Miss Monique, Markus Klee, Phillipp Straub Join the BEONIX Lineup for 2024 Edition

Tickets | Location: Limassol, Cyprus | Date: 20th – 22nd September 2024

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BEONIX, the annual electronic music festival, is pleased to announce its forthcoming edition, set to take place at ETKO, Limassol, Cyprus, from September 20th to 22nd. This event, renowned for its dynamic range of performances and immersive experiences, features three distinctive stages: the Main Stage, Hangar Stage, and Garden Stage, each designed to offer a unique auditory and visual experience to attendees.

In addition to an already impressive lineup, BEONIX is delighted to reveal the inclusion of new artists to this year’s festival roster. Esteemed performers such as Miss Monique, Markus Klee, Philipp Straub and Ross Quinn (in a special live performance), alongside Shall Ocin and The Advocate, are set to grace the festival, joining forces with previously announced acts. These acts include Ae:ther, DJ Jordan, Highjacks, Kadosh, Klangphonics (live), Claptone, Estella Boersma, GHEIST (live), Teenage Mutants, Undercatt, Axel Haube, Bondi (live), Glowal, HOSH, SHDW and Spartaque.

BEONIX is honoured to host TALE OF US, ARTBAT and FATBOY SLIM as the headlining acts for this year’s edition. Their participation underscores BEONIX’s reputation as a seminal event in the electronic music landscape, offering attendees performances from some of the most influential figures in the genre.

To accommodate its international audience, BEONIX introduces an exclusive travel service, enabling guests to book their festival experience with the option to pay later. This service includes discounts of up to 40% on hotels, villas, and apartments, ensuring that attendees can enjoy their stay in Limassol with peace of mind and financial flexibility.

Details: https://travel.beonix.art/ 

The 2024 edition of BEONIX will see a significant redesign of the Main Stage, with the aim of providing a renewed visual experience that matches the auditory excellence of the festival. This initiative represents BEONIX’s commitment to creating an environment that stimulates all senses, enhancing the overall experience for every festival-goer.

BEONIX extends an invitation to electronic music enthusiasts from around the world to join in this celebration of music, creativity, and community. The festival not only promises an array of exceptional musical performances but also a chance to connect with like-minded individuals in the picturesque setting of Limassol, Cyprus.

For further details on the festival lineup, travel services, and ticketing, please visit: https://beonix.art/ 

Gates of Agartha Returns to Ancient Roman Quarry in Croatia

Adriatique, Bedouin, Dixon, Vintage Culture, Seth Troxler, TSHA and Avantgard Tabldot

Cave Romane, Istria, Croatia

June 7 – 8, 2024

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Following its triumphant debut and after being acclaimed as Best New Regional Festival, the stunning Gates of Agartha Festival is set to return to the historic Cave Romane in Pula, Croatia, on June 7th and 8th, 2024. World class music comes from more headliners than ever before with Adriatique, Bedouin, Dixon, Vintage Culture, Seth Troxler, TSHA and Avantgart Tabldot all playing. Get tickets at https://www.gatesofagartha.com/homepage

Gates of Agartha is a two day odyssey to the historic region of Istria, Croatia which blends the past and the present and offers a glimpse into its rich history and vibrant culture. It comes from brothers Yaaz and Yalim Acar, the people behind the Echoes From Agartha experience in Cappadocia, Turkey, and local driving force BSH events which specialises in hosting events at unique venues around Croatia and the region. It takes place in Cave Romane, an ancient quarry dating back to Roman times that played a crucial role in the construction of the Pula Arena under Emperor Vespasian’s command. 

Carved into 50-metre limestone walls and nestled in the small village of Vinkuran, it stands as a reminder of ancient craftsmanship and the architectural legacy of the Roman Empire. Legend has it that Cave Romane was a sacred place for ancient tribes and mystical beings which resonates with the broader tapestry of myths surrounding Istria’s enchanting reputation as ‘Terra Magica.’ 

The breathtaking cave will come alive with a bespoke projection mapping show in collaboration with the cutting-edge media collective OUCHHH that will make it an immersive and wondrous place to dance to world class music as 4000 people attend. As well as the music, there is  plenty of local culture to explore from ancient architecture in the historic Roman city to the bustling modern day market places, local cuisines and so much more. 

New for this year, Gates of Agartha introduces exclusive experience packages to enhance attendees’ festival journey. This improved program offers a luxurious stay at the Pula Brioni Hotel where guests can indulge in world-class amenities and breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Exclusive to full experience package holders, a special pre-party will be held at the historic Pula Castle on Thursday, providing a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the city’s rich cultural heritage. 

Gates of Agartha offers a mystical journey to an ancient realm, accompanied by a contemporary soundtrack from the cutting edge of melodic house and techno.

