Bugged Out Weekender 2016 Review

What do you get if you throw 50 of the biggest names in house, techno, garage and grime into Butlins with thousands of other party hungry ravers from across the country that are beyond fed up of the January blues? The biggest party this side of winter, that’s what. Who ever thought up the idea of getting DJ's to play at what is usually a relaxed, child-friendly family holiday resort is, unquestionably, a genius. Because it works unbelievably well…

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After resurrecting Floorfillers Club Classics from a dusty glovebox early on during our Friday afternoon journey, it proves the perfect soundtrack to get us in the mood for a weekend at Butlins.

As soon as we've checked in we head to Spar for some essentials. Though, instead of the usual mum-friendly songs on its radio, it's a Bugged Out Weekender takeover as Skream's ‘Midnight Request Line' subtly makes itself heard. And it's not just the corner shop with an unusual soundtrack. The lifts, too, reject their usual music as Artwork preaches, "What comes up must come down" and "don't forget to eat before the pool party" as just two of the cheeky remarks to guide everyone along…

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Heading into the main pavilion we’ve no idea what to expect. Greeted by a man in full Star Wars attire, we zoom past retro arcade games to check out DJ Barely Legal's grime and bass-heavy set. Not much later and we’re running into Reds – 'the home of the Redcoats' – as B Traits drops Barnt's face-melting techno thumper, 'Chappell' … everyone’s practically forgotten we're in Butlins by now. 

Instead, we could be at any of the country's best clubs. With an unexpectedly strong sound-system, a good-sized stage, expansive dance-floor and incredibly on-point strobe lighting set up – Reds is where we spend most of our nighttimes…

Groove Armada put in a set full of euphoria, dropping 'You've Got The Love' to arms-in-the-air effect. There's almost a Bestival vibe to the night so far; one group of lads sport homemade ‘to dare is to disco’ printed t-shirts. Everyone’s just high on happiness.

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Meanwhile, in the more intimate Escape setting Erol Alkan is delivering the perfect electro set, and DJ EZ takes a packed Centre Stage crowd on a one-hour journey of past, present and future hits.

Grime, house, pop and garage – you name it EZ's playing it. From Bieber ('Where R U Now') to Stormzy ('Shut Up') to AJ Tracey ('Naila') to Chase & Status ('Hypest Hype') and even a weird-but-it-works edit of The Clash ('Should I Stay Or Should I Go?') …it's a bit like being at Oceana on a Saturday night. 

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Saturday afternoon rolls round too quickly and before we know it it's time to start drinking again – plans to explore Bognor’s beauty are fast disappearing…

Armand Van Helden, following Eats Everything’s energetic house and techno, plays a 90's throwback set – attracting one of the Weekender's biggest crowds and a whole lot of confetti. It’s all about unashamed fun as Mouse T’s ‘Horny’ is met with two guys waving their half-eaten carrot and cucumber in the air like glow-sticks. Completely ridiculous, it seems we are at Butlins after all. 

This is all going on whilst Mumdance takes a smaller but focused crowd through a hard-hittIng ear-punishing soundscape of electronic bleeps and bass in The Escape; whilst back on the Centre Stage, Skream and Jackmaster are preparing for Bigger Than JESuS with Armand and Eats, who see us through the rest of the night perfectly. 

With Jackmaster behind the decks, Skream adds a new string to his bow, acting as a sort of hype-man by coming crowd level to encourage a clap along; at Bugged Out Weekender the fun never stops…

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With it being the last day at Butlins, it’d be shameful not to check out a pool party. Inflatable’s, slides, wave machines, a lazy river, hot tub and dozens of dinghy's are just the tip of the iceberg – because it’s soundtracked by house and disco purveyors Bicep, a duo who’s 2015 was nothing short of amazing. As Sunday afternoon's go, this one takes the crown.

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Come midnight we're straight down the front for Glaswegian star-in-the-making Jasper James's brilliant house and techno set. There’s not one track that misfires throughout Jackmaster’s housemate’s 90-minute set. We even watch man on his own, at least 70-years-old, throwing some crazy shapes; whilst a group of guys physically bow down in front of Jasper.

With the whole crowd applauding and having the time of there lives, there's an energy from the constantly on-point track selection – highlights: Emmanuel Jal ‘Kuar’ (Henrik Schwarz Remix) and Lil Louis and the World ‘I Called U (The Conversation)’ – that's been, so far, unmatched…

That is the case … until The Black Madonna puts in an effortlessly show-stealing performance. Most artists would struggle to follow a great set like Jasper’s, but Marea Stamper takes the pressure completely in her stride. Having played a show in Istanbul on Friday, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect she’d be just a bit tired, but no. Contrastingly, it’s rare to see a DJ getting as involved as The Black Madonna does. She looks completely at home behind the decks, putting in the most eclectic – and easily the best – set of the weekend.

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From driving, vocal house to heavy, relentless techno, via personal highlights: Green Velvet and Harvard Bass’s sonically blinding 'Laser Beams' and Jimmy Edgar's ground-shattering 'Let Me Tell You' – The Black Madonna keeps the audience dancing like it’s their final night on earth.

