Running from midday til 4am, Friday through Sunday, with a special opening concert on Thursday evening, the programme comprises films, live music, DJs, workshops and talks; a careful blend of the more familiar and the wildly intriguing.
Villa parties, open air talks, sunset live shows & late night films.
Music ranges from slow-groove daytime pool sessions, to sunset live shows, label showcases and late-night villa parties featuring local artists alongside international guests.
As a part of Hot Chip, Alexis has notched six studio albums, a Grammy Award and Mercury nomination. On his own, he’s released a string of solo albums including his most recent Beautiful Thing, described as his most pulsating and intriguing work to date. Electronic in nature and often melancholic in tone, Alexis brings an intelligence and style to his live shows everywhere.
Awesome Tapes From Africa
Brian Shimkoviz known to most as Awesome Tapes From Africa was on a scholarship in Ghana when he got hooked on-a cassette featuring the sounds of the region. Since then, has become synonymous in introducing the frantic drum bounce and poetic storytelling of Senegalese Taasu, the dancehall-inspired hip-hop of Ghanaian hiplife and the disco swagger of South African Tsonga electro to new audiences.
Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton
For the past 30 years, Bill Brewster has restlessly followed his passionate interest in music. Having been a founding resident at London’s fabric, Bill has DJ’d the world over at major festivals and sweaty basements alike. Back in the 90s in a Harlem loft, Bill met another Englishman in New York, Frank Broughton also magazine journalist-now-copywriter.
Together, the pair have written and published various seminal books on dance music culture (Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, How To DJ Properly, The Record Player) and co-founded “professional house party” Low Life, which thrived for two decades with attendees including the likes of Damon Albarn, Bjork and Alexander McQueen.
Casa Voyager is the label started by Driss Bennis in 2017 to promote the emerging and alternative musical styles in Morocco. Borne out of frustration at the lack of diversity in the spectre of alternative culture, four artists; Kosh, Polyswitch, Yacine Hajji, and Driss Bennis started the movement to no longer let the creative process be inhibited by social norms and barriers. Casa Voyager is for the curious amateur in need of adventurous electronic music that is so dearly missing from the Moroccan cultural landscape.
Having carved out a well-respected career as both a DJ and producer, Weatherall has produced artists including Beth Orton and Primal Scream and remixed the likes of Björk, Siouxsie Sioux, The Orb, New Order and My Bloody Valentine. What is clear in Weatherall’s music and apparent in his mixes, is his extensive knowledge with a constant sense of timelessness in an ever-changing electronic music landscape.
Dan Beaumont keeps London dancing. He cut his teeth as promoter and resident of the influential Disco Bloodbath parties back in the 00s before going on to open his own venue; the game-changing queer bar/club/art space Dalston Superstore in 2009.
He followed this up with pizza spot Voodoo Ray’s and London’s best small club Dance Tunnel in between maintaining a DJ schedule that has taken him all over the world and a cult radio show on NTS Live.
Deep Throat Choir
Formed in 2013 as a collective started by Luisa Gerstein, Deep Throat Choir started out as a gathering of four or five singers which quickly grew to the current size that it is. Having played in the bands Landshapes and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, the collective was driven by the simple desire to bring music making back to the basic elements; voices and drums.
Part time grafter at Brilliant Corners, London, and full time music lover, Donna Leake’s sets spread far and wide, depending on how she feels in the moment. Music for open ears, open minds, open hearts and zero expectations. When she is not spinning at Brilliant Corners or around the world, Donna can be found hosting her monthly NTS show which features a mixture of jazz, afrobeat and other danceable delicacies.
Moroccan DJ, producer and label head of Casa Voyager, Driss Bennis started the imprint as a way of not only releasing his own music, but also that of other Moroccan electronic artists. His sets tend to be inspired by diverse music from across North Africa imbued with the sounds and spirit of the vast region.
Forming as a bedroom project between the members back in 2009 when they were in University, Flamingods are a four-piece, multi-instrumental band from London and Bahrain. Their unique sound has been described variously as ethnic pop, tribal and freaked folk. The group take influence from cultures across the world by use of an extensive collection of instruments from places like Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan and Tanzania.
