Take a daytime stroll through the city square that houses Amsterdam’s Shelter and you may never know it’s there, as the entrance to the underground nightclub is unmarked and the stairway leading into it hides like a secret passageway during the day. Shelter is well worth locating though, particularly on the evening of Sept. 19 as the Funktion-One equipped techno haven hosts Amelie Lens for an all-nighter that’s set to be as intimate as it is intense.
The Belgium-born techno-tsunami that is Amelie Lens is scheduled to play from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., but as Shelter is among the few nightclubs in Amsterdam to have a full 24-hour license, those parameters could be more of a suggestion. Known for her acid-infused minimal style, Lens has been a must-see on this year’s festival circuit, but the chance to see such an extended set is akin to capturing lightning in a bottle.
Europe’s globally attended industry-oriented festival and conference week, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), has released its second arm of genre-traversing musical meat for the affair’s 24th edition.
Among the production’s most recent wave of names is Carl Craig, Catching Flies, DJ Seinfeld, San Holo, Peggy Gou, Steve Aoki, Dubfire, as well as dozens more, scheduled to stretch across its five-day tenure this October 16-20. Alongside the performer additions comes the next leg of conference speakers, including Nastia, Hannah Wants, and Lisa Ellis, SoundCloud’s global head of music and artist relations.
The new names join the ranks of ADE’s hotly anticipated first wave, namely Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Netsky, and Carl Cox, just to name a few from the multitudinous menagerie of upper-echelon muscle.
This year’s installment will feature France as the festival’s focus country, along with the return of the endeavor’s live showcases at historic Amsterdam venues, Melkweg and Paradiso. ADE’s first wave of artists is available in full here. Explore the lineup additions and purchase tickets to the festival here. The complete artist roster and 2019 festival program is expected to be finalized in coming weeks.
The 2019 fall/winter artist program at Printworks London has arrived, to the print-factory-turned-legendary-club locale’s frequent habitues’ exceeding delight. On September 28, the widely acclaimed venue will once more open its doors, thereby kicking off another season of events. Nastia, Amelie Lens, Luigi Madonna, Sofia Kourtesis, Nicole Moudaber, and B. Traits will provide a ceremonious start to Printworks’ 2019 installment in the Press Halls, as Milo Spykers, Farrago, and an onslaught of like-minded counterparts man the Dark Room decks.
October ushers Bonobo, Leon Vynehall, Omar S, and Nubya Garcia into The Hydra for the Outlier party on October 12. Jon Hopkins makes an appearance on October 25, and Patrick Topping and Peggy Gou stop by on October 13 and November 2, respectively. Meanwhile, Robert Hood, DJ Bone, Laurel Halo, Skee Mask, play on December 21.
A host of other acts will take their talents to London’s electronic mecca, including Broadwick Live’s establishments, Enfield’s The Drumsheds, and Greenwich Peninsula’s Magazine London. View the full lineup here. Tickets are now available here.
The opening seconds of Amelie Lens‘ set from Awakenings Festival are eerily climactic: muffled voices comprise an inconclusive dialogic exchange that slowly fades out as a pulsating beat hammers forth. As Lens’ showing unfolds, atmospheric tones filter in to augment the affective power of the set’s steady, underground derived-beat arrangements.
However, Lens steps back from this pounding, palpitating construction at several junctures, to offer listeners brief reprieves. Such a moment occurs around the 11 minute mark, at which point Lens gently grounds the effort via the introduction of an undulating collection of chords. Looping voiceovers prove a crucial component of Lens’ sonic toolkit at multiple points in the probing electronic endeavor, which potently evinces Lens’ techno expertise.
Belgium’s Amelie Lens is one of the most swiftly ascending names in techno. Last year, she nearly eclipsed Festicket’s list for most festivals played in 2018 of any artist worldwide, rounding out at 27, just behind fellow techno talent, Nina Kraviz (35 festivals). That number grows even more telling when considering Lens clocked in just four festival appearances in all of 2017.
As torrential in the studio as she is behind the decks across the international festival front, Lens has just delivered her latest EP, Hypnotized, packed with two original tracks, and a remix from fellow Belgians, Joyhauser. The galloping techno cuts comprise Lens’ fourth release through the Berlin-based Second State. Hypnotized is Lens’ first solo release of 2019. She appeared on world-renowned techno trove, Drumcode, earlier this year with two Adam Beyer “Teach Me” cuts in hand.
Amelie Lens continues her uninterrupted success with a new double-track EP, Hypnotized, out June 28. This will be the Belgian wunderkind’s fourth solo release on Second State, not counting her contributions to two other compilations on Pan-Pot‘s prominent label.
