Category: Editorial

[Label Showcase] Clash Lion

Established by the trio of TERR, Daniel Watts, and Shall Ocin, Clash Lion is a Barcelona-based label fast becoming recognized for its consistent releases representing the weird and wonderful. Since its 2017 launch, Clash Lion has released a total of 7 EPs, including work from key artists like Maetrik and ANNA, while also shining a light on global emerging talent like Fiberroot and Risa Taniguchi. By covering a variety of genre, ranging from Techno to Nu Disco, Electronica to Leftfield, Clash Lion is not a label to always release tracks strictly for the club but rather a destination of emotive, ... Read more

The World’s Most Beautiful Festival Locations: Fort Festival’s Tossa De Mar

On the strength of its lineup alone, 2018’s Fort Festival has found itself as one of our top autumn destination events in the world. Featuring the likes of Maceo Plex, Mano le Tough, Jeff Mills, Audiofly, Jan Blomqvist, Satori, and more spread across its three days, the Costa Brava, Spain held festival is one that brings a diverse sound range to an intimate minded setting. Beyond the lineup, however, there is another aspect of the event that makes it stand out from the crowd, its idyllic location. Here we wanted to showcase Tossa de Mar. As part of the Fort ... Read more

The 10 Unmissable Autumn 2018 Festivals

Who says festival season (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) has to end with the end of summer? From October through December, there is a slew of festival and conference style events taking place across the European continent and beyond. From Mexico City to Kraków, coastal castles to industrial warehouses, these are 10 events we’re most looking forward to in the coming autumn months. What events are you most looking forward to? Amsterdam Dance Event Amsterdam’s (and the entire industry’s) ultimate gathering is back for another week of networking and parties. With something for every taste not much needs to ... Read more

In The Scene’s Most Competitive City, RITE::. Producer Meetup Provides A Leg Up

Held at Berlin’s Chalet, RITE::. is about immersive connected experience, connecting artists, venues, and audiences and highlighting the importance of community and (healthy) ritual in our far-reaching scene. In an effort to find more ways to engage with this connection, RITE::. ads a new aspect to their event series, and in the city with the most music producers per capita is something most welcome, the ‘RITE::. Producer MeetUp.’ The idea is simple: For all aspiring music producers in the city of Berlin, RITE::. offers the opportunity to test out their own productions on one of Berlin’s best club sound systems, ... Read more

What Happens When 30 People Live Jam On A 10.000-Year-Old Hill Overlooking Oslo

10.000BC, a small, winding path leading up the Ekeberg is being travelled by hunters & gatherers. Fast forward a rough 12.000 years and this same road now leads up an extra 115m of elevation and is now being travelled by festival revellers who follow the luring soundwaves of Oslo’s only electronic music festival; Sommerøya. Situated on the side of the Ekeberg, overlooking Oslo with seemingly endless sunsets accompanying its diverse line-up of local and international artists. Boutique Festival Sommerøya is comparatively small. It has 2 stages close to each other. One main stage, and one with the focus on the ... Read more

Glitch Festival 2018: Transforming Malta Into An Electronic Music Paradise

When we talk about the preeminent party islands of the world, Malta may not be one immediately coming to mind in lieu of more traditional European tourism fair like Ibiza or Majorca but, with the third edition of its Glitch Festival, this may be about to change and we’ll all be better for it. In flying over its distinct coastline of three islands toward the southerly located airport, one is immediately struck by Malta’s strategic and accessible position nestled between Sicily and Tunisia. Undeniably rich in culture, and featuring a slew of activities and destinations scattered throughout the island to ... Read more

Neopop 2018: Portugal’s Purist Techno Marathon

Nestled along the outer walls of Viana do Castelo’s Forte Santiago Da Barra, beneath the hilltop laden Basilica Santa Luzia, lies Portugal’s most renowned underground electronic music festival, Neopop. A marathon affair taking place across four days, two stages, campsites, and alongside a handful of peripheral acts, Neopop brought many of world’s top DJs and underground favorites to a space whose origins date back to the 15th Century. Over its three festival days, opening concert, and added bonus Red Bull Music events, Neopop welcomed everyone from Main Stage staples Solomun, Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Joseph Capriati, and Marco Carola, to underground stars ... Read more

