The countdown has officially started for Creamfields 2021 and to mark the occasion the electronic festival giants have announced more acts to the ever growing line up including Nina Kraviz, Afrojack, Jamie Jones, Alan Fitzpatrick, Solardo, Paul van Dyk, Josh Wink, Richy Ahmed, Aly & Fila, Matrix & Futurebound feat. Rhymester, TNT aka Technoboy n Tuneboy, Sub Zero Project, Headhunterz, Sound Rush, DJ Isaac, Adaro, Sefa and Andy Whitby.
This latest onslaught join the likes of Above& Beyond, Adam Beyer, Andy C, ANNA, Bassjackers, Ben Nicky, Boris Brejcha, Brennan Heart, Carl Cox, Chase & Status (DJ Set), Chris Lorenzo, Claptone, Cosmic Gate, Cristoph, Darren Styles, deadmau5, Dimension, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Disciples, Eli Brown, Enrico Sangiuliano, Eric Prydz HOLOSPHERE, Example, Fisher, Franky Wah, Friction, Gareth Emery, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Holy Goof, Hot Since 82, Hybrid Minds, James Organ, Jax Jones, Jonas Blue, KC Lights, Kölsch, Kutski, La Fleur, Laidback Luke, Leftwing:Kody, Low Steppa, Martin Garrix, Mason Collective, Michael Bibi, MK, My Nu Leng, Nightlapse, Notion, Offaiah, Oliver Heldens, Paul Woolford, Peggy Gou, Pendulum – TRINITY, Pete Tong, SASASAS, Scooter, Sigma, SOSA, Sub Focus (DJ Set), Sven Väth, Tchami,Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet, Vini Vici, W&W and Yousef.
As one of the biggest festivals of the summer season, this year’s edition was sorely missed, however, celebrated virtually for the #CreamfieldsHouseParty which featured some of the best performances from the festival over the last few years, attracting millions of viewers from around the world.
With many more acts still to be announced over the coming months, Creamfields will be one festival not to be missed next year! #BringItOn21
After announcing headliners Dillon Francis, Paul van Dyk, Chainsmokers, and Stanton Warriors, India’s Vh1 Supersonic Festival now expands further on its star-studded Phase 1 line-up with confirmation of Above & Beyond, Bl3nd, Mat Zo, Funkagenda, Maya Jane Coles, John 00 Fleming, Aly & Fila, Mark Knight and Andrea Olivia and the Main Stage hosted by one of the world’s best, MC Stretch.
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Vh1 Supersonic also celebrates local talent, with Arjun Vagale, Ash Roy, B.R.E.E.D., Mackenzie Pareira, Nawed Khan, Pearl, Rohit Barker, Tuhin Mehta and Vachan Chinnappa representing. With the announcement of the UKF Bass Stage and headliners still to come, the hotly anticipated event is making major waves across Asia’s dance music community.
Unquestionably entrenched in the lore and history of both dance and travel, Goa has been an international hotspot for electronic music for decades. The Goa Trance movement of the early 90s, which was so influential on the modern sounds millions drench themselves in today, originally blossomed from the area’s reputation as the global hippy capital in the 60s and 70s. Now over half a century later, Vh1 Supersonic Festival promises to carry on the tradition for the next generation.
Following W&W’s jaw-dropping headline performance at The Gallery’s Nineteenth Birthday, we are thrilled to announce that the emphatic duo’s next London performance will be at South West Four. After last year’s Common assault on one of our indoor arenas, it was evident the W&W sound was too big for any tarpaulin to contain! In 2014 the Dutch masterminds will take to our hallowed main stage for the first time for another unforgettable onslaught of their melodic yetheavy-hitting sound. SW4 will also be Willem and Wardt’s final London performance of the year, adding to the magnitude of an already momentous occasion.
As the undisputed Kings of Egypt, Aly & Fila have become synonymous with their unique sound, a construction of robust bass lines embedded with tough yet melodically beautiful synths. By leading the mind and soul into a state of euphoria, Aly & Fila have fast become firm favourites at The Gallery, Ministry of Sound’s weekly club night, and for endless fans worldwide. Following Fadi’s superb performance at our tenth anniversary last year, it became clear that Aly & Fila would be returning in 2014 to entertain another capacity crowd. With South West Four marked as their next performance in the Capital, clubbers will unite and arms will raise as Aly & Fila stun Clapham Common once again.
