Embrace the boutique festival: 10 specific music events to visit

Lente Kabinet

As the little sibling of Dekmantel Festival, Lente Kabinet has big shoes to fill. But they’re more than up to the challenge: you can expect top-shelf production and a killer lineup every year. As always, Lente Kabinet goes down at the lush Het Twiske parkland north of Amsterdam over one afternoon and evening. Dekmantel may be bigger than ever, but you can always count on a cosy waterside rave as long as Lente Kabinet is around.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
25th – 26th May 2019

Love Saves The Day

It makes sense that a city like Bristol should have a festival like Love Saves The Day, which returns to Eastville Park across two days this May. Anyone who grew up in the area will have likely spent their years listening to all sorts of dance music, from local-brewed sounds like trip-hop and drum & bass to dubstep, techno and grime. One of the best music festivals in the UK, Love Saves The Day totally reflects this wonderful diversity.

Bristol, UK
25th- 26th May 2019


This fest is simple: Distortion turns the lovely city of Copenhagen into party heaven for five glorious days and nights. A host of massive daytime street parties, underground night club events, and a grand two-day finale Distortion Ø at Refshaleøen and the Copenhagen harbour. The vibe is killer.

Copenhagen, Denmark
29th May – 2nd June 2019

Strange Sounds from Beyond

Devised by the crews behind Outsiders Festival, Red Light Radio and The Rest Is Noise, this one-day festival is a must for globetrotting alternative music fans. As soon as you disembark the ferry at the trendy and secluded NDSM docklands in the north you’ll become a cultural castaway in their bizarre and beautiful experiment.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Summer 2019


Astropolis is France’s oldest festival, celebrating its 25th birthday in 2019 – and it hasn’t aged a bit! For 3 days each summer the festival spreads its electronic vibes over the city in various locations, including parks, places and cultural institutions. Over 100 legendary artists and rising stars from all over the world and local DJ’s perform every year in arenas including the seaside and a mystical woodland!

Brest, France
5th – 7th July 2019


Polifonic is a three-day event at Masseria del Turco, a historic building surrounded by olive groves in the Itria Valley, near the beautiful Mediterranean coastal spot of Monopoli. The lineup strikes a balance between hard-edged experimental and soulful sounds split across three stunning stages hidden amongst yoga classes, a chillout area and art exhibitions.

Monopoli, Italy
26th – 28th July 2019

The Peacock Society

Peacock Society is returning to the indoor/outdoor Parc Floral, which, after several editions of the festival there, should guarantee the usual charged atmosphere. Garnier is back in the headlining slot this year, and he’s joined by fellow heavy hitters like Tale Of Us, Sven Väth, Helena Hauff, Steffi, Maceo Plex, Kerri Chandler, Four Tet and Floorplan. They’ll all be soundtracking what’s become one of the best big-room experiences on the international festival circuit.

Paris, France
5th – 6th July 2019

Unsound Festival

This year Poland’s premier experimental music festival takes place later than usual across October 7 – 14th. This year’s edition centres around the theme of “Presence” you can expect ornate techno and experimental acts that span genre and sound. Split across a variety of venues across Krakow (which has included a salt mine in previous editions) – the city is your playground for the week.

Krakow, Poland
6th – 13th October 2019

Field Maneuvers

RA’s Dominic Kocur described the crowd at Field Maneuvers as “one huge extended family” when he visited two years ago. The festival has added room for an extra 300 people since then, but with a current capacity of 800, Field Maneuvers is still about as small as UK festivals get. Looking at its lineup, though, you wouldn’t guess this was the case. Year after year, Field Maneuvers has locks down a killer selection of top-tier house and techno talent.

London, UK

Horst Arts and Music Festival

You could argue that Kasteel Van Horst, a castle in Holsbeek, Belgium, is Europe’s oldest dance venue. Back in the 17th century, Flemish nobles went there looking for a night out. Some 400 years later, it became home to Horst, a small festival that combines modern club sounds with visual art, workshops, lectures and more.

Hageland, Belgium