High Definition festival returns in July for a huge 5th Birthday bash with its biggest line up to date. Encompassing live music and DJ’s and set in the stunning surrounds of EridgePark in Tunbridge Wells, High Definition has gained an enviable reputation as one of the most progressive electronic music festivals on the planet.
As the festival expands to a two day camping event due to ever increasing demand, the first headliner is confirmed as Luciano whose mystical blend of deep techno and house has marked him out as one of the biggest stars of the global electronic music scene. The Cadenza head honcho’s expressive sets have a distinctive South American influence and he will be joined on the main stage by Parisian act Appolonia showcasing their deep tech house, Canada’s dynamic duo Art Department, Miguel Campbell who has galvanised the house music scene and Argy who will play out a fearlessly eclectic set.
On Saturday Drum & Bass legend Goldie will perform in the Digital Arena alongside Kove and Dimension whist Sunday brings Redlight and dexterous party starter Oneman to the fore.
Drum and bass dons Sigma will perform live, whilst Black Butter boys My NuLeng, Hamburg’s finest Tensnake and house supremo’s Prok and Fitch will all be in attendance.
Nick Curly leads the charge in the Audiowhore Arena with Tribal Sessions resident Darius Syrossian and Sidney Charles who was nominated for Best Newcomer at the DJ Magazine Awards also taking to the decks.
Garage and bass music legend DJ EZ is back by popular demand whilst Toolroom label boss Mark Knight will host his own stage with acts such as Amtrac and Doorly performing
High Definition are proud to present House supremo Breach and showcase Will Saul’s driving underground house and in a real festival coup, Internationally celebrated DJ Eddie Halliwell will be playing a rare trance set.
House and techno stalwart Lilleth makes a welcome debut at the festival and Old Skool is represented courtesy of Epidemik.
Many more acts, Sunday headliners included, are set to be revealed very soon.
In addition to world-class musical programming, High Definition also looks to complement the performers and DJs appearing across the weekend with top-spec production. Mind-bending visuals and immersive environments have been a central feature of High Definition since its inception, and this year will be the team’s most ambitious undertaking to date.
Stage partners include Digital, Aus Music, Audiowhore, Toolroom Live, GoodGreef, Agenda, Gurilla Concept, Epidemik and All Funked Up. The VIP Arena will be hosted by Viva Warriors on Saturday and Weird and Wonderful on Sunday.
Last year High Definition sold out all 15,000 tickets well in advance of the festival so early booking is advised as the globes very best electronic artists descend on Tunbridge Wells for two days of the very best electronic sounds.
Award-winning dance music event We Are FSTVL have announced a staggering100 names for their anticipated 2015 event, ahead of returning to the ‘Field of Dreams’ in Upminster, Essex for the third year running on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May 2015. Featuring the likes of Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Pleasure State (live), Hannah Wants, Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Adam Beyer, Ten Walls (live), Dennis Ferrer, Hot Since 82, Jackmaster and many more, We Are FSTVL have curated a line-up that firmly positions itself at the very heart of the international festival circuit and paves the way for their biggest year to date.
Having made a spectacular sell-out debut in 2013, We Are FSTVL has seen a rapid rise in the space of just two years. After doubling in size in their second year following unparalleled levels of demand, We Are FSTVL has since broken through in a massive way and now attracts crowds of over 30,000 from right across the UK.
Saturday 30th May The first to grace the festival’s main stage is dance music mainstay Carl Cox. Taking the reins from the likes of Disclosure and Fatboy Slim, Carl’s debut We Are FSTVL performance will be packed full of Ibiza spirit, whilst Seth Troxler is also set to unleash his universally recognised brand of techno on the Upminster crowd.Grammy nominated producer Nic Fanciulli is set to share his driving strain of house and techno, with the larger than life force of Solomun also set to cause a stir. In-demand producers Gorgon City and Hot Since 82 will also feature, joined by Anglo-American Second City and BBC Radio 1 tastemaker Monki.
