a river EXIT had originally started as a student protest against political change and freedom in 2000. Today, EXIT is an award-winning annual festival that continues to spread positive vibes, promote change and positive educations while supporting humanitarian missions and communities. At the end of the day, however, EXIT is a party. The line up for 2019 is already making waves: Carl Cox, Tom Walker, The Cure, and Elioh, are already on the bill, to name a few. 


FME – Festival de musique émergente
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada | August 30 – September 2

The festival takes over the entire town of Rouyn-Noranda for indoor and outdoor shows, special performances across various venues, and pop-up events in the most inconspicuous places. Members of the music industry across the world gather in this small town to talk about music, eat poutine, and meet new people. The artist line up is to be announced soon but typically features performers across various genres and countries. 


Reggae Sumfest
Montigo Bay, Jamaica | July 14 – 20

With nearly a week full of special events, parties, park-wide festivals and special performances across Mobay, this festival brings the island to life unlike anything else. Presented by Downsound Entertainment Sumfest it is the world’s biggest Reggae Festival and the most prestigious one. The line up is yet to be announced but it will undoubtedly be an epic one. 


Vujaday Music Festival
Barbados | April 3-7

Vujaday is entering their second year in 2019 and the lineup is already a promising one: Bob Moses, Lee Burridge, Octave One, Nitin, and many more! To offer up a unique experience each day the festival events will take place in different venues across the island. New to the schedule this year is a daytime party series details for which are yet to be announced.