The legendary Port remains missing, its whereabouts unknown but Bestival’s brand new, revolutionary monolith of sound, The Spaceport, is shaping up to be the greatest dance stage ever! Throbbing to an intergalactic soundscape of epic proportions, our seven storey symbol of the future will transmit Bestival’s unique vision of our dancefloor destiny as we unveil the crack squad of space cadets, who will be joining previously announced Spaceport headliners Diplo, Carl Cox, and Fatboy Slim, to blast us into the unknown this coming September on the Isle of Wight.
Bestival rave-master Rob da Bank says: “Prepare for lift off my futuristic friends, this is going to be the stage of the summer of UK festivals. A dream team of Josie da Bank, our mate Paul Normandale, who’s Bjork and Coldplay’s lighting designer, super set designers Spatial and a host of madcap inventors are building an incredible imaginary Spaceport for you to rave at and take off into The Future. In that rocket will be no less than rave veterans Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Diplo, DJ Yoda and Candi Staton propped up by newbies like DJ Barely Legal and Mele and Monki… The Future is almost here”.
Following an out of this world opening ceremony, we’ll be heading into orbit as we ramp up the rave action with a cavalcade of advanced selectors including Benji B, Destructo, DJ Barely Legal, DJ Yoda, Dub Pistols Soundsystem, Eats Everything, James Zabiela, Kenton Slash Demon, Klose One and Mella Dee.
And hitting the decks to take us beyond the solar system of sound will be Mount Kimbie, Mumbai Science, Norman Jay MBE, NRG Flash: Monki & Mele, Oneman going back to back with My Nu Leng, Purple Rave Prince Tribute from Heidi, Rob da Bank & Tayo, Riton, Sink The Pink presents No Limits with Candi Staton & Livin’ Joy, Skream and The Heatwave.
The epicentre of the inevitable and the future of the dance, The Spaceport is where the party’s at. Don’t miss it.
We’re hugely excited to announce a UK exclusive performance for Lovebox this year: seminal hip-hop figure Nas will be joining M.I.A. to co-headline Saturday’s proceedings. With a career spanning over twenty years, he’ll be performing iconic debut album ‘Illmatic’ which celebrates its 20th Anniversary and re-release this year.
We welcome London-institution Norman Jay MBE to this year’s festival, who helped redefine the boundaries of partying in the 90s, appealing to the very essence of Lovebox. Another crucial piece of British musical history, Jazzie B and his renowned nineties band Soul II Soul will be playing. Speaking about Lovebox Jazzie says, “Lovebox always has such a great vibe. Looking forward to it, happy faces and thumping bass!”
We’re also proud to announce that filmmaker turned songwriter Yoann Lemoine, also known as Woodkid, will be headlining Saturday’s Noisey Presents stage, and unveiling intensely gripping offerings from his debut album 'The Golden Age’.
Lovebox 2014’s DJ line-up is stronger and more eclectic than ever before, and those with an appetite for house, techno and everything in between are going to be well fed beyond belief. Swedish techno don and Drumcode head-honcho Adam Beyer will be headlining the Crack Magazine and Krankbrother Stage, and we welcome London’s finest living garage legend DJ EZ for some true London flavours. Disco purveyors Maxxi Soundsystem and PBR Streetgang will be enticing the masses with their warming house and nu-disco grooves.
Fast-rising producer Adesse Versions hot off the success of his ‘Pressured’ EP will be mixing it up for crowds, as will Citizen, Melbourne’s Mic Newman and London boy Dolan Bergin. Amsterdam’s freshest face of future house Tom Trago will be tearing up the dancefloor, as will Radio 1 and Rinse golden girl Monki, and Kid Fiesta. We also have a performance from songstress of the moment Jess Glynne to look forward to.
Back for another year at Lovebox is Red Bull Music Academy. A world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals, RBMA is a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. Over the course of the weekend the Red Bull Music Academy Stage will house a non-stop party hosted by some of the biggest names in electronic music. Expect historic sets from Deviation top dog Benji B and veteran junglist Randall, and unmissable energy from The Gaslamp Killer. Kenny Dope will unleash his renowned Disco Fever set and there’ll be magic from nu-disco maestro Tensnake, Horse Meat Disco and eclectic Boston boys Soul Clap. Expect the unexpected from London producer Throwing Snow along with house grooves courtesy of rising star Doc Daneeka.