It's clear from her hand claps, hair flicks and exuberant moves that she's up for a proper party. I could carry on with how great it was – especially the tribute to Bowie near the end – but The Black Madonna summed it up perfectly on Twitter: “I was maniac raving out here! … I literally don't know if I've ever danced as hard as I did on these last two shoes”. We couldn't have put it better…

Closing out Reds for another year, Bicep take the reigns for a set that ends up extended by an hour – because it was so good. Opting for Hubie Davison's brilliant 'Sanctified' to open, they don’t put a foot wrong from thereon. House music legend Kerri Chandler, meanwhile, provides the perfect send off at Centre Stage with a New York classics set full of soul and piano chords aplenty. Veering from a rapturously received ‘You’re In My System’ to ‘Lost In Music’, there’s no age limit. 

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“I’ve been raving since 1986,” explains a middle-aged man dressed in a flowing metallic cape with a neon pink flashing cupcake attached to his head. “It’s real music,” he gushes. “I do struggle to keep up these days, but I manage … somehow!” And that’s what the Bugged Out Weekender is all about. Offering fun for everyone, it doesn’t matter who you are or how old you are, when you get to Butlins all your inhibitions are forgotten. As the banner inside Reds reads …

‘IT’S JUST A BIG DISCO!’

Hideout 2015 boat party lineup announced!

Celebrating their five-year milestone in 2015, Hideout promises the party of all parties this summer topped off by the impressive boat revelry that has made it the flagship Croatian festival the world over. Other artists featuring include Chicago legend DJ Sneak, BBC Radio 1’s B-Traits, chart-topper Duke Dumont, Viva Warriors head honcho Steve Lawler and the formidable Eats Everything.

 Hosted in five monumental beachfront clubs with pool parties and a whole host of very special surprises, Hideout has firmly placed itself as Europe's most in-demand festival. Hideout runs for six days and nights, providing countless unforgettable experiences with over 150 artists showcasing the best in electronic music.
 

FULL BOAT PARTY PROGRAMME

SUNDAY

Welcome Boat – People Get Real / The Sonic Emporium / Mike Jones / Grainger       
MODA BLACK  – Jaymo & Andy George / Tom Trago    
 
MONDAY

Lobster Boy – Redlight / Mak & Pasteman 
Bondax & Friends – Bondax / Starslinger    
NoFitState  – Simon Baker / Geddes / Matthew Styles    
Dusky Presents – Dusky / Citizenn   
Kaluki –  Patrick Topping / Subb An 
Thump – Bicep / Chez Damier 
 
TUESDAY  

Street Tracks – Waze & Odyssey / Jonas Rathsman              
FRIENDS WITHIN  – Friend Within / Jax Jones      
20:20 Vision – Ejeca  / Ralph Lawson   
Temple – Route 94 / Artwork         
What Hannah Wants – Hannah Wants / My Nu Leng  
I'm A House Gangster – DJ Sneak / PBR Streetgang        

WEDNESDAY
   
B Traits and Friends – B -Traits / Isaac Tichauer
Metropolis – Wilkinson & MC AD-APT / Dimension     
Hypercolour – Huxley / Last Magpie / Ste Roberts        
Blase Boys Club – Duke Dumont / Gotsome        
SKREAMIZM – Skream / Derrick Carter    
Viva Warriors – Steve Lawler / Detlef

THURSDAY

Secondcity Invites – Secondcity / Oliver Dollar / Andrea Oliva 
Speakerbox – Sigma / Mistajam / North Base    
Monki and Friends – Monki / Mele  / MJ Cole         
Edible – Eats Everything / Jasper James
Digital Soundboy – Shy FX / Chris Lorenzo          
Eton Messy – Blonde / Eton Messy DJs

Eastern Electrics Festival reveal acts for 2015 lineup

The UK’s premier underground music event Eastern Electrics Festival is proud to reveal the first phase of headliners for 2015 along with all 8 stages that make up this epic day of electronic music and sunshine revelry. In the coming months, each stage will reveal their own specially curated line-ups in full, showcasing a selection of artists more stellar and eclectic than ever before. Bringing over 50 DJs and live acts to the majestic grounds of Hatfield House plus all the usual glittery high jinks, Eastern Electrics Festival is once again the most unmissable date in the UK festival calendar for the most adventurous and mischievous of house and techno lovers.
 
On 1st August, 2015 a sizeable chunk of house & techno’s elite will descend on Hatfield House in Hertfordshire for a hedonist day of playtime, music and dancing. As always the festival will have its own branded stage Eastern Electrics providing a focal point for the day and serving up some of the finest selectors on the global circuit.Headlining that stage this year is none other than UK homegrown superstar Jamie Jones, a regular fixture in the illustrious warehouse days of Eastern Electrics and one of the highlights of EE Festival 2012. Jamie Jones, under his varying guises of DJ, producer and label owner is a relentless talent and quite rightly one of the most successful and omnipresent artists in the business. One quarter of Hot Natured and head of the Hot Creations imprint as well as off-shoots Hot Trax and now new sister label Emerald City, Jamie Jones is the pioneering force for funk laced dance music. Joining him on the main stage is Argentinian techno artist Guti, bringing his all conquering live show to the proceedings. A fusion of techno, jazz and his latin roots, the classically trained Guti and Desolat favourite is sure to captivate the crowd.
Skreamism will be taking over the Big Top stage, showcasing a line-up of epic proportions starting with Floorplan (aka Detroit techno god Robert Hood), Hot Creations affiliate Richy Ahmed and of course, Croydon dubstep pioneer Skream, who having embarked on a love affair with house and disco is hotting up those circles with a new album in the pipeline for Crosstown Rebels and some dedicated DJ sets. Over at the Switchyard, everyone’s favourite stage, tINI and the Gang will preside with the queen herself tINI leading the pack. One of Germany’s most highly acclaimed female house and techno artists and a protege of Loco Dice and the Desolat crew, tINI is assembling a particularly special line-up for Eastern Electrics. 
 
