One of the most anticipated events of the year; Drumcode Halloween returns to Tobacco Dock this October. Label boss Adam Beyer will bring his techno titans to London for the annual fright night at the historic venue. As always, the haunting lineup is rammed with the genre’s finest artists. To help you decide who takes your pick on the day, we’ve selected our top 5 must see acts.
Glasgow based duo Slam are techno veterans, who’s careers have spanned over two decades. The illustrious pair co-founded Soma Quality Recordings in 1991, along with label boss Dave Clarke and have previously been residents at one of London’s top clubs; Fabric. Their longevity in the scene is a testament in itself, playing a key role in London’s underground roots. With legendary classics such as “Positive Education” in their locker, expect years of musical knowledge to be unleashed at Tobacco Dock.
The Southampton DJ & producer Alan Fitzpatrick has slingshotted into the limelight in recent years, with massive releases such as “Turn Down The Lights” on Drumcode records and the fan favourite “We Do What We Want” released on his own label; We Are The Brave. Performances fuelled with hard-hitting selections both of his own and industry peers have since become a regular feature for Fitzpatrick, and there’s no doubt he’ll have an abundance of techno weapons ready for Drumcode Halloween.
Highly respected as one of Holland’s top techno DJ’s, Bart Skils joins the Halloween lineup, alongside his fellow Drumcode residents. The artist’s consistency in the studio, crafting standout sounds has highlighted him as one of the scene’s forward-thinking producers. His collaboration with Adam Beyer; “Your Mind” has taken the summer by storm, with plays all over the globe. With his style of dipping into melodic sounds and quickly shifting the pace into heavy rollers, Bart is an act you will not want to miss.
Charlotte De Witte
Having risen into fame fashionably fast following her previous DJ alias; Raving George, Charlotte De Witte has grown to become one of the leading ladies in techno. Having previously DJ’d for 6 years and moved away from electro, she’s since found her feet in the techno genre, gracing some of the world’s greatest stages. Inspired by Len Faki’s “Stranger To Stability” remix for Dustin Zahn, Charlotte set up shop in the studio and soon after released tracks for renowned labels such as Turbo Recordings and Novamute. A BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, feature on the cover of DJ Mag and infamous Boiler Room set have all been part of her quick-fire upward trajectory to the top of the game.
After spending his youth attending illegal raves in Northern Italy and teaching himself the art of production on his home computer, Enrico Sangiuliano has paved his way to becoming one of the genre’s most respected artists. Widely recognised as one of the top techno producers in the industry, Enrico has released countless show-stopping EPs on labels such as True Soul, Octopus Recordings, Drumcode and Tronic. His 2015 remix of DJ Boris’s “Can You Hear Me” held the top spot on the techno Beatport charts for 14 weeks and became the highest selling track of that year. Last year his release on Drumcode “Astral Projection” featured at London’s industrial playground; Printworks during Adam Beyer’s monstrous 8 hour set. The footage of the melodic build up and emphatic drop later swarmed social media, leaving viewers around the world wanting a taste of Enrico’s sinister sounds. More memorable moments will be on show from the man himself this October.
Causing havoc alongside these five will see many more huge names descend onto the East London venue. Label boss Adam Beyer will be joined by the likes of Boxia, Ida Engberg, Layton Giordani and Nicole Moudaber for a night of scintillating musical mayhem.
Final tickets available here.
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