Anyone who knows anything about dance music knows that EXIT’s Dance Arena is the best thing in the world. VOTED #3 TOP EDM FESTIVAL BY VIBE.COM & BEATPORT’S 20 MOST-ANTICIPATED DANCE MUSIC FESTIVALS 2013 set in the moat of the fortress, it’s that special moment when the sun meets the earth and your favourite tune is belting through the soundsystem and into your soul! Having built its reputation over the years through breaking and championing the who’s who in the electronic music world and bringing the biggest dance acts to Serbia, 2013 sees yet another peek into what’s going to be a smashing year in the fortress. Traditional as ever, EXIT’s intent to drip feed the line up is torturous but you know that it’s always going to be an enormous one, upfront, varied and full of crazy times! First acts to be revealed on the Dance Arena are:
Seth Troxler, Dubfire, Pan-Pot, Matador live, Subb An b2b Adam Shelton, Apollonia & Deniz Kurtel
We are delighted to welcome back Resident Advisors’ No.1 DJ Seth Troxler, since entering the scene Seth has ignited the world of house and techno with a barrage of critically acclaimed vocal jams. Under the label ‘Visionquest’ Seth, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and Lee Curtis have made some groundbreaking music, their most recent remix being a track from David Lynch’s debut artist album. Together their ‘Visionquest’ project has spawned the most exciting new record label in dance music today.
Dubfire also makes a welcome return, after wowing the crowd’s at the EXIT 10th Birthday with a legendary back to back (click2click as they called it) set with Richie Hawtin. This time around the Grammy-winning recording artist Dubfire will have the decks all to himself, ready to take the EXIT crowd on a journey with his renowned, seamless sets.
Pan-Pot have become a dominant presence in modern techno, an ascent mirrored in the rise of their home label ‘mobilee records’ to the top tier of electronic music. They are “the dark side of the force”, they’ve melted minds, warped perceptions and reinvigorated the dancefloor with their heady, unorthodox sound. All we can say here in Dance Arena mordor is hell yeah, bring it on.
We love techno and we know you do too so we’ve also got Matador live twisting your tiny little minds. We won’t tell you his real name because it’s not as scary as Matador but we’ll tell you that his journey into techno first began when listening to early DJ compilations, ‘Dave Clarke’s World Service’, ‘Richie Hawtin’s Decks Efx 909’ and various others. “Deep, Dark, Chuggy, Warped, Trippy, Driving… once it?s interesting, I’m on it” he states, so you can only imagine what he’s going to be doing.
For deep house lovers we introduce Subb An b2b Adam Shelton, from sultry and atmospheric sounds to the acid-drenched and techy, the pairing of these two will be something worth salivating over.
Apollonia are the next big thing! They are a collaboration of three of Paris underground’s hottest exports, Shonky, Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom who are gearing up for a back2back2back showcase spectacular. They are Circo Loco’s favourite French trio, playing at the Ibiza club DC10 all summer and now we too will get a taste of that sweet honey. DJing together with one-vinyl-each, back2back concept for the full duration of the show… Boom!! And who said vinyl was dead?!
Last but certainly not least we have the first lady to be announced, Deniz Kurtel a striking and uniquely gifted producer, her first releases were the ‘Whisper’ EP and her remix of No Regular Play’s ‘Owe Me’ on Wolf + Lamb and recently she has released her ‘Yeah’ EP and remixed the single ‘Fables & Fairytales’ by N/A on Crosstown Rebels, and her debut album ‘Music Watching Over Me’ solidified her as ‘one to watch’ and we’re looking forward to seeing what she’s got up her sleeves.