This year everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Italy's favourite libation at the Aperol Spritz Social with the likes of Craig Charles and The Reflex on the decks Friday, whilst Norman Jay and sassy lady DJ, Monki head up the Saturday. There will be dancing on the decking, relaxing and taking in the views from the balcony and of course sipping on the iconic Aperol Spritz. The Social will be playing host to top DJs all day long, creating an intimate party atmosphere to dance with old friends and meet new ones with soulful grooves, rare disco cuts and bumpin' house all weekend long.
Lovebox’s VIP area, The Pavilion Gardens, will transport VIP’s into an opulent world of Regency-era Brighton. Adorned with vibrant dome-roofed tents and exquisite furnishings, head to the Pavilion Gardens to catch sets from 2020Vision busman Ralph Lawson, Ben Pearce, Son of Sun (Live), Pete Herbert, Normski, and many more throughout the weekend.
Be sure not to miss tickets for what is shaping up to be biggest two-day celebration of dance music and international talent in London, let alone the UK.
FRIDAY ARENA BREAKDOWNS
ANNIE MAC PRESENTS Annie Mac Duke Dumont, Joey Bada$$ Route 94, Kiesza, Cyril Hahn MNEK, Elli Ingram
FACT PRESENTS THE HYDRA Moderat (LIVE)
Joy Orbison, Paul Woolford Madlib (DJ SET) Dolan Bergin
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY PRESENTS Special Guest TBA Benji B, Gaslamp Killer Randall Doc Daneeka
BASSLACED Sub Focus (LIVE) DJ EZ, Shy FX & Stamina MC Hannah Wants, Kove Special Request, Tom Edgar
THE APEROL SPRITZ SOCIAL Craig Charles The Reflex, Fort Romeau Guy Williams, Kid Fiesta Nihilismus
VIP HOSTED BY LOVE FEVER PRESENTED BY BEAT Ralph Lawson, Citizen, Tom Trago, Mic Newman, Adesse Versions Son of Sun (LIVE)
SATURDAY ARENA BREAKDOWNS
NOISEY PRESENTS Crystal Fighters Woodkid The Horrors Hercules & Love Affair Submotion Orchestra Roosevelt
For almost two decades Erick Morillo has been one of the most in demand DJs and producers on the planet. The Columbian-come-American’s career began in the early 90’s and since then he has gone on to play every principal city on the map, including major residencies in Ibiza for the past fifteen years. In 1997 he launched his own label ‘Subliminal Records’ and has since been able to propel the imprint to international prominence. In 2012 the status that Morillo holds in his homeland was exemplified further when a street was named after him in Union City. We’ve been lucky for Erick to play SW4 several times, in fact he was our first ever headliner back in 2004. We are delighted to have this living legend back for our 10th Anniversary…It just wouldn’t be the same without him.
"If anyone knows how hard it is to maintain a brand, party and event, it’s me. So congratulations to SW4 on their Tenth Anniversary! I always love coming to London to play SW4 in the summertime. The heavens opened on us last year, but it was still an amazing party and vibe. Let's pray for some summer loving this year!" Erick Morillo
Following in the footsteps of other seminal bands to play South West Four over the years such as Public Enemy and Salt N Pepa, our 10th Anniversary welcomes true London musical royalty. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary in their home city at SW4, we are delighted to showcase Soul II Soul featuring the magnificent Caron Wheeler. Reviewing their list of accolades, it’s easy to see why Jazzie B’s band is such an inspired choice. Having won two Grammy Awards and sold millions of records worldwide, Jazzie also has been given keys to an incredible seven cities in the US, including LA and New York. In America there’s even a Soul II Soul day, whilst back in Blighty Jazzie has been awarded an OBE for his services to music. Having formed in 1988, they burst on to the scene soon after with their massive hit singles ‘Keep on Movin’ and ‘Back to Life’, with the latter being featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. This year we celebrate 25 years of Soul II Soul at our 10th Anniversary, making our already stellar line up even more mouth watering.
