Ahhh, spring break, sunshine, alcohol, debauchery, and now some of the best in electronic music, which will ultimately leave you, broke and poisoned, but it’s all worth it. With more than 40% of college students going ape shit on spring break (the other 60% clearly are not engaged in higher learning for the right reasons), and more than an estimated 1 BILLION dollars spent killing your brain cells at warp speed.
Before you toss your inhibitions out the window, we will show you where to jet off to this spring to not only get a great tan, but also hear some of EDM’s best DJs and festivals. But oh course, if you’re in Washington, DC, over spring break, you know where the best EDM DC parties will be- Panorama Productions and Club Glow.
Spring break all started in the mid 1930s with college swim teams flocking to the sunshine state (that’s Florida, for you dropouts). South Florida capitalized on the tourism and is now the most popular spring break spot in the US. But if you want to skip the more ‘white’ trashier crap holes like Daytona and Lauderdale, head to Miami Beach where the trailer parks start to disappear and EDM reigns supreme with WMC and Ultra.
When: March 21- 30, 2014 (WMC) March 28- 30, 2014 (UMF)
Performers: Tiesto, Kaskade, Laidback Luke, Avicii, Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Carl Cox, Paul Van Dyk, John Digweed…well, pretty much everyone. Check here for full UMF lineup
Tickets: UMF Click Here l WMC (varies by event)
The UME Festival or Ultimate Music Experience is the main draw for stepping into George W territory. Though not as great as Miami’s WMC, and way shorter, South Padre is host to daily beach parties at several beach clubs, two full weeks of a daily dose of DJ Skribble (holy MTV Spring Break 1990’s throw back) and Trojan condoms hosts a big blow out. Condoms and EDM- is this spring break, or Christmas?
When: March 13- 15, 2014
Performers: Tiesto, Carnage, Dyro, Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, Paper Diamond, Pegboard Nerds, Keys ‘N Krates, Zedd, Boys Noize, Sandro Silva, Brazzabelle
Tickets: Click Here $129- $239
Ah the redneck Riviera, located on the panhandle of Florida, or garbage Florida, or white trash Florida… all very reputable monikers for most parts of Florida, outside of Miami. PCB is the #1 domestic spring break location boasting more than 500,000 spring breakers every March. The music lineup can’t touch that of WMC, UMF, UME, or the Mexico destinations. So why the f*ck is this even listed (one may ask)? Because you can still catch some decent acts and blow less money than you would anywhere else. You will have to put up with all the red necks drinking bud light cans with koozies, but you get what you pay for.
When: March 5- March 26, 2014
Performers: Steve Aoki, Lil’ Jon, DJ scribble of MTV fame, Robby Rivera, the EC Twins, Manufactured Superstars, and Pauly D
Tickets: The ONLY way to experience these Concert Events is to call direct at
Spring Break 2013 in Cancun was in a league of its own with Student City and Shah Entertainment’s first ever Inception Music Festival. Cancun is the #1 international spring break destination and now there’s more than margaritas to get your pale winter ass across the border. In 2013, the Inception Music Festival hit the Gulf for the first time with over 30,000 people. This was 30 days and nights of wild day parties and world-class events, studded with the top EDM DJs in the world.
When: All month long in March 2014
Performers: Fedde Le Grande, Danny Avila, Sultan & Ned Shepherd, AN21, second phase of DJs TBA
Tickets: Inception event list and ticket info here.
Because this enormous lake plays host to thousands of college students every Spring, that have only a few things in mind: To get rocked beyond belief, go to huge parties by the lake, meet other hot students, and get the hell away from their college for a week. The lake heats up at night, but the daytime is where most of the action is.
Why: Lake Havasu is the West Coast’s most popular spring break destination being only 2 hours from Vegas, that leaves you the rest of the week to go gamble and slut it up in Sin City.
When: Week #1: March 10 – 13, 2014
Week #2: March 17 – 20, 2014
Week #3: March 24 – 27, 2014
Week #4: March 31 – April 3, 2014
Performers: The Chainsmokers, Bro Safari, Carnage, Will Sparks, and more TBA
Tickets: Check out SWAT for ticket packages.
The name of the game in Mexico is ALL INCLUSIVE! You won’t find this in South Beach, so to get the most out of your cash (or Daddy’s credit card- strike that if you have Daddy’s cc, go crazy) it’s good to dip into the all for one price- all you can drink, club entries, day time parties, hotel, food, etc. Mexico is amazing and PV is a definite step up from Cancun, it’s less ghetto and sticky sweaty, but don’t get us wrong, leave the pearls and sear suckers at home.
Why: Electro Beach
When: All month long in March 2014
Performers: Tiesto, Afrojack, Alesso, Fedde Le Grand, LA Riots, Paul Van Dyk, Sander Van Doorn, Adventure Club, Borgore, Carnage, Cash Cash, DJ Snake, Sander Van Doorn, Dyro, Wolfgang Gartner, Tommy Trash and more.
Tickets: For ticket information see the Electro Beach main page.
Though you may think of New Orleans only around Mardi Gras, the Buku Music Festival gives you a reason to skip the typical tacky Fat Tuesday and plug into a mix mash music festival, which ranges from EDM, to rock, to Indie, to rap. Head down early you can still catch the 24/7 crazy party atmosphere of Bourbon Street or head to the Cajun Riviera and enjoy the white sands and clear blue waters that you probably didn’t know were there.
When: March 21-22, 2014
Performers: David Guetta, Kaskade, Chromeo, Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, plus much much more. See the Buku Music Festival lineup here.
Tickets: $89.50- $2, 399.50- Buku Festival tickets here.