Found at the forefront of DJ brilliance is the master of high energy, tech-driven trance sounds, Subculture boss John O’Callaghan. His relentless appetite for success, flawless production ability and precision mixing, helped establish himself as one of the trance community’s greatest talents. By combining the most uplifting melodies with dominating bass lines, John has earned his position amongst the trance elite, yet he continues to impress the electronic world with releases on Armada, Lange Recordings and his own illustrious Subculture imprint. As an Ibizan regular at Cream and A State of Trance, we can’t wait for John O’Callaghan to bring the sunshine to Clapham Common once again this August.
A leading talent in the rapidly-growing trance scene, Andrew Rayel’s orchestral background enables him to produce some of the most encapsulating and prolific sounds of recent times. After finding a secure home for his productions in the A State of Trance and Armind labels, it’s clear to see why he has been welcomed into the trance family with open arms. With studio abilities superseding many twice his age, Andrew has remixed the likes of Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Tiësto, W&W and Tenishia to name a few. After spreading his sound across the globe with performances at Kazantip, Global Gathering, Ministry of Sound in addition to multiple ASOT dates, this Clapham Common appearance represents a mouth-watering SW4 debut.
Another act flourishing in the countdown to their South West Four debut is Ukranian DJ and producer Omnia. Having already made waves as a festival rocking DJ in his homeland, Omnia has recently transformed himself into a breakoutand in-demand producer on a global scale, especially after dropping a devastating series of releases that have included several Beatport #1s. Leading the charge of an evident Eastern European takeover, Omnia’s past twelve monthsinclude notable festival highlights such as Global Gathering, Ultra, A State Of Trance 600 plus Summadayze (Australia), as well as club destroying performances at Ministry Of Sound, Zouk, Papaya, Privilege and Eden. South West Fourplease welcome Omnia.
After signing to Spinnin’ Records aged just seventeen, the world’s eyes have been firmly placed on the next big move of Oliver Heldens. After impressing the label with his phenomenal potential, Spinnin’ signed him exclusively in 2013, making him one of electronic music’s most exciting new prospects. Last year also marked the biggest release of his career to date, with ‘Gecko’ reaching #2 in Beatport’s Top 100 chart. Having developed an outlet that bridges the gap between big-room listeners and the underground community, Heldens’ deep and techy sounds have added a new dimension to the often tunnelled world of electronic music. Add into the mix a rework of Martin Garrix’s ‘Animals’ which was heavily supported by NERVO, Knife Party, Zedd and Porter Robinson and you have another SW4 debut you simply cannot afford to miss.
South West Four 2014 will also feature the pairing of two trance forces for a highly anticipated back-to-back battle. Formed by Will Holland and Estiva, this clash will see the pair display an unprecedented level of technical prowess as they deliver a set crammed with sought after electronic sounds. As the man behind the modern trance monolith that is Enhanced Music, Will Holland has seen his profile grow enormously through unrivalled residencies at Wildchild andGatecrasher before teaming up with Digital Society to become one of the genres most influential figures. With Dutch powerhouse Estiva also landing at SW4 for the very first time, his flair for beautiful melodic trance will go hand in hand with his opposite number for an early afternoon session of sun kissed sounds.
Paul Van Dyk’s list of accolades reads like a bar bill from a night out with Charlie Sheen. It is without question an endless catalogue, with highlights including being voted #1 in DJ Mag’s ‘Top 100’ poll twice, a feat that only a small handful of acts have achieved, including our Saturday night headliner Armin van Buuren. Growing up in East Berlin, Paul was obsessed with the music coming from the West, which strayed away from the techno that the region is famed for. With no record shops where he grew up and of course no internet, he would get his fix by listening to radio show’s which endorsed the sound he loved. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, an abundance of empty buildings and warehouses kick-started a raucous party scene and gave him the platform to perform to thousands of people every week. PvD is a pioneer not just of trance but of electronic music as a whole and consistently sells out tours across each and every continent. With over four million records sold in his career to date, there is little that he hasn’t accomplished. In 2012 Paul hosted his ‘Evolution Arena’ at SW4 and this year he turns the spotlight to his new project ‘The Politics of Dancing’. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him back.
With a career spanning three decades and showing no signs of slowing down, Paul Oakenfold is the elite statesman of British electronic music. From residencies in Las Vegas to jaw dropping spectacles on each and every continent, Oakie’s colossal fanbase travel the world to catch one of his sets. Luckily for you, we have him back at South West Four for the first time since his emotional homecoming in 2010. Never afraid of pushing boundaries, Paul has enjoyed countless standout moments during his incredible career including help shape the infamous ‘Madchester’ scene of the late 80s, produce an album for U2 and pioneer the explosion of dance music in America. At one point Paul even lived in Clapham, making his return to South West Fourmore significant than ever.
