This summer Sydney is about to experience something very special… for the first time in many years a new boutique house music festival arrives next to the city centre – an event which aims to change the way you celebrate your Australia Day Weekend.
ELECTRIC GARDENS will premier in the lush surrounds of the city’s famous subtropical Centennial Parklands. It will be a showcase of the biggest international names in dance music on Australia’s most iconic date, with exclusive extended DJ sets from a line-up of global stars.
Our headliners have defined electronic music over the last few decades across the planet, many are institutions in the house music scene and lauded for their legendary performances.This Australia Day Weekend, ELECTRIC GARDENS brings together all these elements to celebrate the pinnacle of summer.
ELECTRIC GARDENS IS PROUD TO REVEAL THE NAMES IN WHAT PROMISES TO BE A SUPERSTAR DJ LINE-UP:
Check out the positively salacious Main Stage line-up HERE:
We are really excited to bring you the stage splits for this years South West Four Festival taking place on London's Clapham Common.
With headliners Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz and more amazing electronic artists on the lineup, your bound to find yourself bouncing between tents this year!
Capital Xtra Main Stage:
Above & Beyond (London festival exclusive), Alesso, W&W, Fedde Le Grand, Arty, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Oliver Heldens, Hilton Caswell, plus very special guests 'New World Punx' (Markus Schulz & Ferry Corsten)
DJ Magazine Arena:
Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Tale Of Us, Tiga vs Audion, Paco Osuna, Robert Dietz, Tristan Ingram, plus very special guests 'Better Lost Than Stupid' (Matthias Tanzmann, Davide Squillace & Martin Buttrich)
Sasha Pres. Last Day On Earth Arena:
Paul Kalkbrenner (Live), Seth Troxler, Booka Shade (Live), Guy Gerber, Magda, Henry Saiz (Full Live Band Show), Bowler, plus very special guest Josh Wink (20 years of Ovum set)
The Gallery Arena:
Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila, John O'Callaghan, Cosmic Gate Feat. Emma Hewitt, Super8 & Tab, Andrew Rayel, Omnia, Jerome Isma-Ae, Will Holland vs Estiva.
Capital Xtra Main Stage:
Deadmau5 (London festival exclusive), Eric Prydz, Madeon, Wilkinson, Andy C, Pete Tong, Stanton Warriors, SecondCity, GTA, Karma Kid, plus very special guest Pusha T.
Maceo Plex Pres. Dream, Don't Sleep Arena:
Marco Carola, John Digweed, Claude VonStroke, Boddika, Danny Daze, Kim Ann Foxman, Liam D, plus very special guest Maya Jane Coles
Eats Everything Pres. Edible Arena:
Laurent Garnier, Bicep vs Simian Mobile Disco, Skream, Heidi, Catz N Dogz, Special Request vs Marcus Intalex, Jesse James & Johnny Bloomfield, plus very special guest Kolsch (Live)
Mistajam Pres. Speakerbox Arena:
Netsky (Live), MK, Gorgon City, Shadow Child, Friction, Just Blaze, Oxide & Neutrino (Live), My Nu Leng, B.Traits, plus very special guests Mike Skinner vs MJ Cole.
We are excited here at Summer Festival Guide HQ to bring you the phase 2 lineup for this years SW4 which adds the likes of Pete Tong, John Digweed, Madeon and more to its already massive lineup.
As one of the hottest electronic dance music producers to emerge in recent years, Madeon brings his live show to SW4 for the first time on Sunday 24th August. Aged just 19, Madeon has already had huge success with the singles 'Icarus', 'Finale' and 'The City', all pioneered by Radio 1's Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Zane Lowe before becoming firm favourites on thestation's playlist. His astonishing talent has also been showcased at many of the world’s biggest festivals, cementing his position amongst electronic music’s biggest players.
John Digweed returns to South West Four this summer for the tenth consecutive year and his exclusive London festival performance. John’s philosophy embodies South West Four, whilst his ingenuity, dedication and all round ability to destroy dancefloors is why he is always welcomed him back to Clapham Common with open arms. Having headlined in 2009and hosted Bedrock arenas at SW4 in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013, John takes to our mammoth 7,000 capacity indoor stage on Sunday 24th August, ably joined by many of the leading names in underground house and techno.
