TEED is a British electronic music producer, DJ and singer based in London who needs no introduction. After buying records and DJing since the age of 13, and experimenting with music production for several years TEED was created in 2009. Listen to his infectiously danceable debut album “Trouble” which swept up the charts and through the scene; his much-anticipated second album is sure to take him to ever-greater heights.
Many know Paul Woolford's name through the 2005/6 slow-burning hit "Erotic Discourse", released on 2020 Vision, the Leeds label with which he made his name initially. Paul Woolford keeps reinventing himself and pushing the boundaries, maintaining a hectic global tour schedule playing key clubs globally. With each release Woolford is showing a level of artistry that is clearly on an ascending plane, and shows every sign of flourishing beyond.
Rupert Taylor, aka xxxy, has been involved in music all his life, but he's really made a name for himself over the last few years with his modern take on garage cross rhythms and dubby bass lines, with the sound palette of classic house and techno jams. Having spent his youth in various bands xxxy finally decided to hang up his guitar & mic and began producing electronic music, fuelled by his love at the time of drum and bass and techno.
Mr. Scruff plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record sleeves and CD covers, and will accompany him as live animated visuals.
Tiger & Woods are a disco duo that first appeared on the scene with a flurry of raucous funk-fuelled edits. The twosome bridge the gap between edits, sampling, remixing and production, with tracks that both disguise samples through clever audio editing and reveal sample-like-sounds that are actually their own production work. Performing live this is sure to be special.
Congo Natty, aka The Rebel MC, is one man, a family, a movement, a junglist, a revolutionary. His latest album is a who’s who of UK soundsystem culture notably Nanci & Phoebe are true Congo Natty family and will be performing with him. He says “They sang about love but they were also prophesying and talking about the system, talking about things that were going on in the world.”.
Tom Edwards, Matt Benyayer and Carlo Anderson together make up the London based production and DJ unit Dark Sky. Dark Sky formed in 2009 out of a mutual love for the ever evolving London electronic music scene, drawing influence in their productions and setts from everything from original UK garage through to house, via jungle and disco. This is their full live band Manchester debut, not one to be missed.
The creator of a new style of Drum and Bass music that fuzes influences from all corners of the globe, Manchester based Drum & Bass producer Dub Phizix began his obsession with music over 20 years ago. Alongside his partner in crime Strategy, Dub Phizix is responsible for monster tracks: Marka and Buffalo Charge. Warning: this will go off.
Doc Daneeka is the man behind taste-making label Ten Thousand Yen. With roots in 2010’s future bass sound he’s since transcended genres with everything from edit-driven soulful house to darker dancefloor stompers. 2014 has been a big year for him with solid releases and top remixes, we can’t wait to hear what he brings to the decks.
One of the pioneers of breakbeat garage, Zed Bias aka Dave Jones, has been seminal in the dance music scene internationally, and here in Manchester is considered an absolute don. Jones hit the UK Charts as Zed Bias in 2000 with Neighbourhood, now widely regarded as one of the all time classic UK Garage tracks.
Fascinated by the remix from an early age, London-based French native Nicolas Laugier, aka The Reflex, takes his cue from the first wave of disco remixers by using only the original sounds from the master tapes (or stems) to breathe new life into soul, pop and disco classics. Imaginative arrangements, boxfresh sonics and intricate editing make The Reflex Revisions rocket fuel for every DJ set.
We welcome back once again Riot Jazz: a twisted mix of funk, soul, hiphop and aggressive jazz - sculpted round the live 9-piece Riot Jazz Brass Band with Chunky on the mic. Since their maiden voyage in Manchester 2008, Riot Jazz have blown away expectations of what dancing means with their addictive blend of intricate sounds.
Richard 'Sticky' Forbes built his reputation as one of the country’s leading club music producers at the height of the UK Garage scene with production credits ranging from the super sweet to impossibly hype ends of the spectrum. His distinctive sound not only made his music sought after in the clubs during this era, but also launched the careers of a number of the UK’s leading talents.
“The sound system culture of sound-clashes boils down to holding your own against the other sound system, about feeding off each other, it’s about raising the pace and winning the crowd”. Iration Steppas follow in the footsteps of the sound systems that inspired them. Mark Iration, with partner Dennis Rootical, has moulded and crafted a very personal Iration Steppas vibe.
A pioneer, respected DJ, an accomplished producer/remixer, label / A&R manager and radio presenter, Matt Jam Lamont has been an intrinsic part of the UK Dance scene from its very inception. As an unceasing champion of the British music scene, and indeed of great garage music irrespective of origin, it’s no misnomer to class Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont amongst dance music’s real pioneers.
Ekkah are a pop duo made up of friends Rebekah and Rebecca who met in school at 15. They make summer-sounding funky pop with a touch of 80s and R&B thrown in for good measure. With recent shows supporting Jess Glynne, these girls are one to watch for the future and are sure to take you away on a breezy journey through slow jams, soft guitars and steel drums.
Brought up on music and art from an early age Vitamin evoke a bohemian aura, inspired by the beauty of nature and the darkness that can exist beneath. Combining this enthusiasm with a playful approach to modern production techniques, the band paint a collage of spattered electronics and boundless pop songs fired by youthful urgency.
Jenna was a music fiend from an early age – she grew up in a house surrounded by all sorts of musical influences. She first started presenting and DJ’ing on pirate radio at the age of 14! Jenna has collaborated with some of the mainstream and underground’s finest producers, stapling her into the industry as one of urban music’s finest singer songwriters to emerge from Manchester.
Chanelle Williams, aka Lady Chann, is the UK’s number one dancehall queen. Her sound is her own personal mash-up fusing dancehall with melodies, bass and electronics. This sought-after MC has worked with top producers including Toddla T, Zomby and Sticky. Her latest mixtape Dun Dem Season The Trilogy was a mad success and now she is writing and recording her debut album.