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Welcome to Dekmantel Festival 2022's liveblog! A chance for you to keep track of what’s happening throughout Dekmantel Festival aan 't IJ and our programme in the Amsterdamse Bos, with photos, videos, background info and live updates. For more practical information and timetables, check out the Dekmantel app, our program page or the Dekmantel Festival website. For any assistance, email us at [email protected]. For now, stay tuned!

From 3PM onwards, you'll be able to dance along the Boiler Room stage with the video in the right bottom corner or Boiler Room's YouTube channel.

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Friday 5 August - 03:00

The first two days of Dekmantel Festival 2022 are a fact!

As we move from the city to the Amsterdamse Bos, we say THANK YOU to all venues, artists, visitors and crew that came together with us Aan ’t IJ. Our hearts are full (with just enough space for three more days).

Friday 5 August - 02:30

What a way to wrap up

What a way to wrap up the second day of Dekmantel Festival 2022 Aan ’t IJ… There is only one Squarepusher, and the legend just treated Muziekgebouw to his signature rollercoaster finale.

Friday 5 August - 02:00

Our love for Tirzah already ran deep

We might as well admit it: our love for Tirzah already ran deep. Add to that today’s magical show at Parallel, and our hearts are entirely hers.

Friday 5 August - 01:30

We’re honoured to unveil a new stage

We’re honoured to unveil a new stage – a platform in which to take things up a notch and adventure out into uncharted territory. The Nest is Dekmantel Festival at its most intrepid – a place where you can expect to hear everything from jungle and dancehall to classic rave and Jersey club.

First up today is Giaderza. Part of the team behind Rotterdam's space MONO, Giaderza is obsessed with sub-scenes from places like Egypt, Jordan and Palestine, which he fluently fuses with Surinamese rhythms and dark-but-infectious electronics. Afterwards, DJ Haram will take over – her alias comes from the Arabic term for ‘forbidden’, which might give you an idea of what she's all about. The Philadelphia-based artist, DJ and producer throws down bouncing club sets accented by Middle Eastern dance music and DIY noise. Together with the poet, rapper and activist Moor Mother, she is 700 Bliss – if you haven't dived in already, their album on Hyperdub is set to be of the best records of 2022. Abrasive and confrontational, Nothing to Declare melds Haram’s East Coast influences with Moor Mother’s shape-shifting wordplay. A true work of art.

On Saturday afternoon, find a prime spot in front of the speakers for SPE:C's Darwin. In 2021, the Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist sent us a stellar edition of the Dekmantel podcast. The set incorporated choice cuts from SPE:C's bass-heavy repertoire of records which are primarily informed by contemporary UK styles including dubstep, garage and breakbeat. One such colossus is 'main(void)' by Microdot, which appeared on the 2020 Transformations Compilation. There's something deliciously evil about this track – the bassline lurks menacingly, repeatably collapsing into rolling, gyrating refrains. Similarly sized hugeness from Darwin is forecast.

Friday 5 August - 00:44

Alberta Balsam is in the building

When the hardware is hardcore, Alberta Balsam is in the building. Live at Shelter, the rising artist just delivered a whirlwind set for Dekmantel Festival 2022 Aan ’t IJ.

Friday 5 August - 00:23

Echobox: Garage Noord w/ M I M I

For the final hour of Echobox Radio, live from Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam nightclub Garage Noord invites blooming Brussel's talent M I M I.

Friday 5 August - 00:00

KMRU just washed over

KMRU performed live in the smallest room of Muziekgebouw, but his ever-growing sound just washed over Dekmantel Festival 2022 like a gigantic wave.

Thursday 4 August - 23:46

Echobox: NATV w/ Animistic Beliefs

NATV takes a look at our society through perspectives of Indigenous artists, activists, cultural practitioners and knowledge holders from around the planet. Rotterdam-based duo Animistic Beliefs will join them this time for an in-depth conversation on heritage and how this influences their music and them as artists.