As a music journalist turned full-time DJ, turned͞ “DJ’s DJ”, Gerd Janson is one of the most highly sought after selectors in the world of house and techno. Starting out as a writer for German electronic publications Groove and Spex, Janson dipped into DJing, starting his label Running Back in 2002 which has released music from Theo Parrish, Todd Terje, Roman Flügel, Octo Octa and Leon Vynehall, among others.
Well versed in production and DJing, as well as being ringleader and curator of the Ata Kak band, the London-based South African and Phonox resident Esa draws on musical influences from all four corners of the globe, to bring a uniquely honed sound, that pays homage to this expansive musical identity
Until a few years ago, the Australian born, London-based Haai was best known as vocalist and guitarist in shoegaze/psyche outfit Dark Bells. Following a trip to Berghain that introduced her to dance music, she started her own Coconut Beats party in Dalston, which in turn lead to a blog, Rinse FM radio show and record label of the same name. Those early parties helped earn her a residency at Brixton’s Phonox which became the platform from which she grew into one of the most sought-after DJs around.
With a career spanning decades, Gilles Peterson’s imprint on the world of music can be traced to the early 1980s during the boom of pirate radio. He presented on a string of stations before ending up at BBC Radio 1 where he hosted his own evening show for 14 years before finding a new home across on BBC 6 Music’s more discerning airwaves.
Aside from his career as a radio presenter, Gilles has also had a hand at running record labels including Acid Jazz and Talkin’ Loud, before launching his Brownswood Recordings imprint in 2006 and has more recently launched his radio station Worldwide FM and festival in the Sète.
For some, being a DJ is all they ever wanted to do. After learning the ropes at Amsterdam’s legendary club 11, Job Jobse began his adventure into electronic music with an internship at the renowned Innervisions label in Berlin. After moving back to Amsterdam to work at Trouw, one of Holland’s most loved clubs, things went uphill quite fast. He held a successful residency at Drukpers, the first ever party to be held at that venue, and was active as the label manager for the Italian Life and Death label. With a touring schedule including gigs at Glastonbury, Burning Man and Panorama Bar, Jobse’s star continues to rise.
Kat La Kat
Hailing from Pretoria, Kat La Kat has become one of South Africa’s favourite dance acts dropping a unique combination of deep beats and melodic basslines his DJ experiences are not to be missed. Having played on the African scene for over 16 years, Kat is renowned for delivering infectious rhythms and true showmanship to every stage he graces
As resident DJs and programmers at The Social in London, Heavenly Jukebox is the DJ extension of Heavenly Records. Since 1990 they have been playing the finest records and playing at various festivals, clubs, gigs and parties around the UK.
Originally from Portugal, Mafalda moved to London four years ago and has since immersed herself in the London scene. After seeing Sadar Bahar and Floating Points play at Corsica Studios. She then also became a regular at their Plastic People party. Her unique tastes for soul, jazz, bossa and other heartwarming sounds have shone in various club nights where she’s played with the likes of Antal, Funkineven, and many more.
Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with, for the release of her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’, standing proudly as a female British Asian artist making bolder more expansive music.
Having played the world over, from Australia to Asia, America to Europe, Hunee’s equally at home dropping classic house, disco curveballs, boogie delights or mixing an African bomb into a techno slammer. He’s expressed the fact that he feels blessed every time he gets to play music for people, and is intent on picking just the right records to enrich the lives of those on his growing dancefloors. As a producer, his creations have graced labels like Rush Hour, Future Times and W.T.
James Holden & Maalem Houssam Guinia
James Holden and Moroccan Guembri player Maalem Houssam Guinia met up when the latter visited the UK in 2016. Holden had previously worked with Houssam’s father Maalem Mahmoud Guinia as part of a 2014 residency in Morocco with Floating Points. When Holden played together with Houssam and his band it turned out that Houssam had upheld the family tradition well. While Holden busies himself with an array of synthesisers and electronics, Guinia and his band cycle through a trio of call-and-response grooves each full of polyrhythmic drive. The resulting sound is a thrillingly energetic combination of the analog and the digital.
“I think Gnawa music has a lot in common with the feelings that are in the other music I like,” explains Holden, “like minimalist classical or even trance music, European trance. It’s the same hypnotic feeling. We understand the shape of the songs.”
