Whilst many of the big festivals were coping with mud over the weekend we were thankful that our Brummie feet were firmly on solid ground as we arrived for MADE. With a line up that boasts heavyweight names such as MK, Heidi, Claude Von Stroke, Julio Bashmore and David Rodigan, as well as prominent local acts Tom Shorterz and Adam Shelton, there was plenty for everyone in this urban playground.
MADE is a mini Metropolitan festival that brought ravers from all corners into the heart of Birmingham city. Now in its second year, the site had been expanded to include six stages set across the Digbeth triangle and the Rainbow complex. In keeping with the creative melting pot of the area, that ethos was very much evident in the site production from the epic wall mural by Newso & Gent48, live graffiti art and illustrative signage.
First up was veteran DJ and reggae selector David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan on the Heavyweight Bass Champion stage, a boxing ring with caliber of booming bass and DnB acts to match. 40 years in the business and David still knows how to rock a crowd. He invited all the ‘young tongue shooters to take a trip to Jamaica’ with him as he spun tunes from reggae, dance hall and DnB. He bounced around with the energy of a teenager, puffing out his chest and rewinding the decks, it was a pure joy to watch.
Next up was Norman Jay MBE playing from a fire exit high above the car park. The Bloc Party stage set up wasn’t a massive success and it was a shame to see Normal play to smaller numbers than expected. The VIP terrace above the Warehouse offered the best views over the main stage and revellers danced with the inflatables in the hazy afternoon sun. We stopped for some much needed respite with a delicious gourmet pizza from Baked-in Brick.
Back on the Heavyweight stage was beat-box extraordinaire Beardyman and friends for the ‘Bass Battle Off’. DJs Pete Graham, Marc Spence and Santero went back to back with only 7 minutes to impress the audience. We darted round the site, catching glimpses of sets from Korupt FM, Stanton Warriors, and Blonde who performed live as confetti cannons launched multi coloured flakes into the sky of the main arena. Julio Bashmore and Dusky were the stars of the Underground stage as they played to hyped punters in dark sweat-box of a room.
A packed out crowed gathered at the main stage anticipation for the headline act. It seemed as if most people had come to see MK (Marc Kinchen) as the other stages emptied out. As his first record dropped confetti cannons boomed, followed by smoke jets and fire streams lighting up the crowd. His set was bursting with techno and club classics including remixes of Rudimental’s ‘Powerless’, Bakermat’s ‘Teach me’, Dumont’s ‘The giver’ to the crowd pleasing anthemic sing-a-long moment ‘My head is a jungle’. MK dived into the crowd at the end of his set and was hoisted up on to shoulders for the fireworks finale whilst Low steppa took up the mantle.
We caught up with Pete Jordan festival organiser about the challenges of delivering 11,000 capacity inner-city festival. “Digbeth is a unbelievable place and we had the opportunity to go bigger. We have had a phenomenal amount of support from the council, police and emergency services.”
“Having the indoor and outdoor spaces created a different vibe and we tried to put a bit of personality into each individual stage. Delivering bass music in a conceptual form such as a boxing ring makes people experience the music in different way. To see some of these stages really come off makes me really proud.”
It was clear the festival was a big hit with the punters too. Carly Banks from Staffs said “I have literally had the best day/night of my life!!! so unexpected and so worth it!!!!!”
Despite the terrible weather on Sunday they still had good numbers through the door for Made by Day. The organisers worked quickly to relocate as much of it indoors at the rainbow complex. There was a great selection of food available from gourmet burgers, pizzas, Caribbean, North African, Thai from Digbeth Dining Club regulars, as well as comedy, music and retro gaming from Dead Pixels.
Made my day was a great success and provided thousands with the best in bass and dance to party through day and night. We’re already looking forward to what 2016 has to offer.
