The Berlin-based underground event brand will host a stage with an illustrious line up at the Dutch festival
HYTE returns to the Netherlands this July to host their own stage at the We Are Electric Weekender festival. Following the debut of the collaboration, last November at the indoor edition of We Are Electric in Eindhoven, the action shifts to Velder Woods in Liempde in the Netherlands this time. HYTE will join We Are Electric Weekender on Saturday, 06 July 2019 featuring the HYTE trademark commitment to light, sound, production that allows its carefully curated line-ups to shine – get ready for UK underground stars Bicep with a DJ set performance, the infamous Collabs 3000 techno duo consisting of Chris Liebing & Speedy J, Berghain resident Len Faki, modular synth geek Colin Benders, Dutch hero De Sluwe Vos with a live set, rising Dystopian star Tijana T and Mirella Kroes as the cherry on the cake.A caliber of lineups we’ve come to expect from the heralded event series.
The globally renowned HYTE returns to the Netherlands for We Are Electric Weekender, which sees 30,000 partygoers descend on Netherlands’ Velder Woods, Liempde throughout the weekend of 5-7 July. The HYTE x We Are Electric Weekender stage takeover takes on place Saturday 6 July, boasting the same guarantee to high-quality techno lineups and first-class production that has established the events series as a rock-solid crowdpleaser in the world over; from Miami to Amsterdam, from Berlin to Ibiza.
Leading the HYTE x We Are Electric Weekender lineup is Irish duo Bicep who will showcase their signature rave-soaked sound in DJ mode. Joining them are techno legends Chris Liebing and Speedy J who make a rare appearance together under their revered Collabs 3000 alias. Len Faki offers further techno A-league might to a lineup that also features live performances from cable wizard Colin Benders and De Sluwe Vos, and is rounded off with further DJ support from Tijana T and Mirella Kroes.
HYTE x We Are Electric 2018
The lineup of HYTE x We Are Electric Weekender is supported by the HYTE commitment to light, sound, and production that sees the events rank among the finest in the world. Expect the crispest clarity with every hi-hat, the deepest bass for every thunderous kick. Additionally, the trademark HYTE approach to lighting and visuals is all about building a visceral connection between performer and crowd. And HYTE will bring its signature laser cage, a typical key visual part of each HYTE production.
We Are Electric Weekender returns to Velder Woods, Liempde from 05 July to 7 July 2019 after making a successful debut at the festival’s new site last year. Offering an annual summer showcase of “live music with an electronic soul” since 2013, in addition to HYTE attendees can look forward to headline performances across the weekend from Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Eric Prydz, Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin and many, many more.
LINE UP & TIME TABLE / HYTE x WE ARE ELECTRIC WEEKENDER 2019
14:30 – 16:00: Mirella Kroes
16:00 – 17:30: Len Faki
17:30 – 18:30: De Sluwe Vos (live)
18:30 – 20:00: Tijana T.
20:00 – 21:30: Bicep (DJ Set)
21:30 – 22:30: Colin Benders (live)
22:30 – 01:30: Collabs (Chris Liebing & Speedy J)
HYTE x We Are Electric 2018
HYTE Stage at We Are Electric 2019
For fans who’ve basked in the aura of a Bicep performance, it’s more a feeling than any discernable genre or sound. The Belfast-born duo shares a special intuitive connection; perhaps stemming from knowing each other since meeting at rugby practice as nine-year-olds. Together they traverse house, disco, Italo, and techno, along with a particularly strong affinity for a 90s rave. Longtime fans WILL trace their love back to the runaway success of the ‘Feel My Bicep’ blog launched back in 2008, while in the live arena, they count among electronic music’s most in-demand acts. Amongst all of this though, Bicep remain experts in exploring the limits of what’s possible with a DJ set.
