Toronto’s Electric Island Announces 2017 Season Lineup with Sven Väth, Maceo Plex, Dixon, Nina Kraviz and Ben Klock

Celebrating five years this upcoming season, Toronto’s Electric Island is going all out to celebrate a milestone that has seen the event series grow to one of the most respected techno and house brands in North America.

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Why Kappa FuturFestival Is Worth Making the Trip For

Full disclosure: my first Kappa FuturFestival in 2012 didn’t take much traveling, but was nevertheless more than worth the trip. I lived in Milan then and reaching the nearby Northern Italian city of Turin (Torino) took less than two hours by train. By then the festival had undergone two editions and had changed format to become the first 10o% daytime festival in Italy, ranking as one of the top 5 electronic music festivals to attend in Europe.

I was surprised when I arrived at the venue of Parco Dora to be surrounded by tens of thousands who had come from not only just all over Italy, but also the rest of Europe. In a continent where you can find huge underground dance music events in every single corner, from the island of Malta that sits between Sicily and Northern Africa to quarries in Estonia and everything in between, it is sometimes a little difficult to understand how much Europeans travel in search of great music. Once you see it though, finding yourself surrounded by thousands speaking a myriad of different languages, you realize just how powerful the music is and how much draw certain festivals have.

Kappa FuturFestival is one of those events that attracts visitors from all over Europe. More recently though, it’s iconic location, seen in photos and videos that have been shared by the millions on social media, and quality-heavy lineups have been enticing crowds beyond the continent to make the trip to Torino to attend.

Earlier in the month festival organizers had announced that Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Sasha & Digweed, Sven Vath and Tale of Us would all be playing the 2017 edition, all now receiving some star-studded company with the Phase 2 lineup announcement that came this week. Attendees at the futuristic Parco Dora will be basking in the sun come July 8th and 9th, enjoying sets by the likes of Seth Troxer b2b The Martinez Brothers, Nina Kraviz, Paul Kalkbrenner and the legendary Fatboy Slim.

More names will be added, of course, making music one of the focal points of this edition like all others in the past. The beauty of a trip to Kappa FuturFestival is the two-in-one deal you’re offered by the simple nature of its location. Turin is a majestic Italian city of industrial workers, the home town of automobile giants Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Rome, and also a city full of history and beauty. The city sits on the bank of the Po, Italy’s longest river, and under the watchful eye of the iconic Mole Antonelliana and the soaring Italian Alps, and is surrounded by some of Italy’s most significant and revered wineries.

A visit to FuturFestival means being able to choose from a variety of other travel options in Turin and beyond, beginning with the nearby alps, the nearby French Riviera or perhaps some of Italy’s northern lakes including the famous Lake Como. The cities of Milan, Genoa and Florence are also nearby and easily accessible by train, as are other locations in France and Switzerland.

Alongside you at FuturFestival there will be 40, 000 other techno lovers as well as the usual world class audio systems, high quality production and a real attention to detail including tickets through smartphones and Cashless payment technology on site. Always environmentally aware and with focus on sustainability, Kappa FuturFestival proves once again why it is one of the most heralded techno festivals in the world.


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Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Tale Of Us, Jamie Jones, Sasha & Digweed to Headline Kappa FuturFestival 2017


Kappa FuturFestival is back on July 8th and 9th 2017 with a lineup chock-block full of heavyweights.

Turin’s Parco Dora is expecting 40,000 party revelers for the occasion, traveling from all over Europe to witness one of the continent’s most anticipated festivals of the calendar year.

The Italian festival prides itself on world class audio systems, high quality production and a real attention to detail including things like being the first Italian festival to sell tickets through smartphones and to offer Cashless payment technology on site. Always with an environmental awareness and focus on sustainability, KFF again offers top class selectors playing from noon to midnight.

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Phase I has been announced, promising a selection of headliners that include King of Ibiza Carl Cox, the Paradise and Hot Creations hero Jamie Jones, as well as a sure to be historic set from the one and only Sasha & John Digweed on July 8th. July 9th will instead feature Cocoon label boss Sven Väth and Afterlife/Life & Death Italian duo Tale Of Us.

Phase 2 and more info will be released in the coming weeks.

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5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

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The legendary Awakenings is celebrating its 20th anniversary with five massive parties spanning from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 2017.