After bursting onto the scene in 2003 with their dance floor anthem ‘Eye of Horus’, trance obsessed Aly & Fila have become the most successful group to emerge from the mystical land of Egypt. With productions as hot as the Sahara and playing show’s across the globe to crowds as big as the Pyramids, the duo have gained support from the biggest names in the scene. Their own brand ‘The Future Sound of Egypt’ operates on a variety of platforms, including a radio show which has recently reached its 300th episode. In celebration of this landmark broadcast, the duo have embarked on a major world tour. The other platform comes in the shape of a record label which is a sub-division of Armin’s seminal ‘Armada Music’. The pair have achieved a sensational sweep of dance floor domination in recent years, so make sure you catch their uplifting ideals as they once again inspire the crowds on Clapham Common.
Grammy award nominatedDJ and producer Andy Moor certainly has his fingers in a lot of pies. He is one half of melodic house duo Leama & Moor, a third of influential progressive house act Tilt, but it’s his own productions through his birth name that he is most renowned for. His ‘Moor Music’ podcast is extremely popular and is continually downloaded on every continent, loaded with exclusive tracks from his own ‘AVA’ imprint. For our 10th Anniversary, Andy will be performing a special B2B set with Lange, something that was recently showcased to critical acclaim at The Gallery at Ministry of Sound. This tag team will take the crowd to dizzying new heights as they fuse styles,trade dance floor anthems and generally work the audience into a state of chaos. Quite simply this is not to be missed.
For the past 15 years Lange has remained at the very forefront of the trance realm and throughout his career has continued to push the boundaries of the genre. He is the producer behind no less than an astonishing twenty Top 40 hits, including classics such as top 10 triumph ‘Drifting Away’ and SuReal’s ‘You Take My Breath Away’. In 2008 he launched his ‘Intercity’ radio show, with this quickly becoming a staple for trance fans worldwide. A year later it evolved into a podcast and regularly sits in the iTunes top music podcasts, with the 100th episode marked by a 24hr broadcast which trended on Twitter for an incredible thirteen hours. He has carefully honed his style into a cutting edge blend of hard hitting electro, tumbling bass lines and beautifully crafted melodies, resulting in some of the most memorable records of recent years. This year his very special B2B set with Andy Moor certainly looks like it will be one for the history books.
After a chance meeting in 2007, Ward van der Harst and Willem van Hanegem aka W&W could have no idea that six years later they would be one of the leading lights in trance. Famously tipped by Armin van Buuren as “The best up-and-coming production duo out there” W&W were since signed to his label and now even run a sub-division label called ‘Mainstage Music’, whilst their namesake radio show is syndicated to every corner of the globe each week. Since taking the world by storm with their debut offering‘Mustang’, the duo have never looked back. Their latest work is a rousing interpretation of Armin van Buuren’s new single ‘This Is What It Feels Like’. Sharing a stage with Paul Van Dyk, trance fans can rest easy knowing that they are well and truly catered for!
In their own words, Super8 & Tab are leading the charge of the Scandinavian trance revolution. Since their inception in 2005, the Finnish duo have firmly pushed themselves to the very forefront of the pack, with the pinnacle of their career being the 2010 debut album ‘Empire’. An album so good, it led to Mixmag saying: “It’s a rare and wonderful thing to be blown away by an album on first listen. And that’s exactly what Super8 & Tab’s debut artist album does”. Their innovative approach and intricate production values blend deep brooding vocal anthems with futuristic trance and has gained them rave reviews reaching from their native land to the other side of the world. Here at SW4 HQ we are delighted to welcome back Super8 & Tab back to Clapham Common once again, as we look forward to some of their epic Scandinavian stylings.
Orjan Nilsen is a Norwegian DJ and producer who grew up well north of the polar circle, far away from most things. His cultured productions however would suggest he grew up somewhere with a far more accessible music scene. The talented young Scandinavian shot to the worlds attention in 2011 when he stormed into the DJ Mag top 100 chart at #49 and a IDMA nomination for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ soon followed. Since then has gone on to gain support from SW4 favouritesGareth Emery and Armin van Buuren, with the aptly named ‘Belter’ a collaboration with the latter. Known for his flawless ability to bring life to any dance floor, we welcome him to South West Four for the first time in 2013, as he plays to the biggest dance floor of them all.
Simon Patterson is one of the most in demand DJs and producer’s of the last decade. Famed for his incredible run of a whopping eleven consecutive #1’s on Beatport, his creative offerings have become some of the most sought after productions of recent years. As a DJ he has performed at the biggest festivals on the planet and plays an intelligent blend of deep tech-trance and roof raising electro, drawing from influences far and wide. His weekly radio show ‘Open Up’ allows him to showcase the latest psychedelic, trance and techno records. This year he will be making his South West Four debut. Cue dance floor pandemonium and mass hysteria.
