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John Dahlbäck

Label owner, producer, remixer and DJ: there isn’t much John Dahlback hasn’t done during his decade-young career. Now, at just 28, he sits atop the global dance scene with a forthcoming album on one of the world’s leading (and largest) electronic labels Ultra and a diary that defines the term transatlantic as he jets back and forth between America, Ibiza and beyond…

Rewind just on eleven years and we find John at the start of his professional journey, signing his first releases at the tender age of 17, which even by the youthfully dominated standards of the world of dance, is prodigious. “It wasn’t that remarkable I signed a track at such a young age,” he humbly explains, “I come from a musical background so it had been a part of my life from day one. Both my parents are musicians, as are many of my immediate family, which includes my cousin Jesper who a few of you may also be aware of!”

But, this debut turned out to be the tip of the iceberg, as the release marked the birth of a discography that would go on to become one of the most prolific and prestigious in the modern dance age. Whether it was deep house and techno for legendary imprints like Kompakt, Dessous, Systematic or Brique Rouge, through to the later expansion of his style to incorporate the energy of big-room electro for the likes of Ultra, Protocol, Spinnin’, Dim Mak Universal, Atlantic (Big Beat),Toolroom, Ministry of Sound, Defected, Vendetta, Subliminal and Rising, there are few – if any – who can boast such a varied and impressive musical CV. What makes this achievement even more remarkable though is that alongside this burgeoning discog’ he found time to establish and develop not one, but two labels all his own.

His first, Pickadoll ran for five years from 2005 to 2010 and featured some of the world’s most cutting-edge producers; alongside his own material, which included 2 (of 4 to date) artist albums, Sebastien Leger, Style of Eye, Pig & Dan, Dada Life and Zoo Brazil all featured on a regular basis.

Ryan Marciano

People always ask if there is something in the water in Holland that makes this tiny country churn out so many prolific and successful DJs and producers. Seems there may be some credence to this tale because we have another pair joining the ranks of the Dutch musical super elite.

Welcome to the year of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano!

These two guys from Amsterdam met in 2006 in the clothing store were Sunnery worked, and were Ryan applied for an internship. While working together they noticed a lot of similar interests, and started working on some music together. From that moment on the two never stopped doing what they love most and they’ve created a big name for themselves since then.

Axwell [SHM] said after playing with them in Ibiza that: “If there were a Dutch version of Swedish House Mafia, it would be Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.” Impressive accolades for these relative newcomers, who were plucked from their obscure retail jobs back in 2007. It seems their funky house and tribal sound struck a chord with partygoers and, after gaining popularity in their home country, these best friends took their electric energy worldwide.

Sunnery and Ryan DJ sets are becoming the stuff of legend. With hair flopping and body rockin’, there is no time to sit on the sidelines at one of their shows. They embody dance music fully, bringing the crowd to epic peaks, arms in the air and smiles all around. It’s not a genre thing, it’s a music thing, and Sunnery and Ryan convey that passion to the dance floor in a way very few artists can. See them one time and you will understand.

Performances that inspire and awaken the soul have brought the duo escalating successes across the globe. With their star on the rise, Sunnery and Ryan are now part of the superstar DJ set and tour circuit. Their diary reads like a massive global pilgrimage, and in a way, it is just that. A way to preach the gospel of house music, in all its vast forms, to a new generation of music lovers. From the USA to Mexico, Brazil to Guatemala, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Asia, Russia and all points in between, these two house music champions are breaking new ground one country at a time.

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have quickly ascended into the upper echelon of dance music producers with the release of monster anthems like ‘Tribeca’ and their remake of Tiesto’s ‘Lethal Industry.’ Fans and tastemakers all have supported each Sunnery and Ryan release with the latter track being a weapon of choice for Armin van Buuren, Sander van Doorn, David Guetta and the list goes on and on. Even the don of EDM, Pete Tong made Lethal Industry his ‘Essential Selection’ not once, but twice! Steve Angello scooped up their tune ‘Markuzza’ (along with Traffic and Snitch) for his Size Records imprint realizing early on what a masterpiece it was.

Hits lead to remix work, and Sunnery and Ryan are the go to producers for some of dance music’s most respected artists. To date the boys have reworked tracks for Sander Kleinenberg (‘This Is Our Night’), Kaskade (‘Dynasty’) and Ferry Corsten’s (‘Ain’t No Stoppin’). With recent successful tracks such as ‘Stiffness’ with Chocolate Puma, ‘Triton’ with Dubvision (also the anthem for Dance Valley 2013) and ‘Sound of The underground’, a collaboration with Nicky Romero, got to the top 3 in Beatport’s Top 100, these two prove to be on top of the dance scene. Their latest release ‘Circus’ climbed up to #12 in Beatport’s Progressive House chart and will be a guaranteed club banger this spring.

The Dutch superduo travels around the world and let huge crowds in awe. Gigs at Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Croatia, worldwide editions of Sensation, BPM Festival at Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Dancevalley in homecountry The Netherlands, several Electric Daisy Carnivals, clubtours in Vegas, Chicago, New York and an own club night in club Booom on the island of Ibiza. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have seen it all. With a residency in world-renowned club Hakkasan in EDM mecca Las Vegas and their Essentials Mix on the highly popular radio station BBC Radio 1, 2014 is starting off big.

In March these two hosted their first own solo show ‘Sexy by Nature’ in Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall. This party started on Ibiza, where the two created the concept with ALDA Events. During their club nights in Ibiza they offered a chique, elegant and seductive evening. Now it was time for a bigger venue, a bigger crowd and more Sunnery and Ryan. With funky electro and latin sounds they showed the crowd that they’re witnessing something unique. Something only these guys can do.

Here’s where we tell you that Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are the next big thing, headed to #1 and all that bio fluff. The thing about great artists is this, they don’t need words on paper hyping their sound because the only thing that matters is how they make you feel when they play.

Paul Woolford

With forthcoming music being released on Carl Craig’s Planet E, Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings, London’s Phonica label, Paul Woolford keeps reinventing himself and pushing the boundaries, maintaining a hectic global tour schedule playing key clubs globally such as Panorama Bar, Fabric, Warung and D Edge in Brazil, and for the 6th year, the renewal of his key We Love.. Space on Sundays residency in Ibiza.

