Hideout Festival is moments away from selling out for the sixth year running as they announce twenty new artists including The Martinez Brothers, Joris Voorn, John Talabot, Alan Fitzpatrick and more to play alongside Jamie xx, Skepta, MK and J.E.S.u.S. 2016 will once again see thousands of revellers descend on the idyllic Zrce Beach in Croatia to experience a line up of over 100 artists encompassing the full spectrum of electronic music. For more info visit the Hideout website.
Hideout Festival stands as one of the most popular electronic festivals of it's kind in Europe with a line-up that demands attention from fans across the full spectrum of electronic music. Topping the 2nd announcement are New York's finest The Martinez Brothers, the significant John Talabot, Dutch producer Joris Voorn and inimitable techno don Alan Fitzpatrick.
Waze & Odyssey make a welcome appearance on the line-up off the back of a huge 2015, with the in-demand Huxley also set to take the stage. Also set to join the 2016 line up are Artwork, Mistajam, Plastician, Redlight, Apres, DJ Haus, DOTB, Flava D, Gardens Of God, Harvard Bass, Mele, Mella Dee, Sonny Fodera, TCTS, The Black Madonna, Theo Kottis and Understate DJs.
Jamie XX / Skepta
Andy C / Jamie Jones MK / Gorgon City (DJ SET) / DJ EZ / Hannah Wants / Stormzy Adam Beyer / Dusky / Hot Since 82 / The Martinez Brothers Joris Voorn / Julio Bashmore / Steve Lawler VERY SPECIAL GUESTS: J.E.S.u.S Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream und Seth Troxler
Alan Fitzpatrick / Artwork / Bicep / B.Traits / Danny Howard / David Rodigan MBE / Darius Syrossian / Heidi / Huxley / John Talabot / Joy Orbison / Kurupt FM / Midland / Mistajam / My Nu Leng / Patrick Topping / Paul Woolford / Plastician / Preditah / Redlight / Richy Ahmed / Shadow Child / Toddla T / Waze & Odyssey
Andhim / Apres / Artwork / Barely Legal / Catz N Dogz / Denney / DJ Haus / DJ Hype / Doorly / DOTB / Eton Messy DJs / Flava D / Friend Within / Gardens of God / GotSome / Harvard Bass / Jasper James / Low Steppa / Mak & Pasteman / Mele / Mella Dee / Monki / Oliver Dollar / Plastician / Santé / Secretsundaze / Sonny Fodera / Special Request / Sidney Charles / TCTS / Theo Kottis / The Black Madonna / wAFF / Understate DJs / Zinc
Arkive / Cera Alba / Damian Martez / De La Swing / DOTB / Grainger / Jack Swift / Last Magpie / Marc Maya / Mediate / Mike Jones / Nicola Bear / North Base / People Get Real / Reg Naylor / Scott Bradford / The Sonic Emporium / Tom Rio / Toni Varga
MINT Festival announce Sven Vath as their headliner for Saturday's
'Mint Present's' arena along with Maya Jane Coles, The Martinez Brothers, George FitzGerald, PBR Streetgang and Bobby O'Donnell.
Jamie Jones will now be joined in the Paradise arena by an array of DJ talent including Jamie Principle (Live), Paco Osuna, Davide Squillace, Richy Ahmed, wAFF and Robert James.
Other additions include, the impeccable Tiga, Hip Hop hero DJ Yoda, who will be playing a Golden Era Hip Hop set, and Late Nite Tuff Guy, who plays on the Saturday for No Way Back, Milkman Delivers& Mint Club's weekly new night, Never Too Much.
Mint Festival also go that extra mile to add another 3 Arenas on both the Saturday and Sunday for 2015, bringing it to 9 separate areas of music per day, a total of 18 over the weekend. If you thought it couldn't get any better, it just has done.
They also introduce an all new VIP Arena with a Viewing Terrace over Wetherby Racecourse amongst many other benefits, adding to a special appearance from USA legend Todd Terry on Saturday and Sunday. He will be joined by Special Guests throughout each day, as The iconic Hard Times are Hosting.
FULL MINT FESTIVAL LINE-UP
SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER..