TALE OF US and ARTBAT join FATBOY SLIM as headliners for BEONIX 2024

Tickets | Location: Limassol, Cyprus | Date: 20th – 22nd September 2024
BEONIX Music Festival is thrilled to announce an impressive wave of new artists set to perform at this year’s event. Taking place from September 20th to 22nd at the iconic ETKO venue in Limassol, Cyprus, the festival is expanding its lineup with a blend of established names and emerging talents in the electronic music scene.
Headlining the festival alongside the previously announced global superstar FATBOY SLIM are the mesmerizing TALE OF US and ARTBAT, promising to deliver unforgettable performances that resonate with the soulful depths of electronic music. Adding to the festival’s allure are new acts Ameli Paul live, ANNĒ, Brina Knauss, Lehar, Peter Pahn, Ae:ther, DJ Jordan, Highjacks, Kadosh, and Klangphonics (live), each bringing their unique sound and energy to the BEONIX stages.
These new additions join an already stellar lineup featuring the likes of Claptone, Estella Boersma, GHEIST (live), Teenage Mutants, and Undercatt, making this year’s BEONIX Music Festival an unmissable event for music enthusiasts across the globe.
Last year, BEONIX Music Festival saw thousands of attendees from around the world converge in Cyprus for a celebration of music, culture, and unity. This year, the festival aims to surpass previous editions with an even more diverse and electrifying lineup, enhanced production values, and a commitment to creating an inclusive environment where music lovers can come together to experience the magic of live performances.

The festival offers the perfect backdrop for this musical extravaganza, blending stunning natural beauty with state-of-the-art sound and lighting to create an immersive experience. With its reputation for quality entertainment and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, BEONIX Music Festival is a must-visit destination for fans of electronic music and beyond.
For more information on BEONIX Music Festival, including ticket details and the full lineup, please visit our website or follow us on social media.


Date: 17th August
Location: Beckenham Place Park, London

This summer, globally renowned drum & bass celebration Hospitality In The Woods returns to the beautiful Beckenham Place Park in London for another unmissable day of raving in the midsummer sunshine, following a spectacular sold out edition in 2023. This unique one-day celebration takes place on Saturday 17th August 2024 and explores the whole spectrum of drum & bass, thanks to incredible artists such as Pendulum (DJ Set), LTJ Bukem, Spectrasoul, Kings Of The Rollers, Flava D, High Contrast, Break and many more. It truly is the biggest, broadest and best UK drum and bass festival, so get your tickets now at www.hospitalityinthewoods.com.

Hospitality is a widely recognised and influential brand celebrated for its musical innovation and its reputation as a friendly, diverse and inclusive community. This is showcased at Hospitality In The Woods where the entire D&B family is reunited to create non-stop, sun-kissed musical memories. Not only does Hospitality bring together like-minded ravers, but also serves as a connecting hub for some of the biggest brands and labels within the scene. This year, Beckenham Place Park will once again be transformed into drum & bass paradise, with five bespoke stages hosted by Hospitality, Hospitality Friends & Family, Rampage, an insane link up by two of Bristol’s finest, RUN & Rumble In The Jungle, and a very special 20 Years of Shogun Audio celebration. You will be  sure to hear everything from liquid to neurofunk, old school classics to new school flavours and everything in between.

The latest wave of names include Pendulum, High Contrast, Flava D b2b Lens + P. Money, Kings of The Rollers, LTJ Bukem, Flux Pavilion, Nu:Tone, Break, Skeptical, Dillinja b2b Randall, Mandidextrous, Fox Stevenson, Pola & Bryson and tens more across the five stages with special guests such as Mungo’s Hi Fi, Spectrasoul, Sasasas vs Basslayerz, Ed Rush & Optical and many more to come.

The venue offers a fantastic escape with its picturesque green landscapes, a serene lake, a grand mansion, and ancient woodlands— easily accessible in London with various transportation options nearby. Not only is the venue incredible but the production across the site is second to none with each stage offering a unique immersive experience with world-class sound systems and show-stopping stage decor. Super tasty street food stalls will also be on site to fuel your raving, The Hospital Shop will be set up for you to purchase your finest raving garms, plus there will be chill-out areas available in case you need to catch your breath.
“We can’t wait to reunite with the entire drum & bass family, connecting brands and fans to celebrate the music we all love” says the team.
Be sure to join the Hospitality family this August down at the Woods for an incredible day of raving in the midsummer sunshine. This is not to be missed, secure your tickets at www.hospitalityinthewoods.com.

Terminal V Announces Epic Lineup for Croatian Festival Debut

Techno arrives at the The Garden Resort like never before

 Klangkuenstler, Mall Grab, AZYR, Charlie Sparks, MRD, SNTS, Funk Assault. Horsegiirl, Dyen, KI/KI, Adiel, Hannah Laing, Kobosil, Kettama and many more

The UK’s foremost techno brand is bringing its world renowned line ups and famously electric atmospheres to the gorgeous Garden Resort in Croatia. From July 18-22, an expertly curated mix of techno tastemakers from across the spectrum will bring their a-game to four sun-kissed stages across five unmissable days of non-stop fun.
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Terminal V just won DJ Mag’s best British Festival award for 2023 off the back of years of insiders leading events at home in Edinburgh, Scotland. Each one brings 40,000 people and hundreds of DJs together for one of the UK’s most electrifying experiences. Now all that is coming to Croatia and will offer the sort of innovative techno never before seen in the region.

Tisno’s blissful Garden Resort is a natural sweeping bay with beautiful beaches, lush green pine forests and stunning views out over the glistening Adriatic sea. For 5 days and nights  it will become a secluded and private adult playground with plenty on offer, from dancing under the sun or stars to adrenaline pumping water sports, unmissable boat parties and late night afterparties. It is also a place to soothe the soul and enjoy relaxing hours spent soaking up the vibes and a fine array of local food and culture.

