FESTIVAL REVIEW: FIELD DAY 2013

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On Saturday we made our way to London’s Victoria park for some sunshine fuelled festival fun at Field Day.  The lineup for the day was pretty mouth watering and we were excited about seeing a lot of the acts.  Kicking it off for us was Seth Troxler who was playing the Bugged Out tent with his usual energetic style, we followed this with Jacques Greene who treated us to some live performances which included ‘Another Girl’ (a personal highlight!) and a PA for some of his new material.  Having soaked those sounds, we then soaked some rays and grabbed a few cheeky drinks from the bar where we didn’t have to queue long at all and the same goes for the toilets too – always good when a festival has the basics like this covered.

Sadly the queue for the Red Bull Music Academy Stage was too long which meant that we missed our opportunity to see Koreless, an act we’ve been dying to see for a while now.  This was the only disappointment of the festival and was rather frustrating given that we expected to have a chance to see all the acts we’d paid for with our festival ticket.  Ho hum…  for the rest of the day we went between stages managing to see the likes of Mount Kimbie, Everything Everything, Disclosure and Julio Bashmore.

All in all it was a great day, made even better thanks to the glorious sun, just a shame we didn’t get to see our man Koreless. Next time…

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HAPPY FIELD DAY

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This Saturday we’re off to Victoria Park to get our groove on at Field Day London. The one day festival is playing host to a great mix of bands, producers and DJs – it’s the varied music genres and cutting edge acts signed up that really sets this festival apart and has got us super excited.

On our hit list of acts we’re dying to see is the brilliant Four Tet, future garage pioneer Koreless, Daniel Avery for some acid house, Jacques Green, Daphni, Happa, Mount Kimbie, Daphni, Objekt, Seth Troxler and Julio Bashmore. Sadly there’s a few clashes based on the current timing of the acts so we’re using this handy little app Field Day Clash Finder’ to help us figure out how the hell we’re gonna see everyone (check it out)!

If you’re heading down to the festival then keep an eye on the weather here and give us a tweet @thetechnokittens!

Happy Field Day x

CIRCO LOCO COMES BACK TO BIRMINGHAM

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Flying in from Ibiza, Circo Loco is returning to Birmingham in 2013 on the 10th  & 11th August, 16 months after their last visit to the city and this time they’re back with one heck of a lineup over 2 days of partying with:

Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Carl Craig, Maceo Plex, Davide Squillace, Mathias Tanzmann, Cassy, Kerri Chandler, System of Survival, Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia, Shonky, Tania Vulcano, The Martinez Brothers, Tale Of Us, Sossa, Prosumer, Kim Ann Foxman , Levon Vincent, John Heckle (Live) , San Soda, Citizen, Joy Orbison, Move D, Adam Shelton & Subb-An

This time they’re joining up with TYPE FESTIVAL to make use of the city’s best underground venues – the Rainbow Warehouse, The Rainbow Garden and the adjoining street underneath the huge brick arches.  Gotta love a good street party! 

We were at last years Easter party and had an awesome time.  There were a few issues with queuing and entry however, but Circo Loco seem to have addressed these and is assuring clubbers that a new door system is going to be in place to avoid the same problems cropping up again. Music to our ears.

With a bigger venue and an even bigger lineup, Circo Loco looks set to be one of the UK clubbing highlights of the year… grab your tickets from RA here.

LETS RETURN TO THE FUTURE

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SquillaceTanzmannLombardo.  If that lineup isn’t enough to whet your appetite then throw in Seb ZitoSilvie Lotto and you’re looking at the list of superstar acts headlining the 1st birthday party of club night Return to the Future to be held at a secret London venue 25/1/13.

Having hosted the likes of Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Fur Coat and Luca C in 2012, Return to the Future is back with a bang after a 6 month break.  With party specialists Poundtown and Will H behind the night (who were heavily involved in the early East London party scene), you know it’s gonna be a good one.

Tickets are on sale thru RA & Ran$om Note priced £10/12/18.  Until then let Matthias Tanzmann keep you entertained with this bangin live set.

13 Years of fabric

Londons biggest and best loved nocturnal music venue turns 13 this weekend, officially entering into puberty with a house party to spank all others- a non-stop 30hr rave which starts at 11pm on Saturday and comes to a fuzzy end on Monday at 5am (officially…). It’s a dreamy looking line-up featuring Seth Troxler, Bicep, Sandwell District and Joris Voorn to name just a few.

We have spent oh many many a Saturday night dancing in one of its three legendary rooms and have seen oodles of our favourite acts play there from Dixon to Richie Hawtin to Magda. The superclub holds a big place in our hearts.

Fabric also releases some of the best mix albums around and our shelves are littered with the lovely tin cases (with a little help from the brilliant Fabric First). We’ve picked our top 5 fabric albums to date:

1 – Michael Mayer – Fabric 13
2 – John Tejada – Fabric 44
3 – Guy Gerber – Fabric 64
4 – Damian Lazarus – Fabric 54
5 – Tiefschwarz – Fabric 29

Happy Birthday Fabric! Here’s to many more years of amazing music.

Full info and tickets here.

(Anyone who can make the whole 30hrs gets a gold star!)

Get some fabric action with Matt Tolfreys promo mix from March.