Quietly appearing on the scene in Morocco, Moucine Zoutina aka Polyswitch has become one of the most exciting talents. As a DJ and producer, his instinct led him to produce music rather than it being a conscious choice for him. His sound is not one that can be easily categorised as he aims to create his own vibrant tone and eclectic rhythm which comes across in his sets. He combines this with a sound knowledge of funk, house, techno, and jazz.
Master Musicians of Joujouka
The Master Musicians of Joujouka are Jbala Sufi trance musicians most notably known for their connections with the Beat Generation and Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones. The music and instruments played by the group include reed, pipe, and percussion, creating a sound that relies on drones, improvisation, and complex rhythms, much of which is unique to Joujouka.
It was this sound that attracted Brian Jones to Joujouka, to gain an appreciation for the Masters’ music. After first hearing music from the area in 1950, in 1968 he returned to record the Masters, which became an album release in 1971, exposing the music to a wider audience for the first time. Since then, the Masters have been exposed to various audiences international appearances and working with different artists.
In 2008 they hosted a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Brian Jones’s influential recording with The Master Musicians of Joujouka festival in Joujouka. Since then, the festival has attracted artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers and fans from around the world. As well as generating valuable global publicity for the music, the festival has become an important economic factor in Joujouka life.
What started out as an experiment, led to Palms Trax building valve-heated, dust-treated slabs of house music in his home studio, with melodic synths and smooth, undulating drum patterns that recall the likes of Legowelt, John Heckle, Tevo Howard, and Nu-Groove-era Burrell Brothers.
Since this early experimentation, the Berlin-based Palms Trax (aka Englishman Jay Donaldson), has held an NTS residency, released his own productions on Lobster Theremin and become a mainstay in the extended Dekmantel stable. Having put out a string of releases and EPs for the Dutch imprint, and become a regular at Dekmantel festivals around the world, Jay has graduated to playing bigger stages and further flung destinations, and couldn’t look more at home.
If you’re not hearing her on the internet through various radio waves, then you can catch the Toronto native Peach on line-ups across Europe with artists such as Pearson Sound, Karen Gwyer and Andres, or just maybe bouncing around the dancefloor. With sets that spread across multiple genres Peach constructs elevating narratives with energy, dynamism and passion.
Chris Davids and Liam Ivory aka Maribou State are a live electronic duo who have been making music together since they both discovered their shared love of certain sounds at university. Their productions combine dancefloor-leaning electronics, with the richness and human quality of live instrumentation and song-craft. Continuously developing this marriage of the organic and synthetic, the band have gone on to release a string of singles, a number of EPs and two albums, whilst touring the globe. Their latest album Kingdoms in Colour was released in September 2018 to critical acclaim.
In 2014 Edinburgh-based sleek rap trio Young Fathers took home the Mercury Prize for their debut album Dead. In the years since, they’ve toured the world, collaborated with Massive Attack, and Danny Boyle liked them so much he included six of their songs in his 2017 movie T2: Trainspotting. Their unique sound has been described as “melt throbbing dub and roots reggae, righteously angry punk refrains, West African polyrhythms, and soulful R&B crooning into a floating miasma of trip-hop production”. In 2018, the band released their latest album Cocoa Sugar to critical acclaim, winning the Scottish Album of the Year Award for the second time.
DJ/producer and vocalist travelled from Saxony to the centre of Berlin’s club scene where she has made a name for herself as an electric DJ. Perel’s extensive sets are informed by a lush and harmonically rich sound, that can be heard in her own productions as well, as she seamlessly blends upbeat disco and house with blistering techno and dollar-bin gems.
An indie-pop band formed out of the remains Pete and the Pirates in 2012, three members continued to make music under the name Teleman, and have since gone on to release one EP and three albums. On their latest offering, Family of Aliens, released in September 2018, the trio’s roles in the band have been less defined, leading to a fluid album of pop songs, sometimes effervescent, sometimes foreboding, sometimes melancholic and all united by melody.