Londoner Lee Osborne has had an astonishing rise to stardom over the past few years. Since bursting onto the scene in 2010 he has released over twenty diverse and innovative productions on every significant label that matters. This includes Armin van Burren’s ‘Armada’, Gareth Emery’s ‘Garuda’ and Lange’s ‘Lange Recordings’. Gaining support from Radio1 and acts like Tiesto and Deadmau5 has helped his cause greatly, resulting in him becoming resident at The Gallery at Ministry of Sound. Here at South West Four we are excited to hand a debut to one the brightest new stars in trance.
Our ethos is simple: Try to provide the best line-up, the best venues, the best experience, whilst improving each year at the best possible price. Stereosonic is Australia's largest electronic music festival, now let's get to it…
In an interesting year for Dance Music, the final frontier has been reached with global domination, Our artists and particularly headliners lead this assault! With chart topping hits, to industry & public voted awards, to sold out stadiums / clubs and the World’s biggest Festivals, we’re very fortunate to have THE cream of the crop in electronic/dance music right now, all included in the one line-up. Australia get ready for your biggest festival to explode in 2012!
What a year for our Artists!
Quite simply one of the biggest names in Dance music, Tiësto has had some huge tracks out, headlined countless festivals and has a huge new compilation out ‘Club Life – Vol. Two Miami’ (see below for our special Ticketmaster offer). Avicii simply had the biggest track in 2011/2012 and headlined countless festivals and worked on new collaborations with artists such as Lenny Kravitz and is producing anthems such as ‘Silhouettes.’ He simply doesn’t stop!Calvin Harris synonymous with electro pop music is set to release another killer collab, this time with fellow Stereosonic artist, Example. Both have had huge years in touring and production. Celebrating ten years of residency on the White Isle last year, the prolific Carl Cox continues to impress. His legendary sets in Ibiza are still drawing thousands weekly. Major Lazer are back and ready to expose fans to their eclectic dance hall vibes with a new show. Dutch turbine Laidback Luke combines to make a power trio of Stereosonic artists with one of Australia’s favourite acts and tennis star Martin Solveig and Dirty Dutch superstar Chuckie delivering ‘1234,’ a mad crowd track that will surely be dropped during the tour. Dash Berlin has started 2012 with a bang, his latest album ‘#musicislife’ is already delivering chart success. Dash’s trance comrades: Infected Mushroom, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Aly & Fila, Simon Patterson & MaRLo continue to experience huge love from the trance family. Infected Mushroom are back with their awesome live show (and table tennis skills). The techno fraternity asked and we listened with a huge Techno offering featuring: ‘Carl Cox Revolution’ (brand new room) with Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Adam Beyer, Joris Voornand more. Rising stars Porter Robinson is one of the most in demand acts at the moment with Bassnectar both having a huge year in 2012. Aussie Tommy Trash has risen to become a huge global producer and DJ this year and is coming back to Australia for Stereosonic. ‘Holy Ship!’ and ‘Hard Fest’ owner Destructo is back after a huge Stereosonic 2011. There will be plenty of Bromance this tour with Brodinski and Gesaffelstein who will be partying with Zedd, Dillon Francis and Foreign Beggars. Bart B More has quickly become one of the brightest stars in the international electronic music scene. He has consistently been crafting dancefloor destroyers that have received massive support from prominent DJ’s around the world. Diplo’s latest record ‘Express Yourself’ has in typical Diplo fashion exploded across the world with its eclectic high-spirited feel. The rise and rise of bass continues, with Flux Pavilion, Caspa and Datsik all riding the wave of bass adoration in the last year. Australian indie kids, Van She, are finally back with a killer new album ‘Idea of Happiness’ which has already spawned two songs: ‘Idea of Happiness’ and ‘Jamaica,’ perfect for Summer. Kaz James is back, one of the artists who appeared at our first ever Stereosonic, withFeenixpawl after huge Beatport success and one of the anthems of the European summer.
Don’t miss out! 2011 saw our biggest crowds to date with Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide selling out up to eight weeks before the festival. With the vibe already huge for Stereosonic 2012, it is predicted that we’ll witness big shows again this year thanks to our stellar line-up. We want to party with you, so make sure you purchase your ticket(s) early to avoid disappointment.
New Stages This year we welcome: Main Stage 2, plus a new techno stage with ‘Carl Cox Revolution,’ ‘Paris Social Club’ (first time in Australia) and the ‘Hard Stage’ (also a first time in Australia – Purveyors of ‘Hard Festival’ and ‘Holy Ship!’)
