After a memorable edition last August, Straf_Werk Festival is back again this year at Sportpark Riekerhaven. Those attending can again expect to dance, chill, and enjoy the music and the range of festival cookery found at the diverse stands across the extensive terrain. Like last time around the line-up is impressive, with DJs from around the globe flying in to treat Amsterdam to some extraordinary sets at the different stages. Like Jamie Jones, Âme, Tensnake, Agoria, KINK, Breach, Huxley, Ten Walls and many more. Since it’s still a long wait, here’s a textual teaser of what to expect at the four different stages on the upcoming festival.

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This year Straf_Werk Festival will have four stages, each with its own specific musical character. At every stage there will be a combo of famed international artists and talent from around the block. Stage 1 will be a favourite for many. Topping the bill over there is Hot Creations honcho Jamie Jones. After hearing his sets at DGTL Festival and ADE,  Amsterdam has seen the strength of this man’s record selection skills, slinging in one bass-infused dance floor breaker after another. Disco enthusiast Tensnake is another one to keep an ear out for, expect uplifting melodies and soothing vocals to be carried away to, while UK house renegade Huxley will let everyone get down on some nasty treats. Awaiting to take the first stage as well is KiNK, who will of course be performing another one of his crazy live sets where he incorporates a ton of gear and creates his characteristic high-octane sonic story, backed up with his beloved 909 percussion.

Over at area 2 we find Straf_Werk darling Noir. The danish reveler and owner of his identically named imprint is a sure hit for the modern-day deep house lover. Another northerner is Finnebassen who needs no introduction after years of service in the scene. French-American G-house gang Amine Edge & DANCE will get things popping with their smash-hit repertoire. Something else we’re looking forward to at this stage are the sets of our brothers in arms Prunk b2b PONY and mr. Kevin Duane.

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Headlining stage 3 are Innervisions co-owners Ame, who will be giving a DJ set this time instead of their usual live appearances lately. A perfect act to check out during the peak hours, for some German techno-inspired obscurities. Or what aboutTen Walls, the Lithuanian newcomer who has conquered the world after a mere three releases that took the frontier of electronic dance music to new territories. Check out Amsterdam’s own Job Jobse and Tsepo (Jan van der Lugt) if you find the time. These guys are some of the most promising acts to have hit this town in a while.

When you decide to visit stage 4 – hosted by VICE‘s dance music department Thump – beware to bring along enough energy, for here you won’t find a minute to be standing still (except only for the soft-toned ambience of Maribou State perhaps). Topping the bill is distinguished Englishman Breach, who has a bunch of new material to play after recovering from the dizzying success of his monster hit ‘Jack‘. You can’t go wrong with Shadow Child, who will be rocking the place with his drum & bass-instilled take on house music. Next up is Dutchie GERD (aka NY Stomp), a must-hear for house purists that like things a bit more old-school. Perhaps also old-school but a bit more heavy on the beat is De Sluwe Vos who will be showcasing his new live performance act: Kontra Live.

All together Straf_Werk Festival has come up with a fine selection of DJs for their 2014 edition. Although taken together it could seem like a headliner overkill, but when you look at the stages independently there is a balance and an idea behind the programming. This is gonna be one fine way to end the summer.


August 23 | Straf_Werk Festival | Tickets | Sportpark Riekerhaven |