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1883 x One off DUBSTEP Mix from Spooky B x Outlook Festival

Recognised as the leading ambassador of bass celebrations and soundsystem culture across the world, Outlook Festival marks an incredible ten years of existence this summer. For this mammoth bill there’s no holding back, as Outlook announce Ghostface Killah, David Rodigan, Roots Manuva, Mad Professor, Shy FX, Loyle Carner, Rockwell, Chronixx & Zinc Fence Redemption Band, Congo Natty, Amy Becker, Alix Perez, Jammz and more all making the pilgrimage to Croatia to join Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Goldie, LEVELZ, Jonwayne and more. Priding themselves on championing both legends of the game and the leaders of tomorrow, Outlook Festival will unite the biggest, baddest and best names from dubstep, jungle, dub, drum and bass, hip-hop, grime and everything in between at their fortress home across the 6th-10th September, and with tier three tickets moving fast, party people wanting to join the celebrations should act now to secure a spot at Outlook Festival 2017.

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We chatted to Spooky B who’s recorded a one off dubstep remix for 1883.

What tune should we be listening to this summer?
I’m gonna pick one that’s in this mix – ‘Spiritual Warfare’ by Distant Roots & Creep n00m.

What are you most excited about for Outlook 2017?
The boat parties are gonna be seriously wavey.

What items are on your essential packing list for Outlook?
A portable charger. Shades. A hand towel. Deodorant. Don’t need more than that really.

What’s your favourite Outlook Festival memory?
Doing ‘The Void’ stage for Just Jam. Crazy.

Describe Outlook in 3 words.
Mental. Magical. Mad.

Gottwood Festival 2017 and the Sets that Made It

For the glitter soaked, outrageously attired folk that return to the Isle of Anglesey year on year, Gottwood is a ritual celebration of the wild and free. With the incredible art, the finest DJs and an almost complete lack of phone signal, the Gottwood family have curated an escapist’s utopia that has made them both the critics’ choice and one of the most in demand tickets each year.

In 2017, the organisers didn’t take any opportunity rest on their laurels, showing a clear investment in better lighting and sound. Strobes, lasers and bass kicks had a greater presence throughout the festival. The greatest technical improvement on previous years was The Curve, one of the larger covered stages set right next to the lake. Last year we had struggles to get comfortable and lost in any of the sets over the weekend. This year it felt like the failsafe hit, we lost many hours to great sets from the likes of Felix Dickinson, Erol Alkan and Leon Vynehall.

Another welcome addition in 2017 was a brand new fine dining restaurant, NEST, floating on the scenic Gottwood lake. A proper sit down meal in the sun with sharing plates of “Gottwood fried chicken” and local caught crab felt like a brief moment of class before diving into another night of raucous behaviour. This year also saw an addition to the line-up in the form of mud as some wind and rain meant the weather wasn’t as picturesque as 2016. However there were still plenty of moments of lakeside sun lounging and the farmers tans to prove it.

Once again we experienced another unbeatable program of live musical and DJ performances, from ambient to jungle and everything in between. If we had to pick our favourites, it would be these 5 shows.

Levelz
The Manchester crew wasted no time kicking off the festivities on Thursday evening. The rabble of party starters once again tore the roof off of the newly refurbished but still tiny Barn house; playing heavy bass music, random obscurities and a few numbers from their own brilliant LVL 11 Mixtape. Their set displays a lack of fucks easily summed by their huge sing along to the BBC Grandstand Theme Tune and the intro music to TV show Home And Away.

Harvey Sutherland
This three-piece brought the best live performance of the weekend. Featuring the most rock star violinist we have ever experienced. The whole lawn crowd was on its feet but no one was having as much fun as him, busting Van Halen style air kicks all over the stage. They had the powerful performance to match, incredibly polished, soulful and blissful; so much so that by the end of their finale “Bermuda”, 95% of the crowd had one shoe in the air in celebration. It’s hard to explain why – it made sense at the time.

Banoffee Pies
By the final day, we had been reduced to functioning entirely on emotional impulse and a bout of sunshine led us to soaking rays with a cold one in the mystical walled garden. We had previously heard good things about the Bristolian crew Banoffee Pies, who were currently playing to a handful of daytime dancers, blending unusual cuts of tropical and far eastern sounds, including some top notch Bhangra vibes. Then, suddenly, the heavens opened and the crowd went from 15 to 500 as people took shelter in the covered marquee. The duo seized the opportunity, zig zagging between deep UK Garage, house and disco bangers. Soon the crowd was going nuts as the less informed tapped shoulders to ask “Who are these guys?!”

Helena Hauff
Our favourite DJ of 2016, Hauff brought her usual unrelenting intensity that has seen her shoot into the limelight in the past year. Powering though her frustration with some vinyl technical problems, she showed no mercy on her 3-day deep crowd; warming up with speedy dark techno before slamming on a full electro and breakbeat thunderstorm with seamless technique whilst casually rolling cigarettes and chain smoking all at the same time. The crowd were suitably stunned, as embodied by one reveller we overheard screaming – “WE ARE NOT FUCKING LEAVING HERE”.

