Alongside Troxler, STP have secured a fine selection of talent for their house and tech stage. Vancouver-born DJ, Heidi brings the sounds that inspired her to a new generation, with her Jackathon events and is no stranger to delivering crowd pleasing mixes. Heidi is also an influential taste-maker, founding Radio 1’s famous ‘In New DJs We Trust’ feature in 2008. 6 years on she still holds down her own ‘Radio 1 Residency’ on Thursday nights. Fellow Canadian, Cyril Hahn is another welcome addition to the lineup who’s soft melodic house is perfect for that laid-back summer festival feeling. Another standout on the roster, Jackmaster is hailed as one the planet’s finest DJs right now; his wizardry on the decks won’t go amiss.
STP have also selected a couple of their favorites from 2014’s lineup, Zoo Look, Ulterior Motive and DJ Hazard, to make a return in the new year, along with South-coast local Charlie Banks, who’s finely crafted deep house productions have recently earned him a place on Skream‘s new label, ‘Of Unsound Mind‘. The Festival is keen to further build it’s links with local talent and is now billing itself as an Electronic Music and Arts Festival, due to its collaboration with Bournemouth Arts University. The festival has also been granted an extended liscence allowing it to run until 2am rather than 1am as it did previously.
At the centre of the Old Somerley grounds lies the Walled Garden. Enclosed by weathered brick wall, the garden housed the festival’s main bars and food vendors at last years’ festival. The main stage was situated atop the stairs at the arena’s east end, leading up to the overlooking house. Swedish DJ and producer Jonas Rathsman has already been confirmed to be playing the Walled Gardens’ stage this year, however, with the festivals expansion and the addition of a fourth stage it remains to be seen whether this will be used again as STP’s mainstage.
The Dog Kennel Woods proved hugely popular at last years’ festival, with its custom built stage and bar, both constructed from solid timber for the Tea Party. The organizers efforts proved fruitful as night fell on the woods, Ten Walls’ delivered an incredibly atmospheric midnight live set beneath the leafy canopy. This year Jamie Russell, aka Cedric Maison, the man behind the reputable Hypercolour imprint, will be taking to the woods. Hypercolour will be out in force as fellow label founder, Alex Jones, will is also billed to play The Dog Kennel Woods, with his collaborator Chris Spero, as UK techno heavyweight duo Dense & Pika, whilst Tom Demac is billed to perform a live set.
Drum and Bass heads also have a lot to look forward to with their own dedicated stage. A highlight of last year’s festival the inflatible enclosure named ‘The Dome’ was the perfect site for some heated Drum and Bass. The Dome will be returning this year and reaching new heights with an increased capacity to of 1000, a wise decision as last year the stage proved so popular a one-in-one-out policy had to be used for a portion of the evening. Carlyx & Teebee, DJ Hazard, TC, SpectraSoul and Ulterior Motive are all locked in to perform at the stage this year.
Here’s a complete list of all of the acts announced in The Somerley Tea Party’s first lineup reveal: Âme, Boddika, Carlyx & Teebee, Cedric Maison, Charlie Banks, Cyril Hahn, Dense & Pika, Hazard, Heidi, Jakmaster, Jonas Rathsman, Midland, Seth Troxler, SpectraSoul, TC, Tom Demac (live), Ulterior Motive, and Zoo Look.
Tickets start at £20 and are available via Digitix.