Apparently Festival Guide 2017

With summer looming, we've got a list of the best festivals happening this year. 

Kicking off with The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender, a festival firmly rooted in Big Brass Sounds, Hip-Hop beats, Future Soul, Tropical, Afro-beat, World, Disco, House, and everything in-between. Newly announced are a host of funkadelic block parties including the Soundcrash official chalet party with Norman Jay, alongside 6 other events hosted by Tuckshop, Turf x Feelings, So Fresh So Clean, Dom Servini and more.

This years headliners are none other than George Clinton, one of the inventors of funk music, and one of the best in a category of greats that includes James Brown, Bob Marley, Prince, Otis Reading, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti.. Playing with the 16 piece Parliament Funkadelic - one of the tightest bands in history.

Coming straight out of New Orleans will be none other than Tru Thoughts' own Hot 8 Brass Band, bringing the original big brass sound to this year's weekender. The Sugarhill Gang are credited as being one of the groups to have invented hip hop in the late 70's. This is a chance to see genuine musical pioneers, with the surviving original members. A piece of history featuring some of the biggest dance-floor bangers performed live.

Joining this year's incredible line up are two time Grammy award winning and 5 time Brit Award nominated group Soul II Soul (live). Caron Wheeler and Jazzie B will bring the full live band to throw down such classics as Back to Life and Keep on Movin' for the funk and soul crowd.

DJ, Broadcaster, producer and owner of Brownswood Recordings, Gilles Peterson hosts two million global listeners on his weekly Saturday afternoon radio show. Bringing you an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, house and hip hop, he will be joined by the original UK disco legend, Greg Wilson. The headliner from Soundcrash’s recent Albert Hall Show will be in attendance; Submotion Orchestra will provide their very special dub influenced, electronic soul sound to this year's weekender.

Also joining the bill are hip hop crew The Mouse Outfit, electronic act XOA, the undeniable Mr Thing, Brighton's DJ Format,   and Tru Thoughts' Werkha.

Good times ambassador Norman Jay rejoins the festival along with the undeniable Mr Scruff, both of whom made last year such a special debut. Bringing a taste of global and tropical selections, the psychedelic quintet taking the UK by storm Flamingods will also be providing a spectacular live performance with Wormfood's United Vibrations & Nubiyan Twist. 

It doesn’t get more soulful than UK legend Omar, who adds his signature sound to the bill with an exceptional new album due to be launched this month, alongside Akua Naru, delivering her undisputed live show. Old meets new as Soundcrash welcome some of the frontrunners of the modern era; Jordan Rakei will supply some of the freshest sounds in the genre today.

Completing the lineup, Soundcrash have also invited some its favourite UK brands which include:

Tru Thoughts, Wah Wah Records, BBE, Band On the Wall, Strut, Mahogany Sessions, Fever 105, Sofar Sounds, Soundway, Tuckshop, Mr Bongo, Banana Hill, So Fresh So Clean, Total Refreshment Centre, Shut The Front Door, Kings Head/Kane FM, Leftfoot, Soul Jam, Stevie Wonderland and many more.

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AVA (Audio Visual Arts) Festival and Conference returns to its Belfast home at T13, this time across two days on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2017, pulling out all the stops with a packed agenda of conferences, talks, music and arts from a wealth of global and local artists. You’ll find a rare Jeff Mills and Guillaume Marmin collaboration, Marcel Dettmann, Bicep, Fatima Yamaha Live, Rebekah Hybrid set, TinFoil Live and a host of local legends ready to descend across the vast Belfast warehouse space. On top of this, there’s the return of the almighty Boiler Room, plus AVA’s all-important conference on the Friday will educate on all areas of the music industry and technology. With weekend tickets currently at £60 and flights to Belfast for around the £20 mark, there’s no excuse not to be a part of AVA 2017.

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For over 13 years, AFROPUNK has been defining culture in the music world; a triumph of multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. Now with AFROPUNK events in across the globe including BROOKLYN, ATLANTA and PARIS, the team are set for their second LONDON expedition on 22nd and 23rd of July, taking over the groundbreaking new 6,000 capacity cultural event space Printworks for what promises to be a truly special affair. Standard advance tickets at £45 and available online.  Keep eyes peeled for line-up news coming VERY soon...

