Festival Guide: Soundwave Special

Featuring Anchorsong, Belleruche and more...
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Nestled into the coastline of Croatia, Soundwave is rapidly emerging as one of the finest boutique festivals Europe has to offer.

Eclectic without losing sight of its identity, Soundwave will return this summer with performances from daisy age crew De La Soul, Ninja Tune balladeer Fink, Mercury nominee Ghostpoet and more.

Fusing electronics with traditional songcraft, breaking through genres on a yearly basis Soundwave is fast becoming one of Europe's most sought after events.

In a special one off feature, we questioned some of the acts from the Soundwave line up about their festival memories.

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DJ Yoda

Festival Virginity
Probably a very early Glastonbury where I jumped the fence without a ticket - with a crate of records. Pretty impressive.

Festival Highs

Festival highs for me have been the festivals in the most far-out places. I played a huge festival in Brazil and went on before this massive Baile Funk DJ called Sany Pitbull - to get to see him play to his home crowd was awesome. Also the festivals I have played in Africa, like Lake of Stars in Malawi and Rift Valley in Kenya were something very special.

I Was There
When they opened the multiplex cinema in Finchley, North London, where I grew up, they had Arnold Schwarzenegger come to cut the ribbon. I was there when he stepped up to the podium and told everyone on the microphone "I'm in heaven to be here in Finchley!". Never recorded it though, damn.

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OLUGBENGA

Festival Fashion
Some (I.e. MOST) guys should keep their tops on at all times. I don't care how hot it gets. This is the golden rule.

I Was There
Beyonce at Glastonbury 2010. A simply mindblowing display of musicianship and charisma. Pop music at its best. Didn't really come over the same way on TV, though. You really had to be there.

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DJ Cheeba

Festival Virginity
Everyone needs a festival in their lives. They are a coming together of people with a love for music and arts. And who doesn't love music and arts eh? If you don't, you should you soulless human.

Festival Fashion
Do wear pants. Don't wear jester hats. If you're inclined to piss yourself when wasted then wear a nappy. Personally I usually opt for board shorts and a manbag. An umbrella is an essential item as is equally useful in rain or sun.

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Belleruche

Festival Virginity
Probably at a traveller festival in the South West in the late 90s, running from bus to bus in search of mates, 'refreshments' and money. Whilst incredibly loud dub reverberates around the green and pleasant fields. Before the police turned up anyway. Soon after that we started running our own little festival in Sussex, and the police turned up regularly...

Festival Fashion
Don't wear black jeans and a black shirt onstage at a Southern French festival in August. Honestly, the paramedics have got far better things to do that rehydrate you and the next band on don't want to have to step over you to get on stage...

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Soundwave runs between July 19th - 23rd.

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