Pete Tong: the world’s undisputed ambassador for electronic music. It’s quite a title, but one that is whole heartily deserved. Having been broadcasting on BBC Radio 1 since 1991, he has become widely acclaimed across the world as the tastemaker for dance music. Pete has an astounding flair to break new talent; he’s helped kick start the careers of hundreds of artists, giving them the infamous ‘Pete Tong Push’. Now in 2014, with a global touring schedule to make your eyes water, not to mention single, remix and compilation releases abound, Pete has never been more important. A real favourite at the festival, we welcome him back to South West Four’s main stage for another essential performance!
Representing one of the most mouth-watering back-to-back sessions of 2014, South West Four is delighted to exclusively present Bicep going head to head with Simian Mobile Disco. Playing SW4 for the first time, Bicep are the new kids on the block. Through their amalgamation of house, funk, disco and techno, the duo have formed a completely unique yetobscure approach and understanding of electronic music. Evident through their energetic and unpredictable soundtracks, self-curated label and club night ‘Feel My Bicep’, a monthly show on Rinse FM plus further releases on AUS Music, Love Fever and KMS Records, the Bicep boys have established themselves as one of house music’s most sought-after acts. They will team up with the unmistakeable duo of James Ford and Jas Shaw aka Simian Mobile Disco to form one of the tastiest DJ battles SW4 has ever seen. With their collaboration‘Sacrifice’ marking a pivotal point in 2013, Bicep and Simian Mobile Disco arrive for this mouth-watering battle of the beats as two of dance music’s most intriguing forces. We guarantee that this exclusive pairing will leave you begging for more.
Since the release of his artistically brilliant album ‘1977’ on Kompakt last June, the electronic world has been in admiration of one of its fastest rising stars, Kölsch. Following superb recent performances at the Bugged Out Weekender and Snowbombing, plus his inaugural headline UK tour, the Dane has set himself up to become one of 2014’s most exciting artists. Fittingly described as romantic techno, Kölsch’s melodic anthems have gained a vast amount of support from the world’s leading talent. Having kicked off the year in fine form by launching BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix Future Stars series, it’s clear that 2014 is the year of Kölsch.
Another artist that will join us at South West Four for the first time in 2014 is Shadow Child. Fully revelling in the limelight thanks to his recent onslaught of bass-heavy house joints that have raised the roof the world over, his meteoric riseto prominence stems from his 2012 debut in ‘String Thing’ through DirtyBird records. He has subsequently gone onto release tracks on Apollo Music and Moda Black and in the process has earned mass support from label owners as well as the likes of Eats Everything, Annie Mac and Pete Tong. In 2014Shadow Child released his debut album‘Collected’, which fully showcases the breadth of his talent including hit originals to stunning remixes of the likes of London Grammar andAluna George. We cannot wait to see Shadow Childset SW4 alight with his stunning blend of pounding house beats.
As two of drum and bass’ greatest exports, SW4 Sunday will see the unmistakeable Marcus Intalex go head-to-head with Special Request for the very first time. Representing thesoulful side of drum and bass sounds, Marcus has honed his craft with residencies at both Fabric London and Soul:ution Manchester as well as heading up his Soul:Rlabel. Having earned his reputation as drum and bass’ leading tastemaker, this unmissable battle promises to shake Clapham Common to its core. Inspired by the unruly conventions of UK pirate radio stations, Special Request captures the raw energy and diversity of the illegal airwaves that have been an immeasurable influence as his alter-ego Paul Woolford. After storming through the scene in 2013 with a mix of vinyl-only and limited edition releases including ‘Lolita’ and ‘Alone’, this uncompromising contest of heavy-hitting 160 BPM beats, promises to be remembered for years to come.
