By Matty Adams

Let’s be honest with one another for a second… the winter months have been long, cold and seemingly going on forever. Life in the office saving for your summer holiday/festival season plans has been lonely and boring – it simply doesn’t compare to that of life on the dance floor and with the summer months fast approaching, that itch to pump that fist has never been stronger.

Yes, May has arrived which means the dawning of another prosperous summer is upon us. Taking such a fact into account now means it’s time to abandon your hat, scarf and gloves and replace them for sunglasses, sun lotion and an ice cold beer/cocktail dependent on which you prefer.

It’s time to rub it in the faces of all your colleagues at work that you’re off on vacation… so what are you waiting for? Update your social media channels, take videos for SnapChat and most importantly, have the summer of your life. Here is part nine of my festival tips for 2016 – take advantage.

Hard Summer Music Festival – July 30-31 – California, USA

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Lifting the digital curtain to provide revellers with a taste of the future, Hard Summer Music Festival will take over the Auto Club Speedway in sunny Southern California for two days at the end of July. This year’s edition will include an expanded footprint reaching over 500 acres, convenient parking and for the first time in its history, camping.

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Taking over this two day Hard Summer extravaganza will be a host of headline acts. On Saturday 30th July, the likes of Ice Cube, Flosstradamus, Porter Robinson, DJ Khaled, Claude Vonstroke, Tchami, Dizzee Rascal, Destructo and more will appear.

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The following day on Sunday 31st, clubbers will get to see the likes of Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Travi$ Scott, Zeds Dead, Madeon, Boys Noize, DJ Mustard, Aluna George, Jackmaster and more.

http://www.hardfest.com/

Mysteryland – August 27-28 – Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

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Beginning over two decades ago back in 1993, Mysteryland was formulated with a focus upon electronic music, art, culture, talent and sustainability. Such a focus has helped Mysteryland become the longest running dance festival on the planet today! 2016 will see all styles of electronic music represented over the course of two days towards the end of August with sounds varying from EDM and techno to hardystyle and disco.

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Saturday 27th August will feature such headline acts as Afrojack, Sander van Doorn, Seth Troxler, MK, Don Diablo, Sante & Sidney Charles, Skream, Riva Starr and more.

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The following day on 28th, the likes of Diplo, Martin Garrix, Gorgon City, Apollonia, Heidi & Cajmere, Patrick Topping, Carl Craig & Stacey Pullen, Kim Ann Foxman and more will be in action.

http://www.mysteryland.com/

South West Four – August 27-28 – Clapham Common, London, UK

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Taking place over the course of two days during the August bank holiday weekend, South West Four will command proceedings in Clapham Common continuing to live up to its decorated reputation of being one of the United Kingdom’s most influential and important electronic music festivals in history.

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Ensuring ear-drum satisfaction of the highest degree is provided to every ticket holder in attendance, the likes of headliners including Dizzee Rascal, Rudimental, Chemical Brothers (Live), Knife Party, Four Tet, Gorgon City (DJ set), MK, Netsky (Live), Amine Edge & Dance, Bondax (Live), Above & Beyond, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones back-to-back with Joseph Capriati, Andy C and more will be performing on stage behind the decks.11952837_10155977656820291_7380696811936398009_o

http://www.southwestfour.com/