Heading up Saturday’s techno Warehouse is Loco Dice’s Used + Abused party, whose thundering brand of techno is sure to kick things off in style. Drumcode head Adam Beyer and Berlin-based duo Tale of Us will be on hand to deliver their atmospheric take on deep house and techno, with special guest Recondite providing a melodic live set of his own. Fuse-boss Enzo Siragusa also make his We Are FSTVL debuts, with Yaya set to round off the day’s proceedings.
The ‘What Hannah Wants’ takeover of Saturday’s Big Top Bass stage brings a selection of artists at the heart of the UK’s bustling underground scene. Joining Hannah is iconic DJ and one half of ‘Can U Dance’ Oneman, who’s set to perform alongside PMR signee T Williams and the duo who recently charted at #3 in the UK singles charts with their rework of R Kelly’s ‘Bump & Grind’ – Waze & Odyssey. Black Butter’s My Nu Leng and Kidnap Kid will also be joining ranks, alongside up-and-comers GotSome and the enigmatic Friend Within.
Seminal house music label Defected are also to return to Upminster to showcase the latest and greatest names in electronic music. Danish visionary Noir is set to explore the darker edges of electronic music, whilst Berlin native Oliver Dollar will also feature, having stormed the UK charts with ‘Pushing On’ earlier this year. Label upstarts Sonny Fedora and Christoph will each deliver their distinctive twist of techno, disco and italo dynamics and wrapping up the label’s ‘Very Big Top’ arena are Sam Divine and Simon Dunmore – two producers at the heart of the imprint for over two decades.
Mark Knight’s newest offering of ‘Toolroom Live’ presents the label’s core artist roster in the festival’s luxury VIP village. After his recent remix of London Grammar’s ‘Sights’ became an Ibiza staple, Dennis Ferrer is set to deliver his iconic brand of tech-house, whilst Dirtybird-affiliate Shiba San and Tensnake both make their We Are FSTVL returns. German duo Tube & Berger are next in line, with the deep house sound of Wanklemut’s “My Head is a Jungle” also guaranteed to make an impression on the dance floor. Purple Disco Machine will then add a touch of soul to the line-up, which is rounded off by Toolroom residents Dosem and Weiss.
Sunday 31st May – Main Stage announcement imminent.
Returning to We Are FSTVL for the third year running are crowd favourites Cocoon, whose stage will be spearheaded by the undisputed king of techno Sven Väth.Joining him are Cocoon heroes Ilario Alicante and Ricardo Villalobos, whilst Âmeand Dixon will play an extended back-to-back set – a recent highlight of Fabric’s 15th Birthday weekend. To top this off Ten Walls, credited with producing one of the biggest tracks of the summer in ‘Walking with Elephants’, is also set to perform live.
Drum & Bass stalwarts Hospital Records are next to call the shots of We Are FSTVL’s ‘Big Top Bass’ arena. Boasting one of the largest line-ups at the festival, the label will be out in force to showcase the likes of Camo & Crooked, Logistics b2b Nu:Tone, Lynx, Fred V & Grafix and Etherwood. Special guests will also include garage legends DJ EZ & MJ Cole, as well as the joyful Toyboy & Robin, all supported by three of the leading MCs on the circuit; Lowqui, Wrec & Dynamite MC.
Bringing his acclaimed club night ‘Paradise’ back to Upminster is Hot Creations head Jamie Jones, who will be supported by label mates Richy Ahmed, Russ Yallopand WaFF. Prolific DJ and Viva Warriors frontman Steve Lawler will also be accompanied by Mark Jenkyns and rising star Patrick Topping, who’s recent single ‘Voicemail’ has been dominating the Beatport charts. DC10 residentJackmaster is next in line, whose eclectic music taste stretches from techno and house right the way through to classic disco and grime.
