With the world finally opening up now, festivals are making their return in style. 

We’re excited to share with you a selection of the best winter festivals you can escape to this year as well as the next.  

From Portugal, to Mexico there really is a lot on offer for those looking to get away this autumn and winter. 

Cult Excape

Location: Maldives

Dates: 29th – 31st October

Tickets: https://www.cultexcape.com/ 

An all new boutique event brings world-class DJs to an idyllic location in the Indian Ocean this Halloween.

For a few unforgettable days, this boutique festival invites you to escape from everyday life and sink deep into two luxury resorts in the Indian Ocean. Travel, music and culture will all collide in a tropical paradise at Cult Excape Maldives from October 29th to November 1st 2021.

Featuring non-stop entertainment and music from international headliner Flashmob plus Saudi Arabian talents BRK, RDJ, supporting DJs from the UK Adam Cotier and Lito, plus DYD from the Maldives, there is an array of world-class restaurants, bars, cafes, rich marina culture and much more, Cult Excape Maldives will be the holiday of a lifetime. 

Lineup: Flashmob, BRK, RDJ, Adam Cotier, Lito, DYD

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Luna Obscura

Location: Rancho El Tinieblo, Mexico

Date: October 7-10, 2021

Tickets: http://www.lunaobscura.com.mx/

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Brand New Festival Luna Obscura Announces Debut at the world-renowned mezcal farm, Rancho El Tinieblo in Mexico. The 1st edition will feature Nick Warren, Oliver Koletzki, Township Rebellion, Armen Miran, Dastan, Sam Shure and many special guests

Luna Obscura takes place on the famous working Rancho El Tinieblo, ​offering a truly authentic Mexican experience. This breathtaking setting is home to the world-renowned mezcal brand and will feature an outstanding lineup across two stages hosted by revered labels in The Soundgarden and Stil Vor Talent including Nick Warren, Oliver Koletzki, Township Rebellion, Armen Miran, Dastan, Sam Shure and many special guests. Tickets start at 750USD and are inclusive of event access, all activities, food, nonalcoholic beverages, accommodations, and transportation to and from Monterrey. 

Lineup: Nick Warren, Oliver Koletzki, Township Rebellion, Armen Miran, Dastan, Sam Shure

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Unbøund

Location: San José Del Cabo, Mexico

Dates: October 7-10, 2021

Tickets: http://weareunbound.com/

Unbøund Debuts on Exotic Mexico Beach in Baja w/ Sabo & Goldcap, Sainte Vie (Live), YokoO & More. San José Del Cabo boasts rich local culture and will host day and night parties in various unique locations 

Unbøund Baja is an escapist festival paradise that connects people through music, wellness and cultural immersion. The stunning resort will become a center to explore yourself, heal yourself and dance away the nights and days with music from Sabo & Goldcap, Sainte Vie (Live), YokoO, Gab Rhome, Hoj, Kora, Parallells, The Scumfrog, Baha.. Head to weareunbound.com for further information. 

The first of many intimate gatherings to come is in San José Del Cabo, Mexico for four days and nights this October. The festival offers a chance to immerse yourself in an endless adventure. Where the blue waters of the Sea of Cortez meet the sunset-tainted colors of the desert, in breathtaking open-air locations, on the boutique grounds of Hotel El Ganzo.

Lineup: Sabo & Goldcap, Sainte Vie, YokoO, Gab Rhome, Hoj, Kora, Parallels, The Scumfrog, Baham, Holder, Issac Soto, Itai, Just Emma, Yøu&I

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Moga Festival

Location: Costa da Caparica, Portugal

Date: October 6-10, 2021

Tickets: https://caparica.mogafestival.com/

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MOGA Caparica Festival Debuts in Portugal with DJ Tennis, Behrouz, Maher Daniel, Birds of Mind and more

The much anticipated new edition of MOGA Festival will feature world-class DJs Behrouz, Birds Of Mind, Cc:Disco!, Daox, DJ Tennis, Gusta-vo, Gescu B2B Maher Daniel, Matthew Dekay, Mr. Id and more from the 6th to the 10th of October 2021. This year it takes place in Costa da Caparica, Portugal rather than the usual location of Essaouira, but still allows all dreamers and dancers to be reunited under another Atlantic skyline with endless wellness and music to make for an immersive experience. 

Since its creation in Essaouira in 2016, the spirit of MOGA Festival has been deeply inked by nomadism, curiosity, and discoveries. As a matter of fact, Essaouira was once named Mogador by the Portuguese and as a reminder of this ancient history, Morocco and Portugal decided that the cities of Essaouira and Caparica in Almada would become sister-lands. It was obvious that this year that connection had to be explored. 

Lineup: DJ Tennis, Behrouz, Daox, Birds of Mind, Cc:Disco!, Matthew Dekay Gusta-vo, Gescu b2b Maher Daniel and more

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Timewarp NYC

Location: Brand New Brooklyn Venue, NYC

Dates: November 19-20

Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/8KpHbxxM0ib 

Time Warp announces 2021 USA Lineup, Returning to New York City November 19-20 at Brand New Brooklyn Venue.

Continuing its legacy as what the New York Times referred to as a “pilgrimage event on the global techno calendar,” Time Warp today, in partnership with long-term NYC collaborators Teksupport, announced the bill for its return to New York this Fall, following a two year hiatus. its new Brooklyn location will play host to two days of audiovisual technical immersion soundtracked by some of house and techno’s top talent. 

Lineup: Âme, Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos b2b Craig Richards, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler b2b Special Guest, KiNK (live), Stephan Bodzin (live), Adriatique, Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann, Paula Temple, Pan-Pot, Kobosil, Reinier Zonneveld (live), DESNA, Avision, mink b2b O.BEE, and Shahar

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MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dates: December 16-19th

Tickets: mdlbeast.com

MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM announce initial line up for their festival – Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Deadmau5, DJ Snake, Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Sven Väth to headline.

