We are Fstvl 2016 is set to the biggest line up yet with over 200 acts announced across 16 stages.
The two day festival takes place at the Airfield of Dreams, London on 28-29 May. With too many acts to choose from we have narrowed it down to our top 10 recommendations from the line-up.
No dance festival line up would be the same without mentioning legendary DJ Fatboy Slim. Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim will return to We are Fstvl headlining the main stage on Saturday. Spanning two decades with a back catalogue of hits including -Rockafella Skank, Right Here, Right Now and Praise You a chance to see the producer live is a must.
Continue reading: Top 10 Acts To See At We Are Fstvl 2016
Back to give the people of Sussex its annual dousing of electronic music, Shakedown fans returned in their numbers for an evening of debauchery and hard beats. Juxtaposing that of more commercial contemporary electronic festivals like Creamfields, Shakedown is a one day event that offers something different to the commerce and pop glamour that electronic music has now become. With a line up that boasts 2manydjs, DJ EZ, Jaguar Skills, Sigma, Camo and Krooked and Sub Focus, it would become easy to point the finger at the obvious crowd drawers. Though not at Shakedown.
With two 2manydjs headlining the festival, it was surprising to see the sheer dominance every other stage had next to the internationally known disc jockeys. And maybe this is what makes Shakedown different to most commercial electronic festivals, the hardcore drum n bass faithful that make the event what it is. Using record labels like Defected in the House and Hospitality Records, the festival offers more niche, more specialised and far less commercial music for house and drum n bass respectively.
With a host of MCs backing the turntablists, the drum n bass tent saw the cult legend Sub Focus warm up the crowd before Camo and Krooked took the headline set, whist MK and Oliver Dollar took the reins for the final few sets in the house tent. The sheer size of the Hospitality Records tent dwarfed all the other arenas, and probably had 50% of the festival's attendance inside it. At one point, an olive branch felt like it should be offered to the Belgian Brothers (2manydjs) who probably had no idea how petit and incomparable their tent and crowd size was to the rest. It was very transparent to see who the main drawers of Shakedown were.
Continue reading: Shakedown Festival - Waterhall, Brighton - August 15th 2015 Live Review
A week in music videos... Kanye West has been doing a lot of promotion for his edgy, rock-infused track 'Black Skinhead' (or 'BLKKK SKKKN HEAD' as it's otherwise known'), the lead single from his US and UK number one album 'Yeezus', so his anger when the unfinished video directed by Nick Knight was leaked earlier in July was unsurprising. He described the unauthorised distribution as 'heartbreaking' and no wonder; a video as unique as this was definitely worthy of a grand entrance but, nonetheless, the spoiler has definitely not affected the viewing experience.Watch the video for BLKKK SKKKN HEAD here.
French house star Kavinsky has already become a hit in his home nation with his debut album 'OutRun', released earlier this year, reaching number 2 in the charts and he's certainly turning heads overseas too. Teaming up with Canadian producer The Weeknd on one of his newest singles, Kavinsky delivers a driving dance beat with 'Odd Look' - the single from his new EP of the same name. The track also features on his album as a collaboration with fellow electronic musician SebastiAn. Listen to Odd Look here.
Chase & Status' new single, Flashing Lights, was released on November 21st and is the sixth single from their second album No More Idols. It follows on from their successful summer single Hitz, which featured British rapper Tinie Tempah and was released in July 2011. Chase & Status will play a sold out show at UKF Bass Culture in London on November 25th, 2011.
Continue: Chase and Status - Flashing Lights
Sub Focus' huge track Splash is set for release on May 10th 2010 through Ram Records, the single features vocals from Coco Sumner from I Blame Coco (she's also the daughter of Sting). 2009 saw the release of Sub Focus' debut self-titled album and it's packed full of tracks you're sure to be hearing at many of this year's festivals.
Continue: Sub Focus - Splash featuring Coco Sumner
Date of birth
13th April, 1982
Spoke to @MusicRadar this week about the tracks that most influenced me and my music. https://t.co/JhweOxj0sg
Behind the scenes at @fabriclondon taken on a disposable camera for @FAULTMagazine https://t.co/2uJTnxkpSH https://t.co/nyBkTGbj8B
Thanks to @spotify for the New Music Friday love 🇩🇪🇮🇹🇫🇮🇳🇿🇲🇽🇧🇷 🇨🇦🇲🇾🇵🇭🇮🇸🇳🇴🇸🇪🇬🇧🇺🇸 https://t.co/9TelNmElai
Cheers to @mistajam and @BBCR1 for having me on the show last night! https://t.co/lbKD4B8QPB
'Don’t You Feel It’ Feat @almacyber is out now! https://t.co/RSSq4niMxO https://t.co/fTvr3yhojp
My new track feat .@almacyber is @mistajam's Hottest Record tonight! Tune into @BBCR1 from 7pm GMT https://t.co/dTavE8y5Ee
.@subfocus x @almacyber dropping this Thursday! https://t.co/r0AQOq6ZzZ
Brand new remix I've done for @MAJORLAZER out today! https://t.co/tD8A8qlIqn
Excited to announce I’m bringing back my live show this year, starting with sets at @OfficialRandL !! https://t.co/QTHUxDQ0Mp
Playing @fabriclondon Room One on Friday, it’s good to be back. https://t.co/uMBIkBNq3e
Playing a 3 hour extended DJ set for the first time at @concorde_2 on Saturday 29th April, tickets here… https://t.co/LjiXxzcRQ3
@Boddika @busycircuits Need this one in the rack!
Full set from @Printworks_LDN here! https://t.co/GTSSgOvyXi
Latest instalment of my monthly Sub Focus Selects playlist is up now on @Spotify - https://t.co/Tsai75ZNvA https://t.co/wgtFNotWqd
So stoked that @fabriclondon is open again, I’m back in Room 1 on March 31st! https://t.co/sLVvaTGtw9
Back for my sixth season as resident at @Togetherclub @Amnesia_Ibiza this summer! https://t.co/5S2yiFsi7g
Wrote an article for The @guardian Harangue the DJ column. Online and print out today: https://t.co/a73E1KcSXK
Streaming a live DJ set from @Mixmag Lab London this eve 5pm GMT! https://t.co/eKmOLCl3RY