MINT PRESENTS ARENA
Sven Vath | Maya Jane Coles | The Martinez Brothers | George FitzGerald | PBR Streetgang | Bobby O'Donnell
Hot Since 82 | Green Velvet | Joris Voorn | Route 94 | Santé & Sidney Charles | Denney | Finn & Farrow (Circular)
DUKE DUMONT PRESENTS BLASE BOYS CLUB
Duke Dumont | Tiga | Waze & Odyssey | Fono | Kiwi
W&W | Kryder | Firebeatz | Arno Cost | My Digital Enemy | D.O.D | Futuristic Polar Bears | Joshua Roberts | Nick Coulson | Digital Mode | Lost Boys | Molise
DIGITAL SOCIETY & GOODGREEF
Paul Oakenfold (25Years of Perfecto Set) | Cosmic Gate | Andy Moor | Menno de Jong vs. Ram | Will Atkinson | Luke Bond | ReOrder | Artic Moon | Hiddenagenda | James Cottle | Paul Pearson
NO WAY BACK, MILKMAN DELIVERIES & NEVER TO MUCH
Late Nite Tuff Guy | Transmission Collective | Lucy Locket | Haydn Porter | Campo | Michael Upson | Twogood | Ethan Marin | Mzungu | Cole Proctor | Nickson
NO CURFEW & CATALYTIC
Tom Haigh | Grayson | James Barra | Dan Hills | Jamie Hartley | Manny Brown | Jo Lobel | Tom Jagger | Jordan Khokhar | Dave Q | Twinsound | Mark Sinclair | Reload
VIP WITH HARD TIMES & FRIENDS
Todd Terry | Mat Playford | Brotherton Wing | Lewis Bailey | Jason Bye | Afro Coalition DJs | Clandestino | Jammhot | Liam Frisco | Anton Raphael | Ben Bottomley + Secret Guests from The Festival
SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER..
Jamie Jones | Paco Osuna | Davide Squillace | Jamie Principle (live) | Richy Ahmed | wAFF | Robert James
SETH TROXLER PRESENTS
Seth Troxler b2b The Martinez Brothers | Cajmere | Crag Richards | Tom Trago | Felix Dickinson
JUNGLE JAM & DETONATE
Sub Focus | Very Special Guest TBA | Shy FX | Cause & Affect | Benton | Randall | Amy Becker | Stamina MC | MC I.D. | Transit Mafia | Northern Scum | Vital Techniques | Standfast | MC Ruthless | MC Gigante | MC Jordache | MC Pean
SYSTEM PRESENTS FUSE
Ricardo Villalobos b2b Zip | Henrik Schwarz (live) | Dyed Soundorom b2b Enzo Siragusa | Rossko b2b Archie Hamilton | Annie Errez & Bobby O'Donnell
Eats Everything (Extended Set) | Skream | De La Swing | Tom Rio
PRISM, CIRCULAR & DEJA VU
Very Special Guest TBA | Darius Syrossian | Oliver Dollar | Josh Butler | Leftwing & Kody | Sonny Fodera | Cristoph | Finn & Farrow | Luke Pompey & Rickie DH
SLOWDOWN SOUNDS & ELEMENTS
DJ Yoda (Golden era Hip Hop set) | Prince Valium | Tony Green | Jimmy Brooklyn | Sangria Kong | BT3K | Hip Hop Karaoke w/ Ben Randm
Todd Terry | Doorly | Mat Playford | Brotherton Wing | Lewis Bailey | Jason Bye | Death on the Balcony | The Head Gardner | Foz | Steve Hoyland | Jack Bettinson b2b Jordan Day + Secret Guests from The Festival
Headlining Ceremony’s main stage are The Martinez Brothers, playing a London festival exclusive for summer 2015! The two Bronx-bred DJs are at the heart of today’s house and techno scene. Raised on their father’s love of New York’s Paradise Garage, the brother’s taste for classic house sounds encapsulates everything Ceremony aims to showcase – innovation, energy, and a wealth of musical heritage. Pushing this concept further is long-serving house DJ and producer Armand Van Helden,whose exclusive classic 90s set will explore his deep-rooted affiliation with New York’s club scene, going back to his roots and the string of seminal tracks he crafted under an array of aliases early in his career. Fellow American and Hot Creations label owner Lee Foss will be on-hand to represent the techno sounds of his hometown of Chicago. Elusive Parisian Shiba San will also feature, who has hit the ground running following the release of ‘Okay’ via Dirtybird last year, with support also coming from one half of No Fit State label owner Geddes and the legendary Artwork. With further appearances from London based duoEli & Fur, an ambassador of the original Jackin’ Chicago house sound, Weiss, and the inimitableMenendez Brothers, Ceremony’s main stage will be an incredible celebration of the past, present and future of electronic music culture. Following what promises to be his biggest Ibiza season to date, Found Series favourite, DJ Sneak brings his I’m AHouse Gangster movement to host Ceremony’s second arena, joined by some of his closest allies. Grammy Award nominated Todd Terry and Harry Romero – who joined Pete Tong’s Hall of Fame in 2013 – help to make up a bill that represents some of house music’s most influential producers alongside the legendary talents of Doc Martin. Bringing a taste of techno to the House Gangster arena,Ramon Tapia joins ranks having recently scooped a season residency for Magna Carta at Sankeys Ibiza, with Jesse Perez rounding off the programme.