New Ticketing We are pleased to announce that all ticketing is now through our ticketing agency: Ticketmaster. Patrons can buy tickets online via Ticketmaster.com.au, Ticketmaster Outlets Nationally and by Phone 136-100
Back to Skoda Stadium, Sydney After extensive renovation, Stereosonic Sydney will be moving back to Skoda Stadium, Homebush and surrounds to ensure our patrons experience Stereosonic in the best possible environment. This is a state of the art venue with huge seating, main stage and as side stages have reduced capacity numbers, we are advising patrons to buy tickets to the Sydney show at their earliest convenience to avoid regret. We partied at this venue and surrounds 2 years ago and it was epic!
Thank you We would like to thank all those who attended Stereosonic in 2011 and to all who voted for Stereosonic at theinthemix.com.au Awards in 2011. Your valued support motivates us to bring you the most popular acts with a mix of new and diverse artists, to satisfy and educate whilst treading that fine line in between. This is Stereosonic.
Stereosonic 2012 boasts its biggest line-up ever featuring: Tiësto Avicii Calvin Harris Example Carl Cox Major Lazer Laidback Luke Martin Solveig Dash Berlin Markus Schulz Diplo* Sander van Doorn Infected Mushroom* Chuckie Flux Pavilion Mr Oizo Porter Robinson Loco Dice Bassnectar JFK MSTRKRFT Excision Adam Beyer* Aly & Fila Caspa Datsik Joris Voorn* Bingo Players Tommy Trash* Simon Patterson Gesaffelstein* Ørjan Nilsen Dillon Francis Foreign Beggars Bart B More Zedd Brodinski* Krewella* Nina Kraviz* Van She (not playing Adelaide & Perth) Alvin Risk* Destructo* MaRLo* Club Cheval^ Treasure Fingers* French Fries^ Beni# Duke Dumont^ Mickey# Kaz James* Feenixpawl* Acid Jacks* MC Stretch (will be hosting and MC’ing the Mainstage)* MC Gunner (will be hosting and MC’ing the Carl Cox Revolution Stage)
* = not playing Adelaide # = playing Melbourne & Sydney only ^ = playing Melbourne, Sydney & Adelaide only
Ticket prices in comparison to other festivals In staying true to our core ethos, Stereosonic continues to deliver the best line-up possible, at the best possible ticket price. We have raised the prices slightly this year to help improve our services to you on the day and to enable us to deliver the biggest acts in electronic music!
Ticketing (For all cities): Ticketmaster.com.au First Release tix are sold out Second Release tix are sold out Third Release tix $154.95* (includes booking fee), plus a $3.95 transaction fee per purchase (limit 8 tickets) *Perth patrons pay an additional $2.00 PTA (Public Transport Authority) fee (this includes free public transport with a valid Stereosonic ticket)
Exclusive Tiësto DJ Mix album ‘Club Life – Vol. Two Miami’ – offer for all Ticketmaster buyers Purchase a ticket to Stereosonic and you can also buy a download of the Tiësto DJ mix album ‘Club Life – Vol. Two Miami’ for just $11.00. Featuring: Ivan Gough, Gotye, Coldplay, Tiësto and Wolfgang Gartner, Afrojack and more.
On Sale Now!! – only from Ticketmaster: http://Ticketmaster.com.au/stereosonic or 136 100
Line-up is subject to change without notice. All events are over 18s, photo ID is required. Line-up varies slightly in each state. View state information at the stereosonic.com.au website for more details.
iPhone Application and mobile site We will be launching an iPhone and Android application. For other mobile users we will be launching a mobile friendly site very soon! www.stereosonic.com.au/iphone
SW4 2012 ARENA HOSTS… SATURDAY: SUBLIMINAL THE GALLERY PRESENTS EVOLUTION · BEDROCK SUNDAY: TOGETHER ALL GONE PETE TONG · RAM20
On the Saturday house legend Erick Morillo returns to SW4 this summer for his first London appearance in over seventeen months and his ONLY UK Festival performance this year. With his set one of the ‘must see’ performances in London this summer, it makes perfect sense for ‘Subliminal’, his Pacha Ibiza night and trend setting label to take full control of its own tent. On parade will be the same beautiful people and extravagant clubbing experience one has come to expect from Subliminal, with Erick starring alongside An21 & Max Vangelli, Funkagenda, Sneaky Soundsystem, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Tim Mason and very special guest Roger Sanchez.
Paul van Dyk and London institution ‘The Gallery’ join forces at SW4 2012 to present the biggest trance lineup in London this year. Featuring an array of talent who PvD personally feels has an affiliation with his new ‘Evolution’ album concept, Paul will be joined by Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Aly & Fila, John O’ Callaghan, Richard Durand, Claudia Cazacu and Gary Proud. Combined with an extraordinary live show, which merges the soundtrack, imposing stage and hypnotic visuals, expect excellence in the art of sound!