Back by popular demand is one of house music’s most sought after producers MK, whose ‘Area 10’ heads up Sunday’s VIP village. Joining MK are close friends Lee Foss and Anabel Englund, who will collectively perform as Pleasure State, having recently unveiled their debut release ‘Ghost in the System’. Purp&soul boss Ben Pearce will also feature, joined by up and coming producers andhim, Kant andShadow Child. A rare father-and-son performance from Kevin Saunderson andDantiez Saunderson will round off proceedings in fitting style.
The Summer Festival Guide is excited to announce the afterparty lineup's for this years Parklife Weekender which features Hot Creations and more!
Today the Parklife Weekender release the long awaited line-up for Afterlife, the official series of after parties from Manchester's premier festival taking place on 7th & 8th June. Over 30 events will take place, making it the biggest Afterlife announcement in the history of the Parklife Weekender. Crosstown Rebels, FACT Magazine and Hot Creations to name a few, will take on hosting duties for two nights along with DJs such as Dixon, Tensnake, and chart-toppers Breach and Route 94. Local clubbing mecca The Warehouse Project will also return to curate a very special event, giving those who missed out on tickets to the sold out weekender the chance to be a part of the festivities.
While The Parklife Weekender can easily boast one of the most exciting and eagerly anticipated line-ups of the festival season, today they announce their biggest series of after parties yet. Afterlife, which every year brings some of the most popular acts in electronic music to the venues of Manchester, will once again collaborate with some of the most prominent clubbing brands and institutions for two nights of unbelievable parties on a grand scale. For those who don't want the night to end, the breathtaking and iconic Albert Hall will be the place to catch Hot Creations founders Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, while Damian Lazarus, Dixon and Art Department will all take part in the 'Rebel Rave' for Crosstown Rebels on the Sunday night.
As the go-to place for music news, FACT Magazine will join forces with local icons Now Wave to welcome Oneman and Ryan Hemsworth to the Deaf Institute, while the newly reborn and globally infamous Sankeys bring Nina Kraviz, Eats Everything, Route 94, Catz 'N Dogz and Hannah Wants to the former soap factory.
Scuba will celebrate over 10 years as Hotflush boss with a headline performance for Drop The Mustard's Afterlife outing, while recent Essential Mix alumni Ben UFO will play a very rare B2B set with Midland. Recent Mixmag cover star Hot Since 82, Innervisions co-founders Ame and respective OBE awardees David Rodigan and Soul II Soul's Jazzy B will also feature on what is the greatest and most diverse Afterlife announcement in the history of The Parklife Weekender.
Kicking off with new additions to Saturday’s bill, we can reveal that joining the lineup on 24th August will be SW4 favourite Mark Knight and more! Mark Knight, his world renowned label Toolroom Records also celebrates a decade of existence this summer with the main focus of the imprints euphoric festivities to be experienced at South West Four. Toolroom last hosted an arena at SW4 back in 2010, when their stage proved one of the most popular of the weekend. This year it takes another bounding leap forwards as it promises to be a hotspot of the festival once again. A fine selection of esteemed artists, Toolroom Records 10th Anniversary at SW4 2013 hosts some of the greatest names in house music, side by side with the planet’s freshest talent. Let’s do this…
ANNOUNCED FOR SW4 SATURDAY!
MARK KNIGHT PRESENTS TOOLROOM RECORDS 10TH ANNIVERSARY ARENA SOLOMUN DENNIS FERRER · FRITZ KALKBRENNER CAJMERE · TOCADISCO TRISTAN INGRAM SPECIAL GUEST: TENSNAKE
Mark Knight makes a welcome return to South West Four in 2013. This will be his fourth performance in the past five years in fact, with the Toolroom Records governor and Grammy nominated producer one of the first names on our 10th Anniversary hit list. In 2010 Mark hosted a Toolroom Knights arena at SW4, whilst in 2009 and 2012 he drew massive crowds to the main stage. In 2013 Mark returns to celebrate Toolroom Records’ 10th Anniversary with a showcase featuring some of the finest names in house music. As a DJ Mark constantly sets the pace and is recognised worldwide for his long standing residencies at cherished haunts such as Space Ibiza and Ministry of Sound. A key fixture at the festival in recent years we are delighted to welcome Mark and Toolroom back to South West Four.
