June 28 - July 3
Pag Island, Croatia
Though there's no shortage of big sounds at Hideout, music is only part of the picture. Pag, the small island on which this week-long festival takes place, is home to some of Europe's most idyllic coasts—it's a setting perhaps more befitting of a romantic-comedy than rowdy crowds of Geordies. Thanks to Hideout, though, you have the chance to catch big names like Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and Nina Kraviz spin on stages a stone's throw from the secluded beaches scattered around Novalja, the town that hosts most of the festival's attendees. Whether you spend most of the trip on a dance floor or on a beach, Hideout is a stop on the summer calendar well worth hitting.
RA Pick: Jamie Jones always brings the heat, and what music better suits the sun than swinging, bottom-heavy house?
June 6 - June 7
When it comes to absolutely massive parties, no one does it quite like The Warehouse Project. Parklife, their annual weekender at Heaton Park, shows the Manchester institution at the top of their game, bringing together a staggering cast of DJs and live acts from all corners of the electronic music spectrum. With an expected crowd of 140,000 people (!), there are of course plenty of big name crowd-pleasers—from Disclosure to Dixon to Fatboy Slim—but that's by no means all you're in for at Parklife. The likes of FKA twigs, James Blake and Grace Jones find their way into the lineup as well.
RA Pick: On dance floors as big as these, Seth Troxler and Eats Everything hit the nail on the head.
08. Gottwood Festival
June 11 - June 15
Gottwood Festival has come a long way since its modest beginnings in 2010. This year's edition is set to be the biggest yet, with the likes of Zip, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Midland, tINI, Margaret Dygas, Hunee, Leon Vynehall and Move D all making the trip to Carreglwyd Wood. But no matter how many years go by, or how big the bookings get, the organisers will never lose sight of what makes the Welsh weekender so special in the first place: its cosy, colourful, carefree vibe.
RA Pick: Watch two of the best in the business go back-to-back when Ben UFO shares the stage with Craig Richards.
07. Field Day
London's willingness to embrace fresh sounds has long made it a fertile environment for new music. Field Day, which takes place in the green expanse of Victoria Park, does a wonderful job of feeding the city's curiosity. For every crowd-pulling act performing this year—Caribou, Madlib, Todd Terje—you'll find a more adventurous booking further down the bill, like Ethiopian organ player Hailu Mergia, the father-and-son collaboration Toumani & Sidiki Diabate or PC Music head A. G. Cook. We suggest you check out the lineup, pick a couple of acts you haven't heard of, and go check them out—chances are you'll be pleasantly surprised.
RA Pick: Wherever you stand on the "cute" movement, SOPHIE's live show is not to be missed.
June 12 - June 14
There's something beautifully understated about Terraforma. Now in its second year, the intimate festival takes place in the woods outside Milan. The site consists of little more than a single stage, a local food market and a makeshift wooden bar—the surrounding nature provides the rest of the ambience. The music, meanwhile, is a carefully curated mixture of techno and avant-garde. The lineup so far for 2015 includes modular maven Charles Cohen, dub techno innovator Mark Ernestus, and Aquaplano, AKA Donato Dozzy and Nuel. For fans of subtler electronic sounds, it doesn't get much better than this.
RA Pick: Aquaplano should thrive in a sylvan setting like this one.
June 27 - June 28
Few promoters can pull in thousands of ravers with nothing more than the promise of a light show, killer sound and a few dozen techno DJs. Awakenings does it every few months. For this year's edition of the annual two-day indoor-outdoor multi-stage bash, you'll find regulars like Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann and Dave Clarke sharing the bill with more house-focussed acts like Ricardo Villalobos, Visionquest and Maya Jane Coles.
RA Pick: Be among the first to catch Shifted's galloping new live set.
June 25 - June 28
Most people don't realise just how picturesque the Baltics are. The sparsely populated region—comprising Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—is home to some of the lushest forests in Europe, all located a short distance from a capital city. This landscape is an impressive setting for a techno festival, something the team behind Supynes discovered years ago. Until recently, however, not many people outside Lithuania knew about their event. Those that did were treated to a world-class festival deep in bushland 100 KM from Vilnius, with quality sound, great music and a slick minimalist vibe driven by the organisers' "less is more" motto. This year's edition is shaping up to be the heaviest to date, with an Ostgut Ton showcase featuring Ben Klock, Function and Ryan Elliott undoubtedly the main drawcard.
RA Pick: Make time for some of the killer local selectors, such as Mantas T, Split Pulse and Mario Moretti.
03. Weather Festival
May 29 - June 7
This year is just the third edition of Weather, but already the Parisian festival's inaugural event seems positively low-key compared to what they've got lined up for 2015. The festival is taking place over two weeks, beginning with five days of "Off" events at venues across Paris, from Arab World Institute to Rex Club to the festival's spiritual home, Concrete. That'll be followed by the main "On" event: a three-day takeover of a 250,000 square-meter outdoor space in Bois De Vincennes. Organisers say they're expecting a crowd of 50,000—a huge achievement for a lineup of underground house and techno.
RA Pick: Blawan banging out modular techno in the Paris sunshine at the premiere of his Ternescan Chambers live show.
June 27 - June 30
"Something for everyone" is a phrase often used when describing festivals, but nowhere does it ring truer than at Glastonbury. Whether you're seven or 70, into theatre, circus or spoken-word, your tastes are catered for somewhere on Worthy Farm's 900 acres. The same goes for music, with main-stage rock and pop mixed in with folk, world, R&B and electronic (to name but a few). Repping for the electronic camp in 2015 will be The Chemical Brothers, Jon Hopkins, Jamie xx, FKA twigs, Caribou and Todd Terje, with many more names still to be revealed.
RA Pick: Hip-hop artists rarely headline Glastonbury, so it's likely Kanye West's Saturday night slot on the Pyramid Stage will—for good or bad—be the talking point of the weekend.
June 18 - June 20
The festival landscape gets increasingly packed each year. But more than two decades in, Sónar still stands out from the crowd. There is, of course, the wildly adventurous booking policy, ranging from chart-toppers (The Chemical Brothers, Skrillex, Duran Duran, A$AP Rocky) and big-name DJs (Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles) to underground luminaries (Roman Flügel, Daniel Avery) and rising experimentalists (SOPHIE, Arca). But scratching practically any musical itch over three days and two long nights is only part of what makes Sónar a pillar of the festival calendar. The venues are epic, the production is flawless, and Barcelona provides a gorgeous backdrop for one of the best weekends of music all summer.
RA Pick: Autechre choose their gigs wisely, so don't miss the chance to see them at Sónar By Day.