Hosted in Riyadh between December 16-19, SOUNDSTORM will feature a world-leading international music line-up with more than 150 global superstar headliners and international dance acts performing alongside local and regional talent. Electrifying over 500,000 revellers at what is one of the region’s most unique entertainment experiences will be international artists Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Deadmau5, DJ Snake, Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner,  Tiësto, and Steve Aoki, in addition to Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Sven Väth as well as homegrown regional artists including Anmarz, Cosmicat, Spaceboi, and Zone+ with many more announced in the countdown to the festival.

Lineup: Includes: Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Nina Kraviz, Sven Vath, Amelie Lens, Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Jeff Mills

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Art With Me Festival

Location: Miami

Dates: 26-28 November

Tickets: http://tixr.com/pr/AWMFEST/28599 

Art With Me Combines Music, Art and Wellness With Stunning Debut Festival in Miami

Escape the mundane and immerse yourself in the inspirational universe of Art With Me, an immersive festival that combines art, music, workshops, wellness and cultural experiences into a multi-day journey to inspire change through impactful creative encounters. This year the full festival experience and six associated pillars are coming to Miami for the first time ever this November 26th to 28th, 2021 with cutting edge names from the art world as well as world-class soundtracks from headline musicians, live acts and DJs

Lineup: Sublime With Rome, Lee Burridge Presenting All Day I Dream, Cultura Profética, Tycho:ISO50, Behrouz, Rodriguez Jr. (live) and more

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Rakastella Festival

Location: Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami

Dates: 4th December

Tickets: https://www.ticketfairy.com/event/rakastella2021/ 

 Life and Death and Innervisions’s collaborative party Rakastella is all about love – love for music, love for one another and love for exotic locations.

Expect diverse and eclectic musical thrills, special sunset moments and breathtaking vistas at the historic and picturesque Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami. Rakastella’s unforgettable 2019 edition left people wanting more. It set a new benchmark for eco-friendly musical experiences, and now it returns with another thoughtful lineup that covers both established international greats with vital emerging newcomers from all manners of diverse backgrounds. 

Lineup: Âme, Anfisa Letyago, Ash Lauryn, Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO, Dixon, Eris Drew & Octo Octa, Jayda G, DJ Harvey, DJ Holographic, Jimi Jules, DJ Minx, DJ Tennis and more

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Ocasa Festival

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Dates: 6th-11th January

Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/ocasofestival

The authentic mix of adventure and rich cultural escape will be offered at the cultural hotbed of Tamarindo Playa while listening to some of your favorite House and Techno artists during the day and night.

Iconic sets that soundtrack a flame-red sun as it rises from the horizon. Intimate parties in a steamy jungle amphitheatre surrounded by deep greens and hanging vines. Afternoon dances around a glistening pool in the hot sun… Welcome to Ocaso, one of the most revered and soul-enriching festivals in the world. Having worked closely with the Ministerio De Salud in Costa Rica to meet all possible health and safety regulations, this stunning festival will mark its fifth anniversary with a series of extra special surprises from January 6th to 11th 2022, across indoor and outdoor venues like nothing you have ever experienced before. 

Lineup: Amelie Lens, Seth Troxler, Doc Martin, Seth Troxler, Hot Since 82, Lauren Lane, Adriatique, Colyn and more

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Envision Festival

Dates: February 21st – 28th February, 2022

Location: Uvita, Costa Rica

Tickets: https://www.envisionfestival.com/ 

Envision Festival announces return to Costa Rica in 2022. Experience a new future at idyllic 11th edition of the event

As we all daydream of mystical beaches, magical experiences, and those metamorphic dance floor moments, the Envision team is on a mission; to make the 2022 return of their carefully crafted festival more permanent and impactful than ever before. Their Official 2022 Trailer​ has been doing the rounds and gives an incredible insight for what to expect. Ultimately, it features mind-blowing footage from the widely hailed 10-Year Anniversary event, one of the last festivals to take place in 2020, this video is an astonishing invitation to join the 11th edition of the experience, and it’s spectacular craftsmanship will leave viewers envisioning a new future.

Lineup: TBC

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Groove Cruise

Dates: Jan 20th – 24th

Location: Orlando – Haiti

TicketsGrooveCruise.com/Orlando

Hype is rising around the first floating dance music festival to return with a massive lineup revealed; details released include Headliners, Supporting Acts, Stage Hosts, Artist-Fan Activities, and more. On sale now at GrooveCruise.com/Orlando.

Headlining talent includes Gorgon City, Sofi Tukker, Markus Schulz, Claude VonStroke, Ferry Corsten, Jeffrey Sutorius, and CloZee. Dirtybird, Coldharbour, Odyzey, Day Life, Rules Don’t Apply, Born, Carnival, and Incorrect will represent the artist hosted stages for this international party to and from the Caribbean Sea. The universe also called well-known names John Summit, Dombresky, MitiS, Walker & Royce, Barclay Crenshaw, and many more into orbit.

Lineup: TBC

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SXM Festival

Location: Happy Bay, St Martin

Dates: March 9th – 13th

Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/652881332666330

A 5-day and 5-night tropical techno escape. Experience the island paradise of St Martin in the Caribbean as you party in secluded beaches, lush jungle, stunning villas, boats and beach clubs – from sunrise to sunset to sunrise again.

Previous guests have included Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Ricardo Villalobos, Blondish and many more.

It is with firm dedication that we curate the scene’s most epic house and techno experience. From superstars to emerging talent, the lineup of over 80 international DJs will mesmerize and surprise you. This is the true culmination of forward-thinking electronic music innovators from around the world.

Lineup: TBC