Deetron, Slam, Move D, Mike Dehnert, Tom Trago, Redshape, Matthew Burton & Kate Rathod
(Super early bird SOLD OUT / Early bird SOLD OUT) **ADVANCED TICKETS Â£20**
drumro[ll], Cargo and Collect! bring you:
DAY PARTY @ The Shakespeare, 1400 - 2300:
Matthew Burton & Kate Rathod (live) [Visionquest]
Being a bank holiday, the sun is guaranteed* to shine. For that reason we decided that the best way to warm up for our little evening shindig was to have an 11-hour outdoor party at our local pub featuring two of the coolest bastards in house music. You're welcome to join us.
Matthew Burton and Kate Rathod do a very funky live thing, a mishmash of drum machines, synths, live vocals and rump-shaking basslines. All stuff that makes a sunny afternoon with a Pimms in your hand pass very quickly indeed.
They've released on label-of-the-moment Visionquest, house innovator Retrofit and in his decade of solo work Matthew's popped up on the likes of Leftroom and Connect Four. So yeah, they know how to make you shake your groove thang.
The Faction residents will be spending the afternoon spinning some summertime sounds as your sip your drinks, and generally making merry. This party is only available to those smart cats with tickets for the night party - 18 hours of music, for just Â£20. Ludicrous.
*Should it rain, we've got it covered (arf arf), so don't be worrying your little heads.
NIGHT PARTY @ DLS & Snow Lane, 2200 - 0800:
Deetron (Music Man)
Move D (Workshop)
Mike Dehnert (Fachwerk)
Tom Trago (Rush Hour)
Three is, of course, the magic number. De la Soul, founding members of the Magic Table alongside Paul Daniels and Victorian street urchin David Copperfield, taught us that. And so to celebrate the power of three, on the 3rd of June, the 3rd Bank Holiday of the year, the three biggest nights in Sheffield come together.
Expect fireworks. Expect excitement. Expect more than a little bit of spine-shivering wonder. But most of all, expect the finest house and techno the world has to offer as drumro[ll], Cargo and Collect! collide in a supernova of raw dancing. Iâ€™d start stretching up now, itâ€™s going to be a biggy.
Think of the Swiss, and youâ€™re probably left with a blank. A penchant for clocks with cuckoos, chocolate with points and gold with a less than appealing pedigree are perhaps their most apparent characteristics, but look beneath these tourist magnets and youâ€™ll discover a world of Detroit-indebted techno and genre-straddling DJs.
Well, DJ. Although the list of Swiss wheel-steelers may be long, one name stands atop like a Colossus. Deetronâ€™s pedigree is undoubted and a listen through his recent Balance mix is testament to that; a seamless double-disc, half mixed digitally and half solely on vinyl, that shows that when youâ€™ve got the chops the medium means nothing. Deetron is a true star, a man who made his name the traditional way â€“ by being one of the very best at what he does.
If you donâ€™t know Slam, then you donâ€™t know techno. End of, and Iâ€™ll hear no discussion. Whether through Soma, the seminal label that since 1991 has released some of the most important techno records ever put to wax (including a little record by the name of Homework), or under their own moniker, Slam have been furthering the sound of the music that makes you dance in the dark until you canâ€™t dance no more.
These are the Glasgow dons, the original Arches duo, the inimitable, vital and ever-present techno warriors. And theyâ€™re coming to show you how itâ€™s done.
Electronic music has never been about playing things safe. The loop-driven, alien noises that burst from Detroitâ€™s underbelly more than two decades ago have given birth to a scene that never sits still, that at its best sounds terrifyingly new and almost incomprehensible to the majority.
This is the world of Move D, a man to whom boundaries are as immaterial as Dorset fog. With a discograpy that plots the progression of dance music, and a bank of associations and aliases that would make grown men weep, Move D is the original innovator, a dance music pioneer and a true one a kind. He makes music that your mother does not understand, and thatâ€™s never a bad thing.
Fachwerk is one of the best labels in the world. Over the last four years itâ€™s been one of the most important outlets for the driven, subsonic, all-night techno that rattles through the speakers of Berghain every weekend. As that labelâ€™s owner and biggest contributing artist, Mike Dehnert is one of the most important electronic artists in the world. Heâ€™s also a cracking DJ, and if you donâ€™t know that, then you donâ€™t know enough.
Some records sound like theyâ€™ve existed forever. Almost as though infused with an ever-present essence, they were not so much created as hewn from the living rock, discovered deep underground after being subjected to the pressure and heat that creates a musical diamond.
Such is the sound of Tom Trago, the Rush Hour mainstay who in his short life has been remixed by Carl Craig, collaborated with Romanthony and mixed his way across the world with a style and panache that cannot be bettered. Like a musical hermaphrodite, Tom Trago combines things that should never be put together. Unlike a hermaphrodite, he makes that shit work.
He wears a mask. He plays techno. Anything else you need to know?
Well, his records have been released by Delsin, 3024 and Brainfeeder. He makes regular appearances at Berghain, Fabric and any warehouse party you care to mention. Oh, heâ€™s released some of the most vital records in techno over the last few years. Heâ€™s mentioned in the same breath as Kassem Mosse, Objekt and Space Dimension Controllerâ€¦
Does any of this matter? Of course not. All you need to know is that heâ€™s stunning, and heâ€™s coming here to blow you apart.
Of course, all these DJs donâ€™t make a party on their own. They need sound, so weâ€™ve got the best rigs in the city, provided by the musical maverick Danger Noise.
They need a place to play, so weâ€™ve got the best venue in the city, opened up fully for the first time in a maze of rooms, tunnels and stairways that weâ€™re filling with all kinds of madness that stretches far beyond musical pleasures. Expect to get lost, and expect not to care.
But of course parties donâ€™t start at midnight. Not on bank holidays, oh no. They start as soon as you wake up and enjoy that refreshing Pimms and gin-soaked bowl of Corn Flakes. So to cater for you decadent so-and-soâ€™s, weâ€™ll be throwing a sun-drenched* daytime shenanigan, full of the finest house music known to man. Just keep your eyes peeled for details over the coming weeks.
Advance tickets for this somewhat sizeable shenanigan are just Â£20 +bf, available from www.faction-sheffield.com and Resident Advisor, or without fees from Cow, Bungalows & Bears, Golden Harvest or our network of ticket sellers (keep your eyes here for details). For those who are quick on the draw, super-earlybirds are just Â£15, and earlybirds are Â£18 exclusively from www.faction-sheffield.com. Be quick though, because there arenâ€™t many and theyâ€™ll be â€˜flyingâ€™ out the door (pun very much intended).
Well, I guess weâ€™ll see you there thenâ€¦