South West Four at Clapham Common has been one of London’s leading electronic music festivals since its inauguration in 2004. Taking place over August bank holiday weekend and encompassing a wide variety of dance music styles and genres, South West Four’s reputation has grown with the festival itself, which year in year out offers it’s guests exclusive shows delivered by some of the most reputable artists from around the world. Spread over Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th, SW4 will be offering a wide range of music for all tastes. From house to techno, trance to progressive and drum & bass to dub there is something for every dance music fan.
SW4 has long been one of the premier inner city festivals in the UK, being the favourite of many punters and DJ’s alike, with artists like Erick Morillo and Sasha praising the organisers for their hard work since its first instance. Last year South West Four celebrated its tenth anniversary with sets from Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Paul Van Dyk, Solomun, Paul Oakenfold, Groove Armada, Sven Väth, Erick Morillo, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki and many others, pulling together what was an extraordinary birthday.
This year in 2014, South West Four are looking to host more of the same, with high quality music widespread over all its stages.
The main stage at South West Four will be hosted by Capital Xtra for the duration of the festival and on the first day has employed the talents of some of the biggest trance artists of today. Headlined by Above & Beyond, the trio behind veteran trance label Anjunabeats, the main stage will be a whirlwind of energetic and euphoric sounds, with appearances from Alesso, Arty, W&W, Fedde Le Grand, Danny Avila, and Sunnery James amongst others. Also on the Saturday, DJ Magazine will be hosting the second stage where things take a turn to cutting edge underground sounds. The noise will be brought from the likes of Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Tale Of Us, Paco Osuna and Robert Dietz whilst also featuring the UK debut of Better Lost Than Stupid, the back-to-back joining of Circoloco regulars Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann and Martin Buttrich.
South West Four’s third stage will be hosted by Sasha, who will be showcasing his label Last Night On Earth. These label showcases have been highly acclaimed and have seen very special shows at venues such as The Albert Hall in Manchester and The Brixton Academy. This arena will see performances from Seth Troxler, Magda, Guy Gerber and Booka Shade as well as an exclusive live set from Paul Kaklbrenner and a very special ‘20 Years Of Ovum’ set from label boss Josh Wink.
Finally, The Gallery will be hosting the final stage on the first day of SW4, which again will be focusing on more pulsating trance and progressive. Featuring Markus Schulz, Cosmic Gate, Super 8 & Tab, Jerome Isma-ae, Aly & Fila and John O’Callaghan amongst others, it completes the Saturday line-up.
Sunday brings another host of world-class talent to Clapham Common for the second day of South West Four. The main stage, once again hosted by Capital Xtra boasts a wide variety of artists including the illusive deamau5, drum & bass dons Andy C and Wilkinson, house heavyweights Pete Tong, Eric Prydz and whilst also presenting the likes of french wonder kid Madeon and Second City.
Dream Don’t Sleep is the second arena of Sunday, hosted by Maceo Plex, who has invited a plethora of the most exciting names in house and techno including Music On spearhead Marco Carola, John Digweed, Claude VonStroke, Boddika, Danny Daze, Kim Ann Foxman and special guest Maya Jane Coles.
Following on the first class line up from Dream Don’t Sleep is Eats Everything’s Edible arena. Again pushing first-rate underground music, here you can see the Bristolian beat maker joined by bloggers come DJ-producers Bicep, Simian Mobile Disco, Laurent Garnier, Heidi, Catz N Dogz and many more, also boasting a special appearance from the Danish live performer, Kölsch. Last but certainly not least, rounding off the music on the Sunday is Radio 1’s Mistajam with his Speakerbox stage. Displaying a creative mix of house, drum & bass, and garage this will be a stage that will see your body shake to the sounds of Netsky, MK, Gorgon City, Shadow Child, Friction and B. Traits amongst many others.
With possibly their biggest and best line-up to date, even after the huge tenth anniversary last year, South West Four are raising the standard on entering their second decade of festivals. Also, if you are a reveller who will want to carry on after the festival finishes do not fear… South West Four will be organising a number of special after parties at favourite locations around the capital. In the past SW4 after hours events have been held at Ministry of Sound and The Electric Brixton and have seen some of the festivals favourites such as Dyed Soundorom, King Unique, Eats Everything and Scuba playing through the night until you’re musical needs are fulfilled.
South West Four Tickets are on sale now and available from Ticket Arena. Saturday, Sunday and Weekend tickets for SW4 are all now available. Buy SW4 tickets now whilst you can.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Sam Neill and SW4