Having featured at last year’s inaugural edition, Santé and Sidney Charles will return to Ceremony Festival with a special AVOTRE stage takeover. Heavily supported by Found since its inception, the label’s main men are renowned for their electrifying back-to-back sets that are constantly jam-packed with heavy club rollers most recently demonstrated in their 2014 summer smash ‘All Night Long’. Also joined by DJ Mag’s ‘Best Breakthrough Producer’ of 2014 Josh Butler, is special guest Hector Couto, whose recent releases alongside Cuartero and Darius Syrossian have seen his reputation rapidly accelerate. Crosstown Rebels cohort Russ Yallop is also billed, as well as emerging Liverpudlian Dale Howard and up and coming member of the AVOTRE collective, Kalyde.
Tipping their cap to powerful and ongoing influence of UK garage on the electronic world, is Ceremony’sHeritage stage, which will be fronted by one of the godfathers of garage house, Todd Edwards. Known for collaging cut-up samples over swung beats and disco flavoured bass lines, Edwards’ four-to-the-floor beats have earned him a passionate following that most recently won him incredible acclaim for his collaboration with Daft Punk on ‘Fragments of Time’. Former frontman of The Streets and bonafide legend of the UK scene, Mike Skinner, will also feature alongside the duo-alias of Scott Garcia and Sticky’s Foundation – two of the most influential names in UKG. Sets are also confirmed from figureheads Matt Jam Lamont and Grant Nelson – who between them have been integral in shaping the genre’s lineage – as well as back-to-back’s from KMA Productions and Narrows, and Groove Chronicles and Mike Ruff Cut Lloyd. Another super special guest is set to be revealed before the day.
The London grime scene is at the top of its game again, with huge cultural influence in 2015. After resounding popularity of their showcase at Urban Nerds stage at last year’s Ceremony, Tropical fly the flag for grime and have now been let loose with a whole arena to themselves. Lead by one half of collective and label Boy Better Know, JME will be joined by a second, more gritty appearance from Todd Edwards as well as showcases from Birmingham-born grime and garage producers, Preditah and C4. Dubstep and grime innovator Plastician will also return to Ceremony alongside loyal representativesLogan Sama and Slimzee, whilst representing grime’s next generation is one of the most promising new voices in the scene, Novelist, and his collective The Square. A special guest of epic proportions within the grime scene is still to be announced.
London’s leading hip-hop night So Fresh So Clean are set to return to Ceremony Festival to deliver the very best in classic hip-hop and R&B from the 90s and double-ohs. Joining a very special headliner is prolific London hip-hop selector, Harry Love, a former Scratch Perverts member and one of the scene’s most beloved DJs, with a reputation that’s seen him support the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West and Run DMC and tour with the likes of Dizzee Rascal. London’s original DJ MK and So Fresh party founders The Menendez Brothers will be in check, as well as Hutch, Dan Hills and a back-to-back with Alex Crescent and Nite Sleaze, So Fresh So Clean will ensure the vibe never falters.
Undercover lifestyle hotline Sports Banger have probably hit a venue near you with their Swamp81, RinseFM and School Records affiliated brand of party mischief. The brand is cemented by a quintessentially British t-shirt line and limited sportswear runs as probably worn by one of your favourite DJs, at some point. They bring fun and games to the Ceremony Festival 2015 VIP with an extra special line-up full of surprises and led by Artwork, a DJ who knows how to throw a party better than most. As ever VIPs jump the queue and once inside the ride, can bask in the glory of a cocktail bar, a half decent bite to eat and most importantly, some luxury loos, all soundtracked by Jonny Banger's famous DJ mates.
