Need direct-choons? South West Four 2011 is back

Underworld at Global Gathering 2011 by Anna Hyams
Underworld at Global Gathering 2011 by Anna Hyams

Daniel Fahey looks ahead to London's South West Four 2011 with who to see and a Spotify playlist.

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South West Four – what are we up to orienteering?

Well, not quite, it is more dancing shoes than walking boots. This two-day London face-melter has a disorientating-ly, eye-opening line up of electronica that should leave us, and plenty of others, looking for our bearings when we step out into the late evening light.

Early evening? Isn’t this dance festival 24 hours?
Afraid not. We’ve only got nine hours from 12pm until 9pm to get our fill. So it’s in, ram our ears with as much aural pleasure as possible, then head to the Ministry Of Sound after-party to shuffle until it’s breakfast time.

I can do that. Who’s playing then?
Underworld and Pendulum take top-billing with four chocca stages of the good and the great including John Digweed, Laidback Luke, Hernan Cattaneo, Magnetic Man, Modeselektor, Joker, Simian Mobile Disco and Mums Of Death – a collaboration between Mumdance and Drums Of Death. Plus loads more, obviously. The full South West Four line up is here.

Who’s spinning at the after-party?
Laidback Luke and friends on Saturday with Richie Hawtin among the DJs on Sunday, but don’t fret, the festival takes place from 27-28 August making Monday a day of tea, tea, DVDs and, erm, tea.

Yeah, we’ll get to the tea. Who are we going to see at the festival?
This lot should test the soles of our shoes:


James Zabiela

Richie Hawtin

Steve Lawler

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Perfect, so when do I get my ticket?
Well, weekend and Saturday-only tickets have already gone, but there Sunday tickets are still on sale for £45 – but be quick, it’s expected to sell out.

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