Psytrance Festivals in 2023
The year 2020/2021 marked a challenging period for the festival organizers as COVID-19 swept across the globe. Festivals were postponed or cancelled, leaving artists, organizers, and crew in a precarious position with no clear timeline for when things would return to normal.
Now, the world has made significant strides in overcoming the pandemic, and psytrance festivals have made a triumphant return. The community has come together once again to celebrate music, culture, and connection in a way that only psychedelic trance gatherings can.
Without further ado, here are the 10 best international psytrance festivals to look for in 2023!
1. Boom Festival (Portugal) – July 20-27, 2023
Boom Festival is one of the biggest and best psytrance festivals in the world. Taking place in Idanha-a-Nova in Portugal every two years, 50,000 visitors from more than 150 different countries take part in the unique spiritual experience.
After its huge success in 2022, Boom Festival is once again happening this year.
Boom Festival is famous for its diverse lineup of renowned international and local artists, encompassing a wide range of music genres including psytrance, ambient, dub, and world music. Beyond the music, Boom Festival also offers a unique and immersive experience with a wide range of workshops, performances, and art installations, as well as a healing area, a food market, and a variety of stalls selling clothes and handcrafted items.
The festival is designed with sustainability and ecological awareness in mind, utilizing renewable energy sources and encouraging environmental preservation. With its welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, Boom Festival has become a pilgrimage site for psytrance lovers from all over the world, and a vibrant hub of creativity, self-expression, and community building.
Further information about the upcoming event will be released on Boom Festival official page.
2. OZORA Festival (Hungary) – July 31 – August 6, 2023
O.Z.O.R.A Festival is one of the most influential psychedelic trance gatherings in the world. The seven-day celebration annually takes place on an estate in Ozora located by the small village of Dádpuszta, during the first week of August.
Originating as a celebration of the 1999 solar eclipse, the festival has grown to be one of the most immersive psytrance experiences in the world that draws massive crowds (more than 30,000!) of dancers. It’s exhilarating to be a part of a global community that comes together to celebrate the music and culture that make Ozora such a unique and unforgettable experience.
For more information, check out OZORA Festival official website and our OZORA Festival page.
3. VooV Experience (Germany) – July 21-24, 2023
VooV Experience is ‘the mother of all Goa Festivals’. Taking place in Putlitz, Germany each summer, VooV Experience is one of the oldest running Psytrance Festivals in the country, gathering more than 20,000 visitors every July.
The festival is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of collective spiritual exploration and open-mindedness. It is a celebration of psychedelic culture and music, featuring a lineup of international psytrance acts, live performances, and visual art.
Attendees can expect to be immersed in a colorful, vibrant world of light, sound, and visuals. The festival also features workshops and lectures on various topics related to psychedelic culture, as well as healing and spiritual practices. Voov Experience is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and explore the boundaries of consciousness.
Stay updated on the upcoming edition via Voov Experience official website.
4. MoDem Festival (Croatia) – August 7-13, 2023
Momento Demento, alternatively referred to as MoDem Festival is an annual psychedelic music and arts festival l held in the stunning natural surroundings of Primislje, Croatia. The seven-day event promotes underground psychedelic sounds to thousands of psytrance enthusiasts each year.
The festival features a carefully curated lineup of both established and emerging artists, as well as a range of art installations, workshops, and healing spaces. Mo:Dem Festival’s unique location, surrounded by untouched nature, provides an ideal setting for a transformative and spiritual journey, making it a truly special destination.
Stay up to date with Modem Festival via the Modem Festival official official Facebook page.
5. Shankra Festival (Switzerland) – July 12-16, 2023
Shankra Festival in Switzerland is a mystical and enchanting transformational festival held annually in Lostallo. The festival offers a unique experience with an impressive lineup of international psytrance artists and performers, state-of-the-art production, and a vibrant community of psytrance lovers.
