Those lovely lot at Drumcode have returned with news of their annual Halloween bash at Tobacco Dock. With three months to go until the spookiest weekend of the year, London’s premiere Halloween party has announced the first 8 names playing. Already we can see that the nucleus of artist who embody the Drumcode mantra: dark, functional techno fit for an all-day haunting.
Label leader Adam Beyer leads the frontline. It wouldn’t be Drumcode Halloween without him. After appearing in the car park for J2’s launch at the turn of the year, will Beyer return to his customary slot in the Great Gallery? We’ll find out more soon.
Next is UK techno stalwart, Alan Fitzpatrick. A longterm member of the Drumcode collective, Fitzpatrick sits at the forefront of the British techno scene. Down the years we’ve enjoyed many sets of his at this very event, most of which have happened in the car park. Could this be an indicator he gets allocated there again in 2019?
Bart Skils has been prolific on the production front for Drumcode for the past few years, proving what an asset he is to the label. The Dutchman is involved on merit after another successful 12-months.
Ida Engberg - Adam’s better half, mother to his children - but also a vital cog in the Drumcode machine. She’s been called upon to play her part at Tobacco Dock plenty of times and we can’t wait for her to grace us with her presence once more.
Likewise, we’ve witnessed some truly incendiary sets from Ilario Alicante at Drumcode Halloween in the past. What the Italian lacks in stature, he more than compensates with in terms of tune firepower. Armed intergalactic weaponry at the ready.
Meanwhile, Julian Jeweil started 2019 by releasing a full LP on Drumcode. It’s customary that the label begins the calendar year by dropping an album from one of the ranks, but after two rising stars in Layton Giordani (2017) and Enrico Sangiuliano (2018), it was time to pass the reins to a more established producer.
Another act making his Drumcode Halloween debut is Brazilian Wehbba. No doubt the South American will be adding some carnival flair to proceedings at London’s most famous adult playground.
UK-born, Berlin-based BEC has yet to grace Drumcode with a release. Our guess is that there will be something in the pipeline soon, if there isn’t already. Her atmospheric style of production will surely fit right at home - both on the label and at Drumcode Halloween. For now, let’s enjoy one of her efforts for Pan-Pot’s Second State audio.
That completes the first drop of talent from this year’s show. With three arenas of music, we’re expecting another sizeable piece of the jigsaw to drop in the coming weeks, but this certainly is enough to drool over for the time being. Drumcode Halloween takes place at Tobacco Dock, London on Saturday 26th October from midday to 22:30. Fourth release GA tickets, fourth release pre-2pm tickets, VIP and After Party-combo tickets are on sale now. As with former years, we’re anticipating this one to sell out months ahead of the date.