The Martinez Brothers London Festival Exclusive Armand Van Helden Classic 90s Set Lee Foss Shiba San Geddes Artwork Eli & Fur Weiss The Menendez Brothers
I’M A HOUSE GANGSTER
DJ Sneak Todd Terry Harry Romero Doc Martin Ramon Tapia Jesse Perez
Santé Sidney Charles Josh Butler Russ Yallop Dale Howard Kalyde Special Guest: Hector Couto
Special Guest Todd Edwards Mike Skinner Foundation (Scott Garcia & Sticky) Matt Jam Lamont Grant Nelson KMA Productions b2b Narrows Groove Chronicles b2b Mike Ruff Cut Lloyd Sunship Nexx Vencha
JME Special Guest Todd Edwards Preditah C4 Plastician Logan Sama Novelist & The Square Slimzee
SO FRESH SO CLEAN
Special Guest Harry Love
DJ MK The Menendez Brothers Hutch Alex Crescent b2b Nite Sleaze Dan Hills
Adding to the palpable excitement, further acts have been revealed for FSTVL 2015 including Steve Angello, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, Marco Carola, Claude VonStroke, Redlight, The Martinez Brothers, Oliver Heldens, Amine Edge & DANCE, Art Department, Cyril Hahn, Huxley b2b J.Phlip, Onebit, Andrea Oliva.
On Sunday 31th May, We Are FSTVL’s Main Stage will be headlined by Nordic house heavy-weight Steve Angello. Following a sonic campaign for world domination as one third of dance phenomenon Swedish House Mafia, his Main Stage performance will bring an explosive close to the final day. Further dance music luminaries join the Main Stage billing with enigmatic duo Knife Party and the unstoppable Steve Aoki also announced.
French ‘G House’ pioneers Amine Edge & DANCE bring their bass-heavy style to the ‘Field of Dreams’ for the second year running, whilst hot new property Oliver Heldens will deliver his infectious brand of future house. Bronx-born tech house duoThe Martinez Brothers will also feature, and indie-electronic pair Onebit will round off the main stage line-up.
Elsewhere at Sunday’s FSTVL, Jamie Jones’ welcomes two esteemed figures to complete the billing for Paradise; Music On’s Marco Carola, will bring a hefty dose of techno to We Are’s Very Big Top, while Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStrokeadds a ghetto-tinged house flavour to proceedings. Those treating themselves to some Area 10 VIP action will be rewarded with a rare back-to-back set from Dirtybird label-mate J.Phlip alongside Huxley, hot off the back of releasing debut album “Blurred”.
Joining Defected’s ‘Very Big Top’ on Saturday 30th May is Swiss upstart Andrea Oliva, whose Ibiza residency for ANTS at Ushuaia has made him a serious one to watch for 2015 – whilst underground mainstays Art Department are set to join Saturday’s Used + Abused Techno Warehouse. Representing Hannah Wants’ bass-tinged stage is Bristolian pioneer Redlight, with the hazy pop sounds of Cyril Hahnrounding off We Are FSTVL’s phase 3 announcement.
The Summer Festival Guide can announce three massive additions to this years Sonus Festival in Croatia. UK big talent Hot Since 82, energetic duo The Martinez Brothers and Minus member Gaiser (live) join over 50 international artists for five days and five nights of partying in the summer sunshine.
Sonus Festival 2014 brings together the biggest names in techno for its second Croatia outing, as it announces its full lineup for the Zrce Beach extravaganza, with CLR face ChrisLiebing, influential techno head Dixon, house revivalist Jamie Jones, spontaneous selector Loco Dice, Music On’s own Marco Carola, techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, and Detroit mastermind Seth Troxler, as well as Adam Port, Henrik Schwarz (live), Karotte,Marcel Dettman, Margaret Dygas, Markantonio, Mirko Loko, Monika Kruse, Pan-Pot,Robert Dietz, tINI, Valentino Kanzyani and more.
In Sonus we trust.
