MADE is returning to Birmingham’s Digbeth Triangle again this July after fast becoming one of the most exciting metropolitan festivals in the UK. With previous years having welcomed DJs and live artists from all corners of the music spectrum to some of the midland’s best night clubs, the standard had been set high for this years instalment, with their line up and weekend long bill of excitement raising the bar once again in 2016.
After the main event on Saturday 30th July, the sun will set and the focus will move to the MADE My Night part of the weekend, which sees two after parties continuing on the festivities until the early morning, when the festival will return for a second day at The Rainbow Arena. The venues for these nightlong parties have yet to be announced, however, they will still take place close to where the main action takes place at MADE in Birmingham.
The first of the two parties has been curated by one of Leeds fondest dance music exports in Hot Since 82, who has put together a great line up and dubbed it Knee Deep In Sound, the name of his almost two year old record label that has been a banner for showcases all over the UK and beyond. Here he will play alongside Circo Loco resident and This And That label boss Davide Squillace, not to mention one of Daley’s closest musical compadres, Sidney Charles, who has released a number of EPs on the imprint. There’s still more to be announced here, however that’s more than enough to sate the after party appetite of any house and techno fan.
The second of the after parties, which like the first is at an as of yet undisclosed location, will be hosted by Seedy Sonics, the local bass music institution that has close ties to all things MADE. Their get together will see drum & bass meet garage with another all star line up including the Birmingham born duo Cause & Affect, as well as D&B favourites Culture Shock and Friction and garage men of the moment Preditah and Slimzee. MCs Linguistics and Taxas will also be there to get the party going.
Don’t forget that these two better than good looking after parties are sandwiched between two days of inner city festival goodness that is MADE Birmingham. The main event will see the likes of Rudimental, Andy C, Kano, Stormzy, Dusky and Shy FX headlining an all star cast that also welcomes Lady Leshurr, Sonny Fodera, Chris Lorenzo, Noisia, Redlight and S.P.Y amongst many others. Alongside the festival on the Sunday will be a special Hacienda Classical concert, consisting of residents Mike Pickering and Graeme Park playing all time club classics from the iconic club alongside The Manchester Camerata Orchestra.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Anglo Management - Hot Since 82