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The Best Psytrance Festivals in the World (2018 edition)

Are you searching for that ultimate psychedelic trance festival experience?




Are you searching for that ultimate psychedelic trance festival experience?

If you’re an avid fan of psychedelic trance, you might not second guess hopping on a plane to visit several psytrance festivals ranging from the intimate to the monstrous.

Jaw-dropping decor, next-level backdrops, well-crafted lineups, perfect weather, old and new friends – there are many reasons why one would want to party abroad!

Here’s a selection of some of our favourite psytrance festivals around the world.


Origin Festival

Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: January/February Annually

The first major festival of the year taking place at the tip of Africa, presented by the people of Nano Records and Good Time Events, who also produced Earthdance Cape Town until recently.

Origin Festival is one of the largest festivals in South Africa and boasts two dance floors (psytrance, techno, house, ambient) and a wide variety of visionary arts over two nights and three days.

Nestled in the mountains of the Helderstroom, Origin showcases Cape Town’s beautiful landscapes.



Rainbow Serpent Festival 2018

Where: Victoria, Australia
When: January Annually

The Ozzie doof falls over Australia Day long weekend and features a variety of electronic music, art installations, workshops and attractions. Did you know, in Australia there are more kangaroos than people?



Hill Top Festival 2018

Where: Goa, India
When: February Annually

The Indian psychedelic scene is thriving and Hill Top has been in the mix for 5 years.

Hill Top Festival is known to be one of the best psytrance trance festival experiences in Goa, so head on down to Vagator.

You’ll also get to party on the beaches of Goa to some psychedelic trance. Did you know, Goa has over 7000 bars?



Earth Frequency Festival 2018

Where: Queensland, Australia
When: February

Combining elements of ‘transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival’, Earth Frequency turned 10 in 2015.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.

Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.



DOOF Festival 2018

Where: Israel
When: Starts 2018-04-05

The Doof Project was born back as an underground party organization in 1996 with the formation of their label, Doof Records, coming later in 2002.

Now veterans of the scene, the Doof Festival has taken place since 2004 and from their early 1 day parties it has grown to 3 days and 4 nights. Did you know, Israel is only about 20,000 km²?



Festival Ometeotl 2018

Where: Mexico
When: Starts 2018-03-23

Mexico, the land where chocolate, chillies and corn where discovered! Named after Aztec gods Ometecuhtli and Omecihua, Ometeotl looks like a great psychedelic festival in a field of grass, hosting thousands of Mexicans and international guests. Have a tequila for us!



Respect Festival 2018

Where: Brazil
When: Starts 2018-03-29

Respect has helped shaped the psychedelic scene in Brazil for 10 years with over 18 parties during that time. Taking place in the Boqueirão Sul – Ilha Comprida, this is a beach party you don’t want to miss!

Did you know, Brazil supplies around 1/3rd of the world’s coffee?



Burning Mountain Festival 2018

Where: Switzerland
When: Starts 2018-06-27

The unique location lies in the Engadin Valley of the Swiss Alps, one of the highest inhabited valleys of Europe, home to 1000 people. Following the end of the ice age, an 80 kilometre long valley opened up in the modern swiss canton of Graubünden, at a height of 1,800 metres above sea level.



Shankra Festival 2018

Where: Switzerland
When: 2018-07-10

An incredible setting in Lostallo (Graubunden) featuring monstrous mountains covered in snow and trees. Did you know, Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world?



Noisily Festival Of Music & Arts 2018

Where: UK
When: Starts 2018-07-05

Set deep in the rolling hills of Leicestershire at the heart of rural England, Noisily Festival of Electronic Music and Arts lies in one of the most beautiful wooded valleys in the country.

Totally contained amongst the trees creating a safe haven where hedonism and escapism can flourish and thrive, Noisily Festival 2018 will play host to some of the most exciting musical talent from the UK and abroad, along with a plethora of performance, innovative installations and mind bending visual arts.



Antaris Project 2018

Where: Germany
When: Starts 2018-07-13

Celebrating 21 years, Antaris Projekt (Against War! For Friendship, Peace and Freedom) is one of the earlier parties in the [German] season and is known to be a welcoming environment for the whole family and foreign visitors. Did you know, Germany is Europe’s second largest beer drinking country!



Freqs of Nature 2018

Where: Germany
When: Starts 2018-07-04

Formed by ex-Full Moon crew, Freqs has billed themselves a ‘experimental arts and music’ festival. Although not strictly a trance festival, this will definitely provide a different experience from the other German festivals.



One Love Festival 2018

Where: Switzerland
When: Starts 2018-07-04

Newcomer One Love takes place in the Swiss Alps, near the town of Filisur. Our reviewer, Troy, described the venue as a ‘timber mill plant next to an ice like clear river’.



S.U.N Festival 2018

Where: Hungary
When: Starts 2018-07-19

The first edition of the young S.U.N (Solar United Natives) Festival took place in 2013 after a number of the Ozora team decided to split up. Did you know, Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe!



Summer Never Ends Festival 2018

Where: Switzerland
When: July/August Annually

The idea was sparked a decade ago – a psychedelic wonderland featuring four dance floors, an art exhibition, various workshops and more. 10 000 people partying in the Swiss Alps.



Eclipse Festival 2018

Where: Canada
When: Starts 2018-07-26

The weekend-long festival is held in Quebec, Canada every second year. The first outdoor edition of the party was in 2003. Did you know, Canada is the largest consumer of mac n cheese? They love that stuff.



