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Love International Reveal Full Lineup

Jan
19

In 2016 Love International continues the legacy left by The Garden Festival in Croatia, the region’s founding event and the one which inspired the now burgeoning scene of electronic music along the country’s stunning coast.

Making its debut on June 29th, Love International’s ethos might already feel a little familiar, curated by Dave Harvey and Tom Paine who have many years of experience working with The Garden Festival’s crew and shaping its artist bookings. Now they are realising their full vision, bringing back some old friends who have graced Tisno over the years and also introducing many of the world’s most revered DJs and producers for the first time to Tisno.

Five of the just revealed names are all amazing artists in their own right, each bringing something different to Love International. Eats Everything is quite simply one of the world’s biggest DJs and for the last three years he has blown Tisno away; for pure electric party vibes it doesn’t get any better. Bicep had a huge 2015 and the duo are all set to make this year even bigger, sculpting sublime sets across disco, house and techno, whilst Jackmaster played arguably one of the defining sets of last year with Armand Van Helden, their Boiler Room show skipping between French touch to garage and everything good in between. Roman Flugel is a Teutonic legend from the early 1990s crossing ambient, house, techno, electro and leftfield, and prime Swedish export Axel Boman is a bit of a young legend already; his Studio Barnhus label is a source of great material, and he has released and remixed on Permanent Vacation, Moodmusic and Hypercolour. The guys are joined by the already announced Dixon, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ben UFO, Gerd Janson, Craig Richards, Joy Orbison, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Prosumer, Hunee and Job Jobse.

Check this handy poster for all of the names:

Tickets and more info at http://loveinternationalfestival.com/

Gottwood Festival Announces Line-up [2016]

Dec
02

Gottwood are rolling out their line-up for 2016 and it is looking massive!

Artists on this year’s bill include techno royalty, DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, Ostgut Ton former label manager and long-serving electronic music figure Nick Höppner and Simple Record’s founder and the man behind AUS Music, Will Saul. Also joining this years line-up will be Robert Johnson family member Roman Flügel, the highly regarded Joy Orbison, former Life and Death label manager Job Jobse, Drone Logic artist Daniel Avery and the much sought after Geneva based DJ Sonja Mooner.

Other names on the bill include Berghain and Panorama bar resident Tama Sumo, the timeless house and techno producer Prosumer, music ambassadors Psychemagik and Scottish Sub Club residents Optimo. Axel Boman will also bring his distinctive yet dance floor friendly sound to a Gottwood stage, along with Balearic disco king Felix Dickinson and US based African cassette collector, blogger and DJ Awesome Tapes From Africa.

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Live Acts this year come in the form of a Crazy P full band performance, who fuse slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs and shimmering pop moments produce dance music with a voice, heart, and soul. Ostgut Ton’s Virginia will play a live PA set and Frankfurt based Lauer will also perform live. Live house stalwart Mr G will play a rare set, as will fast rising 22a records homestay Reginald Omas Mamode IV.

Local, Anglesey world music heroes Drymbago will bring their blend of afro, funk and cumbria to the live stage, along with Texan three-piece guitar band Khruangbin, who’s sound has been described as Thai funk, crafting hypnotic, spacious, drifting soulmusic with a cinematic dreaminess.

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Gottwood has become a Festival favourite, with many artists on the bill returning year on year to play, and party, in the enchanting Welsh woodland. Acts returning include micro house pioneer and Perlon founder Zip and Germany’s much beloved electronic soul Move D and leader of the gang, tINI this time bringing her gang to the forest. Futureboogie label regulars PBR Streetgang, 2020 Vision head honcho Ralph Lawson, One Records Adam Shelton and Boiler Room host and Rhythm Section label owner Bradley Zero also return. Fabric’s Craig Richards will be once again joined by Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO for a marathon b2b set, a memorable moment that closed Gottwood’s Walled Garden area during last years event.

Incredible as per with even more names to come as we get closer to the festival.

Tickets and more info: http://www.gottwood.co.uk/

The Warehouse Project, unique every time.

Nov
17

For the past few years, since my interest directed itself towards the clubbing scene, there has been one event everyone around me has been talking about. The annual line-up announcements are preceded by weeks of chatter; booking speculations and defiant statements of intent, swearing attendance to this apparently momentous occasion. I never quite understood the hype, the cynic that I am, associating excitement with inevitable let-down; and so with mixed emotions I made my way to Manchester, home of the Warehouse Project, to see what the fuss was about.

One of the most historic Warehouse Projects yet, showcasing the final stand of the 50Weapons label, with Rødhåd, Siriusmodeselektor, Truncate, Dark Sky, Clark, Addison Groove, and the rest testing British build quality. The label’s end has been lamented as the biggest tragedy of dance music this year, as saying goodbye to ten years of service and an all-star roster can be, but there were no tears shed at this event.

