Artists on this year's bill include techno royalty, DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, Ostgut Ton former label manager and long-serving electronic music figure Nick Höppner and Simple Record's founder and the man behind AUS Music, Will Saul. Also joining this years line-up will be Robert Johnson family member Roman Flügel, the highly regarded Joy Orbison, former Life and Death label manager Job Jobse, Drone Logic artist Daniel Avery and the much sought after Geneva based DJ Sonja Mooner.
Other names on the bill include Berghain and Panorama bar resident Tama Sumo, the timeless house and techno producer Prosumer, music ambassadors Psychemagik and
Scottish Sub Club residents Optimo. Axel Boman will also bring his distinctive yet dance floor friendly sound to a Gottwood stage, along with Balearic disco king Felix Dickinson and US based African cassette collector, blogger and DJ Awesome Tapes From Africa.
Ensuring all musical bases are covered, Gottwood welcomes the return of drum and bass purveyorChimpo, forward thinking bass trio Ivy Lab, rave legends 2 Bad Mice and Foul Play, and the young Bristol producer Hodge, who'll bring a b2b set with fellow Bristol based artist Kowton to the forest. Elsewhere, Appleblim, Roly Porter and Shackleton delve into their iconic leftfield strain of dance floor electronica, whilst Glenn Astro, Max Graef and Al Dobson Jr will bring their jazz infused house and hip-hop-flecked samples to the mix.
Live Acts this year come in the form of a Crazy P full band performance, who fuse slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs and shimmering pop moments produce dance music with a voice, heart, and soul. Ostgut Ton's Virginia will play a live PA set and Frankfurt based Lauer will also perform live. Live house stalwart Mr G will play a rare set, as will fast rising 22a records homestay Reginald Omas Mamode IV.
Local, Anglesey world music heroes Drymbago will bring their blend of afro, funk and cumbria to the live stage, alongwith Texan three piece guitar band Khruangbin, who's sound has been described as Thai funk, crafting hypnotic, spacious, drifting soulmusic with a cinematic dreaminess.
Gottwood has become a Festival favourite, with many artists on the bill returning year on year to play, and party, in the enchanting Welsh woodland. Acts returning include micro house pioneer and Perlon founder Zip and Germany's much beloved electronic soul Move D and leader of the gang, tINI this time bringing her gang to the forest. Futureboogie label regulars PBR Streetgang, 2020 Vision head honcho Ralph Lawson, One Records Adam Shelton and Boiler Room host and Rhythm Section label owner Bradley Zero also return. Fabric's Craig Richards will be once again joined by Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO for a marathon b2b set, a memorable moment that closed Gottwood's Walled Garden area during last years event.
Determined to bring the finest of underground talent to their coastal woodland location, Gottwood will host stages from – 22a, AUS, Back 2 Basics, Bade Records, Banoffee Pies, Boxford, Brotherhood Soundsystem, Butter Side Up, Dream Catalogue, Future Disco, Futureboogie, Half Baked Records, Hit & Run, Hypercolour, In A Lonely Place, Jaunt, Jigsaw Presents, Louche, LZRDM, Nixwax, Not An Animal, One Records, Percolate, Rhythm Section, Road to Nowhere, Secretsundaze, Studio 89, The Nothing Special, Tief, Warm Up, Waxxx, Wigflex, Wolf.
Newly announced Gotwood Family members for this year include Berlin's Renate, who first crossed paths with the Gottwood team at Garden Festival in Croatia, the stage will be home to Axel Boman& residents Peak & Swift who'll be presenting a very special 12hr takeover. Also new this year will be the London party brand Half Baked, showcasing their Half Baked Records imprint at the Festival, whilst Rug Dug presents his label Ruf Kutz, a takeover with his trusty Manchester friends in his own 'Ruf Dug Kutz Lab' venue. Returning for this year will be tINI, hosting a stage with the full tINI & The Gang, in addition to 2 Bad Mice, back for their 4th year, this time presenting a 2 Bad Mice Jungle Takeover.
FULL LINE UP 2016
2 Bad Mice / Adam Shelton / Al Dobson Jr / Andrew Weatherall b2b Roman Flügel / Alex Arnout / Antony Di Francesco / Appleblim / Awesome Tapes From Africa / Archie Hamilton / Axel Boman /
Bad Passion / Bastien Keb (Live) / Beautiful Swimmers / Black Josh / Bradley Zero /
Blackhall & Bookless / Cassio Kohl / Cedric Maison / Chimpo / Crazy P (Live) /
Craig Richards b2b Ben UFO / Daniel Avery / Dave Harvey / Denney / Detboi / DJ Deep /
Drymbago (Live) / Felix Dickinson / Foul Play / Frits Wentink / FYI Chris / Glenn Astro / Glowing Palms / Grain / Harry McCanna / Henry Wu / HKE / Ivy Lab / Jane Fitz / Jeen Bassa / Job Jobse / Joy Orbison / Jozef K / Khruangbin (Live) / Kowton b2b Hodge /
Krywald & Farrer / Last Waltz / Lauer (Live) / Maribou State / Max Graef / Mirko Loco / Morris Cowan (Live) / Move D / Mr G (Live) / Nick Höppner / Nicolas Lutz / Optimo / Paramida / Pedestrian
PBR Streetgang / Peak & Swift / Prosumer / Psychemagik / Ralph Lawson / Roly Porter / Reginald Omas Mamode IV (Live) / Ruf Dug / Sam Russo / Saoirse / Secretsundaze / Sebastian Voigt / Shackleton (Live) Sonja Moonear / Tama Sumo / Tenderlonious / The Mole / tINI / Tristan Da Cunha / Virginia /
Waifs & Strays / Will Saul / Wolf Music / Zip
Aaron Levitt / Adam Ross / Aidan Doherty / Alan Cross / Alec Falconer / Assheaton / Athoms / Banoffee Pies & Friends / Bobby Pleasure / Brinsley / Brothers Black / Brothers Of Jah / Chad / Charlie Banks / Charlie Jordan / Charlie MacFarley / Chungking Mansions / Cici / Croz / Culture / Dan Jordan / Dave Beer / Dom Chung / E-Ratik / Ed Mackie / Ed Steele / Ed Sweet / Edward Antonio / eLDOKO / Em Williams / Gavin Hogan / Greg Brockman / Gus Emmett / Half Baked DJ's / Hamish Cole / Harri Pepper / Hesseltime / Hizatron / Hugh Bailey / In A Lonely Place / Indra / Itchy Rich / Jacques Adda / James Sison / Jigsaw / John Scudamore / Jonny Opo / Jonny Sleight / Jonny Tawn / Jorge Martins / Josh Tweek / Joshua Brill / Kaim Shah / Kostas G / Lorcan Mak / Lukas Wigflex / M.Miutante / Maff C / Master & Commander / Metrodome / Metske / Mr Paul / Nanny Banton / Nick Wood / Phase 2 / Preston Brooks / Pyravid / Racubah Soundsystem / Ralph Giles / Ramji / Rankin / Real Nice / Reme / Remember / Rich Reason / Rob Amboule / Robin Ordell / Robin Sure / Sam Bangura / Sean Brosnan / Sharkbait / Silas & Snare Surgeon / Sisterhood / SoulJam / Ste Roberts / Studio 89 DJ's / T-Man / Talk & Smoke / The Hat / Titan / Tom Saunders / Truthos Mufasa / Wet Play DJ's / Will A / Will Brockbank / Zoo Look