First wave of headliners revealed for Southampton’s Soundclash Festival 2015: Gorgon City, Friction, Jaguar Skills

Since its big reveal last month with the promise of numerous internationally renowned artists, Soundclash Festival has had everybody waiting with baited breath for the first line-up reveal. For the past month there’s been excited speculation as to which artists will be appearing at the festival’s secret Southampton-based location to take charge of the party. The brand new one-day festival is set to take place on 2nd May 2015 and today the festival’s first headline acts have been confirmed, with north-London duo Gorgon City topping the bill.

The full list of DJs confirmed to be playing at Soundclash Festival so far is as follows: Gorgon City, Foor, Friction, DJ Hazard, DJ Hype, Jaguar Skills, Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Shadow Child, Soul Divide, and Woz; along with MCs IC3, Shotta, Felon, Shakes, Skydro, Hazza, Krizma; and South Coast locals High Tide, ThemAgen, BITR8, K1R3Y, Ronnie Spiteri, Taffy, Fwd Mtn, George Francis & Jacuze, Hannibal, Whitey, Ripraw, Kronical, and Charlie Fox.

Chief headliners (so far) Gorgon City have been enjoying mainstream success in recent months with their collaboration with MNEK, “Ready for Your Love“, peaking at number four in the UK charts earlier this year. Matt and Kye have plenty of experience DJing under their former alter aliases Foamo, and RackNRuin, and have honed their skills as a duo since Gorgon City’s formation, having made appearances at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals, including Glastonbury, Creamfields, and Bestival. Come February 2015 the duo will be embarking on their own headline tour to support their recently released debut album, Sirens. Needless to say, Gorgon City have all the credentials of a quality headline act.

Those with a taste for a faster tempo won’t be disappointed with the addition of drum and bass royalty Friction. Otherwise known as Ed Keeley, Friction is the label boss of Shogun Audio and holds down a regular Radio 1 show to represent the best in DnB. With numerous festival appearances in the last year Keeley’s trademark DJ stance has him becoming arguably DnB’s greatest meme, ‘The Friction Lean‘.

Providing further variety at Soundclash will be Jaguar Skills. Not everyone can get away with dressing like a ninja without being mistaken for a lunatic. However, this masked DJ seems to get away with it thanks to his ability to deliver super-fast switch ups and mash-ups aplenty, culminating in wild genre crossing DJ sets that showcase his extensive knowledge of musical history.

Among many stand out names on Soundclash’s roster, My Nu Leng, are certainly ones to watch. The duo are known for their consistently dark and moody productions that grumble with powerful bass and their Masterplan EP released earlier this year was certainly no exception. The duo from Bristol form an integral part of Black Butter Records’ family of artists and have recently been on remix duties for Kiesza‘s latest single, No Enemiesz.

With plenty of talent across a variety of genres, there’s certainly a lot of reason to be excited for Soundclash Festival, but remember there are still more to come, with the next batch of artists coming in January.

Soundclash tickets have already been flying off the shelves thanks to an exclusive Black Friday deal, where tickets were sold at £15 each for 24 hours only. If you weren’t quick enough to capitalize on this weekend’s deals make sure that you don’t miss out on today’s release of Early Bird tickets at £20 before they’re all gone.



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