A gem in 2015's festival season, Gottwood have released the first acts to grace next year's line-up. 

Priding itself on blending electronic heavyweights with rising, underground stars, the likes of Joy OrbisonDaniel Avery and  Move D take over the woods alongside Beautiful SwimmersBradley Zero and tINI. The bass-heavy flavours of Chimpo and Ivy Lab are married with the jazz-tinged sounds of Max Graef and Glenn Astro, whilst Nick HöppnerVirginia and Prosumer flaunt Berlin's Ostgut Ton in full force. 

With a whole host of other acts yet to join Craig RichardsBen UFOAndrew WeatherallHodgeRoman Flügel and more, the intimate woodland affair is set to be its biggest yet.

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Still riding the crest of the wave from its remarkable success this summer, Gottwood Festival returns in 2016 to the idyllic woodland wonderland of Anglesey, North Wales.

Nested amongst lakes and trees, with the coast but a stones throw away,  the charming site is set to host an eclectic mix of intimate stages, art installations and creative lighting projects, all soundtracked by electronic's finest. Priding itself on fostering a diversified party experience, part of Gottwood's enduring charm is its relationship with cutting-edge club brands, labels and publications. Returning for its seventh installment are the likes of FutureboogieHit & Run, Tief, Rhythm SelectionPercolate, Studio 89 and Hypercolour. New recruits to the festival include: Will Saul's AUS house imprint, London's infamous party-throwers Secret SundazeNot An AnimalWarm Up, Racubah, Banoffee Pies and 22a, all traversing a vast range of musical flavours. 

Expanding its line-up but preserving its size, Gottwood promises to be an intimately eccentric affair. With the line-up readying itself for release in December, tickets are already on sale and can be found here

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One of London's most cherished event series - The Hydra - reveal their 2015 line-ups for the upcoming months. Running from autumn 'til the new year, Series One pushes deep into the corners of the ever-evolving electronic landscape, flaunting the most dynamic and cutting-edge acts from across the board. It'll take place over two venues, returning - with an enhanced sound system - to its permanent space at Wapping's Studio Spaces E1, and Studio Spaces E2 on Kingsland Road.

It kicks off on August bank holiday weekend at the Electric Minds Loft Parties at E2, with Ame and Henrick Schwarz holding it down at the intimate venue on Saturday 29. The following night, techno pioneers Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Rødhåd are joined by Volte-Face, Tessela and Objekt for an unforgettable (and sold out) night.

Moving into the colder and darker months, Daphni will be bringing the heat at his all-night-long marathon session on November 20, and Ostgut Ton Zehn celebrate their tenth anniversary with Nick Höppner + more. The series will also continue to join forces with leading clubbing brands; Bugged Out bring George Fitzgerald, Erol AlkanBarnt and Andrew Weatherall + Sean Johnston's 'A Love From Outer Space' all under one roof in another birthday festivity, and the Dekmantel-curated night on December 4 are teasing us with a line-up TBA. If this year's festival was anything to go by, it should be huge. 

For more information and a closer look at the seriously strong line-ups, click here. Tickets can be found here.

 

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2015 is going to be a massive year for the Croatian festival scene, with the news that the 10th year of the trailblazing Garden Festival will also be its last. Over the last decade it has set the bar for both the Croatian festival scene, and the European electronic landscape as a whole. Whilst we are sad to see the festival go, it looks like they are planning a leaving party to remember with the first acts they have announced for next summer.

Headed to beach are DJ Harvey, Seth Troxler, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Midland, Craig Richards and Psychemagik. Beyond this promising, building line up, the location offers a week of revelry unparalleled on the European festival circuit. If previous line-ups are any precedent for prediction, the festival should offer the best in both contemporary dance and electronic music - as well as the Adriatic sea for the morning after.

Keep an eye on their website for further line up announcements and tickets. The festival will run at its usual site at the Garden Tisno between the 1st and the 8th of July.

Words : Angus Harrison

Photo Credit : Khris Cowley/Here and Now

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Founded in Bristol in 2011, Shuf are excited to shout out the Glasgow arm of Simple Things on the 1st of November, the most exciting and diverse festival of the winter season. Much like Bristol, Glasgow is a perfect setting for the one-dayer. A city rich with musical heritage and artistic ambition, it seems fitting that the cold skies will welcome a range of acts as innovative as they are established.

