What’s on our mind after Dekmantel 2017

Five festival highlights.

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In the year of its 10th anniversary, Dekmantel threw the sixth edition of its multiple day festival in the Amsterdamse Bos. A festival that quickly grew from a relatively small electronic music festival to an internationally recognized authority in the field, once again hit all the right spots with both established names and new and exciting acts. With a slightly more balanced line-up in terms of gender, Glamcult was happy to see many of our faves playing this year’s edition, although we did wonder why so many women were playing opening slots. Let us guide you through some of our highlights.

Suzanne Cianni, A Life in Waves

Besides a packed three-day festival in the Amsterdamse Bos, Dekmantel also hosted a pre-program on Thursday filled with talks, music and film. The recently released documentary about producer and electronic music innovator Suzanne Cianni was both narratively and musically an absolute highlight. From pioneering new electronic sounds to making multi-million dollar deals in advertisement, Cianni shows what it really means to be a woman who doesn’t take no for an answer.

Umfang & Volvox (Boiler Room Stage)

We were sure Discwoman’s presence at this year’s Dekmantel festival would bring all the right waves and they sure proved us right. Volvox and Umfang worked through an hour and a half of techno perfection. Dropping Jane’s It’s a Fine Day mid-set, worked as the perfect reminder of the good vibes and good tunes Dekmantel Saturday had to offer.

Arca & Jesse Kanda (Greenhouse)

Arca and Jesse Kanda always provide a full package of musical and visual distortion, and their presence in the Greenhouse was no different. While their approach might not have totally mixed with the rest of the Greenhouse line-up, we appreciated Arca’s shoutout to the day’s pride festivities going on in Amsterdam’s city center. Balancing the booth in his 5 inch heels, Arca is completely in sync with his music that ranges from Madonna to Masters at Work.

Jayda G (Boiler Room Stage)

The most soulful hour of Dekmantel was brought by Vancouver native Jayda G. From house classics to disco, Jayda enjoys her tunes as much as her crowd does, dancing along to every track she drops. With a great ear for classics without ever becoming corny, she closed her set with TLC’s Creep. Setting the tone for a beautiful and sunny Sunday.

Shanti Celeste (Boiler Room Stage)

Another great Boiler Room set came from Bristol’s Shanti Celeste. Not a newcomer to the Boiler Room, Celeste knows exactly how to start a party. Her approach to house is as groovy as it gets, with some escapades to electro/disco to make sure her public knows what they’re here for: to dance, to have fun and to stop thinking about the other amazing acts meanwhile performing at Dekmantel festival.

Words by Emma van Meyeren

Photography: Bart Heemskerk

 

www.dekmantelfestival.com

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