Initially inspired by the constant throb of the radio throughout his childhood, the seeds of Paul Woolford’s future direction were sewn by the time a record collecting addiction kicked in properly during his teenage years. This insatiable appetite for musical stimulation has driven him to explore far beyond the cutting-edge house and techno that is his stock-in-trade, and led him down more experimental paths, embracing aspects of improvised jazz through his collaborative work with Paul Hession, and taking huge inspiration from the modern composition of Steve Reich. All this is distilled within the house and techno dynamic that Woolford has made second-nature and you can clearly see these influences emerging across various productions.

Many know Paul Woolford’s name through the 2005/6 slow-burning hit “Erotic Discourse”, released on 2020 Vision, the Leeds label with which he made his name initially. The success of this proved he has the ability to create a genredefining sound and led to sales of over 15,000, capturing the imagination of DJs across the board from Ivan Smagghe to Ricardo Villalobos, The Chemical Brothers, Richie Hawtin and DJ Hell to Francois Kevorkian, Laurent Garnier, Trevor Jackson to Erol Alkan. Indeed Erol Alkan described the track as “a modern day psyche record” and the track became a stone-cold classic.

He has since appeared across international media including the cover of DJ Mag and IDJ including a photo shoot from Tate Modern’s Doris Salcedo installation “Shibboleth” (after a personal email from Woolford, Salcedo gave her express permission). With each release Woolford is showing a level of artistry that is clearly on an ascending plane, and shows every sign of flourishing beyond.

Tujamo

German-born producer Tujamo, first discovered his passion for music as a teen, before learning his craft and creating under the moniker, back in 2006. As we lead on from where he kick-started his sensational career back in his native homeland, Tujamo’s music delivers a truly unique style, with many attempting to imitate his oh-so-popular, one-of-a-kind sound. Tujamo’s style has led to more or less the creation of his own genre, leading him to play out his productions in far-flung countries including the best venues in Australia, through all major European cities, along with a South America tour including world #1 – voted club, Brazil’s Green Valley and key clubs and festivals in Asia and North America – including at the prestigious Wynn Resort during his “Around The World Tour” in 2014. Tujamo’s fan base swells, so does the support throughout the industry from Tujamo’s peers with each and every release.

Creating killer remixes for a whole host of artists, including Skrillex’ and Diplo’s JACK U project, Tujamo’s own productions have also gained success, the most notable ‘Who’ which took on a new lease of life in 2014, the re-branded ‘Dr Who!’ crossing over into a major club hit not only in the UK but worldwide, it’s electro-house beats and booming hook gaining support from DJs including Avicii, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Tiësto and Fedde Le Grand, the track was also played across world-leading radio stations including BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM. All of these amazing achievements and hard work from such an enriched artist, has paved the way for Tujamo’s success, with labels snapping at his heels for a piece of the pie. 2014 has seen his victories stretch even further, the long-awaited release of ‘Nova’ on the forward-thinking, respected Smash The House label, with bosses Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and rising Brazilian duo Felguk, cementing his success as it claimed the Beatport Overall #1 spot with its crowd-busting drops and exhilarating twists.

Enlisting LA rapper Kid Ink similarly, Tujamo collaborated with Steve Aoki and Chris Lake for the Summer anthem ‘Delirious (Boneless)’, which also took the #1 Beatport Overall spot, the vocal version catching the ears of beer brand Budweiser and sound tracking an advert for the company globally, before going on to achieve gold status in the US and Canada. The lethal combination of ‘Delirious’ and ‘Nova’ both achieving #1 rankings, has spawned many an attempt for other artists to copy the Tujamo sound, as he continues to set trends not only across the genre, but the dance world internationally, Tujamo’s style being the key ingredient to his success.  He has a joint venture with Laidback Luke pencilled in, along with an in-the-works collaboration with Martin Solveig, which is set to crank up the heat in the studio once more. Equipped to bring Las Vegas’s Wynn Resort a party of a show, headlining their Encore Beach Club by night event, sets across Korea and Japan are set to draw in Tujamo legions of fans yet again, before dizzying, prolific US shows at TomorrowWorld Atlanta and European stops – including global sensation that is the Super You&Me parties – brings him back full circle.

Undoubtably, Tujamo is one of the most sensational standouts of the scene, catapulting himself onto the mainstage of our time with exceptional sound and character and a future predestined to be sublime.

Deniz Koyu

Since he first laid hands on piano keys at the tender age of five, Deniz Koyu has been a man obsessed with making music.

A producer’s producer – who counts Fedde Le Grand, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Tiësto, Avicii, Alesso, Erick Morillo, David Guetta and Calvin Harris among his biggest fans – the man behind hits ‘Tung’, ‘Hertz’, ‘Bong’, ‘Follow You’, and more spent his formative year immersed in the world of DJ and production hardware. Hard-earned pocket money was readily swapped for all the second-hand synths and drum machines he could find; hours were spent dissecting the works of Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk or Cassius; days were spent honing his DJ skills, editing his favourite tracks using nothing more than small tape recorders, sampling whatever he could lay his hands on. In 2011, when Koyu burst onto the global music consciousness with ‘Tung’ and ‘Hertz’, the obsession became a well-earned profession.

It was Fedde Le Grand who snapped up Koyu’s first two productions, using his Flamingo Recordings imprint to get the young producer a wealth of critical acclaim. Remixes for James Blunt’s ‘Dangerous’ and Kaskade’s ‘Turn It Down’ swiftly followed, becoming staples in the sets of the biggest artists at clubs and festivals around the globe. Le Grand voted Deniz his ‘Breakthrough DJ/Producer 2011’, Sebastian Ingrosso called him ‘big time talent” and Axwell replied to the question of a Swedish journalist if he had personal favourites among young DJs: “Deniz Koyu. He makes damn cool music at the moment.” In fact, en masse as the global powerhouse that was the Swedish House Mafia, Deniz’s tracks were supported in pretty much every single one of their sets over a year of constant touring, to the tune of three or four tracks per night.