Eastern Electrics Festival returns to it’s roots at a brand new London location for it’s sixth instalment, uniting global heavyweights from the house, techno, disco and garage worlds for a day of sonic entertainment on Sat 5th August. With previous guests including Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Kerri Chandler, Groove Armada, DJ EZ and so many more, 2017 promises to be bigger and better, with a solid-gold line-up of talent and a host of stage partners that include the iconic Defected Records, Knee Deep in Sound, the mighty Skreamizm, and the long awaited return of Rinse FM. Tickets are currently on sale for just £29.95, a small price to pay for an essential date in the electronic music calendar.

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Since starting out as a free block jam in 2000, Applesap Festival has grown into one of the most important events in the Dutch calendar. Celebrating local talents and international heavyweights with equal measures, Applesap calls upon the finest in Hiphop, Soul, R&B and electronic music, with previous guests including Kendrick Lamar, Hudson Mohawke, Clipse, J Dilla and DJ EZ. This year proves no different, with Lil Wayne, Dave and 67 just a few of the first names revealed to take over Flevopark for a day of partying with true block jam spirit. With final tickets available online.

Croatia’s premiere electronic event Sonus Festival is set to mark it’s fifth birthday in style this summer, uniting the best talent from the house and techno worlds in one place for five days and five nights of party. Returning to idyllic Zcre Beach, Pag Island between 20th and 24th August, the second instalment of names makes Sonus #5 the most monumental to date. From global players Marco Carola, Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth and Ricardo Villalobos to underground hero Sonja Moonear plus club takeovers, boat parties and more, Sonus Festival is THE go to event for any house and techno fan. Second release tickets are available to buy from www.sonus-festival.com, from €179.

Over the last five years Dimensions Festival has built a solid reputation as one of the worlds leading electronic parties, each year uniting the most iconic artists from techno, disco, house, world and beyond. Taking place next to the Croatian shores in a 19th century Fort, the stunning setting makes for an unimaginable festival location and the perfect place to hear the sounds of Detroit, London or Berlin on the highest technical specification of sound systems of any festival of its size. With the legendaryGrace Jones headlining the opening concert alongside over 80 more names across the weekend that include Jeff Mills, Theo Parrish, Floating Points and Cymande, we strongly recommend you grab a final release ticket whilst you can.

Starting as a 600 person convoy to Croatia in 2008 and now one of the leading bass parties in the world, Outlook Festival has been making history since day dot. A four day celebration of all things sound system related, the annual party unites breakthrough acts and founding fathers from the worlds of dubstep, jungle, dub, drum and bass, hip-hop, grime, garage and beyond. Between 6th-10th September 2017, Outlook Festival present a no holds barred lineup set to shake the walls of Croatia’s Fort Punta Christo, as the crew mark a decade in the game. Everyone from Dizzee Rascal, Dawn Penn, Swing Ting, Giggs, The Bug, Calibre, Goldie, LEVELZ, AJ Tracey, Wiley and Madam X play this highly anticipated birthday party, plus the new 20-person Outlook Orchestra performing at the opening concert, and much more. With tickets moving at a record rate and Outlook selling out faster than ever last year, these will not last long. Tickets available here.

Now entering its fifth year, the winning formula of Field Maneuvers makes it one of the best kept secrets in the UK rave calendar. Residing just an hour’s drive from London, the three-day party takes place in an obscure location, inviting just a few hundred ravers to join the trusted selection of DJ’s for a weekend of party shenanigans. This year sees the Field Maneuvers familia call upon some of the finest names in house and techno, inviting the likes of Shanti Celeste, Midland, DJ Storm and Groove Chronicles to join trusted residents Ben Sims, Ryan Elliott, Auntie Floand Jane Fitz. Placing quality over quantity with extended sets, and paying only the closest eye to detail from the unbeatable sound systems to the cherry-picked dance crews on show, the fifth series of the Field Maneuvers getaway is a no-brainer! Fifth release tickets on sale online.

Last September marked the very first edition of Glitch Festival, which brought together heavyweights Ben Klock, Carl Craig and Tom Trago alongside some of electronic music’s most exciting prospects for a 2-day adventure in the magical woods of Buskett. This year Glitch Festival makes no exceptions, returning to the island of Malta and once again calling upon some of house and techno’s most celebrated heroes, united a heavyweight bill that will see Ben Klock, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Jon Hopkins, Mr. G, Blawan and many more take the fortress by storm. First release tickets on sale at €64.90 -  www.glitchfestival.com.