Here's a look at what's happening around the world in August.
South West Four
Clapham Common, London, UK
August 27 - August 28
London's festival offering expands every year, but when it comes to size and spectacle, SW4 remains one of the capital's clear frontrunners. 2016 marks the 13th edition of the August bank holiday event, with another slew of marquee names set to descend on Clapham Common across two days. There'll be techno from Sven Väth, Carl Cox and Recondite, house from Jamie Jones, Danny Tenaglia and Black Coffee, and more raucous sounds courtesy of Andy C, Dizzee Rascal and DJ EZ. But there's one act that really sets this year apart from the rest, not least because the organisers are calling them "the biggest headliner in SW4 history." Enter The Chemical Brothers, who will make their festival debut on Sunday night.
RA Pick: Four Tet is the special guest on the main stage on Sunday, so get ready to hear the biggest tunes in his record bag.
Tauron Nowa Muzyka
Tauron Nowa Muzyka, Katowice Bogucice, Poland
August 18 - August 21
These past 12 months have seen Poland's Silesia region at the centre of feverish speculation about Nazi gold buried in tunnels and mines. Tauron Nowa Muzyka takes place on the site of a former coal mine in Katowice, the centre of the Silesian Metropolis, but offers attendees treasures of the musical variety. The area around the festival site has been at the centre of the city's post-industrial renaissance. An old mine shaft looks over a symphony hall, a museum and the slick, grass-walled International Congress Center. This gives organisers plenty of interesting spaces to use, with concert performances from Floating Points and Lubomyr Melnyk happily coexisting with dance floor-focused acts like Levon Vincent and Prins Thomas.
RA Pick: Hieroglyphic Being's set should be deeper than the mine-shafts dotted around the festival grounds.
Zrce Beach, Pag Island, Croatia
August 21 - August 25
There's something especially great about hearing lean, swinging house music under the sun. Even so, there are still only a handful of festivals around the world that pair that particular sound with warm, open-air surroundings. Sonus is one of them. This Croatian event, held on the same Pag Island location as Hideout, books most of the style's key names with each edition, and this year is no different. Zip, Ricardo Villalobos, Rhadoo, Cassy, Binh, Dana Ruh and Nicolas Lutz are all confirmed, along with a cast of house and techno heavy-hitters like Dixon, Rødhåd, Loco Dice and Maceo Plex.
RA Pick: Make sure you're front and centre for Alexandra, one of Romania's most versatile selectors.
Castelo Montemor-O-Velho, Castelo Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal
August 25 - August 27
Three days of dark music in a sunny Portuguese village might sound like an oxymoron, but things make more sense when you learn the venue is an 11th-century castle, the Montemor-o-Velho, a perfect setting for the high-impact, visceral electronics and elaborate lighting design you get at Festival Forte. Ben Frost's opening concert with visual artist MFO will make the most of the dramatic setting, while Cabaret Voltaire's combination of VHS cut-ups and proto-techno sets the tone for a host of artists charting the nether regions between techno and industrial. Whether it's Helena Hauff, Ancient Methods or Orphx, your penchant for destruction is more than covered. A healthy dose of techno's finest will also perform, including Rrose, Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann .
RA Pick: Silent Servant continues to blend techno, wave and industrial to devastating effect.
Viana Do Castelo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
August 4 - August 7
Any electronic music festival more than ten years old is clearly doing something right. Neopop, about to take place in the sleepy coastal village of Viana do Castelo for the 11th time, is helping to make Portugal an increasingly impressive destination for summer clubbing, thanks to slick organisation and a smart, wide-ranging booking policy. This year organisers have settled on a killer blend of experimental and big-room-friendly names, hosting cerebral techno veterans Donato Dozzy, Inigo Kennedy and Peter Van Hoesen alongside festival favourites like Nina Kraviz, John Talabot and Carl Cox.
RA Pick: Lose yourself in Polar Inertia's mind-bending live techno set.
Kraftwerk Berlin, Berlin, Germany
August 24 - August 25
When The Wall loomed over it from all sides, West Berlin was a breeding ground for ear-splitting experimental music. Berlin Atonal connects the city's current club scene to this bygone era. The original events were hosted in the '80s by Dimitri Hegemann, years before he founded Tresor; today, the festival takes place at Tresor's colossal upstairs space, Kraftwerk Berlin. The lineup reminds us how vital experimental electronics remain today, primarily through a series of special collaborations: Mika Vainio will play live with Daniel Pflumm, Orphx with JK Flesh, Kerridge with OAKE as UF and Rashad Becker with Moritz Von Oswald as Fathom. There are plenty of impressive solo acts, too, from Ron Morelli to Russell Haswell to Lena Willikens. And if you've never been there, take our word for it: the breathtaking venue is well worth a look on its own.