Always ranking high on any DJ list that matters, Solomun is one of the most in-demand DJs of recent times. Named 2012 ‘DJ of the year’ by Mixmag, the Hamburg based producer has been making huge waves with his unique and modern blend of house and techno. The Diynamic imprint which he founded has allowed Solomun to spread his name yet further, which is set to be elevated to a whole new level this summer via his ‘Solomun +1’ residency at Pacha Ibiza. Making his SW4 debut this year, Solomun is simply a must see.
Dennis Ferrer is house music’s most innovative producer. It’s safe to say that the New York icon and founder of ObjektivityRecords has seen a number of musical trends come and go, some even in full circles, yet he has managed to stay close to his roots for the whole period. Aside from finding commercial success through his genre-defining track ‘Hey Hey’, the Grammy nominated DJ and producer manages to find time to nurture a host of underground talent through his own Objektivity imprint. Having headlined Defected’s sell out show last New Years Eve at Electric Brixton, Dennis returns to the Big Smoke to make his long awaited SW4 bow. See you at the front.
German producer Fritz Kalkbrenner grew up on a strict diet of hip-hop and soul and subsequently missed the techno craze that swept the nation after the fall of the Berlin wall. It wasn’t until the mid 90’s that he was fully introduced to techno by his brother Paul and is now finding success as a pioneer of the Tech- Soul sound he is famed for producing. Fritz released his debut album ‘Here Today Gone Tomorrow’ in 2010, a silky sophisticated techno album with plenty of soul elements and has since blossomed out of the shadow of his older sibling. Late 2012 saw the release of his sophomore effort ‘Sick Travellin’, which has taken him down a more house driven avenue. This will be another SW4 debut that is guaranteed to take the Common by storm.
Hailing from Chicago, a city that has a rich history as the birthplace of house music, Cajmere followed in his father’s footsteps by DJing and producing his own tracks. He soon found himself leaving his Chemical Engineering degree behind and focusing solely on music and instantly found fame through the now classic ‘Coffee Pot’. 2012 was the 20th anniversary of his Cajual Records label and through the label off-shoot ‘Relief’ he also released music from his flamboyant and often darker infused alter ego Green Velvet. With this performance being Curtis Jones’ first ever on our hallowed turf as Cajmere, we can’t wait to hear the chants of “It’s time for the percolator!”
Hailing from deepest, darkest Cologne, Roman Boer has been making deep and tech house for the best part of fifteen years. Better known by his stage name Tocadisco, the German maestro has remixed over one hundred artists including Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, Moby and Tiga to name a few. You would have unquestionably heard Tocadisco’s music featured on TV ads, whilst his radio show is broadcast to over fifty countries. His own imprint TOCA45, showcases the freshest sounding club tracks available today and with this appearance being his only London festival show this year, make sure you get to his tent with plenty of time to spare.
Finally joining us as very special guest in the Toolroom Records stage is Marco Niemerski, widely celebrated as Tensnake. Hailing from Hamburg and raised on a diet of 80‘s boogie and disco, Tensnake is a name that has been permanently etched on our minds after the gargantuan success of ‘Coma Cat’. The infectious melody and honey-like loveliness of this joyful single helped shape our summer of 2010. Never one to bask in the glory of a single triumph, Tensnake went on to release the equally catchy ‘Something About You’ and more recently ‘Mainline’, which managed to bring light to the darkest of dance floors. With an album finished and scheduled for release later this year, we welcome Tensnake’s to the terrain of Clapham Common for the first time, as he brings the sunshine to South West Four.
