Since its inception in 2017, Houghton has impressively established itself as one of the most in-demand festival tickets in town. With 24-hour programming and the guarantee of extended sets on offer, those who saw our review of last year’s edition will be aware of what an unforgettable experience Houghton has to offer.
After one of the most successful debuts of recent times in 2017, the festival opted to make only minor improvements to its simple and refined approach in 2018. In 2019, Houghton is staying true to its ethos and will continue to incorporate a mix of art, music and sculpture into the beautiful surroundings of Houghton Hall in Norfolk.
The brainchild of Craig Richards and the founders behind another of our favourite festivals of the last decade in Gottwood, the festivals eclectic programming looks set to continue, with heavyweight returnees in the shape of Ricardo Villalobos, Helena Hauff, Ben UFO, Optimo, Hunee, Seth Troxler, Jane Fitz, Pearson Sound, Andrew Weatherall, Joy Orbison, Powder, Midland and Call Super, whilst debut appearances are lined up for Four Tet, Bruce, DJ Stingray and Dyed Soundorom amongst many others, as Houghton’s lineup evolves further to include even more of the most influential figures in electronic music.
Jensen Interceptor is regarded as one of Australia’s finest electro exports and following the success of Texan trio Khruangbin on the Sunday evening last year, Mark Ernestus’ Ngadda Rhythm Force is an unmissable live band prospect from the hugely influential techno producer.
There are also sets from Vancouver protege D. Tiffany, Floating Points and uniquely Jerry Dammers of The Specials. Palms Trax showcases his deep-digging gems, Calibre and dBridge offer up their unique strain of thunderous bass music and Gerd Janson will be showcasing his typically eclectic genre spanning commitment to the scene. Harvey Sutherland, Flanger, DMX Krew, Radioactive Man and acclaimed composer Ricardo Romaneiro all deliver live sets unconfined by genre, with Juju & Jordash uniting with Move D to become Magic Mountain High for a welcome live return.
With only three installments to its name, Houghton has already offered us an abundance of sets that we’ll never forget (we’re looking at you, Joy Orbison and Margaret Dygas), yet with several mouthwatering additions to it’s 2019 edition, we can hardly wait to step foot back on the grounds of the parkland estate of Houghton Hall and to be immersed in everything this wonderful festival has to offer.