The venue is hidden away near Manchester Piccadilly station, the entrance a gap in a wall under a bridge. I say hidden, but it was hard to miss with the amount of security set up outside – from pat-downs to dogs – methodically ushering the crowds into the dark innards of the bridge. There was a feeling that I wasn’t supposed to be seeing this location, hidden in plain sight, that hundreds of people unknowingly walk past every day. Upon entering the structure I was immediately lost in cavernous red-brick (as if you can tell in the dark) rooms full of bustling ravers, all facing two stages at opposite ends of the venue. The light shows were impressive and unique to every artist, each performance is clearly separated from the last, making it seem like a kind of honour for the artist to be present. Surprisingly, I found gourmet food being served in the smoking area and a variety of affordable cocktails at the bar. This is an event that is prepared for anything its patrons might desire, leaving it hard to not have a good time. After a short wander around the space the fuss friends, strangers and acquaintances had been making was explained.

Even more impressive was the religious following of this event, as it seemed people had travelled from around the world for this night. These were not just students or young professionals living in Manchester, they were people who had travelled from France, Switzerland, Spain, even Germany (a Berghain regular proclaimed his love of the event to me) just for the weekend, or even the night. If this is the crowd that attends every Warehouse Project, then it is a crowd that has invested hundreds of pounds to live it up on this one night, undoubtedly contributing to the unique atmosphere.

Of course, the system and the music did not disappoint. I was particularly surprised by Clark’s live set, beginning with the somber melodies that define him before ramping up into, what must have been over, a 140 bpm marathon set. From this Truncate made his appearance on the main stage, delving into what a bystander announced to be “sounds of scratching metal”, in a set showcasing the best of 50weapons techno. From the gloom of Truncate, Modeselektor built up to a live-set with Siriusmo. The performance was unbelievably varied, moving from left-field house to dub before the crux of German Clap and Evil Twin. The level of interaction with the crowd was incredible, Gernot Bronsert grabbed the microphone and began cheering “modeselektor” before breaking out the deep vocals of Evil Twin, joining the crowd’s cheers. Last but not least, I enjoyed Rødhåd’s militant thumping, that I’m sure we are all acquainted with by now, adequately placed in the closing slot. I remember the bitter-sweet, minor-key synths escorting me to my 4.50 am train.

Needless to say, I will be attending the Warehouse Project again. If you haven’t been you should go, there aren’t really any excuses especially if you live in England and enjoy dance music. This is the closest you can get to a festival in the winter months, without the inconvenience (to some) of having to camp out. Those Europeans were having the best time, and you could be too.

More info on the rest of WHP shows: https://www.thewarehouseproject.com/

Love International Announces Line-up

Nov
03

After the original Croatian festival – The Garden Festival, closed its doors last year after a decade of parties it seemed as the yearly trek to the Adriatic sea was coming to the end for some. It seems that is not the case, however, as a spiritual successor is starting to shape up – Love International.

By day a harmonious holiday beneath the sizzling sun, and by dusk as the beats shift gear and introduce each balmy night beneath a canopy of stars, the intimate setting holds a unique energy, sound tracked by some of the world’s leading underground DJs and producers, drawing a vibrant and diverse audience from across the world to this tiny strip of paradise.

Dave Harvey, one of Love International’s founders, explains that: “We are feeling really great about Love International and continuing the great work The Garden Festival family created here over the last ten years. What we are doing is going to have its own vibe and some new elements, but at the same time we are seeking to retain and embrace what made The Garden so good – that family feel to it all, everyone knowing everyone else, all set in this incredible site on the coast. For us it’s about continuing that growth in our own way, so people who came to The Garden will find Love International familiar to them, but at the same time it will be a new experience. We feel we have got some great names onboard for our first announcement, with loads more to come in January.”

Love International First Line Up

Many more names will be announced in the New Year, along with boat and club parties and exciting new elements to Love International.

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Love International
Weds 29th June – Weds 6th July 2016
@ The Garden Tisno, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia
Lineup so far: Dixon, MCDE, Ben UFO, Gerd Janson, Craig Richards, Joy Orbison, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Prosumer, Hunee, Tama Sumo, Job Jobse, Fort Romeau, Felix Dickinson, Red Axes, Lord Of The Isles, Khruangbin and many more to be announced
£120 for 7 days and 7 nights (club and boat parties extra) www.loveinternationalfestival.com

Gottwood Festival 2016 here we come!

Sep
29

Riding the end of the festival season like a wave that’s quickly dissipating, we haven’t got much ahead of us but months of free-floating through work and winter.  We will eventually get to the distant shores of the summer to come, in the meantime we drift through the months dealing with the flotsam of daily tasks.  Don’t despair, we’ve caught site of something on that promising shore: Gottwood Festival have announced the release of limited super early bird tickets.

