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SW4 Festival Preview

Those of you who are into your dance music and are based in and around the London area have really been spoilt for choice this festival season. The bounty keeps on piling in, though, as SW4 Festival hits Clapham Common on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of August.

There are tonnes of artists playing and this year the festival truly represents the entirety of the dance music spectrum. Everything from d&b, through to trance, via techno and house, has been added to the impressive roster, so it is safe to say that there is something for everyone at SW4 this year.

The festival is one of those that dance-heads simply have to get down to. The tickets are reasonable for the line-up involved, although we must warn readers now that the only tickets left available are day tickets for the Sunday of the festival. Regular Saturday tickets are now sold out completely, as are the VIP tickets and limited release group tickets. That isn’t to say that you won’t find some on one of the many face-value ticket resale sites.

Photo: Sam Neill

So, who is playing? Well, you’ve got some awesome Trance music courtesy of Cosmic Gate, who will be appearing on the festival’s Gallery arena for an all-out trance set. The German production duo have been at it since 1999, and are showing no signs of stopping. Ever. But, this is what trance is all about, going pedal to the metal and never letting a beat drop out of sync.

Hopefully you’ll get the chance to hear some of the early tracks that made the pair famous, including the likes of Fire Wire, as well as perhaps some tracks from their more progressive-sounding recent release, Materia, which hit stores in January of this year.

We also definitely recommend checking out electronic music producer, Vitalic, while you’ve got the opportunity. This man is responsible for some of the best electro of the past two decades. If you haven’t heard Poney or La Rock, then give yourself a forceful slap around the chops and go and listen to them immediately. Both tracks are fantastic dancefloor destroyers and are still just as fresh now as they were back when they were released.

You should also check out a bit of techno duo, Pan-Pot. The pair have been killing it for years now, and are showing no sign of hanging up their slipmats, as they continue to wow crowds across the globe with their relentless techno sets.

There are a number of after parties available to attend, and tickets for these can be bought directly from the festival ticket site. They will only set you back a mere twenty quid, so if you’re the type to want to carry on the party, this is right up your street.

For more info, plus photos, videos and ticket info, head to our SW4 Festival page.

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