Thursday 4 August - 23:30

Interview: Carmen Villain makes music which rewards attentive listening

Words by: Mathis Neuhaus

In subtle but nuanced productions, the artist takes her time, unhurried and unbothered by conventions or expectations. A conversation, which touches on the books she reads, her opinion on dance music, and her daughter’s musical tastes, sheds light on an artistic practice driven by curiosity.

Recently, while watching a match between Ugo Humbert and Casper Ruud at this year’s Wimbledon, I listened to Carmen Villain’s fourth album Only Love From Now On. The broadcast from South London had no commentator, but all the sounds you’d expect from a tennis match: bouncing balls, an engaged audience, moaning players and an umpire announcing the score and whatever else has to be announced in soothing repetition. The broadcast provided ambience and, in combination with Carmen Villain’s delicate compositions, the layered soundscape gave the impression of experimental electronic music duo Matmos remixing the Oslo-based Villain.

I partly think this combination worked so well, because Carmen Villain stripped back her music more and more during her career. Over the course of almost ten years now, she put out four albums, all via true Norway royalty Smalltown Supersound, a label which seems like a natural fit for the artist. The releases, from Sleeper in 2013 to her newest Only Love From Now On, which came out this year in February, describe a musical trajectory coined by a dissolution of conventional structures. In the beginning, there were drums, guitars, and lyrics, whereas now her compositions are meandering sonic excursions that include clarinets, trombones, and harder to place sounds; sometimes with a gently pulsing bass in the background, sometimes without.

The full interview will be available after the festival through a to be announced platform. Keep an eye out for more information…

Thursday 4 August - 23:00

Erika de Casier is a poetic, contemporary personification of R&B

We’ve previously dubbed Erika de Casier the poetic, contemporary personification of R&B. Today the artist proved exactly why.

Thursday 4 August - 22:29

Echobox: Contexto w/ Nicoba

Nicoba guides us through contemporary Latin American electronic music, showcasing the underground scenes of the continent and its global diasporas. Tune in now at www.echobox.radio.

Thursday 4 August - 22:15

Loraine James

Loraine James concocts a tangled tapestry of electronics, IDM, jazz and ambient. Live from Shelter, this is Dekmantel Festival 2022 Aan ’t IJ.

Thursday 4 August - 21:34

Echobox: LazerGazer

LazerGazer takes the reins of the Echobox airwaves with a unique blend of contemporary sounds.

Thursday 4 August - 21:30

Perila is an ambient gem

Deep, haunting and perfectly overpowering – Perila is an ambient gem. In case you missed today’s Muziekgebouw show, we highly recommend her latest record.

Thursday 4 August - 21:15

The many sonic sides of the British producer

Those who’ve experienced a set by Loraine James in a club context know the many sonic sides of the British producer. Incorporating glitch, grime, R&B, jazz and leftfield percussion to create minimal-but-emotive IDM tracks, the artist caught the attention the electronic music community as well as Hyperdub, the esteemed label that released her full-lengths ‘For You and I’ (2019) and ‘Reflection’ (2021).

In contrast to her club music sensibilities, James spent the past two years processing life’s turbulence by creating music that leaves percussive structures behind for a more ambient sound; focussing on keyboard improvisation, vocal experimentation and shaping moods. Carefully constructing atmospheres is at the heart of this new direction – and so James’s moniker ‘Whatever The Weather’ and the eponymous album (released on Ghostly International) were born. ‘Whatever The Weather’, literally, comes in degrees. From near frozen melancholia at 0°C to sunshowers at 25°C and the sweltering heat of 36°C: sounds freeze, thaw, sway and bloom. Improvisation is key, with James using free-flowing voice experimentation to accentuate each specific mood.

No matter what project or context, James’ incredible ability is the expression of complex emotion through electronic sound. Or, as she would say, “I like making electronic music emotional but I’ll also be tripping you over with the glitches – I love surprising people! I like to have fun with sounds and space.

