The UK festival market has changed drastically over the last few years. When even the most established names such as T in the Park and V are both deciding to call it a day, it suggests that your average punter wants something different from the usual British fare. Smaller boutique festivals are becoming the norm, with clubbers and dancers needing more than 6 stages and £6 cups of Tuborg to keep them engaged.
It’s little wonder that more and more festival goers are opting to head overseas. The lineups are diverse, tickets are affordable and the chance of returning to a pop-up tent submerged in mud is virtually non-existent. Annie Mac’s foray into the European festival scene has taken her somewhere slightly more leftfield. For 51 weekends of the year Malta is an unassuming Mediterranean island of roughly half a million. For one May bank holiday, however, St. Paul’s Bay meets the Warehouse Project, with a troupe of house music’s finest DJs descending on the sleepy port town for Lost & Found Festival. Boat parties, pool parties and castle raves provide the setting as one of Radio 1’s foremost selectors provides the music. The Martinez Brothers, Heidi, Four Tet, Diplo and J Hus top the bill but here are two other performances you don’t want to miss.
Peggy might just be one of the fastest risers on the circuit. Her latest release on Ninja Tune, “It Makes You Forget”, is the first time she has sung on a record; in her native Korean no less. An effortless, stylish vocal sits atop a typically fresh 90s rhythm. A multifaceted artist who spans both genres and continents, her talents as a DJ and producer led her to take a new home in Berlin. As you’d expect from a resident of Berlin’s capital city, she has excellent techno credentials. You’re just as likely to find her throwing down at Awakenings as you are playing house tracks in dimly lit basements. Expect the unexpected when she touches down in Malta.
A hectic touring schedule sees the XX frontman divide his time between live band and solo DJ performances. Jamie, Romy and Oliver had enormous success with 2017 album I See You; a record which treads a fine line between Jamie’s dancefloor tunes and the group’s guitar led indie. His solo release In Colour was met with similar acclaim in the summer of 2015. ”Gosh”, “Girl” and “Good Times” were soon pumping out of speakers across the continent at festivals, in warehouses and on beaches. His DJ sets are bass driven and bold; his effort for YoungTurks x Boiler Room is one of the series’ finest, spanning records from Midland, Bicep, Wiley and XTC. Jamie’s capable of delivering moments of true beauty and subtlety on stage, but is a completely different proposition behind the decks.
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