Top 5 Performances at Neopop 2019

Neopop is one of the best festivals not only in Portugal, but in Europe. 
It happens in the first part of August on a beautiful coastal location with great sea views, an old ruined building to relax in with massages for your aching muscles and plenty of lush green space to relax on. 
This year everyone worth their salt once again lined up from Jeff Mills to Nina Kraviz, Dax J to Pan Pot, Nastia to Ivan Smagghe. 
Everyone served up a fine session across the various different stages both during the day and at night but here are our five favourite sets.
The iconic UK duo played on the 1st night and really fed off the high energy of the crowd. They played a lot of new stuff but the biggest cheer of the night was for Born Slippy – an enduring classic that still blows the roof off. The main stage they played was thankfully covered so kept the rain at bay and meant the crowd stayed absolute packed out, cheering and hooping through all the classics from albums old and new. 
Amelie Lens 
This Belgian has been at the forefront of the current wave of techno headliners for a few years now. her dark, hard, unrelenting sound is great for super sized festivals like this – it gets you in the zone and keeps you there marching for the duration. Her tight mixing and slick selections all make her a crowd favourite and as soon as she walked on stage the crowd went mental. 
Laurent Garnier 
Still very much a techno mainstay despite his veteran status, the Frenchman always brings a classy show. He did so again here and closed the festival from 7am – 12pm on the last day. He serve dup the sort of scintillating, complex synths that make his music so emotive, but also stripped it back to darker, more bare bones grooves that make a physical impact. He really is a master of his art. 
There is no one as thrilling to watch live as this Bulgarian. It has been that way for years and he still keeps on smashing it with his hardware shows. He had a full bank of gear – synths, machines, keys – that he smashed about on, making loops, drum patterns and weird sounds, often holding them up to the crowd who could see for themselves what he was doing. They loved it, and he responded with yet more energy. Techno never feels more alive than in this man’s hands. 
DJ Deep 
Though he makes as much techno as he does house, DJ Deep’s style is still more intimate, paired down and personal. As such he plays don the Anti Stage which is more fitting for his vibes and really worked the crowd into a state of wonder: his warm, dubbby house and techno was kinetic and reductive, with enough detail to keep your head as locked as your heal. Essential stuff as always. 

Raresh, Mahel Daniel and More Added to MOGA Festival 2019

The final wave of names has been revealed for MOGA Festival 2019.

It goes down in Morocco’s windy city of Essaouira which is picturesque and richly cultural and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with lots to explore.

The Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa will host acts from the forefront of the international and Moroccan scene, with phase one including Bradley Zero, Praslea, DJ W!ld, Louise Chen, Konstantin Sibold, Behrouz, Terekke and now phase two adding further quality with Amine K, Driss Skali, Kenny Dope,  Marwan Sabb, Nathan Micay, Glitter ٥٥, Bas Ibellini, BLOND:ISH, Enzo Siragusa, Folamour, Lazare Hoche, Luca Bacchetti, Lum, Sabo, and Satori.

Head to the MOGA website for more information.

Docklands Festival Announces Biggest Ever Inner City Dance Event with Patrick Topping, Alan Fitzpatrick, Andy C and more

On September 28th, 10000 people will descend on Hoglands Park in Southampton for the biggest festival the city has ever seen.

It will bring together huge production, three main stages, tents and containers and top brands like Switch Southampton, Foreverland and On A Mission.

The first wave of headliners from more than 50 in all include Patrick Topping, Alan Fitzpatrick, Andy C + Tonn Piper, Pete Tong, Wilkinson, My Nu Leng, Sub Focus, Jaguar Skills, GW Harrison and many more.

The Docklands website has all information and tickets.

Groove Island Announces Day By Day Listings

Groove Island is a new festival from Whet Travel that combines action and adventure with a luxury holiday and world class music on Catalina Island from September 27th – 30th 2019.

Day 1 finds Chus & Ceballos, Sam Feldt, Anthony Attalla and more all play, while Day 2 is for Andrew Rayel, Shiba San, Mikey Lion, Sage Armstrong and Astley and Day 3 highlights include Mark Knight, Oliver Heldens, Dillon Nathaniel, Leftwing : Kody, Secondcity, Adam Auburn, Lizzie Curious, Adam Frek, and Tommie Sunshine.

Tickets start at $67 + $33 and you can Find out more on the Groove Island website.

Top Reasons to visit Essaouira This October

Morocco is beautiful country with lots of rich history.