To commemorate this massive event, Awakenings has partnered with Monumental Productions and, Amsterdam based publisher, Mary Go Wild to produce an anniversary book for the occasion.

Most importantly and for the first time ever, the event will feature a day party on Saturday, April 15th from 11 am to 10 pm with heavy hitters Joris Voorn, Ben Klock, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills and Chris Liebing all performing.

The remainder of the events take place during the night from Thursday to Sunday with the likes of Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot, Sven Väth, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Bart Skils, 2000 and One, Marcel Dettmann, Dave Clarke, DJ Billy Nasty, DJ Rush, Kölsch, Len Faki, Luciano, Seth Troxler, and Ricardo Villalobos all scheduled to play at Amsterdam’s revered Gashouder venue.

Weekend tickets are sold out, but single days are still available. We suggest you act fast, as this will sell out.

Who Not To Miss

Sven Väth – April 13
The German mastermind that is Papa Sven has been a long-time friend of and performer at Awakenings. Thanks to his signature vinyl-only performances, upbeat techno tracks and funky synths, he’s sure to keep the crowd dancing throughout his entire set.

Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann – April 14
These two gentlemen have been at the top of techno lists around the world and rightfully so. Their dynamic b2b sets ooze characteristic Berghain pounding techno with thrilling twists and turns throughout, making them our standout back-to-back choice for Awakenings’ 20 Year Anniversary celebration.

Jeff Mills – April 15 (Day) 
A space wizard with endless talents, Jeff Mills is one of the most well-seasoned techno producers and DJs to roam this earth. His sets are known to incorporate cosmic synths and spacial sounds, providing timeless and out-of-this-world techno inspired emotions.

Dave Clarke – April 15 (Night)
Another Awakenings and veteran techno producer, Dave Clarke will bring the heat with heavy drums and a signature old school sound that blends techno and electro with effortless precision. The Amsterdam-based UK producer debuted with his first release in 1990 and yet remains at the forefront of today’s underground with good reason: his penchant for quality music above all else.

Ricardo Villalobos – April 16
Unnecessarily talented, Ricardo Villalobos is known to be the king of eclectic mixes, from spiraling sounds with deep bass to spirit-liberating techno. As an Awakenings veteran and one of the most sought-after talents in the world, there is no doubt that he will not disappoint for the festival’s 20th Anniversary.

Full Timetable Awakenings - 20 years

April 13th – Night

22:00 – 00:30 Dimitri & Remy Unger
00:30 – 02:30 Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson
02:30 – 04:30 Sven Väth
04:30 – 06:30 Pan-Pot
06:30 – 08:30 Nina Kraviz

April 14th – Night

22:00 – 01:30 Bart Skils & 2000 and One
01:30 – 05:00 Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati
05:00 – 08:30 Ben Klock & MARCEL DETTMANN

April 15th – Day

11:00 – 13:00 Kabale und Liebe (Dj/Producer)
13:00 – 15:00 Joris Voorn
15:00 – 16:30 Ben Klock
16:30 – 18:30 Adam Beyer
18:30 – 20:15 Jeff Mills
20:15 – 22:00 Chris Liebing

April 15th – Night

23:30 – 02:00 DJ Billy Nasty
02:00 – 03:45 DJ Rush
03:45 – 05:30 Dave Clarke
05:30 – 07:15 Chris Liebing
07:15 – 09:00 Jeff Mills

April 16th – Night

22:00 – 00:00 Lauhaus
00:00 – 01:45 Luciano
01:45 – 03:30 Seth Troxler
03:30 – 05:15 Ricardo Villalobos
05:15 – 07:15 Joris Voorn & Kölsch
07:15 – 09:00 Len Faki

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Ten Fantastic DJ Quotes: Dixon, Marco Carola, Sven Väth, Maceo Plex and more

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It’s not easy to talk about electronic music, and especially so when the genres in question are house and techno, mostly instrumental and oftentimes devoid of lyrics.

The lack of vocals make it easy to get lost in a sea of technical adjectives and meaningless explanations. We should let the music do the talking, sure, but what about the producers and DJs… what do they think?

We have collected ten of our favorite DJ quotes from some of the best producers, DJs, record label owners and promoters in the game:

Cocoon Boss Sven Väth to Release “The Sound Of The 17th Season” Compilation

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This past summer Sven Väth celebrated Cocoon‘s 17th consecutive year in Ibiza. The record-label and party series calls Amnesia its home on Monday nights and hosts some of the most celebrated names in techno, minimal and house.

