Jeff Mills | Magnetic Man | Green Velvet | Autechre | Krafty Kuts vs A Skillz | Holy Ghost!
Boy Better Know | Skream vs Benga | DJ Zinc | Seth Troxler | Craig Richards | Clark | Plastician
Fuck Buttons | The Field | Wolf and Lamb | X-Press 2 | Avalon | DJ Friction | London Elektricity | 65DAYSOFSTATIC + more!
check gladefestiival.com for complete line-up
When Glade Festival announced their first lot of headliners Orbital, Tricky and Simian Mobile Disco, Creative Director, Nick Ladd said they’ll be a lot more to come out of the bag and he wasn’t wrong. Joining the three previously announced acts at Matterley Bowl from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th July will be techno legend Jeff Mills, DFA’s Holy Ghost!, Seth Troxler, Fuck Buttons, Green Velvet, Plastician, Magnetic Man, Autechre, Boy Better Know and loads more!
Detroit techno DJ legend Jeff Mills played a major part in laying the foundations for respected music collective, Underground Resistance. No longer part of UR, the Axis Records owner is known for his beat juggling and scratching over new wave, Detroit techno, Miami bass and Chicago house. He is also famous for using three decks, a drum machine and playing up to 70 tracks in one hour slicing them up and only using the best bits. His last album ‘Sleeper Wakes’ was released last year.
Joining Jeff Mills will be unconventional house hero Green Velvet who makes his Glade debut. The casual clubber will know him as the neon-haired techno-punk who warned us of the dangers of out-of-control teenage parties (‘Flash’), taking too many pills (‘La La Land’) and choosing a bad day to check your voicemail (‘Answer Machine’), but his contribution to dance music goes much deeper than a few comically off-kilter rants. As Cajmere, he re-wrote the house music rulebook with ‘Brighter Days’ and ‘U Got Me Up’, whilst his labels Cajual and Relief were arguably the most prominent and prolific outposts for new wave Chicago beats throughout the 1990s.
Magnetic Man is a joint collaboration between dubstep DJ and producers Benga, Skream and Artwork. Their set usually consists of a mix of original tracks produced together and live remixes of Benga and Skream's tracks, accompanied by synchronized projected visuals by Novak Collective. Staying with dubstep, Skream and Benga will also be doing a special back to back DJ set so expect tons of wicked dubstep tunes.
The dubstep boys will be sharing the bill with Boy Better Know - a grime collective and arguably one of the most well known crews on the scene. They are closely associated with Wiley's Roll Deep Crew, with some members featuring in both. Another grime DJ is Plastician who’ll be added to the grime mix. A regular at London club night FWD, Plastician is a key producer and DJ on the scene.
Moving onto the music of a more wonky nature, we have groundbreaking electronic duo Autechre who have just released their new album 'Oversteps' on Warp Records. They consistently garnered the praise of press and public alike and have their roots planted firmly in American electro. Label mate Clark is considered to be the most warp-ish of all their artists. He's definitely a lot closer to Aphex Twin and Autechre and his creativity has certainly benefited from Warp's 'hands-off' approach. In the eight years since he was invited into the stable, he has delivered five albums and his musicianship and musical style has developed and grown in all the right directions.
Brighton based Krafty Kuts alias Martin Reeves is representing breaks and has been tearing up dancefloors with his style of hip-hop breaks since he burst onto the scene and never fails to deliver. The breakbeat don and genre pioneer played at Glade last year and totally smashed it in the club tent. This year he’ll be joined by fellow break funkster A Skillz. Joining them will be DJ Zinc - responsible for the awesome track with Ms Dynamite ‘Wile Out’.
US, disco, electro-funk duo Holy Ghost! have done brilliant remixes for Moby, Phoenix, MGMT and Cut Copy and will be unleashing their own brand of superb, schizoid synthed-up dance. Their music reflects a twin love of cool, clean, synthed-up dance and the warmer, more organic variety beloved of late-70s New York. Think Studio 54-style nirvana, handclaps, strings and a sprinkling of cosmic keyboards that's pure Italo disco and a processed bassline that sounds as though it's on loan from early New Order. According to The Guardian they are: "the freshest, best-kept secret of DFA and the Big Apple. Mating house, disco and tight indie jeans for a mesmerising dance outfit ..."
You simply can’t open a magazine of late without seeing coverage on Seth Troxler who recently compiled the latest in the ‘Boogybytes 5’ series for BPitch. Voted the 8th Best DJ in the world by Resident Advisor, Troxler’s influences include the chirping of crickets, the whirring of spaceships, and the sweet sound of whistling voodoo magic. Sounds like a perfect addition to the Glade line-up to us.
Fuck Buttons will be performing live at this year’s Glade. Their album ‘Tarot Sport’ was included in NME’s Best Album list of last year. The pioneering duo take the next step in their continuing mission to expand the sonic landscape with the release of a new single, ‘Olympians’, on 12th April 2010.
Always reinventing the party and sliding between genres and sounds, Wolf & Lamb are a brightly equipped two-man army taking over Brooklyn and beyond. The more you read about the duo, the more you find yourself picturing what it's like to get down with the DIY party-starters/label managers/hotel owners/DJs/immensely talented musical souls.
Finally for now, X-Press 2 are house music stalwarts Rocky and Diesel who continue to fly the flag. As always the unexpected is to be expected!
Glade Festival 2009 was a resounding success, cementing its reputation as the UK’s premium electronic music festival. The atmosphere was fantastic with Glade again showing it has the friendliest, most peaceful dance crowd in the UK which enjoyed one of the most spectacular shows seen on these shores. The feedback indicated that this was a ‘next level’ music festival, and the best Glade yet. “We were really chuffed with the new venue. The late night sound levels were excellent and Matterley Bowl really lends itself well to all the site art installations we are now bringing over from Burning Man. We were dancing outdoors till sunrise... it was epic!” said Nick Ladd.
Glade now enters its seventh year – described as ‘Like Glastonbury for Electronic music lovers’ it continues to evolve as a unique hybrid between a rave and a fully fledged English festival. Glade recently launched their new redesigned website where tickets are on sale for £135 and a handful of limited edition student tickets for £110. Glade is also running a £50 deposit scheme. More details from gladefestival.com
Date: Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th July 2010
Tickets: £110 limited student ticket offer / £135 normal price
Camper Vans, Boutique Camping and Lazy Camping all available
Children / Teenagers: Under 12’s free if accompanied with an adult. 13 – 15year olds are allowed but must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Matterley Bowl, Winchester, Hampshire
Entrance: gates open 4pm Thursday 15th July
Hours: Thursday midday – late | Friday midday – 4am | Saturday midday – 6am | Sunday midday – midnight [subject to licensing]