The four open air stages include the cult and world renowned Barbarella’s (which is regularly voted as one of the best in the world by DJ Mag), the secluded Olive Grove, the epic Main Stage and the superb Beach Stage. Each one has bespoke design and world class sound and will offer unique sounds that have all been perfectly curated to make for a diverse offering across the site.

This first ever international Terminal V Festival will pull out all the stops for 6000 lucky people and is guaranteed to be the most talked about event of summer. Do not miss your chance to be part of history by getting your tickets now at www.terminalvcroatia.com.



Project 6 Festival / Rinse 30th Anniversary Completes Unrivalled Line Up For 2024

Nines, Pusha T, Chip, DJ Boring, DJ Seinfeld, Eliza Rose, Katy B, Mozey, P-rallel, SBTRKT, Serum, Taylah Elaine, Teki Latex, Todd Edwards, Unknown T all join the one-day event

Project 6 festival is poised to light up London’s Brockwell Park on May 24th, as it makes its much anticipated return. This all-encompassing music showcase celebrating 30 Years of Rinse FM’s innovation and creativity now completes it’s line up with Nines, Pusha T, Chip, DJ Boring, DJ Seinfeld, Eliza Rose, Katy B, Mozey, P-rallel, SBTRKT, Serum, Taylah Elaine, Teki Latex, Todd Edwards, Unknown T and many more from across the spectrum. Tickets are available now from www.project6festival.com.

Emerging from pirate radio origins in 1994, Rinse FM has transformed into a cultural powerhouse that has shaped the electronic music landscape. From garage and grime to dubstep, house, and UK funky, Rinse FM has been a central force in amplifying underground sounds. Beyond being a community radio station, it has evolved into a respected label and events brand, releasing mix CDs and artist albums.

Now it features in the second edition of Project 6, following a stellar festival debut that quickly won acclaim for its unique day-to-night experience. Among the newly announced additions to the 2024 line up is accomplished London rapper Nines, fresh off the release of his captivating album: Crop Circle 3, and Pusha T, president of G.O.O.D. Music and a standout lyricist whose contribution to hip-hop cannot be underplayed.

A range of emotive, deep and euphoric house sounds come from contemporary talents DJ Boring and DJ Seinfeld, also playing will be acclaimed “B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)” vocalist Eliza Rose, Rinse FM founder Geeneus, Mozey, garage pioneer Todd Edwards, idiosyncratic musical iconoclast Teki Latex, plus P-rallel, SBTRKT, Serum, Unknown T, Drum, DJ Python, LTJ Bukem, Clipz, Amaliah and many more.

All of these names join first wave headliners CASISDEAD, Katy B, Freddie Gibbs + Madlib, Mala, Benga, Juls, Taylah Elaine, Shy FX, sim0ne, Steam Down (plus special guests) and Vigro Deep.

The 2024 edition of Project 6 promises an elevated showcase of innovative artists, sounds and labels once more. Secure tickets for this unmissable early summer event at www.project6festival.com.


Pusha T

Eliza Rose
Katy B
Shy FX

DJ Boring
DJ Seinfeld
DJ Stingray 313
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib  – piñata 10 year anniversary
Sports Banger
Steam Down
Taylah Elaine
Teki Latex
Todd Edwards
Unknown T
Vigro Deep

Brighter Days
DJ Python
DJ Target
Dr Dubplate
Harriet Jaxxon
LTJ Bukem
Manuka Honey
Miley Serious
Nikki Nair
Oscar #Worldpeace
Pretty Girl (Live)

4AM Kru (live)
Blackeye MC
DJ Love
Double O
Dual Monitor
Ella Knight
Guilia Tess
Klose One
Logan Sama
Manni Dee
Mr Redley
Phone Traxxx (Live)
Riz La Teef
The Menendez Brothers
Tim Reaper
Uncle Dugs
Watch The Ride

Cross The Tracks Reveals Latest Lineup for 5th Anniversary Edition

Date: Sunday 26th May
Location: Brockwell Park

Cross The Tracks adds to another irresistible line up for its May Bank Holiday Sunday celebration of  jazz, funk and soul in Brockwell Park, London. Exciting new names added are; Son Little, David Rodigan, Sekou, Thandii, Summer Pearl, Dargz, Chisholm For President!, oreglo, Ruby Wood and this wave comes on top of an already sterling curation with the likes of Erykah Badu, Madlib (DJ), Venna, Iniko, Neal Francis, Brainstory, Yazmin Lacey (DJ), BADBADNOTGOOD, En Vogue, Eve, Thee Sacred Souls, The Cavemen., Romare LIVE, Gilles Peterson, Ella Knight and many more. Make sure to secure your tickets at https://www.xthetracks.com/.

After four successful iterations, this fifth edition of Cross The Tracks once again proudly champions a line up that represents a diverse platform for emerging and homegrown talent with a minimum of 50% female artists on the bill.