Groove Attack / Solaris Project parties

Where: Israel
When: Different Dates Throughout The Year

Groove Attack celebrated its 4th year of its signature Neverland Festival, Solaris Project’s has numerous parties throughout the year and their joint Atmosphere Festival are all worth checking out if you’re ever in the Middle East.



Unity Festival

Where: Israel
When: Different Dates Throughout The Year

The Dead Sea is known to be the lowest point in the world and features extremely salty water you can float on. Sounds like a great place to a pack a couple thousand trance lovers, right?



Lost Theory Festival 2018

Where: Croatia
When: Starts 2018-07-12

Lost Theory Festival has taken place in Deringaj, nearby Gracac, for the last 3 years. Given that Croatia has become a hot place for tourists to visit, it’s no surprise even the psytrance and high-tech lovers come to fill up the 5 different dance floors at Lost Theory.



Momento Demento (MoDem) Festival 2018

Where: Croatia
When: Starts 2018-08-06

Momento Demento or Mo:dem Festival takes place near the town of Slunj. The festival is a week long dedicated to ecology, with the venue featuring much of Croatia’s natural eye-candy including 18th century windmills and waterfalls.



Hadra Trance Festival

Where: France
When: August Annually

Hadra was started in 2001 by a small group of electronic music lovers. In 2017 Hadra Trance Festival celebrated it’s 10th edition. The French festivals draws a crowd from throughout Europe and attendance numbers top over 10 000 people.



Free Earth Festival 2018

Where: Greece
When: Starts 2018-08-23

Although the Greek festival skipped 2015, Free Earth will has continued to grow on a new beach, topping over 3000 attendees at their latest edition. Did you know, Greece is the sunniest country in Europe?



Ozora Festival 2018

Where: Hungary
When: Starts 2018-07-30

Ozora is a village in Tolna County, Hungary. But it also happens to be the name and location of the decade old festival O.Z.O.R.A. The Hungarian festival  is no doubt on any avid psychedelic travelers bucketlist alongside the biennial Boom Festival.



Psy-Fi Festival 2018

Where: Netherlands
When: Starts 2018-08-15

A unique playground of several beaches and islands that host numerous stages and two different camping sites (in the forest or by the lakeside), it’s hard to give this one a miss if you’re in Europe.

Plus, the thought of hitting some Amsterdam coffee shops afterwards tickles our fancy!



Freedom Festival

Where: Portugal
When: August Annually

In 2015 Freedom Festival celebrated its 10 year anniversary, alternating with Boom’s year. Although Freedom Festival is not as popular as Boom Festival, it still draws crowds of up to 45 000.



Boom Festival 2018

Where: Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal
When: Starts 2018-07-22

Boom Festival is considered the ‘holy grail’ of psychedelic trance parties.

Since 1997, the biennial festival takes place in Portugal, featuring musical performances across five stages, lectures, films, workshops and several visual art exhibitions.

The main Dance Temple on its own supports a crowd of 15 000 people, with the whole  psychedelic lovers from across the globe. Boom Festival 2018 is bound to be an experience, if you’ve already got a ticket!



VuuV Festival 2018

Where: Germany
When: Starts 2018-03-17

VuuV Festival (fomerly VooV) is one of the oldest and biggest of the German parties dating back to 1992, with attendance numbers ranging from 10 to 20 thousand. After a slight break from the scene, the annual festival returned in 2014.




Alien Safari Sprung

 Where: Cape Town, South Africa

When: September Annually

Alien Safari is one of South Africa’s oldest promoters, with over 25 years of experience. Their annual event, Alien Safari Sprung, takes place in September, at the start of the outdoor season (when the months are warmer in Cape Town).

This event takes place on a stunning beach nearby Cape Town, providing the perfect landscape for an outdoor.



Indian Spirit Festival 2018

Where: Germany
When: Starts 2018-08-30

Indian Spirit Festival started out as a small party in 2007 and has grown strong in recent years. Indian Spirit is held at the start of September, much later than the other German parties listed.



Mandallah Festival

Where: Brazil
When: Different times

The 10 year old South American party takes place in Andradas, known as Land of Wine. A relatively small party, Mandallah has become well known for their laid back environment.



Insomnia Festival

Where: Portugal
When: September Annually

The 3 year old party takes place in a forest near the capital of Lisbon. Did you know, the Portuguese are responsible for inventing the Piri Piri Sauce?



Earthcore Festival 2018

Where: Victoria, Australia
When: November annually

Australian bush doof Earthcore has hosted numerous outdoor festivals, weekly club nights, warehouse parties and raves over the years.

In 2008 Earthcore went on hiatus and returned in 2013 for their 20 year anniversary.



Vortex Open Source 2018

Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: December Annually

The 4 night, 5 day festival takes place in the mystical land of the Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend. Expect some long journey sets from old school legends local and international legends amongst a very natural, forest setting.



Universo Paralello (UP15) Festival 2018

Where: Brazil
When: Over New Years Annually

The large outdoor festival starts few days before New Years Eve and ends few days later into the new year, on a stunning location at Praia de Pratigi, a hidden oasis on the Southern beaches of Bahia, Brazil. The weather is hot and humid, as you can expect on a beach in the height of the Brazilian summer.



The Experience Festival

Where: Thailand
When: Over NYE

Situated on the island of Ko Tao in Thailand, Experience Festival is hosted in an known for and snorkeling, as well as hiking, rock climbing and bouldering. Did you know, Bangkok is the world’s most visited city.