The full lineup (in alphabetical order): Chris Liebing Dixon Jamie Jones Loco Dice Luciano Marco Carola Ricardo Villalobos Richie Hawtin Seth Troxler
Adam Port – Alexandra – Apollonia – Bella Sarris – Binh – Bunte Bummler live – Cormac – Dan Andrei David Mayer – David Nicolas & Sebastian Werle – Djebali – Dorian Paic – Ernesto Ferreyra – Evan Baggs – Gaiser (live) Henrik Schwarz live – Hot Since 82 – Ian F – Jacob Husley – JSR AKA Janina – Joseph Capriati – Karotte – Leon Marcel Dettmann – Margaret Dygas – Markantonio – Meat – Mirko Loko – Monika Kruse – Nastia – Pan-Pot Peter Pixzel – Praslesh – Rare Movement – Reas – Robert Dietz – Shaun Reeves – Sonja Moonear – Steffen Deux The Martinez Brothers – tINI – Tobi Neumann – Valentino Kanzyani – Yaya – Zip
Aneuria – Examine – Homeboy live – Labud – Mariano Mateljan – Mimi – Sergej Snooze – Zero
This years sold out High Definition Festival announces some huge artists to its lineup for the 2014 edition. Headling this years HD Festival is the legendary Carl Cox, and joining him on the bill are some of the biggest players in the electronic music industry.
Consisting of producers James Tadgell and John Clare as well as singer Vanya Taylor, London trio All About She are bringing a whole new dynamic to the music scene. Having already worked with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, Wookie and Wretch 32, All About She are a name to watch out for in 2014.
As one third of Magnetic Man alongside Skream and Benga, Artwork has carved a reputation as a true pioneer of the dubstep sound. His presence at the forefront of the bass heavy genre has seen him collaborate with the likes of Katy B, John Legend and Ms Dynamite.
High Definition Festival 2014 will also see a collaborative performance from Drum & Bass DJ and MC duo, Brockie & MC Det. Brockie’s credentials stem back to the formative years of pirate radio whilst MC Det is a legend in his own right having a career that stems all the way back to the early days of jungle.
Canadian DJ, producer, remixer and radio presenter B. Traits brings her selection of forward thinking, high energy, future music not only to her BBC Radio 1 show, ‘The Late Night Chameleon Club’ but also festival slots encompassing Glastonbury, Love Saves The Day, Hideout, Global Gathering and now thankfully High Definition 2014.
Electro house producer and live DJ Charlie Hedges talents have seen her become the presenter of the 4.4 million weekly listener Kiss FM Breakfast Show as well as presenting the Saturday night House Mix Show. Expect a mix of old and new house cuts and the best in EDM.
One of the co-founders of influential Drum & Bass label Full Cycle Recordings and a member of Roni Size’s Mercury Prize winning group Reprazent, DJ Dieis a true representative of the cultural hotbed and revolutionary dance capitol that Bristol has become over the last 20 years.
Comprising of London based producers, Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell, Dogmatik signees Dusky have been reigning the techno world in the underground club scene since 2011, and their debut LP ‘Stick by This’ was an instant hit. With the support of techno producers from Jamie Jones to Pete Tong and Joy Orbison and championing by the likes of Annie Mac, Diplo, Skream and Seth Troxler, their track ‘Flo Jam’ gained the unexpected accolade iTunes Dance Single of the Year.
The classically trained piano player-cum-house producer Filsonik creates tunes with feet in both the formal music and streetwise dance camps. Born from the culturally rich and iconic New York house scene, the DJ’s career has seen him work very closely with fellow High Definition performers and house legends The Martinez Brothers. From Ibiza residencies to extensive European tours, he is a performer of a world-class calibre.
Since his break into house music in 2010, George Fitzgerald has released a steady stream of house tracks featuring his notorious garage and r&b infused bass lines. 2012 saw George’s track ‘Child’ become a club hit, and highlighted his sound among other similar producers such as Disclosure and Duke Dumont in a new wave of well-crafted garage hooks and club-ready tracks. He now resides in Berlin when he’s now playing sell out tours or deep house club sets.
Both respected for their individual pursuits, Matt and Kye now make up distinctive North London producers Gorgon City. They face another exciting year as the most hotly-tipped duo in house music after their enormous successes with last year’s collaborations ‘Real’ ft Yasmin, ‘Ready for Your Love’ with MNEK, and ‘Intentions’ with Clean Bandit. Their polished, club-savvy sounds caught the attention of Annie Mac, Eats Everything and Mistajam and Gorgon City quickly became the soundtrack to 2013’s best club nights and festivals.
With her star rapidly on the rise, self-taught Birmingham DJ Hannah Wants(aka Hannah Alicia Smith) mixes the best in house with her own distinctly bass heavy sound. Having appeared alongside the iikes of Annie Mac, Disclosure, SBTRKT and Magnetic Man High Definition welcomes the addition of this upcoming young DJ to this year’s festival.
