The Fifth Chapter: Welcome to the Woods
Preparations are well underway as renegade independent promoter Gottwood makes Gottwood Festival 2014 the pinnacle of its five-year history. Announcing its full lineup for 2014 in a move that pits the likes of the prolific Gerd Janson, Margaret Dygas, DJ Format, DJ Die and Appleblim, up against Calibre, Crazy P Soundsystem, Dense & Pika, Max Cooper (live), Craig Richards, Kris Wadsworth, PBR Streetgang, Maribou State, Ralph Lawson and Tale of Us plus so many more in its intimate forest setting, Gottwood’s annual celebration of the electronic underground makes an indelible impression.
A well-kept secret with a real kick, Gottwood was the smallest festival with the biggest buzz in 2013, and with tickets flying for this year’s Fifth Chapter it’s looking like another sellout success. This year, Running Back label boss Gerd Janson joins the party and Berghain’s best kept secret Margaret Dygas invites us aboard her minimal low slung rollercoaster. Meticulous producer Max Cooper brings a live set, as does techno evolutionary Stephan Bodzin. Seminal drum’n’bass head Calibre will be joined by MC DRS, long standing Fabric mainstay Craig Richards makes an appearance, and techno tour de force Dense & Pika play live. 2020 Vision’s own Ralph Lawson, Berlin techno nuts Tale of Us, Detroit face Kris Wadsworth and resident of Berlin’s Panorama Bar Prosumer also get in on the action.
British hip hop luminary and turntablist DJ Format makes a stand, Munich techno prodigy Marco Zenker will play an analogue live show, Avatism brings his own brand of dark moody Italian electronica, high-energy collective Crazy P Soundsystem return, and Session Victim pull together jazz, hip hop and house influences in their live set.
Gottwood welcomes back the unstoppable Maribou State and online phenomenon and respected DJ collective Eton Messy for the second year in a row. Gang Colours provides ambient electronica, Bonobo tour support act Werkha brings a discerning selection of cuts, and catch James Welsh, beat fanatic and Compost Records star Jay Shepheard, heritage act Zero 7 (Dj) and XLR8R and Rinse FM linchpin Mr Beatnick in full effect.
The collaborative programming concept has allowed Gottwood to invite the finest and most influential promoters from around the UK and Europe to become a part of the festival. Two new hosts come to Gottwood, with London’s Percolate joining neighbours Future Disco, Nixwax and Tief, and Bristol’s Shapes joining the ranks alongside Hypercolour, Eton Messy, Fiftyone:27, Futureboogie and Real Nice. Then there’s SoC x Selective Hearing, and Hit & Run from Edinburgh and Manchester, Back To Basics, Brotherhood Soundsystem and Louche from Leeds, Waxxx from Liverpool, Newcastle’s Jaunt, Wigflex from Nottingham, Oxford’s Boxford, plus Munich’s SVS Records.
A unique and very special boutique festival celebrating some of the most diverse sounds of the underground, Gottwood is a jewel of a festival in the summer calendar returning in 2014 for Chapter Five. It’s come a long way in the last four years, but Gottwood is still small, boutique and independent. Expect no sponsors, no corporate'ness' and no egos, just four days of underground electronic music in the depths of a Welsh forest…See you there.
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