To mark the occasion, the label chief has carefully selected 26 tracks to form up a two-disc mix compilation entitled “The Sound Of The 17th Season.” Scheduled for November 25th, the Cocoon Recordings release will feature original tracks from top-tier artists including Eddie Fowlkes, Danny Daze, Slam, Robert Hood’s Floorplan project, Sven himself and remixes from Roman Flügel, André Galluzzi and Kölsch.

This summer Amnesia has faced increased difficulties with local officials, first at the hand of police investigating the club for tax fraud as part of Operation Chopin, and then for parties going past approved finished time. The venue’s owner, Martin Ferrer, and three workers including his son were arrested and then released on bail as part of the ongoing investigation that has now uncovered over €2 million in cash hidden at the club and in various deposit boxes belonging to Ferrer.

17th season svenTracklist
01. Harald Björk – Sabor Latino (Mix Of Life Version)
02. Ripperton – Ordine Gigante
03. Rhauder & Paul St. Hilaire – Molekule
04. Love Over Entropy – Sea
05. Kamran Sadeghi – Flow me
06. Alex & Digby – Angolan Rumble
07. Traumer – Ijah
08. Omar-S – Heard’chew feat. John FM
09. Eddie Fowlkes – Oriane
10. C-Rau – Sheeos Unn Note
11. OFF feat. Sven Väth – Electrica Salsa (Roman Flügel Remix)
12. Pantha Du Prince – Dream Yourself Awake

01. Levon Vincent – A-1
02. Ripperton – Ordine Gigante
03. Hot City Orchestra – Nine (André Galluzzi Remix)
04. Adam Port – Sonnenfinsternis
05. Damian Lazarus – Trouble At The Seance (Kölsch Remix)
06. Margot – Er Suonone
07. Danny Daze – Swim
08. Sven Väth – Robot (Kölsch Remix)
09. Slam – Take You There feat. Mr. V
10. Floorplan – Spin
11. Bart Skills – Fifth Gear
12. Johannes Heil – By Night Part One
13. Emmanuel – Entroterra
14. Konstantin Sibold – Mutter

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20 Years of Cocoon: Five of our Favorite Live Sets from Cocoon Parties and Moments Over the Years

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2016 is a milestone year for Sven Väth, for it marks the 20th anniversary of a movement that has in the past two decades become one of the leading record labels, party series, promotion group, clubs (in Frankfurt, Germany) and brands in the worldwide dance music scene. We are of course talking about the ever-growing and influential Cocoon, the machined built by the German producer and DJ that has undoubtedly been responsible for some of the most memorable moments and nights of the past two decades’ underground dance music industry.

We join in in wishing Papa Sven and his team a happy anniversary with five of our favorite live set recordings from Cocoon parties and moments over the years. Enjoy!

Ricardo Villalobos Vs Luciano: Live at Cocoon Closing Party, Amnesia on 29th September 2008


Underworld & Sven Väth: Live At Cocoon Club Frankfurt on 12th October 2006.


Sven Väth: Live At Cocoon, The Sands Amsterdam in August 2008.


Richie Hawtin: Live At Cocoon, Amnesia on 22nd August 20011.


Oliver Huntemann Cocoon in the Spotlight recorded Live at Beatport Berlin on 5th December 2014.

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Listen to Sven Väth live from Cocoon in the Park

Photo by Elliot Young

Photo by Elliot Young

This year’s Cocoon in the Park in Leeds featured a selection of top-tier guest artists such as The Martinez Brothers, Green Velvet and Eats Everything, all playing before the grand finale set by label boss Sven Väth!

A special one-hour recording of Papa Sven’s set has now been released via Drumcode Radio. Expect to hear tracks from Bart Skils, Redshape and Sven Väth himself. It appears from all indication that the house and techno maestro wasn’t keeping an eye on a football game this time around.


Below is the full track listing.

