Are you looking for the best psytrance festivals in the world? We have explored the map and put together some of our favourite psychedelic gatherings across the world for 2020.
Wherever you go in the world, a music festival filled with psy trance can be found – we promise!
There are so many music festivals to choose from – our Psytrance Festival Calendar often lists over 150 festivals from around the world. So how do you know, which ones are the best, and which ones might be bogus?
The music festivals and psychedelic gatherings below offer something unique, making them worth a long distance travel, and ticking off your psytrance festival bucket list.
Universo Paralello (UP15) Festival 2019/2020
When: 27 Dec – 03 Jan 2020
Music: Psytrance, Progressive, Techno, Electronic, Chill Out
Confirmed Artists: Zyce, Waio, Virtual Light, DJ Lucas, Labirinto, Vegas, James Monro, Hypogeo, Headroom, Grouch, Fungus Funk, Dust, Rinkadink, Burn In Noise, Astrix
The popular exotic festival has been a part of the Brazilian electronic since for 20 years, growing with every edition. After initially being held in the region of Chapada dos Veadeiros, the festival faced a ton of bad weather and moved to Praia da Pratigi, a paradise location in Bahia, northeastern Brazil.
Universo Paralello boasts six stages with more than 20 000 attendees and 1000 artists during the eight day period. Besides the music, there’s also fire shows, messages, planting workshops, reiki, cinema and a beautiful beach to explore.
The weather is hot and humid, as you can expect on a beach at the height of the Brazilian summer.
Rainbow Serpent Festival 2020
Where: Victoria, Australia
When: 24 Jan – 27 Jan 2020
Music: Psytrance, Progressive, Drum & Bass, Techno
Confirmed Artists: Bayawaka, Day.Din, Infected Mushroom, Metronome, Freedom Fighters, Victor Ruiz, Grouch in Dub, Ed Solo, Whiptongue
Rainbow Serpent Festival has been a fixture on Australia’s bush doof festival calendar for over 20 years. This psytrance festival in Oz has developed into one of the most highly regarded in the world.
These days Rainbow Serpent takes place over 4-nights and 5-days. It attracts people from around the world to converge on Lexton in Western Australia. The five stages are filled with a ton of things to do.
Origin Festival 2020
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: 31 Jan – 02 Feb 2020
Music: Psytrance, Progressive, Techno, House, Chill Out
Origin Festival is the largest psytrance festival in South Africa (and Africa for that matter), put together by the Nano Records team, which means you can always expect some international headliners from the cutting edge label.
Origin Festival boasts two dance floors, with the primary focusing on psychedelic and progressive music, whilst the latter forest stage focuses on techno, house and ambient music. There’s always a ton of visionary arts and popups prominent around the festival grounds, which makes the beautiful Helderstroom region even more beautiful.
Read our interview with Origin Festival founder – Regan, for more insight on the festival’s beginnings.
Earth Frequency Festival 2020
Where: Queensland, Australia
When: 14 Feb – 17 Feb 2020
Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.
From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings. At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.
The beautiful outdoor venue features top-notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.
Hill Top Festival 2020
Where: Goa, India
When: 07 Feb – 09 Feb 2020
Hill Top has become a legend of its own taking place in the popular hippie location of Goa, India. Now almost after a decade, the festival is thriving with travelers from around the world. Even after local pressure from authorities, Hill Top Festival is worth checking out (as well as their sister event, Chill Top Festival).
Festival Ometeotl 2020
When: 03 Apr – 05 Apr 2020
The word Ometeotl refers to the Aztec God or higher power. Ancient practices and ceremonies are integrated into this festival, which makes it really unique. The Mexican festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020.
The festival grounds are tranquil, with a small lake that separates the two stages from the camping area. The market, visionary art gallery and food court are also all nearby.
Vortex Parallel Universe 2020
Where: South Africa
When: 10 Apr – 13 Apr 2020
More commonly known as Easter Vortex, this 3-day experience takes place over Easter weekend and is hosted by the Vortex Parallel Universe crew.
Mundo de Oz 11th Anniversary 2020
When: 30 Apr – 03 May 2020
Mundo de Oz is yet another popular Brazilian festival in Aldeia Outro Mundo, Lagoinha. Now heading towards its 11th edition, the festival has been growing in numbers.