John Digweed’s Bedrock returns to SW4 this summer to host an arena bursting at the seams with the best in underground house and techno DJs. In honour of the namesake label, John has been an irrepressible force in London this year. Setting things up perfectly for SW4, his monthly XOYO residency has rekindled that classic Thursday night slot, with capacity crowds filling one of London’s most forward thinking venues. Bedrock has always translated well to the great outdoors and this summer will be no different with John featuring beside Joris Voorn, Âme, Guy Gerber, Robert Babicz, Laura Jones, jozif and the Mixcloud DJ competition winner.
Lethargic after Saturday’s excursion? The booming DJ Magazine arena hosted by Together is bound to revitalise the senses. The Together tent at SW4 2011 was arguably the most energetic, whilst last November’s Together Winter Music Festival at Alexandra Palace confirmed the night as a dominant force. This summer Together packs its bags to host a sixteen date Tuesday night summer residency at the legendary Amnesia Ibiza but returns to Blighty for SW4. This time round Together brings with them the inimitable flair of 2 Many DJs (DJ set), Eric Prydz, Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), Erol Alkan, Green Velvet, Brodinski & Gesaffelstein and Jeremy Olander.
This summer the world’s undisputed ambassador for electronic dance music returns to South West Four, this time hosting his very own arena. That’s right, SW4 goes ‘All Gone Pete Tong’! The clubbing credentials of All Gone have already been well proven, with a blowout season at Pacha Ibiza last summer, followed by a Bestival showcase and sell-out London warehouse party. In 2012 another Pacha residency has been confirmed, whilst the SW4 arena represents the biggest All Gone party to date. Pete hosts proceedings and is joined by Sasha, Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Dyed Soundorom, Eats Everything, Jaymo & Andy George and Connected’s Jesse James & Johnny Bloomfield.
Last but not least the biting sounds of Andy C and ‘RAM Records’, revered amongst drum and bass connoisseurs. This year is the seminal label’s 20th Anniversary with the celebrations launching on Clapham Common. Through its association with London nightspots The End, Fabric and Matter, RAM is responsible for some of the greatest clubbing moments the capital has ever experienced.Andy C headlines, bringing with him his audio / visual ‘Alive’ arc, with further drum and bass coming courtesy of Friction, Delta Heavy and Loadstar. Flux Pavilion, Jack Beats, Borgore and Doctor P also bring the bass, making this arena a real SW4 treat.
That’s the arena hosts done and dusted, sure to be gleaming in the sparking South London sun. But these tense tarpaulins are nothing without artists, so let’s take this opportunity to tease out some more. Sit comfortably and enjoy…
ADDED TO SW4 DAY ONE: SAT 25TH AUGUST AN21 & MAX VANGELLI SUNNERY JAMES AND RYAN MARCIANO · TIM MASON VERY SPECIAL GUESTS: LET THE MUSIC PLAY [EXCLUSIVE]
An21 & Max Vangelli begin the latest Saturday additions, after their Ministry of Sound outings have become some of the most talked about on the superclub’s roster. Theatrical breakdowns and jacking grooves have built a reputation that sold out their MOS gig on New Years Eve several weeks in advance. This should come as no surprise, what with the duo being protégés of none other than Swedish House Mafia. Signed to Steve Angello’s trailblazing ‘Size’ label, twelve months of world domination culminated in November’s sensational Essential Mix. Touted as one of the best of 2011, it was crowned by the An21 & Max Vangelli remix of ‘Save The World.’ Previously named in DJ Mag’s ‘Top 5 To Watch,’ it’s peak time house all the way.
“Let The Music Play”; the motto of SW4 over its illustrious nine year history. But for this summer, it bears even more significance! On the Saturday we welcome the top secret project for their world exclusive performance. Encompassing red hot energy and euphoria, their tracks ‘Stars’ and ‘Waves’ have received major radio support in recent weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.
Dynamic duo Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, blur the boundaries of house music in accomplished fashion. Perhaps best known for their rousing re-work of Tiesto’s immortal ‘Lethal Industry,’ only the most skilled could enhance a true classic – re-building it into a deep, funky stormer. As Axwell so eloquently puts it, “if there were a Dutch version of Swedish House Mafia, it would be Sunnery and Ryan.” As if any more endorsement was needed, Morillo has snapped up S&R for an exclusive Subliminal residency at Pacha Ibiza this summer. Demonstrated by the groundbreaking ‘Amazone Project Vol. 3,’ it’s dirty Dutch house at its best.
