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Houghton Festival locks Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Magda, more

Ready for a tremendous second year...

Houghton Festival, curated by Craig Richards, has released its first artist line-up of 2018. The festival returns for its second year from 9th through 12th August at Houghton Hall, Norfolk.

Returning in 2018 are Ricardo Villalobos, Andrew Weatherall, Seth Troxler, Nicolas Lutz, Ben UFO, Ivan Smagghe, Roman Flügel, Joy Orbison, Magda, Sonja Moonear, Optimo, Margaret Dygas and Midland.

They will be joined by a house and techno contingent consisting of Zip, Objekt, Prosumer, Call Super, Pearson Sound, Jane Fitz, DJ Fett Berger, The Mole, Luca Lozano, Barac, Intergalactic Gary and Shanti Celeste.

Disco enthusiasts will be pleased to see the likes of Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy, Horse Meat Disco, Felix Dickinson, Psychemagik, Rob Mello, Dave Harvey and Horse Meat Disco on the bill. While more alternative sounds will be provided by Mr Scruff, Vladimir Ivkovoic, Jonny Rock and Mixmaster Morris return, and Idjut Boys, Ruf Dug and Nick The Record.

Monolake, Mathew Jonson, DMX Krew, Radioactive Man and Emperor Machine have been tapped to bring their live electronic exploits to the festival.

“By presenting music, art and a promised experience in an honest and restrained way meant those four days in Norfolk last year were not only magical but they were believable,” remarks former Fabric selector Richards on his curation of the festival.

“The setting proved to be nothing but perfect," he says. "Our aim is to build on the foundations of last year's success, but instead of growing we're sticking to the story with minor improvements and a strong belief in the initial concept. Artists, DJ's and musicians will be presented with meritocracy and equality. Everyone who performs will be given a chance to shine and everyone who attends will be treated to the best of everything.”

As Richards explains, attendees will discover a professionally curated art and sculpture programme to fill any gaps between the musical selections.

General on sale starts 2nd February.

Here are 29 pictures from the festival's epic first year. Read our in depth review of last year's incredible festival here.