Our top five 'Must sees' at this year's Moovin Festival
Moovin Festival returns to Stockport this August with an impressive herd of notable artists. We've chosen our essential top 5 from the lineup, to catch at this year's event.
Last updated: 29th May 2019. Originally published: 13th May 2019
Image: Nightmares On Wax
Within the idyllic Compstall countryside in the north of England there lies an enchanting area of natural beauty - Etherow Country Park. The setting for one of the UK's most laid back, mindfully eco-friendly festivals, Moovin Festival now in its fifth year, boasts breathtaking surroundings coupled with a variety of influential artists spanning the past few decades. A definite must for those who seek music with groove, previous line ups have included the likes of De La Soul, Groove Armada, and Drum n Bass legend, Goldie.
Building upon the success of last years festival, 2019's Moovin Festival line up is one that will not be forgotten anytime soon. The monumental bill consists of some of the biggest names in Bass, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Reggae, House and so on. Household names such as Soul ll Soul, 2 Many DJ's, Big Daddy Kane and Morcheeba will headline the event supported by a jaw-dropping array of talent from across the globe.
When a collection of artists of this caliber come together, to perform at the same time over the space of a long weekend, difficult choices inevitably must be made. With this in mind, we've decided to lend a helping hand. We've hand-picked our top 5 'must see' sets at this year's festival for those lucky enough to be attending.
Located a mere 30 minutes outside of Manchester, its a stunning location complete with a top line up - and here are our picks of the bunch.
Experimental audio sampling genius, Leeds-based George Evelyn A.K.A. Nightmares on Wax or DJ E.A.S.E., is set to bring his unique blend of electronically composed, chilled out Soul music, tinged with Jazz, Dub, and Hip-Hop, to Stockport this Summer.
A highly regarded legend of his respective scene, the 49-year-old, who now resides in Ibiza, has graced stages around the world and released multiple LP's through renown electronic label, WARP Records. His most recent release 'Look Up' featuring guest vocals from Andrew Ashong and Sadie Walker is the perfect soundtrack to a hazy summers day in a field. Completely appropriate for Moovin Festival, complementing its stunning backdrop. A master of his craft no doubt, his set is a definite addition to our list.
Widely regarded as one of the architects of modern-day House music, Marshall Jefferson is a name you will have most certainly heard before. Born in Chicago, in 1959, Jefferson began his career working in Universal's recording studios, in Illinois. It's here where he met Larry Sherman, owner of Trax Records. He went on to release some of the biggest house tracks of the '80s including 'The House Anthem Track' - 'Move your Body'.
Jefferson is still a firm favorite amongst fans of Dance culture and we are absolutely sure that he will prove exactly why during his performance at this years Moovin Festival. One not be missed!
Famed albino, Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall star, King Yellowman is due to thoroughly entertain Moovin attendees with his witty, sometimes humorous lyricism and adrenaline filled live set. The Kingston native, born Winston Foster, is one of Jamaica's biggest Reggae artists after Bob Marley. His music has been placed in an impressive number of successful TV shows, films, and games, such as Breaking Bad and Grand Theft Auto V.
His highly energetic, live performances that ooze charisma have been recalled on by many. If you're up for crowd participation and like to move your feet, be sure to catch the king!
Pioneers of their craft, dons of the Drum n Bass game, still producing heavy, hard-hitting, pulse-raising bangers, Fabio & Grooverider have been, and continue to be, an influential force on several genres in the UK Dance scene, from Breakbeat to House and Techno.
The duo, who originally began their journey performing sets on pirate radio stations, went on to establish a solid fan base by playing at raves across the country. Their growth in popularity lead to the pair being approached by the likes of Kiss FM and BBC Radio 1, where they took over the airwaves and brought Drum n Bass to the masses.
If you're looking for something with tempo over the course of the weekend, this is it! We suggest you consider your energy reserves and make sure you've got plenty in stock. You will need it!
Hip-Hop turntablist extraordinaire, DJ Woody will do things with vinyl that you thought impossible. Seriously. This extremely talented record enthusiast, born and raised in Burnley, has proven his skills time and time again. In 2001, he became the first European to win the International Turntablist Federation World Championship award in San Francisco. The following year, he went on to win the Vestax World title.
An innovator of scratching records, DJ Woody has been monumental to the progression of the skill, inventing several techniques including his own signature scratching technique 'The Woodpecker Scratch'.
If you're looking for something that will blow your mind at Moovin Festival this year, DJ Woody has got your back.