Step foot inside Nottingham’s Colwick Country Park and the staggering beauty of the place will hit you instantly. Whether it be the vast expanses of woodland or the embankments of the river Trent, which snakes around the park, the area is littered with sumptuous spots where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. Come the second weekend of June the serene location is transformed into a haven for bass music lovers, with everything from drum n bass to house to bassline accommodated for. Over the years some of the biggest names in grime have also taken to the stage at this East Midlands festival with 2018 promising yet another ensemble of heavyweight acts.
Mention this Liverpool duo and the first thing that comes to mind is that gargantuan collaboration with Elderbrook entitled “Cola” which moved them swiftly to the front of the house music scene. Ever since then the British pair have gone from strength to strength releasing on major imprints like Defected, Cr2 and Green Velvet’s esteemed Relief Records. To add to their incredible journey over the past year or so they have also recently remixed one of the most timeless house records ever made, putting their spin on Fatboy Slim’s “Right Here, Right Now”.
Children of Zeus
When you take two people that have come from such contrasting musical backgrounds and put them in a studio together the end result can be a blissful delight. That is just what happened when Konny Kon, who is a DJ, and MC Tyler Daley joined forces to form Children of Zeus, crafting a definitive style which centres on soul music. When your writing skills are endorsed by a dnb legend like Goldie it isn’t hard to see why this duo are rightly making a name for themselves.
For someone who likes to keep a seriously low profile in the online world it is sometimes staggering to see how much this man’s music is appreciated in the world of dnb. Being able to play drums and the piano from a young age allowed Break to have the utmost creative control on the records he decided to make. Whether it be the bold melodies or the thunderous bass, he always traverses musical boundaries with the tracks that he makes.
Whether you love tech house or you just want to see some of the best Hawaiian shirts ever made then be sure to check out this Mancunian duo. Solardo have shown their incredible versatility in the studio, producing a range of records with some based on uplifting melodies whilst others have taken on a more industrial feel. Wherever they play this pair never fail to spark an exhilarating atmosphere, taking pride in putting on only the most energetic shows, which is why you can’t miss out on their Detonate appearance.
Over the years this South London rapper has cultivated a serious fan base, with many people full of overwhelming admiration for the way his music has consistently addressed so many issues in society. Grime has been brought to the forefront of popular culture in recent times but this artist has always attracted plenty of attention with his hip hop alternative, with his incredible rhyming talents and the authenticity of his lyrics. When you check out this artist at Detonate get set to witness one of the most enigmatic personalities behind a mic.
Detonate Festival takes place at Colwick Country Park in Nottingham on Saturday 9th June.
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