Derry, Ireland, isn't really best known as being the hub of all things electronic and dancey, but they're going for it anyway.
For the 8th year it plays host to the annual Celtronic festival from the 25th to 29th of June and, once again, it promises to tear the house down. If you haven't heard of Celtronic before think of Ibiza Rocks with possible splatterings of rain and an even more eclectic mix of music from dark drum 'n' bass right through to "the Human League clobbering early Depeche Mode with a slap bass".
Heading down to headline this year are DJ/remixer extraordinaire, Ewan Pearson, DJ Feadz from Ed Banger Records-Paris, BBC Radio 1's Mary Anne Hobbs and dance music legend Andrew Weatherall. As well as the big names Celtronic are nurturing all things up and coming by bringing in some new faces that are quickly gathering an impressive fan base. Amongst this elite bunch are, Christopher D, being hailed as the 'most exciting new producer in London', Barry Lynn, aka Boxcutter, whose dubstep beats boast the support of Radiohead's Thom Yorke and last but not least Derry's own Japanese Popstars, who have massive backing from Radio 1 and gigs at Glastonbury and in Ibiza this season. Not only that but these full frontal Jap stars have just been voted best live act in the Irish Dance awards, so they must be worth a watch.
The event takes place over several venues across Derry including The Nerve Centre, Void Masons and Sandinos. On top of the class act live music, the organisers have taken it upon themselves to give a little something for all your senses to enjoy with various exhibitions and art installations to boot. The Whole event kicks off on Wednesday 25th June at Masons, Magazine Street, entry £6. Full four day festival tickets are available for £25 from www.wegottickets.com and for more information visit www.myspace.com/celtronic2008.