I always try and mix things up with my festivals each year… I love to try new festivals rather than “just” doing my same old favourites… (Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, etc…). This year I have a few firsts coming up! I’m especially excited about going to Noisily Festival of Music & Arts on the 5th-8th July. I’ve heard its name spoken in the inner circles of some of my fellow festival nerd friends, whispers spoken about its intimate yet wild nature, and I must say it sounds idyllic. Right up my street!
Here’s what Noisily have to say about themselves…
Noisily is about friendship, love, passion, nature and community. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither do the 4,000 people who descend on The Coney Woods each July. It’s fun in all its forms, pure and unadulterated. Offering an alternative to mainstream festival culture, an inclusive haven where underground music thrives and self expression flourishes.
Whilst rooted in the electronic music scenes, Noisily is a holistic environment which feeds the mind, body and soul. It’s a celebration of psychedelic art and culture in a society which is increasingly looking within for happiness and fulfilment, and away from material goods and money as the definition of success.
We have an amazing, receptive and intelligent community of people who we aim to mobilise through transformational experience and creative expression. By inspiring personal growth and social responsibility via the medium of art, music and healing, we hope to empower the individual to affect real positive change in the world.
I can’t wait to explore this vibrant world!
I will of course be writing a review of Noisily after the festival, but I wanted to take a look beforehand at the line up and pick out some of my favourites. I also read about some artists on Noisily’s Diversity on the Dancefloor post, then I had a little listen on Spotify/Soundcloud to their suggestions and have listed some of my favourites below that I’ve added to my “must see” clashfinder! The descriptions are taken from the aforementioned blog post, written by Noisily’s co-founder; Charles. Will give my own full report on their live shows in my review!
My five favourites from the line up:
I caught BSE’s closing set of Bang Hai Towers at Boomtown 2017 and it was phenomenal. Their dark drum & bass sends the vibrations running through the ground and up your body. A Dutch group that formed in 1997, these guys have been around a while, and their experience is evident. I can’t wait to see BSE again in an intimate setting like Noisily!
One of the UK’s heavyweight DJs, Roni Size is an amazing booking for Noisily, and will truly be an unmissable headliner. I saw him last at Oval Space in London, and my ears were definitely ringing the next day! He will delight with his unique mixes crossing D&B, old school jungle, big beat and hip hop.
If you’ve been at a festival in the last 10 years and have stayed up late, it’s highly likely you have stumbled upon Stanton Warriors. They are long time festival favourites; I personally can’t count how many times I’ve been delighted to see them on a lineup and dutifully rewarded when I drag my friends to see them in the early hours. A particular highlight was Secret Garden Party last year at the Collosillyum! They originate from Bristol, and will be making Noisily bounce with their breakbeat, electronica, garage and house hybrids.
I first heard Ed Solo at Glastonbury a few years back. My friends and I were walking past the Temple, and when we heard the sounds booming out from the amphitheatre-style stage, we just said “Yep change of plan we’re going in here.” That describes Ed pretty well; you hear it, you just have to run in and dance. I’ve since seen him B2B with Deekline at festivals a few times. Always a huge pleasure! I love his dubstep mixes, self-described as “ruffneck bassline bravado”.
In a festival filled with turntable wizards, Slamboree will be an awesome change of scene. These guys are a huge collective of musicians and dancers performing live with a DJ. The energy they have is… indescribable. Fronted by Kathika Rabbit, a powerhouse of female hip hop vocals, she will lure you in, then you’ll stay for the bass, the brass, and the incredible choreography which includes fire dancers. Always a festival highlight of mine, they are an absolute must-see at Noisily!
Four favourites discovered on Soundcloud:
(click the artist name for the link to their Soundcloud!)
Breger – Consistently charting in the top 10 minimal/techno on Beatport, Breger has a busy release schedule throughout 2018, in addition to worldwide bookings… Noisily 2018 being one of them! He’s one to watch without fail, and an excellent excuse to visit the Liquid Stage if you want to check it out but aren’t inclined to the faster end of Trance.
Louie Cut – This is undeniable “bass face” music, and will have your feet and the legs attached to them thrusting in all directions as the sawtooth and square waves so synonymous with his sound rinse the dance floor. One for late night lunging.
Nimbus – Jae Nimbus will be taking to The Treehouse stage with an all new live set to feast your ears on. Fusing Glitch, Dub and Bass, his music is really bloody interesting. At the same time there is a fresh familiarity in the sound, reassuringly non-dissonant, rhythmic, and wibbly (what a great way to describe a sound!)
Grouch – recommended to me by Toby Shenobi on Noisily’s Facebook page, this New Zealand producer uses inspiration from his homeland; dub and ethnic percussion, to form his dance mixes. He’s performed all over the world in recent years and is rapidly rising up to become one of the most in-demand producers of today’s EDM scene.
I can’t wait to explore this exciting forest festival for the first time!
Tickets are still available for this intimate 4000 capacity event. Come and join me raving in the woods!