ॐ Psytrance Festivals 2020 Guide: The Worlds Best Psy Parties! ॐ

Updated: January 2, 2020

Psytrance Festivals offer some of the most unique sensory experiences, from captivating light shows, memorizing decorations, the encapsulating sounds of Psytrance music and of course the amazing weird and wonderful people that you meet on the dance floor. 

When it comes to finding Psy Parties, the world really is limitless in potential. With so many countries hosting hidden Psytrance gems, it can be hard to find and choose the right rave to attend.

We created this comprehensive list of Global Psytrance Festivals to help showcase the wonderful world of psychedelic gatherings.

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Origin Festival

Where: Cape Town, South Africa When: 31 Jan – 02 Feb 2020

For over 15 years South Africa has seen thousands of beautiful Psy lovers grace it’s lands, each one on a quest to experience Origin Festival in full glory.

As one of the largest Psytrance Festivals in Africa, the event hosts multiple stages with the main focus being Psy, there’s also the chance to take a break and enjoy a deeper techno set or chill out to the soothing sound-waves of ambient vibes.

Like most Psy Parties there’s plenty of activities to participate in, from body painting to meditating or simply watch and indulge in acrobatics. 

Previous Lineup: Circuit Breakers Guy J Burn in Noise Dickster / Dick Trevor Mandala Pete Bones DJ Wegha Josephine Wedekind Ayjo DALA HEADROOM Regan 

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Rainbow Serpent Festival

Where: Victoria, Australia When: 24 Jan – 27 Jan 2020

Rainbow Serpent Festival’s music has significantly evolved over the years. Starting out as a mainly Psytrance festival over two decades ago, these days over 15,000 patrons can expect to submerge themselves in a melting pot of musicality over the long weekend.

With well over 100 producers, bands and DJ’s across a number of separate stages Rainbow showcases an eclectic mix of grooves, atmospheres and rhythms. 

World class décor, roving artistic performances, crazy activities you cant imagine a more exotic sensory mix spread over four days.

Previous Lineup: Bayawaka Day.Din Infected Mushroom Metronome Freedom Fighters Victor Ruiz Grouch in Dub Ed Solo Whiptongue 

The Experience Festival NYE

Where: Thailand When: 30 Dec – 02 Jan

This annual NYE festival takes place on the magnificent island of Koh Tao. The island is famous for it’s crystal clear waters and stunning natural beauty, and is therefor a popular holidays destination for thousands of people travelling to Thailand from every corner of the planet.

If you’re looking to celebrate the New Year with amazing people, the best hypnotic and psychedelic music, and are looking to escape the cold weather back home? Look no further than Experience Festival, it’s captivating atmosphere will make you come back year after to year to celebrate the New Year in style!

Universo Paralello Festival

Where: Brazil When: 27 Dec – 03 Jan 2020

After 20 years of being one of the smaller Psytrance Festivals, sprouted in the mountains of Chapada dos Veadeiros, the concept “Universo Paralello” has never been so current, and so indispensable …

This dive into a parallel reality, where the ritual of Peace, Love, Unity and Respect produces an atmosphere that surrounds everyone and is, more and more, a rare and special experience.

In Bahia, in the warm waters of Pratigi, 20 years of the gathering will be celebrated and, from now on, you are invited.

Previous Lineup: Zyce Waio Virtual Light DJ Lucas Labirinto Vegas James Monro Hypogeo Headroom Grouch Fungus Funk Dust Rinkadink Burn In Noise Astrix

Earth Frequency Festival

Where: Queensland, Australia When: 14 Feb – 17 Feb 2020

Follow a series of dusty roads and winding trails leading from Australia’s major cities and coasts, and you’ll come upon Earth Frequency Festival, a four-day transformation event set deep within Queensland’s natural surroundings, encased by mountains and its lush, rolling plains perforated by deep canyons and forests.

There’s often more to Psytrance Festivals than just music alone and Earth Frequency brings together various elements of the eclectic world of the arts in all its spectacularly giddy glory. Watch a dance troupe perform gravity-defying moves, learn and participate in the spiritual nature of the “visionary art” scene and witness the devilishly delicious performance of the Creatrix Matrix temptresses. It’s a festival that prides itself on encouraging expression, whatever form that may take and you’ll come across a myriad different outlets for self expression while there.

