Jamie Jones and Claude VonStroke will also play the two-week Ukrainian festival this summer.
This year will be the 21st instalment of the Ukrainian festival, which is held on the shores of the Crimean Black Sea. But Kazantip isn't exactly a regular festival: taking place over the course of two weeks (a reduction from last year's three), it positions itself as an independent republic rather than just a party. Partygoers, called Z-citizens, are free to enter and exit over the two weeks with their Kazantip visas. The "Z New Year" happens on the first day, and over the following days Z-citizens can gather and celebrate before the first "Apotheosis," or opening ceremony, on August 3rd.
This year Kazantip have brought in Ricardo Villalobos to headline. The Apollonia crew—Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia and Shonky—will also appear, and there will be a Paradise showcase featuring Jamie Jones, Art Department, Infinity Ink and Richy Ahmed.
A large part of the bill has been divided into label showcases. Cadenza has a presence with Luciano and Ernesto Ferreyra, while DJ W!ld, David Squillace, Tania Vulcano and Matthias Tanzmann will rep Circo Loco. Pan-Pot will head up Mobilee's contingent, Booka Shade and M.A.N.D.Y. will play for Get Physical, Loco Dice will do the same with Desolat and Dixon will host an Innervisions party.
Other highlights include Laurent Garnier, Claude VonStroke, Lee Burridge, Gerd Janson, Ame, Ellen Allien and plenty more. KiNK, Guti and Moderat will all perform live. The Faberge dancefloor will host the Live On Mars stage for nine days: Dub FX, Terry Poison, The Amplifetes, Assai and Bonaparte among the acts already announced for that part of the festival.
There are also a few genre-centric areas. The Breaks Arena will feature drum & bass stars Pendulum, while the psytrance-focused Mushrooms features Shpongle. Marc Romboy and his Systematic crew will ring in the Z New Year on the festival's opening day, while the Apotheosis ceremonies will feature big-room sounds from the likes of Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz. For a better idea of what Kazantip is all about, check out our review of last year's festival.