“Having played football on Clapham Common as a kid, I couldn’t be more proud to close South West Four’s 10thAnniversary. SW4 is now one of the most important festivals on the circuit and I've enjoyed watching it grow over recent years – it's been almost 6 years since I last played Clapham Common just before my first album was released! You can't beat a weekend of raving on the Common so I expect to see you all down there! This is going to be a very special show!” Example
Festival goers: Prepare yourselves. On Sunday 25th August one of the most exciting live acts on Earth will be homeward bound and heading to South West Four for the biggest headline show of his career. That act is Example. His string of top 10 hits includes #1’s ‘Changed the Way You Kiss Me’ and ‘Stay Awake’, whilst albums ‘Won't Go Quietly’, ‘Playing in the Shadows’ and ‘The Evolution of Man’ have helped elevate him to become the jewel in the crown of contemporary British music. His hugely successful collaborations with Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke, Nero and SW4 2012 headliners Chase & Status, have also resulted in chart success and provided the foundations for sell out arena tours of the UK and Europe. His return to London for a full live show will witness a performance packed to the rafters with hit after hit, as Example illustrates why he is truly one of the hottest properties in music right now. In what will be his final London showcase of 2013, Example will be at the top of his game to ensure he brings down the curtain on our 10th Anniversary in thrilling fashion.
Joining Example on SW4 Sunday is RAM records head honcho Andy C, who returns to play the main stage for the very first time. Last year Andy’s epic RAM Records 20th Anniversary arena was widely regarded as one of the highlights of the festival, with a stellar ‘Alive’ set taking the roof off the stage. Since then Andy has cemented his position as the most influential artist in drum and bass by winning the ‘Best DJ’ title at the 2012 Drum and Bass Arena Awards, whilst RAM picked up ‘Best label.’The Executioner’s return to South West Four for a very special open air performance will allow him to illustrate his technical genius infront of more people than ever. Andy really is a man that has done it all and we are thrilled to lock him in for what promises to be a spectacular set.
Dillon Francis is the self-proclaimed king of Moombahton. The LA born and bred producer has made some colossal waves across the scene since his SW4 debut last summer. Dillon has recently collaborated with Calvin Harris, Jack Beats, A-Trak and our Sunday headliner Example, as well as remix the likes of Zedd, Digitalism and Madeon. Consistently tipped for the top, Dillon is widely recognised as protégé to Dilpo, having released music on the Mad Decent imprint and Skrillex’s label OWSLA.
Alongside Baauer, Flosstradamus are at the forefront of the Trap movement, which blends southern style hip-hop with electronic elements. Flosstradamus gained fame with their remixes of Sub Focus, Usher and most emphatically their bone breaking remix of the Major Lazer anthem ‘Original Don’. The Chicago duo’s high energy sets make for a fun yet raucous and often riot inducing experience. Mad Decent and Fools Gold are amongst the imprints that have released their productions and with further releases in the pipeline 2013 is going to be an important year. SW4 – you have been warned.
Todd Edwards and EZ; Two founding fathers and legends of UK Garage, from different sides of The Pond. As vital and influential now as they have ever been, Todd and EZ have never performed together. That is until now. This is one of a series of world exclusive back-to-back sets due to be showcased at SW4’s 10th Anniversary that bring together the planet’s greatest artists for a unique performance. From his humble beginnings as a DJ on London pirate radio stations, through to tying down a prime time Kiss FM show and achieving platinum album sales for his mixes on the Pure Garage series, this will be EZ’s long-awaited maiden voyage aboard the good ship SW4. He will be joined by New Jersey’s Todd Edwards, a founding member of the 2-step movement. His innovative way of blending cut up, vocal samples with chirpy bass lines and sharp percussion has gained him a huge fanbase since his arrival on the scene back in ‘92. Over the years he has remixed Justice, St. Germain and more recently UK stalwarts Katy B and Jessie Ware. The American born veteran, who co-produced and sang on the Daft Punk song ‘Face to Face’, continues to influence countless producers and is welcomed to SW4 with open arms.
