2012 Electronic Music Festival Season: Where Are You Going this Summer?

With EDC NY gone and past, the festival season is about to kick into full gear. There’s an insane amount of festivals taking place this summer, and it’s hard to keep track of them all. Take notes, mark your calendars, and buy your tickets, because this summer is set to be stacked with a variety of must attend EDM madness! This is your guide to the electronic music festivals coming up this summer!


Bassrush Massive

Date: June 7th

Location: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Notable Acts: Knife Party, Datsik, Excision, 12th Planet

Details: Set to take place during the week of EDC Vegas, Bassrush Massive is the place for folks looking to whomp. If you’re in Sin City before the big show kicks off, this could be the place to get the party started.

Electric Daisy Carnival: Las Vegas

Dates: June 8th-10th

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

Notable Acts: Everyone, ever. Even Blue Man Group…

Details: This is the Super Bowl of EDM, the cremé de la cremé of festivals, and not one to be missed. The lineup is nothing short of spectacular and will not disappoint. With the carnival rides, art, and people, this could be the best festival of the summer.


Spring Awakening

Dates: June 16th – 17th

Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Notable Acts: Skrillex, Afrojack, Moby, Laidback Luke, Arty, Dillion Francis

Details: You could wait until mid summer for Lollapalooza, but if EDM is your thing — which it better be — then Spring Awakening is your go-to event in Chicago. The recent expansion now brings the festival both inside and outside of Soldier Field, it looks like this festival could be insane.

Sonic Bloom

Dates: June 21st – June 24th

Location: Shadows Ranch, Georgetown, CO

Notable Acts: Underground Lineup

Details: Just 45 minutes from Denver sits a smaller festival with  an electronic lineup that you might not recognize. For six years Sonic Bloom has been promoting smaller electronic musicians and artists. This could be the different and exciting festival you were looking for.


Dates: June 23rd

Location: Gorge amphitheatre, George, WA

Notable Acts: Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Avicii, R3hab, Dillion Francis, + More TBA

Details: This is the festival we dream of attending. The lineup might not be top-notch, but holy sh*t have you seen the Gorge Amphitheatre. Despite the standard EDM lineup, the setting is amazing and makes this event look like paradise.

Electric Forest

Dates: June 28th – July 1st

Location: Rothbury, MI

Notable Acts: Bassnectar, Aoki, Major Lazer, Dada Life

Details: Insomniac brings its talents to the forests of Rothbury, Michigan, where its artistic abilities reach new heights. I’ve never been to this festival myself, but apparently it’s breathtaking when the sun goes down and the forest comes to light. The lineup includes some lesser-known names, so it’s a great opportunity to branch out and discover someone new.



Dates: June 29th – July 1st

Location: Gibbons, Alberta, Canada

Notable Acts: Afrojack, Chuckie, Avicii, Kaskade, Tommy Trash, Fareoh, Knife Party

Details: Compared to the US, Canada doesn’t get the luxury of frequent concerts and events around the country. Boonstock brings what is essentially the UMF headliners to the opposite side of the continent.


Dates: June 29th – July 1st

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Notable Acts: Afrojack, Avicii, Eric Prydz, Alesso, Gareth Emery, Dada Life, Tommy Trash, Cazzette, Sander Van Doorn

Details: Although both Escapade and Boonstock are in Canada, it would take you over 2 days to get from one to the other. Escapade has an almost everyone that Boonstock has, and a whole lot more.



Dates: June 30th – July 1st

Location: Montrose Beach, IL

Notable Acts:Eric Prydz, Erick Morillo, BoysNoize, Duck Sauce, Sasha, John Dahlback, Nadia Ali

Details: For only $50 a day you get to chill on the beach and listen to electronic music. You don’t have to feel bad if you only go for one, and you just find a diamond in the rough. With Eric Prydz now on the lineup, this is a no brainer.



Pete Tong’s Ibiza 123 ‘Rocktronic’

Dates: July 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Location: Ibiza, Spain

Notable Acts: Sting + Basement Jaxx, Elton John + Pnau, Lenny Kravitz + Luciano, Axwell, David Guetta, Tiesto

Details: Pete Tong is doing something different in Ibiza this summer, pairing rock icons with EDM artists for a whole new kind of sound. If you happen to find yourself in Ibiza come early July, this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events you probably don’t want to miss.

Camp Bisco

Dates: July 12th – 14th

Location: Mariaville, NY

Notable Acts: Dada Life, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, Zedd, Zedd’s Dead

Details: Started by the Disco Biscuits over 10 years ago, Camp Bisco has a huge variety of artists. The lineup is pretty good, the ticket prices are fair, and it’s only two hours from NYC.


A.W.O.L. Strip

Dates: July 20 – 23

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Notable Acts: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Hardwell, Above & Beyond, Vice, Anthony Attalla, Tara Brooks & more

Details: The maiden A.W.O.L. Strip event, held at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, will host parties at Marquee Nightclub, Tao Beach, Tao Nightclub, Lavo Nightclub & more. Tao Beach features an infinity pool, grand cabana’s, HD plasma screens & private masseuse’s. Coliseum-style Marquee Nightclub boasts 40-foot LED screens & projection walls, offering customized light & image shows. Meet-&-greets will be held prior to each event, allowing additional time for networking and entertainment. A.W.O.L. events are known for their impeccable taste in electronic music acts, and their crazy fun and friendly party vibe! For all you true EDM aficionados and party lovers, this is definitely an event you don’t want to miss! 



Dates: July 19th – August 19th

Location: Various

Notable Acts: Eric Prydz, Porter Robinson, Bingo Players, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner

Details: The lineups vary by location, but again, some solid acts and a rather big time headliner E R I C  P R Y D Z.