Two Manchester natives, Justin and Luke came together in 1995 when they introduced Electric Chair, in a sweaty basement below the pavements of Manchester. Since then, it has become a brew of house, disco, hip-hop, broken beat, Latin, R&B, techno and northern sulphuric soul. And the pair of globe-trotting DJs in question are the Unabombers, whose careers have taken them all over the world.
talks & workshops
Drop in on talks and workshops with a selection of interesting minds, riveting writers and roguish raconteurs; every one with a story you’ll want to hear. Or slip into the spa for treatments, classes and meditation.
Talking Trance – James Holden and Frank Rynne, with Kate Hutchinson
Labels Of Love – Running A Label In 2019
Surround Gong Immersion with Lani Rocillo
Lani Rocillo is the creator of Wisdom Roundhouse, a multi-disciplinary healing arts platform exploring wellness and expansion of consciousness through the melding of the mystical, artistic and scientific crafts.
Be surrounded and immersed in the meditative vibrations of Gongs. Be guided to a deep state of presence, inner sensitivity and calm, where the transformative currents of the Gongs permeate our cellular memory – cleansing and freeing our energetic channels to flow with radiant and vital life force. Creating harmony and spaciousness in our breath, our bodies, our hearts and our minds
DBC Pierre starts a new literary movement – Let Them Think You Were Born That Way
Join Booker prize winner DBC Pierre on an interactive writing workshop, channelling the creative abandon of the Beats. No writing prowess required, just bring your open mind and be part of the inception of a Marrakech movement.
Patternity Plantlife Drawing
“Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher” – William Wordsworth
Global pioneers of all things pattern, Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, aka Patternity, will be nestled amongst the succulents at the Fellah to ponder natures inspiring spiralling growth patterns and the hidden sacred geometry of life. Through meditative life drawing exercises set to a relaxing Nature Soundtrack, they’ll be creating beautiful artworks that celebrate the creative wonder and interconnectivity of the natural world all around us
Barnaby Barford’s Drawing Workshop
London based, but globally exhibited artist Barnaby Barford brings his talents to The Beat Hotel Marrakech this March. Barnaby invites you down for a drawing workshop inspired by the ethos of the Beats. No art experience necessary as you’ll be working as a group to produce large scale abstract word drawings in this energetic and hands-on workshop
Andrew Weatherall & David Keenan – Music, Fiction and Mythology
David Keenan is an author of England’s Hidden Reverse, a book about the occult history of English postpunk, and the cult classic novel, This is Memorial Device. He is also the author of a new novel, For the Good Times. He’s joined in conversation by Faber Social’s Artist in Residence and DJ/producer/artist par excellence Andrew Weatherall, to discuss everything from music to the occult, and psychedelia in literature.
Barry Miles – Morocco, the Beats and the late 60s
Barry Miles has had an extraordinary influence on British and American counter-culture as a writer and radical publisher (of International Times). He has also published a number of books on the Beats.
No stranger to Morocco and a close personal friend to original beat writers Burroughs and Ginsberg, Miles shares a unique perspective through his personal stories and visual archive, and connects the dots between the Beat Hotel Marrakech and its Parisian namesake.
David Keenan’s Autonomic Tarot
Author and writer David Keenan is one of the people spearheading a new wave of interest in the art of tarot-reading, having recently published The Autonomic Tarot via Rough Trade Books; an experimental 30-card tarot deck in collaboration with artist, Sophy Hollington. Through a series of one-to-one consultations with guests over the weekend, David will be bringing his talents (and visions) to the Beat Hotel Marrakech.
Jade Jasmin – Therapies & Wellbeing
Jade Jasmin is known for her simple and personable holistic approach, represented through the work that she does. A wealth of experience developed around the world has led her to continue to grow and develop her skills specialising in holistic massage therapy, teaching yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Combining her passion for these, she has curated, programmed and managed retreats and wellness spaces globally. In 2016, Jade made the move from the music industry into wellness, starting with massage therapy to help redress her own balance, and now receives great joy in helping others find theirs.
Irvine Welsh and DBC Pierre – The Literary Outlaw
Irvine Welsh is is arguably the voice of a generation disaffected by punk and revitalised by acid house. DBC Pierre, meanwhile, is the MAN Booker Prize winning author of Vernon God Little and two other cult novels which are revered for their wild allegorical narratives.
