Festival Downtown is an exciting electronic music festival in downtown Rotterdam. The festival features various trailblazing local and international performers pushing the boundaries of electronica in the broadest sense of the genre.
Festival Downtown RotterdamFestival Downtown is known and respected for its progressive and above all diverse line-up. Each year, the Festival is looking to grow and aims to do so by booking solid headliners and local heroes and niche artists. Although the Festival is generally aimed at electronic and electronically inspired music, there is a lot of diversity on offer. At Festival Downtown, there's room for singer-songwriters, non-western artists, progressive hip-hop as well as electronic punk and the thickest heavy bass from the UK.
Artist line-up - Festival DowntownThis year, at WORM, Club Vibes and Brasil Binkie, expect to see, among others:
• Raketkanon (BE)
• Roska (UK)
• Masego Soundsystem
• Gabber Modus Operandi (IND)
• Fracture (UK)
• Medicine Boy (DE)
• The Dead Cvlt
• Hard Headerz
• DRVG CVLTVRE
• HUNNA Soundsystem
• Dentalhon & Tisci London
• DJ Shanodin
• DJ Sirene
• AmangDjaso & Sun O.C.
• Rob Donkers
• Boris Scorpio
... and many more.
Locations - Festival Downtown
WORM is divided into two areas. In the upstairs room, Downtown brings together two movements that originated in Jamaica and developed further in the UK.
The Soundsystem culture has its origins in the Jamaica of the early 1950s. When large groups of Jamaicans emigrated to the United Kingdom, they were rejected in many clubs and pubs. By literally building their own big speakers, they were able to celebrate their own culture. In the suburbs of the big British cities, reggae and dub music melted together with genres such as hip-hop into a new genre: grime. In those suburbs, this movement among young people is the dominant culture. One of the biggest sound systems is active in Rotterdam: Masego. For the festival, they will be linked to the Rotterdam-based Grime collective BASH, which, among others, the UK grime-legend Roskovoor managed to snare the festival.
For the better electronic raw sound, Downtown joins forces in Club Vibes with the Rotterdam booking office Cloudhead (a.o. De Likt, Hausmagger and Juiceboxxx) and the Dutch indie music platform The Daily Indie. Headliner there is the Belgian Raketkanon. Known for their epic shows at festivals such as Zwarte Cross, Paaspop and Pukkelpop, the group released their new album RKTKN#3 along the way; a record full of dystopian, electronic beats, synth-layered soundscapes and hypnotic grooves.
The Rotterdam-based super group THE DEAD CVLT, consisting of hardcore drum&bass legends Thrasher and Limewax and hardcore punk legends Lemmy and Sjarm13, will open the evening.
Brasilbinkie is located in the middle of the skatepark on West-Blaak. But during Downtown, this place is transformed into a club. In collaboration with Pantropical, Bass Odyssey and Noodlebar, they'll host an experimental program.
Rotterdam is known all over the world for the only musical genre that ever originated in the Netherlands: gabber. This movement went around the world and was picked up in Indonesia. There, the rave-weirdo's of Gabber Modus Operandi mixed it with metal, noise and indigenous music. In electronic music, this absolute buzz act has been around for some time now and will release their already legendary album HOXXXYA this month.
Later in the night, Fracture will take over the show. Besides being a veteran deejay, this heavy bass pioneer is the man behind the London Astrophonica label.
In the basement of Brasilbinkie, Festival Downtown will shine a light on the development in the field of modular synthesizers with none other than DRVG CVLTVRE as the headliner. The show on the modular stage will be broadcast via a Silent Disco system; a world first!
Tickets / Wristbands / Free entrance
Though the festival takes place at multiple locations, the line-up at WORM, Club Vibes and Brasilbinkie are extra special. To attend the shows at these locations, you need to get a ticket. An All Areas wristband is also available in limited quantities. The shows at the other venues are all free.
What to expect at Festival Downtown Rotterdam
Festival Downtown: Event details
Festival Downtown 2019
You can find the official festival line-up and ticket information on the Festival Downtown website.
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