Seth’s Friday Set

This Friday’s Set is a live recording of Seth Troxler‘s from Mysteryland just a couple of weeks ago in the Netherlands.

As you’d expect from Seth, this set is 45 minutes of some deep, dirty tracks that just make you want to dance.  He brings in a nice progressive section about halfway through which builds and builds and then brings you back to the bumping sound of a Seth Troxler set.

We haven’t been to Mysteryland yet, but from the look of the lineup it’s now on the list of must do festivals – this year included Loco Dice, Simian Mobile Disco, Eats Everything, Visionquest, Laura Jones, Subb-An and too many more to name. One to look out for next year!

Perfect to start your weekend, stick it on now and crank up that volume!

Go Global!

This weekend The Techno Kittens made their way North to an airfield in Stratford Upon Avon.  Armed with tents, booze, baby wipes, and wellies, the destination was Global Gathering 2012.

Friday was definitely the night we were looking forward to the most as we skipped between tents catching the likes of Annie Mac, Jack Beats and TEED.  The highlight had to be the Visionquest tent where we spent most of the night, treated to performances from the foursome, with Seth Troxler really working up the crowd and creating an absolutely amazing atmosphere.  Catching Liverpool’s Lewis Boardman for the first time was also a highlight (as we had hoped in last week’s post) and having seen his name appear on the line up for Manchester’s Warehouse Project in the next couple of months, we will be sure to check him out again.

It’s fair to say that we didn’t get too much sleep on Saturday morning and recharged ourselves with cider and sausage rolls before heading back into the festival where we found ourselves diving in and out of even more tents than Friday, allowing us to see a whole range of DJ’s including Disclosure, George Fitzgerald, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles and Heidi.

Those of you who followed us on twitter will have seen that we were absolutely loving James Zabiela’s set, particularly because of his enthusiasm, passion and technical wizadry bashing about on his ipad.  Jamie Jones started a little later than planned due to a technical hitch in the Global tent, but he was soon live and playing out to a packed crowd who were full of energy given the anticipation that had built.

We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend at Global Gathering; it was well organised, the tents were easily accessible & not overcrowded and the raving gods had blessed the weekend with glorious sunshine.  Combined with one of the best line ups we’ve seen for a British festival this year, Global 2012 was brilliant.  Roll on Global 2013

We’re on the way…

Today we have our raving bags packed and we’re off to Global Gathering. We’re listening to this set from Al Tourette’s for Boiler Room at Bloc (before it got shut down) and it’s bringing back some great memories of dancing on the mighty fine Sputnik. So, tonight at GG it’s all about the Visionquest stage featuring Art Department, Lewis Boardman, David Squillace and Visionquest. Happy Friday dancing indeed. Keep smiling on us Mr Sunshine.

Make sure you follow us on facebook and twitter for live updates tonight!

We <3 Ibiza – TK top 5

Ah, we’re still suffering from the Ibiza Blues. It’s been one week since we were partying over on the white isle, and now its back to reality. But what a week it was!

So now it’s time to reflect on what an amazing time we had, and we’ve put our heads together to come up with our Ibiza 2012 top 5. So read on…

1. Circo Loco & Cocoon

Hawtin, Troxler, Jones, Plex, Dice, Lazarus, Allien and of course The Brothers. Do we need to say anymore?? Just that DC10 is possibly our favourite club, and Amnesia was perfect for the excitement of Cocoon.

2. Maya Jane Coles @ Kehakuma

Regular readers will know that we are BIG fans of MJC. We were pretty excited to see her play at Space for Kehakuma. As you would expect, she didn’t disappoint. Steve Lawler was pretty impressive too, but MJC stole the night for us, full of energy and big bassy beats, she well and truly owned the terrace at Space, you could tell she was loving every minute of it. We took a little video for you… (track ID anyone??)

3. Bora Bora

Having arrived on the first day, we spent the first few hours exploring our new playground – Playa d’en Bossa. Walking along the beach we took in the sights; Carl Cox‘s Sands, Bora Bora and the sunbathing talent. We decided to grab some sangria and join the party over at Bora Bora. There was a great party vibe, with tech house blaring, people dancing and the resident Spiderman throwing some interesting moves…

4. Ibiza Underground

Following a fun day trip to The Zoo Project, where the seals were replaced with DJ’s and the monkeys replaced with party goers, we decided to take a trip to less well-known club, Ibiza Underground. Located outside of San Antonio, it attracted a nice relaxed crowd and with a big chill out terrace and a packed out dance floor, the €20 (ladies free entry) entrance fee was well worth it!

5. Scuba, Skudge and Heidi

Although this is ranked #5 on our list… do not be mistaken – We Love @ Space was a brilliant night. The trio we’ve picked out absolutely smashed the night. Scuba and Skudge played back to back in the main room and blew us away with two hours of techno and deep, dark house – Scuba making our night by dropping NE1BUTU. We nipped over to the terrace to catch Heidi, who really played into the crowd and dropped some nice techy tunes.

So that’s our Ibiza top 5, but we’d love to hear if you’re going out there or if you already have… let us know what nights you visit and what DJ’s made your trip.

Ibiza is definitely the place to go for lovers of Electronic Music. You’ll find us there next year. In fact, we’ve already started planning Ibiza 2013.