As one of the UK club music's most restless innovators, Boddika makes his SW4 debut on Sunday 24th August. Whether it’s his terrific solo productions, incredible collaborationswith Joy Orbsion and Pearson Sound, as one half of the highly respected Instra:mental, or one third of Autonomic, Boddika’s hardcore techno workouts are a joy to behold. With notable releases such as ‘Soul What’, ‘Acid Jackson’ and ‘Steam’, the past few years have been non-stop for the Nonplus label head and we're very excited to be welcoming him toClapham Common.
Hailing from Miami, Danny Daze has championed his sound in recent years after uniquely fusing together elements of Detroit techno with Italian disco to make him one of the world’s most interesting underground talents. Making his long-awaited SW4 debut in 2014, Danny has seen his profile grow ten-fold over the past twelve months by consistently delivering on the finest imprints of today including Saved, Hot Creations, Dirtybird, Future Classic and long-term friend Maceo Plex’sEllum. With non-stop tours across the world, Danny’s technical prowess allows him to take musical risks that make him one of the most exciting acts to make the trip to South London on Sunday 24th August.
This year's South West Four or SW4 as its more commonly known as celebrated its tenth year anniversary and had a spectacular lineup to match.
Closing out Sunday night on the main stage was headliner Example. His presence on stage with his live band brought a continued wave of euphoric energy over the grounds of Clapham Common as he kicked off his set with 'Kickstarts'. Bouncing around the stage like an energiser bunny and fresh off a main stage performance at Glastonbury, the sold out 30,000 crowd filled the main arena to wave their hands in the air to tracks 'Won't Go Quietly', 'Stay Awake', 'Watch the Sun Come Up', and his new single 'All the Wrong Places'. Complete with a massive laser display and pyrotechnics showering the Clapham Common grounds, Example sent out this years SW4 in style!
The UKF hosted main arena also had massive sets from SW4 favourites Knife Party, Dutch DJ Nicky Romero, Drum and Bass master Andy C, American Trap sensation Baauer and special guest, the one and only Steve Aoki.
Having recently started a trend of spraying champagne and throwing cakes into the crowd, we were waiting in anticipation for Steve Aoki to hit the stage to see what crazy antics he would bring to the London. Kicking off with his new track, it didn't take long for Aoki to balance himself up on the DJ booth to present to the crowd what looked like an M&S chocolate cake. Pointing a finger out across the crowd, he takes aim and tosses the cake high into the sky, as the crowd disperse to avoid being literally cake faced, the cake splats onto the ground spraying up onto those unfortunately enough to "get a piece". Steve Aoki then topped his set off by running out to the barriers with a bottle of champagne to spray those that were front and centre to complete an entertaining performance.
Earlier on in the day in the Together Arena the iconic Soul II Soul drew an packed out crowd to see Jazzy B and the rest of the troupe. Jazzy B got on the mic to say "Its great to be on this side of the river" as the north Londoner's treated the crowd to tracks like 'Keep on Movin', 'Back to Life', 'Get a Life' and more which kept the fans grooving throughout their hour long set.
The Bedrock arena had special guest and legendary German DJ and producer Sven Vath get the mid afternoon crowd bopping their heads with a typical Vath set full of techno house goodies that you can't help but shake your ass to! Vath is still one of few DJ's that performs with Vinyl and its a pleasure to see this against all the digital DJ's these days.
Also up in the Bedrock arena is flight shy Eric Prydz whose also another SW4 fan favourite. Featured regularly over the years, Prydz never disappoints. His electro infused big room house sound has served him well over the years and this years set at SW4 was one of the best ones yet.
Closing out the Bedrock tent and performing in a Skull like custom made DJ booth is Alex Ridha, who is more famously known as Boyz Noise, a german electronic music producer who brings his lively and innovative live show to SW4. His innovative mix of different genres of music with electronic music makes it easy to understand why he is in huge demand and why his live sets are praised around the world! His energy transcends over the packed tent to ensure that everyone is treated to a special show.