Psychedelic Experience Festival 2020
When: 28 May – 31 May 2020
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.
Respect Festival 2020 – Solar Edition
When: 20 Jun – 21 Jun 2020
Respect Festival emerged 12 years ago, hosting almost 20 events during this time to raise awareness of nature, mutual respect and bringing together everyone for an event of music, visuals, performances and scenic arts.
Burning Mountain Festival 2020 – 10th Anniversary
When: 25 Jun – 28 Jun 2020
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!
FLOW Experience 2020
When: 09 Jul – 12 Jul 2020
FLOW Experience, formerly known as FLOW Festival, will return for its 10th edition in 2019 taking place in Tritolstraße in Austria. The intimate Austrian gathering includes two dance floors, catering for psychedelic and progressive lovers respectively. FLOW Festival takes place during the Austrian summer months.
Antaris Project 2020
When: 03 Jul – 06 Jul 2020
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, 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!
Lost Theory Festival 2020
When: July 2020
Lost Theory Festival spent many years in Croatia but moved to Spain in 2015. After a last minute cancellation in 2019, it is not certain where or if Lost Theory will take place in 2020.
Noisily Festival of Music & Arts 2020
Where: United Kingdom
When: 09 Jul – 12 Jul 2020
Set deep in the rolling hills of Leicestershire at the heart of rural England, Noisily has quickly risen to the tops and become a popular festival psytrance fans across the UK. Last year the festival sold out quickly, so we urge you to grab tickets if you are interested.
S.U.N Festival 2020
When: 06 Jul – 14 Jul 2020
The S.U.N (Solar United Natives) Festival includes members from the original Ozora Festival team and has been hosting festivals since 2013. The Hungarian festival will hopefully return for a 2020 date, although nothing has been confirmed yet.
Shankra Festival 2020
When: 08 Jul – 12 Jul 2020
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.
VooV Experience 2020
When: 17 Jul – 20 Jul 2020
The VooV team have been throwing parties in Germany for decades and are one of the oldest promoters in the country. Their earlier festivals gathered upwards of 20 000 attendees. After a slight hiatus, VooV returned in 2014 and has been growing ever since. The German festival currently takes place in Putlitz, between Hamburg and Berlin.
Ozora Festival 2020
When: 20 Jul – 26 Jul 2020
Ozora Festival takes its name from the village of Ozora in Tolna County, Hungary. This small village, with a population of roughly 2000 people, has hosted tens of thousands of international psychedelic music lovers for more than a decade. The Hungarian festival continues to grow in popularity and is no doubt on any psychedelic travellers music festival bucket list.
Eclipse Festival 2020
When: 23 Jul – 27 Jul 2020
The five-day Canadian festival takes place in an enchanted site of Bonnet Rouge Rafting in Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, where a genuine parallel world will be illuminated and vibrate in harmony. The first outdoor edition of Eclipse Festival took place in 2003 and the team have just celebrated their 15 year anniversary.
Boom Festival 2020
When: 28 Jul 2020 – 04 Aug 2020
Boom Festival is arguably one of the largest psytrance festivals in the world, held at Idanha-a-Nova dam during the end of July. Tickets sold out in just a few hours for the 2020 edition!
Across the vast festival playground, you will find performing arts, music, multimedia, painting, bio construction, theatre, cinema, conferences, workshops and installations.
The festival’s organisers also have a strong ecological awareness and are pursuing projects in the area of sustainability – in particular the treatment of waste residues and water.
The weather is extremely hot, so make sure to pace yourself over the week long festival experience and pack appropriately for a festival.
The land of Boom Festival is truly one of the most beautiful landscapes in Portugal, which offers a nearby visit of the historic village of Monsanto and is integrated within Geoparque Naturtejo – a zone which has been classified by UNESCO, due to its geological riches and valuable natural, historical and cultural heritage.
Momento Demento (MoDem) Festival 2020
When: 03 Aug – 09 Aug 2020
Momento Demento or Modem Festival should be on every psychedelic music lovers bucket list. After only a few years of existence, fans of edgier psychedelic music have headed to the beautiful Croatia for a week long experience. Modem Festival will also be heading to Cape Town, for a special NYE edition.