Across five stages in three venues in the city, Glasgow will be playing host to Dean Blunt, Autechre, Nightmares on Wax, Actress, The Haxan Cloak, Hookworms and veritable menagerie of other acts. These names will be split across Glasgow's finest centres for live music - The O2 ABC, The Art School and Broadcast. Previous years have included now stalwarts Jamie XX and Flying Lotus amongst others, so besides promising a mind-expanding day of music, the festival can also be held up as one of the most forward-thinking events on the electronic/alternative calendar.

Head to the Simple Things website to find out more about the acts playing, and what can be expected from the different venues. Tickets are available here

 

Words : Angus Harrison

 

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Shuf are stoked to report that Gottwood Festival is returning to the Anglesey Forest from the 11th to the 14th of June, 2015. The festival is a rarity on the UK circuit, dropping an eclectic blend of underground electronic music into the coastal haven of northwest Wales. In keeping with these surroundings the festival promises a ‘psychedelic fairy-tale’, compromised of tucked away stages, art installations, dance, projections, and graffiti flooding the forest floor. 

The festival is also a family affair, with regular faces returning for next year. A whole bunch of brands, labels and hosts are invited by the festival to cast their own identity across the canopy, and contribute their distinct vibe to the festival experience. In 2015 Gottwood will welcome Jigsaw Presents, Boxford, Back To Basics, Brotherhood Sound System, Future Disco, Futureboogie, Hit & Run, Hypercolour, Jaunt, Louche, Nixwax, Real Nice, Road To Nowhere, Tief, Wigflex and Wolf. In addition to these names, Gottwood is welcoming some newer faces. Sounds of the Universe will be curating an entire day of live programming, Craig Richard’s The Nothing Special will be providing a distinctly obscure take on house, as well as Subban’s and Adam Shelton’s One Records bringing a more raw groove to the party.

Amongst the hum of the summer festivals Gottwood really is a gem, so head over to their website to keep up to date on further line up announcements. Or if you are already convinced, you can get hold of early bird tickets here.

 

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From the 27th March to the 1st April, FutureEverything will embark upon a city-wide programme of innovative live events in Manchester for it's 19th year.

Shuf are thrilled to be supporting the takeover which includes a series of live shows that are set to raise the bar for curation and performance in a city that is constantly looking to move forward. Proceedings begin on the 27th with a performance from the masterminds behind our 7th favourite album of last year, DARKSIDE. Their taking over of the Ritz will bring 'Psychic' to live in spectacularly hypnotic fashion and will set a precedent for a series of events that looks far into the future. Following that, the ever-mysterious Dean Blunt will be bringing his highly regarded live show to Soup Kitchen before Evian Christ and Koreless utilise the fantastic RNCM space the following evening.

That's just 3 days in. Berlin label Mooncircle will showcase some of their celebrated roster at Soup Kitchen on the 30th before a debut European performance from the sidewalk pop-heroine, The Space Lady in the stunning surroundings of Manchester Art Gallery. The event then bows out in a lull of noise courtesy of Tim Hecker and Julianna Barwick. Hecker's forward-thinking craftsmanship and thick soundscapes will be the perfect swan-song to a cluster of events that raise the live music scene in Manchester year after year.

We will be covering as many of the events as possible and you can find information on tickets and all the other attractions right here

If you are based in the North of England and want to see the boundaries of live music truly stretched, then this is your chance. Amazing spaces, fantastic acts and a truly remarkable format.

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One way for me to articulate the way I feel about this video is by responding to one of the thousands of YouTube commenters. MsMadKim who makes the point of guessing that this video cost around $100. That’s kind of the whole point. If Kanye wanted to actually look as if he was on a motorcycle he’s probably got enough paper to make that so. Its intentionally tacky and unprofessional. Green screen à la BBC Weather as opposed to Pacific Rim (which Kanye loves). I think another thing worth celebrating is the directorial work of Nick Knight who nails the post-2000 all-American anti-glamour aesthetic just as faultlessly here as he did on the gothic metallic-glitz artwork for Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’. It’s a very hard look to pin down. Drake’s artwork for ‘Nothing Was The Same’ is another shining example. It’s a self-deprecating egoism that is inferred without a single smirk. Having labelled himself and his fiancee “Un-American idols” on ‘Clique’, Kanye is furthering that image with the pair raunchily caressing aboard a motorcycle with her all-too-familiar body in all it’s glory. This comes after eagles flying atop mountains and soaring shots of the Grand Canyon that look like default Windows XP wallpapers. This anti-American imagery might not be as obvious as some of Ye’s previous stunts but it is a measured, calculated comment on the shallow pre-conceived grandeur that  surrounds the American dream. It’s a dream that Kanye loves to loathe but is knowingly caught up in.