That moment continued through into 2012 and 2013. Huge remixes for artists including Zedd (‘Spectrum’), Digitalism, Miike Snow (‘Pretender’), David Guetta (‘Just One Last Time’), Krewella (‘Live For The Night’) and Fedde Le Grand (‘So Much Love’) established Koyu as one of the favourite ‘go-to guys’ for the A-list elite. New original music including ‘Rage’ and the Dirty South collaboration ‘Halo’ have cemented his status as a prolific artist inside the studio and won him legions of fans around the world – sure to be heavily sated over the next few months with new track ‘Ruby, forthcoming releases on Axwell’s Axtone imprint, the massive Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike co-production ‘Roads’ which featured in the Tomorrowland 2013 after movie and a huge new collaboration with Thomas Gold, ‘Torn Apart’.

Outside the studio, Koyu has been on a seemingly constant whirlwind tour with support from many of his peers. Axwell hand-picked him to play at the world premiere of Cosmic Opera in New York, while performances at Ultra Music Festival in Miami during the peak of his debut North America headline tour ensured he was a name on everyone’s lips. His growing relationship with event promoters ID&T and their flagship Sensation White parties have seen him criss-cross the planet as an ambassador of sound. In early 2013, Koyu embarked on his most ambitious tour yet, joining forces with Spanish upstart Danny Avila to headline the ‘Generation Wild’ Tour, taking in a staggering 20 cities in just 25 days. Selling out events, taking over the North American continent and becoming the online buzzword in EDM as he went, Koyu had landed, made his mark and then gone back for more of the same in the highly competitive US market. There was simply no stopping him – from there Koyu went on to perform at some of the most important festivals in the world, including Tomorrowland in Belgium and TomorrowWorld in the US, Electric Zoo festivals, a clutch of Electric Daisy Carnival shows including the huge UK debut event, Creamfields, Ultra Music Festival Miami and Europe, Street Parade in Zurich, Sensation Chile, Sensation Brazil, Sensation Bangkok, the world’s #1 club (DJ Mag) Green Valley, Mysteryland in both the Netherlands and Chile, Escape from Wonderland Fesitval, the critically acclaimed Zouk in Singapore and had not one, but two residencies – Wynn in Las Vegas (XS, Surrender and Encore Beach) and the legendary dance floor of Privilege Ibiza.

Deniz Koyu stands firmly on its precipice with much more to come both inside and outside of the production studio. Stay tuned, watch out, listen up, because there is plenty more to come…

Fatboy Slim

Sitting in his kitchen in Portslade, Norman Cook is ruminating on his travels over the past year. The mega-gig he’s just announced at Brighton’s Falmer Stadium is special – “I was involved with the fight to get Falmer built – I took a petition to Downing Street, I went on the marches – so it’s a celebration of Brighton, it’s a celebration of getting the stadium, it’s celebration of my links with the Albion, it’s the icing on the cake for all of us” – but it’s just one in a litany of amazing-sounding shows that Cook has played recently, a faintly deranged global journey stopping at all points from the Big Brother house in Brazil to the Great Wall Of China.

Playing a DJ set there, he says, was “one of those boxes that needed to be ticked off”, as if everyone has a to-do list stuck to their fridge with PLAY DJ SET ON GREAT WALL OF CHINA just below GET MORE BIN BAGS and DENTIST’S APPT. “Everyone said it was like playing at an M25 rave. It was in the middle of nowhere, two hours outside of Beijing, right by the Mongolian border, in the car park of the tourist center. There’s nobody there at night. We’d had our gear impounded at customs, we were fully prepared for the idea that it might not happen. And 5000 people turned up. Projecting lasers onto the Great Wall Of China! I don’t know how we got away with it.”

The trip to China was part of an epic journey that began in Ibiza and involved Cook flying around the world backwards (“I was fine, let’s be honest, my body’s used to far worse abuse than that”), stopping off at Detroit and Las Vegas along the way. The latter is the site of a new residency, at a new hotel purpose-built around something called a night-and-day-club. “They’ve got a pool area purpose-built for pool parties that the nightclub opens onto. We put the decks in the pool and everyone dances in the pool. You have to have towels everywhere because whenever you play a big tune everyone goes mental and the decks get splashed. It’s not a hardcore dance crowd, but it’s a party that couldn’t happen anywhere else in the world. It’s got Vegas, baby written all over it. 105 in the shade, everyone’s in bikinis. And that’s just the blokes.”

The former, meanwhile, encompassed something Cook calls “the defining moment of my recent career”, a headlining performance at the Detroit Movement festival. “To go to the home of techno, which I’ve bastardized so many times over the years…” his voice trails off in wonder. “I was invited by Carl Craig. I thought, this is going to be like when Tommy gets made in GoodFellas, I’m just going to get there and they’re going to shoot me in the back of the head. But it totally worked, it was like a big euphoric release at the end of the festival: this is what I’ve done with techno music. I think it’s because Americans can be a bit po-faced and purist about dance music, they’re scare of selling out. So someone comes in with a bit of a sense of humour and puts on a show…”

He still heads into his studio to chop up other people’s tracks for use in his DJ sets, to which end, he clicks a button on his laptop and out bursts a highly improbable mash-up of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Armand Van Helden’s New York City Beat, The Incredible Bongo Band’s Apache and Prokoviev’s Peter And The Wolf, which is simultaneously brilliant, entirely ridiculous and the kind of idea that only Norman Cook would have. But at the moment, he’s concentrating on DJing rather than making records. “I did 70 gigs last year,” he says. “I’ve never done that many before. I’m just really enjoying doing the gigs, as a career. This is my job, I love doing it, I still seem to be getting away with it.”

That’s certainly one way of putting it. In Brazil, Cook has become – to his faintly baffled delight, “more famous than I am in England”, as a result of the DVD of his Brighton Big Beach Boutique II event becoming the must-have item for clubbers wanting to show off their flat-screen TVs. “They basically all watched the DVD of Brighton Beach and went: that’s our idea of a fantastic party. So, a promoter got Nokia involved, they paid for everything. We ended up with 360,000 people on Flamingo beach in Rio. It went out live on the telly. It was the biggest thing in dance music that had every happened in Brazil. That launched a whole career for me playing in Brazil. I love going there. It’s a fantastic country, amazing music, people and culture and food. I started spending a month of the year there. I went and DJed in the Big Brother house! And then, just out of sheer why’s-no-one-ever-done-that-before, I played at the Salvador Carnival in Bahia. 5 million people on the streets, me on an articulated lorry with a proper sound system on the top. It’s normally just samba bands, but I did it and everyone went nuts.”

