Described in some quarters as setting a new benchmark for music festivals, Houghton announces a progressive and eclectic group of names for its third edition on 8th-11th August 2019.
After making arguably one of the most successful debuts of recent times in 2017, the festival opted to make only minor improvements to its simple and refined approach in 2018. In 2019, the festival is staying true to its ethos and is continuing to incorporate art, music and sculpture into the beautiful surroundings of Houghton Hall, Norfolk.
The musical programme reflects Craig Richards’ eclectic taste, while continuing the festival’s tradition of encouraging long extended sets and unique live acts, across bespoke and cutting edge sound systems from German manufacturer d&b audiotechnik.
As always, Houghton casts a spotlight on an array of rising talent and experimental artists. They have also confirmed plans to expand and develop the Pinters stage format, offering a unique 360 soundscape listening environment for jazz, ambient and experimental sounds and inviting artists that promise to explore all of the corners of the musical spectrum. Estonian violinist and vocalist Maarja Nuut, the rapidly rising Object Blue, UK jazz pioneers Matthew Halsall and the Elliot Galvin Trio, German dubtronica trailblazer Pole, and the abstract and beautiful musings of Soundwalk Collective are all appearing
After extraordinary sets last year, the heavyweight returnees include Ricardo Villalobos, Helena Hauff,Ben UFO, Optimo, Hunee, Seth Troxler, Jane Fitz, Pearson Sound, Andrew Weatherall, Joy Orbison, Powder, Midland and Call Super, whilst debut appearances are lined up for Four Tet, Bruce,DJ Stingray and Biosphere amongst many others, as Houghton‘s lineup extends to include even more of the most influential figures in electronic music.
Jensen Interceptor is one of Australia’s finest electro exports and Mark Ernestus’ Ngadda Rhythm Force is an unmissable live band prospect from the hugely influential techno producer. There are also sets from Carl Finlow as Silicon Scally, Vancouver protege D. Tiffany, Floating Points and uniquely Jerry Dammers of The Specials. Palms Trax showcases his deep-digging gems, Calibre and dBridgeoffer up their unique strain of thunderous bass music and Gerd Janson will be showcasing his eclectic genre spanning commitment to the scene. Harvey Sutherland, Flanger, DMX Krew, Radioactive Man and acclaimed composer Ricardo Romaneiro all deliver live sets unconfined by genre, with Juju & Jordash uniting with Move D to become Magic Mountain High for a welcome live return.
Mysteryland, the longest running dance festival in the world, reveals the Holy Ground Camping program with a wealth of exclusive performances and back-to-back sessions that won’t be heard at any other festival. These range from Seth Troxler playing back-to-back with Skream and Tom Trago, Afrojack playing a techno set alongside Benny Rodrigues, Dave Clarke executing a classic techno session and Breach b2b with Cinnaman.
The Holy Ground Camping will host the pre-party on Friday August 26th and the after-party on Saturday August 27th at the Camping Circus and Saloon. Afrojack will play an exclusive techno set with Benny Rodrigues, Dave Clarke will execute a classic techno session and Laidback Luke will once again return to the sounds from it all began: the 80’s and 90’s. Seth Troxler will take over the Saloon on Saturday with his Big Tittie Surprise imprint showcasing a special b2b set alongside Skream and Tom Trago.
Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack: “Benny Rodrigues is the first DJ that ever inspired me to become a great DJ, to this day he’s still my favourite house/techno DJ, and it’s not only a great personal experience for me to DJ back-to-back with him, but also an honour”.
Mysteryland loves surprises. At the Camping Circus on Friday, hardstyle rockers Psyko Punkz tackle techno and Dirt Caps plays their favourite hip-hop tracks. On the same day, local heroes join forces with international masterminds, as The Saloon welcomes Cinnaman to the stage with Breach, the British DJ and producer who had the worldwide hit ‘Jack’ and has collaborated with Kelis and Andreya Triana. Continuing the theme of cross-border collaborations, San Proper teams up with Chicago house legend Tyree Cooper,William Kouam Djoko invites Ryan Crosson from Visionquest into the booth, and Boris Werner will join the stage together with Parisian Djebali for a back-to-back mix.
This year visitors will be able to stay at the Holy Ground Camping from Friday August 26th until Monday August 29th, giving festivalgoers more time to party and to discover the wide range of music, art and culture on show. In 2015, the Holy Ground Camping passes sold out in two hours, and with the entertainment announced for 2016 they are expected get snapped up in a flash once again! Visitors who secure a ticket for the Holy Ground Camping, have the option to sleep over after the festival in their own tent, or select from a range of luxury camping options available, such as a tipi or a luxurious tent with real beds. Tickets for the Holy Ground Camping and the festival are available through tickets.mysteryland.nl.
All relevant electronic musical styles are represented Mysteryland takes place on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28 in Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands. This year, Mysteryland bursts at the seams with two full days of stages showcasing sounds from: EDM to afrobeat, techno to hiphop and hardstyle to disco. On the line-up are world class players such as Diplo, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, MK, Sam Feldt and Sander van Doorn, underground heroes including Dave Clarke, Detroit Love, Apollonia, KARENN (live), Baba Stiltz, Rebekah, Studio Barnhus, Boys Noize, Kim Ann Foxman and a special performance from Surgeon featuring Lady Starlight, plus many many more.