Free Earth Festival 2020
When: 20 Aug – 26 Aug 2020
Although Free Earth Festival took a hiatus in 2015, the Greek festival has continued to grow in recent years. The festival takes place on the picturesque Azapiko Beach in Sithonia’s wild west. Free Earth Festival features several stages and a beautiful crystal clear beach to relax on.
Psy-Fi Festival 2020
When: 19 Aug – 23 Aug 2020
Psy-Fi Festival has grown into one of Netherlands biggest festivals, attracting a large crowd of tourists, with less than 20% if attendees being Dutch. The festival features 4 different stages, with a well laid out festival grounds.
In 2020, Psy-Fi festival will return to De Groene Ster in Leeuwarden, for potentially the last time, as they seek a larger venue to hold their 10 000+ attendees.
Hadra Trance Festival 2020
When: 27 Aug – 30 Aug 2020
Hadra was started in 2001 by a small group of electronic music lovers. After a few hiccups with authorities, Hadra Trance Festival will return to close this summer season for the fourth time at the Plan d’eau de Vieure in the Allier. The French festival draws a crowd from throughout Europe and attendance numbers top over 10 000 people.
Indian Spirit Festival 2020
When: 27 Aug – 31 Aug 2020
Indian Spirit Festival started out as a small psychedelic party in 2007 and has grown over the years. Indian Spirit is held at the start of September in the Eldena area of northern Germany, much later than the other German psytrance festivals listed and has shifted towards a more mainstream crowd.
Insomnia Festival 2020
When: 04 Sept – 06 Sept 2020
Insomnia Festival returns in 2019 for its 7th edition entitled ‘Higher Consciousness’. This time they’ve decided to add an additional day to the roster, making this a four-day experience in the forest. The festival is located 3 km from the town of São Gião, right on the river of Alva.
Mushroom Valley Festival 2020
When: 02 Oct – 04 Oct 2020
Over the past six years, Australian Mushroom Valley has evolved into something more than a music festival. It has become a community of bush doofers. Situated in a magical landscape between the Whitsundays and Mackay in Central Queensland, the sub-tropical setting is the perfect complement to the eclectic electronic music the festival has to offer.
Organik Gaian Dream 2020
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: October 2020
Music: Psytrance, Progressive, Zenonesque, Chill Out
Coming from humble beginnings, Organik has quietly grown into one of Cape Town’s most respected festivals. Their annual events, Gain Dream and Love Project, provide two opportunities to connect with the outdoors.
When: October 2020
Music: Psytrance, Progressive
The South American day party has been taking place for over a decade, more recently in Andradas. The festival has grown over the years and will celebrate its 14th edition in 2019. Although some might argue the festival has become too commercial, it is one of the biggest festivals in Brazil today.
Vortex Open Source 2020
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: December 2020
Music: Psytrance, Progressive, Chill Out
The Vortex Trance Adventures crew have been a staple in the South African psytrance scene for more than two decades. Their annual summer festival – Open Source, will return in December once again, but this time departing from their usual beloved venue – the Circle of Dreams. Just a short 10 minutes down the road, Stormsvlei Riverside Cottages will become the new home, for a full 4-night, 5-day festival experience.
The Experience Festival NYE 2020-2021
When: December 2020 TBC
Music: Psytrance, Progressive, Chillout
Artists Performing: Egorythmia, Filterheads, Ghost Rider, K.i.M, Spectra Sonics, Tron, Dala, Pollyfonika
If you’re not sure what to do for New Years Eve, The Experience Festival takes place on the small island of Koh Tao, one of Thailand’s most popular islands. This year, the festival will return for its 12th edition to kickoff 2020.
This region has tropical weather, so prepare for rain when you least expect it. Being a tourist island, there are a ton of other activities to do including relaxing on the beautiful beaches, snorkeling, rock climbing, restaurants and more.
ZNA Gathering 2021
When: Aug 2021 TBC
ZNA Gathering is another popular festival in Portugal taking place on Montargirl Lake. The concept is to bring feelings and sounds from the recent past back to life in a very friendly atmosphere through a special outdoor gathering. The primary music includes goa trance and psytrance from the early periods, A unique location, under the shade of trees, in the middle of nature, built with love by dancers for dancers.
Freedom Festival 2021
When: Aug 2021
In the late ’90s, a group of friends began throwing intimate events to showcase psychedelic and Goa music. From that same group, the DMTeam and Crystal Matrix teams were born.