Dekmantel Festival is here to stay. That’s right, we are not going anywhere. We strongly believe that we can add unforgettable summer reminiscence to your collective memories each and every year. How? By building our beloved three-day festival little by little, step by step. After all, our adagium hasn’t changed one bit. ‘Small festival, big names’ means we will always favour quality over quantity. We will be serving up close to 100 artists this time and only the very best of what electronic music has to offer nowadays. It’s the quality you can expect from Dekmantel, we won’t settle for mediocrity.
On August 01/02/03 we will return to the lush forests and grassy meadows of the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest). Last year these magical surroundings have proven to be the perfect setting for the intimate festival we had in mind. Expect forward thinking techno, contemporary house, obscure disco and edgy bass music. Last but not least: you don’t have to go home during the weekend as we invite you to our festival bedrooms for the very first time. See you in August!
Heavy tag-team alert! 3 Chairs is the electronic music equivalent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: an otherworldly super group that will take you on a rollercoaster ride through genres like jazz, house and techno. We will continue the namedropping now, so hold on to your chair: 3 Chairs are Rick Wilhite, Marcellus Pittman, Moodymann and Theo Parrish. Kaboem.SoundCloud
The DJ's DJ to be, or is he already? Mister UFO is a conscious and outspoken non-producer, but his ability to spin records like no other makes up for the lack of output in that area most definitely. The fact that he runs one the most prolific and forward thinking contemporary records labels (Hessle Audio) doesn't hurt either.SoundCloud
So every kid wants to be a DJ nowadays, right? Lesson 1: check out Amsterdam's finest when it comes to selection, skills and gut feeling when it's about knowing where electronic music is headed nowadays. From UK-bass to hip-hop and from Chicago house to RnB: you can expect just about anything from the Cinnaman.SoundCloud
Although the common denominator is obvious here - an indisputable love for quality electronic music the strength of Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij and Jan van Kampen lies in their complementary skills when manning the stage. Prepare for something extraordinary when the three of them share the decks.SoundCloud
Let's set things straight: Harvey is a boss. He was a key figure in the development of electronic music in the UK in the early days and still he is one of the frontrunners of the scene. The influential Englishman is known for his varied sets, which seamlessly move from disco to psychedelia to krautrock to obscure house and back.SoundCloud
Coming from a hip-hop background, oddball producer Stefan Kozalla aka Adolf Noise aka DJ Koze has enlightened dance music with some of the most off-center records collectible. Furthermore he's one of those DJ's who can take you on a genre-stepping trip, playing everything from minimal-techno to maximal-house.SoundCloud
We can't think of the one thing Gerd Janson does best, but we do know he's got his knowledgeable head in almost every musical cloud. Whether it's researching, writing about, compiling, remixing, producing, curating or playing music; Janson goes left where others turn right, and that is exactly what we love him for.SoundCloud
Well, can you? Can U Dance is a concept presented by Jackmaster & Oneman, two of contemporary dance music's most prolific artists. Both amazing DJ's, Oneman (Rinse FM) and Jackmaster (Numbers) now go head-to-head in what promises to be a gramophones x4 extravaganza.
Is there anything this young chap cannot do? Of course we all know Jamie Smith as the beat-genius and knobwizard from The XX, but if you visited Dekmantel Festival last year you know he's one a hell of DJ too. Our advise: don't miss out on this gig if you like your beats fresh, original, UK-ish and funky.SoundCloud
'An obsession', that's what making music is for Gal 'Juju' Aner and Jordan 'Jordash' Czamanski. They helped shape the Dekmantel label to what it is today by releasing two acclaimed albums on the Amsterdam based imprint. Their third album will see the light of day in spring this year, and we wish them both a long lasting and never fading obsession. All-round awesomeness.SoundCloud
Aaarrrghh yeeeees! That's, in short, the feeling we get when either Blawan or Pariah is hitting a crowd with their innovative techno. Together these merciless dudes are Karenn, and Karenn takes things up a notch. Or two. Don't say we didn't warn you.SoundCloud
Berlin based New Yorker Levon Vincent is one of those old school DJ's who is able to take complete control of the crowd. He can play with the atmosphere in a room by increasing the intensity with each carefully selected record, until the moment he decides he's ready to tear the place apart. You'd better be there when that moment arrives. Top DJ. Period.SoundCloud
One of The Netherlands finest talents and a long time Dekmantel friend and favorite is Guy Blanken, better known as Makam. Guy is a gifted producer and a real firestarter when he's behind the decks, so make sure you check this chap out if you are looking for a guaranteed party vibe. House, disco, techno: it all fits in Makam's bag.SoundCloud
Nope, it's not your screen that's malfunctioning, you are really reading this. Moritz + Max + Tony. All three of them. On the same stage. That equals as one of the most prolific techno/dub godfathers + a Berlin based sound scientist + the creator of afrobeat. Now you do the math.SoundCloud
