Electronic music has never been bigger, healthier or more prevalent.
Which also means electronic music might be in crisis.
DT doesn’t mean this in some achingly cool hipster way. Rest assured, we’re too skint to ‘only play vinyl’ and ex-army issue jackets and moustaches just make us look downright creepy. But the fact of the matter is, like the mid-noughties global economy, the 19th century Goldrush and the DT editor’s blood pressure every time I pitch “A cheeky review on my buddy Stevo’s ironic techno night in Fulham” there’s a definite sense that at some point, something’s going to burst. The event calendar has never been more full, there’s never been so many breakthrough DJs, so many huge tracks, so many apparently game-changing landmarks and so much money that many promoters, venue owners and festival often wonder how sustainable this is. Searching for some perspective on all this, DT found itself in a place that resembles exactly like how we expect the electronic music community will look in a decade’s time. For real – a little self-sufficient ecosystem in the electronic music jungle that’s been blazing a trail for over a decade.
Hear us out. It may be better known for (note to editor. What is Malta known for?) however when we ventured out there last week ostensibly to see Gareth Emery play a Ministry Of Sound stage event, we were blown away.
Here’s why. The Maltese scene is saturated. Utterly packed. Ibiza may be the ultimate mistress – hot, privileged and a bit jaded, whilst Croatia positively reverberates with energy and the echos of Leeds shufflers hollering “It’s kicking off” down the Adriatic wind, but Malta’s numbers are absolutely crazy. It’s a tiny island, just 420,000 people. Yet Tiesto, David Guetta, Afrojack, Hardwell, Deadmau5, Moby right the way down to deeper names like Jooris Voorn have all passed through the tiny rock.
Perhaps the most exciting thing to be happening in Malta this summer is Sunscape and considering the high praise we’ve just lavished on the island that is some praise indeed.
Set in amongst the beautiful surroundings of the isle of Gozo-Malta, and running from the 3-10th of September Sunscape have unveiled over 20 new acts who represent some of the most infamous names in electronic music. As one of the most revered and iconic clubs of all time, Watergate will make its way to the shores of Gozo for a rare opportunity to see the likes of Marco Resmann, La Fleur and Lee Jones outside of their Berlin home. Having recently been our album of the month Dana Ruh plays alongside Ilario Alicante and already announced Pig & Dan under the Cocoon Records banner. While Mobilee Showcase includes Lee Van Dowksi and Dean Demanuele, and Valentino Kanzyani of Cadenza will perform at the week-long celebrations. The festival opens its doors to an intimate crowd of 3000 like-minded revellers from 3-10 September and have announced yet more exciting adventures taking including Why Not? Dome’s eclectic and empowering workshop programme featuring drum lessons, fire dancing, astrology, permaculture and conscious living, whilst also playing host to an Electroswing Day Festival, Full Moon Party and fire dancing tournament making it an incredible finale to the summer.
Tickets, camping and apartment packages can be purchased via the Sunscape website here.