Prestigious art installations The Culture & Arts program of Mysteryland this year is world class. Several leading international artists create installations for the festival. The Mainstage is designed by American Kate Raudenbush, who is best known for her work at Burning Man Festival. As a gesture to all residents of the city of Haarlemmermeer, artist duo ATM creates a lasting work of art from recycled wood beneath the infamous pyramid. The collective WERC will be at the foot of the imposing pyramid with a light installation on the water where all luminous elements can move independently.
Mysteryland, the world’s longest running electronic festival, announces the entire program for this year’s weekender. The festival which focuses on music, culture & arts and sustainability, takes place on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28 in Haarlemmermeer. On the line-up are world class players such as Diplo, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Galantis (LIVE), Sam Feldt, Robin Schulz, Tchami, Gorgon City, Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Surgeon featuring Lady Starlight, Wildstylez, Brennan Heart, A-Trak, and Sander van Doorn. Some newly added names to the already massive program include KSHMR, Quintino, R3hab, Larry Tee, Robert Owens, What So Not, Darq E Freaker, Heidi & Cajmere, Tommie Sunshine, Chez Damier, Joost van Bellen and Angerfist. Tickets for Mysteryland are on sale now through tickets.mysteryland.nl.
Grammy winners alongside emerging talent Two-time Grammy winner and Major Lazer mastermind Diplo, who has worked with Beyoncé, Madonna, Skrillex, and Justin Bieber, will be closing out the Mainstage on Sunday with a spectacular grand finale. Another Grammy winner, the Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack who recently scored big with his hit ‘Hey’, will be providing the final show on Saturday. Other artists on the same stage this year include Martin Garrix, KSHMR, Sam Feldt, Robin Schulz and Lost Frequencies. More than 300 other artists can be found on the line-up on the festival website mysteryland.nl.
Line-up Saturday August 27th
All artists in alphabetical order.
MAINSTAGE Headlining Act: Afrojack Curbi / Don Diablo / Galantis (live) / KSHMR / Lost Frequencies / Sam Feldt / Sleazy Stereo
THE BIG TOP HOSTED BY SPINNIN’ SESSIONS Bolier / Bougenvilla / Firebeatz / Jay Hardway / MC Haits / Mike Williams / Pep & Rash / Quintino / R3hab Sander van Doorn / Tony Junior
Q-DANCE Audiotricz / Brennan Heart / Coone / Frequencerz / Hard Driver / Luna / MC Villain / NCBM / The Viper Wasted Penguinz / Wildstylez
ELROW Eddy M / Ici Sans Merci / Marc Maya / Santé & Sidney Charles / Seth Troxler / SKREAM / Tom Trago / OPACITY / Boddika / Haeken / JP Enfant / KARENN (live) / Luke Slater / ROD / Stefan Vincent
CIRCUS OF LIFE Special guest: MK Coyu / East & Young / Eton Messy / Franky Rizardo / Mike Mago / RIVA STARR / TCTS / YAX.X
SUPERTOYS Cleo / DiscTwins / Doppelgang / Fashionpack / Jodie Harsh / Larry Tee / Tommie Sunshine / Valentijn de Hingh
VIEZE POEZENDEK Anne-Fay / Bush Bush / Christal Empire / CMC$ / Covergirl Sunny / Darq E Freaker / Hey Girl Hey / Mitchel Kelly / Phalerieau & Alainde Lon / The Flexican & Sef
RADIO NOET-NOET András / Arif / Radio Noet-Noet / Sadar Bahar
BOLLYWOOD BAR: STUDIO BARNHUS X TRIPHOUSE ROTTERDAM Baba Stiltz / Frits Wentink (live) / Steven Pieters & Khalil Studio Barnhus (Axel Boman, Kornél Kovács, Pedrodollar ) / Taylan Alan & Martinos Tsavidis
HEINEKEN X KRIS KROSS AMSTERDAM Alamaison / Boehmer / Dennis Branko / DJ Turne / Girls Love DJs / GTA / Kris Kross Amsterdam / Naffz Puinhoop Kollektiv / Snelle Jelle / Walter Looks
CRAZY TOWN A.S.S. / Bot & Beautiful / Cherr du Perr & Darling 10 / Childsplay / FeestDJRuud / Henzel & Vingerwerk Mia More / Onderkoffer / Super Social / Vriendje van Ferry
HEALING GARDEN Circle of Shells / Dansmeditatie by Sanna Holdert / Despacho by Light Up Today / Drishti Beats Hang by Thomas Kwakernaat / Hypnotrain / Idodidid & Rque / Phrixus / Raagmala Suite / Roger Spees
Scents of Music / Sjamanistische Transreis / Studio Harten Aas / Tandava Mediatie / Vijf Ritme Sessie
CULTURE & ARTS Antal Ruhl / Atelier Ari / ATM / Bacchus Wijnfestival / Buro Curious / Circus Engelbrecht / Cocktails & Lulverhalen Covenant Soundsystem / Crooning Jazz Club / Duke of Tokyo / Kate Raudenbush / Marchien Bel / Ninjin Onno Poiesz / Rob van Dam / Robert Bose / Studio Toer / The Amazing Agency / WERC
Line-up Sunday August 28th.
