When casting my eyes over the Chapter XII line-up, it was a sheer reflection of the inconceivable talent that The Rainbow Venues showcase year after year. The distinct sounds of Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice – to name but a few – were to be heard at one of the most dedicated hubs for the electronic scene in the heart of Digbeth, Birmingham, and this line-up was one of the most incredible to date. With a host of stages – from the Warehouse, to the Arena and up to the Rooftop Terrace, this was definitely about to be a day to remember. And my God, it was.
Kicking of the festival season in style, you could definitely tell it wasn’t summer quite yet; a waterfall or rain thwarted a huge crowd of ravers towards their chosen tent, with us heading straight to see a true pioneer of techno, Richie Hawtin, filling the Car Park stage at 4pm. Despite the early time slot, his thumping, minimal set drew in a huge crowd, subtly progressing from one track to the next and cementing his solid reputation as nothing short of a techno king. “Cold weather but amazing warmth and craziness going on inside @rainbowvenues!” he Tweeted post-show – and we couldn’t agree more. It was magnetic, commanding and deep, and set the tone for the day ahead.
The Arena played host to a mighty selection of acts throughout the day; Israeli DJ Guy Gerber played an intense and memorable set to a captivated crowd, the tent literally overflowing with revellers even with Hawtin smashing the Car Park just seconds away. The crowd was well and truly warmed up in time for a less intense, but equally as captivating Sasha playing B2B with Nic Fancuilli, their beats aligned with blasts of cold smoke to a bellowing crowd. The beauty of Chapter XII is that there really is something for everyone; while there was deep house and techno pounding through the majority of stages, the Roof Terrace played host to an array of garage and grime artists, the likes of Redlight, Mak & Pasteman, Mele and Preditah causing one of the best crowd atmospheres seen at the entire event. It was a great escape, and one certainly lapped up and loved by every individual present.
Joseph Capriati has made a name for himself as a prominent figurehead on the techno spectrum. Taking to the Car Park stage, his set –accompanied by a spectacular laser display, flame blasts and smoke screens – was one of the climatic sets of the day, a highlight including an impressive build-up of Marco Faraone’s Boost; it was one of those moments where you look over at your mate, both raise your hands together in unison, and realise why you absolutely love coming to a festival like this – it was nothing short of being absolutely euphoric. Capriati was a lucky coincidence for us; after heading to see Art Department at the Warehouse but it being too busy for us to enter straight away, we didn’t know if this set would compare. But it brought it back and more – Capriati put on an epic showcase, and one I would highly recommend to anyone looking for some blazing, melodic and rip-roaring techno.
Something that was truly an exciting addition to the line-up at Chapter XII was the hybrid audiovisual production by dubfire:live, orchestrating an hour set fusion of music, science and technology in an innovative live show format. It was definitely a treat for the senses – so much to see, so much to hear, just a complete visual and melodic ecstasy. Wanting to see everything we possibly could, we had to leave the spectacle to witness the sights of Jamie Jones; a DJ that should be on everyone’s list to see at least once. His sets just connect with an audience like no other, encouraging dancing, moving, fest-pumping and everything inbetween. Slamming in songs such as Nathan Barato ft Sasha Brown – Talk On, and Whiplash – Ghetto Tears, the crowd was captivated, a wave of fist pumps pulsating through the ocean of ravers like a Mexican wave at a cup final at Wembley.
Now, as someone who has seen Loco Dice multiple times, I know now that each set is destined to be absolutely epic, and a perfect way to end our Chapter XII Journey. The Desolate co-boss was the headlining act for the Arena stage, closing down the party in the most intense and impeccable way imaginable. With an abundance of deep, dark sounds roaring through the crowd, the set diverted between tech house and pure, unadulterated techno, complemented by a powerful spectrum of green laser lights which set the crowd alight. It was epic, perfect, intense and simply fantastic – Dice is an unparalleled genius, and was an epic headliner to end an epic event.
Cementing their platform as a house and techno playground, The Rainbow Venues’ Chapter XII was everything we could have expected. With an Elrow presents: Hot Creations after party for those who wanted to carry on deep into the night (with a line-up just as brilliant as the event itself) Chapter XII is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Even though the rain hammered down, the fists still pumped in the air and the atmosphere remained electric – and we certainly won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. Chapter XIII, anyone?
Saturday, March 26 marks the Midlands’ leading inner-city festival in Birmingham, Chapter XII, taking place at The Rainbow Venues.
The Birmingham based festival will take over a number of unique and industrial areas and will boast more stages than last year’s event, with the launch of new spaces – The Big Top, The Rooftop, The Blackbox and The Arches.
