Gottwood returns to the picturesque woodland in Anglesey for the sixth time, with a stellar lineup including MCDE, Andrew Ashong, Move D, Hunee and Marcellus Pittmann.
The boutique festival welcomes around 4000 revellers to its heart, featuring some of the best underground electronic acts and a variety of eclectic, amazing artworks, dazzling dancers, fantastic sculptures, creative projections and visuals, making this more than a generic music festival.
Our pick of the lineup includes Francis Inferno Orchestra, one of Australia’s finest exports, with his happy-go-lucky disco vibes, his sets provide the perfect daytime drinking remedy or evening pick me up. After decamping to London, he’s gone from strength to strength and will be seen on the Tief stage along with Motor City Drum Ensemble and Hesseltime.
Hunee and Ben UFO tip:
The supergroup of Ben UFO, Craig Richards and MCDE is a formidable combination, closing the festival. Get on that, along with Zip, boss of Perlon Records, who’ve enjoyed a resurgence of late due to releases by the likes of Margaret Dygas, another to watch out for.
Perlon release to listen out for:
Andrew Ashong is another to look out for, chilled deep house and Theo Parrish‘s protegé, his name is known for the beautiful ‘Flowers‘ but his talents don’t stop there. A veteran on the circuit in terms of sheer time – he was DJing in clubs before he was legally allowed to enter them – his sets are unmissable and an ultimate Shazam target.
Others to catch are Bradley Zero, Boiler Room stalwart and sometime Soup Kitchen resident; Tief label boss Hesseltime, for fans of Max Graef and K15; Seven Davis Jnr, who’s been creating waves on Ninja Tune will be treating the crowd to a rare live set and Romare, whose ‘Projections’ LP was well received this year by critics and public alike.
Stages are curated by a number of big brands from around Britain – the hard hitters – including Back To Basics, Brotherhood Sound System, Future Disco, Futureboogie and Tief. Elsewhere, the Manchester contingent is strong, with the likes of Hit + Run heading up the DnB stage, Cottam (resident of long-running night, Bohemian Grove) and Mouse Outfit.
With tickets running low, there’s likely to be a mad scramble to the Facebook event page for all those last-minuters..
Tickets available here: www.gottwood.co.uk/tickets
– Kim Kahan