Its getting bigger every single year and fast becoming one of the most populated festivals in the UK! It's another round of South West Four over the August bank holiday and they are assembling the biggest line up to date...
Having enjoyed an incredible response to the first day of South West Four 2015, this year’s instalment has clearly upped the ante for all August Bank Holiday Weekend revellers. Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz and Luciano are amongst the names so far announced for SW4 Saturday, resulting in a clamour for tickets and a huge outpouring of emotion. With over eighty incredible DJs and live acts still to be announced, including fifty for day two alone, our lineup reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the dance music elite. And as we now disclose our headliner for SW4 Sunday, alongside a further nine heavyweight artists, we can start the ball rolling as to who will help bring the festival to a climatic finale. This is South West Four 2015.
SKRILLEX HEADLINES SUNDAY
If any DJ should come with a national health warning it’s this one. Having been responsible for one of the most memorable headline sets in our history at South West Four 2012, we are delighted to bring back to London the six time Grammy Award winning wall of sound that is Skrillex. In the time since rumbling Clapham Common to its very foundations with his distinctive bass orientated sound, Skrillex’s UK performances have been few and far between. Headline slots on the Other Stage at Glastonbury (2014) and the Radio1 stage at Reading/Leeds (2013) have been the only UK opportunities to check this phenomenon in action, which makes his return to SW4 that extra bit special. Recent months the Oswla Records chief has continued to pave a wave of destruction with headline slots at Madison Square Garden in New York and Australia’s Stereosonic, whilst upcoming appearances at Ultra Music Festival and Sonar will all lay bare to his boundless energy. Armed with new material and a re-envisaged show, this is adrenalin fuelled, main stage closing slot is fitting of the occasion. Skrillex back at SW4. You better watch out.
MANY MORE ACTS ON SHOW
Celebrated as one of the most in-demand DJs on the planet, South West Four is pleased to welcome back for a third consecutive year global techno ambassador Marco Carola. Ever since he launched his Friday night residency at Amnesia Ibiza back in 2012, his Music On parties have become an international phenomenon, with major residencies in New York and Miami confirming its dominance. Returning to Clapham Common after two truly epic SW4 performances, Marco’s set will again prove to be one of the festival’s biggest attractions. Make sure you check out this exclusive performance as Marco shows the Capital once more why SW4 is the only place to see him play in London this summer.
Also returning in 2015 is another techno heavyweight; Loco Dice. The last few years have witnessed the rise of an inseparable bond between the Desolat front man and SW4. A storming debut in 2011 was followed by an extraordinary back-to-back battle with long-term friend Carl Cox in 2013 and a standout solo delivery in 2014. Last year Dice cut back on his Ibiza commitments to concentrate on other projects although a one-off takeover of We Love… and an outstanding performance alongside Carl Cox at the big man’s closing party proved to be amongst the seasons most memorable highlights. With a US tour upcoming including performances at Coachella and Ultra we welcome Dice back at the peak of his powers in his only London festival play of 2015.
With last year’s assault of the main stage still at the forefront of all those in attendance, the return of Andy C to SW4 is just what the doctor ordered. In 2015 the RAM Records boss will put in TWO very special performances with more details to be revealed in the coming weeks. The last 12 months has proved to be the most successful of Andy’s career, capped off with a six hour marathon set at a sold out Brixton Academy last October. Returning to SW4 in a London festival exclusive, The Executioner will rock SW4 to the core off the back of numerous worldwide headline performances. A true SW4 favourite, please welcome back Andy C.
After bringing in 2015 with a headline midnight performance at Brixton Academy on New Years Eve, Nick Douwma aka Sub Focus returns to SW4 for his first set at the festival in four years. A true game changer within the drum and bass world, Sub Focus has helped transform the face of the scene, giving it recognition beyond the underground thanks to his outstanding multi-genre repertoire. With a third studio album due for release in the coming months, we wait with immense anticipation as to what this hugely talented DJ and producer has in store for us when he returns to South West London.
Drum and bass superstar Wilkinson is another one of the genre’s leading protagonists that joins us at SW4 Sunday. His inaugural Clapham Common performance last year was one of the highlights of the weekend and his return this August will be no different. At SW4 2015 he brings his live show to the festival following its hugely anticipated debut at Electric Brixton this Easter. A new concept that enables the RAM favourite to showcase his on-the-fly methods of production, this exclusive arrival is one we cannot wait for. Celebrated for his unique feel-good take on the D&B sound, Wilkinson’s recent success has led to his fan base enjoy rapid growth. Be a part of their pilgrimage as they witness their South London hero return home this August Bank Holiday weekend.
Following a superb display in Maceo Plex’s ‘Dream, Don’t Sleep’ arena last year, Maya Jane Coles returns to South West Four to host her own stage for the first time. Having hand-picked and invited some of her favourite artists, her arena has been put together with the finest attention to detail. 2014 witnessed Maya lead the charge across Europe and beyond including standout sessions in Ibiza for Amnesia, Enter at Space, Paradise at DC10 and ANTS at Ushuaia. In what will be a huge year for Maya, SW4 2015 will go down as one of the highlights of her career so far. Don’t miss it.
Head of the unmistakeable techno imprint Drumcode, Adam Beyer is set to return to SW4 this year for the first time since his scintillating performance at our Tenth Anniversary in 2013. His driving, trademark sound has become the stuff of legend, resulting in the Swedish sensation becoming one of the most iconic figures in electronic music. 2013 saw Adam headline clubs and festivals to devastating effect including standout dates at the Berghain (Berlin), fabric (London) and Gashouder (Amsterdam), in addition to his Ibizan performances alongside the likes of Carl Cox, Sven Vath and Richie Hawtin. With SW4 representing his exclusive London festival play of the summer, there is no doubt that he will be on top form come August.
Playing the festival for an incredible eleventh consecutive year is Bedrock boss and SW4 favourite John Digweed. From hosting his own arenas to headlining the main stage, only John holds such an incredible run of displays on Clapham Common. In fact no one even comes close. 2015 has been a huge one for John so far having announced the return of his Bedrock label to its spiritual home of Heaven this Easter. With the event selling out three months in advance, it’s clear that John’s relationship with the Capital has never been stronger. A hugely influential player for over twenty years, John’s ability to take a crowd on that signature journey of beautifully crafted sounds only improves year on year. We can’t wait for another homecoming performance from this true stalwart of the scene.
Sharing the same musical roots, tastes and creative vision, Apollonia was a natural and inevitable progression for Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky. As individuals, they are three of the world’s most respected underground DJs. As a trio, they are much more than that. Their sets at DC-10, Warung and fabric have long been recognised as a must-see, with their precision sound catering for dancefloors from all four corners of the globe. Make sure you don’t miss their SW4 debut this August.
SUNDAY TICKETS RELEASED WEDNESDAY 9AM
With thousands already committed to spending their August Bank Holiday weekend at SW4, tickets to this year’s Clapham Common extravaganza have proved more wanted than ever. Saturday and weekend tickets were released last week, with Sunday day tickets on general sale this Wednesday 25th February at 9am. Priced £55, the first release is limited and once sold will increase in price. As with Saturday and weekend tickets those who purchase eight tickets will get their 9th absolutely free. This very special offer will run for a limited time only and is available on a first come, first served basis. Good luck!
SATURDAY LINE UP
In alphabetical order:
Dubfire: Live Hybrid
Gorgon City vs Pete Tong
Green Velvet vs Patrick Topping
Hot Since 82
SUNDAY LINE UP
In alphabetical order:
Maya Jane Coles
Many more acts to be announced over the coming weeks!
:: Visit the official South West Four website for all the information on this massive weekender