Artists on this year's bill include techno royalty, DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, Ostgut Ton former label manager and long-serving electronic music figure Nick Höppner and Simple Record's founder and the man behind AUS Music, Will Saul.
Hidden in the middle of a mystical woodland, Gottwood is an intimate and wholly independent underground electronic music festival. Year on year Gottwood's carefully curated line-up welcomes a whole host of the finest in underground talent, including rising stars and established veterans drawn from all corners of the scene. Returning for it's seventh year in June 2016, this years line-up is no exception.
Artists on this year's bill include techno royalty, DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, Ostgut Ton former label manager and long-serving electronic music figure Nick Höppner and Simple Record's founder and the man behind AUS Music, Will Saul. Also joining this years line-up will be Robert Johnson family member Roman Flügel, the highly regarded Joy Orbison, former Life and Death label manager Job Jobse, Drone Logic artist Daniel Avery and the much sought after Geneva based DJ Sonja Mooner.
Other names on the bill include Berghain and Panorama bar resident Tama Sumo, the timeless house and techno producer Prosumer, music ambassadors Psychemagik and Scottish Sub Club residents Optimo. Axel Boman will also bring his distinctive yet dance floor friendly sound to a Gottwood stage, along with Balearic disco king Felix Dickinson and US based African cassette collector, blogger and DJ Awesome Tapes From Africa.
Ensuring all musical bases are covered, Gottwood welcomes the return of drum and bass purveyor Chimpo, forward thinking bass trio Ivy Lab, rave legends 2 Bad Mice and Foul Play, and the young Bristol producer Hodge, who'll bring a b2b set with fellow Bristol based artist Kowton to the forest. Elsewhere, Appleblim, Roly Porter and Shackleton delve into their iconic leftfield strain of dance floor electronica, whilst Glenn Astro, Max Graef and Al Dobson Jr will bring their jazz infused house and hip-hop-flecked samples to the mix.
Live Acts this year come in the form of a Crazy P full band performance, who fuse slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs and shimmering pop moments produce dance music with a voice, heart, and soul. Ostgut Ton's Virginia will play a live PA set and Frankfurt based Lauer will also perform live. Live house stalwart Mr G will play a rare set, as will fast rising 22a records homestay Reginald Omas Mamode IV.
Local, Anglesey world music heroes Drymbago will bring their blend of afro, funk and cumbria to the live stage, alongwith Texan three piece guitar band Khruangbin, who's sound has been described as Thai funk, crafting hypnotic, spacious, drifting soulmusic with a cinematic dreaminess.
Gottwood has become a Festival favourite, with many artists on the bill returning year on year to play, and party, in the enchanting Welsh woodland. Acts returning include micro house pioneer and Perlon founder Zip and Germany's much beloved electronic soul Move D and leader of the gang, tINI this time bringing her gang to the forest. Futureboogie label regulars PBR Streetgang, 2020 Vision head honcho Ralph Lawson, One Records Adam Shelton and Boiler Room host and Rhythm Section label owner Bradley Zero also return. Fabric's Craig Richards will be once again joined by Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO for a marathon b2b set, a memorable moment that closed Gottwood's Walled Garden area during last years event.
Determined to bring the finest of underground talent to their coastal woodland location, Gottwood will host stages from - 22a, AUS, Back 2 Basics, Bade Records, Banoffee Pies, Boxford, Brotherhood Soundsystem, Butter Side Up, Dream Catalogue, Future Disco, Futureboogie, Half Baked Records, Hit & Run, Hypercolour, In A Lonely Place, Jaunt, Jigsaw Presents, Louche, LZRDM, Nixwax, Not An Animal, One Records, Percolate, Rhythm Section, Road to Nowhere, Secretsundaze, Studio 89, The Nothing Special, Tief, Warm Up, Waxxx, Wigflex, Wolf.
Newly announced Gotwood Family members for this year include Berlin's Renate, who first crossed paths with the Gottwood team at Garden Festival in Croatia, the stage will be home to Axel Boman & residents Peak & Swift who'll be presenting a very special 12hr takeover. Also new this year will be the London party brand Half Baked, showcasing their Half Baked Records imprint at the Festival, whilst Rug Dug presents his label Ruf Kutz, a takeover with his trusty Manchester friends in his own 'Ruf Dug Kutz Lab' venue. Returning for this year will be tINI, hosting a stage with the full tINI & The Gang, in addition to 2 Bad Mice, back for their 4th year, this time presenting a 2 Bad Mice Jungle Takeover.
Further artists still to be announced in the New Year.
Published on 02 December 2015 by Ben Robinson