10. Creamfields Chile
Espacio Riesco Expo Centre
Creamfields stands as one of electronic music's most prominent electronic brands. Hence, you can generally expect that whenever it touches down—be it Sydney, London or Malta—the lineup it brings will be hefty. This year's Chilean edition, taking place in Santiago, is no different, with superstars like Sven Vath, Luciano and Pete Tong all scheduled to do their thing at the Espacio Riesco Expo Centre, just a little over 10km from city centre. Further down the bill, take your pick from the likes of Seth Troxler, Busy P and Joris Voorn, each of whom will be landing for sets that should go down nicely in the South American sun.
RA pick: Over five years in, Booka Shade still have one of the best live shows in the business.
09. Mayday Poland
The twelfth edition of the Polish festival is a celebration of 20 years of rave history, two decades on from the original bash in Berlin which attracted 6,000 and started the Mayday rave movement on the continent. Mayday Twenty Young in Spodek is part of a series of festivals across Europe honouring the "mother of all raves" across this calendar year, from Holland to Russia. The Katowice one-dayer, which runs from 19:00 on Thursday 10th November through until 08:00 the next morning, goes for a through-the-ages style line-up. The German-heavy bill is headed by veterans Chris Liebing, Matthias Tanzmann, Tiefschwarz and Len Faki, and also includes Anthony Rother, Butch and Monika Kruse.
RA pick: Irrepressible honorary Berliner DJ Rush.
08. Groove City
Groove City is a mainstay of Brussels' party calendar, and the fun returns this year to the inner city go-kart track that's served as its home for the last decade. The 11th edition of Groove City will again be divided into four well-defined musical sectors. House Blvd is likely to be the busiest thoroughfare, considering it's headlined by Fedde Le Grand's recent chart-topping achievements and the similarly infectious Calvin Harris. The Techno Highway will split the talent between German experts of the form, Chris Liebing and Ellen Allien, and a British double header of Ben Sims and James Holden. The space previously known as Drum & Bass Avenue has lost the drum and gained a broader definition of bass, adding Canadian brostep act Killawatts to this year's running order alongside drum & bass stalwarts Drumsound & Bassline Smith. The fourth arena has taken on a few incarnations over the years, and for this one it journeys down Electro Road, hosting the Midnight Munchies Room, featuring local lads Kill Frenzy, Le Petit Belge & Le Cheval.
RA pick: James Holden's outside-the-box take on techno.
07. Le Guess Who?
November 24 - November 27
If you're keen to tie a Dutch excursion to a festival but find the prospect of the ADE programme daunting, then Utrecht's Le Guess Who? might be just the ticket. The fifth edition of event provides the simple proposition of a three day, multi-venue venture in the nation's fourth largest city, set against the historic canal-side backdrop of Utrecht's city centre. A selection of indoor venues—Tivoli Oudegracht, Tivoli de Helling, EKKO, dBs, ACU, RASA—will support a base of Canadian acts (the festival was set-up as a platform for artists from the country) alongside…well, a bit of everything, really. Animal Collective's Panda Bear, John Maus, Zola Jesus and Swedish duo Roll the Dice all perform, while more exclusively electronic-based fare comes from Zomby, Com Truise, Slugabed and Pursuit Grooves.
RA pick: After two standout recent full-lengths Roll the Dice should not be slept on.
November 26 - December 4
Various Cities, Australia
Sydney | Perth | Adelaide | Melbourne | Brisbane
Compared to most of Australia's annual summer music festivals, Stereosonic is a relative newcomer. Yet, in just a few years, it's established itself as one of the year's most popular events, mainly by playing host to an exceptionally mixed bag of acts (by Australian standards), ranging from the super-sized to the underground. Take a look at the 2011 bill for an idea: Carl Cox lines up alongside Gaslamp Killer, Annie Mac next to Deetron, Afrojack flanks Claude VonStroke. It's all set to kick off in Sydney on November 26th, after which the tour bus will stop in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane for stadium-sized showings.
RA pick: Peter Van Hoesen applying the techno pressure.
