Preview: The Social


This September, The Social Festival will head to the scenic Kent County Showground. The festival boasts a line-up stacked with over 50 top house and techno acts from around the world, curated by Nic Fanciulli. Sasha & John Digweed reunite after 6 years to headline the Friday, while Carl Cox & Nic Fanciulli headline the Saturday.

The festival will return on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September, and is easily accessible from London, making it an ideal weekend getaway. The Social Festival prides itself on its community values and intimate, boutique feel – stalls will feature quality, locally produced food, and creative elements of the festival are closely linked with local business and universities.

Bringing a taste of Ibiza to South-East England, The Social organisers have pulled out all the stops with this veritable who’s who of electronic music. Ranging from house heroes like Eats Everything to original dance pioneers and continuing club music advocates in the likes of Laurent Garnier and Andrew Weatherall. There is no shortage of techno in this star-studded line-up, playing host to Joseph Capriati, Pan-Pot, Guy Gerber and Marco Faraone to name but a few, but this by no means defines the festival. Rising underground icons Bicep are known for their decade-spanning sets, dropping anything from acid house to disco, while a back-to-back set from Hot Creations duo Richy Ahmed and Patrick Topping will provide you an opportunity to dance to your heart’s content.

Day and weekend tickets are available from The Social’s website, with VIP upgrades also available. The Social Festival is an over 18s event.

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In an age where most big names in the electronic music industry make their fortune in producing tracks, the 28 year old Ukranian is one of a select few who have found success based purely on her merits as a DJ. Nastia, real name Anastasia Besedina, is well known for her enthusiastic dancing and raw energy behind the decks. Following her successes in her home country, she has toured relentlessly and even headed up her own label ‘Propoganda’ which showcases a multitude of genres and is home to some of the most exciting innovators of the future. More widely recognised for her dynamic techno sets, this festival favourite also has a passion for drum and bass, as demonstrated by her set for Mixmag towards the end of 2015. Catch her playing the Barn stage on Friday.

Carl Cox

Carl Cox has been a powerhouse in the techno scene since the 1980s, his name becoming synonymous with the genre. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing him perform will be familiar with his innovative approach to mixing, and his boundless energy behind the decks. The man has an entire Wikipedia page detailing his awards and nominations, and was recently the subject of a petition to award him an MBE in the 2017 New Years Honours List! This year marks Carl’s final year in a series of 15 consecutive residencies at Space in Ibiza, which is indisputably an incredible achievement. Carl’s Saturday headline set on the Meadow stage with Nic Fanciulli is sure to be a highlight of the weekend. We certainly can’t wait.


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