With John Digweed, Pete Tong, Erick Morillo, Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Friction, Crazy P, The 2 Bears and more performing on Sunday it was yet another example that its best not to mess with a formula of bringing one of the biggest dance music lineups to London every Bank Holiday weekend. SW4 have stuck to their roots of doing what they know best, throwing a massive weekender party in a park and have had 10 years of success by doing so. If you haven't ever been to SW4, we recommend you prepare for next year as each year just seems to exceed the previous, see you on the Common in 2014!
CARL COX & FRIENDS ARENA FEATURING: CARL COX & LOCO DICE B2B [FIRST TIME EVER IN THE UK] MARCO CAROLA · ADAM BEYER GUTI [LIVE] · HECTOR & VERY SPECIAL GUEST CARL CRAIG
Having previously announced that one of our most loved DJs will return to South West Four this summer, we can now confirm that Carl Cox will host his own arena on Saturday 24th August. Carl will showcase only the biggest names in techno, as well as take to the decks with one of dance music’s most esteemed artists for the first time ever in the UK.
Carl Cox and Loco Dice back-to-back. A meeting of minds. A meeting of masters. Last summer these two virtuosos went head-to-head at the closing party of Carl’s world renowned residency at Space Ibiza. In 2013 South West Four is delighted to present the return bout, as these two techno titans lock horns for the first time ever in the UK. This is one for the history books.
The past few years has seen Loco Dice’s stature rise immeasurably to become one of the most devastating and respected DJs on the planet. His Desolat imprint is home to some of the world’s most prolific electronic talent, whilst his sense for sounds and innate understanding of dancefloors is what distinguishes him from other DJs. Heavily influenced by his legendary performances on the Amnesia Ibiza terrace for Cocoon, Loco Dice remains a hugely popular figure, as evident again at his sold out residency at Electric Brixton across the recent Easter weekend. The next opportunity to catch this tremendously sought after DJ in London is at SW4, a chance that should not be spurned.
As figurehead of the Swedish techno scene and Drumcode Records label boss, Adam Beyer has turned heads worldwide with his sensational performances for many years. Since establishing Drumcode in 1996, the labels forward thinking, passionate and uncompromising laurels have stayed true. Undeterred by the demise of many other labels which started around the same time, Drumcode has always been one to push the envelope and is part of the reason why the label is still flourishing today. Adam’s Drumcode podcast attracts a healthy seven million listeners every week, whilst his last appearance at South West Four, where he headlined his own Drumcode arena in 2011, proved one of the highlights of the weekend. In 2013 the message is clear; Beyer is at his best, do not miss out.
Carl Craig; A visionary, an innovator and an ambassador for the Detroit techno scene. Since releasing his first track back in 1989, The Grammy nominated artist has chalked up a phenomenal career and continues to motivate music lovers of all ages with as much power and intensity. Since his early days he has gone on to release a plethora of his own material and remix well over one hundred tracks. Always forward thinking, the Planet E head honcho has managed to reinvent himself time and again and prove an inspiration to everyone along the way. Making his South West Four debut this year, we are delighted to welcome one of the greats, as Carl Craig joins us on Clapham Common this August Bank Holiday weekend.
Having being brought up in an exceptionally musical family, Guti was first a classically trained jazz musician, before playing to packed stadiums across South America in a rock band. It wasn’t until 2006 that he started to create techno, but of course with his jazz, rock and latin influences all playing an important part in the process. Since then he has gone on to release music on labels such as Wolf & Lamb, Saved, Carl Cox’s Intec and Loco Dice’s Desolat. This summer you can catch his outstanding talent at South West Four, where he will showcase his highly impressive live show.
Hector is one of the most exciting young DJs on the planet, effortlessly experimenting with the founding spirit of house. With a string of high profile releases to his name on labels such as Desolat, Tsuba and Saved, Hector has come a long distance since he started DJing in his native Mexico at the tender age of 16. A move to England soon beckoned, where he fell in love with London’s music scene and where he has remained ever since. The Mexican’s passion for music knows no boundaries. His DJ sets are full of energy, precision and soul, whilst his own productions are always on point; sophisticated and cultured. The future of house music is about to take flight at SW4, make sure you’re on board.