Track Listing:

01. Mark Broom – Frontline [Robert Hood Re-Plant Remix] – Beard Man
02. Slam [feat. Mr.V] – Take You There – Soma Records
03. Floorplan – Spin – M-Plant
04. Bart Skils – Fifth Gear – Drumcode
05. Unknown Artist – Promo
06. Redshape – The Choice – Cocoon Recordings
07. Josh Wink – Denial [LB Dub Company Remix] – Ovum
08. Johannes Heil – By Night [Part One] – Odd Even
09. Shards – Frsvnfrsvnfrsvn – 47
10. Emmanuel – Entroterra – Arts Collective
11. Sven Väth – Accident in Paradise [KiNK Remix] – Cocoon Recordings

All photos by Elliot Young

Papa Sven Väth Is Caught Watching the 2016 Euro Cup While DJing at Awakenings

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Photo by Photo-company

It is said that the love for football (soccer) knows no limits. In fact growing up in Italy, there was a saying I learned while just a kid and still hold true to this day, “In life, there’s only two things that never ever change: your mamma and your football team!”

But what about techno, or one’s passion for DJing and electronic music?

Recent pictures posted from this past weekend’s Awakenings festival in the Netherlands have caught one of the most respected and popular underground acts watching a game of footie while behind the decks. That’s right, Cocoon label-head Papa Sven Väth appeared to have a Euro 2016 game playing on a cell phone as he spun vinyl in front of countless of thousands at Awakenings’ biggest stage.

I suspect he had an eye on Germany’s 3-0 winning game versus Slovakia throughout the set, as a true football fan may do. The below picture, by Mr. After Party, began doing the rounds on the internet earlier today:

Football First Sven


Festivals in Europe are well known for putting games on the large screens at major stages during football tournaments, so it comes to no surprise to see Sven keeping a little eye on his German national team as they progressed to the next round of the Euros. As expected, some electronic music fans on social medial are taking offense to Sven’s action, labeling it as irresponsible and disrespectful to his profession.


#TBT Series: The Story of Tresor Berlin and Its Influence On The City’s Techno Scene [Video]


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It could have been like any other regular club, a shooting star that blinks across the sky of nightlife like a burning diamond, only to dissipate shortly after into a black hole of nothingness. It could have joined the countless others who fall victim of the short lifespan plague that permeates the nightclub scene across the globe. It could have, but it wasn’t.

Tresor Berlin made history, but no one would have expected that back on March 13th 1991 when the club first opened. Today, the techno institution is in the midst of blowing 25 candles to celebrate its life at the forefront of the electronic music movement, and is throwing a series of large parties to commemorate the special occasion. The celebrations began March 12th at the Berlin club and continued on to Milan, Denmark, Amsterdam, London and Spain before their upcoming US stop in Detroit during Movement weekend and a final flurry of dates in Australia and back in Europe.

Inside Tresor in the 90s

Inside Tresor in the 90s

Back in 1991, Tresor opened shop in a shack on Potsdamer Platz, located atop the the vault of the Wertheim department store. The Berlin wall had just fallen less than two years earlier, leaving the city’s youth in search for a connection and a sense of freedom many could only find through music. They found that connection at Tresor.

Armed with an art gallery license and a three-month lease, the venue owners woke up every day expecting authorities to barge in and shut operations down. Instead, things continued and the venue carried on to make history by connecting the music and artists coming out of Detroit with the rise of Berlin’s love and burning passion for techno. As the club itself proudly recalls, it went on to be the home of Jeff Mills’ first sets on three turntables, the brain behind the grandiose Tresor Park parties, and the mastermind of the various chapters of the Loveparade with Sven Väth in the 90s.

Detroit Jeff Mills, Dimitri Hegemann, and French DJ Laurent Garnier at Tresor

Jeff Mills, original club founder Dimitri Hegemann, and Laurent Garnier at Tresor


Despite complications, temporary closures and raids, the techno persisted and persists still to this day. Its location may have changed in 2005, but the club and its religious attachment to techno haven’t. Tresor is very much alive and well, and with it is the message of music and freedom it has been carrying for twenty-five years.


Inside the current Tresor nightclub

In 2008, a documentary directed by Tilmann Künze entitled “SubBerlin” was released. It highlighted the history of Tresor from its beginning in 1991 until the closure of its original location. The one-and-a-half hour video includes interviews with many of the artists that played at the venue, from Atkins to Sven Väth, as well as the people that made the club happen, such as original founder Dimitri Hegemann. The original documentary was released on TV, and later made available on DVD by the club in 2012.

Enjoy it in its entirety below.

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