This month sees two festivals in Porugal make the list, with Croatia, Malta, Amsterdam and the UK bringing the big guns, and a few hidden gems.
10. Creamfields Malta
Globally renowned UK festival returns to the warmer climate of Malta for another feast of electronic music courtesy of EDM giants such as Steve Angello, trance heavyweights Above & Beyond and artists with more underground roots such as Adam Beyer, Pan-Pot and Sasha.
Don’t miss: Adam Beyer’s raw techno.
Details: 14th August, MFCC Grounds, Malta.
In just a few years Eastern Electrics has become a staple of the dance music calendar in the South of England. Set to be housed in the idyllic and picturesque grounds of Hatfield House this year, Eastern Electrics boasts a strong cast of world-renowned selectors and under-the-radar artists. Hot Creations boss Jamie Jones will headline proceedings, whilst the likes of Cassy, Enzo Siragusa, Guti, Joris Voorn, Skream, Steve Lawler and tINI will all appear.
Don’t miss: Cassy’s impeccable selections.
Details: Saturday 1st August, Hatfield House, UK
8. South West Four
SW4 returns to its spiritual home, Clapham Common, in 2015. Still going strong after 12 years, the festival will deliver a plethora of electronic acts across its 10 stages, with the enormous line-up including the likes of Eats Everything, Faithless, Hot Since 82, Maceo Plex and Sven Väth on the Saturday. Sunday then sees the likes of Adam Beyer, Apollonia, Carl Cox vs. Loco Dice, Marco Carola and Tale Of Us.
Don’t miss: Two bonafide legends joining forces — Carl Cox vs. Loco Dice
Details: 29th-30th August, Clapham Common, London, UK.
With everyone’s attention turned to European summer festival hotspots like Croatia and Amsterdam, Portugal has been quietly keeping locals flush with quality acts and affordable parties, and Neopop - celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer - is no exception. This year’s lineup sees Rødhåd, Dixon, DVS1, Marco Carola, Mano Le Tough and Sven Vath, to name a few, meaning things might not be quiet for much longer.
Don’t miss: We’re always a sucker for Papa Sven, that goes double for an outdoor set underneath the stars.
Details: 12-15 August, Viana do Castelo, PT
Photo Mari van den berg
Once again, STRAF_WERK features four stages featuring a little something for every house and techno lover. The lineup this year sees big dogs like Jamie Jones and Hot Since 82, live sets from KiNK and Henrik Schwarz, and local heroes like Tom Trago and Job Jobse among the 20-plus artists on the bill.
Don’t miss: The heady melodies of Jobse on home turf.
Details: 22 August, Sportpark Riekerhaven, Amsterdam, NL
5. Festival Forte
This 3-day party takes place in a 900-year-old castle, making it one of the world’s contenders for most mind-blowing festival setting. Add headliners like Dettmann, Klock and Paul Kaulkbrenner, and Portugal’s notoriously welcoming atmosphere, beautiful landscape and affordable prices, and it’s hard to think of a reason not to pack your bags for Forte.
Don’t miss: Closing sunrise set from Ben Klock has us all perked up.
Details: 27-29 August, Castelo de Montemor-o-Velho, Coimbra, PT
Eva de Korte Photography
A hidden gem among Amsterdam’s ever-expanding festival landscape, Outsiders provides a unique and intimate setting inside a 3000 capacity climbing park, with discerning acts like Derrick May, Awesome Tapes From Africa, DJ Sprinkles, Oscar Mulero and San Soda.
Don’t miss: A rare set from Sprinkles in a setting like this is a silly thing to waste.
Details: 8 August, Alkmaar, Amsterdam, NL
A mammoth lineup featuring Luciano, Dice, Dixon, Villalobos and Vath to mention a very few, the incredible Croatian coastline, and production backed by the impeccable Time Warp -- Sonus is basically a dream come true.
Don’t miss: The Apollonia boys are on fire right now, their warm house will sit just right.
Details: 16-20 August, Zrce Beach, Pag Island, Croatia
2. Dimensions Festival
Dimensions boasts one of Croatia’s most stunning settings, with the festival located in an abandoned 19th century fort, whilst also being underpinned by one of the most comprehensive underground dance line-ups of the festival season. Four Tet, Ben Klock, Gerd Janson, Floating Points, Bicep, Rødhåd, Daniel Avery and Max Graef make up just a handful of the stellar cast set to appear at the event.
Don’t miss: What’s sure to be a stunning Four Tet live show.
Details: 26th-30th August, Fort Punta Christo, HR.
1. Burning Man
It says something about the special nature of Burning Man that it maintains its top ranking year after year on lists like these. Sure, you can see some of the world’s best DJs playing in some of the craziest settings all week long. Robot Heart has become world-famous for the sunrise sets from the all-star cast they gather every year. But what makes Burning Man different than every other festival are the random experiences and the amazing people you encounter. The culture, the art, the giving. While, there may not be another event that is harder to get to and takes more preparation, there’s also a reason 60,000-plus tickets sell out in seconds and so many people keep coming back annually. What’s that reason? It truly is the world’s most amazing adult playground.
Don’t miss: While the lineups at Robot Heart and Disco Knights are always ridiculous, make sure you leave time to cruise the Playa and explore all the art.
Details: Aug 30-Sep 7, Black Rock City, Nevada, USA