These two cuts are fit for the prime-time bookings Lens has enjoyed of late. With both being above 130 BPM, “Hypnotized” and “Access” will surely be heard in the wee hours of the morning all throughout festival season. The EP also includes a remix from Lens’ countrymates, Joyhauser, for another searing techno track.
In a relatively short amount of time, Lens, 28, has proven she has the talent to support an impressive career in producing and DJing. She was the most requested artist to perform at Movement Detroit this year amongst the festival’s community. Later this summer she will host a 24-hour party for Awakenings at ADE under her Exhale brand.
San Diego’s biannual bedrock electronic music destination, CRSSD, has announced the first lineup phase of its fall run for 2019. At the top of the Sep 28-29 ticket sits indie sensations, Portugal. The Man, feverish house frenzy, Fisher, preeminent techno talent, Richie Hawtin, and more.
In just a handful of years since its harbor-side genesis along Waterfront Park, CRSSD has become a mainstay within Southern California’s festival front. Riddled with the niche, underground sounds that make dance music so beautifully beguiling, CRSSD’s curation has flourished in immaculately kept time with dance and indie culture.
Typical for each installment, CRSSD organizers will speckle its artistry across three stylized stages, as view of the picturesque Pacific glistens in their wakes. House heads would do well to flock to the The Palms, where Shiba San and Walker & Royce will hop on a back-to-back display. Techno is ever in the air at the City Steps, where Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, and more mavens of the moment will find their low-lit dwelling place. Finally, the Ocean View will house an amalgamation of experimental sounds from a-CRSSD the board, like Hot Chip, KAYTRANADA, and Portugal. The Man.
General festival information as well as tickets (available Jun 11) can be found here.
A new Memorial Weekend camping festival has arrived in New York, and by the looks of it, is here to disrupt the market. Dubbed “Gather” for its intent to gather house and techno tribes across the state into an idyllic mountain setting in the Catskills, the event is organized by Teksupport as part of its deeper expansion into the live music space. Teksupport has played a dominant role in shaping and maintaining New York’s underground dance scene since its inception five years ago.
Gather boasts quite the strong lineup. In particular, it pays homage to the American roots of dance music in its booking of Detroit legends Stacey Pullen, MK, and Floorplan (Robert Hood & his daughter), plus fellow legends Doc Martin and Danny Tenaglia. UK house legend Mr. G is another notable talent on the billing, who will be making his USA debut at Gather with what’s set to be a top notch live set. Amelie Lens, Moscoman, D’Julz, and Agoria are a few other powerhouse acts representing from across the pond.
Guests are invited to Gather on May 25-26. Tickets available here.
House and techno titans will unite again atop Detroit’s riverfront Hart Plaza for another Memorial Day weekend segment of Movement Festival. So far, organizers have pulled back the curtain on only a small, yet lustrous, corner of their secured repertoire, including hot-button house authority, Chris Lake, the aptly named, old-school-meets-new-school Hot Since 82, Belgium’s fiercely flourishing techno temptress, Amelie Lens, and local-turned-global rap icon, Danny Brown, who satiates the fest’s longtime affinity for bolstering Detroit-native talent.
The festival, this year pegged for May 25-27 has long acted as a summertime commencement in Detroit–the techno promised land–as well as a harbinger of the annual electronic festival season at large. The 2019 installment will also include a live set from Orbital, who have been a pair of instrumental components in electronic music’s acclimation in both the UK and US fronts since the late ’80s. The upcoming edition will be the duo’s Movement debut, as well as their first live performance in Detroit in nearly two decades.
If last year’s expectation-eclipsing lineup, which included Claude VonStroke, Lee Burridge, Maceo Plex, REZZ, Dubfire, and a face-melting slew of multifarious talent, spanning house, techno, hip-hop, and experimental subsets across the electronic emblem, the ten thus-far-released acts are only a Costco-size sample of what’s to come.
Movement 2019 acts thus far include (in alphabetical order):
AMELIE LENS CHRIS LAKE DANNY BROWN DJ BONE DJ NOBU FLOORPLAN – LIVE HEIKO LAUX HOT SINCE 82 ORBITAL- LIVE STEPHAN BODZIN – LIVE
With the rise in popularity of Croatia’s pristine nightlife scene and Ibiza’s continued reign as a clubbing hotspot, grandiose locations for house and techno are becoming commonplace in the electronic music ecosystem. Following this trend, Into the Valley festival has taken residence in the thousand-year-old Castle of Sohail on Spain’s Andalusian Coast for the fourth iteration of the event.
Acts like Floating Points, DJ Seinfeld, Peggy Gou, and Amelie Lens will be performing at the three day event on the alluring Castle, Theater, and Beach stages. Taking place from September 28th to 30th, Into the Valley festival is slated to be one of the top underground events of the season, looking to “further develop the format known as boutique festival and to invigorate the electronic music scene worldwide.”