“Looking forward to playing south of the river to a quality crowd! A happy face, a thumpin' bass, for a loving race :-)” Jazzie B (Soul II Soul)
Benji B & Deviation Strings is up there amongst the most interesting collaborations of the past decade. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Grant Windsor, the sixteen piece orchestra will take to the South West Four main stage to perform specially arranged scores accompanied by Benji B on the decks. This live performance is taking electronic music to the next level as the orchestra and Benji beautifully blend together tracks, as the instruments add another dramatic dimension to create a sound of epic proportions. The Radio1 DJs’ own Deviation nights have grown to become one of the most important and well-respected brands in British nightlife, with a simple manifesto of “good sound, good music, good people and no compromise”. Quite simply this is an incredible SW4 spectacle not to be missed.
UK disco darlingsCrazy P have been making some of the most important and relevant beats for the best part of fifteen years. With one of the best live shows in dance music, their roots are planted firmly in the late 90’s club scene. Their performance is a blistering exhibition of raw energy, infecting the crowd with their disco stylings. Often imitated but never duplicated, their extensive catalogue harks back memories of a more groovy, funk-laden era and 2013 sees a new album on the horizon. Make sure you catch their full live show at South West Four this year, as we party in true style. Time to get into boogie mode.
SW4 favourite Friction is a DJ and producer that holds extremely high esteem in the drum & bass world. Described by Pete Tong as “one of the big dogs”, he holds court in the D&B Hall of Fame thanks to his inauguration at the 2011 Drum & Bass Arena Awards. He has released music on the genre’s most respected labels including Hospital and Metalheadz and in 2004 founded Shogun Audio which pushed his name into the limelight. Since then he has gone on to become the new face of Radio 1’s flagship drum & bass show, a slot that was previously occupied by none other than Fabio & Grooverider. Having destroyed the RAM Records Arena at SW4 2012, Friction takes to the main stage this year alongside three very special guests; P Money, Scrufizzer and Linguistics.
Russell Whyte’s jittery, caffeine injected, upbeat style of music is without doubt the sound of the underground right now. Rustie’s in your face, anything goes, yet sometimes brash approach of mixing hip-hop and pop, with dubstep and trap is what’s making Rustie so in demand. In 2010 he signed to Warp Records, who released his now classic debut album ‘Glass Swords’ in 2011. In 2013 his thunderous new offering ‘Slasherr’ is causing a storm worldwide through Glasgow based label Numbers. Take note SW4, because this young Scot has only just got started.
Lancaster’s finest Bondax descend onto the Clapham Common threshold this year for their first ever South West Four appearance. Expect soulful, smooth bass and glorious sounding synths combined with R&B flavours, to make an irresistible cocktail that melts in your ears. Each listen to one of their tracks reveals a new aura of sophistication, whilst their latest offering ‘Gold’ puts Bondax on the very top of the new British talent coming through the ranks in 2013.
Los Angeles born RL Grime is in his own words “reshaping electronic production”. His melodically influenced flavour is connecting the roots of southern hip hop with the new age of electronic dance music. His alter-ego Clockwork has gained him the respect of several big name DJs, whilst his RL Grime project is shaping up to be no different. His track ‘Trap On Acid’ gained support from Diplo and A-Trak, as well as Flosstradamus and Baauer, who will both join him at South West Four this year. RL Grime’strap ideals are dictating our understanding of what its means to be a 21st century producer, as he holds status as one of the hottest properties on the planet.
Sussex born Kove has been causing a stir in the bass world over the past twelve months. Ram Records head honcho and SW4 resident Andy C picked up his track ‘Iodine’ in 2012 which quickly became a staple in the sets of many of the scene’s biggest names. Since then, Kove has recently signed exclusively with Chase & Status’ MTA Records and is increasingly in demand as a DJ throughout Europe. Making his debut appearance at SW4, this hotly tipped youngster will go on great things, we are certain of that.
ALSO ADDED TO SW4 SATURDAY!
The stage is set for Gorgon City to take over the world. Off the back of their first EP ‘Real’ they have already gained the support of Diplo, Annie Mac and Rinse FM. The title track featuring the soulful Yasmin has even been getting daytime play on Radio1, whilst ‘Thor’ is an equally devastating affair. Individually, Foamo and RackNRuin who make up Gorgon City are both well respected producers and DJs in their own right and their distinct stylings can be heard throughout their own studio efforts. Inspired by a vast selection of music genres, growing up in north London has clearly influenced the pair with their sound an amalgamation of house, garage and deep bass. Their first EP was released by the irrepressible Black Butter Records, home of the chart topping Rudimental and with new music in the pipeline, the future is certainly bright for Gorgon City.