RA Pick: This may not be a "party" exactly, but Minimal Wave boss Veronica Vasicka will find a way to rock it.
Vilhonvuorenkatu, Helsinki, Finland
August 12 - August 14
"It's not a rave, but whatever it is, we could use more of it." So Jordan Rothlein described Finland's Flow Festival, a striking combination of sounds and tastes taking place near the centre of Helsinki. While there are plenty of kick drums at Flow, they're dotted amidst a vast spectrum of other sounds. What's more, Flow has a reputation for offering food options that put most festivals to shame (lobster hotdog anybody?) and a sustainability policy that's made them one of the first carbon neutral festivals in the world. Looking over the Suvilahti power plant, the festival grounds have huge stages where artists like FKA twigs and Sia play for up to 20,000 fans, as well as intimate settings with niche dance acts like Voices From The Lake and Helena Hauff. There's an intriguing variety of acts in between, from Ata Kak to Kamasi Washington's spiritual jazz, and a healthy contingent of local acts, art and talks.
RA Pick: Anna Von Hausswolff's live sets can be revelatory.
Bungalowdorf Olganitz, Cavertitz, Germany
August 5 - August 7
You have to doff your hat to Nachtdigital. Nestled away in a cosy corner of southeastern Germany, the two-day festival has been running for 19 years, but it remains as steadfastly DIY as it ever has. The décor, for example, is all homemade, and capacity is capped at 2,000—a fraction of what it could be when you consider how quickly tickets sell out. It's an event where quality trumps quantity at every turn, and nowhere is this more evident in 2016 than in the lineup. This year, organisers have eschewed big names in favour of likeminded crews from around the world, partnering with the likes of Freerotation (Steevio & Suzybee), Detroit's No Way Back (BMG, Carlos Souffront, Derek Plaslaiko) and Labyrinth Festival in Japan (DJ SO), as well as national treasures such as Salon Des Amateurs, Golden Pudel and Berlin's Panorama Bar.
RA Pick: Solar's never played Nachtdigital before, but his sunburnt selections should suit the festival to a T.
August 5 - August 7
Since it launched in 2013, Dekmantel Festival has evolved in subtle but important ways. It started out with a lineup focused on house, disco and techno. Skip forward three years and the festival now has a far broader musical programme. In 2016 it will host its biggest-ever opening concert with some ambitious bookings—think Afrobeat master Tony Allen, Burnt Friedman playing alongside Can's Jaki Liebezeit and a Raster-Noton showcase—spread across several venues, including the waterside EYE Film Institute. (EYE will also host the festival's first daytime conference, including a series of live panels and RA Exchanges.) But this expansion has been achieved without comprising what made the festival so popular in the first place. Dekmantel's heart remains in the green surroundings of Amsterdamse Bos, where you can again expect the kind of unhinged lineup that's made this one of the best festivals in electronic music.
RA Pick: Beautiful Swimmers tend to nail the vibe in the leafy environs of Amsterdam Bos.
Fort Punta Cristo, Pula, Croatia
August 25 - August 29
Dimensions really came out swinging when it appeared in 2011, bursting onto the summer circuit with an astonishing location (an abandoned fort on the Adriatic) and an unerringly slick booking policy. It's only gotten better since then. Once an upstart, it's now something like an electronic music institution, complete with its own traditions (namely Mala's bass excursions on the custom-built Mungo's Hi Fi soundsystem) and regulars who return every year. But really, could it have happened any other way? Five days of varied and inspired music on boats, in moats and inside ancient ruins on the sun-dappled Adriatic Coast—with an elevator pitch like that, it almost doesn't matter that the lineup is near flawless. In 2016, as in years past, the bill draws from the créme de la créme of techno, disco, house and bass, from Joe Claussell to Nightmares On Wax to Rødhåd to the Hessle Audio crew.
RA Pick: Massive Attack's opening concert in Pula's majestic amphitheatre.
See our full festival listings for August right here.