This superb third round of names is led by authentic American rhythm & blues musician Son Little whose latest album is a celebration of unbridled joy and self-acceptance. He is joined by the original reggae selector, BBC Radio 1 tastemaker and legend David Rodigan, young and exciting breakout R&B star Sekou hailing from the UK with a super smooth sound, alternative duo Thandii aka vocalist Jess Berry and percussionist Graham Godfrey, who call back to past eras while incorporating their own vocals and beats, the transcending soul sounds of London’s Summer Pearl, hip hop and rap soloist Dargz, plus Chisholm For President!, a brand new soul and funk musical experience, four piece London rock collective and previous Emerging Artist winners oreglo and innovative r&b and soul singer Ruby Wood. A line up curated for those true jazz, funk and soul heads, offering widely acclaimed names as well as first look rising stars.

Next to the unique musical offerings, Cross The Tracks offers plenty to explore from a rich creatives’ market to insightful talks, panels and workshops by charity partners. There is also a wealth of site art to bring the lush green surroundings of beloved Brockwell Park to life, 40+ local brewery fayre, 45+ street food traders and thoughtfully designed stages.

Cross The Tracks is the most comprehensive and bespoke celebration of soul, jazz and funk in the country so get your tickets now at https://www.xthetracks.com/


Erykah Badu
En Vogue
Madlib (DJ)
El Michels Affair
Thee Sacred Souls
Ama Lou
Jalen Ngonda
The Cavemen.
Mansur Brown
Lady Wray
Gilles Peterson
Orion Sun
Romare Live
Son Little
David Rodigan
Dennis Bovell
Channel One
15yrs of Eglo Records
Jamilah Barry
Aim – 25yrs of Cold Water Music
Summer Pearl
Neal Francis
Emma-Jean Thackray (DJ)
Ella Knight (DJ)
Sofia Grant
Maya Delilah
Faye Meana
Ife Ogunjobi
Yazmin Lacey (DJ)
Victoria Jane
Naima Adams
Joey Manzi b2b Nath EPS (Elevation)
Chisholm For President!
Ella More
Ruby Wood

Highfield 2023!

With Highfield’s 2024 Line up announcement complete, let’s take a look at how 2023 went, and what might be on the cards for this years summer festival


It was gonna be a stupidly hot weekend, and I will be complaining about that throughout this review. Better stupidly hot than torrential rain though, so no hard feelings. We managed to find a small corner to pitch our tent, a sweat inducing activity. Neighbourly introductions were made followed by a quick trip to the merch stall because the best stuff always sells out quickly. There was a really good selection of designs this year, including tank tops, which were obviously going to be needed in good supply this weekend. To recover from all that very arduous work, we went to cool down in the lake, which was covered in weird grass balls this year for some reason. Luckily those balls made good throwing entertainment for the many many people also looking to cool down.

We caught Stand by Me from California punk band Pennywise on the way into the arena and made it to the stage just in time for Bro Hymn. Admittedly the only one of their songs I know, but I’m glad I made the effort. The energy from the crowd made it a great start to the weekend of live music, with the song’s chant lasting well past the finish of the set. The arena has isolated puddles in places and a brewing swamp on the way out of the front of stage area of the Green stage. Apparently, a heavy thunderstorm had passed over the area just before the festival, pretty fortunate timing.

We hoped to see Yaenniver on the Blue stage after, but there seemed to be some technical issues. About 20 minutes late, someone came to address the modest crowd, letting them know they’re still trying to figure things out. I got my Duolingo done for the day. At 25 minutes, there was a birthday celebration near the front of the crowd, with bubbles and every birthday song they could think of (two). This devolved into drinking songs and then a woman took charge from the shoulders of a friend, directing the chants and keeping us entertained. The act started just as Roy Bianco & Die Abbrunzati Boys started on the Green Stage, which sounded like a silly fun time, so I headed over there. It was a shame about Yaenniver, I was looking forward to seeing her solo stuff.

Von Wegen Lisbeth were going for a “padded cell but make it zesty” look this year, an inflatable orange cushion making up the majority of the backdrop. All instruments were in matching orange, it looked great once the sun set. They played Wenn du tanzt, one of their most famous ones, as second song in the set, mentioning that they might regret it. The crowd was clearly up for it, and after a hell of a lot of dancing and singing, still stuck around for the rest of the set. So, the bands worries were unfounded. I think more bands should play their big stuff sooner, it definitely gets the crowd going. For their song Bitch, the band declared they would no longer be singing that word as part of the chorus and invited the crowd to fill in their own single syllable word, preferable a non-discriminatory one. It’s a nice way of continuing to play older (I mean, is 2016 older now??) songs that you’ve grown past in one way or another, while avoiding the aspects that aren’t up to your standards anymore. The stage was bathed in a rainbow of lights for Meine Kneipe, which was followed by Elon at the end of the set. I don’t know if the latter was put in at short notice because there was time, it felt a little anti-climactic after the fun of the former. But the crowd seemed to disagree with me, so what do I know *shrug emoji*. Either way, great show, these guys have been steadily climbing the line-ups over the years, so we’re sure to see them again in future years.

On a personal note/complaint, there was a pair making their way through the crowd, giving people branded red baseball caps and then taking fake candid shots. Would have been fine, you know, live and let live. HOWEVER, they had a super bright light with them to illuminate the groups definitely candidly wearing their merch. Unnecessary and annoying. And the volunteers/victims didn’t even get to keep the hats.