 
Black Butter Records make their debut at the festival with their own stage, leading topping their bill with UK garage legend DJ EZ. An undisputed party starter ever since his pioneering hey day, a set from EZ generates about as much fun as is commonly decent, get ready to be taken on a nostalgia trip with some extra bang for your buck. Having seen a meteoric rise in recent years, Black Butter Records is the blueprint for future-facing pop infused dance music. Taking a mix of underground sounds and chucking in a blender with stand out vocalists and undeniably hooky cuts, Eastern Electrics is super proud to have them on board for 2015.
 
Gloria’s stage, situated on the edge of the Electric City will be helmed by Sink The Pink and XOYO and they proudly present the founding father of house music Lil’ Louis as their first headliner. A pinnacle of the Chicago scene from as young as 16 yrs old, Louis In 1977, organised the world’s first “rave” and there’s still no question of his relevance today. From his groundbreaking house records to his crazy energy behind the decks, you couldn’t be in safer hands for a rave up. To round things off in classic style, UK club institution Sankey’s will be joining with a stage headed up by another UK institution, Steve Lawler. From his highly coveted Cream residency at the age of 22 to his countless high-calibre residencies in Ibiza and around the world, Steve Lawler has been a mainstay on the scene since the dawn of the UK house explosion and will no doubt be bringing the heat to Hatfield House.

Everywhere Festival 2014 Review

Like Christmas for electronic music lovers, dollop's sold-out Everywhere Festival returned for its biggest Nottingham event, offering an eclectic range of 53 acts across six city venues.

Tourist's blend of building house beats on Together and the added soulful vocals of Lianne La Havas on Patterns drew a large crowd to Stealth early on. Later, Jamie xx-like percussion is added to the pitch-shifted vocals of Haim's The Wire.

Over in the Rescue Rooms, an increasing crowd awaits hotly-tipped producer Lxury. Playing Disclosure co-produced, J.A.W.S, the punchy synths and house beats flow before The Mechanism – Disclosure's house collaboration with Friend Within.

It's not all just bass and flashing lights, as the upstairs Red Room holds a secret cinema showing classic cult films.

Meanwhile in Stealth, American future-R&B singer, Kelela, who later joins Hudson Mohawke onstage during his set, showcases her effortless vocals which skitter over forward-thinking bassy trap beats in Bank Head and Enemy. Dressed in a black jumpsuit,she glides across the front of the stage during Floor Show and Go All Night before appreciatively thanking the crowd and ending with blog-favorite track, Cut For Me.

Back in Rescue Rooms, chilled electronica comes in the form of Bondax-esque duo, Snakehips, who impress early on with an edit of Amerie's, 2005 hit, One Thing before their own funky production, On My Own. Eponymous visuals flash throughout their breezy remix of The Weeknd's Wanderlust before the energetic trap beats of Make It.

Over in Rock City, the Skreamizm party is in full swing, with Artwork and Skream, respectively dropping techno and house tracks including a remix of Crystal Waters' classic Gypsy Woman before Skream follows with a remix of Fatboy Slim's Song For Shelter.

Meanwhile, Birmingham producer Hannah Wants bought her bassy house tracks, like, Dappy and Rudeboy, to a full Walkabout crowd.

House legend Mark Kinchen consistently impresses with a two-hour set of back-to-back remixes. He opens strongly by playing his remix of My Head Is A Jungle which is later followed by his edit of Rudimental's, Powerless, with Becky Hills' vocals tweaked to fit the house beat. Remixes of Paloma Faith and Duke Dumont follow suit, before Aluna Francis' vocals on White Noise are mixed seemlessly into his number one hit, Look Right Through.

Paul Woolford closes Rock City, taking the packed crowd on a journey of techno and piano-house, including late 5am highlight, Erotic Discourse.

With London counterpart, Elsewhere Festival, also held over the weekend, dollop's parties are continuing to attract the biggest names in the world of electronic music.

A series of ten events marking dollop's tenth birthday are currently taking place.

As seen originally online on the Nottingham Post website:
http://www.nottinghampost.com/Review-Festival-Rock-City-Rescue-Rooms-Stealth/story-21059001-detail/story.html

Full lineup announced for Nottingham’s Everywhere Festival

After selling out their inaugural event last year, dollop return with EVERYWHERE once again, taking place across a multitude of Nottingham's best venues on May 4th. Everywhere’s sister event in London (ELSEWHERE) takes place in various Hackney venues on May 2nd – May 3rd.

As with parent night dollop, EVERYWHERE's commitment to showcasing the upper ranks of cutting-edge club music holds firm. In amongst the currently announced acts, some names stand out as legitimate crossover acts: mainstream infiltrators and some of the most in-demand DJs working today.

Amongst them, 90s house kingpin and recent claimant of a first UK no.1 single MK will be making a very welcome trip back to the city he played twice last year: once as a special EVERYWHERE 001 guest, and again as a dollop headliner. Marc Kinchen will be joined by another unlikely chart topper in the form of 21-year-old Route 94, a producer sure to bring his love to EVERYWHERE this year. Dubstep-gone-disco wildchild Skream – arguably Croydon's finest export since Kate Moss – returns to Nottingham after a triumphant set ringing in 2014 at dollop's New Year's Eve spectacular; Artwork, his partner in festival conquering supergroup Magnetic Man, joins us for the ride too.

