Following our preview of the Dimensions Festival opening concert and boat parties for 2017, we move on to the daytime beach stage and night spaces in the Fort Punta Christo. Running From Thursday, August 31st to Sunday, September 3rd, the sixth edition adds a new stage - Jack’s Corner on the leafy path between open space The Clearing and the fort.
The Garden, Arija Stage and Void sit in the grounds of the fort, while the 100 metres of The Moat is a unique setting for some of the hardest beats. The Stables arena is encased by 20ft walls while Mungo’s Arena and the tiny Noah’s Ballroom offer the chance to get encompassed by the historic venue. Read on to find out more about who’s playing where.
Thursday, August 31st
Stamp the Wax take control of the beach on the first day of music headlinged by Henry Wu presents The Kamaal Williams Ensemble featuring Mcknasty (Josh McKenzie), Tenderlonious and Tom Driessler playing the electro-jazz-bass-funk of Black Focus. Support will come from DJ Okapi playig a forgotten era of South African pop music, a live set from Texans Khruangbin, Leeds-based underground party kings Cosmic Slop plus Aaron L & Harri Pepper representing Stamp the Wax.
Live sets that catch in the eye in The Clearing are the deep house of Romare and the intriguing Floating Points. Meanwhile DāM-FunK will get behind the decks for a lesson in cool. Hessle Audio celebrate 10 years with a takeover in The Moat that sees Pangaea, Ben UFO and Pearson Sound joined by A Made Up Sound and Helena Hauff.
The Stables welcomes respected producers in Demdike Stare, Andy Stott and Petar Dundov, meanwhile Mungo’s bass adventures will be led by Equiknoxx, Mala and Kode 9. Resident Advisor host The Void with Binh and Joy Orbison, or check out The Garden for Zeezout presents Mister Saturday Night, Josey Rebelle and Mr Ties.
Friday, September 1st
If you missed DāM-FunK DJ Thursday night, he’ll be doing a live headline show on the beach on the Friday and Moses Boyd Solo X make a second Dimensions appearance following the opening ceremony at the amphitheatre. Support will come from Alma Negra, Donna Leake and Aneesh.
There will be an electro face-off at The Stables with Dopplereffekt, Gary Gritness and Radioactive Man fusing the beats. Bodytonic host Romare getting behind the decks after his live show on Thursday at The Void joined by Maurice Fulton and Bradley Zero. Berghain favourite Marcel Dettmann closes The Garden after Boo Williams; Clone celebrate 25 years in The Moat thanks to Conforce, Serge, Randomer and A Made Up Sound.
At The Clearing, Floating Points will DJ followed by Awesome Tapes blogger Ata Kak live, Scott Grooves and Dan Shake. Drum & bass will reverberate at Mungo’s Arena with Alix Perez, dBridge and Skeptical. Head over to Arija at the end of the night to close with some disco as the Feelings DJs take control.
Saturday, September 2nd
Rush Hour’s Antal will provide the headline sunset show on the Saturday, supported by two live sets. Kerem Akday wil play his funk, house and bass-related frequencies while Croatian trio Chui fuse dance club rythms, jazz vocabulary and turbo-charged jazz/rock.
Antal returns to entertain with a Rush Hour label takeover of The Stables with cohorts Interstellar Funk, Sadar Bahar, Lee Collins, Sassy J, Kamma and Masalo. Metalheadz will give a history lesson at Mungo’s with Goldie b2b Ant TC1, DJ Randall b2b DJ Bailey, Doc Scott and Onemind or get an anthology of dance music thanks to Theo Parrish playing all night at The Garden.
There’s a chance to check out Croatian record labels Barba, Burek, Out of Place, Pomalo and Vakum represented courtesy of PDV Records at The Ballroom while our tip for Jack’s Corner is the Tuckshop DJs. Jay Clarke closes Arija for a off-the-beaten track techno workout. Elsewhere, Daphni gets three hours at The Clearing, the London Modular Alliance play The Void and Mike Dehnert closes the Moat.
Sunday, September 3rd
The final day at the beach provides New York’s The Round Table original Nicky Siano with a chance to shine, a live set from Amp Fiddler, plus Oslo’s Øyvind Morken and balearic tones from Rob Shields.
A rare chance to see Goldie play a techno set presents itself on the final night in the Moat where Pierre, Silent Servant and a special guest will also play. Head to The Void for rising star Willow together with a live set from Paul St Hilaire & Rhauder plus Tama Sumo b2b Lakuti. Mungo’s Arena will break out Adrian Sherwood, Pinch and Bane for its final basslines.
Giles Peterson, Telefon Tel Aviv and Danny Krivit will get The Garden moving but The Clearing catches the eye with Aux 88 performing live, Nina Kraviz and a closing three-hour set from Jeff Mills.
For tickets and details go to http://www.dimensionsfestival.com.