All artists in alphabetical order.
MAINSTAGE Headlining Acts: Diplo | Martin Garrix Boys Noize / De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig / East & Young / Gorgon City / Hugel / Robin Schulz / Tchami
Q-DANCE Adaro / Angerfist / Atmozfears / Bass Modulators / Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo / Da Tweekaz / Frontliner Kutski / MC Villain / Rebourne / Sound Rush
ELROW Andres Campo / Apollonia / Heidi & Cajmere / Michel de Hey & Benny Rodrigues / Patrick Topping Reinier Zonneveld / Toni Varga & De La Swing
DAVE CLARKE PRESENTS Dave Clarke / Detroit Love: Carl Craig & Stacey Pullen / Gary Beck / Green Velvet / Joran van Pol / Rebekah SURGEON & LADY STARLIGHT LIVE
HEINEKEN X THE PARTSYQUAD PRESENTS: REBEL YARD Alvaro / A-Trak / Boaz van de Beatz / Cesqeaux / Dirtcaps / DJ Punish / Lady Bee / Ronnie Flex & Lil' Kleine Rugged / The Partysquad / What So Not
SUPERTOYS Doppelgang / Egbert-Jan Weeber / Hard Ton / Jeff Solo / Joost van Bellen / Kim Ann Foxman / Martin Duvall The Sweetbeats
IS BURNING Andy Butler / Boris / Carlos Valdes & Sandrien / Chez Damier / Robert Owens / Titia
RADIO NOET-NOET Africaine 808 (live) / Nozinja (DJ) / Oceanic / Radio Noet-Noet / Woody
BOLLYWOOD BAR Baris K & Afrobot / Kejeblos / Steele Bonus & Calypso Steve
CRAZY TOWN PRESENTED BY FEESTDJRUUD ANBU NEVLO / Bennie Disko / Daisy's Dj Team / David Ghetto / Dr Phunk / FeestDJRuud / Flamboyant Fountain of Youth / JPackmc / Mike Cervello / The Galaxy
CULTURE & ARTS Antal Ruhl / Atelier Ari / ATM / Bacchus Wijnfestival / Buro Curious / Circus Engelbrecht / Cocktails & Lulverhalen / Covenant Soundsystem / Crooning Jazz Club / Duke of Tokyo / Kate Raudenbush Marchien Bel / Ninjin / Onno Poiesz / Rob van Dam / Robert Bose / Studio Toer / The Amazing Agency / WERC
New South Coast music festival, Boundary Brighton, announce a stella cast for their debut event atStanmer Park on Saturday 17th September 2016. Bringing four stages of music, vintage fair and delectable street-food delights to the beautiful seaside location.
Offering Brighton a heady close to summer and welcoming students back to their stomping-ground, Boundary festival will see the hottest local talent alongside dance music legends with electrifying sets from Seth Troxler, Joy Orbison, Wilkinson, Bondax, Jungle, Snake Hips, Toddla T, Tom Trago, Submotion Orchestra, Congo Natty ft. Congo Dubz, Gentleman's Dub Club and more…
Bringing creative flair to Stanmer Park, bespoke arenas will add to the boutique feel at Boundary Brighton. Mixmag partner with Concorde 2 to build a stage with a beautiful façade and a personal feel not normally found on a main stage, promising plenty of hands-in-the-air moments and high levels of production.
Renowned immersive party brand elrow joins forces with The Arch to bring the sounds of Barcelona and Ibiza mixed with a large dose of insanity, outrageous performers and confetti filled air. Explosions of colour and sound will create a kaleidoscopic assault on the senses.
London's biggest underground event organisers, LWE, have made a habit of unearthing off-locations and transforming them into amazing places for parties. They'll be teaming up with Brighton's Patterns to bring an infusion of techno and house in an immersive venue.
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the festival, Boundary Brighton's very own Victorian Bandstand will be punching above its weight, bringing a really different flavour to the festival, with a fun line up that will keep you smiling and dancing all day.
Mysteryland The Netherlands, the longest running dance festival in the world, proudly presents the first wave of acts confirmed for 2016. On Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th, visitors can enjoy an entire weekend of adventure in a world of electronic music, art, and culture. An absolute audience favourite on the program is two-time GRAMMY winner Diplo, who is known amongst other things as Jack Ü, and for his Majorlazer act with the worldwide hit “Lean On”. Martin Garrix will perform again this year after a fantastic endshow performance at the previous edition. In addition, artists including Afrojack, Dave Clarke, Detroit Love (Carl Craig b2b Stacey Pullen), Galantis (live), Robin Schulz, Seth Troxler, Tom Trago and Wildstylez are also confirmed. The full lineup will feature more than 350 names and will be fully announced in April. Tomorrow, on Thursday, March 31st ticket sales begin via mysteryland.nl.