Born out of Hip Hop and now with both feet firmly in the world of Drum & Bass, the Harry Shotta Show perfectly showcases the skills of who is clearly one of the most gifted and versatile MCs in the UK. His talents have seen him conquer festivals and radio alike and his live show is one that is sure to turn heads at this year’s festival.
Following a chance meeting and hitting it off in a Brighton club Jon Rundellwas signed to headliner Carl Cox’s record label, Intec. Jon’s music and infamous remixes have won him support across the techno world from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, and Dubfire and across the years he has performed in huge venues all over the world including a residency at The End and headline shows in Ibiza. His set is sure to be utterly unmissable.
Special guest Joy Orbison, aka London based producer Peter O’Grady’s style is a sublime mixture of house, techno and dubstep. His debut single ‘Hyph Mngo’ made him an underground success, which translated into worldwide airplay and club spins. Peter credits his uncle drum n bass DJ Ray Keith for getting him into DJ’ing at the age of 13 and since then he has played numerous festivals and dance floors all over the world, formed his own label and club and has topped respected DJ magazine lists to the acclaim of his peers.
Dedicated Drum & Bass DJ and producer Logan-D’s career has seen him expand from not only a dance floor filler and razor-sharp selector to a label boss and party promoter. His Low Down Deep raves have continued to grow and placed both him and his parties as the stuff of genuine scene legend.
Mampi Swift is the very definition of a legend. Having begun his career way back in the early 90s he shows no signs of abating and last years self released album ‘History’ saw him gain huge DJ support form the likes of Andy C, Sub Focus, Netsky, Chase N Status, Friction and 1Xtra DJ Bailey.
Multi award winning Drum & Bass hero MC Eksman’s flow rocketed him into the scene with a flow unlike any other and a lyricism of a substance that is so often lacking from modern Drum & Bass. A champion of underground MC talent and an ongoing talent, Eksman is not one to be missed.
A true pioneer of the early British hardcore sound under various monikers, the man now known as MC IC3 comes to High Definition 2014 with an old school attitude and a retained relevance that will surely have younger MCs in awe.
Leeds born and London based DJ and producer Midland’s career has seen him defy categorisation and taken him from remixes for the likes of Caribou, Washed Out and Stateless through to his own garage, house and bass encompassing work. Pulling influence from almost every corner of the musical world, it’s no wonder that his unique sound has garnered him attention and club spins worldwide.
MistaJam should really need no introduction to any discerning hip-hop fan. His BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ slot has made him an authority in the UK underground and his vital, energetic live DJ sets make him a firm crowd favourite.
The recipient of the Mercury Music Prize, two BRIT Awards and three MOBOs, Ms Dynamite is a true legend of UK hip-hop and R&B. The north London native is no stranger to keeping a festival crowd going and with iconic hits the likes of ‘Dy-Na-Mi-Tee’ to bring out with her, expect a very special set indeed.
Bristol based, Black Butter Records duo My Nu Leng’s sound is one that consistently defies categorization. Their bass heavy sounds have seen them provide remixes to the likes of Naughty Boy, Rudimental and fellow Black Butter family members Clean Bandit as well as hugely popular performances at the likes of Fabric, Motion and Snowbombing, the duo are not to be missed at Eridge Park this year.
South London DJ Oneman’s musical career began in the world of underground pirate radio. He now performs weekly shows on Rinse FM and is loved for his blends of dubstep, grime, UK hip-hop and garage. He has released two albums with Fabric Live and Rinse FM, completed a US tour, supported SBTRKT, and played festivals all over Europe.
DJ Lipmaster Mark and MC Evenson Allen make up the two halves of old school Breakbeat, Drum & Bass and House duo Ratpack. Having joined forces way back at the birth of the warehouse and rave scene in 1985, the pair’s sound still holds strong with performances at the likes of Glastonbury, Global Gathering, Gatecrasher and Ministry Of Sound proving to be ever popular.
Roska’s immediately distinctive sound and ear for swung-house percussion and ridiculously heavy sub-bass separate him from his contemporaries in a way that is so often missing in modern dance music. Having founded his own label, Roska Kicks & Snares, you can still find Roska smashing basement venues countrywide as well as catching him at the likes of the prestigious Glastonbury, Bloc, Lowlands and Sonar festivals.