Hudson Mohawke first started playing for dollop back in 2010 – since then the eclectic Scot has ascended to the peak of the US hip-hop game, working closely with the likes of superstars Kanye West, Daft Punk and R.Kelly; he touches down at EVERYWHERE in advance of a feverishly-anticipated new album. Mike Skinner is yet another global superstar on the lineup, having performed Nottingham multiple times as millions-selling, Brit-winning, 00s-defining project The Streets – here he plays a rare DJ set, sure to showcase the classic UK Garage sound upon which he built his legacy.

A glut of similarly respected veterans give EVERYWHERE an unmatched authority when it comes to familiar faces of underground electronic music. Paul Woolford's run of tech house releases over the past decade marked him as an under-the-radar favourite, but 2013 proved a long-awaited breakout year: "Untitled" ran out song of the summer, and his breakbeat dalliances as Special Request kickstarted the jungle revival. Multiple dollop headliner Scuba's legacy is equally assured: first instrumental in forging middle-ground between London dubstep and Berlin techno, his decision to explore brighter house music brought a flash flood of colour back to dancefloors, pushing the Hotflush head honcho onto peak-time festival slots the world over. Enigmatic producers Floating Points and Leon Vynehall make their EVERYWHERE debuts; both will bring record bags stuffed with dusty soul, rare disco and leftfield house.

dollop's resolute dedication to showcasing upcoming talent is in full effect at EVERYWHERE 002, where the cream of the (bubbling) crop are due to play: Bass-heavy club champions Paleman and Mak & Pasteman will join up with the daddy Loefah, founder of scene-defining labels DMZ, Swamp 81, School, and a dollop mainstay. 2013's EVERYWHERE headliners Disclosure will be pitching in from the periphery this year, given that stars-in-waiting Tourist and Lxury are stablemates on the brothers' Method label. A whole glut more of dancefloor-focused house talents pad out the bill: wAFFRichy AhmedHannah WantsKarma KidIsaac Tichauer and many, many more. It makes for a faintly dizzying read; and, come Sunday May 4th in Nottingham, will make for a thoroughly head-spinning run of DJ sets at the second EVERYWHERE Festival.

 

Skreamizm comes to Bestival

Skream says: "I’m extremely proud/excited/over the moon to be able to say I'm hosting a tent at Bestival this year! I’ve been playing at Bestival for the last 4/5 years (I think), and to be able to say I took Skreamizm there, I'll die a happy man!"

Taking it back to the source, Skreamizm is all about ace tunes on fat soundsystems, like it should be. Bringing the unmistakably ecstatic vibes of funky little sweatboxes where the real action is, we’re over the moon that Skreamizm is coming to blow away Bollywood at Bestival on Friday 5th September. Blazing his own trail, Skream, AKA Oliver Jones’, recent Rollercoaster joint smashed disco into the future, so it’s more than fitting that he will be adding his own inimitable style to our Desert Island Disco.

Also adding his not inconsiderable presence to Skreamizm at Bestival is Chicago house leviathan Derrick Carter! Quite simply one of the greats, Derrick Carter’s sets are as edifying as they are electrifying, taking in underground house, soul, jazz and, of course, disco. His own ‘Derrick Carter Does Disco’ sessions have had dancefloor aficionados and those in the know begging for more,  so this rare treat, as Derrick joins Skreamizm to dig deep into his crate of disco classics, makes it a total honour for us to welcome him back to Bestival. 

Completing the Skreamizm line-up at Bestival will be current UK singles chart number 1, Route94 who has long enjoyed support from Skream, and knows his way around a massive banger or two and long-time Bestival party favourites Horse Meat Disco who will pump pure joy out of the soundsystem and into your bones.

deadmau5, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Avicii lead Creamfields 2014 lineup!

We have the complete Creamfields 2014 lineup here which features headliners, Avicii, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, deadmau5 and many many more!

Its the who's who of electronic dance music that will perform in the fields of Daresbury in Cheshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend, joing the above headliners will be the likes of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, Dirty South, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond, Duke Dumont, Booka Shade, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz and many many more, see the complete lineup below!

Headlining Saturdays South Stage is Avicii, this Swedish born DJ/Producer has raised the bar with his epic live shows over the last 12 months following his sell out ‘True’ tour, in addition his studio skills have turned this 24 year old into a household name and one of the world’s most in demand producers, following the release of his track ‘Wake Me Up’ which topped the charts in 22 countries and was the 2nd most streamed song in the world on Spotify last year.  Over on the North Stage we welcome Canadian born electro pioneer deadmau5, this dance music phenomenon has gone from an emerging underground talent to an internationally recognised superstar in but a few years, with a penchant for headgear and famous for global hits including ‘Ghosts n Stuff’ and ‘I Remember’, expect a mesmerising performance of some classic deadmau5 and music from his soon to be released new album.

Proceedings continue on Sunday with an unmissable performance from chart topper Calvin Harris.  The Grammy award winner and multi-talented DJ, producer, singer, songwriter returns to headline the North Stage. Whilst over on the South Stage we welcome back Creamfields favourite Tiësto, always a guaranteed crowd pleaser with his renowned productions and stage show, expect an all new feast for the senses this year.  