Lil' Louis / Ron Trent & Chez Damier / Benji B & MC Judah / Adrian Sherwood
A.Skillz / Move D / Steffi / Deetron / Tortured Soul (live) / Jimmy Edgar (live)
The Correspondents (live) and many more…
Going bold with a lineup that reads like a who’s who of UK and European electronic music, Stop Making Sense 2012 looks stronger than ever – where London, Berlin and Paris collide.
The Stop Making Sense 2012 lineup brings together the cream of dance music talent for five days and nights of partying by the sea – with Lil’ Louis, Benji B & MC Judah, Ron Trent & Chez Damier, Move D, A Skillz, Adrian Sherwood, Steffi and Deetron, plus Tortured Soul, Jimmy Edgar and The Correspondents live – and that’s only some of what you can expect!
One of the founding fathers of house music, Lil’ Louis is an internationally renowned artist, producer, DJ, songwriter and author. Epitomising the sound of Chicago house, Lil’ Louis is a true legend. Also repping Chicago house are Ron Trent & Chez Damier. The pair, who founded Prescription Records – widely considered one of the most forward-thinking electronic music labels of all time – in the early ‘90s, are reunited for the first time in 15 years!
Deviation head and Radio 1 DJ, Benji B is renowned for his eclectic and diverse collection and his broad DJ style, where genres are mixed and matched seamlessly. Pioneer dub producer, experimentalist and reggae champion, Adrian Sherwood promises a set that celebrates his three decades in the business. Remix mastermind, A.Skillz ups the ante, with his mashup party style.
German house and techno producer Move D pushes boundaries and opens new doors with his music. Experimental and exciting, his will be a set to remember. Dutch DJ, producer, label boss and OstGut Ton favourite, Steffi is one of electronic music’s most skillful DJs. She’ll mix up an eclectic set that will delve into deep, analogue and disco house. And, with sets that last the dancefloor distance, Swiss techno DJ and producer Deetron brings his bouncy, melodic Detroit-loving sound, promising to be a highlight.
Brooklyn’s Tortured Soul bring their live house music show – renowned as they are for their soulful sound and intriguing performances. An exponent of electronic eclecticism, Jimmy Edgar funks it up, and with a new album coming in June his set is sure to offer plenty of surprises. And, rounding up the live headliners, The Correspondents return to Stop Making Sense, exploring their own twisted history of music, taking in jazz, electro, jungle, dubstep and drum’n’bass – with bounding MC Mr Bruce over the top.
As well as a bundle of headliners who could hold this five-day party on their own, Stop Making Sense 2012 is serving up a stunning list of DJs and acts, including Dark Sky, Daniel Avery (Stopmakingme), Nick Höppner, Sketchy, Moxie, George Fitzgerald, Etienne Tron, Hannah Holland, Another Amit and Sven Weisemann, and a whole list of others…
Stop Making Sense 2012 presents a stellar lineup of acts from across the dance music spectrum – from jazz, Latin and Afro house, to Chicago via Detroit and techno, through reggae, dubstep and electro – a kaleidoscope of sun, sea and electronic entertainment.
The music programme runs 12pm until 1am in Tisno, with two stages, boat parties, a private beach, tiki bars, and much more… From 11pm to 7am, the late-night action continues at the local Barbarella’s open-air club. There’s nothing better than partying under Croatian stars until a steady sunrise takes revellers into a new day of the nonsensical and sublime.
Stop Making Sense is a music and dance festival, a summer haven and a sunshine getaway all rolled into one. But it’s really mostly about a true love of music. Get involved!
TICKETS: Early bird tickets have now sold out. But tickets are still only £100. http://stopmakingsense.eu/?p=628
TRAVEL/ACCOMMODATION: The closest airports to Tisno are Zadar and Split, both serviced by Ryanair and Easyjet, and approximately a 60-minute drive away. Stop Making Sense works with a local transfer company to make the trip to and from the airport a breeze. Stop Making Sense 2012 also has on-site accommodation. Not too close to the stages, yet within crawling distance to all the action. For more information and bookings check out www.stopmakingsense.eu.