Fucking Dekmantel, eh? It's truly established itself as one of the best festivals Europe has to offer in terms of crowd, setting, music programme and just about everything else a large-scale music event prides itself on. Yes, the secret is out and we hear the calls of an ever-increasing presence of British lads abroad but we still adore it and we cannot wait to be heading along to our third on the trot.
As always, the line-up this year is once again a perfect snapshot of underground dance music's best and most accomplished acts. Of course usual suspects Robert Hood, Fatima Yamaha, Palms Trax, Antal & Hunee and more will be laying it out, but we're also eagerly anticipating the acts making their debut. Because if there's one overarching theme about Dekmantel, whether it's in the lush surroundings of the Greenhouse, the embracing womb that is the UFO stage or the visually dazzling Main Stage, it brings out the best in every DJ that plays there.
So, from legends like Larry Heard to techno upstarts Umfang & Volvox, here are the 10 Dekmantel debuts we're most looking forward to.
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LuckyMe affiliate Eclair Fifi, AKA Clair Stirling, got started on dance music early when her parents exposed her to tapes of sets from an Edinburgh night run by Optimo’s JD Twitch. The seeds were sown and Stirling got her start in radio when she was just 16. Since then she’s been a constant fixture on the airwaves, hosting a show on pirate radio station interFACE, presenting on BBC Radio 1 as part of the In DJs We Trust series and finding a home on NTS radio where she runs a monthly show. Stirling is a DJ who’s effortlessness at blending hip-hop, house and techno, contemporary and classic alike, is only matched by the quality of the tunes she’s mixing. If it’s got a beat, it’s going in the mix and that’s what makes her sets such a party atmosphere. Her set opening the Greenhouse on Saturday will be the perfect pick-me up.
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