Against the backdrop of Digbeth’s railway arches, Chapter XII will promote innovative stage production, utilising contemporary technology to allow some of the biggest names in house and techno music to perform with spectacular results.
dubfire:live brings a hybrid audiovisual production set-up that has only ever been done in the UK once before. The techno house artist unifies science, technology and music to create an innovative live show with 2D and 3D animation, live audio and lighting.
In The Big Top, Desolat boss Loco Dice, Drumcode’s Italian techno titan Joseph Capriati, live duo Pan Pot, Paradise man Jamie Jones, plus local hero Adam Shelton back to back with Lewis Oxley.
The Arena finds Richie Hawtin playing top of the bill, alongside dubfire:live. Sasha and Nic Fanciulli also set to play back to back. Canadian tech house titan Art Department and classic house and techno man Argy, of Bedrock and BPtich Control, also plays.
The Warehouse sees the return of Maya Jane Coles, Rumors boss Guy Gerber, George Fitzgerald, and techno tastemakers Dense & Pika.
Lobster Boy also takeover with Redlight, Preditah, Mella Dee, NYTA, Mele and Mak & Pasteman. Birmingham's favourite house and techno hotspot The Blackbox boasts sets from Trust chief Nick Curly, Drumcode techno star Alan Fitzpatrick and Fuse foudner Enzo Siragusa.
There will also be ‘Chapter 12 by Night’ as the official after party, hosted by the world famous Elrow (Barcelona) which will see the Hot Creations crew return to Birmingham, featuring key acts like Patrick Topping, Infinity Ink LIVE, wAFF and Russ Yallop
WHEN: Saturday, March 26
WHERE: Birmingham, UK
HOW MUCH: from £30
For more information visit website: http://therainbowvenues.co.uk
Mysteryland, the world’s longest-running dance festival, today presents the first part of the 2015 line-up. On Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30, festivalgoers will embark on a weekend-long adventure in a world filled with electronic music, art and culture. Just like every other year, the line-up will include a combination of world-famous names and upcoming talent. Crowd-pullers this year include Martin Garrix – whose only festival performance this summer is at Mysteryland – and global stars like Alesso, Apollonia, Art Department, Ben Sims, Chris Liebing, Dave Clarke, Dubfire, Hercules & Love Affair, Jeff Mills, Joris Voorn, Knife Party, Maya Jane Coles, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Pan-Pot, Porter Robinson, STERAC, Steve Angello, Ten Walls live, The Martinez Brothers, Tiga and Wildstylez. General tickets to Mysteryland, a festival that always sells out, go on sale on Saturday 7 March at 10:00 am CET.
The fans’ wishes
‘We are so happy that we can offer our visitors a two-day program. Not only can they party longer, but most of all, they have more time to explore the wide variety of music, arts and culture on offer. Besides, we are proud that we can give a platform to so many talents, artists and creatives’, according to Duncan Stutterheim, founder of ID&T. The ‘Kunstroute’, an art path in collaboration with the government’s culture program ‘Cultuur & Ondernemen’ and the exposition with the Tropenmuseum are the must-sees of the program, says Stutterheim. Mysteryland’s full program will be announced by the end of March.
Global stars and new talent
For two whole days, festivalgoers will dance to performances by both local and international artists. The entire spectrum of electronic music will be on show. In addition to the acts listed above, acts including Frontliner, Noisecontrollers, Ummet Ozcan, Kris Kross, Dillon Francis, Dominik Eulberg & Gabriel Ananda, Firebeatz, Mightyfools, Vinai and ROD will also be taking to the stage. Festival partners such as CLR, Hyte, Beatport and Joris Voorn Presents will be responsible for techno, techhouse and deephouse, while Planet Delsin and Studio 80 will host the Vinyl Only areas, where this vintage music medium will be celebrated with all the honour it deserves. It goes without saying that Q-dance will be present on both days, with highlights including Wildstylez, Frontliner and Psyko Punkz. Kris Kross and Yours Truly will be responsible for the line up at the Heineken Starclub where turntable legend DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform amongst others. Open-minded Amsterdam festival ‘Milkshake’ will be claiming an island of its own with The Mini Madness Milkshake Island, where Hercules & Love Affair will be performing. Other live performances include Netsky, Planetary Assault Systems en Ten Walls.
Berlin born DJ, producer and label owner Ben Klock is without a doubt one of the most significant characters in techno’s recent history. Playing techno sets full of hypnotic, deep and heavy grooves, releasing records on Ostgut Ton and last but not least the aesthetics of his own label Klockworks (founded in 2006), have earned him an excellent international reputation over the last few years. Ben Klock’s name is synonymous with the vitalization of an essential definition of techno and is welcomed addition to this year’s Slam Tent line-up.
