You’d expect a mammoth launch party for a festival as en vogue as Gottwood, and that’s precisely what Wigflex aim to deliver as they offer Nottingham a taste of the Welsh summer a few months in advance. Offering up a rich array of talent, the Nottingham favourites have booked out The Brickworks and asked Daniel Avery to lead the proceedings.
The analogue melodies, rough textures and detached voices of 2013’s Drone Logic marked Daniel Avery as one of techno’s most talented producers, with his distinctively noisy approach to the genre cut with acid grooves and dancefloor rawness. Brought to the party as headliner based on his ability as a selector, Wigflex have chosen one of the safest pairs of hands they could find, Avery having spent the last few years commanding fervently enthusiastic support as a DJ, earning himself a residency at Fabric along the way.
Well worthy of a place alongside him on the bill, Legowelt’s productions have a similar flavour, though the prolific Dutchman has carved himself out a strong identity with tracks that blend American house and techno influences with a gothic European edge, dipping into hallucinatory infusions to create transfixing electronic landscapes. A good example of the forward-thinking acts that Gottwood showcases, Legowelt will set up for a live set of the highest quality.
London-Bristol label Livity Sound acts as a mixing bowl for UK sounds, throwing together techno, grime, jungle and bass with ferocity, as Peverelist and Kowton will make evident as the third headline act on the bill. The pair have worked together on a number of thumping tracks since dropping “Beneath Rader” as the label’s first release in 2011, and their explosive chemistry will bubble, fizz and bang as they bring the fire at The Brickworks.
With Lukas Wigflex and Oscilla (Arcane & Kilne) completing the night’s lineup, the pre-party has set the grounds for a suitable prelude to the festival run. Nottingham heads will not want this to be the one they missed, as Avery and co will no doubt look to leave a mark that won’t fade any time soon.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of dbFestival