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These are the Top 30 UK events in July 2018

Flux Day & Night, Cocoon In The Park, Farr Festival, Sequences, Nozstock and Shine says goodbye to Mandela Hall...

Farr Festival 2018
Farr Festival 2018

Britain is in the midst of its best summer in years, so thankfully the Top 30 UK events in July 2018 afford plenty of opportunities to soak up those rays. 

The 10th anniversary of Leeds institution Cocoon In The Park deserves some sunshine, the Papa Sven Väth leads an all-star cast including Craig Richards b2b Seth Troxler. Sticking in the North, Beat-Herder is also back, a soirée that has gone from grass roots rave to mammoth, otherworldly escape where exceptional production and design come as standard. 

It's not all about main stages, though. The Hills Have Vibes in Derbyshire is one of the UK's intimate bashes, and has a long list of talented homegrown selectors booked for the weekend. And Farr Festival— which has now grown into a beloved mid-sized annual fixture— is also coming up, the crew promising improved sound levels this year. Then you have the multi-faceted and award-winning Nozstock turning 20, infamous manor house rave Freerotation and some of Glasgow's finest resident spinners playing beneath their city's sky at The Outer Circle. 

Flux Day & Night at Studio 338 wins for London's clubs, but it was a close call as Egg hosts the mighty R&S Records, with Maceo Plex headlining under his rarely-seen-out Mariel Ito moniker and label founder Renaat Vandepapeliere also involved. Death In Vegas should be more than familiar to those favouring wall of sound, grunge-tinged, darkroom live business—  catch them at Hangar, again in London, and be sure to hit up the afters, too; main man Richard Fearless' selections never fail to impress and he's playing.

There's also the Hivern Discs-focussed night at E1, John Talabot in with imprint signee Cleveland and decade-spanning Dutch master I-F— those after immersive feet-focussed stuff should get involved. Elsewhere in the country, one of DJ Mag's favourite live acts, Saytek, is on for free at Maidstone's Social Chill Bar with Chicago legend Paul Johnson, and Chris Liebing, who just announced an experimental album complete with Gary Newman collab, touches down at Vaults in Cardiff no-doubt with typically tough techno in tow. 

You also need to note that Belfast big guns Shine have their last ever Mandela Hall party, the curtain falling on an era of clubbing in Northern Ireland. Not forgetting what's happening in Edinburgh, where rising star Telfort has his own hometown soiree planned with Smallville's Smallpeople— expect solid, deep fours at that one. Finally, and also in the Scottish capital, Hilltown Disco & Palidrone will be bringing electro mayhem via Cultivated Electronics boss Sync 24

You'll find more complete listings in the latest copy of DJ Mag— July 2018, Issue 583.  

 

LONDON

1. FLUX DAY & NIGHT TERRACE PARTY 
SATURDAY 21ST JULY 
STUDIO 338 
Studio 338 may have re-opened in October following a devastating fire the year earlier, but now summer has properly hit the terrace is set to come into its own. Jennifer Cardini, Konstantin Sibold, San Soda, Efdemin, Alex.Do, Voyeur and more soundtrack 18 non-stop hours of dancing material, from fresh house stompers to rolling techno. 
2PM - 6AM / £12 - £20 

2. R&S RECORDS 
SATURDAY 21ST JULY 
EGG 
Mariel Ito, Renaat Vandepapeliere, Evigt Morker, Ada Kaleh, G-Prod.
11PM - 8AM / £10 - £20 

3. PERCOLATE PRESENTS DEATH IN VEGAS
FRIDAY 27TH JULY
HANGAR
Death In Vegas, Richard Fearless. 
8PM - 3AM / £23 (inc. after party)

4. 31 RECORDINGS PRESENTS FUTURE #6
FRIDAY 6TH JULY
LIGHTBOX
Doc Scott, Blocks & Escher, Loxy, Om Unit, DRS, GQ. 
11PM - 6.30AM / £11 

5. E1
FRIDAY 6TH JULY 
E1 
John Talabot, Cleveland, I-F. 
10PM - 6AM / £15

 