Collabs 3000 (Chris Liebing & Speedy J)
Collabs 3000 is the result of two of the most influential names ever in techno pooling their respective history to create something even bigger. Between them, Chris Liebing and Speedy J have spent more than half a century forging the groundwork of techno, with Liebing’s legacy stretching back to the iconic Frankfurt early scene and Speedy J rising from Rotterdam. Together they are Collabs 3000, the result of the undeniable unique chemistry the duo hold together behind the decks. “We’ve been playing together for so long now that we don’t really have to talk to each other during the set,” Speedy J told XLR8R in an interview. “We’re on the same wavelength all the time.” Conceptually arising from the Collabs 3000 (Metalism) album they recorded in 2005, shows remain infrequent, and there’s often a stretch of years between them. However, it makes complete sense that opportunities to experience Collabs 3000 remain rare. Anyone present at their appearances for HYTE at Amsterdam Dance Event will understand that Collabs 3000 is a rare occasion of techno thunder that is worth cherishing.
Berlin’s Len Faki inspires the exact kind of reverence for lovers of techno you would expect from a DJ who has been a resident at Berlin’s Berghain since it opened nearly 15 years ago. For Faki, he’s in this game for a lifetime. “When I started to go out, I was instantly affected by the community spirit techno had,” he told XLR8R in an interview. These early connections were forged in the South German city of Stuttgart in the 90s. While it’s not known internationally for its nightlife, Faki says its thriving club scene kept him busy from Thursday until Sunday. During that time he released already a bunch on tracks on various labels – not only the hard techno sound he is known for today but even disco house tracks. It wasn’t until an apartment fire early in the next decade that he was encouraged to pack his bags and move to the capital, fortuitously timed with the opening of Berghain where he was asked to accept a residency. The rest is history, and it is Faki’s passion and technical mastery as a DJ, producer and label owner that’s played such an essential part in defining his role in techno history.
There aren’t many artists who traverse the different musical genres quite like Colin Benders. Hailing from the Netherlands and formerly a favorite of the hip-hop scene, he’s infamous for his improvised ‘Kyteman Orchestra’ performances that featured 50-strong ensembles. He also traded all of this in for techno, inspired by a serious love for modular synthesizers. “My first encounter with making music came when I was about three years old when my uncle brought a trumpet to a family party. I was obsessed with the instrument,” he told
Serbia’s Tijana T has been at the coalface of her country’s music scene for nearly 20 years. Swiftly ascending the past few years to become a powerful player on the international DJ circuit, affiliated to Berlin’s legendary label Dystopian, she has toured across the globe, since she cut her teeth performing live with Abe Duque in the early 00s. No stranger to broadcasting, she currently holds a monthly radio residency on Rinse FM. At home, she has been closely affiliated with EXIT Festival and the legendary 2044 club and is now resident at the renowned Drugstore club with her Voyage to Belgrade all-nighters.
De Sluwe Vos
Netherlands’ De Sluwe Vos (in English “The Sly Fox”) is one of the chosen who is bringing the live energy to HYTE x We Are Electric Weekender, consistent with the festival’s ethos of “live music with an electronic soul”. Already a deft hand after touring with a full-fledged band for his debut Kontra album tour in 2015, this sly fox has been working on a brand new, fully
Amsterdam’s Mirella Kroes holds a special talent for weaving spacey, psychedelic soundscapes into modern techno. She is a noted nightclub selector, radio show host at Red Light Radio and she draws on her aforementioned feeling for the ethereal to channel a deeper connection with her DJ sets. Mirella explained to Monument in an interview that it’s about tapping into different kinds of energy, whatever the setting demands. “There is always this strong urge to share this music with others because you want them to feel what you feel because it’s so good and it connects, and it can be healing in a way. A good DJ is also someone who is authentic, plays what she or he feels, whatever that may be.”
HYTE x We Are Electric Weekender
Saturday, 06 July 2019 / 14:30 – 01:30
We Are Electric Weekender, Velder Woods, Velder 10, 5298 LE Liempde