World Stars on the Mainstage Diplo, who this year took home not one, but two GRAMMYs, will be closing out the Mainstage on Sunday in spectacular fashion. On Saturday, the honourable Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack who has worked with A-list stars including Beyonce, Madonna, and David Guetta will be gracing the decks. Radio hit machine Robin Schulz stands on the same stage, as does Galantis (live), Gorgon City, Tchami, Lost Frequencies, and Sam Feldt. Absolute hardstyle legends will be stomping the grounds at the Q-dance stage including Wildstylez and Brennan Heart. In the Spinnin’ Sessions tent, it is up to Sander van Doorn and Firebeatz.
Techno legends and industry influencers Mysteryland features artists from all relevant electronic movements. On the roster we have Seth Troxler, Detroit Love (Carl Craig b2b Stacey Pullen), Dave Clarke, Green Velvet, Skream, Karenn, the live project from Blawan and Pariah, Luke Slater and ROD representing the more alternative range between house and techno. A special guest on the lineup is Lady Starlight, an American singer and performer who plays a pivotal role in the career of Lady Gaga. During Mysteryland she will be accompanied by techno legend Surgeon. Other acts on the program are Ronnie Flex & Lil’ Kleine, The Partysquad, and Kris Kross Amsterdam.
Installations by international artists Kate Raudenbush, the American artist who in 2014 made The Wishing Tree for Mysteryland, is best known for her work on Burning Man Festival. This year, Kate will be responsible for the creation of the Mainstage, The world famous balloon artist Robert Bose, renowned for the Balloon Chain on display at Coachella, will represent an air display on the Floriade Terrain. The artist duo that is ATM will be building a gigantic permanent artwork on the festival site as a gesture to all local residents.
Camping this year is open an extra day to visitors Last year, all camping tickets were sold out within two hours. Visitors who manage to bag such highly sought after camping ticket this year, are invited to stay from Friday until Monday at the Holy Ground Camp. This is also where the pre-party is held on Friday, and the after-party on Saturday.
About Mysteryland Mysteryland began in 1993 and is the longest running dance festival in the world. The festival focuses on electronic music, art, culture, talent, and sustainability. Mysteryland has been awarded by Julie's Bicycle with a “3 Stars Green Industry Certificate” which is the highest designation for sustainability within the creative arts, music, and theater industries. The festival is rated three stars by A Greener Festival Award. This year, Mysteryland is celebrating a multi-day edition for the second time in the former Floriade Terrain in Haarlemmermeer. Extended international editions of Mysteryland take place at the foot of the Andes in Chile, and the legendary Woodstock '69 site of Bethel Woods in New York, USA. Mysteryland is a concept of ID&T. For more information and ticket sales visit www.mysteryland.com
The first names announced in alphabetical order: A-TRAK | AFROJACK | APOLLONIA | ATMOZFEARS | BARNHUS (AXEL BOMAN, KORNÉL KOVÁCS & PEDRODOLLAR) | BOYSNOIZE | BRENNAN HEART | DAVE CLARKE | DE JEUGD VAN TEGENWOORDIG | DETROIT LOVE (CARL CRAIG B2B STACEY PULLEN) | DIPLO | DON DIABLO | FIREBEATZ | GALANTIS LIVE | GORGON CITY | GREEN VELVET | GTA | KARENN LIVE | KRIS KROSS AMSTERDAM | LOST FREQUENCIES | LUKE SLATER | MARTIN GARRIX | MICHEL DE HEY B2B BENNY RODRIGUES | NCBM | RADIO NOET NOET |ROBIN SCHULZ | ROD | RONNIE FLEX & LIL’ KLEINE | SAM FELDT | SANDER VAN DOORN | SETH TROXLER | SKREAM |STEVEN P. & KHALIL | SURGEON FT. LADY STARLIGHT | TCHAMI | THE PARTYSQUAD | TOM TRAGO | WILDSTYLEZ | MORE TO BE CONFIRMED….
Following the massive T in the Park line-up revealed by festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager last week, organisers are delighted to reveal an impressive mix of international electronic dance acts set to play The Slam Tent at T in the Park 2016. The top line-up taking to the decks at Strathallan Castle over 8th – 10th July is:
Slam, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz,Ricardo Villalobos b2b Raresh, Len Faki, Chris Liebing, DVS1, Guy Gerber, Skream, Daniel Avery, Speedy J, B. Traits, Petrichor
It’s Jeff Mill’s first Slam Tent appearance in 7 years headlining Sunday alongside Seth Troxler. Making their debut appearances are DVS1, Speedy J, Daniel Avery and Raresh – who plays a rare b2b with Ricardo Villalobos who himself last played more than a decade ago.
Techno titans Slam are renowned worldwide for their blistering back to back sets around the globe. They are the hosts of the Slam Tent four-day extravaganza. The pair always deliver one of the highlight sets of the weekend. Their productions on their own imprint Soma Records are a staple in the sets of just about every DJ at the moment from Ben Klock to Adam Beyer. Last year saw them destroy Cocoon in Ibiza with a special live show. They are also regulars at London's Fabric and host their own monthly Pressure night in Glasgow.