Thursday 4 August - 21:00

What an honour... Hermeto Pascoal

What an honour... Hermeto Pascoal, the Brazilian jazz legend himself, just wrapped our complete Muziekgebouw crowd around his mighty finger.

Thursday 4 August - 20:45

The Rest Is Noise w/ Carmen Villain

The Rest is Noise is Muziekgebouw’s series for artists that often defy any genre and are a league on their own. They’ve invited the Norwegian-Mexican artist/producer Carmen Villain for a special interview, which is happening right now on echobox.radio.

Thursday 4 August - 20:30

Jacco Gardner presents 'Metius'

The audiovisual debut of Metius incorporates a light-synthesizer called "Trip-A-Tron". This 1980s retro-futuristic piece of software history runs on the Atari ST, one of the first personal computers. Trip-A-Tron listens to musical MIDI information, creating hypnotic and colourful waves of abstract 16-bit imagery. The performance of Metius becomes an improvised dialogue between graphics and sounds. Catch Jacco for his last minutes at Eye Filmmuseum.

Thursday 4 August - 20:20

Feature: After two years in pandemic limbo

After two years in pandemic limbo, anticipation is running high for the return of Dekmantel Festival. Programmed with the mixture of spectacle and comforting familiarity we all need after so long apart, there’s a lot to take in across the 2022 line-up. We’ve teamed up with co-booker Lisa Molle to make sense of it all.

“When you see all those names on that red programme in that small little font, at first you're so dizzy. It’s only when you see them in the spot they get at the festival it makes so much more sense.”

Lisa Molle should know how it feels to get overwhelmed looking through the Dekmantel Festival line-up for 2022. For her, that list of artists is the culmination of months spent obsessively seeking out the perfect combination alongside fellow booker Boye t’ Lam. More than any other edition, this year’s event comes loaded with expectation after the enforced hiatus of 2020 and 2021.

The full feature is available here, and will be published on a to be announced platform after the festival as well. Keep an eye out for more information…

Thursday 4 August - 20:15

Marina Herlop just transported her wondrous world

Marina Herlop just transported her wondrous world to the Bimhuis stage. Classical and avant-garde compositions meet distorted electronics.

Thursday 4 August - 20:00

Erika de Casier is anything but a nostalgia trip

A slow burn, sultry reimagining of the R&B sound that defined the late 1990s and early 2000s, Erika de Casier is anything but a nostalgia trip. Drawing on the trademarks of the genre – the acoustic guitars from classic Destiny's Child and Brandy albums or Sade’s come-hither chords – her debut LP Essentials is smoky love note to afterhours. Take ‘Do My Thing’, for instance. A groove bass line and breezy 90 bpm glide under de Casier's breathy voice explaining the joys of dancing until sunrise. In the music video, she rides her bike to the club, gazing coyly into the camera. "I don't really care that my baby calling," she sings. "I wanna move my body, that's why I came."

Born in Portugal, de Casier spent her teenage years in the tiny Danish village of Ribe, where she and her brother were some of the only mixed-race kids. Growing up, music became not only a refuge but a mirror. She recounts endlessly watching MTV, becoming obsessed with black artists like Erykah Badu and N.E.R.D. After graduating high school, she taught herself production in her bedroom and learned to sing in a whisper, to avoid disturbing her flatmates.

Counting Dua Lipa and Clairo as fans, 2021's Sensations is a subtle masterpiece. Working with frequent collaborator Natal Zaks (otherwise known as DJ Central, of Denmark's Regelbau collective), the album is full of synthesised woodwinds and sampled strings, bone-dry shakers and rimshots, and, beneath it all, voluptuous sub-bass that mimics the wooziness of desire. Check out 'Busy' – a punchy, retro UK garage anthem about being too committed to the hustle to have time for a relationship. Soft, sensual and heady, the track doesn’t compromise on a powerful energy that's pure peak-of-the-night. We're hooked.