The Dropkick Murphys set was a hearty combo of foot stomping, pyro and mosh pits. A four-man crab mosh pit had formed around one of the primordial soups that had become part of the arena as the day went on. I managed to dodge the mud puddles to get close enough to feel the extensive fire emanating from the stage. The stage set-up was fairly straightforward otherwise, no fancy screens, only a black backdrop with the and name on it, making it feel more intimate, like a pub with 35,000 patrons, and also fire. Lead singer, Ken Casey, came down into the crowd for Rose Tattoo while the crowd chanted along. The final part of the song was accompanied by a waterfall of sparks cascading down from the top of the stage, meeting the flames shooting from the bottom. It was beautiful and impressive to look at. I wanted to look up some of the song names and found that setlist.fm was being updated in real time, clearly some very dedicated fans in the crowd. The show finished with Shipping out to Boston with all the rambunctious moshing you would expect followed by the more emotional We’ll Meet Again which had people swaying arm in arm.

After grabbing dinner, it was back to the Green stage for tonight’s headliner K.I.Z. The hip hop trio came out all in white with the logo of a fictional psychiatric hospital in green on the back. The matching building on the stage was complete with ambulance. The sign and inside of the building changed throughout the set: from hospital to night club to liquor store to gun shop. Definitely more of a guilty pleasure band, the content is far from politically correct. But if you squint with a healthy dose of irony it’s really good fun. The show was high energy from start to finish, an insane amount of moshing and probably the most consistent crowd participation. It’s cathartic to sing inappropriate stuff sometimes. A superb start to the weekend.

Our tent was pretty much exactly between two late night DJ stages which made for an interesting lullaby by the time we finally got back, but to be fair, we were so spent that it didn’t matter.


To no one’s surprise the tent was stupid hot in the morning. Held together by spunk, moxie and ibuprofen I managed to get the desired liquids (coffee) in and the undesired liquid (pee) out of my body, ready for the day. First order of business as always: lake time. The shallows were mad busy so we swam out to the buoys and hung out for a bit. Kind Kaputt were playing on the Beach Stage so we lingered for a while because it was immediately too hot out of the water. Once we braved the sun, got back to the tent and showered the sand and lake gunck off we were ready for day two.

Querbeat were up first on the blue stage. The brass-pop band consists of 13 members, basically a marching band but with more pizzazz. It was so hot I was actually dripping with sweat from very mild swaying. The band had immaculate summer vibes, with giant inflatable flamingo races across the loose but committed crowd. The band wandered into the crowd for a great brass medley including Industry Baby, Hips Don’t Lie and Crazy in Love. Pride and Climate action flags dotted the crowd and the loose mosh pits were more akin to dance floors.

You Me At Six played on the Green stage to a modest crowd. Lead singer, Josh Franceschi, came on in a suit jacket over a white t-shirt. He was excellent at animating mosh pits. Last night’s swamps had been filled in with woodchips giving it a weird doughy texture, but that was better than the dry dust over at the blue stage. It was a good show, but the weather was clearly taking its toll, a lot of patrons stayed in the few remaining shade rather than braving the arena.

Sondaschule are a staple of German festivals and never disappoint. High energy ska-punk from the first note celebrating life and comradery. I managed to keep up for the first few songs, but the heat got to me, and I had to have a little sit down. The lady near me had no such qualms, dancing with gay abandon, not noticing or caring about her beer’s successful escape attempts. The circle pits had several wheelchair users joining in with the festivities. Endless crowd surfers were welcomed with open arms by the securities at the front. For the last song, Bist du Gluecklich?, the band asked everyone to wave their hats. The number that went up made me feel double stupid for forgetting mine at home.

Enter Shikari have steadily grown on me across several festivals. Starting off with a firelarm ringing into Set me on Fire. Juggernauts was accompanied with a slow count up of the years since the late 1800s to now, each year’s average temperature being represented by a colour from blue to dark red. I know it’s not a new image, but there’s something more threatening about seeing it slowly build up and get so red, so quickly. I’ve written myself into a bit of a downer here with no obvious way back, so denial it is: the lead singer had an ungodly amount of energy given he was wearing a leather jacket in this heat. He did some magic show shenanigans, taking his top off and pretending to jump into a cube of screens that made it look like he jumped into water, only for him to appear at the centre barrier with leather jacket and starting into Bloodshot. He stuck around for a while, walking around the crowd and climbing the media tower. His microphone cut out a couple of times but generally it was a really good show and I look forward to their inevitable return.

Tokio Hotel are the epitome of mid 2000s emo in Germany. I didn’t realise they still existed until I saw them on the line-up. They’ve actually kept releasing music semi-regularly since their debut in 2005 but this was their festival debut. Their hit from way back when, Durch den Monsoon, is a cornerstone of any German emo kid so clearly that one had to wait until later in the set. The stage was draped in gold, matching the high school prom vibe of what I was expecting. But instead of an emo band, I was greeted by Bill Kaulitz, the lead singer, in a purple and blue be-sequenced cowboy get up, complete with fringey tassels, hat and assless chaps. Consider me surprised but not disappointed. Bill had a platform filled with fans so that he could a) keep cool and b) give his blond curls the blowing in the wind aesthetic that frankly, we all need in our lives. The set included several outfit changes, all sparkly, all wonderful. The rest of the band stayed in their clothes and looked like a standard rock band. You know, like that Elton John carpool meme. You get it. The show was pretty good, but the new stuff didn’t really grab me which was a shame. The crowd seemed pretty lukewarm as well, also a shame. The actual show was good though, so maybe the music will grow on me.

