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So, who here went to Dekmantel this year? I'm finally feeling normal again and my review is below.

Amsterdam itself is a fantastic city to party in, it's really laid back, decent beer and additional items, really enjoyed being in the city and having a hotel to go back to and a good bed and showers is a god send for recuperation. 

We only got 3 day passes so did Friday, Saturday and Sunday and did the Friday afterparty, the festival site I thought was really really good, well laid out, minimal noisebleed (some between Selector Stage and Greenhouse) soundsystems were all top notch, crowd was also ace everywhere we went, could maybe do with having less British people I think. They don't appear to oversell the tickets so never felt really busy, top sets of the weekend for me were Robert Hood, Karenn, Ben UFO, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Larry Heard and Eclair Fifi, but on the whole everyone was really good. The afterparty at shelter was great too, dark sweaty club and Rodhad, all very good fun! 

Be interested to hear what other attendees thought of it? 

Now I have had to come home, pack up my life and move to London on Friday, Sunfall at the weekend, can't wait!

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Good luck with the move Matt, hope everything goes well for you :)

Videos of Ben Ufo looked like fantasy land, I was very jealous. Dekmantel is well and truly penciled in for next year 

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18 minutes ago, Mezhyp1 said:

Good luck with the move Matt, hope everything goes well for you :)

Videos of Ben Ufo looked like fantasy land, I was very jealous. Dekmantel is well and truly penciled in for next year 

Cheers dude, I think Robert Hood was the stand out, absolutely took us to all corners but was a great journey. The UFO set was class too, would definitely reccomened Dekmantel to anyone with a penchant for house and techno, lots and lots of techno in a sweaty dark tent.

 

 

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I'm going sunfall too - think it should be renamed rainfall because it's gonna be a pisser

very jel of the dek crew 

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7 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

I'm going sunfall too - think it should be renamed rainfall because it's gonna be a pisser

very jel of the dek crew 

I'm hopeful the rain will stay away on Saturday, can't be dealing with having to wear wellies that's for sure.

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2nd year at Dekmantel and brilliant again. just so well organised. all the stages brilliantly designed and a nice compact site but still loads of space. great vibe, didn't see anyone messy or fucked even though lots of people were "on it". stayed at a hotel 10mins walk away on the road beside the airport. very handy.

was supposed to go to Katharsis on Saturday night after the festival but too tired to face 9hrs of relentless industrial techno so ended up just having a few drinks in the hotel bar after we got back.

went to a few of the Thursday opening night gigs, Gas was good in the concert hall, nice and atmospheric and cool visuals. got the ferry across the bay then and saw Actress who was pretty good, glitchy stuff, although walked offstage once during the gig due to not being happy with something, then finished 5mins early and seemed pissed off, just redlined some feedback to finish :lol: went into Shelter then and saw Nathan Fake who was great. had planned on staying for Andy Stott and Demdike Stare but decided to just go for a few beers in the city instead.

festival Fri-Sun;

Friday got in for the last hour of Nina Kraviz opening the Selectors stage, Omar-S on the main stage was fantastic, as you'd expect from a legend like him, perfect Detroit house vibes at that time, spotted Nina Kraviz enjoying it at the side too. things get a bit hazy until Robert Hood on the main stage, who was good, even if his set was quite similar to last year, dropped Clouds - Chained To A Dead Camel 2 years in a row:

 

Saturday, chilled on the grass outside he Greenhouse with Illum Sphere and Jameszoo in the background, then caught some of Donato Dozzy and Peter Van Hoesen in the UFO stage. headed to the Boiler Room stage and caught the end of Eclair FiFi and start of Deniro but we weren't really feeling it, so went to Joy O & Jon K who were great in the Greenhouse, have vague recollections of seeing some of Jon Hopkins on the main stage after that, Ben UFO smashed it on the main stage, lots of UK garage-y stuff, although left to catch the last 20mins of DJ Nobu in the UFO tent, which was great, atmospheric techno as usual from him (check out his Boiler Room from a few years ago), and he finished with Aphex Twin's Polynomial C

 

 

Sunday we were pretty much hanging in there but ended up bumping into a big group we kind of knew from Dublin shortly after getting in. I wouldn't usually be bothered catching Palms Trax, but he was fantastic on the main stage, perfect sunny house and disco vibes, everyone up and dancing despite being on it a few days at that stage. when he dropped the S Tone remix of Montego Bay's Everything it was probably my highlight of the festival. after that caught some of Masters at Work, Karenn, Blawan on the Boiler Room, and finished off with British Murder Boys.