Taking place from 9 – 16 August, the Barrakud Extended Experience brings together an impressive array of acts at the forefront of today’s electronic music scene, for 8 days of sun-drenched parties by the sea.
New acts revealed today include techno superstar Paul Kalkbrenner, Visionquest’s Ryan Crosson, Dirtybird associate Nick Monaco, Italian duo Hunter/Game and a live set from Vienna-based electronic project HVOB. These acts, along with a whole host of new acts revealed today, will join a selection of electronic music’s finest already announced to play at the festival, including Adam Beyer, Art Department, Ellen Allien, Guy Gerber, Mano Le Tough, Maceo Plex and Sven Väth. Without further ado, here is the complete line-up for Barrakud 2014.
PAUL KALKBRENNER / ADAM BEYER / DUBFIRE / GUY GERBER /
ILARIO ALICANTE / MACEO PLEX / SVEN VÄTH
ELLEN ALLIEN / ART DEPARTMENT / MANO LE TOUGH /
ANDREW GRANT / BORIS WERNER
ADAPTER / BARKS / CARLO LIO / CHRIS TIETJEN / DANNY DAZE /
FERNANDO COSTANTINI / GARDENS OF GOD / HVOB (LIVE) / HUNTER/GAME / MARCO FARAONE / MAURIZIO SCHMITZ / NICK MONACO / PHIL WEEKS / PISETZKY / RYAN CROSSON / SHADED (LIVE) / TOMY DECLERQUE
ALESSIO LERMA / ANEY F / APPARELL / DAMIR HOFFMAN / GIANMARCO ORSINI / LEMON / MASSIMILIANO TROIANI / MATTIA FONTANA / PHILIPP & COLE / TONI JUNAROVIC B2B BONJASKY
THE COMPLETE LINE-UP
ADAM BEYER / ADAPTER / ALESSIO LERMA / ANDREW GRANT / ANEY F / APPARELL / ART DEPARTMENT / BARKS / B.CONVERSO / BORIS WERNER / CARLO LIO / CHRIS TIETJEN / LEMON / DAMIR HOFFMAN / DANNY DAZE / DUBFIRE / ELLEN ALLIEN / FERNANDO COSTANTINI / GARDENS OF GOD / GIAMMARCO ORSINI / GUY GERBER / HUNTER/GAME / HVOB (LIVE) / ILARIO ALICANTE / MACEO PLEX / MANO LE TOUGH / MARCO FARAONE / MASSIMILIANO TROIANI / MATTIA FONTANA / MAURIZIO SCHMITZ / MISS SUNSHINE / NICK MONACO / PAUL KALKBRENNER / PETE DUX / PHIL WEEKS / PHILIPP & COLE / PILLE / PISETZKY / RYAN CROSSON / SHADED ( live ) / STEPHAN ESSE / SVEN VÄTH / TOMY DECLERQUE / TONI JUNAROVIC B2B BONJASKY / VICE VICIOUS / WHITE BROTHERS
The EXIT electronic line up is hotting up with king of the beat David Guetta leading the charge, playing his distinctive sound and game-changing mega hits. Coming to Novi Sad straight from his Ibizan 'F*ck Me I'm Famous' residency David Guetta will be staging the mother of all parties combining different influences and some of the most recognizable house tunes ever. Bringing his live show to the Dance Arena, it will be an unforgettable night! If that isn't enough, three masters of house music Steve Angello, Mark Knight and Tom Staar will also be taking to the decks making this year's Dance Arena party one to remember. Adding this to the already announced Fatboy Slim, Dubfire, Eric Prydz, Jeff Mills, Pan-Pot, Apollonia and Seth Troxler to name a few, makes this summers EXIT Festival the place to be for electronic music lovers. Casting a spell on both performers and party goers, the legendary Dance Arena continues to attract like minded people from around the world to party hard and dance all night long!
David Guetta is the most famous DJ and producer in the world will be treating the audience with his super hyped-up set offering everything from pumping house beats to mind boggling electro and of course his chart topping tracks made with A list collaborators. David Guetta came a long way from Paris underground scene to magazine covers and red carpet events all thanks to his obsessive urge for constant improvement. Never ending DJ trips and production adventures with the likes of Kelly Rowland, Akon, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna and many others made him globally recognizable dance music icon. Hit singles such as "When Love Takes Over", "Memories" and "Sweat" made thousands of hours of radio play worldwide and conquered clubs from Tokyo to Ibiza. With topping prestigious DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ list in 2011, winning two Grammys, MTV Europe Music awards and receiving numerous other recognitions it would seem that there is nothing much left to do for Mr. Guetta. In contrast to that all that is important to him seems to be making people happy: "It doesn't matter if I make a beat that's going to be a song on the radio, or if I make a record that's meant to please DJs, I always just think of making people dance-that's my first priority."