Dekmantel Festival 2018: The Crown Jewel Of Amsterdam’s Festival Landscape

It’s been nearly a week since Dekmantel Festival 2018, the renowned and beloved jewel of Amsterdam’s robust festival landscape, swept into town. From the I’J River to Radion and, of course, its home base of Amsterdamse Bos, the now six-year-old festival continued to reinforce its place as a bonafide leader in atmosphere, curation, and risk. For the past couple of years, the three-day festival has gradually expanded into something of a mini-conference, where its events are supplemented with (a slew of) afterparties, concerts, radio appearances, interviews, and panels. This year, beginning on Wednesday with its Muziekgebouw opening concert featuring a ... Read more

Dekmantel Festival 2018: 10 Artists To Watch

The crown jewel of Amsterdam’s robust festival landscape, Dekmantel Festival, features one of the most well-balanced lineups in the world. Focused on quality and discovery alike, this year’s edition sees many a familiar Dekmantel face, a slew of debuts, and eclectic acts that cover the spectrum of culture, gender, sound, and approach. Over the course of its 3 festival days and mid-week opening festivities, the likes of Four Tet, Jamie xx, Helena Hauff, Lena Willikens, Mount Kimbie, Ricardo Villalobos, and more feature across its 50+ artists. Here, we’re looking at ten of the acts we’re personally most looking forward to ... Read more

[Report] Back To Africa With Fairground Festival, Black Coffee & Âme

Going to Africa for a dance music festival is quite a big experience, an ultimate experience. We had the chance to attend the 3rd edition of Fairground Festival in Tunisia last weekend. We fly from Paris to Tunis for a 3 hour flight, Imene is at the airport to greet us with a big smile. From there we go on a ride to Sousse, 2 hours away from Tunis by car. We check in in our fancy hotel and after enjoying the pool most of the day the next day, Friday, we can finally take the road to the Eco ... Read more

Label Showcase: Berlin Bass Collective

Berlin Bass Collective was founded with the goal to spread positivity through its diverse array of music. Through events and releases, Berlin Bass Collective privileges weirdness, freedom, and discovery with an ethos of “if you put positivity out in the world then it will come back to you”. Across its 12 releases, and 30+ events, multiple countries represented, and slew of DJs, Producers and Visual Artists, Berlin Bass Collective has developed and maintained a light approach that does not rely on any singe genre, style or hype. Featuring artists on the roster including Charlie Smooth, Zola, Kez YM, Funky Espresso, ... Read more

Backyard Sessions’ Documentary Showcases Ins & Outs Of Swedish Festival Landscape

For those outside its borders it may come as something of a surprise that the liberally minded Nordic country is, in fact, one of Europe’s most difficult places to throw large scale events. A result of a number of reasons as parties and external alcohol consumption are heavily regulated, while also existing in one of the continents most expensive countries. Backyard Sessions, where 2018 sees its second year, is an example of success in the face of such conditions. An electronic music festival and love letter to its host city of Malmö, Backyard Sessions is a family friendly event from ... Read more

Kappa FuturFestival 2018: 5 Best Sets

KappaFutur keeps getting better year on year. The festival takes place in Parco Dura in Turin, Italy, the European Motor City that has a nice industrial feel, perfectly harking back to the roots of techno. This year it took place from July 7th to 8th and all three stages were bumping from start to finish. Names like Timo Maas, The Martinez Brothers, Kölsch, Apparat, Solomun, Adam Beyer, Marco Faraone, Stacey Pullen, Luciano, Fatboy Slim and Jamie Jones & Seth Troxler played, so here we look back at five if the best sets you can relive thanks to BE-AT.TV. Luciano The ... Read more

Paradise City Festival: The 3 Best Sets

Paradise City is perfectly named: the intimate festival in Belgium took place from June 29th to July 1st at the stunning Castle domain of Ribaucourt in Belgium. The place is surrounded by little lakes meaning that you get about on bridges made form plastic barrels. There is forest all around, lots of open green space to laze about on and rivers to chill by. The whole festival has a cosy, intimate feel making it perfect for those who like things a little more boutique. With killer sets from the likes of Amp Fiddler & Tony Allen, Henrik Schwarz (Live), Joris ... Read more

Report: 25 Years Of Sonar

by Rick Heffernan There is nowhere quite like Barcelona and there is nothing quite like Sonar, the two combined for the past 25 years have pushed the Catalan capitals cultural agenda through the roof, whilst placing Sonar firmly as a world festival leader in terms of advanced culture, creativity, tech and music built on a firm foundation of pure electronica. More popular than ever it has morphed from a one-day party started by friends in 1994 into a three day, two-night monstrosity that just hosted over 126,000 visitors from 119 countries at this years silver anniversary edition. Split into a ... Read more