Out of all the acts announced for I Love Techno 2013 at Flanders Expo, Belgium, on Saturday 9th November, probably only Marcel Dettmann, Laurent Garnier and Len Faki can be considered strictly techno.
Instead, the most powerful pulls come in the form of Pendulum's noise-step duo Knife Party, trap icon Baauer and the garage/house-pop of Disclosure (live), while the likes of Duke Dumont, Breach, Booka Shade and Gesaffelstein offer extra clout to a line-up guaranteed to attract the younger breed of clubber.
Bringing new acts to Belgium has always been at the core of ILT. Daft Punk played the first edition in '95 ― an 800-capacity party in Ghent also with Richie Hawtin and Jeff Mills ― and Boys Noize opened one of the rooms in 2006 before coming back to headline as a live act in 2012. Last year also saw Rudimental, TNGHT and Major Lazer play to a sell-out crowd of 35,000.
There's focus on supporting local acts too. Belgian names such as Netsky and Goose have made the cut alongside Compuphonic and Mumbai Science, making ILT one of the leading forces in the country pushing homegrown sounds.
I LOVE TECHNO
Saturday 9th November | Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium
Knife Party | Baauer | Disclosure (live) | Gesaffelstein | Laurent Garnier | Marcel Dettmann | Klangkarussell | Booka Shade | Fritz Kalkbrenner | Duke Dumont | Len Faki | Nina Kraviz | The Bloody Beetroots | Miss Kittin (DJ) | Breach | Flosstradamus | Dillon Francis | DJ Falcon | Goose | Cyril Hahn | Wankelmut | Dusky & more