I arrived over at Giant Rooks in time for Tom’s Diner. Everything was bathed in warm light and the stage felt so warm and inviting. The instruments and amps were all white against a black curtain backdrop. The band cancelled last year due to mental health struggles, so it was wonderful to see them back again. It looked like they were having a great time, smiling and dancing across the stage. The set included the new song Somebody Like You and was generally just a really nice indie show. The crowd sang along so so loud and cheered even louder. The lead singer came down into the crowd for Wild Stare and the set finished on Watershed with a beautiful crowd chorus.

The front of stage area was packed solid for SDP, even the photographers had to wrangle their way through security. The anticipation was building when the curtain finally dropped, revealing the number one party boys of the German festival circuit’s return to Highfield with all the expected energy and flare for hosting an ecstatic night of dancing, singing and jumping. The giant beach balls quickly came out, and by giant I mean giant. The accompanying inflatable ducks were quickly boarded and surfed across the jubilant crowd. Bela B of Die Ärzte (set to play an hour later on the green stage) came on for his feature on Das Lied. Really cool considering SDP grew up with Die Ärzte’s music, must have meant a lot to them. For some reason, as the set went on Vincent and Dag thought the crowd looked like an inviting place to be, not the hot sweaty mess we were. As they made their way through, they quickly realised. Luckily, they made it to the middle barrier unscathed and continued to play several songs from the middle to “the new front row”. A short break after returning to the stage, they ran back on to another set opening song (from previous tours) with all the same energy they had 45 minutes earlier when they first started. And they went on and on until the fireworks finale. Even if you don’t understand every word, or even any, I’d highly recommend these guys, always a highlight.

Die Ärzte are one of Germanys oldest punk rock bands, originating in 1982, they’ve thankfully been more active in recent years, with tours and festival sets. Definitely a more unique set up, the three band members were on equal ground at the front of the stage, Farin on guitar, Bela B on drums and Rod on bass. The stage backdrop was made up of deep red curtains with a giant A made of hexagonal lights. No strangers to self-deprecating humour the opening statement asked if we were ready for two hours of cringe. What followed was two hours of shit talking, missed drum intros and general tomfoolery. The trick to punk is not taking yourself too seriously and it’s clear these guys have decades of experience in that. I think it tried to rain at one point, but it felt like most drops evaporated before they hit the packed crowd. There was a little switch around for Rod to play guitar and sing while Farin took over bass and later in the set Bela B played a solo song. One song was stopped because something had happened in the crowd and the band saw people waving for attention, so they waited until things were sorted out. I didn’t see what was going on, but apparently one guy took a photo of the incidence, which was called out by Bela B and booed by the crowd, rightly so. With things sorted out, the barrage of silly punk continued. It was a long gig, two and a quarter hours, which was hard work for the end of a long, hot Saturday, but worth every second. If you want to put your German to the test, or just enjoy some catchy riffs and great energy, this is definitely the band for you.


Sunday morning was a little overcast hinting at a cooler day, but no such luck, the clouds cleared pretty quickly, and the relentless sunshine continued.

The sun was still low enough for the Blue Stage to cast a shadow as we arrived for Lostboi Lino. Festival goers perfectly filled every last remaining bit of shade as if the light was deadly (to be fair, it felt like it by Sunday). Lino came on stage, pink hair, pink puffer jacket, pink trainers, jean shorts. His voice was distorted as he launched into the opening of his 30 minute set. The coat quickly went, revealing a hand drawn white tank top with “Highfield Lino 2023” written on in in fluorescent pink. He was accompanied by a drummer and guitarist, both looking like they were having a great time. There were some technical problems with the microphone in the middle of the set, which Lino used to check we were all drinking enough water. His “lets hear it from the ladies, lets hear it from the gentlemen” calls went on to include those between and outside (the aforementioned categories) before launching into Maenner about defying gender stereotypes, while wearing a dress himself. The microphone issues came back so the set finished with him in a circle pit while the crowd sang the last choruses. It was a lot of jumping and moving for an opening act, really good fun.

Kaffkiez jumped onto the line-up last year after Giant Rooks no longer being able to make it led to some timetable re-arrangements that left a gap. Going from a last-minute opener to 1630 on a Sunday is a pretty good trajectory. The stage was set up like a rural bus stop, complete with bench, postbox and cigarette dispenser. During the indie set, the lead singer asked for whom this was their first festival. After a few people raised their hands, he explained the rules for the biggest declaration of love a group can make, the mosh pit. Hands to yourself, help each other up when someone falls. A little pit opened in front of me and in jumped a group of people who looked like they were still at school or just left. They were mainly women, and it was the softest, friendliest mosh pit I’d ever seen (affectionate).  They were having such a good time and it was heart-warming to see this rite of passage for festival goers. Time to accept that I’m one generation in now, the youth are coming up and it’s wonderful to see.

