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Craig Richards & Gottwood present Houghton

January 3, 2017 |

A new three-day festival for 2017, Houghton is the brainchild of fabric’s Craig Richards and the critically-acclaimed Gottwood team. Curated by the former and produced by the latter, the UK’s newest festival takes place mid-August on the picturesque Houghton estate … Read More

Review: Varkala Festival 2016

August 31, 2016 |

Do you remember your first beat match? That small moment of clarity when you simultaneously celebrate this initial achievement and begin to understand its future potential with all its myriad complexities is a peculiar metaphor that came to mind and … Read More

WIN: 2 tickets to Make Me w/ Donato Dozzy, Van Hoesen et al

August 15, 2016 |

UE crew, we’ve got a rather special giveaway for your lovely selves. London’s finest Make Me are bringing the heat down to Village Underground this Saturday with another damn-fine lineup of techno heroes – Donato Dozzy and Peter Van HoesenRead More

Make Me returns to Corsica w/ Sprinkles, Tessela, Shanti et al

August 3, 2016 |

Another month, another outrageous party from London’s Make Me. Returning to Corsica Studios on August 6th, round 1 sees a quintuple booking with considerable class inviting idiosyncratic cult-hero DJ Sprinkles, Poly Kicks’ head-honcho Tessela, Bristolian trailblazer Shanti Celeste, Hessle Audio’s … Read More

Review: Gottwood Festival 2016

June 29, 2016 |

From Weather‘s concrete jungle straight into the mystical woodland of Llanfaethlu’s Gottwood (not forgetting Glasto shortly after!) – June has been quite a ride for camp UE. A few days worth of TLC in rural Ruthin provided respite after a … Read More

Review: Weather Festival 2016

June 20, 2016 |

On paper, Weather Festival is a no-brainer. The Parisian monolith’s heady mixture of concrete airfield expanse and triple-A grade techno makes it one of Europe’s most enticing Summer-festival destinations. Another venue has been added since we previewed this year’s edition … Read More

Weather Festival brings the heat this Summer

May 4, 2016 |

Paris’ Weather Festival returns after a year hiatus this June for another tantalising three days-worth of non-stop house and techno. A brief word of warning: please excuse any weather-related puns. It’s almost too easy…

Taking place at the Parc des … Read More

Gottwood returns to the Welsh unknown this June

April 14, 2016 |

It’s fair to say Gottwood is really beginning to come into its own as one of the UK’s premier music and arts festivals. Returning to remote North-West Wales this June off the back of glowing reviews for GF ’15, the … Read More

UE.36: Microfunk Crew b2b Nuage & Dissident

March 8, 2016 | 1

With numerous early reviews around the sound, an official Space Cadets playlist, and a Five Steps with flag-bearer Bop back in 2014, it’s fair to say that we at Urban Essence have a bit of a soft spot for all things Microfunk. … Read More

Stream Moodymann’s DJ-Kicks in full

February 23, 2016 |

Good news folks – you can now listen to Moodymann‘s superb DJ-Kicks mix in full on Spotify via !K7. Spanning through Soul, Hip-Hop, Disco and House in the way only he knows best, the mix is an understated, slow-burning hour … Read More