Review: Kappa Futur Festival (Turin)
As we continue to bring you the very best of this year’s international scene, as well as what’s happening in London, here’s a review of the mighty Kappa Futur Festival in Turin, Italy from our Global Correspondent. Look out for many more worldwide reviews from the Deep House London team as we do our utmost to bring you the latest news and stories from our base here in the capital, and from around the world.
This summer’s edition of Kappa Futur Festival took place over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of July at Parco Dora, Torino. The setting is a suitably decaying old industrial area and the main stage was in the spare innards of an old factory. The sun was out, as were thousands of ravers all of Europe, so the scene was perfectly set from the get go.
There are roughly 18, 000 people who attend this festival each year and the 2014 addition had some great new features, Chief amongst those was a special Dora stage that was born to promote Parco Dora internationally. Built in parallel to Dora River and the Main Stage, Dora Stage has an exclusive chill out area with a cocktail bar for sponsors, accredited media and VIP ticket holders. It was a great place to hang but also to hear some great house sounds from US heroes like Detroit techno king Derrick May and house badman and FXHE boss Omar S, UK bass innovator and Hinge Finger man Joy Orbison plus Berlin based Irish man and house craftsmen Mano Le Tough also came correct with his cultured, deep as you like sounds.
The energetic crowd is a mix of boys an girls of all ages and backgrounds, some are dressed up, some are dressed down, but they all get along and make for an incredible atmosphere across both days during sets from the likes of Joy Orbison and Jackmaster. Their sets were lively mash ups of every conceivable style and it made a refreshing change in amongst the more rolling 4/4 beats offered up by the majority of the acts.
One of the surprise acts of the event were Disclosure, more known for their polished deep and pop house sounds, they managed to get dirty and gritty in their selections and the techno loving crowd seemed perfectly happy with what they were hearing. Both young and old were dancing and before the biggest act of the weekend, Whyt Noyz also did a fine job of keeping things fresh.
One of the main draws as it always is at Kappa was the headline set from Richie Hawtin. He seems to get an ever-bigger fan base every year no matter what he does and this year was no different, His slick minimal techno sounds were the perfect cure for people who had already been dancing for hours. He mixed with his usual tightness and managed to take the crowd up and down and they went everywhere with him. With his own exclusive lighting rig especially for the show this was a fitting end to what is surely Europe’s foremost techno festival.
Words: Jasper Price