FriendShip. Courtesy of ALIVECOVERAGE.


Head to a warm destination this winter to escape the cold and see performances by some of the top names in electronic dance music. From Fiji to Miami and Tulum to the Dominican Republic, there are multiple music festivals taking place this winter in various tropical spots. Dance on beaches and forget the snow at any of these seven music festivals happening over the coming months. 

Your Paradise Fiji 

Your Paradise Fiji.

Your Paradise Fiji. Courtesy of Joel Tinker.

Joel Tinker

Dance to some of the top names in electronic dance music while enjoying white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. Hosted at Malolo Lailai in the Mamanucas Islands from December 6 through December 12, Your Paradise Fiji fuses resort life with music festival culture. This year’s lineup boasts acclaimed acts such as A-Trak, What So Not, AC Slater, Gorgon City and Mija. At the resort, attendees have the options to surf, dive, snorkel or simply relax on the beach. The festival is limited to 600 spots, allowing for an intimate music festival experience. 



Rakastella. Courtesy of Lauren Morell.

Lauren Morell

Located on the shores of Miami’s historic Virginia Key Beach Park is Rakastella, a 16 hour music festival. The event will take place on December 7 during Art Basel, and it will boast German house innovator Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Miami debut. The lineup also includes techno favorites such as Dixon, DJ Tennis and Âme. This year’s event will feature new immersive amenities including hi-fi tea garden, hors d’oeuvres at sunset and lighting design by Montreal’s Iregular. 



FriendShip. Courtesy of Rukes.


Set sail on the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas for four days and nights of dancing on a boat and on a private island. FriendShip, which sails from Miami to CocoCay in the Bahamas, will host the likes of artists such as RÜFÜS DU SOL, Boys Noize and Claptone. In addition to music, festival goers can also enjoy curated events such as Ice Disco on the boat’s ice rink, Ship-Teese with Dita Von Teese, comedy performances and theme nights. The event was founded by Gary Richards, who is also known by his DJ alias DESTRUCTO. 

Day Zero

Day Zero

Day Zero. Courtesy of Juliana Bernstein.

Juliana Bernstein

Take refuge to Tulum, Mexico to escape the cold and dance this January at Day Zero. The festival, curated by Damian Lazarus, is a nod to the ancient Mayan traditions as the inaugural event was held on December 21, 2012—the day some considered to be the end of the world because it was the final date on the Mayan calendar. Day Zero will take place on January 10 in the upcoming year and it will host top talent such as Black Coffee, Ellen Allien and Bedouin.

Holy Ship! Wrecked

Holy Ship! Wrecked.

Holy Ship! Wrecked. Courtesy of Rukes.


Escape the cold this January by dancing on the beaches of the Dominican Republic. Holy Ship! Wrecked by HARD Events is coming to land for the first time, and it will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana from January 22 through January 26 in 2020. The festival will takeover the all-inclusive resort for four days and nights of music. This year’s lineup highlights include Diplo, Claude VonStroke, Chris Lake and Madeon. 

CRSSD Festival 

CRSSD Festival.

CRSSD Festival. Courtesy of Juliana Bernstein.

Juliana Bernstein

Enjoy views of Downtown San Diego’s Waterfront Park this March at CRSSD Festival. The event fuses Southern California culture with dance music’s underground roots. This year’s lineup for the March 7 and March 8 event hasn’t been announced yet, but the September rendition of the event hosted the likes of Anna Lunoe, Fisher, Hot Chip and more. Dance to underground electronic music while taking in views of  “America’s Finest City” this winter. 

SXM Festival 

SXM Festival.

SXM Festival. Courtesy of SXM Festival.

SXM Festival

Travel to a Caribbean island this March to escape the cold and dance on the beaches of Saint Martin. Taking place from March 11 through March 15, the music festival spans a private beach, VIP villas, nightclubs and a jungle venue. In addition to watches performances by acts such as Bedouin, Blond:ish and YokoO, attendees can also enjoy an array of food and drink vendors, shop at boutiques, observe art installations and indulge in wellness activities, such as massages and yoga.