Horizon Festival 2014RECOMMENDED
Horizon Festival 2014 has already confirmed a jaw-dropping selection of industry and dance floor big hitters including Kerri Chandler, Bondax, Âme, Andreya Triana, Roy Davis Jr. KiNK, Catz ‘N Dogz, Phaeleh, Dub Phizix, dBridge, Channel One and many rising stars such as Detroit Swindle, Snakehips, Enei, Applebottom fLako, ViLLAGE, Planas and Geode displaying the breadth of music available across the week.
Horizon is offering a slightly broader spectrum from the dance genre including House, Techno, Garage, Bass & Groove. The line up embodies these genres; incorporating many trailblazers on the underground scene, as well as those rather more established acts who offer a nod to the heritage of dance music.
There are also pro rider demonstrations every day, discounted ski/board lessons, Free yoga classes, spa packages and a whole range of accommodation options – Packages start at £199 or £279 with a 5 day ski pass included.
Artists: KERRI CHANDLER • BONDAX • ÂME • CATZ ‘N DOGZ • ROY DAVIS JR. • KiNK Live • ANDREYA TRIANA Live • DETROIT SWINDLE • PHAELEH • DUB PHIZIX FT. MC STRATEGY • dBRIDGE • fLAKO Live • ENEI • APPLEBOTTOM • ViLL?GE • RACHEL ROW Live • SNAKEHIPS • CHANNEL ONE • AZ&TOR • PLANAS • GEODE / CHORD MARAUDERS • NICK NIKOLOV • BARELY LEGAL • AMY BECKER • MOONY • MY PANDA SHALL FLY • OSCAR LUWEEZ • RICH REASON • DOLAN BERGIN • NEWJACK • EMIL PRIZE • TOMMY GUN • DIAMONDZ • ZED BIAS • ELIPHINO • JOSH BUTLER • KLOSE ONE • PANDA • VOYEUR • WALTER EGO • WILFRED GIROUX • TUESDAY BORN • CHEEBA • UNIT7 • GERRA&STONE • ARME • HYPE MAN SAGE • HERNE • L33
Ski, Festival & Accommodation Packages from £279
Ski & Festival Packages from £199
Festival & Accommodation packages from £199
Festival only £120
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Groove on the GrassRECOMMENDED
Thanks to everyone for making our season opening event absolutely incredible. We were graced by sounds of DJ Koze, Steve Bug, and Droog who absolutely smashed it! Last season we had the likes of Anja Schneider, Marc Romboy, Robert Babicz, Damian Lazarus, watergate club “official”, catz n dogz, Ruede Hagelstein, & Stassy… Thanks to our guests and followers for an amazing first season. Were back again and we kick off 2014 with one of our most forward thinking lineups.
Early bird tickets: http://tinyurl.com/p7w2r5a
(VISIONQUEST | CECILLE | HOT CREATIONS | DESOLAT)
Constantly working in parallels – drenched by a potent mixture of juxtaposition and fluidity in both his sets and his productions – Bülent Gürler AKA Butch, fuses the grey-area space between music of the body and mind. With over 20 years consumed by a thirst for electronic music, the Alzey-born, Mainz raised entity has released on leading imprints such as Desolat, Cocoon, Rekids, Sei Es Drum and beyond, while maintaining a solid DJ schedule that’s seen him opening the minds and hearts of crowds at fabric, Time Warp and his continuing residency at Berlin’s Watergate.
22-years ago, a 12 year old Butch received his first record player, some second hand vinyl and obediently burrowed into his room to scritch-scratch and beat juggle, imitating and idolising the masters he saw at the DMC World Championships and the vinyl culture central to its core. Of course, he grew older and louder and continued to broaden his palate for music. Butch got hooked on the art of sculpting beats sometime in the last millennium. He started with baby-steps in 1991 before reaching his current optimum state – a refined style that’s seen him voted as ‘Best Producer’ in Germany’s Groove and Raveline magazines two years in a row, whilst also sitting atop the All-Time Most Charted section on Resident Advisor.
“My further musical influence came from my brother” reflects Butch…”recording the techno mixes from the radio as he was out at night partying”, he says, explaining the gradual transition from boom-bap to 4-4 funk and drive. “I absorb influence and ideas from everywhere. So, as my music and DJ sets contain many styles, I like to make those different styles too.”
Techno heads love Butch, house heads love Butch, as well as the deep and dirty and the light & bright. Few artists flow through genres and emotional landscapes with such ease and fluidity as Bülent, challenging preconceptions of the dance-floor and the expected outcome in the process. The spark behind his excursions is natural: as a music lover he’s always stayed open to different styles and aesthetics. As an artist, he’s always allowed himself to express his take on each genre – it’s true that with Butch, you never know what to expect, other than consistently fresh and unique output.
Butch’s production might have contributed to his rise through the ranks, but it’s his avid work ethic and undying love that gives his success a solid and deep-rooted foundation. Striking a fine line between quantity and quality is no easy task, but this juxtaposition comes easy to an unpredictable talent such as Butch. Holding residencies over the years at venues and clubs such as Sankeys Ibiza and Robert Johnson in Offenbach Germany, Butch continues to squeeze the best out of every after hour party and every club night floor that he holds court over.
