How To Get Booked In Big EDM Festivals?
by PolGrand on 23.08.2019
How To Get Booked In Big EDM Festivals?
Before knowing about how to get booked in big EDM festivals? First, let’s know all about the top EDM festivals from all around the world.
No matter where you live in this world. You can get booked in big EDM festivals. Most of the countries have well known EDM festival company. EDM Festivals are always looking for new talent. Who can perform and also entertain the crowd?
Tomorrowland, Belgium – It is an electronic dance music EDM festival held in Boom, Belgium. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005. It is one of the world’s largest and also most notable music EDM festivals. It now stretches over 2 weekends and it usually sells out in minutes.
Electric Daisy Carnival, United States – It is well known as EDC. Electric Daisy Carnival is an annual electronic dance music EDM festival. It is a flagship event held only once in a year in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ultra Music Festival, Miami – UMF is an annual outdoor electronic music festival. It takes place during March in Miami, Florida and also in the United States. In 1999 the festival formed. UMF formed by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes. And it’s named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra.
Global Gathering, UK – Global Gathering was an annual dance music festival. Powered by Angel Festivals Limited. Festivals held in countries such as the UK, Poland, Russia, Belarus and also in Ukraine. and also feature leading electronic music artists from around the globe. The EDM festival has been running since 2001.
Electric Zoo, United States – This EDM festival is only held once in a year. The electric zoo takes place in New York City on Randall’s Island. The EDM festival represents all genres of electronic music. Bringing top international DJs and live acts from many countries to four stages.
Ozora Festival, Hungary – The EDM festival held on an estate in Ozora near the small village of Dádpuszta. Every year since 2004. The first modern music festival held in Ozora called Solipse. It took place during the Solar eclipse of August 11, 1999. Solipsedid not get a sequel until the first Ozora Festival which held in 2004.
Outlook fest, Croatia – A musical event Outlook Festival. Started as a subsidiary of Leeds event SubDub, hosting all kinds of bass music. It held outside the city of Pula and also in Croatia. Although held in Croatia, many of the attendees come from the United Kingdom. As do much of the team involved in organizing the EDM festival.
Sunburn Festival, India – A commercial electronic dance music festival held in India. It uses to held in Vagator, Goa, India every year. But now has it takes place in Pune and also in Mumbai. It is Asia‘s largest music festival. Sunburn managed and organized by Serial Entrepreneur Shailendra Singh. Under the name of Percept company. The EDM festival grew and also ranked the 3rd largest dance festival in the world. After Tomorrowland and Ultra as per the IMS APAC Business Report 2014.
How to contact the EDM festival managers?
Becoming a DJ is not an easy task in day today’s life. You need to take care of your production, also manage all your social media accounts. Be in contact with local DJs. Handle your album arts and also many other things.
Booking an EDM festival gig is one of the most effective ways to grab the attention of your fans. The question is how to contact the festival managers and also book a slot on a festival lineup. There are many talented bands in the EDM industry who are looking to be part of big festivals.
And also there’s a lot of competition for EDM festival slots that are open to independent bands. You need to be realistic about the kind of opportunities that are attainable. Otherwise, you’re going to waste a lot of time and money applying to festivals that you’re not ready for yet.
1. Make your music ready to get booked in big EDM festivals
First things first, production is the first part and you should also have your own tracks. There are many ways to start production. One can start music production from scratch or one also can use a ghost producer.
There are many top big DJs who have never been in production but still plays in big EDM festivals. These are a list of few DJs who got accused by big DJs like deadmau5. If you are a big fan of the Chainsmokers then you must know about there track “closer” Chainsmoker ghost producer. There are also many rumors that the track is a copy of another hit track.
2. Target the right festivals for your music
Make a list of all EDM festivals which held in your local area.
Start your research for several months in advance. Target EDM festivals that are likely to book your EDM genre. Find out where bands like yours have performed, and search EDM festival directories.
3. Make a contact list of festival artist managers
Every festival has an artist manager, A&R Team and other teams who work on the festival. If you are looking to book a slot at the festival for performing live. You need to be in touch with the artist management team. You can get the artist management email from the festival organizers. Or one can get the artist management email from the festival website.
4. Send out your portfolio to festival artist managers
Before sending, find the festivals that you have selected does seem promising? Do some more digging on same EDM festival that you have selected to perform in. Are they based in the same area as the festival with a solid local draw? Also, did they tour regionally or also nationally prior to playing the festival? And also how strong is their social media presence?
If you fail to get the email contact then also try to contact the artist manager personally.
Use a spreadsheet or artist management software to keep your research organized. Track progress on your target festival submissions. Feel free to customize it to your needs. We’d recommend including at least the following information.
- URL/contact info
- Submission fee (note that some festivals increase the fee as the deadline approaches)
- Accepted/rejected notification date
- Submitted [yes/no]
- Accepted [yes/no]
- Also Additional notes
Remember to add all of the important deadlines to your calendar. Set reminders so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities! Best of luck.