Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition, Defected is set to return to Croatia this August, returning to The Garden, Tisno from Thursday 5 – Tuesday 10 August 2021 for six days of house on the Adriatic coast. Carl Craig, Floorplan, Louie Vega, Jamie 3:26 and Jaden Thompson, join 90 plus DJs and live acts performing with headliners including Armand Van Helden, Honey Dijon, Jayda G, Moodymann and Purple Disco Machine.
TRNSMT Festival and Edinburgh Summer Sessions make their return this summer with line-ups including Courteeners, Sam Fender, Primal Scream, Becky Hill, Dermot Kennedy, The Chemical Brothers, Tom Jones and much more.
Life in the Park launches in Brighton featuring Orbital, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Denis Sulta, Nightmares On Wax, Crazy P, Cinthie, Sally C, Cassy and more. To celebrate the hopeful return to normality, The Arch launch an open-air series of events which will land at Brighton Rugby Club, Waterhall, Brighton in June and July.
Camelphat recently announced their return to the city this summer for their biggest homecoming show to date, taking over Liverpool’s Pier Head on Friday 17 September. The Liverpool duo who have been working together for nearly two decades are possibly one of the few acts to have successfully straddled the mainstream and the underground.
Above & Beyond celebrate 450 episodes of their lradio show, Group Therapy, with a two-day outdoor festival in their hometown of London. This will be their first show with a live audience since lockdown began. The trio will be joined by rising acts and veterans from the band’s two record labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep. Saturday will feature a roster of upfront trance and progressive artists, while Sunday will celebrate the deeper, atmospheric sounds of Anjunadeep.
Creamfields today announced its festival has sold out in advance of making its return this summer, becoming its fastest selling show to date. Possible Covid restrictions allowing, the four-day festival which will be bringing together over 300 acts from the dance music spectrum, makes its return this August Bank Holiday weekend.
As the year draws to a close, Drumcode looks ahead to 2021 by recently announcing Drumcode Festival 2021 Malta, their first 4-day event from 16-19 September. Over 40+ artists from the Drumcode family and beyond will play the four-day event headlined by Adam Beyer, who will be joined by Richie Hawtin, Ben Klock, Maceo Plex and Chris Liebing, who’ll play alongside his collective of DC artists over eight stages.
On 31 December, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – a New Year’s Eve celebration, counting down to the start of 2021. This digital festival on the biggest night of the year will start at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world, giving people from all over the globe, from Fiji to Hawaii, from Tokyo to Santiago, an opportunity to end this year with a bang.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC), successfully hosted BMC20 Virtual last week, on the 1st and 2nd of October. All of the live streamed panel discussions, keynotes and artist interviews are all now available to watch back for free and on demand via the BMC website. After many changes to the program due to Government guidelines the BMC Team, put together a program that included many of the industry’s top DJs and artists, as well as leading businesses and professionals.
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) recently revealed its full ADE Pro online conference programme, featuring, among others, James Blake, Femi Kuti, Neneh Cherry, Robert Hood and Prof. Dr. Samantha Warren, alongside companies including Bandcamp, Beatport, Hipgnosis, Sony Playstation, SoundCloud, Ultra Records, UTA, VEVO, WME and many more.