Previous Lineup: Ryanosaurus Zen Mechanics Kaya E-clip Talpa Menog Ozzy Smoke Sign Terrafractyl Paracozm Fraktal Faerie Skwid Gumnut Logman N Pstump Aya Aes Sedai Smiggle Purple Hayes Tesseract Studio Twisted Sibling

Hilltop Festival Goa

Where: Goa, India When: 07 Feb – 09 Feb 2020 

Hands down one of the MUST visit Psytrance Festivals in the Eastern side of the world. You WILL NOT be disappointed.

With its neon palm grove of glow-in-dark coconut trees, psychedelic art of luminous designs depicting mandalas, aliens to dieties, and its vast open playground for Goa’s diverse party goers, HillTop Festival is Goa’s most revered fixture of its still prevalent trance scene. The weekly Sunday parties (despite the strictly enforced 10pm curfew), and Christmas and New Year marathon draw crowds from across the globe, to share what remains of Goa’s subversive culture.

Apart from covering the best of Psychedelic Trance, this festival is truly going the distance by introducing the Techno stage that’ll virtually sparkle with the super gods of the mentioned genre.

Previous Lineup: Astrix Avalon Ajja Space Tribe Astral Projection Kox Box Martian Arts Ace Ventura Outsiders Tristan Burn In Noise Ajja Vertical Mode Voodoo Gaudi Hilight Tribe Raja Ram NITIN Shpongle Eye-D Imagine Mars Faders DJ Starling Sunglider

Vortex Parallel Universe

Where: South Africa When: 10 Apr – 13 Apr 2020

A 3 day psychedelic trance party where star travelers, truth seekers and rainbow explorers come to fling open the doors of perception and to join us in a colourful psychedelic paradise. A journey to a paradigm of connectedness, boundlessness and limitlessness.

Become entranced and experience an alternative reality where we connect through play, love and dance. A place where we come to find sacred space together… the refuge of love and understanding and peace and joy, through psychedelic culture and friendship. A space where the magic and strength of our personal experience on the dancefloor or in social connection forces us to rethink our own individual existence. An arena for consciousness expansion, positive vibrations, inspiration, fun, spiritual paths, geometric art, dancing, smiling, laughing, loving and sharing.

Previous Lineup: Luna Animato Dynamic Deliriant Tune Raider Killawatt Dala Rubix Qube Geometric Flux Absynth JEST3R Bernz Abra Saai Nicci Gryphon X Range Mark Psychaos Joti Sidhu Plasmotek Itone

Festival Ometeotl

Where: Mexico When: 03 Apr – 05 Apr 2020

The annual festival of Ometeotl  takes place in Morelos, Mexico and arguably one of the best in the country! The word Ometeotl refers to the Aztec God, creator and higher power; with ancient practices and ceremonies being integrated into the festivals decor and visual experience giving a totally unique Psy atmosphere to party in.

Although a variety of styles of music can be heard throughout the day, by night, the focus is hardcore Psytrance. 

Previous Lineup: Giuseppe Arjuna Merkaba Looney Govinda Val Vashar Audiopathik Jossie Telch Symbolico Jumpstreet Goatika Sumiruna Melt Moon parvati in dub Vlastur

Mundo de Oz

Where:  Brazil When: 30 Apr – 03 May 2020

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Previous Lineup: Atmos Earthling Element, Ital Justin Chaos Dirty Saffi Laughing Buddha Parasense S.P.H.E.R.E Kabayun KinDzaDza Drip Drop Shotu Necropsycho Psymmetrix Kashyyyk Dj Nuky Digoa  Chromatec  Tweakers  Janczur  Everblast

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Psychedelic Experience Festival 

Where: Germany When:28 May – 31 May 2020

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Previous Lineup: Astrix  Ace Ventura  Outsiders  Avalon  Captain Hook  Atmos  Ritmo  Merkaba  Rinkadink  Sonic Species  Zyce  Talpa  Mandragora  Sinerider  Audiomatic  Egorythmia  Brainiac  Oxidaksi  Crazy Astronaut  Deliriant  Day Din

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Respect Festival

Where: Brazil When:20 Jun – 21 Jun 2020

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Previous Lineup: Storm Fábio Leal Rica Amaral Vegas Dj Steph Pragmatix Kobot Azys Ancient Tribe Anginha Babagoon Kadum Smoke Ship Baphomet Engine Alan Keven Groove Control Arkhos   Life Style