The name Route 94 is shrouded in mystery and surrounded by rumours suggesting that he is actually a successful act under a new alias. All we know is that he exploded onto the scene last year and has produced some of the sickest remixes around such as ‘Forget the Girl’, ‘Freak’, and Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’. 2014 looks to be an exciting year for this mysterious act.
Rinse FM DJ Sam Supplier’s Friday afternoon radio show is the ideal primer for a weekend of raving and High Definition will see him bring his energetic blend of House and Garage to the mass crowds this summer!
Shy FX has, since his debut in 1992, been an authority and a true force in UK D&B and Jungle. Remaining relevant as ever, when not producing or taking his stunning DJ set on the road he can be found releasing notable younger talent the likes of dubstep pioneers Skream, Benga and Caspa as well as fellow Drum and Bass artists Breakage and Calibre via his Digital Soundboy label.
Bronx natives Steve and Chris aka The Martinez Brothers most recently performed for High Definition at the spectacular and sold out London warehouse party last year. Their love of high energy house and techno sets first developed at the world famous Circo Loco in Ibiza’s DC10, they now enjoy a hectic touring schedule across the globe from their native USA to Tokyo, and frequent European trips bringing with them a fusion of Latin jazz, disco and salsa vibes that never fail to keep a crowd on their feet. This year’s High Definition Festival will see them perform an incredible six-hour set!
Veteran Just Jack resident, promoter, label boss and underground house and techno DJ and producer Tom Rio should need no introduction to any discerning dance enthusiast. Born in Brazil but cutting his teeth musically in Holland, Tom’s eventual move to Bristol has seen him become a key part in a scene that few could deny is responsible for a true house revolution.
British DJ and producer Will Saul’s sounds are based in deep house, disco and techno, containing flashes of soul and Motown, which wouldn’t be out of place in the early days of Detroit. Not only gaining a reputation as an esteemed DJ, he has remixed for artists from Little Dragon to Solomun and Scuba to name a few. If his residency at London’s The End was anything to go by, Will knows how to keep the crowd going, and High Definition is excited have him for 2014.
Benjamin Pettit is better known as DJ Zinc, and loved by ravers for his unmistakable drum n bass, ragga, house, and breaks sounds. Zinc is still going strong since the early 90’s, when he became well known for his undisputed classic anthem ‘Super Sharp Shooter’. The track became one of the pivotal sounds of the jungle/ drum and bass movement and Zinc was never afraid to inject some Jamaican dub and ragga sounds into his sets. Zinc went on to do time on London’s pirate radio scene, before hitting the underground rave scenes where he has stayed ever since.
A masssive new release of artists have been added to Spains Sonar Barcelona. Pretty Lights, Flux Pavilion, Rudimental, DJ Harvey, The Martinez Brothers, Machinedrum, Tiga, Laurel Halo, Ben Frost, Yelle and showcase from New York label L.I.E.S. are among the new additions to Sonar Barcelona 2014.
Known as Pretty Lights, Derek Vincent Smith will present a lush visual show at Sonar performing "A Color Map Of The Sun" his fourth album, nominated for best dance / electronica album at the Grammy Awards. Pretty Lights samples and combines hip-hop, glitch and also revives funk and soul samples, all of which make him the most organic artist within the explosion of electronica in the US.
Rudimental and Flux Pavilion are two of the UK’s most popular champions in today’s commercial dance music. Rudimental, are a London quartet focused primarily on fusing pop and drum'n'bass. They are comprised of composers, DJ 's and producers Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith. To add to their long list of UK and European chart successes is their new, 2014 Brits Awards, triple nomination for: Best Group, Best Album and Best Single (for "Waiting All Night"), the spearhead of their meteoric rise, achieved in less than three years. Their powerful live show at Sonar will feature 12 musicians, MC's, organs, synthesizers, guitars, percussion and MPC 's.
Meanwhile, Flux Pavilion, aka Joshua Steele, one of the most in demand dubstep producers and DJ’s in Britain, will present live, his sonic palette of sweeping hyperbolic bass lines. As well as remixing the likes of M.I.A. and Skrillex, the 24-year-old Flux Pavillion also sings and plays a variety of instruments. Over the last five years this versatility has seen him perform around the world, earning him the respect from both the industry and public alike.