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In December 2013, one company put their heads together to do the unimaginable; to devise and execute a large-scale electronic music festival – bringing together music lovers from every continent, across all walks of life – in just three short weeks. From creation to conception, Vh1 Supersonic achieved what for many takes years of planning and production, in just 21 days. Thousands of music-lovers saw their dreams realized on Goa’s iconic shores and now, on the 27, 28, 29 and 30 December 2014, Vh1 Supersonic are inviting fans to join together once again for four sun-drenched days of pure hedonism and the biggest end of year party India has to offer.
For me, VH1 Supersonic is more than just a music festival. It celebrates the essence of celebrating music together beyond language. When we initiated the planning for this year, we were ruthlessly honest about what went right and what went wrong last year. What we realized is that Indian audiences are yearning for an authentic music festival experience and our positioning as a festival full of vibe fits the bill perfectly. To add to this vibe, we will be featuring an array of leading international performers as well as a strong presence of Indian talent across the festival. With all of this coming together on the pristine beaches of Candolim, Goa, we are sure that the Indian festival goer is in for a treat come December.
Since the initial announcement back in February that DREAMSCAPE would be reuniting for its 25th birthday celebrations, the fans have been on tenterhooks, eagerly awaiting the announcement of the full line up and main stage acts.
ESP Promotions supremo Jim Tang has not disappointed the fans with a main stage boasting world famous acts and ravers favourites such as: Grandmaster Flash, Goldie, Shades of Rhythm, Stanton Warriors, Baby D, Alison Limerick and SL2 and Clarkee.
"Since finding out that we had The National Bowl back in mid February it has been all systems go! Not only will this be the best dance music event this year in the UK, it will have been delivered in the shortest time in history I should think!" Laughs Jim Tang. We were inundated by DJ's and Soundsystems all wanting to play at The Reunion and have over 200 performers now. We have been holding out on the main stage announcements until we knew for certain that we had the right line up to send our Old Skool fans mental on August 16th."
And the announcement has not disappointed. Since the news was leaked today the fans have been going nuts and ticket sales have seen a distinct upturn. This was certainly the news everyone has been waiting for.
"Bringing together the very best in the UK Dance Music Scene such as Whizz Kid, Accelerated Culture, Sidewinder, Dreamscape and Ultra Vegas with Datatransmission under the ESP Promotions umbrella has paid off big time. To say we are looking forward to the event in August is somewhat of an understatement." says Jim.
Jim Tang's brand ESP Promotions has been at the very core of the British underground rave scene since day one.
"ESP Promotions were always the pioneers of the scene and we are resetting the standard of the UK Dance Scene once again with Dreamscape, The Reunion. We know that this is just the start of things to come. Those of us that were there the first time around have never forgotten just how fantastic those days were and how legendary the raves were. This will be a nostalgia trip for the Old Skool and a new experience unlike any they have ever known for the younger generation."
"I am delighted that we have managed to put together a lineup of such relevant, brilliant and legendary headliners that will just make everyone’s day perfect. This will be one summer that we will never forget." Concludes Jim.
Stanton Warriors are the first official act announced for Glastonbury after they announced it on their facebook page earlier this week!
It will be a 10th anniversary for the DJ duo at the 2014 installment of Glastonbury which sold 120,000 tickets out in a record 87 minutes!
Michael Eavis has confirmed that all three headliners have been booked for Glasto 2014 but has yet to reveal who they are.
Organisers have announced Audio Doughnuts, London Based Club Night, Record Label and Music Agency, to take over the Temple of Boom on Sunday 14th July, bringing Melé, Dark Sky and Pusherman to LeeFest in South East London this July.
They will be joining Stanton Warriors and No Artificial Colours on the dance section of the line up, as well as the Noisettes and Delphic who are set to headline the intimate 2500 capacity festival this year.
Artists also released today to play the Temple of Boom stage include Jesse James (Connected, London Club Brand), Rattus Rattus (Urban Nerds), Sai (Sai’s House Party) and rising stars I Killed Kenny among many others.