ANNOUNCED FOR SW4 SUNDAY
BEDROCK ARENA FEATURING: ERIC PRYDZ · BOYS NOIZE [LIVE] LAURENT GARNIER · JOHN DIGWEED TIM GREEN [DEBUT LIVE SHOW]
There are not many other DJs as synonymous with South West Four as John Digweed. 2013 represents his ninth consecutive performance at the festival, more than any other artist. With one eye firmly on the future, John’s philosophy embodies South West Four, whilst his ingenuity, dedication and all round ability to destroy dancefloors is why we always welcome him back to Clapham Common with open arms. John’s performances at Bedrock have helped build the label’s reputation as one of the most acclaimed club nights in underground dance music, welcoming international talent of the highest calibre at each event. Having hosted Bedrock arenas at SW4 in 2007, 2010 and 2012, it makes perfect sense for John to bring Bedrock back for our 10th Anniversary as his thrilling legacy at SW4 continues with his label’s greatest artist showcase to date.
Frenchman Laurent Garnier is a name that goes hand in hand with dance music. One of Europe’s most celebrated electronic artists, Laurent has been making the planet dance for the last 25 years. Having gained a reputation as one of the finest DJs in the world and produced a wealth of techno classics in the studio, Laurent has won the hearts of millions of artists and music lovers via his own hypnotic and alluring beat. His quest to find only the very best music remains relentless, as Laurent’s radio shows and DJ sets continue to illustrate his insatiable appetite for what’s new. Having delivered arguably the finest performance on Clapham Common in 2011, Laurent remains a huge favourite with everyone at South West FourHQ and we are honoured to welcome him back for the 10th Anniversary.
From bedroom producer to acclaimed electronic artist, Tim Green’s rise to stardom over the past few years has been nothing short of relentless. The capability of his craft seems endless, securing releases on labels like Dirtybird, Get Physical and Saved and outstanding remixes of Cassius, Booka Shade and Claude Von Stroke. Having taken his DJ sets to every corner of the globe, the spotlight now turns to his highly anticipated live show, which he debuts at South West Four on Sunday 25th August. Special doesn’t even come close.
SATURDAY & WEEKEND TICKETS INCREASE IN PRICE THURSDAY 4TH APRIL AT MIDDAY
As we move ever closer to South West Four’s 10th Anniversary, interest in tickets rises yet further. With five months still to go we can confirm that 50% OF ALL SATURDAY TICKETS HAVE ALREADY SOLD and that ‘saver’ tickets are rapidly running out. With this new batch of DJs and live acts set to raise demand even greater, we are giving you until this Thursday at midday at which point both Saturday and weekend tickets will increase in price. You have been warned!
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…
SW4 SATURDAY HEADLINE DJS ANNOUNCED! CARL COX ERICK MORILLO [EXCLUSIVE UK FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE 2012] JOHN DIGWEED
“It’s amazing to be returning to Clapham this year for South West Four. It’s without a doubt a festival with one of the best atmospheres and being where it is means all my friends and family get to join me – another one of the reasons I truly love playing this festival. This year, I am back but hosting the main stage – of course a great honour and I’m seriously looking forward to rocking SW4” Carl Cox
A sincere thank you to everyone who has already purchased their prized ticket to South West Four. An unprecedented demand testament to the colossal standing of Chase & Status, previously announced as Saturday’s coveted headline act. Their influential live show has transfixed fans of electronic music worldwide, rapidly adding numbers to an ever increasing SW4 fan base. This group of electronic music connoisseurs is set to multiply, as our Saturday headline DJs are revealed!