The Swedish flag continues to fly high at Creamfields this year, first up we have ‘Departures’ from Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso who will be unveiling their brand new arena at this year's Creamfields, playing back to back to finish the summer in style. They will be joined by the likes of Alesso, Dirty South, Otto Knows and Oliver Heldens. Departures was born last summer on the White Isle at Ushuaia Ibiza where Axwell and Ingrosso played to sold out crowds every Wednesday at the infamous poolside venue. This year they touch down on UK soil to play a staggering 10 thousand capacity, 360 production tent taking over Sunday at Creamfields.  Next up we haveSteve Angello who returns on Saturday with his Size Matters Arena bringing with him an array of talent from the Size stable including AN21, Max Vangeli, Third Party, Tim Mason Qulinez, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman.  Renowned for their unique and visually creative performances these guys have gone down in dance music history and we can expect the same high level of production and SFX to be unveiled across these arenas this summer.

A key part of Creamfields success is keeping the format fresh, and this year is no different with the introduction of 5 new arenas, as well as Departures on the Sunday, we are pleased to announce that the flag bearer of the trance movement Armin van Buuren will be debuting his own arena ‘A State Of Trance’, joining this Grammy nominated dutchman will be Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate, Andrew RayelØrjan Nilsen, Jochen Miller and Marlo to name a few.   Another new arena unveiled on Saturday is ‘Revealed’ hosted by Hardwell who will be performing exclusively for Creamfields this year, this will be the first of 2 performances across the weekend.   Over the last decade Hardwell has risen up the ranks to be crowned the world’s #1 DJ in the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 poll, cementing his position as the electronic scenes newest superstar DJ and becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted award, he will be joined by friends W&WDyro, Dannic, Deorro, Sick Individuals, Jordy Dazz andThomas Newsom to name a few.

Everyone’s favourite Clubbing bible Mixmag return once again as hosts across the weekend, Sunday’s all new Mixmag Presents arena will bring performances from trio Above & Beyond, Duke Dumont, Booka Shade (DJ Set), James Zabiela, Tenshake, Andrew Bayer plus special guest Redlight and Saturday they’ll be playing host to the Residents featuring performances from the unsung heroes of dance including Andy Mac, Alan Hartley, Jemmy, Sean Hughes, James Dutton,  Paul Nunn andJames Glover to name a few.

Another new addition to this year’s roster of new arenas and debuting their first soiree out of the capital is London Warehouse Events aka LWE who for the last few years have been making waves across the London clubbing scene with their forward thinking events, bespoke production and diverse line ups, representing them will be Seth Troxler, Adam Beyer, Better Lost Than Stupid aka Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann, the Martinez Brothers and Magda whose ethos of avoiding all of the rules has enabled her to create a niche sound. 

Joining Avicii and completing Saturday’s line up on the South Stage will be a UK festival exclusive from Grammy award winning DJ/Producer Afrojack, an iconic name in electronic dance music whose become an outdoor stage regular of recent years, future hero Martin Garrix whose 2013 breakout international single ‘Animals’ climbed to the #1 spot on Beatport and impressively held the spot for four weeksalong with Cazzette, Rebecca & Fiona and Syn Cole.   Whilst joining deadmau5 and completing the line up over on the North Stage will be Steve Aoki whose acrobatic crowd surfing stunts and debauchery add to the party atmosphere (prepare to be caked!), Showtekwhose electrifying performances and unique sound has turned these brothers into an act producers far and wide want to work with, BBC Radio 1 supremo Zane Lowe, GTA and Gareth Wyn.

Completing Sunday’s North stage line up and joining Calvin Harris will be everyone’s favourite party DJ Fatboy Slim returning to Creamfields after a 5 year hiatus no doubt with a bucket load of bells and whistles, he’ll be joined by Belgian duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike who undoubtedly delivered one of last year’s stand out performances.  Whether its wreaking havoc across the globe, showering fans with seemingly endless bottles of champagne, or ripping up the music charts with immense original tracks, unbelievable collaborations and huge remix cuts from the A-list elite, this duo have become one of the leading lights in the new wave of international dance music currently taking the planet by storm and bringing some much needed girlie glamour to the stage Nervo

Joining Tiësto on Sunday’s South Stage is the world’s #1 DJ Hardwell for his second performance of the weekend, Danny Avila, Moti plus Grammy and VMA nominated producer Tommy Trash, now a Creamfields regular and with Platinum records around the world, singles on labels ranging from Axtone to Fools Gold, from Refune to Mau5trap, every new instalment of his diverse floor filling productions lay testament to the pride this Aussie takes in his blazing musical legacy.

Eric Prydz returns on Saturday with his Pryda arena with a contingent of friends to complete what will be one of the most eclectic arenas on site this year, which includesMaceo Plex, Scuba, George Fitzgerald, Jeremy Olander and Fehrplay who will be performing back to back plus special guest Maya Jane Coles.  Queen of the airwaves Annie Mac is back with her arena jam packed full of acts that are guaranteed to get you rocking including Skream, Breach which is the alter ego of Ben Westbeech, Paul Woolford, Route 94, Friend Within, Karma Kid and Monki.  Whilst King of the airwaves Pete Tong returns with a cutting edge line-up that includesSasha, Joris Voorn, Claude von Stroke, Hot Since 82, Justin Martin, Jaymo & Andy George.

