From the biggest electronic music festivals in the world to the intimate little raves that Europe is famous for, the month of May gets the summer party season off to a flying start. Here's what's on the menu in the next 31 days…
South America's very first edition of Belgium's electronic behemoth gets us underway: Tomorrowland Brasil features firm favourites from the original festival - Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren – with staging/lightshows/fireworks set to replicate the European and US versions too.
Back across the atlantic, two festivals on the opposite end of the size spectrum – Geheime Liefde and Mumbai Color Festival – add some creative twists to a more niche techno and house scene. Geheime Liefde translates as Secret Love, and they're not kidding. The lineup won't be released until the day of the event.
In the second and third weeks of the month, Marvellous Island (Paris, France) and Nuits Sonores (Lyon, France) give more of a focus to the worlds of underground techno and ambient electro, while DJ Mag take their EDM roadshow, the Top 100 DJs World Tour, to Istanbul.
And when we get to 22 May, things really kick off. Take a deep breath: Extrema Outdoor Belgium, PollerWiesen Festival (Dortmund, Germany), Electronic Beats Cologne (Germany), Loveland 909 (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Godskitchen Clash of the Gods (Birmingham, UK) and PollerWiesen Boot I (Cologne) take care of the sub-mainstream soundscape, while Pacha Festival (Amsterdam), Emerging Ibiza (Spain) and We Are FSTVL (London, UK) aim for the more populist market. Common People (Southampton, UK) and Berlin Festival (Germany) are somewhere in between: think Fatboy Slim, Clean Bandit, James Blake, Rudimental and Richie Hawtin all on the same stages.
And rounding things off, it's EDM Australian super-duo Nervo with Citadela Nervo – their very own all-night extravaganza in Brno, Czech Republic.