These days, Cook’s show involves not just playing his own patented brand of “party acid house”, but a complex audio-visual production. “I’m technically a video jockey now. We write scripts for all the tunes, make films. In the past, I used to have to literally hold up the next record I was going to play to the guy who does my visuals, and he’d have to find the images to match it. And they were never synched. But now, because of the technology, no matter what speed I play at, even if I just chop quickly into it, the visuals are all synchronized. It’s a show.”

There’s more: DJing back to back with Carl Cox, unwittingly becoming FA’s “official World Cup DJ”, a forthcoming tour of “nice characterful old ballrooms in Britain”. It goes on and on: it shows no sign of stopping. “Oh no. I love it too much. I can still get away with it. It doesn’t matter that you’re old and bald and grey and fat, because you were never a sex symbol in the first place. We’re pushing new limits. No one knows what the cut-off age limit of a DJ is. And apparently, it’s not yet.” Norman Cook roars with laughter. “I take great delight in that.”

Seth Troxler

Seth Troxler is one of dance music’s most recognisable characters, the guy with the big hair and the even bigger personality who doesn’t take himself, or life, too seriously; a straight-up human being who plays by his own rules. These qualities, along with his passion and seemingly endless knowledge of house and techno, have established him as a figurehead for a new wave of underground electronic music that flies in the face of the disposable idiocy of mainstream ‘EDM’.

“I’ve always been kinda bat-shit crazy”, explains Seth. With his sporadic dreadlocks and well-twizled ‘tache, he comes across part streetwise Lothario, part Napoleon Dynamite’s creepy older cousin. Descended from a family of cowboys and Baptist preachers, he’s part African-American, part Egyptian, part Cherokee Indian but while his heritage is all-American his global outlook transcends his small-city Mid Western origins.

Seth was born in Kalamazoo, a college town in the centre of Michigan half way between Detroit and Chicago, when his mum was just eighteen. His parents split when he was two but soon after his mum met his step dad who hosted a local radio show in his hometown called ‘Fade2Black’. “He’d play hip hop and early house,” recalls Seth, “but after midnight it would switch over to a show called ‘The Love Zone’ which was straight up fuck-jams. His DJ name was ‘2 Fine’ which was also his car registration plate. He was my father figure.” A pre-teen Seth would be allowed to stay up late and sit with him in the studio. “Being surrounded by that much good music from such an early age there was never an option for me not to become a DJ.” When Seth was fourteen his mum married his step dad and moved to the outskirts of Detroit, “This was a really big jump for me, losing all my friends and moving to such a big city.” A year later his house burnt down and he lost everything apart from, by a strange twist of fate, his turntables and mixer that he’d left at a friend’s house. “After that I dropped out of sport at school and decided to spend all my free time playing records.” His step dad was into early Chicago house like Dance Mania and Trax but living in Detroit he started going to underground techno raves. “I went to the same high school as Matt Dear and a friend of mine’s brother used to go raving with him.” Soon after moving to Detroit Seth threw his first illegal party and booked Magda to play for him. At fifteen he landed a job as techno buyer in Detroit’s ‘Melodies & Memories’ record store working alongside deep house legends Theo Parrish and Mike Huckaby.

Through working in the record store he met Ryan Crosson, who would come in to buy vinyl from him, and through Ryan met Lee Curtiss and in turn Shaun Reeves who used to throw many of the most notorious illegal raves in Detroit at the time. It wasn’t long before Seth had moved in with Lee and the four found themselves throwing their now infamous ‘Tesh Club’ parties in Lee’s basement (a name taken from the German pronunciation of techno as ‘teshno’). It was there that the magic really began to happen; experiments in psychedelic substances and scientific examinations into the history of house and techno brought about a deep bond between the four, laying the foundations of what would later become their Visionquest partnership. This honeymoon period came to an abrupt halt when Shaun got robbed after a successful New Years Eve party and decided to quit Detroit and make a fresh start in Berlin. It was only a matter of time before Seth, Ryan and Lee followed suit.

Moving to Berlin was the making of Seth both as a DJ and producer. Just a week after his arriving in the city, having only just graduated from high school, Seth found himself booked to play infamous Panorama Bar alongside Omar-S. He flourished in the permissive German city, and was soon resident at Club der Visionäre, as well as playing regularly at clubs all over world like fabric (London), Watergate (Berlin), Output (New York), Warung (Brazil), Womb (Tokyo), Tenax (Florence), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), The Rex (Paris), Fuse (Brussels), The Electric Pickle (Miami), plus festivals like The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Glastonbury, Coachella, Sonar and Burning Man. Meanwhile, in the studio he has collaborated with such dance luminaries as Matthew Dear, Art Department, Tiefschwarz, Deetron, dOP and Subb-an in addition to groundbreaking remix work done as Visionquest, who have remixed tracks by Tracy Thorn and David Lynch (yes him). Together their Visionquest project has spawned one of the most exciting techno labels of recent years, plus a multi-deck DJ spectacular that saw the four of them rolling out their Visionquest Thirteen world tour throughout the whole of 2013. The combination of these achievements, alongside constant touring, have resulted in Seth being voted number three, then two and then one in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs poll between 2009-2012, and since then he has consistently remained within the top 5 DJs as voted by Resident Advisor fans.

Last year, Seth consolidated his position at the top of the DJ ladder through his ‘Seth Troxler Goes Clubbing’ concept, returning to those nightclubs that were integral in moulding him into the DJ he is today: with quarterly appearances at fabric (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Output (New York) and his usual 10 week residency at Circo Loco across the summer. He also began a new project with The Martinez Brothers – Tuskegee – aimed at shining a light on Afro-Latino American dance culture, as well as launching two other record labels: the dance floor focused ‘Play It Say It’, and indie rock label ‘Soft Touch’. The year also saw Seth return to the studio: the Tuskegee label was launched in true analogue style with a raw collaboration between Seth and The Martinez Brothers, titled ‘Space & Time’. Since then Troxler has also teamed up with production partner Phil Moffa for a release ‘Rogue Music EP’ out on Hypercolour at the beginning of the new year, as well as finishing a number of solo productions to be released throughout 2015.