Butch might be the hardest-working man in the scene, but it all comes naturally to a man who is first and foremost a music lover by heart. 5 days a week he spends emphatically producing music, as well as performing around the world at various parties, all of whom are looking for the special vibe and touch that Butch brings to his unpredictable, existential sets.
“I like to make people dance and have fun. I’m the captain of the spaceship and I’m driving it. People who come to the show get in the ship – and I take them on a trip. To get into the spaceship, they leave their physical body at the door. You must switch off the real world and switch off the mind. I will do the rest.”
As with any restless entity, Butch is set to further explore pastures new in 2014. He’ll be launching OTHRSIDE and working on more experimental, “psycho-acoustic’ music with friend and percussionist Chris Hohberg. A mixture of sonic soundscapes and electronic structures, the planned album will seek to cast its tracks across the divide of musical consumption and appreciation – an album suited to home listening as much as it is for dance-floor.
Further collaborations are also on the horizon, with a return to making music with friend and cohort Ricardo Villalobos as ButRic – with the two figures being anything but generic, it promises to be another feet twitching, brain melting escapade in Butch’s musical ride.
It’s Butch’s interplanetary connection to the music – and willingness to create out-of-the-box slabs of detailed sound – that maintains his position at the forefront of the underground electronic scene.
?KONRAD BLACK? (CANADA)
(Wagon Repair | Get Weird | No. 19 | MINUS | Watergate)
STime has accelerated ten-fold for Konrad over years since the dark, shadowy tones of “Draconia” & “Medusa Smile” enveloped dancefloors around the Globe, christening his influencial Wagon Repair label in style as well as establishing him as a highly innovative producer and much sought after remixer (just check out his work for Tiga, Snax, Audion and Martini Brös if further proof is required).
His relocation to Berlin 5 years ago also gave him the opportunity to express himself more regularly as a DJ, resulting in a fast expanding reputation for sending crowds into a frenzy wherever the call of duty takes him. Konrad knows it’s about living and breathing the music, it’s not just a question of turning up, spinning a few tunes and then disappearing back into the night, it’s about getting to know the people, understanding what makes the club tick and always delivering a night of memorable tracks and seamless transgressions. He quickly found himself holding down one of the much coveted residencies at the Legendary Panorama Bar as well as regular spots at dance musics epicenters; Fabric in London, Rex in Paris, Tenax in Florence, Privilege in Ibiza to name a few…
After 5 years of a hectic touring schedule, Konrad relocated to Los Angeles and teamed up with fellow producer Martin Buttrich to record a yet unreleased album. For Konrad the aim was to remove himself from the day to day influence of the dance scene in Berlin and “clear the sonic palette” by relocating to a place whose palette couldn’t be further from that of techno’s mecca of Berlin. “We wanted to be as far from the scene’s influence as we could be; Away from any outside musical influence. Berlin is full of musicians of the electronic variety so we decided to do the album in L.A. in the winter time…and I’m happy we did! “It was nice to be back in that west coast laid back way of life…one that I actually missed…which I never thought that I would. “One that couldn’t be further literally and figuratively from the 24/7 Techno of Berlin.”
In hindsight, Vancouver’s laid back way of life was the perfect environment to patiently prepare for the whirlwind his life has now become. Free from the restraining influences of established scenes and trends, Konrad was able to develop his own individual take on dance music under the guidance of Patti Schmidt’s Brave New Waves late night radio show. Digging through the junk bins in Vancouver’s coolest record stores – Basics & Odyssey Imports – also unearthed hidden gems from artists like Tikiman and Maurizio, along with early Klang and Perlon releases that had been shamefully overlooked by the uninitiated.
Although his initial instincts had led him in a Drum and Bass direction, it wasn’t long before he began transplanting his ideas into a 4/4 context. Hooking up with Swayzak in 1998 had a large part to do with this and led to a string of releases on 240 Volts including the Busting Down The Door With A Shotgun EP and the inspired Swayzak / Headgear collaboration on In The Car Crash in 2002. During this period Konrad also relocated to London, producing both Drum and Bass for Ed Rush and Optical’s Virus Recordings, and Techno (together with March 21st) as Headgear including a remix of In A State for James Lavelle’s U.N.K.L.E. project.
On returning home, Konrad finally met up with fellow Vancouverite Mathew Jonson who was already having massive success producing on the much lauded It Is What It Is label. Together with Graham Boothby and Jesse Fisk they founded Wagon Repair, basically “to do whatever the hell we wanted to do’’ and in a relatively short space of time it’s developed into one of the most respected labels around. Konrad’s own approach to music basically sums up their original mandate – “It’s important to let music mature and resonate. It’s important to know who you are and to embrace the things that drive you forward even if they seem strange to others’’.
…like dreaming darkly on a sunny day. There’s certainly a Byronesque quality to Black, a perpetual struggle between external light and inner darkness that unearths moments of beauty in the darkest corners of our collective consciousness. But fortune seems to favour the brave and it’s with this firmly in mind that he leads the crowd through the night towards another Berlin sunrise.
