Preview: Somerley Tea Party 2016

This year sees the underground arts and dance festival Somerley Tea Party make its most significant expansion to date, by adding a campsite and opening party on the Friday night. Taking place on the 3rd and 4th June, Somerley Tea Party once again offers an unparalleled selection of artists for a festival of its size.

Sitting atop the lineup are sure-fire crowd pleasers, Radio 1’s Annie Mac, and Bristolian Eats Everything. Whilst on Friday, Ben Pearce, Jonas Rathsman, and Roman Flügel, to name but a few, will be putting in performances at stages across the site.

Saturday will be the main event with music throughout the day and the opening of the mainstage situated in the walled garden. This year organisers promise a visual treat with the announcement of a new mainstage setup named the galactic wall, however, further details are being kept under wraps so as not to spoil the surprise. Southampton’s own Junk crew will be hosting the stage on Saturday, bringing with them a stellar lineup including the likes of Redlight, B. Traits, and Richy Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Enter & Drumfunk will be ensuring that drum and bass heads get their fix over in the Big Top. Standouts on the bill include High Contrast, Rene Lavice and Rockwell.

An integral part of Somerley Tea Party since day one, the Dog Kennel Woods are an atmospheric setting for some of the more experimental sounds on offer. Joy Orbison, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Luke Vibert and many more feature on the lineup curated by Hypercolour and Percolate.

Saturday day tickets can be purchased here, along with camping and Friday entry bolts on options.

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Roman Flügel

Headlining the Big Top on Friday night is a DJ and producer who’s had an enduring career spanning more than two decades. Roman Flügel’s productions continue to push the boundaries of techno and electronica in new directions. He’s also played a pivotal part of setting up some of Germany’s most prolific house and techno record labels, Ongaku, Klang and Playhouse.

Motor City Drum Ensemble

Notorious vinyl fanatic Danilo Plessow has become renowned for sharing his enviable collection. Track-listings for his sets can make the resale prices of records skyrocket. Each set its own adventure, Plessow draws on soul, disco, house and jazz, to ensure that the crowd’s feet are always moving.


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