10. Taicoclub Festival
May 31 - June 1
Taico Club is one of those festivals where everything is in its right place. The size, the sound, the atmosphere, the location and the lineup are all routinely spot on. Some of the artists billed to play this year will bring an element of tranquillity to the natural mountainside setting—think Mount Kimbie, Bibio, James Holden—while The Black Dog, Venetian Snares, Tim Hecker and Daniel Bell will make sure Taico's renowned soundsystem gets a thorough workout.
RA pick: James Holden is lugging his modular half way round the world—expect him to use it wisely.
09. Terraforma 2014
June 6 - June 8
This is Terraforma's first year, and there's plenty of reason to expect great things. The Milan newcomer has an environmental bent, and not just because it happens in the woods. Organizers are aiming for complete integration with nature, and promise that every aspect of the event will be sustainable. With a goal of fostering a "meditative space" instead of a crazy party, the music leans towards the more reflective end of things, balancing dance-oriented acts such as Voices From The Lake and Millie & Andrea with the likes of Morphosis and Bee Mask.
RA pick: Deadbeat and Tikiman thundering through the woods.
08. Secret Solstice Festival
June 20 - June 23
Over the course of its three days in Reykjavik's Laugardalur Park, revelers at Secret Solstice won't have a single moment of nighttime, which sounds like a marathon in the making no matter who's playing. Luckily, there's plenty to fill up these endless days. Massive Attack, Woodkid and Iceland's own Múm are among the headliners, and heavy hitters from the UK—Jackmaster, The Two Bears and Eats Everything, to name a few—are well represented among the 150 or so acts on the bill. And if you've ever wanted to survey Iceland's music scene, you're unlikely to find a lineup anywhere more stacked with locals.
RA pick: Damian Lazarus' Day Zero parties have had the winter solstice covered these last few years. We're sure he'll smash the summer one, too.
07. Gottwood Festival 2014
June 19 - June 23
"On the most northwestern point of Wales, on a forested site that you can walk across in two minutes, Gottwood hosts an annual festival that's refreshingly unfashionable." So wrote Daniel Petry in his review of last year's Gottwood Festival. When he says "unfashionable," he isn't talking about the lineup—with Tale Of Us, Calibre and Margaret Dygas among this year's highlights, they're keeping up just fine—but rather the atmosphere. Taking over a forest at the very tip of Wales, Gottwood is inviting and intimate without sacrificing production values or scale.
RA pick: Max Cooper's melodic techno should sound enchanting under a canopy of trees.
06. Awakenings Festival
June 28 - June 29
Awakenings, one of the finest techno institutions in The Netherlands, has always had a go-big-or-go-home approach. This year, they're going bigger than ever, expanding their summer festival to a two-day event for the first time. The lineup, of course, is staggering, with Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, DVS1, Nina Kraviz and Adam Beyer among dozens of others. Back-to-backs are very much a thing this year as well—pairings include Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock, Blawan and Sigha, Pangaea and Pariah, Perc and Truss.
RA pick: Catch Speedy J on home turf when he plays with Lucy as Zeitgeber.
05. Parklife Weekender
June 7 - June 8
Manchester is no stranger to good electronic music. But the Parklife Weekender takes things to a whole other level. The festival is presented by The Warehouse Project, and Snoop Dogg aside, the lineup looks like a whole season of the Mancunian heavyweights' party series stuffed into two days: there's Seth Troxler and Julio Bashmore, Carl Cox and Nina Kraviz, Happa and Jon Hopkins, Jessy Lanza and Ryan Hemsworth, Zomby and Flying Lotus plus a handful of tasty back-to-back sets (Jackmaster and Oneman, Ben UFO and Midland).
RA pick: Disclosure's Wildlife stage, with Kerri Chandler, DJ EZ and Pusha T joining the Lawrence brothers, is one of the most intriguing things at the festival.
04. Field Day
June 7 - June 8
Few festivals sum up London's wildly eclectic music scene better than Field Day. With a crowd that ranges from wide-eyed teenagers to seasoned techno heads, the annual event has evolved into a ritualistic get-together for the capital's trendsetters. This summer, the action will be split over two days for the first time, though the Saturday remains the biggest draw. Musically there'll be something for everyone, with dance fans (Todd Terje, James Holden, Dixon), indie kids (Warpaint, Pixies) and beat heads (Lunice, Ghostpoet) all set to leave Victoria Park with smiles on their faces.
RA pick: Jackmaster and Oneman are unrivalled when it comes to festival fun, and they'll be debuting their new Can U Dance project on the Saturday.
03. Glastonbury 2014
June 27 - June 29
Glastonbury: a festival where bad weather is all part of the charm. There aren't many events—of any kind, anywhere in the world—that could manage this kind of oxymoron. But then Glastonbury, now in its 43rd edition, stands head and shoulders above so many others. Hosting upwards of 150,000 people, the UK giant is a world unto itself, offering an infinitely diverse range of cultural, social and musical experiences. Riding shotgun to the likes of Arcade Fire, Pixies and The Wailers this year are a whole range of dance acts, from pioneers like Richie Hawtin, DJ Pierre and François K to current favourites such as Jamie xx, Disclosure and James Blake.
RA pick: Get a classic Glastonbury experience with one Britain's best-loved bands: Massive Attack.
02. Weather Festival
June 6 - June 9
The first edition of Weather Festival felt like the culmination of something that had been brewing in Paris for years. An electrified atmosphere took hold as thousands of French club kids came together to dance and sweat in a way that recalled the city's early '90s techno heyday. This year the festival's bill is overflowing with house and techno luminaries, from The Moritz Von Oswald Trio to Moodymann to Panorama Bar and Berghain's finest. The action will be spread across the city, with organisers making use of nightclubs, parks and even an airport, though Weather's beating heart is still the Concrete boat docked at Port De La Rapée. Paris is in for one hell of a festival.
RA pick: A live set from Underground Resistance on the opening night will set the tone for an epic weekend.
June 12 - June 14
You have to admire Sónar's guts. In order to move enough tickets, most festivals of its size lean hard on big and sometimes obvious names. And yet Sónar, while in no way averse to marquee acts, has managed again and again to pack its two huge venues with impressively bold and esoteric lineups. This year's three-day event in Barcelona will be one of the most uncompromising yet, placing cult figures like DJ Harvey next to avant-garde artists like Bee Mask and Nils Frahm. Their big names, meanwhile, are beyond reproach: Massive Attack, Plastikman and Chic are just a few of the highlights.
RA pick: It's been a while since Dan Snaith hit the road as Caribou—see what he pulls out of the hat.