Dance music fans across Ireland are preparing for their annual outing to the Planetlove WKD festival, which is returning to the festival’s spiritual home at Shane’s Castle, Co. Antrim, on Saturday week, 10 September.
An amazing line-up of more than 60 artists from some dozen countries are performing at the 11 hour celebration of dance music. Among those names are trance sensation Ferry Corsten and German superstar ATB, who is returning to Ireland for the first time in over a decade. Joining ATB will be reunited American duo Gabriel and Dresden, Dutch favourite Marco V, BBC Radio 1’s Judge Jules, and the globe’s leading female DJs, Lisa Lashes and Claudia Cazacu, Bioweapon, Sharkey, Mystery Jets (DJ Set) and many more.
This year’s Planetlove WKD festival also plays host to a series of exclusive performances and festival firsts.
DJ/producer ATB scored a Number 1 hit with his track ‘9pm (Till I Come)’ in 1998 and has gone on to become one of the most popular electronic artists on the planet.
Planetlove WKD has also secured the services of American duo Gabriel and Dresden, who are back on the global dance music scene three years after parting.
Gabriel and Dresden are responsible for some of the biggest hits in clubland and Planetlove WKD revellers can expect to hear classics such as ‘Tracking Treasure Down’, ‘Without You Near’ and ‘As The Rush Comes’ (under their Motorcycle alias) when they take to the festival’s Cool FM Outdoor Stage on 10 September.
There is certainly plenty for old school fans to enjoy as the festival is playing host to a special performance from 90s legend Technotronic.
The Belgian act formed in 1988 and enjoyed huge chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with singles like ‘Pump Up The Jam’, ‘Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)’, ‘This Beat Is Technotronic’ and ‘Move This (Shake That Body)’.
And in a piece of dance music history, English DJ/producer Sharkey, plays his last ever set before his retirement at the festival.
This year also sees Planetlove WKD debuts for Italian hardstyle favourite Activator, Netherland’s W&W, and Australian act Bioweapon. Party-goers can even enjoy Planetlove WKD’s first-ever foam party, which takes place in the festival’s Love at Home Arena, yet another festival first in Ireland.
All in all, Planetlove WKD 2011 festival is jam-packed with a plethora of audio niceties for dance music fans from across Ireland and beyond.
Planetlove WKD 2011 festival returns to Shane’s Castle, Antrim, on Saturday 10 September with over 60 artists performing across six arenas over 11 hours.
Tickets, priced at £39.95 (standard) and £54.95 (VIP), are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.ie, www.planetlovemusic.com/shop and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Fees may apply. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. ID required.
For ongoing festival updates see www.planetlovemusic.com and search ‘Planetlove WKD’ on Facebook and ‘Planetlovemusic’ on Twitter.