Richie Hawtin headlines this year's Slam Tent with a Saturday night final set. He is many things to many people – an extraordinary DJ and live performer, creator of the ENTER Experience in Ibiza, mastermind behind the Minus label, technological innovator, art aficionado and style icon. He created a unique techno sound, which is regarded as synonymous with the cities of Berlin and Detroit.
Jeff Mills first Slam Tent appearance in 7 years headlining Sunday along with Seth Troxler. He is considered the most brilliant DJ and producer of Techno music in the world. He is the most recognised representative figure of Detroit Techno. Championed for his music’s relentless pursuit of hard-edged rhythms and his stripped-down, almost industrial DJ sets, Mills is the latest in a long line of Detroit-bred talent to take on an international reputation.
DJ and producer Marcel Dettmann is recognised as being one of the most influential proponents of contemporary techno. Widely associated with electronic iconic institutions, Berlin’s Berghain and Hard Wax, Dettmann stays true to his roots by consistently innovating his interpretation of electronic music, and, nevertheless, integrating art deeply into the music scene.
Seth Troxler’s career started in Detroit in 2002 at the age of 16 as a frequent DJ at Detroit club The Works and as a clerk at Detroit’s famous Melodies and Memories record store. With these experiences Seth gained a preternatural understanding of rave, and dance music history, that now allows him to conjure up mixes and tracks like Botticelli conjured his Venus. He has consecutively got himself voted Number Three, Two and the number One in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ Poll, landed much-vaunted residencies at DC10 (Ibiza), Trouw in (Amsterdam) and Output (New York) and opened series of much-lauded pop-up restaurants around East London called ‘Smokey Tails’.
How much do you really know about Nina Kraviz? She’s a Russian techno DJ, an accomplished producer, one of dance music’s breakthrough names of the last five years. True enough, but there’s so much more to her story than that. She’s one of electronic music’s most interesting characters, someone who has stuck to her musical guns since day one, someone who has wide-ranging roots that run deep in the past, yet she’s also the embodiment of the future. Her signature sound is a raw blend of house and techno with a very acidic feel. If that feels very now, Kraviz has a lot to do with it.
Ricardo Villalobos: Born in Chile, raised in Germany, world citizen – that pretty much sums up Ricardo’s life, geographically speaking. Ricardo’s inexhaustible creativity and innovation and his unfailing feel for the crowd make him an outstanding artist in the contemporary world of electronic music.
Raresh is definitely one of the fundamental figures of the up-to-date electronic movement. Born in Bacau, the clubbing scene enchained him at the age of 15, when he started playing in a small club in town, marking his turntable ascension from the age whereupon most of the youngsters are still playing football in the courtyard.
Berlin based DJ, producer and label owner Len Faki is of the most outstanding and in-demand artists in techno’s present age. He is an internationally requested DJ, whose productions and remixes are played by techno’s most prominent names. Being a resident at Berlin’s prime techno club Berghain since it’s opening in 2004 keeps him open-minded as both DJ and producer.
Chris Liebing is one of the artists in the steadily and rapidly growing world of electronic music who has faithfully dedicated the past 25 years of his life to the performance, production, distribution and broadcasting of Techno on a global level. He has run a club and several successful club nights, has held residencies in many of the most prestigious venues worldwide, produced his own music and the music of other artists, founded record labels, hosted radio shows, won awards for different branches of his professional efforts and has been an unshakable pillar and devoted ambassador of innovative Techno.
Zak aka DVS1, continues to move floors with a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of more than 30,000 records. Zak's deep roots and his bold uncompromising nature have won him great respect as a passionate and outspoken defender and promoter quality music.
Ollie ‘Skream’ Jones is on a major roll. The 29 year old Croydon DJ, producer and original dubstepper has seen his career explode even further since taking inspiration from his friend and associate Jackmaster amongst others leading him to veer away from the genre he helped to create to play more House & Techno & even some Disco. He has become a global star and a firm favourite in Scotland.
Guy Gerber has always favoured the road less traveled. The Israeli DJ thrives on confounding expectations. What other underground DJ could collaborate with one of hip-hops biggest moguls, Puff Daddy, or start a left-field night at one of Ibiza’s most commercial clubs, Pacha? What other producer blends the worlds of melancholy and euphoria so effortlessly, or turns in a breakup album as an official.
Since the early nineties, Speedy J has spearheaded labels like Plus 8, Novamute and Warp. After the albums G Spot (1993) and Ginger (1995), as techno developed into a dominating force on many dance floors worldwide, Jochem Paap chose to pursue other exciting avenues. On Public Energy No. 1 (1997) and A Shocking Hobby (2000) the sound wizard exchanged flowing, harmonious techno for a much more complex formula filled with colliding samples, crackling rhythms and tremendously thrilling turns. As a DJ, Speedy J is still as busy as ever, touching down in the most important venues and festivals worldwide every weekend. At the same time Electric Deluxe Presents has swelled into a globetrotting brand with showcases scheduled for various major electronic festivals on the horizon.
