The Social Festival will be welcoming a range of artists from around the world for the last weekend of September at the Kent County Showground. Many of the headliners that will take to the stage are home-grown UK artists, some even from the county of Kent. For this house and techno weekend, expect to see DJs that have been had their heart set on playing legendary clubs like Fabric or Ministry of Sound from a young age and after achieving that, have gone on to create hard hitting electronic anthems, being inspired by the European scene. Let’s take a look at how some of these UK artists made their way onto The Social Festival 2017 lineup.
It makes sense to start off with the creator of The Social Festival, Nic Fanciulli, who is Maidstone born and bred. After shooting to fame with his DJ skills and forming the Saved Records imprint, Nic Fanciulli’s name is on par with many global DJs and continues to be one of the biggest in dance music. What sets him apart is from others in the arena is his intelligent sound, one that has provided him with the opportunity to remix the likes of Hot Natured. Alongside this, he’s created mixes for Renaissance, Global Underground, Balance, and Defected’s In The House. This year, Nic Fanciulli has released ‘Wrong’ with Agoria and Jaw as well as remix of Gorillaz’s ‘Ascension’.
Carl Cox is a legend that has been a solid pioneer of techno since the 1980’s and continues to champion all things electronic today, taking to stages and playing exceedingly good shows all over the world and he will be returning to the The Social Festival this autumn. Influenced by the iconic Chicago sound as well as New York hip hop and electro at the time, Carl Cox held residencies at UK clubs in this decade before releasing his debut single in 1991 on Paul Oakenfold’s label Perfecto. The 1990’s saw Carl Cox take a hold of the techno genre and mould it into something he enjoyed, alongside curating the sound into what we know and love today. After more single, album releases and collaborations, Carl Cox formed Intec Records at the turn of the century, relaunching in 2013 to find more underground artists and play alongside them at London’s XOYO and Fabric, as well as an iconic Ibiza residency most recently.
Rob Cockerton is a house and techno producer from Kent and known to be the one who introduced Nic Fanciulli to the electronic world, he is another, like Carl Cox that has been in the industry through its highs and lows. Signed to Saved, Snatch and Abode, Collection D was supported by Pete Tong on his BBC Radio 1 show and set the bar high for Rob Cockerton. Seeing this artist in his home county will not be a sight to be missed.
Long-running Fabric resident Terry Francis is expected to bring his warped techno from the dark and hallowed walls to the open air at The Social Festival in September. According to Resident Advisor, ‘some called it “tech house”, whilst Terry himself jokingly described to it as “house no”,’ so it’s an understatement to say that Terry Francis’s sound is unique or not fixed in one genre. As a creator of London’s best loved underground house event Wiggle, Terry Francis has continued the evolution of acid house, however, and on top of that, Architecture 2 was a hit on Pagan.
Sasha & John Digweed
Sasha and John Digweed have come as a package deal at events like The Social Festival for many years and it’s a B2B set that is one of a kind. 1994 saw the release of Renaissance: The Mix Collection on Renaissance Records that produced many hits for the decade, from which they became globally renowned. After many residencies in cities like New York City, Hong Kong, Ibiza and Los Angeles, Sasha & John Digweed graced the UK with their presence at London’s South West Four Festival in 2009. Having been signed to mega labels like Ministry of Sound and Ultra, expect to hear classic tracks spanning the last three decades at The Social Festival.
Another Kent local can be found in Tristan Ingram. In his career, he has been awarded the Judge Jules’ ‘Tried & Tested’ track of the week, voted the winner of Pete Tong’s ‘Bedroom Bedlam competition’ and had that very same track included on Carl Cox’s Space Ibiza 2009 compilation release. Unlike many of The Social Festival headliners, Tristan Ingram likes to stay and perform in the UK, sometimes hopping over to Ibiza. He’s well known for his remixes of DJ Fresh, La Roux and Florence and the Machine so expect to hear new versions of the popular genre in September.