The tried and trusted late August bank holiday event showcased the best in homegrown British dance music across drum & bass, house and grime. As well as stylish sets from Belgian producer The Magician and Dutch Bakermat came a tour by the US’s Armand Van Helden though 25 years of house hits. Jungle beats past, present and future delivered, courtesy of Andy C, Chase & Status and London’s Shy FX, with a little help from his friends. Laura Jones was there.
After a successful stint in the Olympic Park in east London, elrow took its third instalment of the most over-the-top immersive day festival, elrow Town, north to Trent Park. Eric Morillo, Alan Fitzpatrick, Jamie Jones and Camelphat all headlined. Ann McManus was there.
The Hydra went back to where it all began for the London promoters with three shows over the August bank holiday weekend. Mike Barnard was there.
Wanderlust’s signature mindful triathlon returned for a third year in Battersea Park. The event comprised a 5k run or walk, a DJ-powered 90-minute outdoor yoga class with Tom Middleton on the decks and a 30-minute guided meditation. Ann McManus was there to take part.
Sónar 2019 attracted 105,000 people to see 140 performances by more than 300 artists from 36 countries. Mike Barnard was there.
Albania’s Kala Festival returned for its second year offering another mix of music, wellness and beaches. Mike Barnard was there.
Junction 2 Festival hosted its debut Friday with a diverse line-up including Bicep, Ben UFO, Craig Richards, DJ Koze, Volvox b2b Umfang and DJ Stingray. Mike Barnard and Ann McManus were there.
Mike Barnard returns to Junction 2 Festival for the annual Saturday showcase of house and techno.
Label Klockworks presented a third Photon at Printworks London on Saturday, March 30th. Mike Barnard and Ann McManus were there.
Kerri Chandler returned to headline Printworks London on Saturday, March 9th as part of his Kaoz show. Mike Barnard was there.
French label Ed Banger Records took over Electric Brixton on Friday, January 25th for their biggest London show in six years. Mike Barnard was there.
A dark shadow cast itself over Tobacco Docks as techno enthusiasts descended on the former burial ground for Drumcode’s annual Halloween takeover. Ann McManus was there to review.
The scenes at fabric’s 30 hour clubbing marathon as the London venue celebrated its 19th birthday.
London’s biggest celebration of drum & bass culture returned to Finsbury Park. Laura Jones was there.
Innervisions showcased its signature sound at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, September 21st.
Featuring three mindful activities — running, yoga, and meditation — Wanderlust 108 brought some Saturday morning zen to Battersea Park for its second instalment in London. Ann McManus and Laura Jones were there.
The seventh Dimensions Festival in Pula brought more than 7,000 revellers together with 150 artists, labels and collectives. Mike Barnard and Ann McManus were there.
Elrow Town set up in London for a second year as the immersive Spanish party concept took over a corner of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Mike Barnard and Ann McManus were there.
FOLD announced itself to the London clubbing scene with a 24 hour party bringing together 21 progressive party crews and DJ collectives to provide the soundtrack.
The debut Kala Festival introduced the Albanian coastline as a destination for music-lovers and explorers of fresh settings to party. Mike Barnard was there.
Sónar marked the 25th edition of its Barcelona festival by attracting its highest attendance of 126,000 and more than 150 performances. Mike Barnard reports.
Innervisions rounded off four days of OFFSónar parties at Barcelona’s Poble Espanyol during the 25th Sónar Festival. Mike Barnard was there.
Junction 2 Festival returned to London’s Boston Manor Park for its third year. Mike Barnard and Ann McManus were there.
More than 143,000 festival-goers made the 16th edition of Nuits Sonores a record-breaking year for the Lyon event. Mike Barnard was there.
Paul Kalkbrenner brought the tour of his eighth album Parts of Life to London at LWE’s new venue, Old Fountain Studios. Mike Barnard was there.