The following acts are also set to appear across the festival’s four stages: The Other Tribe, Stanton Warriors, Man Like Me, Public Service Broadcasting, Lulu James, Fiction, Stealing Sheep & To Kill A King.
The homegrown festival, run by Lee Denny and a team of young volunteers, was rebelliously founded in his back garden in Bromley, Kent in 2006 whilst his parents were away on holiday.
Named 2012’s “Best Independent Festival” by the Association of Independent Music, the festival has recently grabbed headlines for taking the extraordinary step of allowing fans to join its board of creative directors. By raising money through crowd funding website Kickstarter, the LeeFest organisers plan to double the size of the event whilst safeguarding the festival’s non-profit status.
The full list of artists announced so far is here: http://www.leefest.org.uk/lineup
ELECTRIC CASTLE represents an idea, concept and event created and planned by BOILER EVENTS, the artistic force behind Boiler Club – Cluj-Napoca’s clubbing scene breakthrough. Boiler is an unconventional place in an unconventional setting, a storage tank for creative music and artists. Placed in the former water injection room in the actual basement of The Paintbrush Factory/Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Boiler is well integrated in a cultural and nonconformist landscape.
Alongside BOOHA.RO, BOOHA COLLEGE, BOOHA BAR, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE we will make sure that this innovative music festival will shake up the way people interact with music.
Outside of Cluj-Napoca, the biggest castle in Transylvania. Formerly known as the Transylvanian Versailles, the Bánffy castle of Bontida is one of the most beautiful historic buildings in the Carpathian basin.
24 acres, 6 buildings: castle, stables, chapel, flour mill;
hundreds of years filled with history: former aristocratic residence, military hospital, drivers’ school, C.A.P. (Agricultural Production Cooperative), children hospital, historical monument, under the Royal House’s auspice.
PENDULUM DJ SET feat. MC VERSE (LIVE)
DUB PISTOLS (LIVE)
A-SKILLZ vs. KRAFTY KUTS
GLADESTAGE LATEST ADDITIONS
EXCLUSIVE UK FESTIVAL APPEARANCE from PLANTAGE 13:
STEPHAN BODZIN,OLIVER HUNTEMANN
STANTON WARRIORS, SYSTEM 7 (Live),
THE CORRESPONDENTS (Live), LEWAH
Glade continues it mission to show the UK’s dance music festival scene how it’s done. Following our first line up announcement two weeks ago, we’re proud to give you a second wave of headliners for the main stage at this summer’s event. If you love experiencing some of the most upfront and exciting electronic music around in a glorious countryside setting, this 4-day event is a REAL festival for serious music lovers. Having blazed the trail for non-commercial dance music events since 2004, Glade is back and you’d better be ready.
EXCLUSIVE UK FESTIVAL APPEARANCE:
STEPHAN BODZIN & OLIVER HUNTEMANN
Stephan Bodzin became a firm fixture on the international techno scene in 2008 with a career that initially began with producing music for several prestigious European theatres. Bremen-born Bodzin’s experimental club sounds saw his mind-blowing talent discovered by Thomas Schummacher and fellow Glade guests Huntemann and Marc Romboy. Due to his exceptional production sound and knowledge of music he has remixed artists like Depeche Mode, Booka Shade andThe Knife whilst releasing on labels such as Get Physical, International DJ Gigalo, Datapunk and Systematic. He describes himself as a melody man going on to say “after all it’s the melodies that endure.” The responses to his productions seem to confirm this and his sounds are greatly loved in clubs worldwide.
