Artists to watch out for on this year’s Soenda festival

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When the summer finally kicks off, so does the hunger for outdoor festivals amongst thousands of us. One of the first annual outdoor festivals in The Netherlands, to start the festival season, is Soenda. Since the first edition of the festival in 2009 it evolved from a small and intimate event to a professional organized festival with an impressive international line up.

With several bumps in the road, such as a soaked 2013 edition, the Soenda festival learns and improves itself every year. One of this year’s goals is to focus on where it’s all about and returning to some of the initial values of the first edition as organized in 2009. One of those initial values was intimacy. Soenda highly values the vibe that visitors experience and therefore they choose to not expand last year’s capacity and to make some adjustments in the festival setting.

One of the other focus points was to present a daring line-up with some new and interesting artists and it’s safe to say Soenda succeeded. With a lovely mix between some well-known headliners and talented ‘new kids on the block’ Soenda offers an incredible line up. We picked three artists from the line-up you should definitely check out this Saturday.

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Friend Within

With releases on Dirtybird and PETS and remixes for the cream of modern music talent such as Fenech-Soler and Mausi already under his burgeoning belt, this is one producer already impossible to pigeonhole and difficult to ignore since bursting onto the scene in early 2013.


Seemingly arriving from nowhere, Friend Within has made a lot of friends in a very short space of time. From guesting on T.Williams Rinse FM show to radio plays by Skream & Benga, Annie Mac, B Traits, Mistajam, DJ Cameo and Monki as well as having already DJ’ed in pretty much every major city in the UK, there’s no denying the dent this mysterious producer has made.

Friend Within is gearing up for his forthcoming EP on Hypercolour in mid-June, plus a release on Disclosure’s own Method Music imprint with the colossal ‘Renegade Master’ refix that’s been hammered by everyone and continues to build anticipation going into the festival season. Despite already having had a hugely successful career in a past life, Friend Within is about to do the near-impossible and make it two.


Shadow Child


UK based Shadow Child made his debut via the mighty Dirtybird early in 2012, mostly thanks to the EP’s lead track ‘String Thing’ dominating Eats Everything‘ and Claude Vonstroke’s DJ sets, the World over. This new alias for one of House music’s already known names has turned down an exciting path with underground bass-led grooves plus all the quirks and depth you would expect in the cooler rooms around the globe. Remixes and DJ dates are filling the diary as a new musical dawn begins.. the Shadow Child is no more a ‘side-Project’, it’s here to stay.

Leading on from his musical success, Shadow Child has also set up his own label with friend Kry Wolf, called Food Music, which provides a home for his productions. He also hosts a weekly slot on London’s seminal radio station Rinse FM and he’s been keeping busy as a DJ, too, travelling all over the UK and Europe. Not forgetting his track ’23’ being featured on the Grand Theft Auto V, played by none other than Flying Lotus. A studio hound, Shadow Child continues to work on new music on a daily basis, putting his unique stamp on each new club-ready production. Busy is not the word! But he wouldn’t have it any other way…


Paul Woolford

With tracks being released on Carl Craig’s Planet E, Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings, London’s Phonica label, Paul Woolford keeps pushing the boundaries. Initially inspired by the constant throb of the radio throughout his childhood, the seeds of Paul Woolford’s future direction were sewn by the time a record-collecting addiction kicked in properly during his teenage years.

This insatiable appetite for musical stimulation has driven him to explore far beyond the cutting-edge house and techno that is his stock-in-trade, and led him down more experimental paths, embracing aspects of improvised jazz through his collaborative work with Paul Hession, and taking huge inspiration from the modern composition of Steve Reich. All this is distilled within the house and techno dynamic that Woolford has made second-nature and you can clearly see these influences emerging across various productions.


Many know Paul Woolford’s name through the 2005/6 slow-burning hit ‘Erotic Discourse’, released on 2020 Vision, the Leeds label with which he made his name initially. The success of this proved he has the ability to create a genre-defining sound and led to sales of over 15,000 records. Erol Alkan described the track as “a modern day psyche record” and the track became a stone-cold classic. With each release Woolford is showing a level of artistry that is clearly on an ascending plane, and shows every sign of flourishing beyond.



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