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Kappa Futur Festival, Parco Dora – Italy

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For as long as house and techno have been popular, the Italians have been positively obsessed with it. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Kappa Futur Music Festival, an almost overwhelmingly giant electronic music extravaganza that called on some of the scene’s prime movers and shakers.

Taking place over two days in July, the line-up was stuffed full of goodness, with everyone from Italian hero Marco Carola to a man the Italians considers a techno demi-god, Richie Hawtin, and more electro inclined names such as Zombie Nation.

The setting, though, was one that was perfectly in line with the hard-hitting techno that played a dominant role throughout. Industrial yet impressively put together, it made for quite the spectacle, especially from behind the DJ booth were we were positioned. The glaring sunshine proved a neat contrast to the sometimes ominous music on offer, but the punters themselves were lapping up every beat in their droves.

Indeed, the crowd were as fervent and dedicated as you’re likely to encounter in electronic music, but by the time the ‘three deck wizard’, Carl Cox, took to the decks for an untypical day-time set, the atmosphere became significantly more charged. Cox played like a man possessed too, showing scant regard for the time of day and adding multiple drops and groove-led basslines into the mix. Kerri Chandler’s typically more house-peppered set counteracted the latter quite brilliantly, acting as the perfect foil to a Saturday that was high on heady vibes. Apollonia, too, demonstrated why they’re being talked of with such reverence these days, while Cadenza boss Luciano showed he’s very much still the main man for the big occasion.

The Sunday, though, was the day that the majority in attendance had really geared themselves up for, and with Hawtin and Carola playing, it was understandable in these parts especially. Neither DJ let the side down either. Carola’s surprisingly early start saw him take the energy levels up and down with the sort of ferocity and relentless he’s become renowned for over the years – and the largest crowd of the festival certainly seemed to be revelling in the techno storm he helped brew up. Bpitch boss Ellen Allien brought a heavy dose of variety to the table soon afterwards, but it was fledgling Irish starlet Matador who really stole the show with a set that was brimming with outrageous energy. And who else could top that all off but Richie Hawtin? The Minus man proved the proverbial cherry on top too, closing the festival under a haze of spooky and unstoppable techno jams. With practically all the music here looking to the future, the festival is nothing if not aptly titled. It’s also a fascinating snapshot into the current state of electronic music. And judging by Kappa, it’s very much in fine fettle indeed. 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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