These are without doubt the SW4 all-stars, having buried their roots deep into Clapham Common history. However there’s more to this than just sentimental legacy. With each marking a LONDON FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE for 2012, just one of these artists would be cause for celebration. Featuring the undisputed Kings of the four by four beat, they add to what is without doubt our most sensational SW4 Saturday ever. Not forgetting that extra hour and improved sound levels to boot. The build up officially begins in earnest…
Carl Cox can lay claim to being amongst South West Four’s most inspirational DJs. Such was the rampant success of his 2006 and 2008 headline outings, Carl returned in 2010 to host our biggest indoor arena. His ability to balance deep, driving and uplifting grooves, orchestrated a frenzied atmosphere rarely witnessed. Incorporating an unrivalled crossover formula, his performances at South West Four are widely regarded as some of the best ever seen at the festival. Be prepared to have your senses pulverised, Carl Cox is coming…
Second up is the irrepressible Erick Morillo. His smooth Subliminal Sessions sound is custom built for SW4, as demonstrated in his headline performance at South West Four’s inaugural event. Erick’s devastating debut in 2004 is fondly remembered for an intricate blend of huge house sounds, snazzy acapellas and infectious vocal cuts; a mantra on which he has forged his unwavering reputation over an illustrious career. Making this year’s performance a must see, Erick’s first London performancein over seventeen months – and his ONLY UK Festival performance this year. Following the unequivocal success of his Pacha Ibiza residency and continued success of his legendary record label, Erick is set to bring something VERY special to SW4 this summer. Sunglasses at the ready…
Finally a progressive philosophy which continually pushes the boundaries, John Digweed embodies South West Four. 2012 will be his seventh consecutive SW4 gig, more than any other artist. Hence responsible for providing a plethora of memories, with 2009 the most poignant. A back to back set with Sasha brought sumptuous sounds and a sea of smiling faces. A trait also attributed to his mighty Bedrock imprint, providing tunes that have defined a generation. Furthermore the recent return of Bedrock’s monthly club night has succeeded in rejuvenating midweek clubbing in the Capital. Increasing the magnitude of this eagerly anticipated appearance, John will also be bringing something quite special to SW4. Already in the pantheon of electronic artists, SW4 2012 will elevate John Digweed to stratospheric heights.
Just the tip of SW4’s iceberg, the following weeks will herald further awe inspiring announcements. Guaranteed to delve deeper into an immersive electronic experience, South West Four 2012 is shaping up to be an essential part of your August bank holiday weekend.
JOHN DIGWEED / LAIDBACK LUKE / PETE TONG (RADIO 1)
JAMES ZABIELA / HERNAN CATTANEO / SOS
“I am very lucky to have been asked back again to play at one of the UK`s premier Festivals SW4. For me it just seems to get better and better each year, They really do deliver a fantastic day out in the centre of London featuring the world’s best DJ`s and live acts, so to be part of this again is amazing. Really looking forward to my set and also seeing who else is playing. To play to your home crowd in the centre of London is the best experience any DJ could have.” John Digweed
Since opening its doors on 21st September 1991 as an alcohol-free nightclub dedicated to house music,Ministry of Sound has gone onto become a flagship for British youth culture; an iconic brand that includes the world’s most famous club, the world’s largest independent record label, and a multimedia entertainment business, all directed from their South London home. 2011 is a significant milestone forMinistry of Sound as it marks their 20th anniversary. To celebrate the Ministry will be involved with a series of events across the globe, none as big as hosting the main stage at South West Four onSaturday 27th August.
In addition to a London festival exclusive live performance from the undisputed kings of electronic music Underworld, SW4 welcomes a huge lineup of world class DJs to Saturday’s main stage lineup. Having graced the green grass of Clapham Common on six consecutive occasions, with hisBedrock arena one of the highlights of last year, John Digweed is back. Following his sell out Brixton Academy show back in October and an intimate Bedrock event at London’s Arcadia over Easter, expect John to end the summer in style. Laidback Luke made his very successful debut at last year’s South West Four with a performance that had the Common rocking under the August sun. Continuing to produce some of the biggest tracks to hit our airwaves, not to mention selling out clubs and events the world over, we’re delight to welcome Luke back to SW4. 2011 represents 20 years of Pete Tong hosting his BBC Radio 1 show. He has a massive summer ahead with many huge performances celebrating this milestone and a much anticipated return to Pacha Ibiza for an all new residency. Having rocked the main stage in 2010 we’re delighted to welcome Pete back to his home town for another memorable appearance.
