It's time to look forward to the summer! We've compiled a list of some of the most exciting Drum and Bass festivals going ahead this year.
Last updated: 14th Mar 2023
Drum n bass and live music festivals. Name a better combination. Seriously, we'll wait...
Few musical genres complement an outdoor music spectacle as well as D'n'B does. There's just something about high-energy breakbeats and wobbly bass tones out in the warm summer air that really gets us off! No matter how little sleep you've had in your severely under-equipped tent, how bad you smell or how dehydrated you are, you'll always find a special reserve of energy for raving when the time arises.
If like us, you're already longing for the 2023 festival season and you fancy yourself a bit of a jungle, breakcore, Neurofunk or liquid drum n bass buff, you're going to want to take note of some of the heavy-hitting soirees coming to a field and/or city near you this spring and summer, below.
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(Click or tap on the event titles, artists or venue names below for tickets and more)
NASS is a four-day festival held at the Bath and West Showground, which brings together 15,000 lovers of music, skating and BMXing to celebrate their lifestyle. Pitch your tent for a long weekend in the action sports and music world: purpose-built skate and bike parks and 5 stages of Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Punk and Rock.
This year's lineup is seriously stacked for fans of the rap genre, with superstar US rap group Wu-Tang Clan celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'Enter the Wu', alongside recent Mercury prize winner Little Simz, whose recent record since her win has only cemented her position as the Queen of Rap. With many other cult rap icons announced and a few more waiting eagerly in the sidelines; NASS in 2023 looks set to be a special one.
Between the massive music acts and the raw action sports professionals ruthlessly competing for gold, the festival's aim is to push boundaries. To ride or to party? You decide.
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The team behind Cardiff's Inside Out Festival are promising to go bigger than ever before in 2023.
Straight off the back of their most successful edition to date, in 2022, which saw headline names the likes of Kurupt FM, Idris Elba, Andy C, Kanine, A.M.C and Voltage shutting down Inside Out's three epic stages, this year's festival will be another monstrous celebration of the time-honoured dance genre and its respected patrons.
Details regarding the lineup of this year's instalment have yet to be announced (watch this space) but you can guarantee that it'll be stocked with the very best in drum and bass, as well as garage, hip hop, and R'n'B.
The sixth anniversary of Boundary Brighton in 2022 was a stonking success, with massive performances and lots of memories made by all who attended. In 2023, Boundary Brighton will bookmark the end of the festival season, pushing their own boundaries, pardon the pun, with their biggest end-of-summer rave.
The lineup is yet to be revealed but rest assured, you can expect some really exciting names to take part given that Camelphat, Chase and Status and Sonny Fodera have all made appearances before. For an immersive drum n bass festival experience this year, look no further than Boundary Brighton.
Cumbria’s Solfest is a weird and wonderful place where all sorts of genres collide. Expect a whole host of indie and rock bands together with house and drum and bass acts all taking to the stages. This is a rare place where rockers and ravers come together.
A fiercely independent festival, SolFest dedicates itself to arts and creativity and has an idyllic setting on the stunning Solway Coast. In 2021 they expanded to a capacity of 10,000 and we fully expect to see the festival grow again in 2023.
Be sure to head to the dedicated dance tent for all your drum n bass needs. Details of this year's full lineup will be announced soon.
Across 2 days in September, Newnham Park will welcome up to 8,000 guests to experience some of the most exciting dance artists and DJs around. Following the painful decision to cancel the 2022 edition of the event, The Weekender Festival team are now ready and raring to go, bringing together the final touches for an epic soiree to rock the summer this year.
Dig out your mud-encrusted wellies and begin making those all-important preparations ahead of a non-stop weekend of music and excitement amidst the rolling greens of Plymouth's historic Newnham Park. And don't just go for the live entertainment! Local vendors will be on hand over the weekend to ensure your bellies are full of the very best in festival food and refreshments.
One of the most exciting dance festivals in the North of England, you can find Moovin Festival not too far from Manchester in local Stockport. Taking place in the eco-friendly environment of Whitebottom Farm, it provides the perfect escape as you enter through a canopy of thick trees and past breathtaking lakeside views.
There’s a feeling of exclusivity as the festival is purposely limited in its capacity, ensuring the best vibe possible and a unique intimate festival experience. Details of this year's lineup are expected imminently but with previous headliners including the likes of Black Grape, Groove Armada, Orbital, Shy FX and Roy Ayers, you can bet it's going to be a pretty special one.
Herefordshire's biggest and most outlandish celebration of dance music, El Dorado Festival will take over the Deer Park at Eastnor Castle in Ledbury this summer for another weekend of raucous partying, with a large part of the bill dedicated specifically to drum n bass acts.
Lancaster’s Highest Point Festival returns to Williamson Park this May for its milestone fifth-anniversary event, with some very special names already announced to ensure the party goes off accordingly.
Aiming to bring their loyal fan base a lineup packed with notable names, the first headline acts include chart-topping BRIT-nominee, Anne-Marie and GRAMMY-nominate group, Bastille. The Hacienda Classical have also been drafted in to put on an exceptional performance to open the event this year, on Thursday 11th May. The fifty-strong orchestral ensemble, who closed the debut event of Highest Point Festival back in 2018, will mesmerize audiences young and old with remarkable renditions of club tracks from the heyday of the infamous Manchester club. A set which dance fans cannot afford to miss.
Establishing itself as an eclectic festival, Highest Point delivers something for all musical tastes and that goes for fans of drum n bass too! Wilkinson, Shy FX, TURNO and Voltage are just some of the big-hitters who've previously commandeered stages at the yearly event.
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Rampage Open Air
2023 lineup: To be announced
When: Friday 30th June - Sunday 2nd July 2023
Where: Kristalpark Lommel, Belgium
It's highly recommended that you make a pilgrimage to Rampage Festival in Belgium, especially if you consider yourself a connoisseur of drum and bass. It's known as the biggest bass music party on the planet and it's certainly not hyperbole. The production value for this festival is absolutely insane, with some of the most stunning light shows and stage performances that you'll find anywhere.
Bringing in the best artists on the scene, you'll be joined by 20,000 fellow ravers, basking in the joy of this phenomenal experience. It's one of those festivals where you won't quite understand how special it is until you've seen it for yourself. A magnet for bass fans the world over.
This is a festival set up by a drum and bass record label for drum and bass fans. The latest edition of the festival will not only be their longest to date but their biggest lineup ever as they keep on raising the stakes. This is the ideal place to see some of the best drum and bass acts around in a beautiful outdoor location, with plenty of green splendour all around.
Originally starting as a club night for the label, Liquicity has grown exponentially. The festival specialises in liquid drum and bass and has quickly gained a loyal following. Located just 40 minutes from Amsterdam it's in an incredibly accessible location.
Just 20 minutes from Liverpool, you’ll find an area of woodland that, in July, transforms into a forest rave with some of the best acts in drum and bass. A newcomer, 2021 was the festival’s first edition and they absolutely smashed it last year! So, naturally, it’s back again to blow your mind and melt your face off in 2023.
Last year's edition saw giants of the scene, Pendulum mashing up the place. Alongside the Australian group, Kings Of The Rollers ft Inja, Dax J, Nastia, and Camo + Krooked each took turns to take the festival's sound systems to the limit. Atlantik, Frida Darko, Beth Lydi, Eats Everything and Pauli Pocket also graced the event's various stages.
Leave the working week behind and indulge yourself in an alternative reality at The One In The Woods this summer.
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