What was definitely the Animaux crew’s best festival of 2015 have plotted a course for their return on the 9th of June 2016.  Although no line-up has been hinted at as of yet the Gottwood crew has instead detailed the expansion of their close-knit family of promoters. These include the Bristol based label Banoffee Pies and London’s highly regarded party organisers: Secretsundaze.

Find a full list of promoters below.

For those who didn’t attend this year, you missed out on some of the best names in electronic music: Panorama bar regulars Hunee and Margaret Dygas, the must see Ben UFO, everyone’s favourite Motor City Drum Ensemble and the list goes on and on (no really).  All of this showcased on a beautiful estate with dozens of intimate chill-spaces and clusters of art dotted around, a place where you can’t help but make new friends and have a great time.

With more people getting involved this year we, here at Animaux, can only assume the next instalment will showcase even bigger acts while, of course, maintaining the Gottwood promise of keeping it small and personal.

While I was writing this article the early birds sold out.  That’s how good this festival is, and yes it’s absolutely worth paying the full price.

We also wrote an article on Why you should go to Gottwood Festival which I think captures the spirit of the woods well.

We’ll see you there!

Website: http://www.gottwood.co.uk/

Tickets: http://www.gottwood.co.uk/tickets/

 

Review: MINT Festival

Sep
23

After a short and very very speedy ride via bus (bloody terrifying I might add) I had arrived at Wetherby Racecourse. As I was admiring the views on my brisk walk up to the entrance checkpoints, I was greeted by the all too familiar sound of bass thumping in the distance. MINT festival was well under way.

Picture by Mantas Zalepuga

This year the festival had 6 arenas, down from last year’s 8. This, however, did not mean the festival was at all smaller – for the first time MINT Festival went on for two days. All of the arenas were under massive marquees to prevent any nasty weather spoiling the fun and each and every stage had huge LED screens for visuals. The sound was top-notch in majority of the arenas, with a few exceptions – mainly the GOODGRIEF & Digital Society stage, the hard dance tent, although as I am no purveyor of this genre I might be wrong on this one.

I spent most of my time on Saturday at the MINT Presents stage (Jungle Jam & Detonate on Sunday). Even though it was empty when I arrived (around 1PM), it quickly filled up for George Fitzgerald. Thoroughly enjoyable performance – even if a little underwhelming. The best way to describe his set is that if you have had the pleasure of seeing him once before or even watched any of his Boiler Room sets then you have experienced the same I did at MINT. Again, thoroughly enjoyable, yet not remotely memorable.

Maya Jane Coles took the stage next (and delivered) and as I have had seen her before, I took a wander around the grounds. Other stages at MINT included the very aptly named “Bitch” stage for all of the EDM ‘artists’, the Blasé Boys Club  stage with performances from the likes of Kiwi (thoroughly enjoyed bouncing to his deep house grooves), Waze & Odyssey, Tiga and Duke Dumont. The Knee Deep in Sound (Prism, Circular & Deja Vu on Sunday) stage played host to the likes of Green Velvet, Hot Since 82 and Denney. Last but certainly not least we had the System & Set Twenty One arena (Elrow on Sunday) where one of Animaux’s favourite guests Annie Errez performed alongside Premiesku (LIVE), Apollonia and Luciano among others. As you can see there was a huge variety of stages, artists and music genres which benefited all the punters – everyone had somewhere to go and someone to be very excited about.

I returned to the MINT Presents stage for Martinez Brothers and even though I had high expectations for them I was completely blown away. These two really know how to put on a party and the their two-hour set felt like a very welcome explosion of euphoria. Everyone around me – including the bouncers and guys backstage were grooving with huge grins on their faces. Highlight of MINT and I cannot recommend them enough.

Photo by Mantas Zalepuga.

Mister Sven Väth was up next and I could not imagine anyone more suited to follow the Martinez Brothers’ show. The stage designers, light and visual guys, pyrotechnics and everyone else went all out to make Sven’s set look amazing but therein lies the issue. It looked amazing – lasers, fireballs, amazing visuals and lighting were top-notch however when it came to the actual set.. I was very underwhelmed, the long intro was setting it up to be something it never really became and even though I am a huge fan of minimal techno people wanted a proper belter of a set to close the first day of the festival and that never came. He weaned between bass and minimal techno and eventually it seemed people lost interest and the tent started losing people. Do not get me wrong, the music itself was amazing but with the reputation that Väth comes expectations were a lot higher than what was delivered.

And thus day one concluded and thousands of people tried to go home or Leeds for the afterparties. I say tried as the tiny roundabout next to the festival grounds got slammed by people trying to hail taxis, fighting and other usual post-festival malarkey. This has to be addressed next year as having hundreds of intoxicated people running on a road is bloody dangerous.

