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Patterns Festival at Canal Mills - 5 acts you can't afford to miss

Patterns Festival at Canal Mills - 5 acts you can't afford to miss

This Friday, Canal Mills' first day and night festival - Patterns Festival - will take over the venue as the minds behind Just A Little, Brotherhood Sound System and Vagabondz team up to bring an eclectic lineup of live music and DJs to leeds covering everything from house and disco to bass and garage to dub and hip-hop.

Ahead of Friday's festival we pick out 5 of our must see acts. Read and listen below and pick up one of the last remaining tickets now whilst you still can.  

Submotion Orchestra

The 7-piece, Leeds born fusion band Submotion Orchestra amalgamates jazz, soul, electronica and heavy bass, with their four full length studio albums all being critically acclaimed by several prominent musical outfits, including the BBC, who called their first album “an intriguing debut”. Named one to watch since their post dubstep ensembles first met our ears, Submotion Orchestra have become one of Ninja Tune’s hottest new artists and will be showcasing their live show at Pattern Festival after also playing at Outlook and The Big Chill.

Detroit Swindle

Detroit Swindle have gained a hefty reputation as one of the deadliest house music duos in the industry, with records released on some of the genres best labels including Tsuba, Dirt Crew and Freerange, the latter of which put out their early EP containing the single Brotherman, which shot them to being club favourites all over the country. Detroit Swindle have recently expanded their musical offerings with a number of tracks that have taken a deeper disco angle, giving them an edge as artists who can wow with a laid back daytime performance just as much as a full throttle house assault.

Andy Hart

Andy Hart hails from Melbourne and has featured on a number of the same labels as the previously mentioned duo Detroit Swindle. Heist and Freerange have both put out material from Andy, however it is probably his work with the young disco house deviant Max Graef that he is most well known for. Hawker was the first single that they appeared on together and since then they have both teamed together with some awesome results, most notably Jungle, released on Heist Recordings that featured Andy. Sun kissed beats and grooves will be guaranteed here.

The Mouse Outfit

Another collective, this time from Manchester is The Mouse Outfit, a 9-piece hip-hop group who are currently touring the UK and Europe in celebration of their new album Step Steadier. The LP that was released in March sees Mouse Outfit frontmen Dr Syntax and Sparkz putting vocals to beats adorned with saxophones, trumpets, pianos, whilst dub reggae bass sets a serious groove. With other vocalists such as Truthos Mufasa, Dubbul O, Verb T, Jman and more laying down rhymes on the new album, their performance at Patterns Festival will be a lively full stage show that gives the festival serious variety.


Another Leeds born DJ and producer is Eliphino, who has been a staple artist of the somethinksounds label since his early releases that include the club hit More Than Me, which decimated dance floors back when it was released. Also appearing on the Leeds’ born FINA Records, Eliphino dons a soul tinged, garage house style that will ensure the dance floor is full by the time he takes to the stage.

Patterns Festival

Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Patterns Festival and Submotion Orchestra

Patterns Festival at Canal Mills - 5 acts you can't afford to miss

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