The festival takes place amidst the breathtaking mountains and is a celebration of music, nature, and consciousness that promises to leave a lasting impression on those who join the gathering. Shankra Festival invites everyone on a journey of self-discovery, connection, and pure psychedelic bliss.
6. Indian Spirit Festival (Germany) – August 30 – September 4, 2023
Indian Spirit Festival is an annual psytrance festival, which closes out the summer festival season. Taking place in Northern Germany each August, the five-day event offers a unique spiritual journey for 10,000 local and international guests. This year’s Indian Spirit Festival is on August 30-September 4, 2023.
You can find the full lineup so far here and stay up to date on the upcoming edition on the Indian Spirit official Facebook page.
7. Burning Mountain Festival (Switzerland) – June 22-25, 2023
Burning Mountain Festival is an annual psychedelic arts and music festival in Switzerland. The four-day event offers a unique and magical experience in the heart of the Swiss Alps – the Engadine, one of the highest inhabited valleys of Europe.
With stunning light shows and decorations, this festival provides an immersive experience like no other, taking you into a world of wonder. Brace yourself for an unforgettable display of flamethrowers, mesmerizing performance artists, breathtaking fire installations, and a massive central fire that will leave you in awe.
In addition, Burning Mountain Festival boasts one of the most incredible lineups, showcasing the finest psytrance artists from all corners of the world.
Check out Burning Mountain’s official website for more information about the lineup, tickets, and travel options.
8. Organik (South Africa) – May 5-7, 2023
Organik is a biannual psytrance gathering that takes place in the South African capital of Cape Town. The open-air event has grown to become one of the country’s most respected festivals; hosting the ‘Love Project’ in Autumn and the Gaian Dream’ in Spring each year.
Organik is happening on May 5-7, 2023 at the Kromrivier Farm. You can stay updated about future events via their official page.
9. Earth Frequency Festival (Australia) – May 12-15, 2023
Earth Frequency Festival is an annual outdoor music, arts, and lifestyle festival held in South-East Queensland, Australia. It offers a unique and transformative experience, attracting a diverse crowd of people from all over the world.
Earth Frequency Festival is not a psytrance festival, the festival features local and international artists, spanning a range of electronic and world music genres – Techno, Bass Music, Reggae, Progressive Trance, Hip-Hop, Psytrance, Dubstep, House, World Music, Drum and Bass, Folk, Funk and Down-Tempo. Along with the music, you can explore a variety of workshops, performances, and art installations, as well as indulge in delicious food and beverages.
The festival emphasizes sustainable living and social awareness, encouraging attendees to be mindful of their impact on the environment and to engage in meaningful conversations about social issues. With its inclusive and positive atmosphere, Earth Frequency Festival is an unforgettable event that inspires personal growth, community building, and creativity.
10. ZNA Gathering (Portugal) – July 14-21, 2024
The ZNA Gathering is a biennial psytrance festival in Portugal, and the next edition will be in the summer of 2024.
The ZNA Gathering is much more than your usual psychedelic trance festival; it’s a retro-futuristic celebration, a universal meeting point for both old and new school psytrance lovers. A place where everyone is connected through dance, good vibes, great energy and, of course, beautiful music. Mix this amazing atmosphere with a spectacular outdoor scenery, also known as the ZNA Land, and you have everything you need to turn this powerful recipe into one of the world’s best, and certainly the most unique, psytrance festivals in the world.
Check out the the festival’s official page for more information about the lineup, tickets, and travel options.
Psytrance Festivals – Year 2023
Psytrance festivals bring together people from all walks of life in a celebration of psychedelic music, art, and community. From the stunning forests of Croatia to the breathtaking mountains of Portugal, the best psytrance festivals offer an immersive and transformative experience for all those who attend.
Whether you’re a long-time psytrance enthusiast or a newcomer looking to explore, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and experience the transformative power of music and community. So pack your bags and get ready to join the tribe at one of the best psytrance festivals in the world. The journey awaits!
Page top photo by Jakon Kolar @Boom Festival official Facebook