Want to find the BEST psychedelic trance festivals you can attend?

We’ve put together a list of the best Psytrance festivals in the world featuring jaw-dropping decor, next-level backdrops, well-crafted lineups, perfect weather, old and new friends.

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Origin Festival

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

Origin Festival is 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

Rainbow Serpent Festival has been an unmissable fixture on Australia’s annual festival calendar for over 20 years. The psytrance festival has developed into one of the most highly regarded in the world.

These days the epic five day multifaceted eruption of dance, colour, expression and celebration attracts people from all corners of the earth who converge on Lexton in Western Victoria in January for an unforgettable, unique Australian experience.

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 over 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 (what Australians call psytrance festivals) 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 Israeli psytrance 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 trance 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?

Psychedelic Experience Festival 2018

Where: Germany
When: 17 May to 20 May

Psychedelic Experience Festival takes place in Northern Germany, in a town called Lübz. You’ll experience delicious German cuisine and cool psychedelic side-activities will be present at this spectacular event with a main stage hosting a variety of psychedelic music.

Burning Mountain Festival 2018

Where: Switzerland
When: 27 June to 01 July

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. It’s a perfect location for a psytrance festival!

Shankra Festival 2018

Where: Switzerland
When: 10 July to 15 July

At Shankra Festival you’ll get to dance, laugh and be blessed between the gigantic mountains in Lostallo (Graubunden). This Swiss psytrance festival has a valley which invites you to deepen your level of consciousness by offering you the ideal wonderful space to fully express yourself.

Noisily Festival Of Music & Arts 2018

Where: UK
When: 05 to 08 July
Read: Interview with DJ Ipcress

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: 13 July to 16 July

Celebrating 24 editions, Antaris Projekt (Against War! For Friendship, Peace and Freedom) is one of the earlier psytrance festivals 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: 04 July to 09 July

Formed by ex-Full Moon crew, Freqs has billed themselves a ‘experimental arts and music’ festival. Although not strictly a psytrance festival, this will definitely provide a different experience from the other German festivals encouraging “artists of all mediums in exploring the depths of their imagination, to boldly produce work that is beautiful, peculiar and thought-provoking.”

One Love Festival 2018

Where: Switzerland
When: 04 July to 09 July

The fourth edition of One Love Festival entitled ‘Roots of Love’ which will take place in Bergün Filisur this Summer. This year the psytrance festival will return to the mysterious Bella Luna-site inbetween forests and next to the river Albula.

FLOW Festival 2018

Where: Austria
When: Starts 2018-07-05

This spectacular Austrian psytrance festival takes place in Tritolstraße, Eggendorf at the same venue since 2010. The summer weather, with its bright sun, will illuminate the artwork surrounding the entire festival area.

S.U.N Festival 2018

Where: Hungary
When: 19 July to 22 July

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. The festival features more than 150 artists, unique visuals and decor, lectures, workshops and kid’s corner.

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.

Summer Never Ends Festival is the biggest Psytrance Festival in Switzerland, and one of the oldest and maintains its tradition since 2006. It usually takes place in July in a wonderful location embedded in the Swiss mountains, and is now held bi-annually.

Eclipse Festival 2018

Where: Canada
When: 26 July to 30 July

The weekend-long festival is held in Quebec, Canada every second year. The first outdoor edition of the party was held in 2003 and this year will celebrate its 15th anniversary. The festive experience will take place at the enchanted site of Bonnet Rouge Rafting in Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, where a genuine parallel world will be illuminated and vibrate in harmony for 5 days in nature.

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. These guys know how to throw a rocking psytrance party!

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: 12 July to 19 July

Lost Theory Festival is a 7 day experimental music festival in Croatia with 3 stages in one of the most beautiful undiscovered regions of Europe. The beautiful border of Sotoserrano & Riomalo De Abajo invites exploration, connection and transformation; exciting a passion for nature the environment and inspiring our intrinsic creativity. This unique location where the mountains offer panoramic views spanning over the crystal clear waters and evergreen forests.

Momento Demento (MoDem) Festival 2018

Where: Croatia
When: 06 August to 12 August

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: 06 to 09 September

Hadra was started in 2001 by a small group of electronic music lovers. In 2018 Hadra Trance Festival will kick off once again with its 11th 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: 23 August to 27 August

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

Ozora Festival 2018

Where: Hungary
When: 30 July to 05 August

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: 15 August to 19 August

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.

The Dutch psytrance festival celebrates its sixth anniversary entitled A Shamanic Experience. The festival also features an Artistry Plaza, where artists display their art and a Sacred Island area for lectures, workshops and chilled-out activities.

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: 22 July to 29 July
Read: Boom Festival 2014 Review

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!

Idanha-a-Nova lake is a stunning location for this hot Portuguese summer festival. Aside from the best in dance and trance music, there will be chillout gardens and art installations to enjoy.

VooV Experience 2018

Where: Germany
When: 20 July to 23 July

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: 30 August to 03 September

Indian Spirit Festival started out as a small psychedelic 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 psytrance festivals 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: 31 August to 02 September

The 3 year old psytrance festival 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: 22 November to 25 November

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: 13 December to 17 December

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

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 next edition will be in 2019.

The Experience Festival

Where: Thailand
When: 30 December to 02 January

Situated on the island of Koh Tao (Turtle Island) in Thailand, Experience Festival will host its 11th edition this year and in a beautiful location known for and snorkeling, as well as hiking, rock climbing and bouldering.