Is it just us, or are you also desperately craving the sea-ocean-lake-whatever side now that the first rays of sunshine are finally tingling your skin? I know, I know, but just a beach is not enough. You also need music. And you know that. This is why you're here.
So how about sipping ice cold beers and cocktails with your besties all day, on a unicorn floaty while your favorite bands are playing live on an epic stage? Or dancing barefoot in the white sand, or cruising on a boat in picturesque landscapes while the best DJs are rocking the decks? - Yepp, that sounds exactly like something a party animal like you needs!
Don’t worry even for a second, there are plenty of jaw-dropping beach festivals that got you covered - here are our favorites!
Lost & Found
When: May 2 - 5, 2019
Where: St Paul's Bay, Malta
Why we LOVE it: BBC’s Annie Mac with 15+ years in the music industry definitely knows how to start the festival season in style! Breath-taking cliffs of Malta and the endless horizons of the Mediterranean Sea spice up the epic electronic lineup and parties that take over beach sides, pool sides, boats and even an ancient clifftop castle!
When: May 17 - 19, 2019
Where: Gulf Shores, United States
Why we LOVE it: having fun all day at the Gulf Shores, white sand under your feet, refreshing sea breeze in your hair, the world’s leading hip-hop, rock, pop and electronic artists on the stage - Hangout is just the perfect way to kick off this summer season.
Primavera Sound Barcelona
When: May 30 - June 1, 2019
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Why we LOVE it: Primavera Sound not only features the best musicians of indie pop, rock, and some electronic genres, but it’s the best place to discover some wildly talented underground artists too. This plus the fact that it takes place at the beach, in the heart of the iconic city of Barcelona makes Primavera Sound one of the hottest events of the summer!
When: July 1 - 5, 2019
Where: Novalja, Croatia
Why we LOVE it: Hideout is the perfect electronic music-infused summer getaway, taking over the gorgeous Adriatic coast. The coolest beach parties, pool parties and even boat parties with the top-notch DJ-s of house, drum and bass, trap and dubstep will make you dance all day here!
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When: July 3 - 7, 2019
Where: Zamardi, Hungary
Why we LOVE it: The festival with the highest rate of beautiful people per square feet, the most gorgeous sunsets and miraculous sunrises over the lake. Balaton sound is also one of the very few events in the world where you can party 0-24 without leaving the festival grounds, and where you can dance all day in the water overlooking the world’s best DJs rocking the main stage. – Balaton Sound we love you, more than you know! :)
When: July 12 - 14, 2019
Where: Split, Croatia
Why we LOVE it: What started in Miami a few months back continues at the stunning Croatian coastline: the world’s leading dance event with the biggest names of electronic music and the craziest visuals you’ve ever seen is taking over the majestic Split stadium, beaches, poolsides – even sailing boats and the fanciest yachts fill up with party people here!
The BPM Festival Portugal
When: September, 2019 (TBA)
Where: Portimão, Portugal
Why we LOVE it: The festival where even DJs and industry professionals go to have fun takes over various locations at the stunning coast of Portugal. The strong and loving community of BPM is all about the good vibes, and the love for the deeper sounds electronic music. – Sounds good? Come and enjoy the last majestic days of summer at BPM, this one never disappoints!
Groove Cruise Cabo
When: October, 2019 (TBA)
Where: San Diego, United States
Why we LOVE it: Confession: Groove Cruise is not a beach festival. It’s the world’s largest floating dance music festival, that takes party people from the always sunny San Diego all the way to the gorgeous beaches of Mexico. Party here, party there and all the way by the pool with DJs from the top of the charts!
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When: December 7 - 13, 2018
Where: Malolo Lailai, Fiji
Why we LOVE it: If there is heaven on Earth for music lovers, it’s without doubt, Your Paradise. Picture this: white sandy beaches, palm trees and the most beautiful turquoise waters of the South Pacific you’ll ever see – all this plus the biggest names of EDM. This festival should come with a warning label: “Highly addictive and intoxicating”.
When: January 5 - 9, 2019 | January 9 - 12, 2019
Where: Port Canaveral, United States
Why we LOVE it: Imagine the most epic music festival, with the best DJs of EDM and the craziest people you can gather together in one place - most of them in mad costumes. Got the picture? Now put this all on a Caribbean cruise that takes them to not one but several of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. - “Holy Sh**” you might say, and you’ll be most certainly right!
When: February 15 - 16, 2019
Where: George Town, Cayman Islands
Why we LOVE it: “The adult escape to appeal to all five of your senses” was created by music lovers for music lovers. Leave the cold winter behind and immerse in the unique experience that is KAABOO: outstanding live music, comedy that’ll leave tears of joy in your eyes, finger-licking gourmet cuisine and inspiring art!
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When: March 13 - 17, 2019
Where: Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
Why we LOVE it: One of the most exquisite musical experiences in the world – and I don’t just mean the astonishing location that is Saint Martin, or the always amazing electronic lineup. SXM will change your definition of festivals with its glamorous vibe and leave you speechless!
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Written by Monika Tudja
Monika fell in love with live music and festivals when she was 16, and she didn't stop loving and attending them ever since. She is passionate about singers with raspy voices, electronic music, and this site here that she co-founded so you guys can explore the best music festivals around the globe.