Here's what's looking good around the world this April.
Cape Town, South Africa
April 3 - April 7
The best festivals do more than treat their crowds to great music—they make a lasting impact on their communities, providing an experience that gives their local scene a shot in the arm. That's long been the goal of Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, an event that, through its programme of parties and workshops, has formed a link between South Africa and dance scenes around the world. This year they've done one better, with satellite events in Durban and Johannesburg. The main event, meanwhile, is possibly their best yet, with international acts like Gerd Janson, Job Jobse, The Hacker and DJ Stingray joining South African artists like Aux Gawd, Da Capo and qgom pioneer DJ Lag.
RA Pick: Hip-hop/electro veteran Egyptian Lover always spices things up.
April 12 - April 15
Winter is almost over in the Northern Hemisphere, but some of the best snow festivals are still to come. One of them is Caprices, a four-day event loved by those who enjoy house and techno's deeper shades. As usual, there's a big minimal contingent headed up by top-flight selectors like Ricardo Villalobos and Sonja Moonear. This year is Caprices' 15th anniversary, so organisers have promised new stages and even better production—including video mapping and immersive audio-visual technologies—to mark the occasion. If you like brain-scrambling tunes in subzero temperatures, Caprices is not to be missed.
RA Pick: Amorf, the minimal-meets-jazz project from Cristi Cons, Vlad Caia and Mischa Blanos.
Lx Factory, Lisbon, Portugal
April 4 - April 8
People have always flocked to Lisbon for the usual perks—great seafood, cheap beer, dependable weather—but now, thanks to events like Lisboa Electronica, they come for the music, too. Lisboa Electronica does a particularly impressive job of balancing big, international draws with rising names from Lisbon's various rising scenes, coming good on its promise to "promote the city abroad and to involve the locals." Helena Hauff, Sonja Moonear, Nina Kraviz, Vera, Actress and Oscar Mulero are all on board in 2018, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Magazino, Silvestre and the crew behind the excellent Assemble Music label.
RA Pick: Saturday's Slow Life showcase, featuring S. Moreira, Laurine, DJ Tree
and The White Man & The Arab.
The Hague, Netherlands
April 6 - April 8
"Rewire isn't exactly a party festival, but it has its moments," wrote Holly Dicker last year. The annual event in The Hague is not strictly an experimental music festival either, but it has its moments there, too. Nor is it just an industry gathering, despite its robust programme of talks and workshops. Rewire is, in fact, a combination of all these things, and this year's bill is full of artists who blend the cerebral with the visceral—whether it's the meticulous DJ sets of Avalon Emerson or mind-melting live acts like Lanark Artefax and SOPHIE.
RA Pick: The world premiere of Triptych, a new A/V live performance by Juliana Huxtable.
Son Tinh Camp, Hanoi, Vietnam
April 6 - April 8
Electronic music in East Asia is having a moment. Equation, a cosy festival on the banks of Vietnam's beautiful Dong Mo Lake, reflects this fact, bringing together the best DJs and live acts from China, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand for three days of sun-soaked raving. There will plenty of locals—Hibiya Line and Quan mustn't be missed—plus a smattering of international names, including Answer Code Request, San Soda and one of Australia's best DJs, Andy Hart.
RA Pick: Powder's blissful tunes should work wonders amidst all that natural beauty.
Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, Gijón, Spain
April 26 - April 29
L.E.V., which takes place in the tourist-friendly coastal city of Gijón, is one of Spain's most important small-scale music festivals. Since it started 11 years back, it's placed significant cultural value on electronic music, placing DJ sets and live performances alongside visual art and contemporary dance. The festival prides itself on giving attendees a unique weekend of music, which means this year you'll be able to catch world-premiere performances from Atom™ and Murcof & Jimmy Lakatos, in addition to the likes of Convextion, Rabit and the renowned audiovisual outfit Children Of The Light.
RA Pick: There's a lot of chatter about Lucrecia Dalt right now, making L.E.V. the perfect opportunity to check out the Colombian artist before her new album comes out.
Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany
April 7 - April 8
Time Warp is one of dance music's most dependable institutions, but it still finds ways to surprise its diehard fans. Three very different debuts are locked in for this year's session, which will bring 42 world-class acts to Mannheim for a party that runs from Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon. For the first time in the massive Maimarkthalle, you can catch Paula Temple's blistering techno, along with Nicolas Lutz's deep cuts of twisted electro and house. Then there's Nastia, who mixes smooth minimal and tech house, plus regulars like Sven Väth, Tale Of Us and Ricardo Villalobos. Time Warp is a rite of passage for many European ravers, and this year's edition could be one of its best yet.
RA Pick: Hear Nicolas Lutz bring an intimate sound to a big stage.
Sunwaves Beach, Navodari, Romania
April 26 - May 1
Sunwaves is the mecca for fans a certain sound: loopy, subtle, psychedelic tracks spread across the spectrum between minimal and house. At this biannual festival, this sound is served up in a seaside setting by some of its best selectors, from Romania's vast and ever-growing cast of DJs and producers to various luminaries from abroad. Sunwaves has been remarkably consistent in the 11 years it's been going, which is why we're able to rank it so highly even before the lineup is announced. It does one thing and does it well, possibly better than any other festival.
RA Pick: Marathon sets are a thing at Sunwaves—see if anyone breaks the 30-hour mark this year.
Rainbow Disco Club
Higashi Izu Cross Country Course, Shizuoka, Japan
April 28 - April 30
Rainbow Disco Club has only called Izu home for three years, but already its location feels iconic. The main stage teepee sits among pine trees along the sparkling Izu peninsula. It's one of the few music festivals where you might bump into one of the headliners soaking in a natural hot spring after their set. Rainbow Disco Club's programmers enjoy booking back-to-back sets, and in 2018 Four Tet and Floating Points will throw down soul, UK garage and plenty else besides, while DJ Masda and Eli Verveine are likely to reach for under-the-radar house records.
RA Pick: See what Soichi Terada, Kuniyuki and Sauce81 cook up for their onstage collaboration.
Huting, Hualian, Taiwan
April 27 - April 29
Having held its first edition in 2013, Organik is one of the youngest festivals in this list, but it already has dedicated regulars who make it out every year. It's not hard to see why. Taking place by a beach on the Eastern coast of Taiwan, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the jungle-cloaked mountains to the west, it has one of the most striking outdoor locations of any dance music festival in the world. And with a crowd of 1,000 people dancing on black sand to two days and nights of smooth and spacey house and techno, it delivers an experience to match. The 2018 lineup expands on past years', with debut appearances from Powder, A Made Up Sound and Denmark's C.K, as well as Taiwanese artists like Jing and Korner resident Diskonnected.
RA Pick: Chris SSG's ambient set was a subtle highlight of last year's edition.
See our full festival listings for April right here.