Defected London announce full programme for epic two-day party at the DrumshedsFestival | 06.09.2021
Defected has revealed the full programme for its first London party in 18 months, ahead of the rescheduled dates for the two-day event, Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th September. Taking place at colossal outdoor venue The Drumsheds in North London, giants of dance music Defected, Glitterbox, Classic Music Company, Sondela, 4 To The Floor and Faith will host stages throughout the pioneering events space for an unforgettable weekend of house music.
Building on the success of Defected’s triumphant return to the live arena with its sold-out Defected Croatia festival this August, where the label hosted 5,000 house fans in the idyllic setting of The Garden Tisno, the unifying power of house was taken to new heights after a long hiatus from the dancefloor. Now with its long history of putting on monumental events at lauded London venues such as Printworks, Ministry of Sound and Studio 338, as well as its 10,000 attendee Defected London FSTVL in 2019, the demand for Defected means a two-day party is the natural next step for the London imprint.
As ever, Defected’s line-up delivers a plethora of house music all-stars, including DJ-of-the-moment Honey Dijon, platinum-selling producer Purple Disco Machine and infamous party-starting selectors like Eats Everything, Darius Syrossian and Dan Shake. Top-tier talent from the US like Detroit legends Inner City, master at work Louie Vega and Chicago breakthrough star John Summit will also make the journey across the pond for the two-day party. With an array of live talent on the line-up, a very special PA from Sophie Ellis Bextor alongside Spiller will be an added highlight for the event, following the signing of ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’ to Defected earlier this year.
As well as household names, rising stars like London’s Afro house champions Sef Kombo and Kitty Amor will also appear at September’s event, plus Defected’s newest radio show host Rimarkable and Toy Tonics regulars COEO.
Throughout lockdown Defected reigned supreme in the virtual world, with its Defected Virtual Festival and We Dance As One live stream series bringing in over 60 million views, raising $1.2 million dollars for the WHO’s COVID-19 response fund and £89,930 for Mind, among other charitable donations. Taking this into the label’s new era, Defected plans to maximise its digital capacities by bringing their events to millions across the globe virtually, as seen with its Y/OUR HOUSE Twitch series which was produced live on site from Defected Croatia in partnership with Toshiba.
With over two decades of experience in hosting events, which include the award-winning Defected Croatia, annual seasons in Ibiza and international tours across the USA, Australasia and beyond, this September’s party marks Defected’s anticipated return to London for its loyal legion of fans and the start of a new era for the label.
SATURDAY LINE-UP (A-Z)
DAVE LEE ZR / DAVID PENN / HORSE MEAT DISCO / INNER CITY LIVE
JELLYBEAN BENITEZ / LOW STEPPA / MAMBO BROTHERS
MELVO BAPTISTE / MIKE DUNN / PURPLE DISCO MACHINE
RIVA STARR / SIMON DUNMORE / THE SHAPESHIFTERS LIVE
AMINE EDGE & DANCE / COEO / COPYRIGHT / DAVE JARVIS
DJ PAULETTE / DUNMORE BROTHERS
FULL INTENTION / HELLER & FARLEY / JAMIE 3:26
RIMARKABLE / SEAMUS HAJI / STUART PATTERSON / TENI TINKS LIVE
SUNDAY LINE-UP (A-Z)
BASEMENT JAXX DJ SET / DAN SHAKE / DARIUS SYROSSIAN
DIMITRI FROM PARIS / EATS EVERYTHING / HONEY DIJON
JOHN SUMMIT / LOUIE VEGA / LUKE SOLOMON
MELÉ / MONKI / MOUSSE T. / SAM DIVINE / SIMON DUNMORE
SPILLER WITH SOPHIE ELLIS BEXTOR LIVE
DIRTY CHANNELS / JESS BAYS / KATIE GOODMAN
KITTY AMOR / RIMARKABLE / SEF KOMBO / SOPHIE LLOYD