This coming year will see Seth expanding his Tuskegee brand with The Martinez Brothers, taking it beyond the confines of club culture and into the wider populace, with the aim of introducing the kids of ethnic backgrounds to a world that they may not have thought existed. Simultaneously, the Tuskegee crew will be touring with a number of shows at various venues across the world. In spring, the JESuS concept will come to life: an experiment perfectly in tune with the dance music zeitgeist, JESuS is the summation of four of the biggest players in the contemporary DJ world: Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream und Seth Troxler. Kicking things of with four dates in the USA sandwiched between the Coachella weekends, and following up with a six date bus tour through the heart of Europe. Coupled with innovative video documentation of both legs of the tour, JESuS looks set to be the most unique clubbing experience of 2015. In addition to these two mammoth projects (as well as the usual list of DNA club shows and summer festival appearances) Seth also has plans to expand his Smokey Tails restaurant brand and open a new venture – Disco Dogs – which will be selling traditional all-American hot dogs from within the heart Old Street roundabout in London.

Sunnery James

People always ask if there is something in the water in Holland that makes this tiny country churn out so many prolific and successful DJs and producers. Seems there may be some credence to this tale because we have another pair joining the ranks of the Dutch musical super elite.

Welcome to the year of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano!

These two guys from Amsterdam met in 2006 in the clothing store were Sunnery worked, and were Ryan applied for an internship. While working together they noticed a lot of similar interests, and started working on some music together. From that moment on the two never stopped doing what they love most and they’ve created a big name for themselves since then.

Axwell [SHM] said after playing with them in Ibiza that: “If there were a Dutch version of Swedish House Mafia, it would be Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.” Impressive accolades for these relative newcomers, who were plucked from their obscure retail jobs back in 2007. It seems their funky house and tribal sound struck a chord with partygoers and, after gaining popularity in their home country, these best friends took their electric energy worldwide.

Sunnery and Ryan DJ sets are becoming the stuff of legend. With hair flopping and body rockin’, there is no time to sit on the sidelines at one of their shows. They embody dance music fully, bringing the crowd to epic peaks, arms in the air and smiles all around. It’s not a genre thing, it’s a music thing, and Sunnery and Ryan convey that passion to the dance floor in a way very few artists can. See them one time and you will understand.

Performances that inspire and awaken the soul have brought the duo escalating successes across the globe. With their star on the rise, Sunnery and Ryan are now part of the superstar DJ set and tour circuit. Their diary reads like a massive global pilgrimage, and in a way, it is just that. A way to preach the gospel of house music, in all its vast forms, to a new generation of music lovers. From the USA to Mexico, Brazil to Guatemala, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Asia, Russia and all points in between, these two house music champions are breaking new ground one country at a time.

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have quickly ascended into the upper echelon of dance music producers with the release of monster anthems like ‘Tribeca’ and their remake of Tiesto’s ‘Lethal Industry.’ Fans and tastemakers all have supported each Sunnery and Ryan release with the latter track being a weapon of choice for Armin van Buuren, Sander van Doorn, David Guetta and the list goes on and on. Even the don of EDM, Pete Tong made Lethal Industry his ‘Essential Selection’ not once, but twice! Steve Angello scooped up their tune ‘Markuzza’ (along with Traffic and Snitch) for his Size Records imprint realizing early on what a masterpiece it was.

Hits lead to remix work, and Sunnery and Ryan are the go to producers for some of dance music’s most respected artists. To date the boys have reworked tracks for Sander Kleinenberg (‘This Is Our Night’), Kaskade (‘Dynasty’) and Ferry Corsten’s (‘Ain’t No Stoppin’). With recent successful tracks such as ‘Stiffness’ with Chocolate Puma, ‘Triton’ with Dubvision (also the anthem for Dance Valley 2013) and ‘Sound of The underground’, a collaboration with Nicky Romero, got to the top 3 in Beatport’s Top 100, these two prove to be on top of the dance scene. Their latest release ‘Circus’ climbed up to #12 in Beatport’s Progressive House chart and will be a guaranteed club banger this spring.

The Dutch superduo travels around the world and let huge crowds in awe. Gigs at Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Croatia, worldwide editions of Sensation, BPM Festival at Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Dancevalley in homecountry The Netherlands, several Electric Daisy Carnivals, clubtours in Vegas, Chicago, New York and an own club night in club Booom on the island of Ibiza. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have seen it all. With a residency in world-renowned club Hakkasan in EDM mecca Las Vegas and their Essentials Mix on the highly popular radio station BBC Radio 1, 2014 is starting off big.

In March these two hosted their first own solo show ‘Sexy by Nature’ in Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall. This party started on Ibiza, where the two created the concept with ALDA Events. During their club nights in Ibiza they offered a chique, elegant and seductive evening. Now it was time for a bigger venue, a bigger crowd and more Sunnery and Ryan. With funky electro and latin sounds they showed the crowd that they’re witnessing something unique. Something only these guys can do.

Here’s where we tell you that Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are the next big thing, headed to #1 and all that bio fluff. The thing about great artists is this, they don’t need words on paper hyping their sound because the only thing that matters is how they make you feel when they play.

Above & Beyond

Even by their sky-high standards ABOVE & BEYOND are currently flying, well, above and beyond.
On Saturday 18th October, the trio made history: they became the first British DJs to headline New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden. As usual with the band, the numbers spoke for themselves: all 13,000 tickets sold in a snap; tickets changing hands on secondary markets for $700 a pop; within a week, half-a-million video views of a pair of delirious fans accorded the honour of pushing the button during “Blue Sky Action”.

It was the perfect curtain-raiser for the next stage of ABOVE & BEYOND’s dauntless, peerless, thrilling ascent. On 19th January, Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki release their new album. It’s called We Are All We Need, and pre-orders come with three instant grat singles, including the title track. Thereafter comes another single, “All Over The World” – an appropriate title given that early 2015 also sees them embark on a global album tour.

Of course, the band have put in the miles, racked up the achievements, sweated over the songs, to get to this point.