James Zabiela’s last SW4 performance came back in 2009. After having two years away from the Common it was time to welcome the technical whiz kid back. A hugely popular figure and a a stellar addition to any line-up, we’re very excited about what to expect. One of the world’s great DJs Argentina’sHernan Cattaneo debuts at SW4 in 2011. A name synonymous with deep, tribal and progressive house, we’re delighted to be able to add him to Saturday’s line-up alongside Demi and Omid 16B akaSOS.
SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST:
SW4 MAIN STAGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNION
ANNIE MAC (RADIO 1)
DIGITAL SOUNDBOY SYSTEM
FEAT SHY FX, BREAKAGE, B.TRAITS WITH DONAEO, YOUNGMAN & STAMINA MC
WRETCH 32 / TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS YASMIN / UNION
“We are delighted to be hosting the main stage at SW4 festival this year! After throwing secret invite only raves for five years we wanted to open the invitation out to everyone, so we’ve asked some of the biggest acts on the planet to join us on stage in Clapham this summer. The main stage is always the focal point of any festival but the mindblowing acts and production we have in store for this year will take things to a level never seen before! Prepare yourselves because we’re about to destroy the city of London!” Mark Adams (Union)
Revered as the blueprint for a 21st century club night – secret but fun, exciting but underground, Union has gained a ferociously loyal following in a very short time. With an insane and hedonistic crowd and awe inspiring production, Union is an example of what can be achieved when you tear up the rulebook! 2011 marks the fifth anniversary of Union’s residency at the legendary Fabric in London and their hosting of the main stage on Sunday 28th August at SW4 is one of a series of non-secret events to celebrate.
Alongside the musical juggernaut that is Pendulum and dubstep’s most loved trio Magnetic Man, Sunday’s main stage line-up focuses on the more alternative side of the dance music spectrum. The first lady of BBC Radio 1, Annie Mac, has this year continued to take her‘Annie Mac presents’ tour across the world with monstrous parties that have turned many a head. Add to that her hugely successful weekly radio show and you’re looking at one of the most talked about DJs of our time. As the leader of the Digital Soundboy System, Shy FXleads a tight-knit team of like-minded Soundboy soldiers. This includes the prestigious Breakage, one of the world’s premier female DJs B.Traits with MC Donaeo, DJ Marky’s MC of choice Stamina and one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic vocal talents, Youngman.Adding more live music to the Sunday Main Stage lineup, London’s grime sensation Wretch 32 has recently shot to fame after the release of his debut smash hit ‘Traktor’. Having toured the UK extensively this year to rave reviews, we’re delighted to add him to the SW4 line-up. It’s not often you see a life sized dinosaur play electro but this is what can be expected fromTotally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Beginning her music career as a DJ in London just two years ago, Yasmin has already founded her own successful club night, spun around the world for N.E.R.D., Taio Cruz and Eve and played storming sets at Glastonbury and Ibiza Rocks. Established as a world-class spinner, Yasmin is now ready to make her mark as a fully-fledged artist, singer and songwriter in her own right. Her next stop? SW4.
SW4 SATURDAY LINE-UP SO FAR…
SW4 MAIN STAGE HOSTED BY MINISTRY OF SOUND:
(2011 LONDON EXCLUSIVE)
JOHN DIGWEED / LAIDBACK LUKE
PETE TONG (RADIO 1) / JAMES ZABIELA
HERNAN CATTANEO / SOS
DJ MAGAZINE PRESENTS THE GROUP THERAPY ARENA:
LINEUP TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY 26THAPRIL
COCOON ARENA IN ASSOCIATION WITH VIEW LONDON:
LINEUP TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY 26THAPRIL
SHAKE IT! ARENA IN ASSOCIATION WITH PARIS FG RADIO:
LINEUP TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY 26TH APRIL
SW4 SUNDAY LINE-UP SO FAR…
SW4 MAIN STAGE HOSTED BY UNION:
(2011 LONDON EXCLUSIVE)
MAGNETIC MAN [LIVE]
(2011 LONDON FESTVIAL EXCLUSIVE)
ANNIE MAC (BBC RADIO 1)
WRETCH 32 / TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS YASMIN / UNION