Thursday 4 August - 19:45

Echobox: Traumgarten w/ Vox Supreme

An hour long sonic investigation into music and sound in order to create shared dreaming experiences from Vox Supreme in his traumgarten radio show, today being streamed live from Muziekgebouw's foyer.

Thursday 4 August - 19:20

Translating sound to the big screen

Translating sound to the big screen—and now onto your smart screen—this was the Dekmantel Festival 2022 film conference. Special thanks to Eye filmmuseum, RE:VIVE, Buma Music In Motion and all participating artists. We’ll be back at 8pm with Jacco gardner’s ‘Metius’ premiere, entry is free.

Thursday 4 August - 18:45

Echobox Radio: Diaspora Radio w/ DJ Haram

Hani & Mehran's Diaspora Radio is about the diaspora from West Asia and North Africa, scattered over time and space, connected through music with DJ Haram as their guest this time. You don't want to miss out on this, tune in through echobox.radio or right here via our liveblog.

Thursday 4 August - 18:30

A fusion of surrealist waft and sensual ASMR poetry

The music of Russian-born, Berlin-based composer Perila – aka Aleksandra Zakharenkois – is clouds above the usual ambient crowd. Both ethereal and unsettling, she crafts eerie poems which drift in like a gust of wind before a storm. While others might pursue formless music as a soothing release from the club, she’s an artist who’s always seen it as a sonorous language in its own right.

Perila’s sound has been refined through her regular slot WET (Weird Erotic Tension) on Berlin Community Radio. A fusion of surrealist waft and sensual ASMR poetry, the series incorporates many of the whispered voices and half-heard utterances which wind their way throughout her discography. From the steady creak of a rocking chair to droplets of water landing in a glass bowl, Perila seeks out the tiniest of noises, drawing them into an endlessly evocative form of sonic storytelling. For her 2021 release How Much Time It Is Between You and Me?, she journeyed to a remote mountain village in France, using field recording techniques to create a vision of nature that’s at once romantic and strange. The forest moans; mysterious creatures chirp, footsteps echo. The album speaks to her capability to warp sound, as well as an expansive knowledge of early forms of electronica such as musique concrète – a genre that laid the groundwork for sampling as we know it today.

Somewhere in-between a lucid dream and a cold bath, her set promises to be a mix of tactile vocal fragments, warm modular textures and reverential pop melodies.

Thursday 4 August - 18:30

RE:VIVE: Overbruggen + Het leven in een druppel water

We have two very special films being screened right now at Eye Filmmuseum: Het leven in een druppel water scored by Alberta Balsam, and Overbruggen (directed by Hooykaas/Stanfield) scored by Delia Derbyshire. All in collaboration with RE:VIVE, Eye Filmmuseum & Buma Music In Motion.

Thursday 4 August - 18:20

Berlin-based composer Perila

The music of Russian-born, Berlin-based composer Perila – aka Aleksandra Zakharenkois – is clouds above the usual ambient crowd. Both ethereal and unsettling, she crafts eerie poems which drift in like a gust of wind before a storm. While others might pursue formless music as a soothing release from the club, she’s an artist who’s always seen it as a sonorous language in its own right.

Perila’s sound has been refined through her regular slot WET (Weird Erotic Tension) on Berlin Community Radio. A fusion of surrealist waft and sensual ASMR poetry, the series incorporates many of the whispered voices and half-heard utterances which wind their way throughout her discography. From the steady creak of a rocking chair to droplets of water landing in a glass bowl, Perila seeks out the tiniest of noises, drawing them into an endlessly evocative form of sonic storytelling. For her 2021 release How Much Time It Is Between You and Me?, she journeyed to a remote mountain village in France, using field recording techniques to create a vision of nature that’s at once romantic and strange. The forest moans; mysterious creatures chirp, footsteps echo. The album speaks to her capability to warp sound, as well as an expansive knowledge of early forms of electronica such as musique concrète – a genre that laid the groundwork for sampling as we know it today.