While the overlap between Kaffkiez and Nothing But Thieves was a shame, there was a sweet spot between the two stage that meant I could catch the end of Nie Allein while waiting for Nothing But Thieves and could head straight down as Welcome to the DCC started playing. These guys have been growing on me the more I see them at festivals and I’m glad I made the time for a whole set this year. The lead singer, Conor Mason, was saying they had played some gigs in the area and had some more dates coming up, declaring his intention to win over anyone who wasn’t going yet. Going back to east Germany might be a bit of a trek, but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for UK dates in future, so his mission had a minimum success of one. It was a good pallet cleanser to have something more rock after a fairly relaxed start. There were some great mosh pits going on much to the Mr Mason’s delight. They finished on Amsterdam and it was great. Also, there was now a bit of wind, also nice.

I went to get a little sweat treat during Nina Chuba, my sugar levels were dipping, and we still had some high energy acts to go (gotta fuel correctly). Nina Chuba’s set had a wonderful tropical vibe to it in the light of the evening sun, the crowd was huge and really enjoying themselves. Light on her feet as she danced across the stage, she was chatting with the crowd, inviting them to sing along and generally having a fun time.

Swiss of Swiss und die Anderen expressed confusion as to why people were with them instead than over at Nina’s show. That felt like a sign of unironic, deep admiration coming from a rowdy, far left punk like Swiss. Their show started with a dramatic build up, but suddenly fell silent, prompting some roadies to come rushing on to stage and start pressing buttons. The band came on to unclimactic silence, acknowledged that their intro was epic and got straight to work. The line-up was generally less political this year compared to previous years, which was bought into sharp focus just by virtue of Swiss und die Anderen standing out through their political statements this year. Same with flags and flares in the crowd, looking back, those were more common in the past. Maybe security is tighter, maybe there’s still a post pandemic sleepiness to more dramatic behaviour. I think a good smoke flare is never out of place at a punk gig (as long as it’s outside and safe etc etc blah blah caveat caveat). I digress. The show was a raucous good time, with mosh pits and clear stances against the far right and pro refugee rescue. It included a cover of the anti-nazi song Schrei Nach Liebe by Die Aerzte and a dingy race between two women from the crowd (because guys always break the boats according to Swiss) across the crowd and then generally round in circles. Apparently, Bloodhound Gang had sued the band for copyright because they ripped off one of their songs (Swiss’s words) but luckily, committing crimes is more fun together and there will be a collection going round for the infringement fine later, so they played Vermisse dich anyway. Which, now they mentioned it, is very similar to Bloodhound Gang’s Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo.

Heaven Shall Burn was the heaviest band on the line up. Complete with long haired headbanging, fire and death growls. Clearly it was time for the pros because this crowd had the fastest circle pit I’ve seen, complete with someone holding a roundabout road sign. Very German, all labelled correctly and probably (German) OSHA compliant. The securities were super into it too, jumping along as they were waiting to pull the crowd surfers across the bar. Having avoided a dust bath up until now, this crowd loosened up the ground to no end, partly obscuring themselves in the process.

Blue stage headliners Beatsteaks started strong, with lead singer coming down to the crowd after just one song. They asked phones to be put away so they could play a gig like the good old days. Surprisingly, people complied, to the point I felt bad for wanting to take a quick video of the ecstatic crowd and their dancing and singing. Maybe it was because the average age of the crowd seemed a little older. The set contained both English and German songs, both of which the crowd was singing along loudly. I could never get into the band when listening to studio recordings, so I was definitely enjoying them vicariously through the people around me. Maybe they’ll click more with me in the future, the live show was definitely great for fans.

Green stage headliner Marteria was definitely one of my highlights. Starting off with the trance-y Paradise Delay through the smoke and flares of Bengalische Tiger and the mesmerising Verstrahlt. As we were on the final straight of the festival I indulged in a little wall of death (as a treat) for Adrenalin. We were all equal parts sweaty and ecstatic from the weekend, a perfect chance to burn every last bit of energy. After having seen him at Southside earlier this year, it’s clear that he belongs in a headliner slot. Not sure if the crowd was watered down with people waiting for the subsequent headliner at Southside Festival, but there was definitely more energy here at Highfield. Marteria’s alter ego Marsimoto made a brief appearance on the screen, announcing his last album for the next year. The show (and thereby the whole festival) finished 10 minutes early, bit disappointing as the vibes were immaculate and the party could have gone on for a few more hours, no question. A fan in a Rostock football shirt (Marteria’s team) was invited to join on stage for the final celebration which was very sweet. For the crowning finish, Marteria dropped the mic aftergingerly asking if he was allowed given it was the end of the festival.

It feels like there’s more international bands returning the Highfield after the pandemic break and they’re all happy to be here. I get the impression that those bands have a dedicated followers in Germany, as well as having fans who will follow them anywhere. As always, it’s been a great festival, the swimming lake was up there as MVP of the weekend. A great line up with plenty to see and relatively light on having to compromise between acts. See you next year Highfield (Tickets went on sale the Monday after).