Tim Mason is a self professed purveyor of pure house music.‘The Moment’ is one of the anthems of 2012 thus far, having been adopted by Tiesto and Steve Angello. A climatic build that explodes into a devastating hook, this debut track has the accolade of being signed to Angello’s ‘Size.’ With such a global platform to shine, this is most definitely Mason’s moment. New track ‘Amina OMG’ is of the same quality, summing up perfectly his big room house. Both these are sure to send SW4 wild, so check them out and envisage as the sun sets. Just beautiful…
ADDED TO SW4 DAY TWO: SAT 26TH AUGUST BRODINSKI & GESAFFELSTEIN · DELTA HEAVY · LOADSTAR JAYMO & ANDY GEORGE · JEREMY OLANDER JESSE JAMES & JOHNNY BLOOMFIELD
Brodinski& Gesaffelstein, a French pairing that stands apart from their conventional countrymen associates. Brodinski is whirring techno, bass heavy house through to melodic minimal, whilst Gesaffelstein utilises wide ranging excerpts from broody techno and engaging electro. The result is an atmospheric musical soundscape that has to be witnessed live, their contrasting sounds playing off one another in mesmeric fashion. The joint ‘Bromance EP’ and tour has been captivating dance floors with the inimitable underground sound, unique to SW4 this summer. Brodinski and Gesaffelstein back-to-back, a bromance made in heaven!
Delta Heavy are the standard bearers for RAM Records’ new roster of talent. Flying high and proud, with rocking remixes for those at the top of their game; Example, Avicii and Chase & Status amongst their pulsating production portfolio. Their endeavours paid off with ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Newcomer DJ’ at the prominent Drum & Bass Arena awards. New EP ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ will definitely take you down a deep and dark D&B tunnel. Aggressive waves of churning bass and blistering beats, exactly the kind of heavy stuff we can expect from the guys at SW4.
Another of the RAM recruits, Loadstar have an inextricable ‘Link To The Past.’ This track described by DJ Magazine as “a huge alien mammoth”, it scooped ‘Best Single’ at the 2010 D&B Arena awards. With such production nous, it’s no wonder acts of such calibre are queuing up to work the Loadstar boys. For example SW4’s headliners Chase & Status and the chart topping Example! Their production efforts on the latter, earning a sought after gold record for ‘Changed The Way You Kissed Me.’Guaranteed stars of SW4 2012.
Since starting their fledgling night ‘Moda’ back in 2008, Jaymo & Andy George have always championed the party. Now they hold shindigs all around the world, showcasing their policy of having no music policy whatsoever! A daring strategy, which paid dividends when the Radio 1 Essential Mix rolled into their home town of Lincoln. A riveting Moda musical montage, which included mainly of their own vibrant productions and cheeky remixes, resulted in mass hysteria. This led to a current Radio 1 ‘In New DJs We Trust’ show, plus residencies at We Love Space and Fabric. Plus the recent launch of ‘Moda Black’, an outlet for their darker output.
Up next, another protégé nurtured from the Swedish stable. Under the wing of Eric Prydz, Jeremy Olander was the guest of honour at his recent Ministry of Sound album launch. Such was the success of his main room outing, Olander’s outlandish approach threatened to overshadow even Prydz himself! An upbeat progressive and heavy melodic sound, which has graced the prestigious Warehouse Project, Gatecrasher and Cocoon clubs in recent months. We can’t wait for ‘Animal Garden’ to be dropped, a rhythmic bassline that blossoms into a cacophony of twilight synth splashes. Irresistible bait, for Clapham’s dancefloor animals.
Completing the hat trick of pairings for this final day, London’s newest kids on the block. Jesse James and Johnny Bloomfield are residents at Connected, one of London’s most esteemed underground house nights. These guys aren’t here just to make up the numbers, but mean serious business with their new track just released. Entitled ‘Chucks Groove’ and sampling Public Enemy, Jesse and Johnny’s deep tribal taster will ensure they make many good friends on the Common.