Lastly, it is important to look at this video in the context of the album. ‘Bound 2’ is a blast of over-zealous self-important flexing that comes after 9 tracks of self-subverting and disillusioned arrogance. “They order champagne but still look thirsty”, “I know you’re tired”. An exhaustion with the superficial mechanisms of Hollywood that sum up Kanye’s frustration with popular culture. This video is perfectly shallow with closeups of the man himself and more shots of Kim’s assets than even Ray-J could handle but that’s the part ‘Bound 2’ plays on ‘Yeezus’. It’s a clapped out misogyny that breeds videos that are all tits, cars and the USA but, unlike his contemporaries, Kanye is in on the joke.

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Over the weekend of the 7-10 of November Turin in Italy plays host to Club2Club festival, a weekend of music which encapsulates the cutting edge side of the club scene at the moment offering some of the worlds most well respected dance music heavyweights. Now in it's 13th year, Club2Club has built upon its experience and resources to offer a weekend that has been described by Resident Advisor as the event of the season. Big names playing include Julio Bashmore, Four Tet, Modeselektor and James Holden, all whom bring something slightly different to a weekend of music. 

The festival is not just a night-time event and has musical offerings throughout the day as well as a very special concert on Thursday evening of James Holden, playing in the grand Theatre Carignano. The festival is a chance for the rapidly growing Italian club scene to experience these well-known names but also sample less well known, but equally talented artists. One of these being Koreless, an artist who has been making music since 2008, Club2Club gives him a chance to perform to a knowledgeable, enthusiastic Italian crowd. Fuck Buttons will also be one not to miss, although they have been making music for a while the recent success they have experienced, will be great to see on the live stage. Other names not to be missed across the weekend include US producer Machinedrum, Rustie who has just produced some of Danny Browns 'Old' and also Norweigian Todd Terje with his own blend of ‘Nu-Disco’.

In summary the festival is a great opportunity for music fans to see an array of artists across a weekend with a well thought out line up and carefully selected venues. It’s Turin base makes it easily accessible from Milan and Southern Europe and it is sure to offer a fantastic weekend in the middle of November when festivals worth going to are pretty thin on the ground. Find out more here. 

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After only being up and running for one year, Gathering Festival has already managed to assert itself confidently on the pop-up festival scene and this year it’s guaranteed to be even bigger and better than the last. Music enthusiasts of Oxford began drooling in anticipation following the smattering of acts that were announced back in May. As students returned to the city renowned for its educational prowess, the final line-up was posted along the walls of the eternally trendy Cowley Road for citizens to ogle at in astonishment.

So, who made the cut? Well, the folks at Gathering HQ have plucked 38 exciting acts resulting in a dazzling and diverse line up that is sure to quench the musical tastes of people far and wide. Amongst the performers you’ll find Temples, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs and Ruen Brothers who all craft music that oozes 60’s sensibilities and will inevitably have the crowds twirling in enthusiasm. However, for those in to a more modernistic take on the genre of rock then Cowley Road will be playing host to bands such a Cheatahs, Drenge, Findlay and Wolf Alice. The common thread between these four bands is that they will have guitars fully amplified, pedals at the ready and will shake you to your very core with undiluted garage rock. However, if you’ve never enjoyed being compressed up against a sweaty bundle of distortion adoring enthusiasts that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be at Gathering as a hoard of sweet-sounding pop acts will also be in attendance. Joint headliners London Grammar, James Young (who supported the aforementioned), AlunaGeorge, Chloe Höwl, Pawws and Laura Welsh will all be at hand to saturate the audience in infectiously catchy pop songs and get your hands joyously waving in the air. If you’re more in to dreamy indie jams that are littered with majestic choruses and soaring reverberations then check out Pylo, Dancing Years, Mt. Wolf, Oxford locals Spring Offensive and of course Californian favourites Local Natives. Additionally, friends of folk will find comfort at the shows of To Kill a King, Port Isla and Sweet William while those searching for electronic infused performances that are both innovative and textured should be sure to catch Fyfe, Troumaca and Aosoon.  

Ranging from bands that are famed on the Oxford circuit to bands that have been generating buzz across the pond, there is no doubt that the 19th October will be a phenomenal day of music. The city is quivering in excitement and ready to descend on Cowley Road for Gathering: the grass roots festival that has undoubtedly become one of the highlights of the local musical calendar.

Get more info on tickets right here 

Words: George Hemmati 

 

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