News: Dimensions Festival announces stage breakdowns

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Jack Kimber

Dimensions announces its stage breakdowns and manages to make us even more excited than we were already.

Earlier this year, Dimensions announced its return with one of the most innovative and forward thinking line ups of the festival season, handpicking artists from all across the board, both up and coming and established. Yesterday, the festival releases the day to day breakdowns for the ten stages for this year, with takeovers from: Hessle Audio, Zeezout, Resident Advisor, Stamp The Wax, Make Me, Electrix, Exit Records, JAW Family and more hosting acts like Underground Resistance, Peggy Gou, Nina Kraviz, Bonobo (All Night Long), Hunee, Jon Hopkins, Ben UFO, Saoirse, Maurice Fulton, Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray and over 100 more acts. Back at Fort Punta Christo in Pula, Croatia, between 29th August and 2nd September, it is the perfect last summer blowout for festivallers with eclectic tastes and looking to spend their time in an idyllic location. As usual, the acts will play across the festival’s iconic stages of the Moat, the Clearing, or the sun-kissed Beach Stage among others. Tickets are selling fast with only final tier tickets left at £141, now is the time to secure a place at Dimensions Festival.

– THE CLEARING –

As usual, The Clearing will be hosting some of the stand out performances of the festival. Across the weekend, there will be an array of live performances from Azymuth & Marcos Valle, The Comet is Coming and James Holden & the Animal Spirits and a special showcase of the sounds of the motor city from Underground Resistance presents Depth Charge. For anyone looking to get their techno, acid, electro, bass fix, the sets by Volvox, Nina Kraviz, and Avalon Emerson will be unmissable, while Jon Hopkins and Petar Dundov will deliver the electronica goods. Other artists who will play include Jon K, MXMJOY:[maximumjoy], Joe Claussell, and Hunee, and it is no other that Bonobo who completes the programmation with an all-night long set on the final evening.

– GARDEN STAGE –

Further in the festival, the lush green surroundings of the Garden stage will be the playground of iconic DJs Moodymann, Amp Fiddler and Marcellus Pitman for all house, jazz, and feel-good vibes. They will be joined by Eddy Ramich and legendary Leeds party crew Cosmic Slop. On the Friday, the infamous Parisian club Rex Club is coming to celebrate its 30th birthday with rRoxymore, Ash Lauryn, Gabriella Vergilov and Peggy Gou, while Saturday is and all-night affair on a cosmic tip with Margaret Dygas, Sonja Moonear, Ste Roberts and more on board. Finally, rising talent Alex T, and Mexico City’s underground hero, Leo Leal, will warm up for Craig Richards and Nicholas Lutz who will close the stage with a five-hour set.

– THE VOID –

Darker electronic tastes will be catered by in The Void, with its famous soundsystem. Willikens & Ivkovic will open the dance, before John Talabiot. Expect an eclectic mix of breaks, deep house, and reggaeton by Kuniyuki, and DJ Python’s. Manchester’s best Disco don Il Bosco (Red Laser Disco) will also play alongside, J.A.W. Family, Alexander Nut, Red Greg and Maurice Fulton on Friday. On the Saturday, it will be a real electro affair with DJ sets by Chris CPU, Billy Nasty and Drexicyan explorations from the don, DJ Stingray, plus live sets for the modular heads; London Modular Alliance, Carl Finlow aka Silicon Scally and DMX Krew. Rounding off the weekend, is Dutch dream team, KAMMA and Masalo, local spinner, Ilija Rudman plus revered selectors, Palms Trax and Josey Rebelle.

– THE MOAT –

The most impressive stage of the festival has to be The Moat. The 70 foot deep stage will once again  TRIP will be the first to host, with label head honcho Nina Kraviz, Bjarki and Volruptus (live). They will be joined by Detroit’s K-Hand. On the Friday, electro and acid will be provided by Zeezout crew, Helena Hauff who headlines, following Detroit In Effect, and The Exaltics. Courtesy and Daan Donk will also play that night. The festivals very own Dimensions Sound System will be gracing The Moat’s decks with Massimo Mephisto, before a triple treat of rave obscurities, jagged beats and flat out belters from Discwoman’s Umfang and Anastasia Kristensen before high octane NRG from Paula Temple. Finally, the festival will end on a massive Hessle Audio takeover, courtesy of Ploy, Pearson Sound, JLIN, Pangaea and the mighty, Ben UFO.

