Following its excellent debut, Sunfall Festival returns once again to South London’s Brockwell Park for another exciting instalment of musical diversity.
The second edition will once again carry into the night, with selected parties across some of London’s finest venues. Also returning will be the Independent Record Fair, with Peckham’s Balamii Radio live streaming throughout the day and labels like 22a, Black Acre, Astral Black and Tief setting up camp.
Elsewhere on site will see the debut of the Knowledge Arena, a music education and conversation tent that will offer a program of music creation and performance workshops, talks, interviews and discussion with industry professionals and artists.
With such an array of talent it might seem difficult to choose who to watch, so we’ve made it easier for you by handpicking five sets that are worth catching throughout the day.
Although the word ‘prolific’ is too casually attributed to artists nowadays, there are few better that describe the career of Madlib. From collaborative projects with Freddie Gibbs, J Dilla, MF Doom to his outstanding (and sonically diverse) solo releases under aliases such as Quasimoto, The Loopdigga, Yesterday’s New Quartert, the beat conductor has proved time and time again he is one of the most creative, innovative musicians in the game. Expect an equally eclectic and enthralling performance at Sunfall.
2. Jay Electronica
Here’s another one of hip hop’s illusive names. Despite never releasing an album (and claiming he probably never will), Jay Electronica has maintained his deity-like status among the hip hop community; reaffirming this with each track, guest verse or live performance he occasionally offers. It’s worth noting he has a history of cancelling performances, so fingers crossed he makes it for his headline set on the West Stage.
Following the release of his 2016 album, ‘Love Songs: Part Two’, Romare has been busy performing both as a DJ (recently holding a residency at London’s Phonox) and as live artist. At Sunfall he’ll be doing the latter, seeing him merge his stuttering, sample-heavy electronic music with a percussionist on the ongas, bongos, chimes and shakers.
4. Peggy Gou
Berlin-based Peggy Gou is one of the most in demand DJs right now. Since releasing her 2016 debut EP ‘The Art Of War’ via Rekids, she’s gone on to firmly cement herself as one to watch, performing a number of scintillating sets in Berlin as well as rubbing shoulders with DJ Koze, Jackmaster and Moodymann – who she supported during his 2016 DJ-Kicks album launch party.
5. Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers
This show marks a resurgence for Larry Heard. As well as this performance being his first show in the capital for 20 years, news has surfaced that the notorious Chicago DJ/producer will also be spinning tracks from his forthcoming double album, his first since 2005. Armed with this and a reputation for being one of the most influential names in electronic music culture, it’s easy to see why this performance is a must.
Sunfall Festival 2017 takes place at Brockwell Park, London, 12 July. Last tickets available here.
Words: Nathan Diamond