Sunday was a lot quieter – it seemed people’s batteries ran out on Saturday. Due to technical difficulties Elrow & Seth Troxler Presents stages were combined into one, however this ended up with quite a few unexpected yet fantastic b2b’s and all of the inflatables! Special mentions of the day go to Zip and Ricardo Villalobos back to back as well as Henrik Schwarz’s performance.

All in all MINT Festival was a truly great experience with a lot of fantastic artists and insane production quality. Recommend.

 

Animaux: Apéritif LIVE Now!

Sep
12

Vous êtes tous des Animaux.

Apéritif is aimed to provide an intimate setting, where you can kick back, listen to some quality music and taste some amazing cocktails

This week its Endeser all night long! We start at 9 and finish late.

Enjoy!

Review: The Garden Party

Sep
03

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, we arrived at The Tetley in Leeds – a former brewery, now contemporary art gallery complex. The Garden Party was upon us and I could not pick a better setting myself.

The festival grounds were quite small in comparison to other day festivals I have visited before (namely Field Day), which I very much enjoyed – all of the five stages were a brisk walk away. We were instantly drawn to the biggest one – the Fact stage by none other than Ame. A fantastic performance of melodic techno and house left the very varied crowd craving for more while we went on to explore the grounds a little more.

The other stages were considerably smaller in size, however keeping the caliber of the artists performing in mind, this ended up being a very positive experience. My biggest pet peeve of not actually being able to make out artists on stage, or staring at screens here turned into intimate performances. The best example of this was my highlight of the Dummy stage – Roisin Murphy. Seeing her and her band move the few hundred smiles around us really cemented The Garden Party as a place I will recommend not only to those interested in electronic music.

Another stage – Metropolis & Ape (known as Just A Little Stage on Sunday) played host to the more commercially orientated artists such as Redlight, Shadow Child and B.Traits among quite a few more. We managed to catch a good bit of Redlight and even though I would not describe the experience as groundbreaking it was thoroughly enjoyable for what it was.

The Red Bull Truck, which was classed as a stage, was placed in such a way that quite a bit of the sound was drowned out by the rumble of its bigger counterparts, however Ste Roberts and Zutekh deserve a mention for keeping the bar and food stall queues grooving throughout the two days.

My absolute highlight of the festival, however, was Heidi. The woman definitely knows how to put on a great show and as the Saturday night drew to a close I and many others, it seemed, were craving for more of the jackin house goodness. If you ever get a chance – do see her. Other special mentions go out to Joy Orbison, my new love – Black Coffee and Romare for making me get achievements on my phone’s physical activity tracker.

All in all The Garden Party was thoroughly enjoyable. A lot of thought went into curating this city festival, far more than others I have attended in the past and it shows in everything – from the sound, the line-up and the food. Itching for next year’s edition!

More info on The Garden Party here – http://www.thegardenpartyleeds.com/

Preview: MINT Festival

Aug
28

Striding into it’s fourth year, MINT Festival returns home to Leeds for an epic two-day camping event at Wetherby Racecourse. Encompassing six arenas of diverse sonic programming, MINT Festival is the perfect close to the summer, taking place over the weekend of the 19th and 20th September.

The festival offers a huge line-up both in the amount of artists performing and the variety of music genres between them. We have the techno and house superstars Sven Väth and  Ricardo Villolobos, Zip, Martinez Brothers, Seth Troxler and others (among which is Animaux’s favourite lady – Annie Errez).

Those who want to experience the heavier side of bass music have Benton and Skepta to look forward to and those who prefer something a bit more commercial Kryder and Sigma will be playing too, among many many others.

This is shaping up to be an incredible weekend no matter what your preference in electronic music might be. Personally, Sven is what sold this for me – cannot wait! 😉

Weekend & Day Tickets are now on-sale at: mintfestival.co.uk/tickets.html

Full line-up over here: mintfestival.co.uk/line-up/

Tribal Sessions Reveal Opening Shows for Brand New Fire London Residency

Aug
26

Tribal Sessions have revealed their opening run of shows at Fire in London, as the iconic party begins its latest global residency at the celebrated UK club in Vauxhall on Friday 9th October.

Techno luminary Juan Atkins headlines the launch party on Friday 9th October, cited as one of the scene’s originators,with fellow pioneer and Be As One label found Shlomi Aber playing too. The enigmatic Redshape joins them, with support from Blue Hour and Tribal’s resident, Jozef K.

Other impressive names throughout the residency include Booka Shade, Re.You and Argy on the 16th of October. The week after will be headlined by Noir and for Halloween they are throwing an Acid Special night with DJ Pierre, Dark Sky and Anek at the helm.

Pre-sale early bird tickets go on sale Thursday Aug 27th at 10am and general sale starts Friday 28th August 10am www.tribalsessions.london.