After the success of last year’s debut, MADE Birmingham is proud to announce its return to The Digbeth Triangle on Saturday 25th July.
In association with Rainbow Venues, the midday-to-midnight event has revealed its first wave of names to a line-up promising an exciting and eclectic mix of both live music and DJ performances that showcase the second city’s reputation as a groundbreaking, innovative and diverse creative hub.
Topping the bill this year and playing out to a MADE crowd for the second year running is Detroit heavyweight MK. The multi talented producer, DJ and songwriter first learnt his trade in Kevin Saunderson’s studio, quickly building a reputation for his distinctive, club-focused sound and timeless production work.
He’ll be joined by Wilkinson – a DJ who’s performed in over 65 countries, produced with the some of the world’s most infamous hit-makers and topped the UK singles chart with his rework of Lou Reed’s ‘Satellite of Love’ – all while producing under half a dozen different production monikers.
In a testament to the diversity of this year’s bill, a fluid mix of genres will also be represented – from drum & bass via Shogun Audio boss Friction and talented production duo Matrix & Futurebound, to techno via legendary DJ and Dirtybird label head Claude Von Stroke and even the blurry, hip-hop leaning sound of Warp affiliate Nightmares on Wax.
Award winning beat-boxer and innovative live performer Beardyman will also play, while Pleasure State – a collaboration between headliner MK, fellow producer Lee Foss (who will also perform an individual DJ set) and iconic singer Anabel Englund – and new-school house proteges Blonde are also all scheduled to appear live.
Legendary dub ambassador David Rodigan will be spinning his unique collection of customised dub plates and classic recordings, alongside fellow MBE Norman Jay – promising a set filled with house, disco and classic party jams – as well as London’s Trojan Soundsystem crew.
Fresh from the launch of their 17 Steps label and Warehouse Project takeover, Dusky add to this year’s list of homegrown UK underground talent alongside Bristol house maverick Julio Bashmore, Swamp 81’s Paleman, foundation production duo Stanton Warriors, up-and-comers Dorsia, Brighton’s Fono and – playing back-to-back – Birmingham’s own Subb-An and Adam Shelton.
On an international front, MADE is also keen to showcase artists from every corner of the globe, whether it be Canada’s Heidi, BBC Radio 1 DJ and head of the iconic ‘Jackathon’ party brand, Ibiza Rocks’ resident and Cajual Records mainstay Doorly.
Festival Director, Pete Jordan commented:
After the amazing debut of MADE Birmingham in 2014, this year will see the festival step up a few gears and become something that the city will truly be proud of, showcasing some of the world’s most important electronic music acts in the heart of industrial Digbeth. No other event in the UK is held in unique industry surroundings such as these.
Lee McDonald, Managing Director of the Rainbow Venues commented:
Utilising the Digbeth Triangle we have developed the site stretching from the far end of Digbeth High Street, up Adderley Street and along Lower Trinity Street. In close collaboration with the city council we have effectively minimised any disruption to local residents. The Rainbow is proud to be part of an event that highlights the level of creative talent within the city, and propels it on to a national platform.
With a solid lineup of both fresh and respected musical talent and even more to be announced over the coming months, the unique, metropolitan event is set to make its mark on summer 2015.
Tickets are on sale now from madebirmingham.com