Excited for festival season? So are we. Check out these unreal trance music festivals to get you hyped and in the festival mood.
Last updated: 28th Feb 2022
We don’t know about you but, to us, it feels like the last festival we went to was decades ago. But thankfully, festival season 2022 is just around the corner to save us. And what better way to hype yourself up for that glorious madness than by checking out some unreal festivals and getting your imagination running wild?
And what better genre to experience at a sunny, carefree festival than trance? Considering some believe the genre got its name due to the euphoric, altered consciousness state it puts listeners in, we think it’s the perfect soundtrack to any festival.
So let’s get straight to it. Here are the best trance festivals to keep on your radar…
Transmission is the biggest and most well-known festival in Europe that’s focused solely on trance music. For just one night, trance fans from across the globe make the pilgrimage to Transmission for a chance to lose themselves in their favourite songs. The lineup for this year hasn’t been released yet but last year’s featured Paul Van Dyk, Gareth Emery, Aly & Fila, and Markus Schulz, so you know this year’s will be brilliant.
ASOT is arguably the biggest of all trance festivals and was started by Armin van Buuren, making him the first DJ to have their own festival. This is why you can often find him behind the decks at AOST. The festival travels around the globe as the biggest trance festival tour in history. Yep, you can catch the show in a few different countries, but what better place than Buuren's homeland, The Netherlands, a country with an electric music scene?
With a name like that, you might expect this fest to be a bit on the zany side. You’d be right. With fire artists, whacky stage designs, and circus performers to complement the DJs, the atmosphere is Psychedelic Circus is unique and unmatched. This German festival books talent that span across a few genres, including acid techno, acid house, drum and bass, and more. And this year’s lineup is looking particularly focused on trance.
Lineup: Carbon Based Lifeforms, Shpongle, Highlight Tribe, Vlastur Band, Tsuyoshi Suzuki, James Monro, Fagin’s Reject, EZ3kiel
At Ozora, there’s so much to check out you won’t know where to start. There's the circus area with workshops and performances, the tea shack, the cooking grove where you can attend workshops or cook the food you took with you, and the fire space. We’re sure you can guess what goes down in the fire space. And we haven’t even touched on the lineup which is massive and packed with many genres including trance.
If you love other electronic genres as well as trance, Tomorrowland could be a life-changing experience. Tomorrowland is easily one of the biggest dance music festivals. In fact, it’s simply one of the biggest festivals period. After so many stellar lineups filled with the best in house and techno, trance, EDM, hardstyles, drum and bass and more, Tomorrowland has earned a place on top of most ravers' bucket lists. And for those who prefer cooler climates, there’s also a winter edition.
Find tickets for Tomorrowland 2022 - here / Find tickets for Tomorrowland Winter 2022 - here
Creamfields North is looking equally as mindblowing as it's sister festival, Creamfields South, with a gigantic lineup consisting of trance, house, techno, EDM and more. Easily the UK’s biggest electronic music gathering, Creamfields North will no doubt be a party to remember with exceptional production value, widely-adored artists and a crowd of electronic music fanatics. As a trance music fan, nothing is stopping you from checking out Creamfields South, too.
Find tickets for Creamfields North - here / Find tickets for Creamfields South - here
Lineup: Ace Ventura, Astrix, Braincell, Farebi Jalebi, Man With No Name, Tristan, Desert Dwellers
If psychedelic trance is your vibe, you’ll love Boom Festival. Over in sunny Portugal, Boom Festival, a transformation festival focused on sustainability, openness, psychedelic culture, art, peace, culture and love, takes place every two years. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has boomed (we’ll see ourselves out) in popularity with the 2018 edition welcoming guests from 147 countries.
“Another psychedelic trance festival?” you might be wondering. What can we say? Trance and psychedelia make a great pair. Indian Spirit Festival is an extravagant psytrance festival that’s now over 20 years old. ISF has a great reputation, delicious lineups and it's Germany’s largest psytrance fest. There’s lots to get up to besides dancing to tasty tunes such as workshops, yoga, and chill-out areas.
This psychedelic trance music festival goes down over in Spain every year for what the organisers describe as "seven days and seven nights of magic, nature, psychedelia and transformation". The team behind the festival’s decor use 3D objects, inflatables, artwork and more to create Transmission Festival's magical atmosphere. As a special party, the team makes new decorations every year, so there’s always something unique at each edition.
Now, Lost Minds might not have the production value of the rest on the list, but it’s got a killer lineup, a mix of genres including trance, EDM, tech, old school, hardstyles, big room and more, and it’s right on your doorstep. At least compared to all the international fests anyway. For one day, Leazes Park in Newcastle will transform into electronic music heaven with three stages, over 50 global acts and an afterparty to close the event properly. We’re down, are you?
There are so many amazing trance festivals in the UK, Europe and beyond, but these are some of the best. Which festival is more your vibe? The psychedelic and intimate Boom Festival, the massive, multi-genre bonanza Creamfields or are you thinking of holding fire for Tomorrowland Winter so you can rave and ski? No matter which you choose, we’re sure you’ll have the best time. See you on the dancefloor!
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.