There have been a lot of exciting festival line-up announcements so far this year from SW4, Wildlife, Creamfields, Parklife and Lovebox, and we are all a little bit over excited.
With a few months until festival season kicks off properly, here is my top pick of dance events to get you through the spring….
Get ready for the afterglow with Wilkinson
As key part of the D&B revival and with a host of vocal collaborators to boot, we’re excited about Wilkinson’s live shows this March. Get your x step on before he heads to Parklife and Wildlife festivals this June.
Body rock with Andy C
RAM Records owner Andy C has broken some of the biggest names in the business, and he’s about to break your brain. The D&B icon plays the equally iconic Alexandra Palace on 24 March. With over 25 years in the industry, we know he’s going to drop some absolute classics.
Do you know Disciples?
This trio know how to write a groove. They have recently moved their dancefloor tracks from underground to mainstream following their recent collaboration with Calvin Harris on How Deep Is Your Love. Catch them in clubs across the UK before they explode.
Swap flags for glow sticks at Hacienda Classical
Dance music is euphoric at the best of times, so just imagine your favourite iconic dance tracks coming to life with a full orchestra and live vocalists. That is the creation of Hacienda Classical, devised by the legendary Manchester nightclub DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering which tours the UK this month.
Head Up High with Armin Van Buuren
I don’t know that much about trance, but I do know the production is usually epic. The five-time DJ Mag Top 100 poll winner Armin Van Buuren will bring his high energy show to the UK this month. Bring on the bright lights.
All we need is Odesza
Seattle outfit Odesza bring their shimmery electronic sound with Bonobo-esque tribal and hip hop beats to the Troxy at the end of March. With their new Remix EP championing the very best up-and-coming producers, and the buzz of last year’s Terminal 5 shows lingering, it will surely be a show to launch them to new heights.
Sigma are coming home
This English D&B duo are already announced for many major festivals this summer including V Festival and Isle of Wight. Known for their all-star collaborations with the likes of Maverick Sabre and Rita Ora, they bring their epic melodies and catchy hooks across the UK in March and April.
Kygo will steal the show
With his debut album Cloud Nine on its way, and a listing as Spotify’s Top Breakout Artist of 2015, this is the year for Kygo. He brings his own brand of tropical house tracks live across the UK this April. One whiff of those piano chords and we’ll be set for summer.
Just say yes to Mura Masa
The 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist has been marked as a BBC Sound of 2016, and quite rightly so. His finger clicking tracks are influenced by everything from garage to music from Asia, layered under heart-breaking lyrics born out of his recent break up. Mura Masa has jumped from SoundCloud success into BBC 1Xtra playlist fame, and will land on stage this April.
Katy B is back on a mission
The long-awaited return of Katy B has arrived. Working with house music masters Four Tet and Floating Points, Katy B is bringing a fresh edge to her original garage-influenced classics. The hotly-anticipated new album is on its way, with collaborations from Kaytranada, Major Lazer and Craig David. Her Brixton gig is likely one of the first places we will hear it live.