The closer we edge towards August, the more emotional we’re beginning to feel about Dimensions festival and its final year at the stunning Fort Punta Christo. Now that the festival have announced their full stage breakdown, those feelings are heightened even further. It’s certainly going to be a bittersweet occasion. Let’s take a look at the program in more detail.
Owing to its prominent location and sheer vastness, The Clearing is Dimension’s nominated main stage. No surprise that it packs in the talent on the opening day of the festival, with headline slots for Jeff Mills and Nina Kraviz. Octave One and Petar Dundov add some pretty heavyweight support. On Friday, the music mellows a little, but the star quality remains. Peggy Gou, Jayda G and Shanti Celeste form a formidable backbone with Hunee ending the night. Saturday sees two architects of the scene take centre stage, one from Detroit the other from Chicago. Omar-S and Sadar Bahar are the men in question. Unmissable. The legends keep on coming, as Larry Heard tops the bill on the final day, with earlier sets coming via Gilles Peterson and Mr. Scruff.
The Moat is one of those festival stages that needs to be experienced to be believed. No amount of pre-hype can prepare you for it. Manchester party Meat Free host the opening night, with Nina Kraviz scheduled for her second set of the day alongside Jane Fitz, Objekt and Imogen. Friday has a distinct electro feel to it. Helena Hauff is the big name, but we think that Lone Romantic affiliate Jensen Interceptor is equally worth checking out. Saturday sees DVS1, Blawan and Joachim all play for Ampere, while Hessle Audio take care of business on the final day. Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound are joined by Call Super for what is sure to be a thrilling finale. Engulf yourself in sound, surrounded by towering 80 foot walls - The Moat is not to be missed.
If nights inside the Fort are frantic and fast-paced, then by contrast, days on the beach are dreaming and soothing. Therefore you’d expect the music policy to reflect this - and that’s exactly what you’ll find. Thursday’s highlights include Donna Leake and Awesome Tapes From Africa, before disco kingpin Hunee closes things down. Friday is hosted by eclectic taste magazine, Stamp the Wax, and the line-up is fittingly varied. Dan Shake is the headline slot will especially be worth checking out. On Saturday, genre-crossing Mancunian Mr. Scruff is the highlight, while Sunday sees the debut of Nu Guinea performing a hybrid and the welcome return of Children Of Zeus. You’ll find everything from jazz to funk, afrobeat to low tempo house at The Beach. The action starts a midday and runs until just after sundown at 21:00.
… so named because of its phenomenal Void soundsystem. One for audiophiles to immerse themselves in, Thursday will witness Leeds-based party-starters Butter Side Up invite Francesco Del Gardo and Gene On Earth. Flipping to Friday, and Resident Advisor are in town. They bring DJ Nobu and Skee Mask along for the ride. Saturday is very special indeed and will focus around the sound of electro. DJ Bone, DMX Krew and Radioactive Man live are the big sellers. Finally, Detroit techno king DJ Stingray and Paula Temple mean that proceedings end on a high on the Sunday.
The Garden is the place to find leftfield and experimental sounds. Throughout the program you can find Saoirse, Eris Drew, Perlon label boss Zip and Fumiya Tanaka on Friday and Joy Orbison, Josey Rebelle and Batu on Saturday. Saving perhaps the best until last, Craig Richards goes back-to-back with Nicolas Lutz with an additional appearance from Youandewan on the Sunday.
Subdue Arena & The Ballroom
Bass fans should gravitate towards the Subdue Arena. Mala, dBridge, Andrew Weatherall, Vladimir Ivkovic and Doc Scott will all be playing across the four days, with takeovers from the likes of Exit Records and Metalheadz. Meanwhile, sitting at the heart of the venue, The Ballroom is as intimate as they come at a mere 80 person capacity. Putting an onus on discovery, it’s here you will find rising talents and local heroes. A nice alternative to the offerings found elsewhere.
Various ticket types are still available at tier 1, 2 and 3 prices, depending on your selections.