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Top 5 Summer Festivals in the Northwest US


Festival season is in full swing and summer, peak season for dance music festivals in the US, is looming just around the corner. The Northwest part of the States is one of the fastest growing regions for festival-goers, featuring a standout selection of shows to choose from. Colorado, Washington, and Canada are your destinations for this summer’s musical mayhem. Pack your bags, grab your friends and take an unforgettable road trip to at least one of these events in the North and of course, the West.


Sasquatch! Music Festival

The Gorge Amphitheater. Enough said. This outdoor venue, situated near the Columbia River in the Eastern Washington desert, is one of the most famous of its kind, having won over 10 awards for best outdoor music venue. Sasquatch! Music Festival is infamous for its indie band appeal, however in recent years, more and more electronic dance music acts have been incorporated into the 4-day festival. This year’s appearances include Pretty Lights, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Feed Me, Star Slinger alongside countless comedy and alternative acts that will play through day and night on 5 different stages. The variety of shows is plenty, leaving you with countless opportunities to expand your music taste. This year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival is May 25-28.





Some have begun referring to Paradiso as the Ultra of the Northwest, a name it has rightfully earned with its already stacked lineup, featuring Avicii, Afrojack, Michael Woods, R3hab, Nervo, Skism, Dodge & Fuski. To make it even better, this is just the first wave of artist announcements for the brand spankin’ new festival. Paradiso will be staking its claim to fame at the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheater on June 23. Themed as a fusion of music and nature, Paradiso promises endless entertainment through carnival acts, rides and of course premiere sound on 3 different stages. This festival holds great promise in growing to a full fledged 3-4 day experience over the years, so be sure be a part of the beginning!

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Global Dance Festival

Global Dance Festival’s Red Rocks, Colorado stop never ceases to amaze fans and artists alike with its stunning features and top-notch sound. The natural rock formation has hosted music’s greatest for years and finds itself transformed into a cavern of light, sound and altitude each summer for Global Dance. This summer, the rocky mountain festival’s 10th anniversary will span over 3 nights with the perfect combination of artists from all sub-genres. Here is a quick preview of the lineup with many more names to be announced!

Day 1: Steve Angello, Knife Party, Hardwell, Felix Cartal, Krewella

Day 2: Above & Beyond, Wolfgang Gartner, Morgan Page, Nadia Ali, Mord Fustang

Day 3: Zeds Dead, Adventure Club, Figure, Crizzly

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If you feel like hopping the Northern border over into Canada, you can head to one of the most unique festivals in the Northwest. The music festival is a ‘family run’ business that temporarily transforms their farm for 5 straight days into Shambhala - the largest city in the area. Boasting 6 uniquely themed stages amidst vast farmlands; art, music and life collide to construct the magical city. The Fractal Forest, Labyrinth, Living Room, Pagoda, Rock Pit and Village feature unique themes, sounds and experiences. If you feel like escaping to the city that doesn’t exist for 360 days of the year, Shambhala is your destination.




Identity Festival

To those of you that were lucky enough to attend one of Identity Festival’s cross-country stops last summer, you’re in luck - the tour lives on! The Gorge Amphitheater’s beauty led last year’s acts to swear they would make a return so us lucky Northwesterners can expect an enthusiastic return! We know that round two is guaranteed to bring some of EDM’s best back to the beautiful Northwest for a mind-blowing finale to this unique music festival. The lineup and specific dates are set to be announced on April 23, so get ready because ID Fest is just getting started.


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