Other highlights across the weekend include the colossal Cream Arena which returns in all its glory with a back by demand line up of dance music stalwarts including Cream Ibiza resident Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, John O’Callaghan, Rob Harnetty plus special guest Paul Oakenfold.  Dust off them superhero outfits because Laidback Luke’s Super You&Me Arena is back with performances from Dirty Dutch sound pioneer and double MOBO award winner Chuckie, DVBBS, Blasterjaxx, D.O.D and a debut performance from rising stars Ibranovski & Badd Dimes + more to be added.  

Always at the forefront of fresh new music BBC Radio 1’s Mistajam is back with his Speakerbox Imprint featuring an eclectic mix of music including a debut performance from arena headliners Gorgon City, expect heavy hip swinging rhythms and butt-shaking bass for a set celebrating the very best aspects of the mid-tempo melting pot that makes girls wriggle and boys giggle, joining the party will be MK, Jaguar Skills, Shy FX, a performance from one of the original pioneers of the UK’s garage movement which has seen a huge revival in recent years DJ EZ feat. Majestic , Wilkinson, B.Traits and All About She + more.

For those who like worshipping at the alter of Hard dance, then Goodgreef Xtra Hard will be your church with performances from Kutski, the Tidy Boys who will be delivering a classic set celebrating 15 years of Hard House along with Alex Kidd, Andy Whitby, Steve Hill, Mark EG vs Proteus and Cally Gage to name a few. 

Disco Kings Hed Kandi are back as Hospitality arena hosts which will put a smile on the faces of all those who prefer a more luxurious festival experience, so get your hands in the air and get your souls fired up for the mother of all VIP parties!

As if all of this isn’t enough to get you salivating we’ve yet to reveal the Friday night line up which will be coming soon, however, we can tell you that as well as the world’s biggest silent disco returning on the Friday night which sets the fun factor level for the weekend, this year will also be the first year Friday night will have audible arenas – Boom!

SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST

SOUTH STAGE

Avicii

Afrojack

Martin Garrix

Cazzette

Rebecca & Fiona

Syn Cole

 

NORTH STAGE

deadmau5

Steve Aoki

Showtek

Zane Lowe

GTA

Gareth Wyn

 

A STATE OF TRANCE

Armin van Buuren

Aly & Fila

Cosmic Gate

Andrew Rayel

Ørjan Nilsen

Andrew Rayel

Jochen Miller

Marlo

David Gravell

Ruben de Ronde

 

SIZE MATTERS

Steve Angello

AN21

Max Vangeli

Third Party

Tim Mason

Qulinez

Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman

 

REVEALED ARENA

Hardwell

W&W

Dyro

Dannic

Deorro

Sick Individuals

Jordy Dazz

Thomas Newson

Julian Calor

Kill the Buzz

JoeySuki

Futuristic Polar Bears

Matt Nash & Dave Silcox

 

PRYDA

Eric Prydz

Maceo Plex

Scuba

George Fitzgerald

Jeremy Olander &

Fehrplay (B2B)

Special Guest: Maya Jane Coles

 

AMP ARENA

Annie Mac

Skream

Breach

Paul Woolford

Route 94

Friend Within

Karma Kid

Monki

+ more

 

ALL GONE PETE TONG

Pete Tong

Sasha

Joris Voorn

Claude von Stroke

Hot Since 82

Justin Martin

Jaymo & Andy George

+ more

 

MIXMAG PRESENTS THE RESIDENTS

Andy Mac

Alan Hartley

Jemmy

Sean Hughes

James Dutton

Paul Nunn

James Glover

Ed Mackie

Sam Rice

Paul Dolphin

LilRockit

 

HED KANDI HOSPITALITY

Phil Faversham

DJ Eibhlin

Sam Cannon

Phoebe D’Abo

Dean Oram (On percussion)

Tom Lormor (On sax)

 

SUNDAY 24th AUGUST

NORTH STAGE

Calvin Harris

Fatboy Slim

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Nervo

+ more

 

SOUTH STAGE

Tiësto

Hardwell

Tommy Trash

Danny Avila

Moti 

+ more

 

DEPARTURES

Axwell Λ Ingrosso

Alesso

Dirty South

Otto Knows

Oliver Heldens

+ more

 

MIXMAG PRESENTS

Above & Beyond

Duke Dumont

Booka Shade (DJ Set)

James Zabiela

Tensnake

Andrew Bayer

Special Guest: Redlight

 

CREAM ARENA

Paul van Dyk

Ferry Corsten

Markus Schulz

John O’Callaghan

Venom One

Rob Harnetty

Special Guest:  Paul Oakenfold

 

SUPER YOU&ME

Laidback Luke

Chuckie

DVBBS

Blasterjaxx

D.O.D

Ibranovski & Badd Dimes

+ more

 

LWE ARENA

Seth Troxler

Adam Beyer

Better Lost Than Stupid

–       Martin Buttrich

–       Davide Squillace

–       Mathias Tanzmann

The Martinez Brothers

Magda

+ More

 

MISTAJAM PRESENTS SPEAKERBOX

Gorgon City

MK

MistaJam

Jaguar Skills

Shy FX

DJ EZ featuring Majestic

Wilkinson

B Traits (MC Juma)

All About She

+ more

 

GOODGREEF XTRA HARD

Kutski

Tidy Boys (15 years of Hard House Set)

Alex Kidd

Andy Whitby (B2B)

Steve Hill

Mark EG vs Proteus

Cally Gage

Danny Williamson

Shaun T

Phil Mackintosh

 

HED KANDI HOSPITALITY

Carl Hanaghan

Lucy Stone

Dan Van

Sarah Louise

Dean Oram (On percussion)

Tom Lormor (On sax)

 

Alesso, Maceo Plex, Netsky, Skream and more added to SW4 2014 lineup

South West Four continue to announce acts to its 2014 lineup and today Alesso, Maceo Plex, Marco Carola, MK, Netsky and Skream all join the previously announced Above & Beyond, Jamie Jones, Sasha and more!

