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Festival Picks: September 2017

Festival Picks: September 2017

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

Well, here we are. Summer’s nearly out, the universities are about to reopen and those office lunch breaks spent outside are becoming fewer and fewer every week. September’s coming, and that means festival season is nearly at an end. But only nearly.

Yes, there’s still more summer antics to be squeezed out, but you’ll have to do it soon. Autumn blues might be on the way, but the best defence against them is one final venture out into the warm embrace of a festival crowd. Here, as always, to help get you to where you want to be, we’ve compiled the best of the remaining festival action in summer 2017, and fortunately it looks like there should be plenty to keep you entertained this September.

Lockdown Festival
Powederham Castle, Exeter
1st-3rd September

Bringing together the hottest names in UK bass music, Lockdown showcases the likes of Wiley, Wilkinson, AJ Tracey and Nadia Rose on day one, with Gorgon City and Sigma on the Saturday and Dizzee Rascal closing things down on the Sunday. Hospitality, Garage Nation and more curate the stages.



Electric Fields
Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill
1st-3rd September

Scotland gets a bit of Dizzee Rascal as well as Frightened Rabbit, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Band of Horses among others, all thanks to Electric Fields at Drumlanrig Castle. Top class DJs including Jackmaster and Artwork will also be on show.


(2016 saw Electric Fields deliver a stellar lineup to a packed crowd - Photo: Electric Fields)

Outlook Festival
Tvrđava Punta Christo, Croatia
7th-11th September

Who’d have known that UK bass sounds best on a Croatian beach? The Outlook crew did, and they’ve booked in Giggs, Goldie, Friction, Pharoahe Monch and Wiley for a spell on the Adriatic Coast. Other star acts include TQD, High Focus Records and Digital Mystikz.


(Outlook is one of many Croatian festivals boasting absolutely killer locations this summer - Photo: Outlook Festival)

Bestival
Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth
7th-11th September

Now based in  East Lulworth rather than the Isle of Wight, Bestival still holds the same values as it did at its original home: spectacular music, spectacular vibe. The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys and Justice lead the lineup, with Dizzee Rascal, Little Dragon and more making it a very enticing prospect indeed.



The BPM Festival Portugal Edition
Multiple Venues
14th-18th September

BPM Festival hosts its inaugural European event with shows across multiple venues in Portugal, featuring a stellar lineup of tech-house giants. With stage takeovers from some of the biggest party brands going and headliners including Loco Dice, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richie Hawtin and more, this one’s a real big hitter.



MiNT Festival
Stockeld Estate, Wetherby
Saturday 23rd September

MiNT Festival always draws a big lineup, but this year the Leeds crew have gone in. Ricardo Villalobos plays alongside a favourite partner in crime in Raresh, Craig Richards joins with Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers perform on the edible stage. Throw in mainstream skirting artists like Hannah Wants and Lady Leshurr, not to mention DnB star Wilkinson, and you’re looking at a lot of satisfied punters.


(MiNT parties are explosive from start to finish, and this should be no different - Photo: MiNT Festival)

Hospitality in the Park
Finsbury Park, London
Saturday 23rd September

One of the UK’s biggest DnB parties takes to Finsbury Park, and that means there’s going to be no shortage of bass wielding titans to get it filled. FabricLive, Deep Medi, Med School and more host stages, with The London Elektricity Big Band, My Nu Leng, Etherwood, Mala, Guv and more at the head of the lineup.



ABODE in the Park
Finsbury Park, London
Sunday 24th September

Finsbury Park is going to be busy this September, with ABODE also taking over as they launch their very first outdoor festival. wAFF, Secondcity, Solardo, Darius Syrossian and Detlef are among the star acts.


(ABODE take on their first outdoor festival this summer, with plenty of old friends helping out - Photo: ABODE)

The Social Festival
Friday 29th September
Kent Showground, Maidstone

Kent will enjoy two days of glorious tunes at the hands of an impressive lineup, not least because of house king Carl Cox and a special b2b from Sasha and John Digweed. With The Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee and Butch also lining up, it might just be the event of the year for the good folk of Maidstone.



Main photo courtesy of Dan Medhurst

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