Three years on from their debut album, Dominic Maker and Kai Campos aka Mount Kimbie are doing far more than nodding gnomically behind a pair of laptops on a blackened stage. Expect heavy, loose, live instrumental bliss combined with lo-fi aesthetic that defines their brilliant pre-dubstep folktronica.SoundCloud
So far it has been a great ride for wunderkind Nicolas Jaar who has been pushing the boundaries of electronic music solo and with his recent Darkside project. He will bring his breathtaking one-men show to Dekmantel Festival, so expect surprising instrumentation and those all-important weird-signature-sound-Jaar-noises.SoundCloud
Turntable wizard and offbeat techno king: it's an honor to have Oscar Mulero make his Dekmantel debut. We are pretty sure this will be the perfect set somewhere during the late evening of our festival. Think dark, deep and energetic, this Spanish pro knows how to keep your body moving.SoundCloud
Our current favorite when it comes to techno rosters? That's an easy one: the unchampioned output of the Berlin based Ostgut Ton label and genre bending techno dj's and producers have been on top of their game for several years now. It's with great pride that we welcome this unique collective back to the Dekmantel stage. Full line-up to be announced.SoundCloud
Little is known about these acidic, analogue house musicians who are not very fond of talking to the press. For example, they recently announced a new album on Facebook with the words: 'Paranoid London album due in May'. End of message. Go figure it out yourselves. Expect heavy 808 and an underground sensibility from their machines.SoundCloud
Formally known as Ramadanman and the head honcho of Hessle Audio, this DJ at heart will play you the latest you can find in bass music, but isn't afraid to drop something quite unexpected like Marley Marl or, on a more classical note, Mr. Fingers as well. Pushing boundaries from dub to techno is Pearson Sound.SoundCloud
Plaid are Andy Turner and Ed Handley, but you can also look them up in the electronic music encyclopedia under 'electronica legends'. Both were founding members of The Black Dog and for sure the name of Balil (Handley again) will also ring a bell. Don't miss out on this change to catch two absolute cracks.SoundCloud
The legendary Berlin based Hardwax record shop and the equally mystified Panorama Bar: could one wish for a better education when it comes to house music? Achim Brandenburg, better known as Prosumer, learned his craft at two of Germany's most prolific dance music institutes. The result is a house DJ who easily is one of our all-time favorites.SoundCloud
Welcome back mister Robert Hood. Out of experience (we like to call mister Hood a regular at our Dekmantel parties) we can assure you that he will chop down the Amsterdam forest with his razor-sharp electronic music. Despite the fact that Mr. Hood has been around for several years now, he always knows what's cooking when it comes to modern day techno.SoundCloud
Rødhåd is one of the latest talents to break out of Berlin based techno mecca Berghain. As resident DJ and founder of the Dystopian party and record label, he has been credited for pushing some of the most forward thinking techno as of late. His DJ's sets are layered with funk, so if you like your 4/4 beats dark and groovy, check out this skilled DJ.
Remember 'Sideral'? Well, we most definitely remember the DJ-Kicks compilation that featured that collab between Axel Boman and John Talabot. It was easily one of our favorite comps from last year, while 'Sideral' was a highlight on its own. We are pleased to announce this rare back-2-back session featuring two of the most on-point artists out there.SoundCloud
What's not to like when it comes to the Karm and Matteo Milleri project: deeply moving, emotional electronic music. Together they share a sonic vision that pulls together elements of house and techno with influences from pop music, nu-disco and even rock. From straight-up dance floor jams to low-slung ambient tracks, these Italian chaps will grab you by the balls in a millisecond.SoundCloud
Amsterdam based Tom Trago is one of the sons and heirs of the electronic music fortress that's called Rush Hour. Curating his own offshoot Voyage Direct, and playing prime-time spots worldwide, this kid is leading the way for underground Dutch house music. All-time Dekmantel favorite.SoundCloud
The Dutch live debut of TR//ER at last years Amsterdam Dance Event was, to put it mildly, impressive and... loud. Solo these guys are at the forefront of modern day techno, fusing in elements of rave and breakbeat. So here's our warning: this is not for the weak hearted. Go check this is out if you think you can handle it.SoundCloud
For a few artists we make an exception and invite them on stage more then once. Why? Because we simply can't get enough of both Blawan and Surgeon. Now, imagine these two cracks share the stage together?! 1 + 1 = 3. O yes.SoundCloud
Would you like to stay with us for the weekend? Please do, cause we are more then happy to invite you to our newly introduced campsite. We are pretty damn sure that this will add up to the Dekmantel Festival experience, because we will do everything that’s in our ability to offer a campsite that’s Dekmantel worthy.
The campsite is situated on the quiet southern rim of the Amsterdamse Bos. It will take less then 20 minutes to walk to the festival terrain and vice versa. From Thursday till Sunday, we will offer an interesting program at the campsite as well, including an organic breakfast service, yoga and other activities.
Please note that we have a limited amount of campsite spots available.
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