NORTH 

Cocoon In The Park, Leeds

1. COCOON IN THE PARK 10TH ANNIVERSARY 
SATURDAY 14TH JULY 
TEMPLE NEWSHAM, LEEDS
Refreshingly simple would be one way to describe this annual blow-out; one day, one stage, top-drawer selectors. Papa Sven leads the bill, then you also get the full Apollonia crew, Seth Troxler and Craig Richards b2b, Tale of Us, Enzo Siragusa with Archie Hamilton and Rossko (FUSE LDN in the house, or rather park), plus northern bosses Annie Errez and Bobby O’Donnell. 
10AM - 11PM / £50 - £60 

2. BEAT-HERDER
FRIDAY 13TH JULY - SUNDAY 15TH JULY 
RIBBLE VALLEY, LANCASHIRE 
Orbital, Soulwax, Lindstrom, Horse Meat Disco, High Constrast, Patrick Topping, Denis Sulta, Erol Alkan, Ben Sims,  James Ruskin.
12PM - 12AM / £150 

3. THE HILLS HAVE VIBES 
FRIDAY 13TH- MONDAY 16TH JULY
TBC, DERBYSHIRE
Brawther, Mark XTC, Crazy P, East End Dubs, Rikki Humphrey, Blasha & Allatt, Lopaski, Werkha. 
4PM - 4AM / £42.50

4. M:OPENAIR 
SATURDAY 14TH JULY 
CONSTELLATIONS (Day) / HANGAR34 (Night), LIVERPOOL 
Sonja Moonear B2B Voigtmann. 
2PM - 4AM / £15 - £20 

5. THE SYMPHONIC SOUND OF BACK TO BASICS
FRIDAY 27TH JULY 
MILLENNIUM SQUARE, LEEDS 
Utah Saints, Alison Limerick, Robert Owens, Shades of Rhythm. 
6PM - 10.30PM / £32.50

 

SOUTH

Farr Festival 2018, Hertfordshire

1. FARR FESTIVAL 
THURSDAY 5TH - SUNDAY 8TH JULY 
BYGRAVE WOODS, HERFTORDSHIRE 
One of the UK’s aesthetically impressive weekenders promises significant improvements to sound levels in 2018. That’s good, because this year is easily the event’s strongest line-up to date: Mount Kimbie, Daphni, Moodymann, Zip, DVS1, Antal, Optimo, Mr G, Lena Willikens, Call Super, Or:la, Shanti Celeste, Galcher Lustwerk, Zenker Brothers and Joey Anderson, amongst others. 
1PM - 11PM / £125

2. CUBE 
SATURDAY 7TH JULY
SOCIAL CHILL BAR, MAIDSTONE
Saytek, Paul Johnson. 
8PM - 4AM / FREE

3. SOLID GROOVES PARTY
SATURDAY 28TH JULY 
THE SOURCE, MAIDSTONE 
Cuartero, Dennis Cruz, Pawsa, Michael Bibi, Franz Costa, ANOTR, more. 
3PM - 6AM / £TBC

4. THE VICAR'S PICNIC
FRIDAY 20TH & SATURDAY 21ST JULY 
THE LEES, YALDING 
Norman Jay, Crazy P, Nightmares On Wax, PBR Streetgang, Mr. Doris. 
12PM - 12AM / £65 - £115 

5. PARISH 
SATURDAY 7TH JULY 
THE WESTWICK, NORWICH 
Vialli, Thomas Woodruff, Skanking Gently Crew. 
9PM - 3AM / £5

 

WEST & WALES

Sequences Festival, Bristol

1. SEQUENCES FESTIVAL 
SATURDAY 21ST JULY 
AVON STREET, BRISTOL 
Now in its third year, Sequences means heavy lows— from grime to jungle and dnb— for more than ten hours. MIST, Noisia, Mala, Commodo, Ivy Lab, Sam Binga, Chimpo, Sir Spyro and Kasra are amongst the big names coming down, with systems from the likes of Mungo’s HiFi and VOID. No prizes for guessing how this one will play out then. 
12PM - 10.30PM / £30 

