Edinburgh once again plays host to Terminal V, Scotland’s biggest and best one-day electronic music festival. With the organisers thinking outside the box to give a setting which matches the intensity of the music on offer. The recent trend for hosting parties in unconventional venues is a welcome one. The Royal Highland Centre is one of Edinburgh’s prime locations, though it isn’t often that it’s packed to the rafters with the biggest names house and techno. The Halloween edition is an exciting angle, so expect ghosts and goblins alongside the usual creatures you find in the middle of the dancefloor. The lineup is as stacked as you would expect, so we’ve picked out 5 acts who ought to find themselves at the top of your list.
Known for climbing arpeggios and riotous double-bass kicks, Terminal V offers a rare chance to see Paganini do his thing in the UK. Having started out in his native Italy in 1996 under the moniker Paganini Traxx, his signature style has seen him work with the great and the good of techno. With releases on Plus8, Drumcode and Cocoon, as well as his genre-defining track ‘Rave’, his high-octane set is not one to miss.
Responsible for one of this summer’s smash hits in ‘Neutron Dance’, Krystal Klear’s recent DJ sets have been laden with similarly punchy unreleased material. Having began his career in his native Dublin in 2010, he’s been steadily making his way through the underground circuit. ‘Neutron Dance’ may have helped to catapult him toward the very top, but this was built on a solid foundation of excellent records. His early release ‘Tried for Your Love’ was played by Benji B for thirteen weeks in a row during his residency, and the record helped mark Krystal Klear out as one to watch.
Originally from Saarbruecken, but very much made in Berlin, Prosumer represents the raw and the hedonistic nature of Germany’s musical heritage.With regular appearances in Berghain’s Panorama Bar and life-affirming slots in Glastonbury’s NYC Downlow, he’s a man very much at home in clubbing’s dark underbelly. Now based in Edinburgh, Terminal V is something of a pseudo-homecoming for an artist who has featured on Playhouse and Running Back, as well as having produced an album alongside the legendary Tama Sumo.
The Black Madonna
Simply one of the biggest names in electronic music, Black Madonna’s ascent has been rapid. She’s a household name, having recently been faithfully recreated in Grand Theft Auto 5, but her breakthrough came alongside two of the underground’s pioneers. In 2012 she was invited to become a resident at Chicago’s Smart Bar alongside Derrick Carter and Frankie Knuckles. As musical educations go, they really don’t come much better.
2016’ instant classic, “He Is The Voice I Hear”, swaggers through ten minutes of pianos, synths and basslines; perfectly encapsulating the sort of groove which has made her so revered. Her “We Still Believe Parties” have moved dancefloors across Europe. Away from the relentless techno of many of Terminal V’s other headliners, Black Madonna’s electro-tinged disco will welcome you with open arms.
Having toured his latest album and live show extensively over the summer, it’ll be interesting to see what George brings to the booth upon his return to DJing. He’s produced some of the best house tracks of the last ten years, beginning his career in DJing with the impeccably produced ‘Child’ and ‘Lights Out’. His 2018 Essential Mix gave us a taste of what has been floating his boat recently, as he debuted Lawrence Hart & Casually Here’s ‘Wanderlust’, hopefully he picks up where he left off at Terminal V.
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