Dates: August 3rd – August 5th

Location: Chicago, IL

Notable Acts: Avicii, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Nero

Details: Lollapalooza has become the midwest festival king and this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint variety wise. However, if you only care about the EDM acts, you’ll probably fare a bit better at Spring Awakening.


Hard Summer

Dates: August 3rd – August 4th

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Notable Acts: Zedd, Skrillex, A-trak, 12th Planet, Basement Jaxx, Annie Mac, Borgore

Details: There are other festivals in LA but Hard always has a carefully selected lineup which should satisfy all the bassheads.


The Veld

Dates: August 4th – August 5th

Location: Toronto, Canada

Notable Acts: Deadmau5, Avicii, Steve Angello, Knife Party, Nicky Romero, Pierce Fulton

Details: If you’re trying to see Deadmau5 at a festival this summer, The Veld might be your only shot on the East Coast. The first ever Veld Music Festival brings an awesome lineup to Toronto for two days of music in Downsview Park, not to mention its name bears an uncanny resemblance to Deadmau5′s latest release.


Hard Toronto

Dates: August 4th

Location: Toronto, Canada

Notable Acts: Justice, M83.

Details: The only reason you would attend this festival is if you are a diehard Justice or M83 fan. Otherwise, just go to The Veld, supposedly it’ll be more fun.


Electric Zoo

Dates: August 31st – Sept. 2nd

Location: Randalls Island, NYC

Notable Acts: David Guetta, Pretty Lights, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Axwell, Above & Beyond, Tiesto, Knife Party, Porter Robinson (those are just the headliners)

Details: This is a festival that compares to EDC and Ultra. It’s a who’s who of EDM artists invading New York city right around Labor Day Weekend. This is arguably the best East coast festival with the best lineup. Needless to say, it’s a must.


North Coast

Dates: August 31st – Sept. 2nd

Location: Chicago, IL

Notable Acts: Pretty Lights, Axwell, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Alesso, Excision, Mord Fustang, Knife Party, Tommy Trash

Details: If you’re stuck in the midwest and missed the other two festivals in Chicago this summer, then North Coast is your last chance to rage. Don’t expect the lineup to get much better since everyone else will be at Ezoo.



Made in America Festival

Dates: September 1st – 2nd

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Notable Acts: Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Miike Snow

Details: This special festival is being thrown by Jay-Z himself, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit charities in Philadelphia and South Jersey. It’s also the only opportunity to see Jay-Z and Skrillex at the same event ever (to our knowledge at least). Yes, it conflicts with Electric Zoo, but if you can’t make it to NY and still need an EDM fix, Made in America is your jam.


Sun City Music Festival

Dates: September  1st and 2nd

Location: El Paso, TX

Notable Acts: Above & beyond. Alvin risk, Dada life,  David Guetta, Dillon Francis, Nicky Romero, Wolfgang Gartner, Zedd

Details: As the festival returns for its second year, there are some big names that are coming to Texas. A&B, Guetta, Dada Life will all be flying to TX and NY for both festivals but if you don’t have the kind of money to keep up with them, Sun City doesn’t look to bad after all.



Dates: September 28 – 29

Location: Atlanta, GA

Notable Acts: Bassnectar, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Steve Angello, Avicii, Alesso, Zeds Dead

Details: This could be the biggest festival to end the summer circuit. With the promo company from Camp Bisco teaming up with Lollapaloza’s, you know this will be done well. The lineup is massive for this time of the year, so if you are in the dirty South, we wouldn’t skip out.


Future Festivals with tickets now available

A.W.O.L. Sun

Dates: October 12 – 16

Lineup TBA

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Details: Think sun, beach, water, babes, music, party and Mexico! In 2010 & 2011, A.W.O.L. was held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at the hip-sexy-cosmopolitan ME by Meliá Resort, “where everything is possible.” The world-renowned Nikki Beach Club is transformed into an exclusive party from 12pm-8pm each day, featuring gift bags, activity booths, fitness classes, VIP cabana service & of course, the future in electronic music. Talent for past year’s events talent included Calvin Harris, Dirty South, Chris Lake, LA Riots, Roger Sanchez, Robbie Rivera, and many more. Dinners at local restaurants are followed by A.W.O.L. night parties, held at Cabo’s premier nightclubs, such as Passions. This is thee A.W.O.L. event that created the entire A.W.O.L. experience; amazing music, great people, and crazy party fun!


Sensation USA

Dates: October 26 – 27

Location: Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, New York.

Notable Acts: TBA, but safe to say some of the biggest names out there.

Details:  The event will be a version of Sensation’s “Innerspace” show, which includes “seven intense experiences, an interactive happening full of dazzling show elements and a heart racing production.” Interestingly, the entire event is 21+, and the mandatory dress code is, of course, all white.

Holy Ship

Dates: January 2013

Location: Ship leaves from Florida

Notable Acts:  Justice, Boyz Noise, Knife Party, Diplo, Tommy Trash, Zedd, Dillon Francis

Details: No lineup or any other information yet but after a hugely successful first year, Holy Ship is back for round two. From what I heard, this was one of the most personal and awesome experiences, ever.

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So where are you going this summer, and which music festival are you most excited about? Share your experience if you have attended any of these music festivals in the past.

And please feel free to add more music festivals I may have missed in the comment section below. Thanks!

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2 Responses to 2012 Electronic Music Festival Season: Where Are You Going this Summer?

  1. XploreLA says:

    Great article, all the years events in one place! This is a great resource and helps plan for the summer!

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