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The UK's Best House and Techno Festivals 2020

From Terminal V to We Are FSTVL - here's where to catch the likes of Four Tet, BICEP, Amelie Lens, Camelphat and Nina Kraviz this summer

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 20th Jan 2020

Big beats, basslines and your best mates all gathered up in a field, partying until the early hours and beyond.

Yep, festival season is on the horizon.

If you're a lover of dance music, and some of the monolithic events taking place across the UK this summer where raving is mandatory, then you're in the right place.

Below is our guide to the UK's best house and techno festivals, from Terminal V in Edinburgh down to We Are FSTVL in Upminster, here's where you can catch some of the biggest names on the scene, including the likes of Nina Kraviz, Four Tet, Amelie Lens and Bicep.

 

Terminal V Festival

When: Saturday 11th April 2020

Where: Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh

Taking place at the enormous Royal Highland Centre in the Scottish capital, Terminal V is renowned for bringing some of the biggest names in dance music to its mighty arena. During it's Halloween edition in 2019 we witnessed Amelie Lens bringing some serious heat (see above), and there's more of the same expected come April 2020.

The Terminal V 2020 line up so far includes Green Velvet, Helena Hauff, Honey Dijon, Nina Kraviz, Octo Octa, Rebuke, Richie Hawtin, Eats Everything and a whole load more - tickets are disappearing at a rate so get involved.

 

Junction 2

When: Friday 5th - Saturday 6th June 2020

Where: Boston Manor Park in Brentford

With live sets from Jon Hopkins and Fatima Yamaha, plus immense DJ sets from Amelie Lens, Maceo Plex, Four Tet, Honey Dijon, Dixon and a whole heap more, Junction 2 haven't disappointed with their 2020 line-up.

With a main stage "cocooned amongst concrete and trees with water on all sides", the location of this rave makes for a unique experience, shrouded from the outside world as you enjoy sets from some of the finest house and techno can offer.

 

Baltic Weekender

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Image: Hannah Metcalfe

When: Friday 29th - Saturday 30th May 2020

Where: Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

Liverpool's Baltic Triangle has been a hotspot for top class music events of all natures for some years now. With a healthy slew of live  music spaces, it's an ideal location for multi-day music events, such as the Baltic Weekender curated by the teams behind Abandon Silence and 24 Kitchen Street.

The last edition of the event took place in September 2019, bringing the likes of Mike Skinner, Joy Orbison and Helena Hauff to Merseyside. The line-up for May 2020 has yet to be released (keep watch here) but promises more of the same for this gem of a festival.

 

Field Day

When: Saturday 11th July

Where: The Drumsheds, London

With one of the finest electronic acts in the world, Bicep, set to headline Field Day 2020this one day event located in London's Drumsheds is looking unmissable.

With event organisers looking to push the focus more onto electronic acts, in order to compliment their new warehouse venue, the full line-up is expected to be revealed mid-January 2020.

Previously located in Victoria Park and then Brockwell Park, Field Day moved to The Drumsheds to allow for later finishing times and louder stages, with the main stage now open until 3am - a "unique and unrivalled prospect for London festivals," according to organisers. 

 

Inner City Electronic

When: Saturday 7th March 2020 

Where: Various venues in Leeds

For the third consecutive year, this Leeds all-dayer will descend upon a multitude of venues on March 7th, bringing not only top class music from some huge house and techno acts, but also a number of conversations and panels.

With highlights including the likes of Peggy Gou, Mr Scruff, Or:la, HAAi, and Orbital, plus Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston performing as A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE, plus back to back sets from Craig Richards and Nicolas Lutz, the Yorkshire celebration of electronic music and culture looks set to deliver the goods once again this year.

 

We Are FSTVL

When: Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th May 2020

Where: Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster

Since its inception in 2013, We Are FSTVL has continued to grow in size, stature and reputation from its impressive home at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, a sprawling 142 acre former WW1 airfield in Upminster, Greater London.

Returning once again for the late May bank holiday weekend, the multi-genre event boasts a mighty house and techno line-up including Camelphat, Charlotte De Witte, Black Madonna, Marco Carola and Gerd Janson.

 

Parklife

When: Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th June 2020

Where: Heaton Park in Manchester

The biggest party in the Manc summer calendar, welcoming some 80,000 festival-goers to Heaton Park, Parklife consistently attracts some of the biggest names in world music (Tyler the Creator headlines this year), including some heavyweight house and techno DJs.

2019 saw sets from the likes of Peggy Gou, Solomun, Bicep, Macro Carola, Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping, Amelie Lens, Black Coffee... the list goes on.

We're expecting much of the same from the 2020 line-up.

 

Creamfields

When: Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th August 2020

Where: Creamfields, Cheshire

Having already announced Camelphat and BICEP as headliners, it's hard to see how the monolithic Cheshire electronic music festival could go much bigger - but they undoubtedly will.

House and techno acts always feature heavily on the Creamfields line-up, alongside huge names in EDM, trance, drum n bass and more. Last year saw performances from the likes of Solardo, Patrick Topping, Green Velvet and Amelie Lens.

 

If we've got you in the mood for a bit of festival planning, you might want to take a look at our guides to the best festivals in Croatia, Spain and all of Europe. You can also check out Skiddle's full festival guide here.

 

Headline image: Creamfields

Festivals 2020