One of the many jewels in its crown is Essaouira, a port city and resort on the Atlantic Coast. it was a hippie haven in the 60s — rumour has it Hendrix spent time here – and has stunning sunsets amongst many other great assets.

It has plenty going for it so we look at five of the most essential reasons you should go next to the obvious first one.

MOGA Festival

MOGA Festival is a stunning musical getaway in a desert location that runs October 11 – 13. It takes place in the unique and historic Essaouira, a port city and resort on the Atlantic Coast.  With a mix of local and international names all bringing the rhythms and plenty of rich culture to explore and names like Bradley Zero, Praslea, DJ W!ld, Louise Chen, Konstantin Sibold, Behrouz, Terekke and now phase two adding further quality with Amine K, Driss Skali, Kenny Dope, Marwan. Find out more on the website

Sports activities

Kite surfing lessons on the Atlantic sea are a great way to get your pulse raised but also catch a tan. You could also try quad rides amongst the endless dunes or a horse ride along the beach and surfing on the sea, all of which are available from a number of different places. 

The souks

These world renowned and super colourful markets are a must visit attraction. Head to Marrakech for the best offerings.  The square/souks can be overwhelming to see at first, so get a guide if you can as you will see some things you never would’ve seen if you try to navigate the souks alone.

Discover ancient Essaouira

Follow the lovely Atlantic coastline from Agadir to Essaouira for a full-day tour of the ancient city. Explore the town’s lively port, travel to the UNESCO-listed Media, admire the elaborate marquetry, and enjoy a tranquil stroll down the endless beach. A scenic drive, trip to the old port, visits to isolated beaches and more will part of your trip.

Museum visits

There are so many amazing galleries to visit you will never get them all done so plan carefully. There are those that focus on art, sculpture and pottery with Galerie la Kasbah, Galerie D’Art Damgaard and Centre d’art Le Real Mogador all top picks.


Wit so many choices when it comes to festivals around the world, it can be hard to make up your mind about which deserves your cash. If you like sun, beaches, big scale events and some superstar names, there can be nowhere finer than RFM SOMNII.

This one goes down on a magical and seemingly endless 33km beach on Portugal’s coastal resort of Figueira da Foz. The teary by town is great to stay in and it is easy to get to from local airports. Once you arrive you will be blown away by the scale of the main stage. It literally grows up out of the sand, towers down on you and hurts your neck as you crane to see it all.

The speakers stacks that hang down next to it are giant, the screens awesome, the whole experience will blow you away, even before you hear the music. The music comes from big name EDM stars such as the main man Alesso, plus Dutch titan Afrojack and DJ Snake. Their sun kissed sets bring big drops, singalong moments and plenty of the sort of synths that get hands in the air.

The crowd is young, keen and good looking. They come from all over Europe and are not afraid to get stuck in dancing. They lap up the newer additions for this year who come in the form of hip hop and reggaeton acts like  Tyga and Ozuna. Their different sounds keep things fresh across the weekend, as do the extras.

Primarily these include the new for 2019 Casino, which is great place to go and lose loads of money but have loads of fun. A safer bet are all the myriad food and drink stalls that keep you fuelled under the hot sun. RFM SOMNII, then, is a mega festival on a mega scale that is mega fun, and should be on your to do list.

Lineup For Eric Prydz’s Arena at Electric Zoo Festival Revealed

The essential Electric Zoo Festival takes place in New York’s Randall’s Island Park from August 30th to September 1st and this year hosts a special stage with Eric Prydz.

The legendary dance producer has curated the whole arena and on Saturday August 31 he will play alongside Green Velvet, Joris Voorn, Yotto, Cristoph, Ben Bohmer (live) and Miss Jennifer.

Expect vast production that will blow your mind and tingle your every sense as well as a whole host of EDM, techno and bass across the various different stages.

Tickets are on sale from the Electric Zoo website now.

5 Reasons to Check Out Paris Electronic Week this September

From 25 to 29 September, the 7th edition of Paris Electronic Week will turn the French capital into European’s electronic music hotspot. PEW is a hybrid and multidisciplinary festival, attracting artists, music fans and enthusiasts to party, visit record shops and attend various other PEW branded events. From 25 to 27 September, the festival will offer a programme of specialised, conferences, workshops and masterclasses focusing on topics surrounding electronic music and cultures. The latter will take place at Gaité Lyrique.

The speakers announced so far:  ​1024 Architecture, AMS Booking, Anetha, Burning Man, Dif Production, Entente Nocturne, Femur, François X, French Burners (Megasame), Horst Festival, Jean-Yves Leloup, Malo Lacroix, Marc Ippon De Ronda, Nuit Parallèles, Nuits Sonores, RAW, Rinse France, Romain Tardy, Spiral Tribe, Surprize, Teki Latex ​and ​Yoyaku.