JUST ADDED TO SW4 SATURDAY…

ALESSO
“London get ready! See you at SW4” Alesso

After honing his skills alongside the Swedish House MafiaAlesso’s catalogue of Beatport #1’s include ‘If I Lose My Mind’‘Years’ and last year’scollaboration with Calvin Harris ‘Under Control’. These productions led to a string of headline performances in 2013 including Ultra,Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival to name a few. Inevitably with any act of his stature, Alesso has also firmly marked his Ibizan territoryafter stunning crowds at Amnesia and Ushuaia. Add to this his Uprising World Tour which witnessed all tickets to London’s O2 Brixton Academysell out in a matter of hours and Alesso’s ability and extreme popularity is there for the world to see. SW4 get ready to raise your hands as we welcome Alesso for the very first time in his only London festival performance this year…

JUST ADDED TO SW4 SUNDAY…

MACEO PLEX · MARCO CAROLA

MK · NETSKY LIVE · SKREAM

Seduced by the sounds of underground house and technoMaceo Plex has evolved into one of the most technically gifted artists on the planet today. His beautifully crafted yet punchy productions are instantly recognisable and can be found on the world’s leading imprints includingCrosstown Rebels, Cocoon and his own Ellum Audio. Having been responsible for many of Ibiza’s greatest highlights last season with performances at Circoloco, Enter and Amnesia’s Opening and Closing parties, Maceo’s demand has been hightened further recently with stellar performancesfor Cocorico, BPM, Holy Ship and Stereosonic. Following his sold out warehouse show last weekend at Factory7, SW4 will welcome Maceo Plexfor the very first time in his only London festival performance of 2014.

Marco Carolaglobal ambassador of techno and one of the most talented DJs to have ever walked the Earth. After last week’s spectacular performances as part of the Music On Weekender at Electric Brixton, Marco joins us for his final London appearance of 2014. His debut at SW4last year proved to be one of the most magical moments of our 10th Anniversary, with his mindblowing set responsible for causing near apocolyptic scenesLondon has been crying out for another summer appearance from the Italian master and we are delighted that SW4 is his festival of choice. Marco arrives on Clapham Common from his epic residency at Amnesia Ibiza, which in recent months has also taken New York and Miami by storm. Prepare to be mesmerised by this techno tour de force as Marco treats South West Four to his exquisite beats.

Another act making his long awaited SW4 debut in 2014 is undeniably the hottest property in house music right now; Marc Kinchen aka MK. Having been responsible for creating some of the defining sounds and biggest house tracks in the 1990’s, including ‘Burning’ and his pioneering remix of Nightcrawler's 'Push The Feeling On', MK took a break from dance music until 2011 when he remerged more prolific than before. Through his timeless productionsMK’s  renasissance has infuenced a new generation of fans resulting in his sound becoming more dominant today than it ever has been. After releasing ‘MK In The House’ for Defected in 2013, it was clear that MK was back to his very best, with his remix of Storm Queen’s #1 single ‘Look Right Through’ becoming the pivotal track. Further remixes of Disclosure, London Grammar, Hot Natured, Haim andPaloma Faith are additional evidence of his huge demand and with world domination on the cards in 2014, we cannot wait to welcome the Area 10boss for a house music masterclass

Playing South West Four for the very first time, we bring you Belguim’s premium drum & bass export for a London festival exclusive. Boasting an array of drumssynthskeys and live vocalistsNetsky is widely considered as one of electronic musics most exciting live prospects. Signed toleading imprint Hospital Records, his productions are self-influenced and demonstrate a significant amount of creative flair accompanied by avariety of heavy and dark edges. After unveiling his astounding live show at Brixton’s O2 Academy back in 2012, we have fought ever since to bring him to SW4. Often found touring his signature sound across AustraliaUSA and Canada in recent months, this rare live London peformance isguaranteed to go down in SW4 history.

Having performed regularly at South West Four over the years as both Magnetic Man and back-to-back with Benga2014 will witness Skream arrive onClapham Common to showcase his new sound. Since repositioning himself as a house and disco DJ, the dubstep architect has been universally welcomed into the 4X4 scene with open arms. Heavy support from Eats EverythingClaude von StrokeJustin Martin, and Pete Tong in addition toregular appearences at Bugged OutHoly ShipThe Warehouse Project and Fabric have enabled the Skreamizm boss to successfully showcase this new chapter in an already heavily decorated career‘Rollercoaster’ is the latest sudio effort from the South London producer and explores the much lighter, disco-edged sound he has since become associated with. With new material set for release before the summer, the BBC Radio 1 Friday night host is sure to provide us with another unforgettable performance.

Jurassic 5, Bat For Lashes and more set for Sónar by Night line-up

On the same stage the night before, Friday 14th, Bat For Lashes will be the first to perform with their epic contemporary pop.

