It's been a tough year. Our lives have been put on hold in lots of ways, and for some, it's been a lot worse. It's not with reluctance that we've isolated ourselves, dawned our face masks, and accepted the cancelation of holidays and festivals we've been looking forward to for months. We understand the need to work collectively to control the pandemic and save lives.
But now that most places globally have past-the-peak and the world is beginning to awaken once again, we can permit ourselves to poke our heads outside to see what is happening. Many of our beloved music festivals took the wise decision to cancel or postpone their events until next year. There is so much organization that goes into a major music festival. With so much uncertainty regarding the progress of the pandemic, it was generally deemed shrewd and responsible to shut them down.
But not all EDM Festivals suffered this unfortunate fate. Luckily, some fell later in the year or were able to be postponed until their particular economies opened up - sooner in some cases. Other festivals have switched to an online, digital platform so that festival-goers don't miss out.
The BPM Festival is a global underground electronic music festival that regularly changes its location. If you followed the BPM festival annually, you would have experienced some fantastic places in Hungry, Portugal, and Mexico. This year it is descending on the mediteranean island of Malta, known for its year-round sunshine and azure waters. The festival brings together quality underground electronic music artists in stunning locations.
Perhaps its ability to change location has proved beneficial this year with so many obstacles to overcome. Italy was one of the worst affected European countries by the pandemic early on, and now it is one of the first to open back up. BPM Festival in Malta arrives at a good time in the right place it seems. Buy your tickets for the three-day event that takes place between 11-13 of September for an electronic music gathering that you won't forget.
Shambhala At Home
Many will have been disappointed to hear that the annual Shambhala Festival at Salmo River Ranch was to be canceled. Many Shambhala festival-goers have made the festival their annual summer home over the years, allowing the rich tapestry of vibes to energize them throughout the year. The good news is that tickets are still valid for future festivals across the next three years and the organizers have set up a digital platform where revellers can still enjoy the music and spirit of the event.
Shambhala At Home seeks to continue the magic of the Shambhala festival online. For more than two decades, the Shambhala festival has been groundbreaking. It has always sought to evolve with the times and be a backdrop for an unparalleled experience. The cancelation of this years' event at the ranch, though unprecedented, does not mean that guests can't still enjoy the magic and synchronicity of the music.
Mutek festival is a gathering of serious digital creatives interested in bringing together the best in digital creativity, sound, music, and audio-visual art. The festival intends to provide a platform for original creativity and a journey of discovery for its global audience. Since its founding in 2000, the festival has distinguished itself from other electronic festivals with its new outlook that doesn't ignore the playful side of creative technologies.
Located in Montreal, Canada, Mutek festival is a not-for-profit organization. It showcases talent old and new from across the globe but a particular focus on North American artists. It is an open and inviting festival environment with many opportunities to meet and discuss artistic tastes and industry developments. Over the years Mutek festival has evolved to include a sphere of activities that go beyond the core festival. These include showcases, tours, international editions of the festival, and a record label. Perhaps because of its location in Montreal and the timing of the event, the Mutek festival is still scheduled for September 8-11, 2020.
Tomorrowland is one of the biggest and most popular EDM festivals in central Europe. During regular times it takes place in Boom and Antwerp in Belgium, but in 2020 it has relocated online. In light of unavoidable cancelations and postponements to all large outdoor gatherings in 2020 Tomorrowland recently announced an alternative. Their event called 'Around The World' will take place online and continues the theme of the planned festival - The Reflection Of Love.
A new countdown to the event has begun which will take place across two days on July 25th and 26th, 2020. There is a lot to look forward to. A new location, multiple stages are showcasing some of the world's biggest names in electronic dance music. There is also the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects to enjoy. While not quite the same as fixing up a tent and stomping on the dusty earth, Tomorrowland's' digital festival does offer a chance to experience a global EDM festival in a new way.
Panama Open Air Festival
Panama Open Air is an outdoor electronic music festival held in Bonn, Germany. Ir is one of few outdoor electronic music events still going ahead this year. It has not been canceled or postponed. The festival is set to take place across three days from the 4th to the 6th 2020.
The festival is located in central Germany, making it easier to travel to. It unfolds across the flowing riverbanks within the city of Bonn blending a tribal vibe with a more cosmopolitan feel. The festival features both techno and house music's most respected names. Recent headliners have included Nicky Romero, Stephan Bodzin, Boris Brejcha, Oliver Heldens, Charlotte de Witte, and Lost Frequencies, with plenty of similarly renowned artists expected for the 2020 edition.
But music is not the only reason that 20,000 people flock to the Open Air Festival every year. There is a range of wellness activities, meditation, yoga, workshops, and excellent food stalls everywhere.