In 2022 music festivals had some insane lineups. Classic events delivered in ways we never expected, and new festivals debuted in fine style which is a sign that the EDM community gaining traction and showing no sign of slowing down going into the new year.
There were a lot to choose from, but these are five of the craziest lineups we saw all year. Some of the lineups below seemed to be unreal and we are all in shock to see what is in store as we head off into 2023.
Tomorrowland‘s full roster had more than 800 names on it. The names were so small it was almost impossible to read them without zooming all the way.
Tomorrowland spanned three weekends full of high energy and had over 600,000 music lovers from all over the world in Belgium. There were close to 15 stages, where some stages were even built on water and had bridges that connected them to the festival.
Charlotte de Witte broke history this year as she was the first female and the first techno artist to close out the main stage. Tomorrowland attendees enjoyed breathtaking performances from Alesso, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Major Laser, Above & Beyond, Fisher, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and many more.
2. EDC Las Vegas
EDC Las Vegas was stacked with well over 200 artists covering a variety of the different subgenres of EDM.
“Bringing together all the different genres and communities from within the dance music scene is what makes EDC so special. The music that we curate for these three days at the Speedway represents the sounds of every Insomniac event that happens throughout the year,” said Pasquale Rotella, Founder, and CEO of Insomniac. “The experience we create will always be inspired by our underground roots and in celebration of the dance music culture that we all love so much. All are welcome at EDC Las Vegas.”
Another delicately curated lineup of the year was Portola which seemed surreal for its debut. The two-day lineup for the San Francisco event was stacked with classic names like Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, and Bicep.
The second day welcomed Anjunadeep tastemakers Lane 8 and Ben Böhmer live. South Korean- born DJ and producer Peggy Gou played the second day alongside Duke Dumont, Channel Tres, SG Lewis, DRAMA, and a handful of other artists, too.
For all the house and techno enthusiasts, the ARC 2022 lineup did not disappoint.
ARC had its debut in 2021 and was originally a two-day festival. In 2022, the festival added an extra day to make a three-day festival covering all the flavors of house and techno.
Taking place over Labor Day weekend, Boris Brejcha closed out the main stage on Friday but carried on into ARC after dark at the sold-out venue, Radius.
Adam Beyer B2B Cirez D closed out the main stage with Charles D‘s remix of the classic Drumcode banger “Your Mind” that left attendees begging for more.
5. Project Glow
The debut of Project Glow in Washington D.C. had Above & Beyond, Alan Walker, CID, Diplo, Griz, James Hype, Joel Corry, John Summit, Krewella, Martin Garrix, and MK B2B Sonny Fodera for a powerhouse weekend. Project Glow also had Seven Lions and SLANDER who brought the feels.
The after-parties for Project Glow were at DC’s Echostage which has been ranked the best nightlife venue in the world. SLANDER played at Echostage Friday night while Higher Ground presented Diplo and Qrion on Saturday. On Sunday, Martin Garrix and Justin Mylo put on an amazing set for the attendees.
Featured image from Tomorrowland