You’d be forgiven for forgetting that it hasn’t even been a year and a half since the first Soundclash Festival landed in Southampton. Organisers have been working at a relentless pace ever since putting together more parties, and come October 1st, the South-coast will be converging upon Soundclash number four.
Soundclash will descend on its expanded site in the grounds of Somerley House in Ringwood with a well rounded roster of DJs able to please both mainstream and underground tastes. Headlining the Saturday day-festival are the likes of Ram Records mastermind Andy C; Groove Armada, hot off a summer of touring and recording a mix for the FabricLive series; Hot Creations’ Jamie Jones; chart-topping DJ Fresh; and Pendulum’s El Hornet and Verse. Perched in the middle weekend of both Southampton university’s freshers’ fortnights, Soundclash is among the final festivals to take place before the autumn weather truly sets in.
As ever, the festival sports a line-up with a diverse selection of artists, spanning the spectrum of garage, house, techno, and drum and bass, across five stages. Previous outings have included collaborations with Space Ibiza and Defected, and house heads aren’t to be disappointed this time around, with performances from Anime Edge & Dance, Jackmaster, and Solardo to name but a few. Those seeking bassier cuts will find what they’re looking for in Mistajam, Majestic, and Mike Skinner, whilst many will recognise local talent represented by The Artful Dodger, FooR, Gotsome and K1R3Y.
The festival kicks off at 1pm at the Somerley House Estate in Ringwood, with acts performing until 1am. The site also boasts its own fairground, along with an exclusive VIP enclosure. Organisers will be providing a free shuttle bus service from both Southampton and Bournemouth until 4pm, thereafter travel will cost £5. For more travel options click here.
There is good reason that Jamie Jones has become one of the biggest names in house and techno, he’s a talented musician, responsible for more than his fair share of dancefloor anthems, head of one of the most talked about labels in recent years, and his Ibizan party, Paradise has been going strong at DC10 for five years now. It’s no surprise that opportunities to catch the man playing on the South-Coast have become few and far between.
Focused strictly on producing tracks for the dancefloor, Solardo have created their own energetic brand of serious dancefloor jams. Their tough rhythms have landed them releases on Steve Lawler’s ViVa Music, and some standout sets on the white isle have been seeing the duo hotly tipped as future stars.