10. Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
November 5 - November 7
New York City, USA
In electronic music as in everything else, New York City is vast, rich and home to staggering variety. Since 2008, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has been a rare occasion for the different sects of the city's electronic music scene to come together under one roof. Well, a few roofs, actually—this year the festival takes over Verboten, Good Room and Music Hall Of Williamsburg for the first weekend in November. The bill mixes up local icons like MK, Armand Van Helden and Masters At Work with more underground selectors like Detroit transplant Patrick Russell. As usual, there will be acts from abroad as well, with Daniel Avery, George FitzGerald and Voices From The Lake all confirmed.
RA Pick: Floating Points playing with an 11-piece ensemble might be the juiciest thing on this lineup.
09. Iceland Airwaves
November 4 - November 8
Few events capture the zeitgeist of modern music as well as Iceland Airwaves. With as many as 12 different events every night for four days, the Reykjavik festival is equal parts pop, indie, electronic and avant-garde. The lineup, which counts more than 100 artists within its ranks, connects the dots between Arca, Battles, Ariel Pink, Future Brown, SOPHIE and post-punk legends The Pop Group, to name just a few. Iceland's inspired music scene will be represented as well, with local icons Björk and Gus Gus topping a sizable cast of local artists.
RA Pick: Hard to beat Björk on her home turf.
08. Le Guess Who?
November 19 - November 22
Our review of last year's Le Guess Who? said it was "for those who value variety in a festival programme." One look at the 2015 lineup will tell you its much the same deal this time around, with artists from the more experimental end of electronic music (Lotic, Demdike Stare, Blanck Mass, Loscil) rubbing shoulders with krautrock icons (Faust), breakneck pianists (Lubomyr Melnyk) and pioneers of progressive rock (Magma). But what makes the four-day festival so special isn't just the range of acts playing, it's also the open-minded crowds, the beautiful backdrop of Utrecht and the unorthodox venues, which include churches, galleries and classical concert halls.
RA Pick: Sunn O))) have curated a part of the programme, and LA's Julia Holter is the only contemporary artist to make the cut.
07. Mira Festival
October 30 - November 7
Mira Festival probably isn't the first event you think of when it comes to electronic music in Barcelona. There's Sónar, of course, and Primavera, too. But Mira has quietly carved its own niche in the city's music calendar. Now entering its fifth year, it's adopted a booking policy that loosely revolves around drone, electro and bass music. That means you'll get various shades of experimental electronics, from the challenging (Ben Frost) to the calming (A Winged Victory For The Sullen) as well as more danceable fare from the likes of Pearson Sound, Andy Stott and Dopplereffekt.
RA Pick: Blanck Mass's weirdo electronica backed by Dam Tombs's visuals.
December 26 - January 3
House and disco have always gone hand in hand with beaches and tropical weather. The organisers of Brazilian festival Mareh are well aware of this, flying in some of the world's most feel-good DJs every year for a week in paradise. The action takes place on Boipeba, a roadless island strewn with palm trees and golden sand off the country's northwest coast. This year, Tim Sweeney, Pete Herbert, The Revenge, Ray Mang, Eric Duncan and Young Marco will all make the trip, playing beachside sets at Bar Da Praia and aboard various boat parties. The best thing about Mareh, though? It runs through New Year's Eve, with the festival's main event scheduled for the 31st. What better way to see in 2016?
RA Pick: Tim Sweeney's set on the Beats In Space boat party.
05. Subsonic Music Festival
December 4 - December 6
Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort
As the future of Sydney's clubbing landscape looks increasingly uncertain, events like Subsonic become all the more important. Held in picturesque bushland a few hours north of the city, it's one of Australia's best house and techno festivals, assembling well-selected lineups that traverse a large chunk of the dance music spectrum. This year is no different, with Roman Flügel, KiNK, Wolf + Lamb, Patrice Scott and Kowton all billed. As always, some of Australia's best homegrown selectors will also step up, but you'll have to wait until closer to the event to find out exactly who.
RA Pick: Margaret Dygas's deep and trippy sound should go down well in Subsonic's tranquil surrounds.
04. Time Warp US
November 20 - November 21
New York, USA
You always know exactly what you're going to get with Time Warp. Their world-class sound and production, heavyweight lineups and sizzling atmospheres lure tens of thousands of revelers to festivals in Germany, Holland, Argentina and the US every year. The American edition is changing tack for year two, relocating to Brooklyn's Bedford Armory, an 108-year-old, castle-like structure. Time Warp's signature Cave 2.0 setup will be shipped from Germany and installed at the venue, which will host sets from Sven Väth, Luciano, Apollonia, Tale Of Us, Black Coffee, Chris Liebing, Ricardo Villalobos, Recondite and Jamie Jones back-to-back with Seth Troxler.
RA Pick: Ricardo Villalobos's first US appearance since 2011 will be the one.
03. Strawberry Fields
November 20 - November 22
Techno festival? Hippie rave? What you think of Strawberry Fields probably depends on whether or not you like your dance music at 125 or 150 BPM. Like many Australian festivals, it has roots in psytrance. The last few years have seen its organisers give more and more space to house and techno, making it a vital stop on the Australian summer calendar. This year's bill enlists plenty of sunshine-friendly talent, with Apparat, Cobblestone Jazz, Soul Clap, Tensnake, Bicep and Glenn Astro all confirmed. The techno lineup also packs a punch, with the likes of Peter Van Hoesen and Eric Cloutier on board.
RA Pick: Cloutier's slick, driving techno.
02. Club To Club
November 4 - November 8
Turin's Club To Club is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2015, and organisers have put together their most packed lineup to date. This year's biggest coup is Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who will be performing his recent solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes. There's a strong list of guaranteed floor-fillers—Jeff Mills, Four Tet, Andy Stott, Todd Terje, Jamie xx and Nicolas Jaar among them—as well as some well-picked emerging acts like Rabit and Lotic. As always, the action will be spread across Turin, with the Teatro Carignano at the heart of things.
RA Pick: Andy Stott's ultra-heavy live show is currently the best it's ever been.
November 13 - November 15
Center Parcs De Eemhof
De Eemhof, Netherlands
Parties don't come much more legit than Nachtdigital, a lakeside rave in the German countryside that, over the past two decades, slowly grew into a full-blown festival. That's why, even though it's never actually happened before, we have so much faith in Nachtiville, the Nachtdigital crew's new festival in the Netherlands. Taking over the Dutch bungalow park Center Parcs De Eemhof, Nachtiville should have the same demented family vacation vibe that helps make Nachtdigital so special. More importantly, the lineup is absolutely off the chain, especially if you're into the deeper and weirder end of dance music. Giegling, Workshop, Intergalactic FM and Hamburg's Golden Pudel crew will all be there in force, along with an inspired cast of Nachtdigital alumni, including Lena Willikens, Optimo, Sandrien and Ben UFO.
RA Pick: Golden Pudel ringleader Ralf Köster brings a rare verve to the art of the ambient set.