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Preview: Dekmantel Festival 2016


Dekmantel Festival is back to the Dutch capital with its fourth installment and it is a doozy – they promise over 150 artists spread out their day and night programs as well as the opening concerts. Have a quick gander at the very stylish video they cooked up:

Dekmantel are heavily expanding on their opening concert idea and offering not one (like last year) but nine (!!) concerts spread out across Amsterdam’s beautiful city-centre locations. All venues are linked with free ferry services and promise an additional free cultural program. These range from James Holden’s dreamy techno ventures with a live band to Alessandro Cortini’s (Nine Inch Nails) live electronica experimentations. You can check the full opening concert line-up over at Dekmantel’s website.

August fifth marks the first official day of the festival in the stunning natural surroundings of the Amsterdamse Bos park and it is hard to describe the amount of musical talent spread out throughout the weekend. Just the first day sees the likes of Jeff Mills, Ben UFO, Surgeon and Moodymann among many other very talented folk. And this theme continues throughout the weekend – I can hardly imagine what it will be like deciding if I should see Dixon or Aux 88, Roman Flügel or Daniel Avery on Saturday and picking between Palms Trax or Motor City Drum Ensemble on a Sunday afternoon just seems cruel. To top it all off at Amsterdamse Bos, the organisers promise: “We aim high with everything we do, but the festival terrain is an exception. We want to give our visitors an open view on the landscape, and thus the decorum will incorporate no skyscraping elements of any kind.” You can check the full day-by-day line-up here.

The night programme returns to the Melkweg – which is one of Holland’s most well-known and iconic music venues. The large building is a former milking factory, and has been in full effect since the abandoned factory got discovered in 1970. It’s a perfect spot for an adventurous club night, offering you a chance to wander and get lost somewhere between the four separate areas, including the majestic Rabozaal, and the coiling hallways that lead you there. Some of the names throughout the weekend include The OrbTama SumoOptimo and Jackmaster (full night line-up here) and yet again, Dekmantel showcase their prowess in offering a huge collection of talent with focus on great music as opposed to specific genres or styles.

It is clear that Dekmantel are continuing their strive towards building the greatest city festival in Europe. It oozes quality – from locations to the talent, everything has been meticulously planned in order to create an atmosphere like none other and if you are one of the lucky ones that managed to grab a ticket, I salute you as we are in for a ride.

Outlook Festival Reveals Second Wave of Artists


All I can say is “dayum”… Just a week after announcing the initial lineup, Outlook Festival have announced yet more legendary names to an already monumental lineup.

On the hip-hop front, the one and only Madlib will be hosting “The Madlib Carnival”- a 10 hour micro-festival featuring fellow crate digger J Rocc as well as the Detroit demigod Moodymann.

BadBadNotGood will be repping their distinct brand of Jazz-Hop following the success of last year’s “III” and this year’s Ghostface Killah collaborative LP whilst Swedish “Sad Boy” and bucket hat aficionado, Yung Lean will be taking to the mic.

The already lush bass programme has just been injected with a big dose of “wow” thanks to dubstep pioneers Youngsta, Hatcha and Loefah (completing the holy DMZ trinity), legendary grime crew Newham Generals (D Double E, Footsie, DJ MS1) as well as Shy FX, Icicle and ol’ school revivalist Congo Natty bringing the jungle to Pula. Even garage gets a nod with sets from Toddla T and Artful Dodger (#rewind).

Dem man ARE ‘ard

The house and techno lineup is further bolstered by UK underground duo, Dusky (who’s BBC Essential Mix was contender for best of the year), George Fitzgerald and electronica hybrid producer Lone.

Still unannounced is the third special guest for the opening party, and if this reveal is any indication, we all have something to be crazy excited about.