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Reviewed: Kappa Futur Festival 2018



Kappa Futur is a first and last port of call for all techno fans in Europe. The sheer size and scale of the annual Turin gathering takes your breath away. The main stage is in a huge, tall, long steel structure that holds tens of thousands of people with steel columns and architecture that hark back to the roots of techno in Detroit’s Motor City. 

As we head to the Parco Dora there are huge concrete areas next to lush green parks and the former steel mill Vitali is where all the action goes down, giant screens and speaker stacks are at one end next to the stage and there are wooded areas to chill in if the heat or beats get too much.

The crowd is a good looking one from all around Europe and on Day One American pair The Martinez Brothers bring their usual sense of energy as they bounce around in the booth. Their tech house is crisp and fresh and Dynamic label boss Solomun also makes his usual big impact with a rich melodic sound, while Kompakt label boss Kölsch plays during the sunset and takes us deep with tracks by Butch and Audiojack that really cast a spell.

For us Day One ends with a set from Joseph Capriati, the main room techno titan who rolls out big, sweeping synths and rubbery drums that get the crowd marching as one. He drops Oxia’s huge classic ‘Domino’, and other standouts include Eric Prydz dropping curveball tunes like Everything But The Girl’s ’Missing.’

Day Two arrives under another blanket of sun and offers a wider range of sounds from house to big beat, with legends like Fatboy Slim being a big draw at 6pm as he rolls through some more fun, party-led selections. As well as the still essential ‘Right Here Right Now’ from his own back catalogue he also drops an unlikely tune in the form of Childish Gambino’s politically charged hit of the summer, ‘This Is America’ which gets a wild and loud reaction from the crowd who find new energy to show their appreciation.

Reliable names like Adam Beyer play sets of fat, rolling drum heavy grooves that get us marching and keeps us on our toes with Robert Miles’ ‘Children’. Cult favourite Peggy Gou whirls her way through some big house, weird techno and colourful vocals while her good pal Jackmaster serves up a typically boisterous set on the Burn Stage. It’s a crazy highlight from a crazy festival and one that really needs to be on your to do list if it isn’t already.

Photo Credit: Fabrizio G, Simpolab – Simone Arena, Marco Menghi

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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