Orbits 2018


Joe Armitage

The second wave of artists has been announced for the first edition of Orbits Festival, and it’s gearing up to be an absolute corker. Located about an hour north-east of Lisbon in the foothills of the Serra da Estrela Mountains, Orbits Festival’s first edition promises to provide a cosmic and earthly experience beyond the frontiers of reality at an affordable price. 

As part of a Solidarity Project, the concept of the festival arose from the aftermath of a series of devastating fires that hit the region last summer. In collaboration with the local community, the festival will inform festival goers about ongoing community projects through a photo exhibition and sound installation, while festival-goers will also have the opportunity to make donations and patronise trees as part of a Reforest the Native Forest initiative. Moreover, there will also be a Local Tavern on-site, where a local chef will be serving up food made solely from regional products, with a share of the profits allocated to a local housing project for disadvantaged people. 

Who to look out for

Swedish maverick Sebastian Mullaert continues to cut a sharp figure in European house music through his deep and finely crafted sound. Initially gaining recognition in the late nineties with the duo Minilogue (which became synonymous with a string of releases on Crosstown Rebels and Traum schallplatten) Sebastian’s most recent venture has seen him join forces with a world-renowned philharmonic orchestra — Tonhalle Zurich — in an attempt to bridge the gap between classical and electronic music. 

Italian born, Berlin-based techno DJ Marco Shuttle will be playing alongside Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann) in what should be a back-to-back set of the highest order. An intriguing match-up, expect a refined coalescence between Efdemin’s melodic sensibility and Marco Shuttle’s deep grooves and abstract techno excursions. 

Lancashire lad (Sam) Shackleton emerged as a prominent producer in the early 00s dubstep scene with his often dark and tribal productions, many of which were released on his now-defunct Skull Disco label. Today he resides in Berlin and  continues to push sonic boundaries with his innovative live sets that trawl the spiritual depths of bass music. 

Acclaimed Icelandic dub-techno producer Yagya has made waves as of late with releases on Mule Musiq and Hypercolour. Regarded as an album specialist, Yagya is known for his warm grooves that have slight touch of melancholy about them. At this year’s Orbits Festival, Yagya is bound to provide a unique aural experience and perhaps some respite in what could be considered a fairly tech-heavy line-up.  

Hiver, Chris SSG, Amulador, Kinetic, Yassine and Jacopo are all others who are gracing this lovely lineup. Get down to Orbits this summer if you fancy something a little bit more particular that has a big bit of soul.  

Tickets are available here, go dance and plant some trees.