Both writers have lived full lives on the hedonistic margins of counter-culture where the concept of being an outsider is the galvanising perspective on art. A rare conversation featuring two of the most uncompromising writers of the age.
Meet the Dream Machine with Frank Rynne
The Dream Machine was a device built by writers Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville while living in the original Beat Hotel in Paris in 1960. They were attempting to stimulate the brains alpha patterns with a rhythmic strobing light effect to produce a natural high. Long-time beat affiliate Frank Rynne explains how the Dream Machine came to be, and brings one of the last remaining replicas to Marrakech for Beat Hotel guests to experience first hand.
Pictured: Master Musicians of Joujouka with an original Brion Gysin Dream Machine Centre Georges Pompidou Paris
Pip Roberts’ Wakey Wakey Yoga
She began her coaching career back in 2009 in a corporate setting, using various coaching techniques that would enable people to better their personal and business performances. These days, as a yoga teacher, she offers vibrant, thoughtful and relaxing classes stemming from her intuitive self-practice and varied training. Pip is a dedicated practitioner who brings a smile to her classes whilst providing a contained and flowing experience.
Jeremy Deller’s Late Night Cinema
Jeremy Deller is the Turner Prize-winning conceptual, video and installation artist who, over the years has exhibited work with strong political and social narratives. More recently, Jeremy Deller was chosen to curate a 100 year celebration of Stonehenge, and collaborated with dub producer Adrian Sherwood to release ‘Freetail Dub’, featuring samples of bat echolocation sounds.
Taking over the Beat Hotel’s in-house cinema, Jeremy presents a series of late night film screenings (programme to be announced).
Nabihah Iqbal presents The Globalisation of African Music – Panel Discussion
After years of absorbing and studying the global and social impact of African music and how it has grown throughout the world – Nabihah Iqbal will host a panel discussion on The Globalisation of African Music. Joining Nabihah to discuss their own experiences and knowledge on the topic will be artists performing on the Ballantine’s True Music Africa stage: from Nairobi Coco Em, from Johannesburg Kat La Kat and Morocco’s very own Casa Voyager
Patternity’s Photo Tour of Marrakech
Experience the wonder and inspiration of Marrakech and join cult pattern collective PATTERNITY on a unique pattern spotting photography tour of the city. Dive into peaceful secret gardens, exploring the textures and textiles of bustling markets before cooling off to gaze at the architecture and design details of iconic Moroccan riads. Expect to find a new way of seeing, uncovering hidden historical and cultural secrets as told through the universal language of pattern.
Wolf Sister – Guided Meditation & Tarot
Tamera, who is also better known as Wolf Sister, is a crystal healer, shamanic practitioner, reiki master and tarot advisor. She has been an apprentice shaman in Bali, and guided moonlit meditations in Croatia. Through her work, she has translated ancient spiritual wisdom into practical tools for modern times.
She is a resident teacher at She’s Lost Control and a contributor for consciousness portal The Numinous. She’s collaborated with brands such as Origins, Secret Yoga Club, Hip and Healthy and has worked with an array of practitioners from around the world on events offering sanctuary from the urban hustle.
Experiences, showcases and parties presented by friends of the Beat Hotel.
Amuse is a re-imagined record label. We offer free music distribution to everyone and record deals to artists we believe in. We rethought music distribution, artist discovery and record deals. And made them mobile, simple and free.
Urban Junkies is London’s leading online publication – delivering need-to-know insider information about restaurants, bars, shopping, travel, culture and life. Interviews, playlists, reviews, travel inspiration, launches, Ibiza content and more
Ransom Note is an online music, arts and culture magazine. We provide a home for readers and writers with boundless enthusiasm, esoteric knowledge, fierce opinions and impeccable taste.
MUNCHIES is a website and digital video channel from VICE dedicated to food and its global purpose. Launched in 2014, MUNCHIES offers groundbreaking content from a youth driven perspective.
Crack Magazine is a monthly independent music and culture magazine distributed across Europe. Founded in Bristol in 2009, the magazine has featured acts such a Björk, MF Doom, Lil Yachty, FKA twigs, Gorillaz and Queens of the Stone Age on the cover.
