2015 is right around the corner, and if you're like me, you're already busy thinking of all the different shows, festivals, and boat cruises you could be on. To make your planning a little bit easier, we have pulled together the top EDM events in the USA (and some abroad!) so that you will have something epic for every month of 2015. Without further ado:
January – Holy Ship
If you haven't already purchased your Holy Ship tickets, your only chance is probably trolling ticket boards of facebook and craigslist – Holy Ship 2015 sold out months ago. In fact they sold out within 48 hours of being offered. If you've taken a cruise before, you might also notice that the pricing for Holy Ship is totally reasonable – definitely cheaper than your average cruise to the Bahamas with your grandma. We think they will probably go up on ticket prices, but even if they charged double it would still be worth it.
Afterall, spending a few days on a gorgeous cruise ship in the Carribbean, getting to do yoga next to your favorite DJ, is probably one of the most fantastic atmospheres that one could experience EDM in. So if you're too late this year … keep alert and get onboard in 2016, and check out the BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen (Mexico) instead.
February – individual shows everywhere
Take a break from fest raiding to enjoy some of the fantastic shows scheduled in February. There's Above and Beyond in LA, Excision in Texas, as well as Datsik in Cleveland, Odesza in Colorado, and RL Grime in Oklahoma. You might also check out Rave of Thrones, which is playing in various cities in February.
March – Ultra Music Festival, Miami
Pack your swimwear and nothing else for Ultra Music Festival 2015 in Miami – you'll sip tropical drinks in the pool while feeling the beat of the bass. You can check out the lineup and get tickets here, but as a warning, they are almost sold out. If you miss out on Ultra, you could always consider SXSW.
April – Coachella, Indio California
Confession: I don't even know where Indio is. But my fellow fest raiders swear that Coachella is one of the most chill atmospheres they've ever experienced. It has a diverse lineup, with everyone from Adventure Club to Zedd, including many non-EDM acts (like Kanye West and Arcade Fire, Muse, Disclosure, etc). It's high on our list of must sees. Coachella 2015 tickets aren't on sale yet, so there's still time for you to plan and save up.
May – Mysteryland USA, Bethel Woods New York
Held on the sacred grounds of Woodstock 1969, Mysteryland will be a festival that even your grandchildren will one day hear about. Surrounded by lush rolling hills and farm land, fest raiders to Mysteryland 2015 camp together and rage together. We love the reasonably priced premium bohemian lodge tents with real beds – so worth it!
June – Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas
Tickets are selling out fast, so if you're interested in going to what is called the best EDM event worldwide, now is the time to start planning. There are EDC events in other cities of course, but none of them even come close to the energy, love, setup, and music at EDCLV. It is an absolute once in a lifetime experience and totally worth the cost. If you miss out on EDCLV, you might also want to scope out Electric Forest, which gets rave reviews from our staff.
July – Tomorrowland, Belgium
If you've been waiting for an EDM event abroad, this is The One. Perhaps the basis for all edm festivals in the US, its been 10 years of attractive accents and general euro wildness. House music fans will feel they've found heaven, as Tomorrowland 2015 caters not to ‘the drop!' and bros drunkenly screaming, but melodic, pulsing beats and chill vibes. On your way there you can check out Brussels or Amsterdam, and fly in an exclusive Tomorrowland plane.
August – Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada
One of the most unique festivals in the world, Burning Man is a rugged adventure and your chance to live as a desert nomad/bedouin for a few weeks. Things to bring: sunscreen. water. more sunscreen. And things that keep sun off you, like hats and umbrellas. Also, maybe, a go cart, wagon, food, tent, knives, fire, and your unquenchable spirit and never say die attitude. Burning Man tickets are not yet on sale.
September – TomorrowWorld, Georgia
People in the southern United States can rejoice that there are a growing number of fantastic festivals that aren't too far to drive to, and yet aren't in Florida. This camping festival is an experience like no other. We loved our TomorrowWorld experience in 2014, and can't wait to return. TommorrowWorld 2015 Tickets are already on sale, and while the lineup isn't yet posted, we feel confident it will be amazing.
October – The Groove Cruise, Los Angeles
Sail away toward Mexico with several thousand other edm fans on a beautiful cruise ship with the LA Groove Cruise 2015. Called the #1 place to get your groove on by the travel channel, it is sure to be an exciting trip. Pre-sale tickets are up on their website, requiring a deposit of $200.
November – HARD Day of the Dead, LA
Held over the weekend of Halloween, Hardfest, also known as Hard Day of the Dead, is an fright filled extravaganza, and one of our favorite festivals all year because of how different it is from the typical neon plur of the edm scene.
December – Snowglobe Festival 2015, Lake Tahoe
You've made it through 11 months of edm madness. For your final festival of the year, we're recommending you spend at least one weekend this December surrounded by wilderness, shredding through snow, and watching top EDM acts light up the beautiful night sky in Lake Tahoe. Snowglobe Festival is certainly different than any other festival on this list, and will wrap up your edm adventures for 2015.