 

 

 

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https://www.houghtonfestival.co.uk/Houghton_2017_Map_Lineup.pdf

Why did I chose houghton over sunfall? That lineup is mega

Also I love the fact that they've stuck to their promise about a 24hr licence... some sets starting at 7am and 8am

It's what I wish Glastonbury could improve to be, i'd love to see some 7am/8am set starts at the festival

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Yeah.. was looking through that lineup this morning, should have got a ticket when they were dirt cheap. Ah, well.

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Spent last night hanging out with Helena Hauff, told her about glastonbury and how she needs to play

shes never heard of it, so it was v hard to explain to her the beauty of the south east corner / bloc 9.

i tried my best lol. Also off to sunfall today and the sunfall afters on 4 hours sleep. Pray for me

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Corsica afters was one of the best events I've been to this year. Ben UFO especially going for it

I saw that there were queue problems. I walked straight in but then maybe I turned up pretty early

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Went to the Pickle Factory, Bethnal Green last night for Secret Sundaze. Small venue but nicely busy till 4am. 

Giles Smith and James Priestley played some really good house music.

good vibes-would go again

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On 12/08/2017 at 10:49 AM, Matt42 said:

Spent last night hanging out with Helena Hauff, told her about glastonbury and how she needs to play

shes never heard of it, so it was v hard to explain to her the beauty of the south east corner / bloc 9.

i tried my best lol. Also off to sunfall today and the sunfall afters on 4 hours sleep. Pray for me

haha good lad.

 

anyone get out to Houghton? reviews pls

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I'm always so jealous of people living in London!

Glasgow people, I'm heading over for LCD going to arrive a day early and I hear subclub is good on the Tuesday any other ideas?

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10 hours ago, TheBurns said:

I'm always so jealous of people living in London!

Glasgow people, I'm heading over for LCD going to arrive a day early and I hear subclub is good on the Tuesday any other ideas?

It can be once the uni year is back up and running, which it just will be then. 

If it's just a residents night it can get a little weird and shit. Keep your eye out for something being announced they don't usually announce that far in advance 

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1 hour ago, Mezhyp1 said:

It can be once the uni year is back up and running, which it just will be then. 

If it's just a residents night it can get a little weird and shit. Keep your eye out for something being announced they don't usually announce that far in advance 

I saw altern8 is playing the Tuesday after which I would have loved! We'll see closer to the time.

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On 8/13/2017 at 1:10 PM, Matt42 said:

Corsica afters was one of the best events I've been to this year. Ben UFO especially going for it

I saw that there were queue problems. I walked straight in but then maybe I turned up pretty early

The queues from around 2pm were really bad, we spent 2 hours in it, I know people who were in queues for 4 hours, the whole festival for me was an absolute shambles, I wish I had got tickets for one of the after parties because for some reason they had dedicated queues for those people on the day at Sunfall. I actually had a quote in the Evening Standard coverage about the queues and they used a video and some still images I sent them, it was honestly really dangerous at some points, the metal barriers they used to try and snake the queue at the front we completely buckled from the crushes, I know at least 2 people that collapsed too due to the crushing. 

Once we got inside the festival, well, the bars had 30 minute queues, the toilets were a mess, the food began to run out about 8pm and the sound in the tents was dreadful whenever we were in them, I think Helena Hauff had some ok sound if you got to the right spot but all in all I was really disappointed by the festival itself, its such a shame because the team behind it do so many good things right in their clubs, whether it was oversold this year, or something else went wrong I don't know, but i don't think I would go back again, I'm not sure they would gain a licence for it next year after this years issues tbf.

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Just now, thesecretingredientiscrime said:

MCDE next resident at XOYO. Anyone had any luck working out the other names on the lineup?

this is incredible news isn't it

no idea on the lineups, but the opening and closing appear to be selling well on the basis that they are usually all night affairs.

to be honest i would rather go to an all night MCDE than the ones where he has guests! Will need to make it down for one or two as he is probably my favourite DJ of the moment.

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1 hour ago, Memory Man said:

this is incredible news isn't it

no idea on the lineups, but the opening and closing appear to be selling well on the basis that they are usually all night affairs.

to be honest i would rather go to an all night MCDE than the ones where he has guests! Will need to make it down for one or two as he is probably my favourite DJ of the moment.

Yea for me as well that is solely the reason I am going, anything else will simply be a bonus

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8 hours ago, thesecretingredientiscrime said:

MCDE next resident at XOYO. Anyone had any luck working out the other names on the lineup?

someone on twitter seems to have correctly identified the 3rd November as Jeremy Underground

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Lost Village has utterly ruined me. Felt like it had lost a little bit of the weirder, more rough around the edges side of it this year but it's still a great festival and I had a fucking great time. 

Moderat, Fatima Yamaha, Bicep and Avalon Emerson all smashed it. 

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