Somewhere in-between a lucid dream and a cold bath, her set promises to be a mix of tactile vocal fragments, warm modular textures and reverential pop melodies.

Thursday 4 August - 18:12

Echobox Radio has taken over the foyer of Muziekgebouw

Echobox Radio has taken over the foyer of Muziekgebouw for Dekmantel Festival 2022 Aan het IJ, bringing you the best of experimental broadcasting. Stop by for the live experience (entrance is free!) or dial in now.

Thursday 4 August - 17:45

RE:VIVE Crossing Over: Adventures In Contemporary Film

More and more producers and experimental composers are being tapped to compose for some of the biggest and most successful films and TV series; Oneohtrix Point Never (Uncut Gems), Mica Levi (Jackie), Bobby Krlic (Midsommar) and many more. Over the years, we have collaborated with RE:VIVE many times to provide local musicians interested in composing for moving image the opportunity to experiment by inviting them to compose for Dutch archival films. This year, however, as part of a panel discussion presented together with Buma Music in Motion (the connector between music and media in the creative industry) and Eye Filmmuseum, we dive deeper into the personal, artistic and professional ambitions of musicians at different stages of the film scoring journey: Aisling Brouwer, Alberta Balsam and Nadia Struiwigh, and a very last minute but special guest namely Oliver Oates is joining as welll. What inspires them to compose for film? What are the creative challenges as opposed to making club or electronic music? How are they positioning themselves within the industry and more. All is being discussed right now at Eye Filmmuseum!

Thursday 4 August - 17:45

Echobox: Val Clipp

Luca van Grinsven runs the ever developing platform Off Center in The Hague underhis Val Clipp moniker, keeping his feet in crammed basements and a tiny studio, researching, collecting and sampling the constant sensory overload of his surroundings.

Thursday 4 August - 17:20

Bob Waardenburg’s installation ‘Spatial Balance’

Today at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ you’ll find Bob Waardenburg’s installation ‘Spatial Balance’ – an interactive installation that took two years to design and consists out of kinetic and non-kinetic elements out of previous work that combines noise with information technology. Come and find it out for yourself at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ’s terrace.

Thursday 4 August - 17:00

RA Breakbeat Production Workshop w/ Aquarian

An affiliate of our Dekmantel Records label, Berlin-based DJ and producer Aquarian has made a name for himself for his feverish style, bringing together techno, jungle, rave and bass and forming fresh, mutant strains of wild and warped club music. In this special production masterclass, Aquarian will be focusing specifically on how to make breakbeats, demonstrating his techniques and answering questions along the way.

Thursday 4 August - 16:45

Echobox: Joygail Radio w/ Jameszoo

In Joygail Radio, Joy Caupain expands his and his guest's musical knowledge through deep conversations, anecdotes and personal playlists. This time he's inviting Brainfeeder affiliate Jameszoo (who's performing at Bimhuis later tonight), live right now at Muziekgebouw's foyer.

Thursday 4 August - 16:30

RA Art of DJing Live: Octo Octa

The Art of DJing is one of Resident Advisor's flagship feature series, where an artist chats through their techniques, style, gear and all the tips and tricks that make their sets unique and impactful. In this special live edition, house producer and DJ Octo Octa will unpack her craft in front of an audience, demonstrating techniques and answering questions, with the RA Films team there to capture the magic as it happens.

Thursday 4 August - 16:20

As smooth as butter

As smooth as butter and as refreshing as a caipirinha cocktail on a white sand beach, the multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger and bandleader has been on the scene 7 or so decades. Weaving a tapestry out of almost every type of Brazilian folk under the sun, listen out for elements of contemporary jazz, funk and música popular brasileira.

Respectfully referred to as “Bruxo” or “the sorcerer”, Hermeto Pascoal has played together with Miles Davis and appeared with Airto Moreira as part of the supergroup Quarteto Novo. A musical prodigy, as a child, he learned to play the sanfona (an eight-button accordion) that belonged to his father. Within 3 months of picking up the instrument, Pascoal had mastered it and his dad – who was too embarrassed to perform next to his superiorly gifted son – had quit.

