10. International Music Summit
May 20 - May 22
Hard Rock Hotel
IMS has expanded in recent years, moving first to LA and then, in 2014, to Singapore. But it's in Ibiza, where IMS was born, that the industry event is most complete. Returning to the plush surroundings of Playa d'en Bossa's Hard Rock Hotel, 2015's conference will bring together the usual blend of panel discussions, workshops and keynote interviews, all centred around this year's theme: Consolidation. Co-Operation. Curation. The full list of speakers is still to be revealed, but Carl Craig, Mike Banks and lauded British producer Trevor Horn all have places. And once you've got your fill of networking, it's up to Dalt Vila for two nights of house, techno, drum & bass and more courtesy of Sven Väth, Solomun, Luciano and Rudimental.
RA Pick: With breathtaking views over Ibiza Town and the harbour, you'll find Dalt Vila particularly well-suited to Papa Sven's epic techno.
May 10 - May 17
Boston might not be a typical clubbing destination, but that's exactly what makes Together so special. The festival unites the city's small but dedicated scene for an inspired week of events. Its daytime program includes Ableton workshops and panels hosted by local electronic music school Mmmmaven, while at night you can catch the likes of DVS1, Scuba, Mano Le Tough, Andy Stott and Sasha at unusually intimate venues (and you know the local crowds will be hungry for it).
RA pick: Soul Clap on home turf is always a blast.
08. Love Saves The Day
May 23 - May 24
Back for its fourth edition, Love Saves The Day will move to a new, bigger venue in 2015: Bristol's Eastfield Park. The lineup for the two-day festival has expanded accordingly. House and techno dominate, from A-listers (Tale Of Us, Âme, Jackmaster, Four Tet, Erol Alkan) to more headsy acts (Floating Points, John Barera, Soundstream) and local talent (Hodge, Julio Bashmore, Shanti Celeste). There's plenty else to sink your teeth into besides, whether you want to get amongst the crowds at Jessie Ware, or let off steam with grime kingpins Wiley, Skepta and Stormzy.
RA pick: Expect Hodge to pull out all the stops on Saturday.
07. Rainbow Disco Club
May 2 - May 4
Higashi Izu Cross Country Course
Rainbow Disco Club is growing up. What was once a daylong affair on the Tokyo waterfront is now a proper three-day camping festival in Izu, a region known for its craggy shoreline and many onsen, the Japanese hot springs that are sure to feel amazing after a few nights in a sleeping bag. Though the format is changing, the emphasis remains on butt-shaking underground music. Highlights from the bill so far include DJ Nobu, Todd Terje, Tim Sweeney, John Talabot and the Modern Deep Left Quarter (AKA Mathew Jonson, The Mole, Danuel Tate and Tyger Dhula).
RA pick: XDB is the dark horse on this lineup.
06. Southport Weekender
May 8 - May 10
This year marks the end of Southport Weekender. Having hosted 51 events over 29 years, the festival has become a cornerstone of dance music in Britain, a bastion of soulful disco and house and one of the friendliest parties out there. Organisers admit the decision to wrap things up was "gut wrenching," but they're ready to go out with a bang. The DJ bill promises a fitting farewell, with Masters At Work, Kings Of House (Louie Vega, David Morales, Tony Humphries), Kerri Chandler, Marcellus Pittman and Black Coffee among the highlights. Expect tears on the dance floor.
RA pick: One last visit to Connoisseur's Corner with Sadar Bahar.
05. Lente Kabinet
It's fair to say that Dekmantel is the powerhouse of underground dance music in Amsterdam, so it's no surprise they've completely nailed the bookings for Lente Kabinet, their yearly day-long open-air just outside the Dutch capital. Lente Kabinet has a lot of gravity for an event of its size. Nicolas Jaar and Moodymann are this year's headliners, and they're joined by some of the most reliable selectors on the circuit: Roman Flügel, Gerd Janson, Midland, Levon Vincent, The Black Madonna, plus up-and-comers like Pender Street Steppers, Lena Willikens and Palms Trax. There will be a solid Dutch contingent as well, including Dollkraut, Tako and Young Marco.
RA pick: A back-to-back set from Ben UFO and Joy Orbison sounds like a sure shot.
04. Primavera Sound
May 27 - May 30
Parc Del Forum
Summer is a good time to be a music fan in Barcelona, not least because of Primavera Sound. Their lineups over the years have been a who's-who of cutting-edge music across a range of genres, from indie rock and hip-hop to dance music. The DJs and live acts you'll find tucked in between the bands is impressive: Underworld, Roman Flügel, The Juan Maclean, Caribou and local Hivern Discs affiliate Marc Piñol have all signed on for sets across the weekend. You'll also find lots of music with feet in and out of the dance music world, like Kelela and The KVB.
RA pick: Industrial legends Einstürzende Neubauten should provide an unforgettable sonic assault.
May 27 - May 31
Mutek is one of those festivals that does everything right. The lineup is meticulous, luring in crowds with bold international acts while also presenting inspired up-and-comers and plenty of local talent. The production is dazzling, especially the visual element that complements each event. And perhaps most importantly, the festival's emphasis on live acts shines light on a creative side of electronic music, emphasizing performance over partying. But on a more simple level, hopping around Montreal in spring, seeing artists like Andy Stott, Rrose, Dasha Rush, Mika Vainio, Steffi and dozens of others, is a great way to spend five days.
RA pick: Few artists fit the bill as well as Cobblestone Jazz.
02. Nuits Sonores
May 13 - May 17
Before you even get to the music, Nuits Sonores is one hell of a festival. It takes place in excellent locations (including an old wholesale market and a former sugar factory) in Lyon, a gem of a city, with full support from the local government. For 2015, organisers have handed over the reins of its daytime programme to three of their favourites artists: Ben Klock, John Talabot and Jamie xx. All three have delivered interesting selections, with Goldie, Shackleton, Barnt, Ninos Du Brasil and Lena Willikens among their picks. Then there's the night time programme, which sees the likes of Nils Frahm, Moodymann, Voices From The Lake and Nuits Sonores favourite Laurent Garnier performing at venues across the city.
RA pick: Baris K and his Insanlar live project will bring some Eastern flair to the Rhône-Alpes.
May 23 - May 25
Electronic festivals are a dime a dozen these days, but Movement always feels essential. At Detroit's flagship techno event, you're not simply being entertained—you're being presented with one of the city's proudest cultural traditions. This feeling is anchored by the lineup's many local acts, who range from pioneers like Model 500 and Carl Craig to young guns like Jay Daniel. But it permeates the rest of the event as well. No matter who's playing or what their style is, all of the sets at Movement have a subtle element of homage, which is part of what makes this one of the most heartfelt and authentic events on the electronic music calendar.
RA pick: See what Motor City underdog Mike Servito brings to the big stage.