BEONIX Music Festival Announces First Names for 2024 Edition

BEONIX Music Festival is to return to Cyprus for another unmissable event in 2024 with over 5000 people a day from all over Europe to attend from September 20 to 22. Headlining the event are the iconic Fatboy Slim and Claptone with Estella Boersma, GHEIST (live), Teenage Mutants and Undercatt also playing so get your tickets now at https://beonix.art/tickets
BEONIX is a leading mix of art, music and culture that takes place in September and is recognized for its commitment to diverse musical experiences. It presents a selection of renowned artists at the esteemed ETKO venue in Limassol, Cyprus. Modern production technologies and an art installation also feature at ETKO, making it the perfect destination for those who want to combine their love of electronic music with a cultural experience over three different stages, 50 DJs, and more than 30 hours of electronic music.
Headliner Fatboy Slim is a legendary figure in electronic music. With a career spanning decades, he has left an indelible mark on the industry, known for his chart-topping hits and energetic performances sp expect real musical fireworks as well as deep house delights from the famous masked bird that is Claptone, plus more from Estella Boersma, GHEIST (live), Teenage Mutants and Undercatt. These artists, each with their unique style, contribute to the festival’s commitment to delivering a diverse musical experience.
Comments the festival team, “We adore our audience and strive to listen to their feedback. This year, we’ve taken into account the wishes of our visitors and will make the festival even more captivating. We will also focus on enhancing the venue, engaging more partners, and creating additional interactive experiences. So, we invite everyone to Cyprus to spend an incredible three days with us, dancing to the beats of our favourite DJs.”
Last year, the festival drew thousands of music lovers, with headliners Black Coffee, Paul Kalkbrenner, Stephan Bodzin, Maceo Plex, and Oliver Huntemann delivering electrifying performances. Building on this success, the 2024 edition promises even more excitement and innovation.

Hospitality On The Beach Reveals Lineup for 2024

Date: 2nd – 9th July, 2024

Location: Tisno, Croatia

Tickets: https://www.hospitalityonthebeach.com/

The world’s foremost drum and bass celebration is heading to Croatia’s breathtaking The Garden Resort, from the 2nd – 9th July 2024. Hospitality On The Beach will play out across four stages right by the Adriatic sea with some the scenes hottest artists including: A.M.C, Alix Perez, Camo & Krooked, DJ Marky, Fabio & Grooverider, Flava D, Kings Of The Rollers & Inja, Lens, LTJ Bukem, Metrik, P Money X Whiney, Sub Focus…and many more. Tickets are now £190 + b/fee with payments available from just £28.57 a month and available from https://www.hospitalityonthebeach.com/book-tickets

Hospitality is the global renowned and pioneering events arm of the leading UK drum & bass label Hospital Records, that is known for its focus on the D&B community and for covering all styles of DnB, from liquid to jungle, rollers to jump up, minimal to neuro and everything in between. Hospitality On The Beach debuted in 2018 and has since had three further editions, including one in Albania. It has evolved endlessly in that time and is now known for creating unforgettable magical moments in unique and paradise-like locations. This year the party heads back to its roots for an intimate and unparalleled drum and bass holiday like no other. 

The exclusive venue, The Garden Resort, boasts a sun-kissed private beach and multiple stages where you can indulge in DnB from across the spectrum with epic views, unreal sunsets and dazzling sunrises with like-minded music lovers. You can expect days spent under Croatia’s blissful blue skies, some of the craziest boat parties in the world and raving until the sun rises at the world-famous al fresco afterparty spot, Barbarellas Discotheque. Hospitality On The Beach truly is for everyone. It’s a movie of your own making with options to rave, relax or explore the local culture and cuisine of Croatia. Explore the town of Tisno which offers amazing seafood restaurants, pizzerias, bakeries and gelato shops; or take a day trip to the many surrounding sights, or simply chill on the beach. 

Says Chris Goss, the Owner & Managing Director of Hospital Records The Garden is a really special place for the whole Hospitality family. There’s an unparalleled sense of unity among our fans from across the globe, coming together to celebrate the full spectrum of drum & bass music. There are no barriers, no VIP areas, no exclusivity – just ravers and artists sharing the best Summer D&B week of the year. We’re buzzing to return to our second home, nestled on the beautiful Adriatic shores of Tisno, Croatia”

This year’s stage hosts are off the chart once more with pioneering labels, brands and artists all curating their own soundtrack including: Hospitality, 1985 Music, Blackout, Critical, Detonate, DJ Marky & Friends, Modus, 25 Years Of Respect, Run, 20 Years of Shogun Audio and Spearheadand first wave of artists including A.M.C, Alix Perez, Camo & Krooked, DJ Marky, Fabio & Grooverider, Flava D, Kings Of The Rollers & Inja, Lens, LTJ Bukem, Metrik, P Money X Whiney, Sub Focus…and many more.

Flights are available to Split or Zadar with current deals from £99 and official Hospitality On The Beach accommodation is a mixture of hotel and beach cabins exclusively for the Hospitality family; payment plans are also available for ease. With only a 10-15 minute affordable taxi from the festival site, the accommodation is the perfect location for your ultimate DnB holiday. They present you with the chance to meet like-minded festival-goers as you sip a cocktail on Hotel Miran’s terrace bar, soundtracked by Hospitality resident DJs, or take a refreshing dip in one of two swimming pools or the hotel’s private beach that overlooks the picturesque Adriatic Sea. 

If you prefer to stay onsite, The Garden Resort offers various e apartments, luxury mobile homes, camping or hostels which you can book directly.

The countdown is now on to a much-anticipated return of this diverse and welcoming celebration of all things drum and bass, so make sure you secure your place in the sunshine now before tickets sell out. 


































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