From bringing traditional genres such baixo and xaxado together with Western 4/4-time signatures, to featuring his parents as guest vocalists on studio albums in the '70s, one thing that’s always made Pascoal stand out is his truly innovative approach to composition. Inspired by the medieval astronomer Johannes Kepler, Pascoal regards music as a vital, cosmic force, emanating organically from everything in the universe. It's precisely this trippy attitude which has animated his eccentricity, as well as his Sound of the Aura philosophy, in which music is created from every conceivable source – from people's speech, traffic noise and birdsong.

Now in his late 80s, in 2016, he celebrated his birthday in a special show at the Barbican, London with his formidable Brazilian road-band and a hand-picked British orchestra. Despite his age, he’s lost none of his zeal for performing – it’s obvious he loves every moment of on being on stage, and we're right here with him. For his concert at Muziekgebouw, Pascoal's sure to have a few surprises up his sleeve, be it one of his found-object instruments, which have included kettles, teacups and pieces of wood, or some freeform vocal improvisation: bird calls, oinks and squarks.

Thursday 4 August - 16:00

Our day conference with Resident Advisor is in full swing!

Legend Sadar Bahar just shared his visions in a live RA exchange, while the fundamentals of crafting a live set were debated by Eris Drew, Parrish Smith and Ana Roxanne. There’s much more to come, stay tuned.

Thursday 4 August - 15:45

Echobox: Strictly Tapes

We're going back in time with the dusty left-field sound of Striker's compact cassettes and finger-scratch-techniques. A time of raw pureness - 60 minutes of ’Strictly Tapes’. Tune in now.

Thursday 4 August - 15:30

RA In Conversation With: John Beltran

Legendary Michigan artist John Beltran sits down face-to-face with RA’s editor-in-chief Whitney Wei to talk about his career and journey through music to date. During an In Conversation the moderator may occasionally gently steer the discussion, but crucially this is not an interview; it’s a conversation. Now happening in Eye Filmmuseum!

Thursday 4 August - 15:00

For an album that has inspired multiple generations

Finally, Dekmantel Festival's long-awaited 2022 edition approaches. And on Thursday night, the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ will play host to one particularly special set, originally billed for 2020: an exclusive live performance of John Beltran's classic 1996 album Ten Days of Blue.
Now 26 years since its release, Callum McLean caught up with Beltran to return to the origins of the record, and to catch a sneak preview of what to expect from this one-off show. They talked about how Ten Days of Blue went from being an unambitious, lo-fi record to becoming an ambient techno classic – and how Beltran is revisiting the album for this once-in-a-lifetime performance.

For an album that has inspired multiple generations of electronic music fans, Ten Days of Blue has fairly humble origins – and some unexpected stylistic influences. So tells its creator John Beltran, dialling in from his hometown of Lansing, Michigan. "At the time I was in the middle of this new age, ambient phase," he tells me. "Like, I was really into CDs of just whale sounds! Seriously, that was a thing in the early '90s."

The full interview will be available after the festival through a to be announced platform. Keep an eye out for more information…

Thursday 4 August - 14:45

Echobox: Petting Dogs w/ BSS

Jasmín’s bi-monthly show on Echobox Radio, Petting Dogs, invites Amsterdam's local favorite BSS for a one-on-one talk. Tune in via echobox.radio or here on our liveblog to hear them chat the hour away.

Thursday 4 August - 14:30

RA Panel: Crafting A Live Set: w/ Eris Drew, Parrish Smith & Ana Roxanne

When it comes to preparing your musical productions for live performance, every artist has a different approach and there are myriad possible outcomes. In this panel, three artists with varied and compelling live sets—Eris Drew (who will be debuting hers at the festival that evening), Parrish Smith and Ana Roxanne — are discussing how their respective live shows have come together, unpacking their approach and how they have taken their music from the studio to a live setting.