2. FUSE OPEN AIR DAY PARTY
SATURDAY 7TH JULY
MOTION, BRISTOL 
Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Seb Zito. 
12PM - 10PM / £7.50 - £17.50 

3. FBWL x CONSTANT CIRCLES 
SATURDAY 14TH JULY 
THE BLUE MOUNTAIN, BRISTOL 
Just Her, Jay Ahmed, Worse 4 Wear, Joe Derobe. 
2PM - 9PM / £6 - £10 

4. VAULTS
FRIDAY 20TH JULY 
VAULTS, CARDIFF 
Chris Liebing, Julez Wyl, Blake Parker, Argy, more. 
9PM - 5AM / £18.50 

5. FREEROTATION  
FRIDAY 6TH - MONDAY 9TH JULY 
BASKERVILLE HALLS, HAY-ON-WYE 
DJ Python, Bruce, Mathew Jonson, DjRUM, Circle of Live, more.
12PM - 12AM / £134 

 

MIDLANDS

Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2018

1. NOZSTOCK THE HIDDEN VALLEY 
FRIDAY 20TH - SUNDAY 22ND JULY 
BROMYARD, HEREFORDSHIRE
Regularly ranked amongst the UK’s best kept festival secrets, Nozstock celebrates a staggering 20 years of woodland action in 2018. A significant dnb contingency mark the occasion— Chase & Status, Dillinja, Randall, S.P.Y., DJ Marky, Black Sun Empire, Ant TC1— with Grandmaster Flash, Sonny Wharton, Taskforce and DJ Mag’s own Bunker also on-site. 
12PM - 12AM / £115 

2. ROTATION GARDEN PARTY 
SATURDAY 21ST JULY 
BISHTON HALL, STAFFORD 
Bill Brewster, Emperor Machine, Mind Fair.
2PM - 12AM / £12.50 

3. THE MOVE 
SATURDAY 28TH JULY 
THE SUGARMILL, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Claude Von Stroke.
9PM - 4AM / £15 

4. SOUL FUSION OUTDOOR TERRACE PARTY 
SATURDAY 7TH JULY
LAB11, BIRMINGHAM 
Souldynamic, Booker T, Sean McCabe, Sy Sez. 
8PM - 6AM / £17.50 - £20 

5. CITY FLY RECORDS
SATURDAY 7TH JULY 
SUB8TEN, LEICESTER 
Seelie. 
12AM - 6AM / £5 

 

SCOTLAND / NORTHERN IRELAND 

Shine @ Mandela Hall, Belfast

1. ONE MORE TIME - THE FINAL MANDELA HALL SHINE
SATURDAY 28TH JULY
SHINE, BELFAST 
All great things must end, especially when the old place is about to get levelled and redeveloped. Shine kisses goodbye to its longstanding HQ— Mandela Hall— with Annie Mac, who went to university here, Heidi, Jasper James, Space Dimension Controller, Phil Kieran, Psycatron, Schmutz, Swoose & Cromby. It’s been a massive, messy pleasure. 
9.30PM - 3AM / £27.50 

2. TELFORT'S GOOD PLACE
FRIDAY 20TH JULY 
SNEAKY PETE'S, EDINBURGH 
Telfort, Smallpeople.
11PM - 3AM / £5 

3. HILLTOWN DISCO AND PALIDRONE
FRIDAY 6TH JULY
THE MASH HOUSE, EDINBURGH
Sync 24.
10PM - 3AM / £5 

4. THE OUTER CIRCLE ALL DAY TERRACE PARTY  
SATURDAY 14TH JULY
THE COURTYARD, GLASGOW
Craig Hamilton, Gourley, Lo.pass.  
2PM - 7AM / £8 (inc. after party)

5. THE BLACK BOX 
FRIDAY 6TH JULY 
THE BLACK BOX, BELFAST
Leon Vynehall. 
10PM - 3AM / £4- £5 

 

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