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Soundtrack of the Summer


From Helsinki to Rome, the continent has switched on to electronic music festivals in a big way. Here’s our sweep of the bleeps. Plus: We pick a track from each festival line-up to create the perfect summer mix-tape.

1. Sónar

16. – 18. 6.
Barcelona, Spain

The Mecca for all electronic aficionados, who make the pilgrimage to Barcelona every June to see an eclectic array of concerts and DJ-gigs in a museum courtyard in the daytime, and then party on into the night at a massive exhibition centre on outskirts of the city.

Acts: Underworld, M.I.A., Apparat, Aphex Twin, Die Antwoord, Jackmaster, Discodeine ...

Discodeine – „Synchronize“
This young Paris duo bring together the vocals of Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and a string-infused disco melancholy. This track is a highlight of their self-titled debut album.

DISCODEINE feat. jarvis cocker - synchronize (radio edit) by discodeine

2. Prater Unser

30. 6. – 3. 7.
Vienna, Austria

A former sauna called Prater was converted into a club two years ago and the area surrounding this hipster mother ship has been Vienna’s partying epicentre ever since. The Prater Unser festival is being held for the second time this year and sees one of Vienna’s landmarks – the Giant Ferris Wheel – transformed into an airborne night club.

Acts: Martyn, Secret Sundaze, Rustie, Cosmin TRG, Visionquest, Lone, KiNK & Watson ...

Lone: „Animal Pattern“

British newcomers Lone come up witheuphoric techno music as frazzled as it is abstract. The super-catchy twist comes in the form of some captivating melodies.

Lone - Animal Pattern by Lone

3. Pitch Festival
9. – 10. 7.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pitch takes the form of two nights of sizzling hip-hop beats, futuristic soul and jazz from outer space in northern Amsterdam. By day you should cycle over to Rush Hour – one of the best record shops in Europe.

Acts: Crystal Fighters, Buraka Som Sistema, Flying Lotus, Jamie Woon, Cut Chemist ...

Buraka Som Sistema: „Hangover“
The Portuguese dance act combines Angolan Kuduro sounds with quirky electro, guaranteed to bring any party to life. Their brand-new track is proof of that.

Hangover (BABABA) by burakasomsistema

4. Hartera

15./ 16. 7.
Rijeka, Croatia

Known to many as the little sister of Serbia’s Exit Festival, Hartera offers the perfect combination of beach holiday and culture trip. The location – a dilapidated paper mill situated right on the harbour – creates the industrial feel that goes with the music by night; a Bloody Mary at a beach cafe helps you get going by day.

Acts: Trentemøller, James Holden, Fairmount, Hercules and Love Affair ...

Hercules and Love Affair: „Painted Eyes“
Having reinvented disco with their hit Blind, the New York band’s most recent single, Painted Eyes, will have endorphin cups running over once again.

Painted Eyes by moshi moshi music

5. Meet in Town

22. – 23. 7.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy

Concerts in an auditorium with seating provided, open-air DJ sets in the park… Meet In Town, on the former Summer Olympics site in the north-west of the Italian capital, breaks down the divide between high culture and subculture. This, in a city which is already both a museum and modern metropolis, makes for a pretty unique music festival.

Acts: Lamb, Zero 7, Primal Scream, CocoRosie, Nicolas Jaar, Space Dimension Controller ...

Space Dimension Controller: „Old Spacey“
New synth experiments from outer space elegantly combined with distilled house beats by 20-year-old wonder producer Jack Hamill from Northern Ireland.

old spacey by spacedimensioncontroller

6. Audioriver

29. – 31. 7.
Płock, Poland

Pock was once the capital of Poland, and when it comes to electronic music, it still is. Around 14,000 house music fans flock to the banks of the River Vistula every July to dance at night, watch films in the open-air cinema on the Market Square in the evening and to admire the 12th-century architecture by day.

Acts: Paul Kalkbrenner, Chris Liebing, DJ Marky, Brandt Brauer Frick ...

Brandt Brauer Frick: „Teufelsleiter“
In the most successful crossover project of the year, this German trio marry together lush orchestral instrument sounds and harder techno beats.

Brandt Brauer Frick- Teufelsleiter by !K7 Records

7. Flow
Suvilahden Vanha Voimala, Helsinki, Finland

Flow is the Johnny Depp of the summer festivals: environmentally aware and incredibly cool. It’s been held on the site of an old power-station near the city centre since 2007. The line-up includes superstar rappers and the hippest electronic acts, and €2 from every ticket sold goes to the World Wildlife Fund.

Acts: Kanye West, Q-Tip, Lykke Li, James Blake, Röyksopp, DJ Koze, Janelle Monáe, KiNK ...

Lykke Li: „Sadness Is a Blessing“
On her new single, the young Swede brings a ’50s ballad bang up to date with noisy electronic sounds and a chorus to melt the hardest of hearts.

Lykke Li - Sadness Is A Blessing

8. Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill, London

Started up by London’s Caribbean community in 1964, the Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s loudest and most colourful street event. Steel bands and parades make their way through avenues lined withmarket stalls. There are soundsystems on every corner, which keep a million carnivalgoers dancing.

Acts: Street bands and soundsystems such as Aba Shanti-I, Channel One and Major Lazer.

Diplo: „One Kid “ (feat. Nicki Minaj, Sleigh Bells, Swedish House Mafia)
The man behind Major Lazer is boldly working on the future of hip-hop, and as far as he’s concerned, it’s going to sound as electrified as possible.

One Kid (feat. Nicki Minaj, Sleigh Bells, SHM).mp3 by diplomaddecent

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