Resident Advisor is an online music magazine and community platform dedicated to showcasing electronic music, artists and events across the globe. It was established in 2001. RA’s editorial team provides news, music and event reviews, as well as films, features and interviews.
Worldwide FM is an award winning platform for underground music, culture and stories from around the globe, founded by Gilles Peterson in September 2016. The station is based in East London, with branches in Berlin, Kyoto, Los Angeles, Paris, Rio, Tokyo and beyond.
Part of its longstanding commitment to promote, progress and protect music born from passion, not compromise, Ballantine’s True Music celebrates the most credible music scenes and stories from around the world. Having travelled to six cities across the continent, including South Africa, Kenya and Cameroon, Ballantine’s True Music Africa makes it’s Moroccan debut as part of the Beat Hotel line-up
Bugged Out is one of the UK’s longest running club brands, who’s eclectic nights have attracted the talents of the Chemical Brothers, ErolAlkan, Bicep and Frankie Knuckles to name but a few. They have hosted stages and tents all across Europe and they bring their 24 years of disco experience to the Beat Hotel Marrakech this March.
Faber & Faber presents Faber Social
Faber Social have been hosting literary nights which represent the counter-cultural place where literature and music meet in a live space. It is also the publishing list that has brought a series of radical books into the world by countless musicians over the past decade, including Viv Albertine, Beck, Kim Gordon, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kate Bush and Beastie Boys.
Founded in 1990, indie imprint Heavenly prides itself on the deep-rooted brilliance of its artists and a borderline-spiritual love for music. The label can boast some of the most exciting and loveable bands and artists recording today, from all four corners of the globe. Beyond just the artists, Heavenly has created a community of loyal devotees to their unique brand of musical hedonism.
London Loft Party
London Loft Party is the exclusive, invite-only affair that started from a small basement in Hackney and graduated to full-blown warehouse parties all over London. The man behind the operation is Dom Chung who has been spinning for over a decade. With eclectic and versatile sets and a record collection to die for, Dom has fast become one of the brightest lights in UK dance music.
Originating from a house party in Harlem, New York, Low Life brought its simple yet effective ethos of good friends, a sound system and some good records across the Atlantic in 1997. Finding a home at Corsica Studios, the night galvanised a loyal community of friends and in doing so became a cornerstone of the London clubbing scene.
Moshi Moshi Records
As the brainchild of three friends, Moshi Moshi Records started off as a hobby in 1998. It was supposed to be a way of working with bands that they loved but didn’t fit in with the agenda of tastemakers. Since its birth and conception, Moshi Moshi has gone from being slightly left field to becoming home to the likes of Hot Chip and Bloc Party, Hot Club De Paris, The Wave Pictures, Slow Club, James Yuill, The Drums and Summer Camp to name a few. Moshi Moshi represents at the Beat Hotel Marrakech with a showcase, celebrating that all-too-rare-a-thing as a cutting edge indie label; it’s 20th birthday.
Recently chosen as one of Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners, cult pattern collective Patternity aim to bring ideas, people and perspectives together through spreading their love of pattern. Their projects, products and educational events use pattern to inspire more curious, collaborative and connected ways of living
She’s Lost Control
Described by its founders as a conscious lifestyle store for modern soul-seekers She’s Lost Control sell an array of products from ethical crystals to jewellery, fashion to homeware and holistic goods. Their East London shop opened in 2014 and became the UK’s first conscious style and wellness brand. Founders Jill Urwin and Cheryl Eltringham took a leap of faith to create a brand with meaning and purpose, creating a modern lifestyle brand with a mindful approach.
Expect local sounds and deeply dug delights from the Beat Hotel’s resident selectors.
Going by the mantra ‘it’s our passion not our profession’ Amateurism is an expansive collective of DJs. The brainchild of Leo Walton, the community of diggers, selectors and fans of proper music, was created as a platform for him and his friends to share their love for music through daily vibes, general ramblings and regular downloadable podcast mixes. No stranger to the Beat Hotel, Leo and the Amateurism crew have played alongside the likes of Ewan Pearson, Mark E Jackmaster and more.