Another member of the house music elite, Steve Angello will make his EXIT performance a beginning of the new era in his career. Angello gained massive popularity, global superstar status and his Grammy nomination as part of the world's biggest dance super group, Swedish House Mafia, alongside Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso. Now as SHM ceases to exist, Angello devotes himself to production and remixing work on his label, Size Records. Having made smashing hits with his friends Eric Prydz, Axwell and Ingrosso, Steve Angello also showed his ability to adapt to any music genre in remixing tunes from Justin Timberlake, Will.I.Am, Eurythmics, Pendulum, Moby and Deep Dish. Anthems such as "Save the World", "Antidote", "Greyhound" and "One", brought him fame and recognition as part of Swedish House Mafia while "Summer Noize", "Yeah" and "Raining Again" made his solo act rise to highest echelons of house music. Now he is coming to deliver a portion of his fresh style and enthusiasm to the roaring crowds of Dance Arena.
Charismatic Mark Knight has blessed the scene with more than his natural DJing and production talents, having gathered one of the most impressive flocks of electronic music performers on his Toolroom Records. David Guetta, Faithless, Florence + The Machine, Umek and Underworld are just some of the artists signed to his label. Just like Steve Angello, Knight has his Grammy nomination, but also three best sellers on Beatport and dance floor dominators such as "Downpipe", "Good Times" and "Devil Walking".
Tom Staar is the one to be heard of in the future. Dance Arena party people will dance until dawn breaks to the rhythm of Moda Records owner. His seductive beats will reverberate around fortress walls of one of the best open air venues in the world, Fatboy Slim's boy wonder, catch him before he heads for the stars.
5 day ticket from 10th – 14th July 2013.
Standard 5 day ticket: £95 (+ b/f)
Camping Pass: £25 (+ b/f)
Buy tickets here www.exitfest.org/en/tickets
Traditional as ever, EXIT's intent to drip feed the line up is torturous but you know that it's always going to be an enormous one, upfront, varied and full of crazy times! First acts to be revealed on the Dance Arena are:
Seth Troxler, Dubfire, Pan-Pot, Matador live, Subb An b2b Adam Shelton, Apollonia & Deniz Kurtel
We are delighted to welcome back Resident Advisors' No.1 DJ Seth Troxler, since entering the scene Seth has ignited the world of house and techno with a barrage of critically acclaimed vocal jams. Under the label 'Visionquest' Seth, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and Lee Curtis have made some groundbreaking music, their most recent remix being a track from David Lynch's debut artist album. Together their 'Visionquest' project has spawned the most exciting new record label in dance music today.
Dubfire also makes a welcome return, after wowing the crowd's at the EXIT 10th Birthday with a legendary back to back (click2click as they called it) set with Richie Hawtin. This time around the Grammy-winning recording artist Dubfire will have the decks all to himself, ready to take the EXIT crowd on a journey with his renowned, seamless sets.
Pan-Pot have become a dominant presence in modern techno, an ascent mirrored in the rise of their home label 'mobilee records' to the top tier of electronic music. They are "the dark side of the force", they've melted minds, warped perceptions and reinvigorated the dancefloor with their heady, unorthodox sound. All we can say here in Dance Arena mordor is hell yeah, bring it on.
We love techno and we know you do too so we've also got Matador live twisting your tiny little minds. We won't tell you his real name because it's not as scary as Matador but we'll tell you that his journey into techno first began when listening to early DJ compilations, 'Dave Clarke's World Service', 'Richie Hawtin's Decks Efx 909' and various others. "Deep, Dark, Chuggy, Warped, Trippy, Driving… once it?s interesting, I'm on it" he states, so you can only imagine what he's going to be doing.
For deep house lovers we introduce Subb An b2b Adam Shelton, from sultry and atmospheric sounds to the acid-drenched and techy, the pairing of these two will be something worth salivating over.
Apollonia are the next big thing! They are a collaboration of three of Paris underground's hottest exports, Shonky, Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom who are gearing up for a back2back2back showcase spectacular. They are Circo Loco's favourite French trio, playing at the Ibiza club DC10 all summer and now we too will get a taste of that sweet honey. DJing together with one-vinyl-each, back2back concept for the full duration of the show… Boom!! And who said vinyl was dead?!
Last but certainly not least we have the first lady to be announced, Deniz Kurtel a striking and uniquely gifted producer, her first releases were the 'Whisper' EP and her remix of No Regular Play's 'Owe Me' on Wolf + Lamb and recently she has released her 'Yeah' EP and remixed the single 'Fables & Fairytales' by N/A on Crosstown Rebels, and her debut album 'Music Watching Over Me' solidified her as 'one to watch' and we're looking forward to seeing what she's got up her sleeves.