51st State Festival is a celebration of the roots of house, straddling a wide range of acts and genres that bring together a variety of global dance sounds. Following a sold out show last year, the festival returns to London’s Trent Park, Saturday August 6, with a lineup incorporating the Caribbean, US and UK. There’s also the case of an equally formidable after-party at Ministry Of Sound that same night.
With a deluge of high quality acts crammed into just one day, it might be difficult to decide exactly who to see. Luckily, we’ve handpicked five we think are unmissable. Plan your day below.
1. John Morales
Pioneer of the modern concept of the club remix, John Morales has his roots in the proto-house of 1980s New York. With a hand in the production of a plethora of hit records across his 30 year career, his slick blend of old school disco and soulful house will entrance any and all listeners, as Morales utilises his venerable knowledge of dance music to keep fans old and new captivated. Catch his backstory here.
2. Kenny Dope
Having come up in and around the hip hop scene in Brooklyn in the 1980s, and as one half of the legendary Masters At Work alongside Louie Vega, Kenny Dope has cemented himself as one of dance music’s timeless pioneers. His sets encompass a wide array of classic house cuts, salsa, jazz, funk and soul – essential listening.
3. Louie Vega
The other half of Masters At Work, multiple award winner Louie Vega is a truly worldwide musician. An all encompassing knowledge of music, as well as his adaptable approach to the ever changing musical landscape, has cemented his reputation as one of the biggest and most consistent house DJs in the world. Vega will bring his non-conformist musical repertoire to 51st State’s main stage, fusing everything from jazz, early hip hop, soul and more. Read what happened when we caught up with him earlier this year.
4. Matt Jam Lamont
A prolific proponent of the UK’s club scene, Matt Jam Lamont’s multi-talented legacy enables him as a perfect ambassador for homegrown dance music, having dabbled in a multitude of roles, from A&R to radio over the course of his career. Expect UK house and bubbling garage numbers.
5. Horse Meat Disco
Having catapulted into prominence with their legendary south London night of the same name, Horse Meat Disco residents Jim Stanton, Severino Panzetta, James Hillard and Luke Howard will bring their love of all things disco to the Studio 51 (VIP) stage. HMD are as in-demand as ever as DJs and there’s a good reason why – this is one you don’t want to miss.
51st State Festival takes place Saturday August 6th at Trent Park, London. More info here.
The official After Party comes to Ministry Of Sound in London, August 6th. Buy tickets for that here.