Live at Atlantis with Carl CoxRECOMMENDED
Touted as one of the world’s master DJs, Carl Cox is coming to Dubai and will be hitting the decks with his unqiue style of underground techno. The Space Ibiza resident will be playing a 3 hour set on Atlantis Beach and will be supported by a stellar DJ line-up. Carl Cox’s one-off exclusive return to Atlantis Beach is an event that you dare not to miss.
Date: Friday 21 March 2014
Time: 6pm – 3am
Location: Atlantis Beach
Prices: AED 200 (250 on the door), VIP AED 400
Grammy-award winning DJ Sharam is one half of Deep Dish, the duo that that brought you hits such as ‘Say Hello’ and ‘Flashdance’. Throughout his 18-year DJ career Sharam has played to the world’s biggest venues, while, in the studio producing smash hit tracks including ‘PATT (Party All The Time)’ and ‘The One’, featuring Daniel Bedingfield.
Yousef is a name synonymous with both house music and the much-loved European clubnight, Circus. A British DJ and producer who counts Cox as one of his own key musicmentors, Yousef is a technical perfectionist, and his boundless energy behind the decksnever fails to translate to every pumping party crowd he plays.
Franco-Swiss DJ Gilles Peterson’s passion for eclectic music can be felt in every track. The jazz-loving multi-record label owner carved his name through radio, including Londonbased Kiss FM and Radio 1 and the internationally-renowned, Worldwide FM. Know as a ‘taste-maker’ of his trade, Peterson is associated with launching the careers of Erykah Badu, Roni Size and Jamiroquai.
Plus: SMOKINGROOVE, DAVID CRAIG and JAD
Terms and Conditions
- Live@Atlantis Tickets are 100% non-refundable and should not be resold
- This is an adults only event (21+), ID required
- Dress code – Beach chic
- Normal club policies apply
- Management reserves the right to refuse entry
- Arrival by taxi is recommended
Living in the Middle East if you crave Culture & Quality Live Music, Blended is the event for you. Blended brings together – a mix of Blues, Roots, Jazz, Soul & Folk and features internationally acclaimed global artists.
Co-headlining day one is Australian musical legend Xavier Rudd who with an array of guitars, didgeridoos and percussion, Xavier has been credited with re-introducing Australians to indigenous music, mixing blues, reggae and folk whilst introducing the rest of the world to an entirely new sound.
Xavier is joined by UK soul sensation Joss Stone, famed for her gravelly but lustrous vocals. Joss, who had a record deal in place at the tender age of just fifteen, from which platinum selling albums including The Soul Sessions and Body Mind and Soul, 2 BRITs and a Grammy Award quickly followed.
In a rare joint appearance Grammy-award winners Costello and Krall will open Blended – billed as a blues, roots, jazz, soul and folk festival – in May, with gravelly-voiced singer-songwriter Joss Stone headlining on day two.
We Are FSTVL 2014RECOMMENDED
We Are FSTVL 2013 After Movie
Tickets on sale now!
Wow – all 500 early birds have been snapped up in record time, but don’t worry – you can still join us in the sun with a standard ticket priced at just £125. Click here to get yours today! Each ticket includes full access to the entire festival site for the week, and entry to the magical Barbarella’s after parties. Mark the date in your diaries to be the first in line for our fifth birthday in the scorching Tisno sun!
SuncéBeat is a sparkling gem in Croatia’s festival scene with previous headline guests including deep house titan Larry Heard, Berlin powerhouse Prosumer, Detroit enigma Moodymann and the semi-mythical DJ Harvey.
The Festival Site
The Garden Tisno is set in a gently hilly area which overlooks our own private bay with a shimmering sandy beach and crystal clear waters. The village of Tisno, split between the mainland and the island of Murter, is just a ten-minute walk away, with a host of restaurants, cafes, apartments and small boutique hotels. Situated between Zadar and Split airports, our musical haven is easy accessible from all over Europe. Check out a range of travel options here.
Once the sun sets on the beautiful Dalmatian coast, we’ll take you to Barbarella’s, a magnificent, outdoor afterhours club we can party under the stars with the worldwide SuncéBeat family.
As usual we’ll be running our twice daily parties on the Argonaughty, including sunset trips close to the wonderful Kornati Islands, partying around the main stage and Tiki bar by day and Barbarella’s club by night. The entire site runs along a shimmering shoreline: dancing beside the glittering waters under a sizzling sun or a moonlit sky, and with fiery Funktion 1 systems installed across the site, it will sound as good as it looks!
The cold weather is now upon us, but we’re already planning next year’s adventure… Check out a few of these videos to help lift any SuncéBlues!
Mind Fluid Boat Party
Osunlade closing the Beach Stage with Prince – Sexy Dancer
The Roller Boogie Boat Party…
Lil Stevie dropping Tears at Barbarella’s
Kev Beadle playing Rock With You
Kenny Dope playing Southern Freez
Our resident DJ and crew member Gavin Kendrick has also compiled a musical diary of the SuncéBeat 4, check it out here:
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