This #festivalfriday is all about #localtalent. Heading to a festival this summer? Why not branch out and enjoy some of the home grown talent on the bill! Here’s our guide to the best local acts to catch at this summer’s festivals!
BALDO AT BILBAO BBK LIVE | SPAIN
Drawing from all areas of house and techno, Spanish DJ-producer Baldo’s music includes elements of ambient-acid moods and flavours of Chicago and Detroit. With a residency at Barcelona’s iconic Razzmatazz Club under his belt he is renowned for bringing the party vibes and elevating crowds to new heights.
Set atop the stunning Kobetamendi Hill, Bilbao BBK Live boasts breathtaking views across the city and is the perfect excuse for a long weekend in Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum, a vast cultural hub, and the world-famous Basque gastronomic scene. Other acts set to play the festival include The Killers, Die Antwoord, Justice, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Fleet Foxes, Dixon, The Black Madonna, Andrew Weatherall, The 1975, Sundara Karma, Cabbage, Daphni, Job Jobse and a whole host of Spanish musical talent.
Bilbao BBK Live takes place from 6-8 July 2017. To book tickets visit bilbaobbklive.com.
MIRELLA KROES AT WELCOME TO THE FUTURE FESTIVAL | THE NETHERLANDS
Dutch DJ Mirella Kroes favours the contemporary deeper side of techno that entices audiences in her native Amsterdam and beyond. With sets that echo a longing for the mysterious, her meticulously crafted DJ sets allow for time to appreciate the space between sounds and the crispy little details that keep it fresh. Audiences can submerge themselves in her deep sounds and musical vision at this year’s Welcome To The Future festival.
For the eleventh year in a row, Het Twiske’s mesmerising nature reserve will host one of the Dutch summer’s most extraordinary electronic music events. Welcome to the Future festival features many of house and techno’s most relevant DJs and live-acts. Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Kölsch, Damian Lazarus, Kerri Chandler and Lil Louis are among those headlining the eight stages, with acts including Artefakt, Monoloc, Audion, Jackmaster, Claptone, DJ Seinfeld and Ross From Friends also confirmed to play. And, as always, the Dutch scene is strongly represented, with names like Tom Trago, Steve Rachmad, ROD, De Sluwe Vos, Sandrien, Joran van Pol and Wouter S.
Welcome To The Future takes place on 22 July 2017. To book tickets visit welcometothefuture.nl.
SIKSA AT OFF FESTIVAL | POLAND
A Polish duo that’ll leave you puzzled yet enthralled with their raw form and uncompromising lyrics. In their own words, “SIKSA is an infantile and antisocial nightmare that emerged from the punk rock, theater, and literature scenes.” It’s “loud-mouthed literature shouted over vulgar bass marches, spat out here and now by a non-actress and non-musician…” And to make things easier for their lazier listeners, they offer the following comparison: “SIKSA is part Britney Spears and part Geurnica y Luno.”
Truly a festival for the discerning music fan, OFF is the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world. The festival’s reputation is growing year on year driven by the festivals forward–thinking, eclectic music policy and it’s bold and eclectic lineups. From the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF festival has inspiring music in abundance and the organisers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music. Other acts confirmed include Shellac, Daniel Johnston, Silver Apples, Anna Von Hausswolff, Jessy Lanza, The Black Madonna, Beak and many more!
OFF Festival takes place from 4-6 August 2017. To book tickets visitt off-festival.pl.
SMIB WORLDWIDE AT LOWLANDS | THE NETHERLANDS
SMIB WORLDWIDE is an independent creative organisation started in Amsterdam’ s South-East. These young punks have created a brand with the main aim to make a difference through music & fashion. Their passion and love for what they do is sure to spark a fire and their incendiary, shocking live show is one to watch at this year’s festival.
Other acts confirmed for the 25th anniversary edition of Lowlands include Mumford & Sons, Editors, alt-J, Bastille, Cypress Hill, Elbow, Flume, Iggy Pop, London Grammar, Michael Kiwanuka, Moderat, Dixon, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Nina Kraviz, Nothing But Thieves and more. Lowlands offers impressive installations including the renowned red and white chimney stacks, covered stages so you can enjoy the music come rain or shine. There’s a wellness village with saunas, hot tubs and sports facilities, dozens of restaurants from all corners of the earth, food and drink stalls, a large market with everything from clothes and vinyl stores to a barber’s shop, its own currency and even a local radio station.
Lowlands takes place from 18–20 August 2017. To book tickets visit lowlands.nl.
AMINE K AT OASIS FESTIVAL | MOROCCO
Amine K has been an integral part of Oasis since the festival’s first edition in 2015. Co-founder of Morocco’s influential Moroko Loko parties, the enigmatic performer is a true ambassador for the country’s underground scene. Mixing up Moroccan influenced music with sounds from all over the world, Amine has built a loyal following not only amongst the Oasis crowd, but on the international scene too, and his set at Oasis 2017 is sure to be another standout performance.
Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling city of Marrakech in the luxurious surroundings of the Source music resort, Oasis brings a slice of festival paradise to Morocco, shining the light on North Africa as the latest must-visit festival destination. Acts lined up for 2017 include Auntie Flo, Charlotte De Witte, Karenn live, KiNK live, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Moodymann and Young Marco with lots more to be announced.
Oasis takes place from 15-17 September 2017. To book tickets visit theoasisfest.com.