Back in 2014 on our first visit to the picturesque, mystical woodlands of North Wales for Gottwood, we spoke with the organisers on the idea of expanding in the future; “It is a community and people recognize each other year on year” Tom Elkington explained, “growing and ‘selling-out’ would be a sure-fire way to ruin that special something we have”. Fast forward 4 years and as it sets to embark on its 9th year of life, the Festival remains one of the best options for a special and truly intimate experience in the electronic music domain.
Year after year, Gottwood’s loyal family following make the pilgrimage to what has been deemed as ‘the most beautiful festival in Britain’. Maintaining its focus on booking a mix of established and emerging artists left of centre, everyone comes out in full force for this unmissable party.
Standing by their testament to bring together a collection of some of the finest selectors in the world, Gottwood welcomes a host of new and faithful returning acts including Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO, Rodriguez Jr, Dominik Eulberg, the multifaceted Paul Woolford and his genre hopping alias Special Request, plus Andrew Weatherall who’ll play twice across the weekend, with a special Music Is Not For Everyone set inspired by his NTS show.
Over the last three years Gottwood has taken the lawn stage from a DJ based affair to what is now one of the most forward thinking live stages on the festival circuit. Further affirming that status Gottwood have curated a perfectly balanced live bill which sees Romare, Rival Consoles, Dark Sky, Weval, Africane 808, Wolf Muller & Niklas Wandt, Tenderlonious & The 22archestra, Happy Meals, Febeuder and Ariwo all playing fully fledged live sets across the weekend.
Move D, who has played more sets at Gottwood than any other artist, returns along with the likes of Hunee, Palms Trax, Axel Boman, Felix Dickinson, Bufiman and Amsterdam’s master of off kilter and unpredictable party starting sets San Proper.
Gottwood have taken a stand against short sets with Manchester’s Mr Scruff signing up for a long extended performance on the picturesque Lawn Stage as well as Shed on the now infamous Trigon and of course their close Houghton Festival counterpart and man of the moment Craig Richards in the Walled Garden.
Margaret Dygas, Nicolas Lutz, Binh, Archie Hamilton, Enzo Siragusa, John Dimas, Job Jobse, Saoirse, and Sonja Moonear will all be leading with their stripped back minimal sounds and grassroots headsy approach to partying. Serial crate digger now record store owner Ruf Dug, Rhythm Sections Bradley Zero, Red Light Disco’s Orpheu The Wizard, Robert Jonson main man Ata, DJ Nomad the lauded collector of exotic rhythms from across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Willow who got her first break at Gottwood after partying with Move D in a campsite afterparty will all also be playing.
Gottwood Music & Arts Festival takes place in Anglesey from Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th June 2018. Tickets available here.