In the UK they’ve sold out London’s Alexandra Palace. In the US, prior to Madison Square Garden, they’d sold out The Hollywood Palladium more quickly than any act in history. Their radio show, now operating under the name Group Therapy, has broadcast over 500 episodes since 2004 and reaches 30 million listeners in 35 countries – every week.

They have released three studio albums, two remix albums, one side-project album. Their own labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, are among the most respected imprints in the global dance music scene and have released some 23 ABOVE & BEYOND albums and compilations in the last 12 years. There have been dozens (and dozens) of singles and mix albums and offshoot projects, all snapped up by a devoted worldwide fanbase that has happily, passionately followed this London-based electronic trio since their formation in 2000.

As artists they have sold a million records.

In the mainstream media, ABOVE & BEYOND have been tagged as ‘The Biggest Band You’ve Never Heard Of’. But the fans know differently. They’re just their band. The band they’ve followed round club gigs, arena shows, American dance festivals, European rock festivals, and parties from Bangalore to Beirut, from Branson’s rocket (they soundtracked the launch of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo) to Brazil’s beaches (one million fans in Rio for New Year’s Eve ’07). To their fans, ABOVE & BEYOND are just ‘The Biggest Band In The World’.

Explaining the trio’s huge popularity-meets-curious obscurity, Grant thinks, “it’s similar to a heavy metal band in that they they’re not on the radio so much. But they have that fanbase that they’ve built up over a long period of time, rather than going for a money shot and having the big-name vocalist,” he adds, referring to the default option of many a dance outfit that started off as “just” producers. “It’s a case of we’ve built it very, very slowly, and we haven’t had massive career spikes. We’ve flirted with mainstream things, but we’ve not really gone all out. We did remix Madonna, though…”

In 2001 ABOVE & BEYOND were hired to create a club mix of “What It Feels Like For A Girl”. Then the video was banned by MTV. “It’s got car crashes and everything,” laughs McGuinness. “We thought we’d won the pools but no one saw it. Classic!” he hoots.

“And!” adds Siljamäki, the final third of this exuberant, savvy and brutally honest trio, “everyone thought it was a Paul Oakenfold track ’cause he’d remixed it as well! But,” adds the Finn who met Grant at the University of Westminster where both were on music courses, “the dance music scene has got much, much bigger and the sound that used to be called underground is a lot closer to the mainstream. So we’ve naturally found ourselves at a crossing point. But still I think in this new album the primary focus is writing songs for our purpose. We are,” he smiles, “kind of a selfish band in that way.”

They’re also a smarter band that way. Yes, the three men of ABOVE & BEYOND can craft big, transporting, electronic dance anthems. And for sure, they grew out of the trance scene. But they can also write emotive songs. Complete compositions that move the head and soul as winningly as they do the heart and feet.

As much was evident in the Acoustic album they released in early 2014, in which they dug in their own crates to create stripped back, “revamped” versions of songs from their deep catalogue. It was a project whose success surprised even ABOVE & BEYOND. Four sell-out acoustic shows at London’s Porchester Hall led to two sold out nights at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, with fans hoovering up 12,000 tickets in a matter of hours. The combined views for the 17 Acoustic videos on the band’s hugely trafficked YouTube channel currently number somewhere north of five million.

And it was evident in the two teaser tracks they released in 2014. “Sticky Fingers” featured the powerful, soulful vocals of Alex Vargas and plangent piano/synth chords. It was followed by summer-coloured, electronic-soul epic “Blue Sky Action”, again sung by Vargas. Both tunes showcased another signature ABOVE & BEYOND strength: lyrics that mean something.

“There’s a sadness to ABOVE & BEYOND’s music which has gone through right from the start,” says McGuinness. “Which is perhaps surprising when you think that we make party music ostensibly. And that’s not something we’ll claim we pioneered, but I remember distinctly the first time we played [2006 single] “Alone Tonight” a long, long time ago, at Global Gathering. And we were worried whether even that title alone was alright! Then there were 5000 people in this tent together singing it. And suddenly you get it.”

ABOVE & BEYOND, as rigorously focused on the road and on stage as they are in the studio, are maestros at crafting that elevational moment of communal emotion – whether up or down.
“It feels very limiting just to make music for Friday night,” offers McGuinness. “‘Make some fucking noise, put your hands in the air, shake your booty’ – all that stuff. What about Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday? What about the rest of your life? What happens after you meet the girl or guy in the club and you get together and start living your life? There’s so much more to write songs about than partying.”

Maintaining quality control is paramount for Grant, Siljamäki and McGuinness. They built a unique, independent, standalone artist and business organisation (comprising of record labels, an artist management company and a publishing division, and employing around 20 people) that, from the outset, had 360-degree control, vision and aspiration. Similarly, they never wanted to freight in this or that Big Pop Star for a guest vocal. They wanted their own singers, perhaps with their own lyrical ideas and definitely with their own worldviews. So the entirely self-funding, self-motivating ABOVE & BEYOND maintained a coterie of select collaborators. So the upcoming We Are All We Need, which was recently completed in their south London studio HQ, features appearances from regular vocalists Zoë Johnston and Justine Suissa.

As for the musical appeal of Vargas,“he’s done a couple of major label albums, hundreds of gigs, really accomplished live singer, looks great,” hymns McGuinness. “We saw a couple of his YouTube videos and just thought: this guy is just a force of nature. He’s young, he’s good looking, his voice has a little bit of Joe Cocker in there…”

And so, with Vargas’s help, “Sticky Fingers” and “Blue Sky Action” combined for a killer one-two punch that begins the next stage of ABOVE & BEYOND’s cloud-busting career.

According to Siljamäki, their ambitions are simple. “We’re trying to write music for 25 years from now, rather than music just for today. Music is timeless when it’s good. Genres will always move and change but songs are forever. That’s part of our challenge, and part of ABOVE & BEYOND’s identity.”
And, says Grant, referring to that long-awaited new album, that means applying old-fashioned values to future music. “You want to make something where an album isn’t just a carrier for a few singles. Especially in dance music, where so many albums are just filler around the single. Why shouldn’t an album be listenable from start to finish?”

“To me, it feels the world’s moved towards us,” concludes McGuinness, “not the other way round. It’s great that there’s so much attention and innovation in electronic dance music. But doing the Acoustic thing was great in that it showed we exist in that scene – and we exist out of it. To be able to survive out of it so ably was a validation of what we’re really about: that ABOVE & BEYOND are a band.”

