A month after the first ever Tomorrowland Brasil showed once again that the Belgian giant is peerless in the electronic festival world, it's finally proper summer and the parties are coming thick and fast.
How do we know it's summer? The warm weather, or the time of year? Or is it that slight burn on the back of your neck from not wearing enough sunscreen? Nope, none of the above. We know it's summer because the new epicentre of European dance music events is open for business: Zrće Beach hosts Spring Break Island from 2-7 June, marking the start of the busiest ever season on Croatia's Adriatic coast.
Northern Europe is ramping it up too, with Denmark's Distortion and France's Weather Festival wringing out a more underground sound of techno and tech-house, in amazing urban settings. Meanwhile, Zrće Spring Break Croatia doubles up the beach and boat raves back down south.
If you're looking for a fix of EDM and arena-style house, World Club Dome is the one for you. Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena sets out 12 stages across 500,000m2 of dance floor, with a genuinely enormous lineup featuring Avicii, Hardwell, Faithless and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. At the opposite end of the scale, World Of Pleasure and Holi Fusion Torino go heavy on the bespoke staging and unique festival experience. And yes, Holi Fusion is one of those colour-powder raves you've heard so much about.
Since its debut event in 1994, Sónar has taken its electronic city-carnival all over the world, but the Barcelona edition remains a point of pilgrimage for dance music fans of all types and persuasions. This year's headline performances come from Skrillex and The Chemical Brothers, though there's also room for the likes of Duran Duran, FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest to broaden the horizons just a little.
And then we're into the last few days of June: Oliver Heldens is set for the legendary one-day German festival Ruhr-in-Love, while up in the Netherlands on the same day (Saturday 27) Nijmegen hosts another round of Holi Fusion. Then it all kicks off with one of European techno's most important festivals, as the Amsterdam-based Awakenings team tackle Spaarnwoude head-on for the 19th time. And just in case you were wondering whether good old Zrće beach was going to go quiet for a while – it's not. Hideout Festival is one of Novalja's biggest festivals all summer, with Loco Dice, Hannah Wants, Eats Everything, and Nina Kraviz gearing up to party all the way into July…