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15.08.2017 | Words by: Luc Mastenbroek

I’m not sure if I’d call it unfortunate, but this year I could only spend two days at Dekmantel Festival, mainly because I didn’t want to miss Nachtdigital’s twenty year celebration. A tough choice but I was happy to see both this year, travelling from Amsterdam to Olganitz on Saturday morning (halfway, in Berlin we bumped into Ben UFO who was going in opposite direction). 

Dekmantel’s Thursday was better than it ever was: Actress and Andy Stott sharing the bill with The Pyramids and Marcos Valle, presenting a full spectrum of what electronic music and beyond can be about. Overall the festival gave a nice energy to the city, where British sporty spies took over the bike paths, the cues for the turntables at Rush Hour and Redlight Records were everlasting and every club turned into an official or unofficial party packed till Monday morning. 

During Dekmantel’s Thursday Discwoman dropped by at De School, to say hello, sell some shirts and caps, drink a few beers, and catch up and hang out. Two days later Umfang electro-rocked Boiler Room (perhaps the most energetic stage this year? And this time more versatile and fun than ever) with Volvox, and coming Saturday she will play De Zomernacht with A Made Up Sound (we won’t ever forget Half Hour Jam On A Borrowed Synth on our opening night).

My festival highlight must’ve been Phuong-Dan (we can safely say that pitched-down trance is a thing now, right?) and I’m happy he’s playing De School again in September, and even more happy he’s contributed a fresh still life to our line-up series, thanks Dan! 

The Saturday after, there’s a night of newcomers, with Henning Baer opening, Blawan closing (who did already appear twice as half of Karenn) and Antenes playing live in between. Tony Poland’s conversation with her for Resident Advisor is a wonderful introduction that I highly recommend. From goth DJ-sets and writing down mixtape details to DIY synths and being sold on techno.

In the first weekend of September Lucy invited Alessandro Adriani to play an extended introduction, while on Friday Gwenan (Freerotation 2016!) will debut with a four-hour set before Palms Trax takes over. The last newcomer is Special Request, sharing the booth with Young Marco for a full night, after their shared excitement about their set at Nitsa Club. 

For this year’s fourth edition of Het Weekend we’ve exchanged ideas with Ostgut Ton, after realizing we’d found some common ground during Amsterdam Dance Event last year. Roi Perez, Virginia and Somewhen instantly connected to the school spirit, and from there it seemed only logical to join forces for a weekend of basement power, sunrise swing and garden fun.

September is the start of the new, and so Subbacultcha opens the season with a concert by Chilean reggaetón star Tomasa Del Real and (in collaboration with The Rest Is Noise) a dub evening with Sun Araw, Duppy Gun and Blazer Soundsystem. Also, in September our gravel court / sculpture garden will open, but more on that later. Oh, and don’t forget to keep Sunday September 17 free, just to be sure.
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