Thursday 4 August - 13:45

Echobox: One Finger Snap

Jazz was dance music, dance music became electronic. Cees Bruinsma finds common ground between the two in his radio show One Finger Snap. Lock in!

Thursday 4 August - 13:30

RA Exchange: Sadar Bahar

The RA Exchange is a monthly series in which Resident Advisor invite artists, labels, promoters and other players who are shaping the electronic music landscape to engage in an open conversation about their career so far, the shapeshifting nature of dance music and anything else that the discussion happens upon. In this Exchange, RA’s managing editor Chloe Lula is chatting with storied Chicago house producer and DJ Sadar Bahar.

Thursday 4 August - 12:27

Ambient Selections w/ Nadia Struiwigh

Our conference programme in collaboration with Resident Advisor begins this year with a deep, meditative breath, in the form of some time spent with Rotterdam-based producer Nadia Struiwigh. Struiwigh will be choosing a few ambient records from her personal collection, and then talking us through her selections.

Thursday 4 August - 12:27

Echobox Radio w/ Left of The Dial w/ Perila

It's an understatement when we say we're excited to put hands together with Amsterdam's Echobox for a full day of radio with amazing hosts and DJ's (both from local ground and the line-up) joining us! First up is Loma Doom with Left of The Dial show, inviting no one other than Perila to talk about community radio and more. Tune in on echobox.radio or through our liveblog and stay tuned.

Thursday 4 August - 11:58

A quick glimpse into Eye Filmmuseum right now

A quick glimpse into Eye Filmmuseum right now, where our conference with Resident Advisor is revving up. First up: an essential music journalism workshop with RA’s own Whitney Wei and Chloe Lula.

Thursday 4 August - 11:30

There’s almost too much to choose from

The second day of Dekmantel Festival 2022 includes a fully packed programme of live performances, talks, film screenings, radio shows and club events sprawling out along the banks of het IJ river. There’s almost too much to choose from so, to make the job easier, here are a few hints and tips to bookmark.

Fancy making some frenetic dance tunes? Champaign of mutant strains club music, there are few out there with a style as distinctive as Aquarian’s. The Berlin-based producer will be leading a workshop tailored toward breakbeat. During the session, he'll also be on hand to answer questions about his personal practice. Another opportunity to snap up is Resident Advisor's journalism workshop. Hosted by editor-in-chief Whitney Wei, and managing editor, Chloe Lula, participants will be instructed in the processes of pitching and fine-tuning their penmanship, as well as discussing the viability of the sector.

At Bimhuis, Marina Herlop shall inaugurate the evening’s events with her transfixing voice. Her third album, Miu – which came out via PAN records earlier this year – is based on techniques borrowed from Carnatic music of Southern India – in particular, konnakol, a style of percussive syllabic singing. Manipulated by electronics, Herlop’s vocals seem to open a portal to another world – a folkloric, futuristic vision of alterity. Afterwards, hop on over to Hermeto Pascoal at Muziekgebouw. With 7 decades of performing under his belt, the Brazilian jazz-funk legend is now in his 80s but is still one of the most vital and commanding performers around.

Squarepusher's 1 a.m. slot is a good place to land. The Warp Records affiliate is best known for hits such as ‘My Red Hot Car’ or ‘Beep Street’ – alchemical fusions of IDM, acid, ambient, jungle, electro, and jazz. Finally, Empress Motherbeat herself, Eris Drew will do anything but wind things down with a psychedelic live and direct set at Parallel that runs until 3 a.m.

Thursday 4 August - 11:12

Hello, Amsterdam!

Today we’re bringing you live performances, talks, radio shows, workshops and films – and they’re all happening at first-class venues along the IJ river. All tickets for today are now sold out (!) — check out Tixel for any resell options if you’d still like to join us today.

We’ll be here to guide you through the beautiful noise, watch this space or our liveblog to stay up-to-date.