Margaret Dygas
With Zip unable to make it to the festival for his closing set in the Trigon, Margaret Dygas extended her set till end of play. Possibly sensing the fragility of some attendees on the last night, Dygas warmed up the crowd with soothing hypnotic cuts like Efdemin’s “Some Kind of Up and Down Yes”, interspersed with the deepest of dub techno. It was a perfect eyes-closed end to another blinder of a weekend in the Gottwood forest.

Words by David March.
Keep up to date with Gottwood here.

This August sees the Gottwood team launch their new festival, Houghton, curated by Craig Richards. We will be going, read our preview here. Find out more and get tickets here.

Eastern Electrics Festival is back for 2017

Eastern Electrics Festival 2017 | Saturday 5th August, 11am – 10pm

With summer edging closer and the sun starting to bless the skies, it can only mean one thing; it’s nearly festival season! And if you’re a dedicated house and techno head, Eastern Electrics Festival should be number one on your list. This Saturday August 5th sees the almighty EE crew unite old friends and new to host eight expertly programmed stages, featuring new additions Knee Deep In Sound, iconic label Defected Records, plus the long awaited return of Skreamizm, Rinse FM, Viva Warriors, Star of EE, the infamous Tropical Tea Party and a super special VIP area hosted by Jocks and Nerds. Expect the finest sounds across house, techno, disco, garage, bass and more for this summer outing, plus lots of on-site fun and games to keep all party people entertained. With early bird tickets long sold out, and second tier available now from just £29.50, it’s time to secure a spot at what is set to be a highlight event of the UK Festival calendar.

As ever, the main stage is hosted by the Eastern Electrics clan and the EE team keep it strictly banging. Last year saw a surprise Tuskegee B2B with Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers, under the glorious British summertime sunshine – so expect international headliners spinning records all day long. The industrial Switchyard stage will be curated by Knee Deep in Sound, the party created by house mainstay Hot Since 82, bringing an all star cast of prized DJs to soundtrack this special stage. Eastern Electrics family member Skream (remember when he DJ-ed on the back of a rickshaw round Oxford Street?) heads The Bigger Top with a whole clan of favourites, for a Skreamizm takeover, representing darker shades of house and techno. Keep eyes peeled for details on talent coming very soon.

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Junction 2 Festival 2017

This weekend we headed to West London for a melting pot of some of the best names in techno: the second edition of Junction 2 Festival. Just a stone throw away from the M4 motorway (hence its name) the festival stands uniquely apart from the London day-festival scene for one big reason: no sound restrictions. Boasting earth-shaking sound systems, the festival compromises nothing when it comes to volume.

The Piccadilly line was packed with tech-loving festival heads heading westbound, softening the blow of the hour-long journey. Entry into the festival was quick and easy, and the staff were fun and friendly, adding to the techno community vibe. The first act we saw was Sam Paganini on the Sonus stage. The crowd was vibrating uniformly to the progressive techno vibes and the sun was well and truly out to play.

Maceo Plex’s minimal techno vibes drew a gigantic crowd to the Sonus stage and was a huge highlight of the day. Credit must also be paid to the incredible Drumcode stage which saw the likes of Ben Klock and Reset Robot deliver huge sets to a mesmerised crowd. And it’s hard to describe quite how amazing and surreal the atmosphere was when Tale Of Us dropped Barnt’s ‘If She Says She Is A Healer, She Is A Healer’, as hundreds of cars flew over the crowd on the M4 bridge, the huge concrete structures and pillars suitably housing the tech sounds that echoed within.

Overall, it’s hard to fault Junction 2 festival. There were plenty of areas and stages to discover, from the concrete urban jungle spaces, to the wonderful woodland park to get lost in, Junction 2 seemed to have it all. True to form, the egoless techno lovers were the ones who made it. Every single stage drew a crowd of dedicated tech-heads all having fun in the sun. And after a successful second edition, it’s fair to say that this new kid on the festival block certainly knows how to stand out from the crowd.

Sign up for information on Junction 2 Festival 2018 here.

 

LFWM June 17 – Day 4 – Katie Eary – Front of House

Photography Nicolas Lapite

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LFWM June 17 – Day 4 – D.GNAK – Front of House

Photography Nicolas Lapite

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LFWM June 17 – Day 4 – Christopher Raeburn – Front of House

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LFWM June 17 – Day 4 – A Cold Wall – Front of House

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LFWM June 17 – Day 4 – Michiko Koshino – Front of House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography By Anne Laymond

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LFWM June 17 – Day 3 – John Lawrence Sullivan – Front of House

Photography Nicolas Lapite

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