In this article, we present our five top reasons to visit PEW this September.

Audiovisual Performance and Stagecraft at the Heart of the Party

25 September, Gaité Lyrique

With music as the main engine, large-scale live events are now increasingly including new forms of art such as vjing, set design and audiovisual performance, and all of this is designed to hold your attention and offer you a 360-degree show. Often left in the shadows, the highly skilled technicians who create these magnificent constructs are nevertheless an integral part of the festival and party process. But how do you make a name for yourself in this world, and what do you need to know about these arcane practices to make a name for yourself?

Tomorrow’s Party Becomes an Immersive Exhibition

25 September, Gaité Lyrique

Parties have gone beyond their initial role as an outlet for exuberance and are no longer a simple ode to dance, now being more of a call to discovery. The border between music and art has never been as porous as it is today with new formats where music, sculpture and installations merge. And so, far from being limited to the ordinary, the party now finds its place in institutions that previously would never have hosted ‘raves’. But the big question is, how do you attract audiences to this new form of festive artistic expression?

Les Veillées Électroniques à la Gaîté Lyrique

25 – 26 September, Gaité Lyrique

Les Éveilles, a support association for exiles, organizes two exceptional performances at the Gaîté Lyrique, audiovisual and lives, with experimental programming at the forefront of electronic music.

25 September
Jeff Mills will debut his Things to Come live A/V show. Anthony Linell aka Abdulla Rashim and Ali M. Demiral will display their Winter Ashes live A/V show. Kanding Ray will play his DJ hybrid DJ set.

26 September

Monolake will play live as well as Peder Mannerfelt. Murcof and Malo Lacroix will perform a live A/V show.


How to Make a Label that Lasts?

27 September, Gaité Lyrique

Former trader, François-Xavier Zoumenou has left everything to focus on his true passion: electronic music. As a key artist on the thriving techno scene, François X has built a reputation and been an important part of the movement. In 2011, he co-founded the Dement3d label with Heartbeat. In 2019 there was another important development with the creation of a parallel project ‘Dement3d XXX’ where François X plans to allow artists to share house and techno without limiting themselves to the definitions of the genre. In this talk, he will discuss the challenges of staying efficient in a tough and competitive environment, while explaining how to keep things fresh and relevant after more than 8 years of existence.

Everyday Magic – 24 Hours in the Life of a Manager

27 September, Gaité Lyrique

As the previous workshops, two speakers will help you get genuine insight into the top jobs in order to make informed and intelligent choices about your future path to success. How do you manage the follow-up for an artist about to sign a deal? How do you adapt your vision to that of the artist? How to manage negotiations and the relationship with your artists? These are all questions that will be dealt with during this workshop.

More information regarding the programme will be released on August, 21.

Paris Electronic Week
September 25-29, 2019

Recondite, Riche Hawtin and Sven Vath are Added to Sea Dance 2010

The sixth edition of Sea Dance Festival just got even bigger with the news that techno titans Recondite, Riche Hawtin and Sven Vath have been added to an already extensive bill for the event which runs Friday August 30th to Sunday September 1st on Buljarica beach in Budva, Montenegro on the Adriatic coast.

Further highlights from it include  David Guetta, Armand van Helden, Basement Jaxx and Felix da Housecat for the festival that is powered by Exit in Serbia.

This year’s edition of Sea Dance will be marked by a world exclusive because, for the first time in its history, EXIT’s famous Dance Arena will leave the fortress and come to one of the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic. Together with the legendary EXIT Festival Stage will come spectacular production – a perfect foil for the many brilliant artists on offer.

Tickets are €44/£39 + b/f, from the Sea Dance website.

Neopop Festival Announce Dax J, Jeff Mills and Matrixxman

The 2019 edition of Neopop is one of the best yet with a mammoth line up of some of the world’s best techno talents.

It unfolds from Wednesday August 7th to Saturday August 10th on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in Northern Portugal’s Viana de Castelo, a historic region that is baked in sun.

he most recent additions are Dax J, Jeff Mills and Matrixxman and these come on top of a long list of titans including  Chris Liebing,  DJ Deep, Dasha Rush (Live), Héctor Oaks, Interstellar Funk, Ivan Smagghe, Laurent Garnier, Nastia, Nicolas Lutz and Ø [Phase].

Tickets start at 60€ and are available from the Neopop Festival website.