There you have it. Eight infatuating arenas and a host of smoking line-up additions – that can’t have failed to enhance that undying SW4 hunger. Still to come the final pieces of the South West Four jigsaw. More meaty line-up announcements including our Sunday live headliner, which at the moment is G14 classified. Well not really, but you get the idea…
ADDED TO SW4 DAY ONE: SAT 25TH AUGUST THE GALLERY PRESENTS ‘EVOLUTION’ FEAT.PAUL VAN DYK MARKUS SCHULZ · GARETH EMERY ALY & FILA · JOHN O’CALLAGHAN · RICHARD DURAND CLAUDIA CAZACU · GARY PROUD
Whilst it could be said Paul van Dyk needs no introduction, the opposite is true here. Forget the coveted Grammy, consecutive DJ Mag Top 100 triumphs, his magnificent SW4 2007 headline performance and the seminal tracks that defined a generation. As ‘Evolution’ maybe perceived, this isn’t Paul exploring a new sound away from his cherished roots. In fact Evolution inconceivably enhances Paul’s trademark uplifting trance, exacerbated by raw emotion. Fuelled by an illustrious twenty year career, that has kept PvD continually inspiring and empowering the masses. With the album track ‘We Come Together’ already sending shockwaves through club land, expect a host of bespoke Evolution material, especially re-worked for this grand al fresco gathering. A resolve to embrace the latest cutting edge technology, this will be pure dancefloor theatre, symbolic of Paul’s ‘Evolution’ in the flesh.
Markus Schulz is another artist who has continually evolved, with his custom breed of atmospheric trance, plus those darker ‘Dakota’ offerings. Hence earning the landmark title of The Gallery’s international resident, his Ministry gigs always attract a clued up, capacity crowd. South West Four will be no different, enticed by the globally revered radio show‘Global DJ Broadcast’, which attracts millions of trance enthusiasts each week. Then there’s Markus’ critically acclaimed ‘Coldharbour Recordings’ label, pivotal to Schulz’s well documented rise to fame. Named after Coldharbour Lane in nearby SW9, it’s why Londoner’s consider Markus one of their own. Making this SW4 visit even more poignant, promised magical material from the next in Schulz’s trailblazing ‘City’ series. Entitled ‘Los Angeles 12,’ it’s the kind of broody, melodic madness which ripped up The Gallery tent at SW4 2009.
Expect a host of fresh new music from Gareth Emery, the Garuda God who headlined The Gallery’s mesmeric 2012 opening party. Charting at #13, Gareth is another of the leading artists in the Top 100 and returns this year for the first time since his storming SW4 debut in 2010. Poignant new track ‘Concrete Angel’ looks set to eclipse the landmark success of the sacred ‘Sanctuary’ and will no doubt entice all arms aloft on Clapham Common. Ever since the lush chords of ‘Mistral’ announced him to the world, an unwavering passion earmarks this as a truly standout performance.
Aly & Fila’ssun kissed trance is perfect for the glowing Clapham sunshine. Long standing friends of The Gallery, ‘We Control The Sunlight’ was voted Armin’s ASOT tune of the year in 2011 – and is now an unofficial anthem of not just The Gallery, but trance lovers in general. New track ‘Coming Home’ is A&F’s latest sparkling sensation, typical of Aly & Fila’s much adored philosophy. To evoke a mass outpouring of joy, that constitutes almost a religious experience. So after helping to celebrate The Gallery’s 17th birthday in April, we lay out the Clapham red carpet four months later. Sure to be a stunning SW4 debut, Aly & Fila were tailor made for this tantalising trance occasion.
John O’Callaghan brought the tough, tearing beats of his Subculture label to The Gallery, towards the end of 2011. Uncompromising by nature, its John’s versatility as a producer that sets this Irish icon apart. His ability to refine these blistering bass lines with sincere vocals is illustrated in the hair-raising soundscapes of ‘Big Sky’ or the electrifying ‘Find Yourself’. More recently, John’s remix of the aforementioned ‘Concrete Angel’ has been embraced by lovers of all genres. A classic re-work, enhancing the lead melody with that JOC stamp of authority. Armin counts himself as a huge fan having personally approved John to mix CD3 of his forthcoming ASOT 550 compilation, one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed. Plus an anticipated Cream Ibiza residency for 2012, completing the JOC summer of love.
There’s no doubt the legendary status, which ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ has amongst trance fans – Richard Durand’s trademark beats having propelled the series into unchartered territory. Take India as the album theme for ISOS 9. Arguably the most forward thinking ever, those Indian beats not immediately synonymous with dance floor devastation. Durand’s SW4 set is sure to contain brand new material from the forthcoming ISOS 10. With Australia the inspiration, it’s a good omen for the sun to shine from Down Under!
Our penultimate powerhouse, a warm welcome for Gallery Queen Claudia Cazacu. Her ‘Haute Couture’ sound is tailor made for the South West Four sun. Finally after last weekend’s excellent set before PvD, Gary Proud returns to London. Vandit’s hottest new recruit, you know what to expect after Saturday’s sell out ‘Evolution’ album launch at Electric Brixton.
Make no mistake. Paul van Dyk’s monumental Evolution experience is sure to lure the global trance family to Clapham. With Evolution and Paul van Dyk, this will be South West Four’s biggest ever trance arena – no matter which metric is used.