Usually, we will wait to talk about summer festivals and festival outfits until all Psylo's festival markets are all booked. This year, we thought - “why wait?!” After all, making plans for exciting summer adventures is one of the best cures for the classic “winter blues”. And anyway, it’s never too early to talk about festivals, music and fun plans.
Of course, there are +100s more amazing events happening around our world, so this list does not pretend to cover them all. Instead, it highlights some of the best events happening in our scene. This list includes events where you can expect to find the Psylo festival stall this summer. Plus few from our wish list. Those that “if we could, we would” ;)
A great party where spirit, land, art and music come together. Ometeotl is an artistic, ecological and cultural heritage gathering. It also gives a special place to chill out music as well, not a very common thing in the Mexican trance scene.
Since 2006, this music and art festival takes place in California annually. Promoting sustainability, social cohesion, and creative expression by mixing music, art, and culture. It won the "Outstanding Award" from A Greener Festival annually between 2011 to 2014 and was nominated for Festival of the Year 2017 at the Electronic Music Awards.
The biggest gothic gathering in the world offering a variety of all-night dance club parties, dark, medieval and gothic fairs, cultural exhibitions and performances, themed picnics, and so much more, spread across dozens of venues in Leipzig. WGT is not to be missed by dark-culture lovers. Spoiler: expect to find the Psylo stall at the Agra Market Hall.
Dating back to 1997, this counterculture music and art festival celebrates all styles of the underground electronic music scene and various more styles. It is a space for people to free their minds and share the love for music and art that connects different scenes and minds.
Rooted in underground electronic music, Noisily is the best UK party in the woods. It is a family forged in a holistic environment which feeds the mind, body and soul. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Noisily is also upgrading its site. So expect a new forest to explore.
Bass Coast Festival is an independent international exhibition of electronic music and art. It is a thoughtfully curated boutique music and arts festival and a safe and inclusive experience, with a global reputation for showcasing innovative international talent and providing a springboard for Canadian artists.
Boom is a transformational, multidisciplinary, psychedelic and sustainable festival. It’s a global celebration of alternative culture which usually happens every two years. This year’s edition is themed “Radical Love” and will take place on Boomland during the waxing crescent moon. It's also one of the gatherings regularly on the Psylo summer festivals tour. Catch up on the previous edition by reading our article about Boom Festival 2022 Highlights.
Amphi is an alternative, electronic and dark music festival in Cologne. Catering not only to a wide range of tastes, from electro and future pop to medieval rock and gothic rock, there are also discos, readings and theatre productions.
Since the first edition back in 1999 eclipse gathering, it has been on top of the list of magical playgrounds, and one of Psylo's faves. The music spectrum covers everything psy - psytrance, ambient, techno, dub, acoustic, electronic, and more. One of the largest psychedelic trance festivals in Europe, O.Z.O.R.A’s dancefloor is an experience that will blow your mind.
Nestled within a magical oak forest alongside a cleared water lake, Garbicz is a non-commercial ecological music & arts festival. Celebrating its stunning natural scenery, enchanting lighting productions, and the creme de la creme of underground electronic music.
Underground psychedelic sounds combined with cutting-edge visual and experimental art, and always pushing the boundaries of technical production is what makes Mo:Dem the unforgettable psy experience. This year, Zenon Records will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Swamp stage. Yummy!
Boomtown offers its audience an immersive, theatrically-led experience with hundreds of actors bringing the film-like street sets to life. From mindblowing main stages to enchanting street venues, Boomtown's fully themed districts vibrate night and day to a soundtrack exploring everything from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco, via electro-swing, jazz, bluegrass, bass, jungle and techno. Winners for best production at the UK Festival Awards 2022 and Best Festival of 2022 at the Drum ‘n’ Bass Arena. this year’s Boom Town Fair’s chapter 2 the Twin Trail.
In German, ‘waldfrieden’ means “forest peace”, so expect a magical fairytale playground. One of the oldest psytrance festivals in the world, it's one of Psylo's favourites. This edition will be celebrating Waldfrieden’s 25th (!!) anniversary, so expect it to be special.
Shambala is anti-corporate, independent, & environmentally pioneering. It’s a playground for all ages, a space to play, reinvent, revitalise, and return to the world fuelled-up on the beauty of being alive. This year’s edition celebrates 20 years of Adventures In Utopia and is guaranteed to be a special one.
Gearing up for your playa adventure and looking for outfit inspo? Check out our guide: Burning Man Outfits in Ethical Style. This year’s Burning Man theme is ANIMALIA, celebrating animals real and imagined, mythic and remembered. Exploring the curious mental constructs that allow us to believe that imagined animals are real, real animals are imagined, and that somehow, despite all evidence to the contrary, mankind is somehow not part of the animal kingdom.
More info on Burning Man’s official website, where you'll also find links to local gatherings in your region: burningman.org
#18 Wasteland Weekend
27th - 1st October 2023 | USA
Recommended festival outfit style: Post-Apocalyptic
A unique immersive music & arts gathering, this is the world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival. Set in the Mojave Desert, California, the theme is inspired by apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, especially the Mad Max film. All attendees are required to dress-up accordingly and there are themed campsites and vehicles, live bands and DJs, fire, burlesque and many other performers.
Using the universal language of music, Tribal Gathering Panama has been bringing people together since 2013. It is a global community of 60 Tribes from 35 countries coming together for 16 days of expansion, music & celebration. This year’s edition comes with a massive bonus of an Annular Eclipse.
This gathering is the heart and soul of the Brazilian Psy-trance community. It takes a New Year's Eve party and stretches it into a 10-day nonstop psychedelic music and lifestyle celebration. Full-on tropical vibes.
This annual gathering explores wonder through art, culture, music, and nature at The Fields at Siam Country Club, outside Pattaya. Emphasising experiences that explore the relationship between the mind and nature, this festival features a farm, musical performances, art and architectural installations, talks, workshops, wellness activities, and feasts by renowned chefs.
A multi-day Music, Arts, Lifestyle and Cultural Festival operating since 1998 in the Pyrenees Shire. It evolved into an internationally renowned event from a small gathering in a secluded clearing. Known for electronic music, psychedelic trance, minimal techno, chill-out and many more genres, art installations, workshops, market stalls, healing arts, multicultural foods, and other attractions.
This immersive electronic music festival has been set in the jungles of Tulum since 2017. Like many other Tulum productions, it attracts punters from over 110 countries and is also involved in events in the USA, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Brazil, Argentina, Qatar and Greece. In other words - expect a professional party production. These guys know what they're doing.