If the main motivation whilst making Drone Logic was to take the listener on a hi-fidelity trip for the duration of his debut album, then Daniel Avery emphatically succeeded. From Water Jump’s hypnotic pulse and punch through to the crystalline click of closer Knowing We’ll Be Here via the title track’s elemental acid swirl and New Energy’s take on Neon Lights relocated to a post-midnight cab ride through London, Avery’s debut pushed and pulled at the senses and blurred the boundaries between dance floor and home listening experience.
B. Traits is a skilled producer, DJ And radio presenter, bridging underground music from techno to jungle to house. You should certainly expect the unexpected where B.Traits is concerned – but if there's something you can predict, it's that whatever comes next will be unique, and it will be big.
The man behind the Petrichor project Simon Stokes, has been gradually working his way up the ranks in his home city’s scene and firmly established himself within the Soma hierarchy. His analogue focused, dream like sound straddles the boundaries between electronica, house and techno. He recently released his debut album Mångata to critical acclaim, an intricate, multifaceted album that draws on many spheres of influence, designed as a singular listening piece.
Announced so far for T in the Park 2016 are:
FRIDAY 8TH JULY: The Stone Roses, Disclosure, Courteeners, Alesso, Jamie xx, James Morrison, Frightened Rabbit, Oliver Heldens, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hannah Wants, Bear’s Den, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Krept & Konan, The Coral, The Temperance Movement, Oh Wonder
SLAM Friday: Len Faki, Ricardo Villalobos b2b Raresh, DVS1, Petrichor (live)
SATURDAY 9TH JULY: Calvin Harris, Bastille, The 1975, The Last Shadow Puppets, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jess Glynne, Kaiser Chiefs, Travis, Tinie Tempah, Tom Odell, Jack Garratt, Stiff Little Fingers, Shed Seven, Disciples, Rat Boy, Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys
SLAM Saturday: Richie Hawtin, Slam, Nina Kraviz, Guy Gerber, Skream, Daniel Avery, B-Traits
SUNDAY 10TH JULY: Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Chase & Status, Faithless, Major Lazer, James Bay, Jake Bugg, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Craig David’s TS5, Slaves, Maximo Park, John Grant, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, FIDLAR, Blossoms
SLAM Sunday: Jeff Mills, Seth Troxler, Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Speedy J
Once again the Island of Pag plays host to the most cutting edge of festivals with grime pioneer Skepta headlining, alongside UKG legend DJ EZ, house stalwart Hannah Wants and breakthrough producers Gorgon City. The inimitable David Rodigan MBE makes a welcome return to Hideout as does BBC Radio 1's Monki and digital soundboy Shy FX, with a host of new acts joining them on the line up. Making their Zrce Beach debut in 2016 will be Stormzy, Preditah, Kurupt FM, My Nu Leng, DJ Hype and many more still to be announced. The festival will also be unveiling a brand new stage to make room for yet more eclectic and diverse artists. Hosted by the unique and uninhibited Elrow, the new platform ‘Noa' is situated right at the end of the beach, with the dance floor reaching out into the sea. Registered ticket holders are able to purchase tickets from today via the Hideout Festival website and general tickets will be available from 10am on Wednesday 5th November for £139 + BF.
With Hideout having already cemented itself as the definitive European dance music destination thanks to a previous 5 sell-out years, 2016 will see the festival continue to raise its game with artists spanning the full spectrum of electronic music and surprise new additions.
Hideout's ethos of bringing electronically diverse acts together will come into its own this year, thanks to a roster ranging from the legendary to the up and coming, all set against the beautiful Island of Pag.
This year, Hideout announce their partnership with Barcelona’s legendary Elrow, as they take over the latest venue addition ‘Noa’. Hideout also promises more new offerings for 2016 with exciting plans to vamp up the food, drink, travel and retail elements of the experience too.
Set on Croatia's idyllic Zrce beach Hideout is the number one festival destination for music lovers and adventure lovers alike, whether it be catching cutting-edge sounds at one of the six beach facing venues, relaxing on the picturesque Island of Pag, or taking in the astounding views whilst aboard one of the infamous boat parties.
Hideout will also be offering a dedicated travel platform to make it even easier for fans to book safely, securely and direct from the festival site itself. Transfers and coach trips will also be available at great value money via the site, making it the cheapest and most reliable way to plan the Hideout experience.
A firm favourite with electronic music revellers and adventurers alike, 2016 will see Hideout push all boundaries to become the highlight of the festival calendar.