With a completely new show the awe-inspiring Yelle aka singer -songwriter Julie Budet (a genuine star of electro-synth pop and one of the most internationally successful modern French artists) will present her charismatic personality during the live performance of her much-anticipated third album. She will do so in the company of her band composed of DJs Grand Marnier (Jean François Perrier) and Tepr (Tanguy Destable).
Exemplary careers in the history of electronica
There will be no shortage of DJ heavyweights: Tiga, (one of the most important figures of electronica to come out of Canada) has been given the responsibility of closing this year’s festival on Saturday night. DJ Harvey wizard in the realm of disco, house, garage, electro and cosmic rock will present his usual master class, and The Martinez Brothers, the new ambassadors of New York house music, who are responsible for revitalising the genre.
Also from the Big Apple the raw and minimalist electronica labelL.I.E.S. will present their showcase. In just three years L.I.E.S. has built an impressive catalogue, already an international benchmark for low-fi house and techno. Label chief Ron Morelli will perform his first album live. Meanwhile, Svengalisghost, (alias of Marquis Cooper) will present its dystopian, paranoiac and noir sound that includes flawless hooks of acid, house, techno and EBM. Cooper manipulates cassette tapes and uses old editing techniques and methods to distort the sound from a turntable.
Ben Frost, the renowned Australian experimental electronic artist living in Iceland has directed operas, composed music for the theatre, dance, visual arts and cinema. At Sonar he will present his new album supported by his on stage band, providing guitars, several large amplifiers and various electronic devices in order to share his post- classical, noise, post-rock, drone and dark metal music.
Sonar 's commitment to new talent
Emerging artists like Machinedrum, UZ, Recondite and Alizzz will also represent new talent.
American Travis Stewart, better known as Machinedrum (who has reinvented drum'n'bass and is one of the main advocates for the revival of jungle and it’s hybridization process with the Chicago footwork sound) will come to Sonar to present his "Vapor City Live Show" the live version of his new album. A visual concept album released on Ninja Tune, each track represents an imaginary city district. "Vapour City" transports itself to the stage with Machinedrum’s own vocals and guitar, with percussion by Lane Barrington and visuals from the Weirdcore collective.
In recent years, American Laurel Halo has created her own unique sound: lush, avant-garde, electronic and experimental, inspired by the minimalist music of Steve Reich, Detroit techno, science fiction and experiences from 6 months spent in Thailand. Halo experiments and shifts between techno, ambient, synth pop, drum machines, samplers, her voice, pianos, guitars and violins, among many other elements. "Quarantine", released on Hyperdub in 2012, was selected as ‘album of the year’ by the prestigious magazine, Wire. In 2013 there followed EP "Behind The Green Door" and the album "Chance of Rain". It was material in which she abandoned her more experimental vocal treatments to concentrate in more depth, on the techno roots of her music.
The mysterious UZ is a true icon of trap, not only for his incredible talent but also for the mystery surrounding him. Never showing his face, his identity is unknown. His tracks are raw and minimalist, powerful and magnetic and his dexterity with bass lines sets him apart from other same genre artists.
Visionist, also known as Louis Carnell, has for some time been earmarked by the specialised press, as one of the most promising and intriguing artist’s in today’s British electronica. At Sonar he will present his unique take on the grime sound, including the ethereal elements, which place him at the forefront of the genre.
Recondite, aka German Lorenz Brunner is a staple artist of the current Berlin scene and a producer noted for his sensitivity to the deeper, melancholic and intimate side of electronica. At Sonar he will present "Hinterland", his second album, inspired by the ecosystem of Bavaria and released on Ghostly International. It is an album of slow techno and house, with frozen and bleak textures.
From the global sound arena, the Angolan DJ Nigga Fox is an artist exploring contemporary electronic music produced in the suburbs of Lisbon. It is dance music that draws ancient influences from Portuguese – African Diaspora like Funaná (a rapid accordion driven rhythm), Kizomba or Tarrachinha (slow and sensual) as well as the more contemporary sound of Kuduro, a type of tribal house with MC’s rapping vocal parts.
On a local level, Barcelonan Alizzz (alias of Cristian Quirante) is already one of 2014’s rising stars. With an EP release on none other than Diplo’s Mad Decent label, he is one of the most talked about names of the year. Counting influences as diverse as techno and 90’s hard rock, his music adds vitality and excitement by merging hip-hop and r&b, to produce an entirely contemporary, epic and danceable sound.