Another exclusive and hugely exciting back-to-back set at SW4 2013 comes in the form of Dimsantle and Roska. Brighton’s Dismantle is a DJ and Producer who blurs the lines between dubstep and house to create something of a carnival induced frenzy. As one of the most hotly tipped new producers to hail from the UK, Dismantle has gained major support from Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Skream and Diplo, whilst last year he signed to Shy FX’s Digital Soundboy label. With a new album due out later this year, we are genuinely thrilled to welcome to SW4 the heir to the throne of UK bass.
As an integral part of the Rinse family since 2009, Roska is a man whose roots stem deep into the UK bass scene. His weekly show on Rinse FM has proved the catalyst from which he can broadcast not only his own work but also the music he loves. His deep affection of numerous genres can be heard not just on his radio show but also his own productions; a fiery cocktail of grime, dubstep and garage mixed with house flavours. His own imprintsRoska Kicks and Snares have given him a format to release his own work and that of likeminded artists, much of which will no doubt be heard during his Clapham Common performance.
PLUS NEW ACTS ADDED TO SW4 SATURDAY
LAIDBACK LUKE · GARETH EMERY
TENSNAKE [LIVE] · SUNNERY JAMES & RYAN MARCIANO
Laidback Luke has been a huge player at South West Four in recent years. However, contrary to his name, Lucas van Scheppingen is anything but laid back. The energy the Dutch powerhouse puts into his live performances is unrivalled, whilst the man’s talent is unfathomable. With so many credentials to his name, whether it’s a huge string of releases of his own material or remixes of artists across the spectrum, the Filipino born house DJ is living and breathing proof that there’s way more to Holland than Windmills and Clogs. And that’s before we get to his own club brand ‘Super You&Me’,conceptual superhero themed events which have been selling out shows worldwide including a special weekender at Electric Brixton earlier this year. Luke is one of house music’s most thrilling figureheads and we are cannot wait for his intense basslines and party fuelling sounds to rock our 10th Anniversary to the core.
The mother fuc*ing saga continues! That now infamous line can only mean one thing; that Mr Emery is back at South West Four, bringing his forward thinking trance and uplifting sounds with him. The rise and rise of Gareth Emery represents somewhat of a fairytale. For the past decade he has had involvement with dozens of tracks, whether, it's producing, remixing or collaborating. In the last twelve months alone Gareth has cemented his legacy with a sell out tour Stateside, capped by a groundbreaking YouTube broadcast of his Govenor's Island gig, which captivated millions online. Last October witnessed the 200th episode of his award winning ‘The Gareth Emery Podcast’, whilst his prominent Garuda label goes from strength to strength. See you at the front.
Hailing from Hamburg and raised on a diet of 80‘s boogie and disco, Marco Niemerski, widely celebrated as Tensnake, is a name that has been permanently etched on our minds after the gargantuan success of ‘Coma Cat’. The infectious melody and honey-like loveliness of this joyful single helped shape our summer of 2010. Never one to bask in the glory of a single triumph, Tensnake went on to release the equally catchy ‘Something About You’ and more recently ‘Mainline’, which managed to bring light to the darkest of dance floors. With an album finished and scheduled for release later this year, we welcome Tensnake’s special live show to the terrain of Clapham Common for the first time, as he brings the sunshine to South West Four.
Lauded as the Dutch version of Swedish House Mafia, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano have an insatiable appetite for success. They join an already prolific clique of DJs and producers to come through the ranks of their homeland and their blend of house always cuts the mustard. Their remake of Tiesto’s ‘Lethal Industry’ has been played endlessly played by Armin van Buuren, Sander van Doorn and David Guetta alike, whilst Pete Tong made it his ‘Essential Selection’… twice. The balanced chemistry between the two is positively obvious and the way that they embrace the crowd, lifting them up and crashing them down like an orchestral conductor, is contagious. Their performance in the Subliminal arena at SW4 2012 proved one of the highlights of the weekend, with an equally lethal set expected at our 10th Anniversary.