First Line up announced:
Jamie xx J.E.S.u.S / Jamie Jones / MK Andy C / DJ EZ / Dusky / Eats Everything Gorgon City / Hannah Wants / Hot Since 82 / Seth Troxler / Skepta / Stormzy
Bicep / B Traits / David Rodigan MBE / Darius Syrossian / Heidi / Jackmaster / Joy Orbison / Julio Bashmore / Kurupt FM / Patrick Topping / Paul Woolford / Richy Ahmed / Shadow Child / Skream / Steve Lawler
Andhim / Barely Legal / Catz 'N Dogz / Denney / DJ Hype / Doorly / Eton Messy DJs / Friend Within / GotSome / Jasper James / Mak & Pasteman / Midland / Monki / My Nu Leng / Oliver Dollar / Preditah / Sante / Secretsundaze / Special Request / Sidney Charles / Toddla T / wAFF / Zinc
Arkive / Cera Alba / Damian Martez / Grainger / Jack Swift / Last Magpie / Mediate / Mike Jones / Nicola Bear / North Base / People Get Real / Scot Bradford / The Sonic Emporium
Essex isn’t the typical location which global-touring DJs and electronic music figureheads Carl Cox, Seth Troxler and Steve Angello are used to playing. Though arguably more familiar with Vegas, Ibiza and European crowds, Upminster-based We Are FSTVL attracts the biggest names in house, techno and on Sunday, EDM.
Now in its third year, We Are FSTVL brings in 30,000 music lovers over its weekend. Think of it as the electronic music equivalent of V Festival. Cleverly targeted at the Essex party-going population, for an extra £40, a VIP ticket allows access to the VIP area – a regular festival feature offering that little bit more; there’s a separate VIP stage (Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records and MK’s Area10 host it respectively), hot tubs, hair salon, glitter and face paint stations and remarkably cleaner toilets, as well as higher viewing platforms back on the main site.
As one of the year’s first proper festivals, Saturday unsurprisingly sold-out in advance, while last remaining Sunday tickets were available on the door. Despite a windy start with grey clouds looming above, the weather stayed dry and summery; rare for a UK festival in late May.
Whilst the generously-sized main stage hosted the likes of Gorgon City and Solomun under sunny skies, Summer Festival Guide found itself at the Used & Abused stage for a great deal of the weekend. Creatively, the industrial design of an aircraft hanger made it seem as though we’d been teleported to an underground club in Europe; fitting for the dark and deep techno acts it showcased. A gargantuan three-hour set from Loco Dice made it near impossible to leave, while Drumcode Records founder Adam Beyer later delivered a set of intense, unrelenting techno. Most notable, its impeccable sound quality, remaining consistent throughout the weekend.
Elsewhere on Saturday’s bill, house sets from Simon Dunmore and Oliver Dollar on the Defected Records stage, and Redlight and Waze & Odyssey in the What Hannah Wants tent, ensured both were permanently filled. Meanwhile, globally-renowned DJ’s Seth Troxler and Carl Cox closed out the opening night on the main stage, respectively, each proving memorable highlights.
Seth’s acidic, techno-heavy set, complete with hypnotic swirling red and black visuals, saw the sun go down, before house music legend Carl Cox took the helm. Opening strongly with Deetron’s piano-house builder ‘Photon’, a sea of mobile phones lit up the night sky. The first person to majorly interact with the crowd, Cox encourages, “Carl Cox is in the house. Who’s ready?” as laser lights scour the audience and confetti explodes from cannons.
The only downside with We Are FSTVL though, is the non-camping policy, meaning that thousands of people need to be transported from the site back to wherever they may be staying. According to social media comments, people were reportedly left for hours on the roadside as shuttle buses and taxis struggled to cope with the number of attendees, though by Sunday this was far less of an issue.
As Sunday morning falls, so does the rain; but luckily only on SFG’s commute to the site. Once on-site, the ground is mostly dry as the sun steadily rears its head. The day’s first highlight comes from Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke who, rare that he comes to the UK, delivers a crowd-pleasing set on the Paradise stage, dropping his own ‘Make A Cake’, ‘Barrump’ and Jesse Rose-collaboration ‘Bare Mountain’, proving Dirtybird as one of the finest electronic labels around; their forward-thinking, unique sound a clear hit with the Essex punters. Later, another Dirtybird affiliate, J Phlip, goes back-to-back with Huxley over in the VIP village, each dropping bass-heavy productions to a growing crowd.
Back at SFG’s favourite stage, the aircraft hanger, now hosted by Cocoon, Ten Walls and Sven Vath each deliver building techno sets; Sven’s hard-hitting sound complimented by female dancers spread across the stage.
At the complete other end of the electronic music spectrum, the main stage welcomes Radio 1 DJ Danny Howard before Oliver Heldens takes over, delivering an unexpectedly stand-out set. Mixing his own ‘deep house’ tracks ‘Gecko’, ‘This’ and ‘You Know’ with tracks from EDM’s biggest names the young producer’s clearly having a great time as he bopps around and shuffles in front of the DJ decks. It’s like watching a child in a sweet shop. “Let me see your hands Essex”, he shouts excitedly, before closing with an EDM remix of Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do. Unpretentious and heaps of fun, Heldens’ set is a great warm-up for the bombastic sounds of Knife Party.