The fans, of course, already knew that. Their commitment and passion are proud and proven, which is why that new album title is brilliantly apt on multiple levels. ABOVE & BEYOND are all they need.

Hardwell

Music maturity came swiftly for the now seasoned-veteran Robbert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell. At the age of 25, the young Dutch titan capped off a 10 year journey when he was crowned World’s No.1 DJ in the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll cementing his position as the electronic scenes newest superstar DJ and becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted Top 100 DJs award. Having already created a legacy that would put most of his counterparts to shame this award-winning DJ, producer, musician, label manager, lover of all things music has not only helped shape the current state of EDM, but has left an everlasting imprint on it.

Like his great mentor Tiësto, Hardwell proudly hails from Breda, a city tucked deep within the Netherlands. Having first established his name at the tender age of 14, Hardwell has since elevated his clubland standing to impressive, dizzying heights. His serving of big room bangers over the past year has seen a bundle of anthems sweep charts and dancefloors worldwide. Label boss of Revealed Recordings and having landed 7 consecutive #1’s on Beatport, his studio output has never been more prolific or more on point. Records such as his anthemic hit ‘Spaceman’, ‘Three Triangles (Losing My Religion)’, ‘Countdown’, ‘Jumper’, alongside the hard-hitting track, ‘Apollo’ and his scorching collaboration with Dyro and Bright Lights, ‘Never Say Goodbye’, as well as his single ‘Dare You’ have become some of the biggest records over the past couple of years.

Through his refreshing sound that is characterized by complex drum ensembles, daring synths, and emotive chords, Hardwell has created the ultimate recipe for “Big Room House”. His productions are received with such great praise and acclaim; it seems his shelf life is endless. As his reputation grows amongst the world’s partygoers, so does his status. First entering the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll at #24 in 2011, Hardwell rose to #6 in the 2012 edition of the poll, before being crowned World #1 DJ in the 2013 poll – seeing off fierce competition from the likes of Avicii and Armin van Buuren and following in footsteps of electronic icons Tiësto and David Guetta.

The “fresh and open-minded” approach he has taken with his label Revealed Recordings has led to the imprint gaining international momentum and having produced a cluster of hits since its inception back in 2013, as well as giving rise to a new generation of artists that include Dyro, Dannic, Julian Calor, Thomas Newson and Kill The Buzz. Another success in the labels armoury is its celebrated compilation series ‘Hardwell Presents Revealed’ which offers listeners a true box ready taste into the current trends at the heart of the labels musical output.

Moreover, his record label Revealed Recordings has also grown to become a dominant force as a globetrotting tour brand in its own right named ‘Hardwell presents Revealed’, having staged events in America, Canada, Greece, Switzerland, Austria and Netherlands.

In March of 2011, Hardwell launched his very own radio show and podcast, Hardwell On Air, which is broadcasted on more than 35 international radio stations, including Holland’s top dance station, SLAM!FM, Sirius XM in the US, and Radio FG in France and Belgium. Additionally, the podcast has a solid spot in the iTunes Top 10 Podcasts in more than 40 countries.

As a producer his ratio of releases to hits is extraordinary. In 2011 his collaboration single with Tiësto – ‘Zero 76’ was one of the biggest club tracks of that year and to date the music video has received over 14 million views on YouTube. The single went #1 in the Beatport and #1 in the US iTunes chart. That same year his solo record ‘Cobra’ went to #1 in the dance charts in Holland and Top 10 on Beatport.

2012 saw even more success with his remixes of Rihanna’s track ‘Where Have You Been’ and The Wanted’s ‘Chasing the Sun’ both reaching #1 on Billboard’s Dance Chart. His collaboration remix with Dannic for UK pop star Example’s, ‘Say Nothing’, received a #1 spot in the Cool Cut Chart, while Tiësto and Hardwell’s remix for ‘Young Blood’, by the indie rock band The Naked And Famous, became the festival circuit’s summer anthem.

Hardwell also collaborated alongside Showtek to produce the track ‘How We Do’, with the music video premiering on MTV US. However, Hardwell’s biggest track of 2012 was the solo-original known as ‘Spaceman’, which is regarded by media critics and peers alike as one of the EDM scenes biggest timeless anthems. ‘Spaceman’ was released in over 25 countries worldwide, scored a #1 place in the Beatport chart and to date has clocked in more than 15 million views on YouTube.

At the tail end of 2012 Hardwell released the hard-hitting organic track, ‘Apollo’, featuring Amba Shepherd. Much like its predecessor, ‘Apollo’ would propel Hardwell’s name into the spotlight and ignite a global phenomenon around his infectious releases and DJ sets. Such was the foray around his name at this time that dance music icon Pete Tong invited Hardwell to make his debut on the hallowed decks of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix in November 2012, where Hardwell’s prowess was so distinctively displayed.

Having featured for the first time on the mainstage of Ultra Music Festival only one year prior (2012), Hardwell’s position as a mainstage stealing DJ was affirmed in 2013 when he returned to the renowned Miami event. Armed with a body of fresh and unheard music, most notably is landmark hit single ‘Never Say Goodbye’, his performance at the 2013 Miami Ultra Music Festival would go on to become the stuff of legends. Clocking up a staggering 6 million views in just 8 weeks, Hardwell’s set broke all records for the most watched Ultra live broadcast during UMF with over 80,000 people watching his set via the feed. During his set, Hardwell’s Twitter account was using 20% of Twitter’s overall bandwidth with his name was trending worldwide with such intensity that it caused Twitter to temporarily shut down his account – yes, he broke Twitter!

Following on from his 2012 Tomorrowland set, which to date has received over 19 millions views on YouTube and was dubbed by many as a contender for the best set of the year, Hardwell returned to the mainstage of Tomorrowland in 2013 where he played yet another inimitable set that took a frenzied Tomorrowland audience on a ride of a lifetime. This time the liveset amassed in excess of 1 million views in just a few days and has currently been viewed over 17 million times on YouTube; the inexorable rate at which his DJ sets are viewed by fans around the world has made him the single most in demand liveset artist in the electronic scene today.