Our second headliner announced is Oliver Huntemann. Hailing from northern Germany, Huntemann discovered electronic music as a ten-year old in the late seventies having being influenced by a new wave ofartists hitting European shores likeAfrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Whodini. Aged fourteen, Oliver started spinning discs and had his eyes set on becoming a DJ. In the late 80s Huntemann spent six years training and working as an electronic engineer with the German Navy whilst keeping his eyes and ears firmly on the evolving electronic music scene. Following the acid house explosion he began experimenting with his own sounds. It wasn’t until the early Naughties that Oliver began producing under his own name alongside H-Man and Rekorder monikers (the later with Stephan Bodzin) as well as founding and releasing on his own label Confused Recordings, which was followed by Ideal Audio. Over the years Oliver’s work has appeared on fellow Glade headliner Sven Vath’s Cocoon imprint, Anthony Rother’s Datapunk label and DJ Hell’s International DJ Gigalo’s.
In early 2007 alive DJ set recorded at D-Edge club in Sao Paul, Brazil was released under the title Play! 01, followed by Play! 02 recorded at The Rex Club in Paris in 2008; both mixes saw Oliver placed firmly at the top of the international techno elite. Follow this with remixes of Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode and releasing four artist albums, the later of which, Paranoia, dropped in December 2011, Oliver is one of the most exciting artists working in his field.
STANTON WARRIORS, SYSTEM 7 (Live)
THE CORRESPONDENTS (Live) AND LEWAH
Joining the dots between UKG, breaks and booty bass, UK-duo The Stanton Warriors AKA Mark Yardley and Dominic B have been delivering party-shaking anthems since the late nineties. It was their single Da Virus which saw them achieve wide-spread success which was quickly followed by a mixtape titled The Stanton Sessions Vol.1. This saw them explode big time, headlining clubs and festivals across the globe. Add to this a Fabric Live mix, an album and a whole selection of party smashing anthems, theStantons appearance at Glade 2012 will see energy levels fly.
Techno / trance crossover act System 7 have been extremely influential on the international music scene. Having had a strong impact at the birth of psychedelic dance music and throughout its journey up to present date, they have forged an unique and contemporary identity in the space where techno, progressive and trance meet. Having collaborated with Detroit luminaries Derrick May and Carl Craig and many other international icons including The Orb, Laurent Garnier, Jam El Mar, A Guy Called Gerald and Son Kite, their most recent album, Up, released last year, sees the duo deliver a techno and tech house sound inspired by time spent in Berlin. Their live sets are inspirational and we’re glad to have them onboard.
Our last live act, The Correspondents AKA Mr Bruce and Chuck, completely blur the lines, mashing up the history of dance music from Jazz to 60’s Beat, Electro to Dubstep to Drum N Bass and back again. The live shows explore the flamboyant structure of the DJ / MC set-up, with Chuck hurling tracks at the crowd whilst Mr Bruce, dressed in outlandish costume,whips the crowd into a frenzy with his speed-scatting and incredulous dancemoves. Last year’s festival season saw them share main stages with a brass section, an infra-red sensored light box together with their trusty conveyor-belt dance platform. This has earned them The Telegraph’s Top Ten Highlights of Glastonbury two years in a row.
Joining them and kick-starting Sunday’s dub-session is South West fast-rising star Lewah, whose excellently crafted dub and chill-step sets have earned her the opportunity to open for Don Letts.
GLADESTAGE FULL LINE UP
ANDY C: ALIVE (Live), RUSKO, VITALIC (Live),
PRETTY LIGHTS (Live)
EXCLUSIVE UK FESTIVAL APPEARANCE from PLANTAGE 13
STEPHAN BODZIN, OLIVER HUNTEMANN
FOREIGN BEGGARS, TODDLA T & MC SEROCEE,
MARC ROMBOY (Live), EXTRAWELT (Live),
(KRAFTY KUTZ, A SKILLZ & DYNAMITE MC)
STANTON WARRIORS, DUB PISTOLS (Live),
DRUMSOUND &BASSLINE SMITH,
ROBERT BABICZ, SYSTEM 7 (Live),
DON LETTS, FREQNASTY, GAUDI (Live),
THE CORRESPONDENTS (Live),
BEN & LEX, LEWAH