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– STABLES –

The Dimensions Fortress will tremble with at its heart the Stables hosting sets by Dark Entries’ Josh Cheon and Alessandra Adriana and more oddball grooves from Jon K, Heinrich Dressel & Teslasonic and Pierre. Stamp the Wax and DJ Directory venture from the ballroom bringing afro-beats, and sunshine sounds with Sean OD, Born Cheating, STW head honcho Aaron L and emerging talent,Will Lister. Embark on a journey through sonic explorations and darker persuasions start to finish from directory members Kiara Scuro, Batu, Skee Mask and Lee Gamble. Then soothe your soul with Music is my Sanctuary hosting Chicago hip-hop icon, Open Mike Eagle, Stones Throw founder, Peanut Butter Wolf and Milo, not forgetting bound-breaking crew Darker Than Wax.

– BALLROOM –

The intimate 100 capacity BALLROOM is a firm favourite, giving way to hedonistic house, and far-flung oddities. This year, Stamp the Wax take the reins on Thursday and Sunday presenting the Dimensions DJ Directory – a motley crew of underrated and breakthrough selectors from across the Globe including the likes of Heels & Souls, Harri Pepper, Molinaro, Aaron L and Sam Hall. Friday’s flavour is hot house heat from RuDan, Ste Roberts, ASOK and more, while Saturday shines a light on Croatia’s emerging scene and it’s key players.

– ARIJA & COURTYARD –

Croatian selectors will be honored at the Arija stage this year, with a full day takeover, alongside discerning DJ’s and underground talent. The Courtyard will be presenting the new and fresh music by Saoirse, Lady Blacktronica, San Soda and Sheridan among many others, with party starters Journey Of Sound, Make Me and Love Muscle on takeover duties.

– SUBDUB –

Far from the techno and electro madness, the Mungo’s Courtyard will once again cater for all your sub dub bass needs. Dimensions mainstay and Deep Medi boss Mala heads up the Thursday bill, following DJ Lag, The Bug and Simon Scott (Muslimgauze Set). Friday is an exploration through bass with live sets from Bluetrain and Upwellings, plus a dub special from man of the hour, Skee Mask. An annual highlight, Saturday’s Exit Records takeover hosts DnB’s finest, with imprint founder dBridge as well as Steve Spacek, Skeptical and Fixate aboard. High-energy old skool sounds marry deep, off-kilter dub and bass with a vintage special from Dispatch x 1985 with Alix Perez, Ant TC1, Kid Drama, Amoss plus SP:MC & Fokus and more on board.

– BEACH –

The spot to catch sets in the most idyllic of settings whilst relaxing on the Croatian shores, Dimensions’ BEACH STAGE sees acts wander through funk, world, soul, disco and more, with unmissable live shows. Thursday’s all about chilled beach vibes with Alfa Mist, Ariwo and the festival’s very own Dimension’s Soundsystem. Repping London’s free-form and jazz scene it’s Total Refreshment Centre and Ezra Collective, plus Sons of Kemet. Don’t miss Children of Zeus, Darkhouse Family and Palms Trax on Saturday, while the Sunday promises feel good vibes from Eglo Records familia with Fatima and Alexander Nut. Hunee soundtracks the final Adriatic sunset, the ideal end to Dimensions 2018.

To check full day-by-day stage breakdowns, head to http://www.dimensionsfestival.com

Tha main body of the festival is not all there is to Dimensions. There will be music on the Beach each night from Wednesday 29th, as well as the Opening concert in Pula Amphitheatre with Kraftwerk, Nils Frahm and Moodymann on Wednesday 29th. With the festival being held so close to the great city of Pula, festivallers can come early and stay late to enjoy a little holiday.  Pula is easily accessible by taxi from the Dimensions site and is complete with excellent transport links, apartment accommodation and historic sites. For those wishing to remain on-site, or for more info on accommodation options including boutique camping, head to dimensionsfestival.com/accommodation/ to look at what is available. Flight options from the UK are direct options to Pula, with Trieste, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Venice Treviso or Venice Marco- Polo airports just a transfer away. Coach packages and flight packages are all available to view / purchase at dimensionsfestival.com/travel/. Keep your eyes on the Dimensions channels for further news.

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