Celtronic, now in it’s 12th year, has been described as ‘Ireland’s answer to Sonar... a national treasure’ by DJ Magazine. Featuring a host of globally-renowned artists across various venues in the city, the five-day festival continues to get bigger and better with each year.
Such is its appeal, Celtronic has wowed both local and international critics since its inception at the millennium.
“Our favourite local production bar none.....incredible’ (The Mirror), “Not to be missed” (Hot Press), “Possibly the most amazing festival in the world” (Tom Middleton, DJ/Producer), “The promoters are amongst the best in the business...everything at Celtronic really works and is due to the passion, friendship and air of co-operation this warmest of cities exudes” (XLR8R Magazine - USA)
“A big round of applause for Celtronic. Keeping the show on the road for so long is some achievement, ensuring such high musical standards is even more impressive.” (Irish Times).
For those eager to dance the night away, here’s the low-down on Celtronic 2012.
Day 1: Wednesday, June 27
The Nerve Centre Cinema, Magazine Street - Secret Cinema
The Secret Cinema is an amazing new night blending together the best of classic cinema with the best of new music. Unmissable for anyone who loves movies and music. Doors: 7pm Admission: Free
Masons, Magazine Street -
Basic Rhythm: Oneman (Rinse FM-London), Space Dimension Controller (R&S Records), Shay Healey & Gerard O’Brien (Bekuz DJs).
In advance of the release of his debut album, Space Dimension Controller brings his Basic Rhythm clubnight to the opening night of Celtronic 2012. For the night, SDC has invited Rinse FM’s Oneman, one of the leading lights in today’s bass heavy underground to play a four-hour back-to-back set with some amazing dexterity and big box of dance floor weapons. Support comes from Shay Healey & Gerard O’Brien from leading Derry clubnight, Bekuz. Doors: 9pm - late. Admission: £7/8.
Day 2: Thursday, June 28
Sandinos Bar, Water Street,
Electric Mainline with Stephen McCauley (Live on BBC Radio Ulster). Doors: 7pm - 8pm Admission: Free
Sandinos Venue, Water Street
Todd Terje (Smalltown Supersound - Oslo), Phil Kieran presents Carrousel (Live), Ryan Vail (Live) & Isodisco DJs.
Todd Terje has been a cornerstone of Norway’s cosmic disco scene for years. He initially built his reputation around edits, adding his touch to an array of artists and genres but his profile shot up even more recently thanks to the Ragysh EP on Running Back and Inspector Norse EP on Smalltown Supersound. His bumpy and groove-driven DJ sets are thick with leftfield excursions into more cosmic sounds.
Phil Kieran has been Ireland’s leading electronic music star for the last 15 years and a mainstay at Celtronic since it’s inception. He debuts his new live project, Phil Kieran presents Carrousel, at Celtronic 2012. Support from fast rising Derry act, Ryan Vail and Isodisco DJs. Doors: 9pm - late Admission: £8.
Day 3: Friday, June 29
Craig Memorial Hall, Infirmary Road.
Jape (Music Is For Losers - Live) with support from Shocko (Live), Figure of 8 (Live), Vincent (Live) & Stephen McCauley.
Jape, is the alter ego of Dubliner, Richie Egan. Twice a winner of the prestigious Choice Album of The Year Award for his albums ‘Ocean Of Frequency’ and ‘Ritual’. The party-startin’ Jape live show sees Richie and his band, with the help of their array of vintage synths, guitars and sometimes temperamental drum machines, use the recorded versions of their songs as mere sketches, and concentrate instead on making people move their feet. Doors: 7pm Admission: £8.
Late Show at St Columb’s Hall, Orchard Street.
Nina Kraviz (Rekids - Moscow), Steffi (Ostgut Ton - Panorama Bar - Berlin), Psycatron (Bedrock - Planet E), Deep Fried Funk DJs, Darren Allen, Dingle, & Caolan Harkin
A massive night in store at the historic St Columb’s Hall with three of the biggest names in electronic music. Moscow-based Nina Kraviz is one of house music’s brightest most refreshing talents. Her self-titled debut album explores her unique brand of sensual and intricately constructed deep house. Steffi, the first lady of Panorama Bar has developed a natural and professional balance between DJing and producing. Always presenting a rich, versatile selection with her skillful, creative mixing style, Steffi continues to distill her huge knowledge and love for this music into her DJ sets. Psycatron’s winning combination of killer DJ sets and live shows has seen them emerge as one of the biggest Irish dance acts. Doors: 9pm - late. Admission: £12.
Day 4: Saturday, June 30
Daytime Show at Masons, Magazine Street
Hago & Gav Doherty (D&B Sessions), Audio Asylum DJs, Ciaran Murray (Distinctive), Kev Gallagher & Bee (lowendisko) & Colm Dorrity. Doors: 2pm - 7pm. Admission: Free
The Little Cinema, Orchard Street
David Kitt (Small Moments - Live), Declan McLaughlin, Shamen Delly (Live).
David Kitt will be performing his debut album Small Moments in its entirety, for the first time since its release in 2000, accompanied by his brother Robbie who memorably featured on the album aged just 10 at the time. In addition to performing Small Moments, they will perform a second set of material spanning Kitt’s ten-year career and some brand new songs. Support from Declan McLaughlin and Shammen Delly.
Doors: 7pm. Admission: £10 (1/2 price with Access All Events Ticket)
The Nerve Centre, Magazine Street
Radio Nasty (Billy Nasty & Radioactive Man), Kuedo (Planet Mu - Live), Mmoths (SQE Music - Live), Boxcutter presents The Host (Planet Mu - Live), Arkeye (Live), David Kelly (Selective Hearing – Manchester) & Jonny Boy.
Kuedo’s ‘Severant’ album was one of 2011’s most distinctive and addictive - like cruising through a retro-futuristic cityscape, a unique fusion of synth, 808 inspired hip-hop and all other manners of influences. Two veterans, Billy Nasty and Keith Tenniswood have recently found acclaim through their collaborative work as Radionasty. Mmoths has already shared a stage with Aphex Twin and counts Flying Lotus among his growing legion of fans. The Host is Boxcutter’s new alias, intended for playing with more organic textures, slower breaks and occasional experiments in footwork. As always, quality levels are at a maximum. Doors: 9pm - late Admission: £10/12
Day 5: Sunday, July 1
Sandinos, Water Street.
The Rubber Bandits (Live), Dollface Devereaux (Live), Deadbots (Live), Wile Man (Live) & Jean Luc & Dollface (La Musique)
Fresh from the success of their debut album ‘Serious About Men’, award winning act, The Rubber Bandits, will bring Celtronic 2012 to a close with a special party at Sandinos. The Rubber Bandits are Mr. Chrome, Blindboy Boatclub and DJ Willie O’Deajay. In 2010 The Rubberbandits promoted eco-friendly transport by horse. In 2011 they won an IFTA, conquered America, filming their own unique guide to NYC for MTV, and are now filming a full on TV show for Channel 4.
Support from Dollface Devereaux, Wile Man, Deadbots and La Musique’s Jean Luc and Dollface. Doors: 8.30pm - late Adm: £8/10.