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What's better than a festival? A festival with guaranteed good weather! The international festival market continues to grow, and it's getting to the point where there are too many to keep track of. Luckily we know a thing or two about partying abroad, so we're here to lend a hand. Last week we previewed some of our favourite UK festivals, this week we're setting our sights further afield.

22nd - 25th May | Ibiza

International Music Summit

Not strictly a festival, but if IMS was it'd have one of the most impressive lineups on the list. That's the benefit of having the whole industry come to you for a week. The annual industry shindig is equal parts thought leadership, networking event and party. The week-long event is the unofficial starting gun of both the Ibiza season and the European summer festival run.

12th - 19th June | Albania


Building on the strength of an amazing debut in 2018, the week-long tear up on the Albania coast is back. 2019 features appearances from Inner City, Hercules & Love Affair, Hunee, Derrick May, Theo Parish and Honey Dijon.

13th - 15th June | Egypt


What could be better than watching the sun rise over the red sea while dancing to Âme B2B Dixon, Ben UFO or Roman Flügel? Sandbox is Egypt's premier boutique festival, one which brings some of the world's best selectors to the El Gouna resort town. The festival does its bit to support the domestic scene too, with a huge array of Egyptian talent booked to play over the weekend.

22nd - 23rd June | Florence


Florence's Decibel Open Air is expanding for 2019. This year they'll have a dedicated elrow stage, featuring stunning production all soundtrack by tech house titans and elrow regulars such as Bastian Bux, Tini Gessler, ANOTR and George Privatti. This year the sun-baked festival will play home to headliners Armin Van Buuren, The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice, Joseph Capriati, Rodhad, Infected Mushroom live and many more.

18th - 21st July | Barcelona


Returning to Barcelona's stunning Poble Espanyol. Composed of three unique event spaces and panoramic views across the city, OFFSónar has secured some of the industry's most respected labels to host four days of unmissable parties. Circoloco, Detroit Love X Rush Hour, Drumcode and Innervisions are some of the amazing partners OFFSónar have lined up for 2019.

10th - 14th July | Greece

Beach Party

As Greek festival, Beach Party moves into a stunning new location for 2019, we're partnering with them to provide some cutting edge dance music. The lineup is under wraps for the moment, but expect the very best in UK dance music to be representing.

1st - 3rd August | Serbia


One of Eastern Europe’s biggest electronic festivals. Lovefest features five stages suitable for all tastes...whether it be a huge 10,000 capacity pool party, a secret 99 capacity woodland hideout, an outdoor vinyl only daytime stage, or large outdoor pyrotechnic stage - you will find your place and sound. Headliners for 2019 include Richie Hawtin, Jamie Jones, Rødhåd, Joe Claussell, Seth Troxler, Ben UFO and Boo Williams.

8th - 13th August | The Garden Resort, Tisno

Defected Croatia

Defected have organised a typically impressive lineup for their annual Croatia trip. This year Armand Van Helden, Claptone, Dimitri from Paris, Honey Dijon, MK and many more will play across Defected and Glitterbox stages.

12th & 19th August | Croatia

Yacht Week

Guests sail by day and party by night for seven fun-filled days. Enjoying a unique itinerary of boutique events and experiences ranging from morning yoga and disco dodgeball to lavish lunches and desert island dance parties. We'll be teaming with Yacht Week to put on two unforgettable events in Croatia this August. The first will take place on Monday 12th August with UK bass boss, Melé. The following week, on Monday 19th, BBC Radio 1's Monki will be taking the reigns. Both parties will be taking place in the middle of the Adriatic!

12th - 14th October | Morocco


Morocco is fast becoming one of the most exciting new dance music destinations. This year Glastonbury's Beat Hotel teamed up with Bugged Out! to put on a Beat Hotel Marrakech, joining firm favourite Oasis, in the Moroccan festival market. Now Moga, another new festival for 2019, is aiming to complete the holy trinity of Moroccan festivals. 

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Matthew Francey

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