Grainger’s selections are informed by everything from classic 80s pop to 90s French Touch, as well as more contemporary house and techno sounds. Hailing from Yorkshire, and since making his move to London in order to pursue a career in music, he has been quick to establish a name for himself as a DJ on the London club and radio scene. He’s had a mix played on BBC Radio 1, is regularly featured on Rinse FM and DJs alongside some of the biggest names in electronic music.
Born and raised in Casablanca, Jessin has always been engaged in a constant study of the various forms of expression in the audio field. His engagement in djing, performing music, doing sound design for art projects and silent films come from a necessity to serve the music, seeking the ultimate listening situation, and the most pleasing frequencies.
Over the years a deep understanding of the concepts behind sound and rhythm, and the aesthetics of the different nuances in the broad spectrum of music led him to be invited to play at numerous venues and cultural events and he did so with a certain level of versatility that is rare nowadays.
Having been recently billed with Tom Trago, Ron Basejam (Crazy P), Paranoid London plus Jamie Jones & Enzo Siragusa, Justin is making waves in the London music scene.
Holding residencies at 93 Feet East in London, Sheaf St in Leeds and RYAD in Sheffield, Justin is growing into a contemporary artist for a contemporary and diverse crowd. With a cross-pollination of tunes from around the globe, Justin’s sets are borne out of eclecticism, tribal rhythms and using the dancefloor as a creative outlet for his unrelenting passion.
Forged in the sweaty heat of East London house parties, Kimono Gold is a DJ collective dedicated to the dance, hosting unforgettable parties and bringing together a community of dancing queens.
Laying down the best in beats, and breaking barriers across the musical spectrum in true house party style, Kimono Gold selectors take you on a journey through hip-hop, breakbeat, rare groove, disco, house, garage, techno, acid, Madonna and beyond. Get into the groove.
Hailing from Casablanca, Kosh is one of the originators of the movement that lead to Casa Voyager records, and a Moroccan talent to keep an eye on. After spending some time in the US working on his craft, his involvement in the Orlando underground scene allowed him to further his passion and sharpen his skills. His music delicately blends acid basslines, frenetic electro beats, and Detroit-infused pads.
Lemmy Ashton is known for his intense, genre-spanning marathon sets. As a skilled DJ and Bugged Out resident, he has already notched a number of high profile gigs all over Europe. He has had a series of releases on his own imprint TNC, alongside remixes for Domino and PMR/Island Records.
DJ’ing for longer than his mum, girlfriend or cat cares to remember, Mike’s often found bothering £1 bins in a regional town centre near you. Expect tropical nonsense, ambient anthems, wedding screamers and armchair rave. Easily spotted by his distinctive monochrome plumage, he’s one to watch.
Is it lo fi house? Post-disco? Balearic? Perhaps a bit of all the above, and may contain traces of panpipes too. This Hackney-based DJ collective are regulars at the Beat Hotel Glastonbury and represent in Marrakech bringing their substantial crates of deeply dug sounds.
Not An Animal
Chris Stoker and Andy Bainbridge’s Not An Animal is a label borne out of the party debris left by their Bad Passion night. With more and more of their time and energy being spent on their musical endeavours, it was the next logical step that the two would set up their own record label, not only to showcase their own music, but that of friends that they’ve made in over a decade of throwing parties.
People Get Real
Since they became People Get Real school friends Simon Lister and Peter Wilson have gained a reputation as DJs that have a distinctly diverse musical taste that they bring to every party. Over the past 10 years they have brought this approach to a variety of clubs and parties all over the world from Japan’s Nakameguru district to regular bookings in Spain, France and Croatia.
The Sonic Emporium
From cutting his teeth at The Cross, London and his Dance Arena residency at Serbia’s gargantuan EXIT Festival, Simon Stuart the former Newcastle native has become something of a go-to guy for promoters in the know, in need of a secret weapon. A resident at Northern club staple Wax:On and a regular at festivals in Croatia, Simon has played alongside an enviable role-call of the great and good of electronic music, which in turn has informed his unique and eclectic style – wrapped around a House and Techno core.
For this Moroccan-born DJ hailing from Casablanca, making and sharing music has always been the mission. Yasmean sets the mood and translates her vibes into record selections, where genres and influences are blended for the common good of her crowd. From an early age, she was inspired by her mother’s tape collection which has influenced her tastes and DJing style to the present day.