Having already added a humungous number of world-class electronic artists to their line up for 2015, the addition of even more massively in demand talent such as Maceo Plex, Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Loco Dice and more has given the August Bank Holiday knees up on Clapham Common one of the most exciting bills of the British summer.
On Saturday, the likes of Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz and Luciano will now be joined by the head honcho of the Cocoon imprint, Sven Väth. Known for his boisterous performances and classic selections, Sven has become one of the mac daddy’s when it comes to techno, not only through his DJ sets that have been known to carry on longer than some might know, but also through his countless Cocoon releases, which date right back to the onset of the new millennium featuring influential artists like Marco Carola, Chris Liebing and Ricardo Villalobos.
Also hitting Saturday at South West Four will be two staple artists from the Ellum label roster, those being its spearhead Maceo Plex and the deep and delightful Danny Daze. Both these artists ooze funk and sexiness in their slow moving yet powerful music. The final phase three addition to Saturday is Todd Terje who makes his SW4 debut this year. After the release of his debut studio album last year he topped the electronic charts the world over and many tracks from the album became club anthems throughout the year, still being heard in the masses today.
Now to Sunday, which brings two back-to-back performances that South West Four has become notorious for so kindly providing. The first of the two comes in the form of techno giants Carl Cox and Loco Dice, who last year appeared together for the first time and put out one of the “best sets in South West Four history”. Naturally, the pair had to return as a duo and will be doing this year, so expect a fury of cutting edge material and all time classics that will see hands in the air for the entirety.
The second of the back to backs to be joining the phase three line up is the new project from British DJs Citizenn and Ejeca, named Mountain King. This live performance will fuse the pairs chunky yet melodic house sound that has become huge all over the globe in the past two years. For those who haven’t heard, Mountain King’s ‘Acidboi EP’ has already received wide acclaim and will give a great taste as to what to expect. The final addition for Sunday is none other than Mano Le Tough, a DJ who is highly backed by Innervisions’ Âme, and when that happens you know it is worth taking note. Mano’s own label Maeve has been releasing the likes of Mathew Dekay, Ripperton and Dixon, so get on the back of that if you want to start getting excited straight away.
All these great artists join an already massive line up with the likes of Anjunabeats, Amine Edge, Carl Craig, Eats Everything, Dubfire, Hannah Wants, Hot Since 82, Pan-Pot, Nic Fanciulli, Sasha, Skrillex, Basement Jaxx, Armin Van Buuren, Bean Pearce, Apollonia, Joseph Capriati, Adam Beyer, DJ EZ and so many more already appearing. It’s going to be a big one.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of SW4 and Sven Vath