The first names are in for this year’s edition of Freerotation with Patrice Scott, Objekt, Karenn and Skudge amongst them.
While the date may change every year, it’s always easy to sense the lead-in to the annual Freerotation festival. Fevered anticipation ripples out through the niche corners of the house and techno fraternity, which in the nature of these times manifests itself in impassioned status updates, gloating tweets and lots of “look forward to seeing you!” posts between friends, artists and fans. This convivial atmosphere speaks volumes for the impact Freerotation has had in dulling the barriers between performer and punter in a small sector of electronic music, providing a utopian bubble where everyone can truly feel as one.
Having grown from a small and thoroughly intimate party into a slightly bigger, thoroughly intimate party, Freerotation is looming on the horizon with one of it’s weightiest line-ups to date. We’ve waded through the considerable talent on offer at Baskerville Hall this year to try and ascertain which choice acts are no less than unmissable.
It’s not easy for an artist to maintain a genuine independent ethic in this day and age. Amid the drudgery of internet exposure, whether it be shameless self-promotion or carefully marketed anonymity, there are not many who choose to make and share their music in a truly independent way. Some of Steevio’s working practices, such as making his music without a computer, are actually quite en vogue these days, but for the Sunderland-born, North Wales-dwelling techno producer this approach has been a way of life since before the dawn of house music.
Freerotation, the invitation-only festival that takes place at Baskerville Hall in Powys, Wales has announced the first round of guest DJs and performers to play at this year’s edition which includes Mike Huckaby (pictured above), Blawan, Kassem Mosse and Delta Funktionen.