Although it felt like recently, summer isn’t quite upon us yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready for it. Summer doesn’t necessarily mean great weather but it does guarantee festival season. Over the last few years in Derry the amount of local festivals has grown and grown with Stendhal and Samhain Sessions gathering momentum and audiences but for a more specialised event the production team behind Kelly’s/Lush Portrush brings you We Are Together. Back for its third year it has grown to enormous proportions. On Friday 26th July you can be delighted by Alan Fitzpatrick, check out the Southampton native at www.wearethebrave.co.uk to hear more of this frequent visitor’s brand of techno/electronica... ”One woman army Nicole Moudaber is marching her muscular techno all over the globe” what more do you need to know about Nigeria’s passionately followed DJ/Producer...Belfast’s Ejeca will be delivering the highest quality house and techno that he’s been releasing in various forms on his own label Exploris and now he’s giving it to you in person, Birmingham’s Low Steppa provides more House soundtracks (the genre not the tv show) and you can get an idea of what to expect at SoundCloud.com/low-steppa, based in London since 2008 Italian Riva Starr has produced House, Techno, Breakbeat, Electro, Rap, Folk and everything in between and has been described by Fatboy Slim as “crazy, sexy, cool” and plays “stuff that works” according to Giles Peterson. I think we can put Italia ‘90 aside for one night only! Lloyd Reid and James Reades are Loco Jam and they have been providing some of the finest Techno in Ireland since 2009 and are loved by Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Green Velvet and Hot Since ‘82 and, obviously, you and Alfie Gold, who will be bringing the House, Techno and Disco and adding his trademark touch of gold, check out more at www.alfiegold.com not to mention the talents of Tommy McCoy, Mac n Dan, Shay Whelan and Tyrell Osuere. Sat 27th July one of the most exciting producers of the last decade Gareth Emery (British producer best known for the singles Drive, Northern Light and 100 Reasons To Live and who has recently founded the blockchain music start-up Choon as well as creating and starring in dance music show ‘We Are Cvnts’) brings his laser show Laserface to Derry following the release of his new album “Kingdom United” on May 10th, also on the bill are Danny Howard who can be heard every Friday on BBC Radio One between 11 and 1 and every Saturday on SiriusXM at 10 (also check out www.dannyhoward.com or www.nothingelsematters.co.uk) and Giuseppe Ottaviani who has been putting on some serious Trance shows for quite some time (you could even go for him alone) see more at www.giuseppeattaviani.com, Huxley who has become known as the nicest guy in House and Techno over the past ten years (check out HuxCOIN EP). House producer Junior J’s story betrays his 23 years, a favourite of Dan Diablo, Tiesto and Radio 1he has played with Fatboy Slim, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Steve Agnello and more while holding down a residency in Lush, Ricky Simmons and Stephen Jones or The Space Brothers have made a name for themselves as a massive force of progressive House and the driving force behind Lustral, Chakra, Oxygen, Essence and Force Majeure, Serge Santiago and Firas Waez (Waze & Odyssey) have not only been setting festivals alight with their spellbinding live shows but their label W&O Street Tracks has been an outlet for young artists since 2012. Tech? Trance? Techno? Electronica? Progressive? Experimental? How do you define Will Atkinson? All of the above! Joining them will be Ed Heaney, Liam Melly Knees, John & Lee, Daryl Doherty, Distinctive DJ, Scott Costello and Trance Wax. Co-organiser Col Hamilton told me “We are together festival returns after last year’s event aiming to grow further in audience and reputation. It brings with it the chance for local acts to play with international stars on a big stage”. Tickets are selling out fast. Co-organiser Robert Allen told me “a lot of effort has gone into the production of this event and that this being the third year of the festival shows that it is growing”. Get yours at www.ticketmaster.ie,www.kellysportrush.com/tickets, www.skiddle.com and Cool Discs (Foyle Street Derry-Londonderry) with Friday and Saturday tickets at £34 and full weekend tickets at £49.50
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