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Preview: Gottwood 2017

Preview: Gottwood 2017
Rhemayo Brooks

On the 8th June Gottwood Festival returns to Anglesea for its 8th instalment. What started out as a small, boutique festival has quickly gained notoriety among punters for delivering some of the best electronic talent within its picturesque Welsh woodland.

As its reputation has grown, Gottwood has certainly been able to spread its wings in terms of curation – not only cherry picking some of the more established veterans of the game, but also giving a platform to some of the scene’s rising stars. As such, this year’s line-up certainly doesn’t disappoint; the festival organisers keen to draw up on a multitude of musical threads, whilst also daring to throw in some additional wildcards to keep things interesting.

The Black Madonna, Craig Richards and Levon Vincent headline, and in order to balance out the top-heavy, Gottwood welcomes Rush Hour’s head honcho, Antal, Panorama Bar Resident Ryan Elliot and the electronic wonder of Matthew Herbert.

Those present for GW ’16 will know that some of the best aural delights of the weekend were to be found during the day in the glorious sunshine, and in this respect Gottwood have been very keen to increase the amount of live music on offer. Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Ishmael Ensemble and Jonny Nash all feature, whilst Harvey Sutherland will also be performing with his band Bermuda.

Gottwood’s line ups also mirrors a slight shift in taste this year, with a distinctly minimal swell. Nicholas Lutz, Alex and Digby, and Thomas Melchior debut, whilst the Perlon boss himself, Zip, returns after last year’s barnstorming festival-closer. Of course, the Gottwood family of promoters will also be out in force with some new additions including Blip Discs, Manchester’s Full Beam, London party crew Make Me and the team from Golden Pudle Club, plus residents such as the on-form Helena Hauff bringing the sound of Hamburg to the Welsh forest.

Gottwood has certainly not been a festival to disappoint and, already, regulars have high expectations of what is becoming a British Summer mainstay. Check out what all the fuss is about below and be sure to get your tickets here, so as not to miss out on what will certainly be an absolute belter once again.

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