Bat for Lashes

=The SonarCar stage will present the showcases of the most important european labels and platforms on the current electronic dance scene: 50Weapons (Anstam, Benjamin Damage, Phon.o, Bambounou), Rush Hour (San Proper, Antal), Radio 2 / Life and Death (Clockwork, Vaal), Classicworks (Nehuen, Cardopusher) y Suara (Coyu, Edu Imbernón).

At the same time, SonarSound Tokyo also gets more artists added to it's line-up, among them are Alec Empire and Pinch, as well as new representatives from the Japanese scene.

Sonar by Night adds more new names to its program, in addition to those already announced: Kraftwerk (3D show)Pet Shop Boys,DiploRaimeMajor LazerDerrick MayMaceo PlexSkrillex,BaauerNicolas JaarDarkstarSoulwaxTwo Door CinemaClubSeth TroxlerKarennDeloreanLaurent Garnier andPaul Kalkbrenner, among many others.

With more artists still to be confirmed, here are the latest additions:

Jurassic 5 (US)
Bat For Lashes (UK)
Skream (UK)
Luciano (CH)
Alizzz (ES)
Thug Ladies (ES)
Kimerly & Clark (ES)
Alvin Risk (US)
50Weapons presents:
Anstam (DE)
Phon.o (DE)
Benjamin Damage (UK)
Bambonou (FR)
Rush Hour presenta:
San Proper (NL)
Antal (NL)
Radio2 Inthemix presents Life and Death
Clockwork feat. Avatism (IT)
Vaal (IT)
Suara presents: 
Coyu (ES)
Edu Imbernon (ES)
Classicworks presenta: 
Nehuen b2b Cardopusher (ES)

Jurassic 5 are undoubtedly one of the most important groups in recent hip hop history. The Los Angeles band reunite this year, six years after their last album and is guaranteed to be a triumphant return to the stage of all its original members who will experience Sonar by Night. DJ Nu-Mark, Cut Chemist, Chali 2Na and company are undisputed masters in the art of beats and rhymes whose countless hits are already part of the collective memory in lovers of the genre and indeed music fans in general. What a treat…

Bat For Lashes, the project by the charismatic Natasha Khan, a British singer-songwriter (with Pakistani origin) of enormous talent, and one of the most interesting voices on the international scene. Khan will present her most recent praised work “The Haunting Man”, a formidable collection of contemporary synth pop at what will be her very first Sonar performance.

Beyond being one of the pillars of dubstep, Skream has now become a more mature musician and dj, capable of mixing (like few others), all genres of today’s dance music with a master’s touch. His session at SonarPub on Saturday falls between two heavyweights Justice and Laurent Garnier, where he is sure to surprise more than a few. 

Luciano has had an extensive career in some of the worlds best dj booths, demonstrating his versatility, with a style that in recent years has moved between minimal techno and percussive house. He is therefore the perfect man to close Saturday night at SonarClub.

Meanwhile, young Alvin Risk will show us his skills on the decks, which have earned him the right to include himself as part of the new breed of young producers and djs in American electronica. Not surprisingly, he will play just ahead of the Skrillex performance, the most visible face of the new revolution on U.S. dancefloors.

Also joining the Sonar Night, national maximalist and synthesizer magician Alizzz, the versatile and audacious Thug Ladies djs, as well as Barcelona dj duo Kimberly & Clarke, with a moombathon session.

The Sónar Pass, the 2-Night Ticket, the individual tickets for Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, and the professional accreditation are now ALL on sale via www.sonar.es.

Today’s Top Rated European dance music labels at SonarCar

SonarCar, the bumper cars stage, returns to Sónar by Night as a meeting point with a reputation to surprise. It will showcase some of the most important labels and major European collectives in the current landscape of electronic dance.

50Weapons, Modeselektor’s label, has demonstrated a finely tuned taste in the selection of its catalogue. It’s showcase presents four of their latest signings: young Welshman Benjamin Damage, veterans Anstam y Phon.o, and one of the most promising artists in French electronica, Bambonou.

Rush Hour is synonymous with work of the highest quality. Number one record store and distributor, for several years it has been one of the most reliable operations on the continent. The Dutch brand will present San Proper ‘live’ and a session by one of its founders,dj Antal.

The musical programming of Italian public broadcaster Radio 2advocates the modern and daring, as the sound of the Life and Death label output who will present two of their most prominent artists at Sonar by Night: Clockwork feat. Atavism and Vaal.

Based in Barcelona, Suara have earned their reputation across the continent among lovers of quality techno dance music, resulting in some their most important flag bearers like Coyu (founder) or Edu Imbernon continuously playing on both sides of the Atlantic.

Finally, Nehuen and Cardopusher have been chosen to close Saturday night at SonarCar. Two lovers of old drum machines; they are responsible for a new national movement of house and techno with the Classicworks analog flavor. Sonar visit Japan from 5th – 8th April: The 6th and 7th being the 6th edition of SonarSound Tokyo, with the 5th and 8th of the same month being held as the 1st edition of A Taste of Sónar Osaka.

The festival in the Japanese capital also includes new names; among those who standout are Alec Empire (powerful musician and noise lover and founder of the legendary Atari Teenage Riot) and British DJ and producer Pinch (influential cornerstone of dubstep and its derivatives from his Tectonic label). 

Also, the festival adds new and relevant representatives from the Japanese scene, such as agraphDJ NobuMadeggSoichiro Tonaka and nisennenmondai.