Standing under the huge long hangar that acts as the main stage for KappaFutur Festival is one of the finest techno experiences in the world. It is a suitably industrial setting in the heart of a beautiful city, Turin, and when its thronging with 45, 000 other techno lovers here for 12 hours non stop music, shivers cannot fail to run down your spine.
By now KappaFutur is well established in its sixth year and as well as just about being guaranteed to be soaked in warm sun, you’re guaranteed that only the best names in techno will be playing, as well as a smattering of house legends on the other stages. This year there was the Dora, Burn and Jager stage and if it all gets too intense there are some nice chill out areas on the grass under some trees to catch your breath.
The people who come here are mainly Europeans. There is a nice mix of nationalities and genders, and everyone seems friendly as we move about from bar to stage to stage. Cashless payment makes queuing a thing of the past and means you get maximum time to soak up the grooves delivered by the powerful sound systems throughout the whole site. Security is friendly and the whole 12 hours is relaxed and stress-free.
An early standout set from The Black Madonna really whipped up a storm and saw the American and XOYO resident tearing it up through big house and techno, some curveballs and plenty of crowd pleasers. People wooed and cheered and climbed up on each other shoulder’s during the larger moments and it really got things in full swing. Elsewhere Sven Vath welcomed his brother on stage for a dance as he smashed out his typically colourful set, and video of it has since gone viral on social media.
Another famous moment of the whole festival was a big sit down that happened during Jospeh Capriati. Most often known for happening at DC10 in Ibiza, the vast crowd got down to the floor doing one of the DJ’s breakdowns and then jumped up when then rubbery kicks dropped once more. It was a magical moment of musical union that will stick long in the memory.
For fans of more soul kissed house sounds then the other stage featuring legendary New York Party Body and Soul was the one. Danny Krivit was the DJ at the helm for an expressive and impressive five hour set that when through all shades and colours of house with real heart. The crowd here was more relaxed and happy than the sterner techno lovers so it made for a nice break form the main action.
With other sets for the likes of Nina Kraviz – who is a regular here and always one of the highlights – and many others to enjoy, Kappa packs a lot in to 12 hours and that is part of the reason it is one of the best festivals out there right now.