A true festival–straddling superstar his sets have conquered arena’s at the most prestigious and crowd-pleasing of parties in the world such as Ultra Music Festival Miami, Electronic Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, Creamfields, UMF Europe, Coachella, EDC London, Future Music Festival, TomorrowWorld, Global Gathering, Mysteryland, Dance Valley and various Sensation’s, including Amsterdam’s. At each and every show his fans litter the crowd awash in banners, flags and t-shirts’ bearing his name. A gesture Hardwell still finds touching, stating; “the commitment and effort the fans put into the shows with their signs and energy on the dancefloor is incredible. I’ll never be able to thank them enough.”

As a DJ his global headliner status has led to endless sold-out shows around the world at venues from Ministry of Sound in London to Green Valley in Brazil. Debuting in Ibiza in 2010 when he was personally invited by Tiësto to perform with him at his now legendary Club Life event at Privilege. Hardwell’s 2013 Ibiza excursion saw him grow into one of the biggest headline acts on the island with roadblock shows at Ushuaia, Pacha, Space, Cream @ Amnesia, plus Cream’s Radio 1 live event @ Privilege, and led to him winning the ‘Electro House DJ Award’ at the 2013 DJ Awards in Ibiza.

However, it is perhaps his impact in the North American scene that has been the most impressive. Kicking of 2013 with a nationwide Revealed Presents Canadian Bus Tour, Hardwell, joined by support DJs Dyro and Dannic, took in country’s finest clubs from New City Gas in Montreal to The Guvernment in Toronto and left a colossal marker of musical intent. His exclusive residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas with his ‘Go Hardwell Or Go Home’ event series has cemented his position as one of the forerunning DJ stars in the US club scene, generating much acclaim from the worlds media and clubbers alike. This was also followed with a nationwide ‘Go Hardwell Or Go Home’ tour that took in venues across America.

In April 2013 Hardwell launched his most ambitious project to date when he unveiled his I Am Hardwell world tour concept at Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall to a 6000 capacity crowd. A spectacle of unprecedented musical vision and production detail, the entire show was broadcast live on a HD feed to 100,000’s of fans around the world and placed a solid marker to the immense popularity of Hardwell’s position within the dance community. After a hugely successful launch event, Hardwell is now on the road with worldwide travels for this new tour new concept. The first phase of the tour saw sold-out shows in Jakarta, Singapore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lisbon, London, Mexico City, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, with further shows coming in Guatemala City, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Istanbul, Dublin, Sao Paulo, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney coming up, I Am Hardwell was set to become one of the must see shows of 2014.

In October 2013, during Amsterdam Dance Event, Hardwell held the world premiere of his ‘I Am Hardwell’ documentary in Amsterdam’s oldest and most famous cinema, Tuschinski. The documentary provides a captivating inside-look on Hardwell’s rise. With the motto – “If you can dream it, you can do it”. The film is now being shown in selected cinemas around the world.

But its his relationship with his fans that sets him apart from his peers. Through his popular Q&A series on YouTube Hardwell’s personal side is displayed, where he answers the most begging of questions his fans have to offer. As said by Hardwell himself, “With the opportunities of social media today, it’s super easy to be in direct contact with your fans, however it’s impossible to respond to each and everyone through Twitter or Facebook. That’s why I came up with this idea, to give my fans the opportunity to ask me their questions and to have the chance to answer them in a fun and engaging way!” And talking of social media his meteoric rise up into the higher echelons of the dance community has seen his fan base swell in recent months. With over 3.5 million ‘likes’ on Facebook, more than 1.1million followers on Twitter and in excess of 120 million hits on his YouTube channel, Hardwell is also rapidly solidifying his place as one of the electronic scenes most ‘clicked on’ artists.

His first UK release of 2014 ‘Dare You’ was the highest new entry in its debut week in the UK Official Chart; breaking the Top 20, coming in at #18. The track which sees Hardwell experimenting with a more radio friendly sound has amassed over 2 million hits on Youtube and having already reached the #1 position in the Beatport charts it yet again demonstrates Hardwells insurmountable appeal. With his popularity not limited to any one region, Hardwell continued his epic ‘I Am Hardwell’ world tour, with dates in early 2014 for two shows in Manchester (UK) which sold out in less than 3 hours, followed by sell-out dates in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin. Before taking the tour to South America, which included a show at the #1 club in the world, Green Valley, as voted for by the readers of DJ Magazine. Subsequently he toured Australia as part of the nation’s iconic Future Music Festival before returning to the US late March for the WMC. Considering his recent achievements, the dedication and drive shown by the DJ who is likely to accumulate the most air miles in the scene this year, there is no sign of relinquishing.

The rise of Hardwell as a young boy from the city of Breda into a ripened international super-heavyweight has become an inspiring tale for all. Coming full circle from a dream to reality of wanting to become the ‘#1 DJ in the World’, we can be assured that the Hardwell name, face, and brand is a force that will drive electronic dance music for years to come….

2013

Creamfields 2013 was no doubt the best show to date! Creamfields came back bigger, better and stronger with an increased capacity of 60,000 each day. With a spectacular new main stage and fresh production such as crowd interactive FX towers, jaw dropping visuals, explosive pyros and a gigantic firework finale it will be one show that is sure to stay in people’s minds for years to come.

The show featured stellar headline performances from The Prodigy, Avicii, Tiesto & David Guetta. For the first year ever, fans could watch artists playing live at the festival from their homes through live streaming on Youtube. After such a successful year, Creamfields leads the way with six nominations in the UK Festival Awards. These include ‘Best Dance Event’, ‘Best Major Festival’ & ‘Best Headline Performance of the Year’ with The Prodigy.

Internationally, Creamfields Malta made its debut in August featuring headline acts Paul Van Dyk, Alesso & Seth Troxler. The international shows in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru & Abu Dhabi continue to be a success.

2008

Creamfields UK celebrates its 10th Anniversary, to mark the occasion the festival becomes a 2 day format and includes camping for the first time.  The fresh, diverse line up raises the benchmark for electronic music festivals and features performances from the likes of Kasabian, Tiesto, Ian Brown, Fatboy Slim and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.

Creamfields stages an unprecedented number of festivals around the world including Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Mexico, Malta, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Peru.