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Burning Mountain Festival

Where: Switzerland When: 25 Jun – 28 Jun 2020

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FLOW Experience

Where: Austria When: 09 Jul – 12 Jul 2020

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Antaris Project 

Where: Germany When: 03 Jul – 06 Jul 2020

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Lost Theory Festival

Where: Spain When: July 2020

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Noisily Festival

Where: United Kingdom When: 09 Jul – 12 Jul 2020

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S.U.N Festival

Where:  Hungary When: 06 Jul – 14 Jul 2020

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Shankra Festival 

Where: Switzerland When: 08 Jul – 12 Jul 2020

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VooV Experience

Where: Germany When: 17 Jul – 20 Jul 2020

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One Love Festival 

Where: Switzerland When: July 2020

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Ozora Festival

Where: Hungary When: 20 Jul – 26 Jul 2020

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Eclipse Festival

Where: Canada When: 23 Jul – 27 Jul 2020

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Boom Festival

Where: Portugal When: 28 Jul 2020 – 04 Aug 2020

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Momento Demento (MoDem) Festival

Where: Croatia When:  03 Aug – 09 Aug 2020

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Freedom Festival

Where: Portugal When: Aug 2021

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Free Earth Festival 

Where: Greece When: 20 Aug – 26 Aug 2020

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Psy-Fi Festival

Where: Netherlands When: 19 Aug – 23 Aug 2020

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Hadra Trance Festival

Where: France When:27 Aug – 30 Aug 2020

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Indian Spirit Festival 

Where: Germany When: 27 Aug – 31 Aug 2020

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ZNA Gathering

Where: Portugal When: Aug 2021 TBC

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Insomnia Festival 

Where: Portugal When: 04 Sept – 06 Sept 2020

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Mandalla Festival

Where: Andradas, MG, Brazil When: Oct 12 – Oct 13

For over a decade, Brazil has seen Mandalla Festival host one of the best Psytrance Festivals that South America has to offer. More recently the town of Andradas, also known as “Land of Wine” by locals, has seen thousands migrate to the town for a Psy Rave offering intense visual productions, pyro dancers, acrobatics and a lineup of top Psytrance artists.

As one of South Americas largest Psytrance Festivals, some argue that Mandalla has become a little commercial over it’s decade of hosting the event; others argue it’s just moved with the times and is everything you’d expect and want from a large Psy Rave.

Previous Lineup: Astrix Ace Ventura Infected Mushroom Avalon Captain Hook Upgrade Perfect Stranger Ritmo, Element Freedom Fighters Morten Granau Rinkadink 1200 Micrograms

Organik Gaian Dream

Where: Cape Town, South Africa When: Oct 18 – Oct 20

Set within the historic city of Cape Town, South Africa; Gaian Dream Festival has sat quietly growing over the years in to a paradise of hidden beauty. This is a Psy Rave that connects you with the music AND the outdoors!

Lush green fields surrounded by towering mountainous terrain and glorious forestation. Organik Gaian Dream is not just about the music, the entire atmosphere of the festival has been carefully structured to give Psy ravers a warming, comfortable and higher quality of raving life. Where else can you get a hot shower at other Psytrance Festivals?

Previous Lineup: Dave Mac Deliriant DJ Mark Geometric Flux • Headroom • iTone • Josh Mac • Kabi • Nordic • Plusminus • Profound • Psydewise • Sadhu Sensi • Silo vs Humerous • Sonic Druid • Switchcache • Tersius • Tune Raider • Tystix

Mushroom Valley Festival

Where: Australia When: 02 Oct – 04 Oct 2020

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Vortex Open Source

Where: Cape Town, South Africa When: 12 Dec – 16 Dec

A musical journey that tantalises your soul with artists from all over Mother Earth, synergised in nature for five days over three music arenas creating a mesmerising musical mosaic of “One energy, one heartbeat, one love!”.

Step into a Vortex of love, a kaleidoscope of colour and spiral into a world of psychedelic music, art and dance. For five days, Let the bass move your feet, connect through the beat. Vortex Open Source celebrates the summer solstice with an all-encompassing psychedelic experience.

Three dance floors bring you mind-blowing psytrance, soul-shifting chill-out and foot-grooving techno and prog under brilliant shaded dancefloors. Kick back near the river with yoga, massage, workshops and flow arts between the trees. Enter the Vortex at South Africa’s only 5 day outdoor music festival and be transformed.

Previous Lineup: Voodoo Merkaba Kalya Scintilla Headroom Raider Killawatt Jester Spekta Kai Mathesdorf Driss HADRA Geometric Flux Absynth Nukleall Chabunk Scamantrix Groovity Sadhu Sensei psyOPs Conscious Chaos Spliff Politix Roommush Gyrosonik

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