Your Definitive Guide to SW4
Arguably London’s most exciting offering to the festival circuit comes in the form of South West Four held at Clapham Common over the Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August. SW4, aptly named after its Clapham postcode, provides a full frontal assault on the oratory and visual senses through its combination of world renowned electronic artists and spectacular fireworks and staging. Since its inception in 2004 year on year SW4 never fails to deliver a stellar lineup, and once again this year proves to be no exception. The lineup is a truly tantalising prospect, and can only be described as the cream of the crop of electronic talent. For its 13th edition this year revelers can expect to indulge their eyes and ears with stage takeovers from the likes of RAM Records, Welcome to Gorgon City, Silver City, Amnesia, ANTS and Together. The latter three takeovers promise to bring a taste of the hedonism found in Ibiza to the Common, proving that you don’t need to jet off to the White Isle to experience some of the island’s best resident and guest DJs at their finest.
Saturday’s Main Stage is to be hosted by Together, whose night at Amnesia has become something of a seminal institution, with resident DJs over the past few years including Andy C and Rudimental, who are set to headline SW4 with a live set on Saturday. The undisputed king of DnB, Andy C shall be gracing the SW4 main stage off the back of his storming 6 hour set at the Alexandra Palace. Though he has recently been confused for Jamie Jones by some revelers, MK will be adding some house to the Common’s Main Stage, while Disciples and A-Trak will also be in attendance. DJ Zinc VS MJ Cole promises to be an exciting prospect, with a mixture of garage and jungle vibes enticing ravers. Meanwhile DJ EZ’s sets never fail to impress, with an incredible talent for tune selection that spans the past few decades. Expect to hear a fusion of garage, house and beats from one of the most revered selectors in the game (after all he was able to play a 24 hour set in the name of charity recently which only further demonstrates his unrivaled knowledge of the scene). Mistajam, Tchami and Dizzee Rascal complete the main stage lineup. The SW4 Live Stage will be taking place in the main indoor arena, which will be headlined by Knife Party. Nero, Boys Noize, Radio 1‘s Dance Anthem’s Danny Howard, Bondax and New York legend Armand Van Helden will all be gracing the stage. Blonde will also be taking to the SW4 Live Stage on the Saturday after fulfilling the promise of creating a “Will Grigg’s on Fire” edit, so they’ll be sure to get the crowd bouncing.
A takeover from RAM Records on the 10,000 capacity indoor stage really plays into the hands of DnB aficionados. For the second year running Andy C’s powerhouse label will be providing attendees with the chance to witness some of the biggest names in drum and bass take to the desks. The home of Sub Focus and Wilkinson (both of whom are playing the festival), RAM constantly pushes the boundaries of bass-fueled 170 BPM madness, and their takeover at SW4 will surely live up to their ranking as one of the definitive DnB labels of the past 25 years. The announcement of live sets from both Netsky and Noisia will have been met with a nod of appreciation from the UK’s DnB fans, while legend of the scene, Roni Size will be bringing his Full Cycle show to the stage. Ensuring the arena remains well and truly RAMmed (sorry), the label’s own Delta Heavy, Culture Shock and Rene LaVice have been booked. In addition RAM have sought out Hospital Record’s Austrian dons Camo & Krooked and Shogun Audio’s head honcho Friction to top up an already heavy hitting arena. The final stage on the Saturday is to be hosted by Gorgon City who are presenting the Kingdom Stage. They’re bringing along Pete Tong, Anime Edge & Dance, as well as Oliver Dollar and Claptone. In what promises to be an unmissable set, Shadow Child will be performing back-to-back with T.Williams, while Redlight and Kidnap Kid make up the Kingdom Stage.