On September 6th , the fourth edition of the Hell & Dunkel Open Air will take place in Neuss, Germany. In order to get warmed up and end the summer in a true festival manner, we have the pleasure of presenting a special podcast by Dutch native & Berlin resident Mick Benjamins. He has perfected the fusion of emerging tracks with skillful breaks and brand new underground sounds. His sets are particularly impressive with driving deep house basics that he refines with vibrant techno elements. Thanks to this ability, he became well-tried at open air events such as PollerWiesen and Hell & Dunkel Festival over the last years.

Hell & Dunkel Festival

After dodging a close bullet and the Open Air being almost canceled, the organizers of Hell & Dunkel Festival pulled through and overcame the difficulties. The 4th edition of the festival will take place in the charming location of Kiesgrube in Neuss. For the first time during the festival, there will be a second area where 2insicht will play together with international artists such as Mano Le Tough, Ten Walls, Mind Against and Konstantin Sibold. The festival will host other special acts from the likes of Thyladomid, dOP, Claptone, Ade Kanon, Jonas Mantey, Andre Hommen or a live act by Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul. During the course of the festival, there will be a number of resident DJ’s that will support the international acts. Among Mick Benjamins and 2insicht, the Kunstgeschwister team will partake in creating the all-around sound of the festival. The organizers will want the festival vibe to continue even after sundown. 102 Club in Neuss will host the Hell & Dunkel Festival afterparty where some surprise guest appearances might season the night.

Mick Benjamins

While his passion for music reached its zenith in a very short time, Mick Benjamins first emerged with his first public gig in 2011 when he was still living in Holland. He quickly rose to local fame by the reputation of his sets, consisting of driving deep house structure refined with vibrant techno elements. He loves to play longer sets in which he can properly tell his musical story to the crowd.

On the production side of things, Mick is known for his edits and remixes of classic and emerging indie tracks. We guess it won’t be long though before he will release original work as well. For now, let yourself be swept away by his mix.



Route94 | Mano Le Tough | Ten Walls | Mind Against | Konstantin Sibold | dOP | Claptone | Ade Kanon | Jonas Mantey | Andre Hommen | Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul | 2insicht | & More..

September 6th | Hell & Dunkel Festival | Tickets | Kiesgrube Neuss |