Older fan –favourites ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Internet Friends’ mix well with a newer track which we are told is “for the UK family”; it sounds somewhat influenced by Major Laser. 15 minutes late, Steve Angello’s set begins with dramatic orchestral sounds and visuals as the former Swedish House Mafia member reveals that he’s travelled all the way from Sweden. Appearing like a silhouette throughout the show because of the strobe lights, he works the crowd with Robin S’ ‘Show Me Love’ and later, new single ‘Children of the Wild’ impresses.
Over in the Paradise tent, the sound parallels as Jamie Jones lays down chunky tech-house rollers by the dozen, whilst Mele’ closes out the Hospitality stage, leaving Shadow Child and DJ S.K.T to continue the party for VIP ticket-holders only in the Area 10 tent.
As We Are FSTVL comes to a close nearing 1am, luckily there’s a London-located after-party being taking the festivities through until 6am Monday!
We Are FSTVL continues to thrive as one of the UK’s best medium-sized festivals, offering a diverse range of electronic music over a usually sunny weekend. Here’s to 2016!
Our own king of the ones & twos Rob da Bank says: “The Port is one of our finest achievements at Bestival, with some pretty stiff competition from all the other inventive constructions that have gone down over the last 12 years. A massive ship seemingly anchored into the grass at Robin Hill complete with smoking funnels, rusty portholes and all topped off with a crazy crew of nautical nutters dancing day and night in laser beam ecstasy.
“I cannot wait to see what Skrillex will pull out the bag for a Sunday finale. Sonny hasn’t been to Bestival for four years so a lot has changed for all of us, and I think The Port is gonna be very special that night. Especially because, as anyone who’s seen Mark Ronson DJ knows, they’re in for a massive treat, too – a sublime Sunday night double-header, even if I do say so myself. I love Annie Mac’s back to back extravaganza – great concept and some amazing talent, and our Friday techno and disco explosion will kick it all off nicely. All aboard for another insane party at The Port!”
Making his return to Bestival, we are absolutely ecstatic to be able to announce the mighty Skrillex will be ramping up the late night action on Sunday. A trail blazer of electronic dance music, he’s a six-time Grammy award winner, and a global icon, so you can guarantee when he drops the magic, it’s gonna go off. Fierce beats and rib-smashing bass ahoy!
He might know a thing or two about ruling the pop charts but Mark Ronson has got fat beats flowing through his veins. A true master with a pair of turntables, his sets are consistently devastating, spanking dancefloors into submission worldwide. Add in a touch of HMS Bestival’s own special magic and you’re on course for some truly euphoric last night shenanigans. Not to be missed.
With Annie Mac taking the reins on Saturday showcasing a series of very special back to back rinses, and Seth Troxler large and in charge on Friday, we really could keep you dancing all weekend long. And we just might, with sets from Four Tet, Tale of Us, Guy Gerber, Jackmaster, David Rodigan MBE, Hannah Wants, Mistajam, Erol Alkan, Andrew Weatherall, Greg Wilson, Toddla T, High Contrast and London Elektricity.
We’ll also have the very welcome return of Croydon’s finest, Benga, plus Special Request, Horse Meat Disco, Monki, Mele, Wookie, Slimzee, Etherwood, Fred V & Grafix, Dynamite MC, The Heatwave, Kiwi, Low Steppa, Logan Sama, Mella Dee and Flava D.
It’s not just a dance stage, it’s a life changing experience. Make sure you get yourself to The Port this September for a blissful summer of love.
Building on their winning formula they have delivered the biggest electronic line up you’ll see this year with an array of exclusive performances to boot, 4 Friday headliners, 2 colossal outdoor stages, a 14,000 capacity mega arena never before seen at Creamfields, 22 arenas across the weekend including Cream, Size, All Gone Pete Tong, Mistajam Presents Speakerbox, Pryda, Revealed, Goodgreef and Tidy as well as introducing 7 new arena hosts including Rebel Sound, Paradise, MK Area 10, Fatboy Slim Presents Smile High Club, Armada, ANTS, Nation and Pepsi Max.
With far too many headliners to mention, we’ll let the full line up do the talking.
Tickets on sale 10am Friday 27th February 2015.
CREAMFIELDS UK 2015
FRIDAY 28th AUGUST
REBEL SOUND ARENA
– Chase & Status
– David Rodigan
– Shy FX
Sigma ft. Justyce
Dimension B2B Kove
+ More to be announced
Armin van Buuren
Kill The Buzz
The Martinez Brothers
Mark Jenkyns B2B Russ Yallop
PEPSI MAX ARENA (SILENT DISCO)
+ More to be announced
CREAM HOSPITALITY (SILENT DISCO)
Paul Nunn & James Glover
SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST
Armin van Buuren
John Dahlbäck & Albin Myers (Myback)
The Chemical Brothers
Above & Beyond
It’s about to get Tropical on the North Stage….line up to be announced!
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman
+ more to be announced
ALL GONE PETE TONG
Hot Since 82
Special Guest: Ten Walls (Live)
Maya Jane Coles
Kölsch (DJ Set)
Special Guest: Andrea Oliva
MISTAJAM PRESENTS SPEAKERBOX
Logan Sama B2B Slimzee ft. Riko, Flowdan, P Money & Stormzy