05. I Love Techno
Flanders Expo Centre
I Love Techno returns with a menu of techno, electro and dubstep in its sixteenth year. The 35,000 capacity indoor festival has become one of the biggest names in electronic music since it hosted just 700 fans in its inaugural year of 1995 and its line-up yet again is testament to this progress, albeit away from its titular genre. German techno favourite Paul Kalkbrenner heads the bill alongside countrymen Boyz Noize, Len Faki and Digitalism; and scene legends Carl Craig (as 69) and Laurent Garnier (as LBS) line up in the Red Room. British dubsteppers Skream and Benga will bring the bass, while France's Brodinski and Cassius will provide their take on electro.
RA pick: Agoria's Red Room performance should be one of the more leftfield offerings of the evening.
04. STRP Festival
November 18 - November 27
A sort of indie/electro pulse drove the 2010 edition of STRP Festival. And for 2011? We think techno/experimental would be the best way of putting it. (With names like Chris Liebing & Speedy J, Michael Mayer, Len Faki, James Holden, Mathew Jonson, DVS1, Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin and Rustie making up the bill we're not sure any other conclusion can be drawn.) The main musical portions of the event bookend ten days of art, film, live cinema, performances, interviews, lectures, gaming and robotics out of Eindhoven's Strijp-S, which in former years housed part of electronics manufacturer Philips' global operation. This year also features something the organisers are calling STRP EXPO, which will "present highlights in Dutch media art from the past 50 years."
RA pick: Amon Tobin's ISAM rig in full effect.
03. La Petite Invites: Nuits Sonores
November 3 - November 6
The slimmed-down version of Lyon's annual Nuits Sonores festival, hosted by arts outfit La Petite, makes its return to Toulouse this year, offering an exclusively indoor take on the main event's multi-venue, multi-day format. Forgive us for skipping straight to the final act, but the press surrounding the festival appears at pains to point out the potential magic in Chilly Gonzalès & His Quintet's performance at the Halle aux Grains theatre (they may have a point). Elsewhere across the four days, Richard Fearless' recently revived Death In Vegas play the inaugural evening; Caribou, M.A.N.D.Y. and Pilooski play the same venue—Le Bikini—the next night; and Hudson Mohawke, Dusty Kid, Panteros 666 and Renart show their wares at Opéra Bouffe.
RA pick: The aforementioned Chilly Gonzalès finale feels like the must-do event.
02. Fly Bermuda
As big as Berlin's club scene is, it's also compartmentalized: small-to-medium clubs are the norm, and festival-size events are few and far between. That's what's great about enormous parties like FLY Bermuda—you get the booking style of the city's clubs, but the variety and magnitude of a summer festival. When else could you see dOP and Sven Vath under the same roof? And where else in the German capital could you see something like Plastikman's live show, which demands a venue of considerable scale? After a week of bouncing around from venue-to-venue at the BerMuDa conference, it'll be good for everyone to have the opportunity to be in the same place at the same time—especially if that place is a gigantic disused airport.
RA pick: He's down near the bottom of the bill but don't overlook George FitzGerald's skewed take on house and garage.
01. Club to Club
November 3 - November 6
Torino's Club to Club is the jewel of the Piemonte region's arts festival crown, but this year it draws inspiration from a rich national history—specifically Italy's 150th anniversary of unification—to look to the future, with an "Italian New Wave" theme that gives special attention to up-and-coming homegrown talent. While the names and vital stats of this year's featured Italian artists will be revealed with further lineup announcements, a cast of international acts is rapidly plugging the gaps. Young guns Kyle Hall and Space Dimension Controller will head to Milan for the Viva show, there will be a further warmup in Rome, and the main action will go down in Torino where techno, house, bass, experimental and other odds-and-ends will be covered by Lone, Marcel Dettmann, Jackmaster, Deniz Kurtel, Theo Parrish, Hype Williams and Jeff Mills reprising his show-stopping performance from 2009. A set of wheels is essential to getting the most out of the festival's widespread range of venues, ferrying you between the dizzying number of theatres, clubs, temporary spaces, bars, museums and other unexpected cultural spots.
RA pick: Media-shy producer Zomby delivering tracks from the heartfelt Dedication (if he shows up).