Festival fans are so lucky these days. ‘Course there’s nothing like Being There, but short of that, there are many ways to turn on, tune in and check out the scenes and sets from cherished events. SoundCloud can be a festival fanatic’s best buddy, as many organizers have channels that compile anticipatory playlists and sets from the talent that graced their stages. Here are some SoundCloud channels you’ve just got to follow—they’re prolific, generous, and they’ve got great taste.
The BPM Festival:
Not only has the Playa del Carmen festival uploaded *51 hours* of music from its 10-day event in January (as well as podcasts and pre-show warmups), but also their SoundCloud stays active with frequent re-posts of artists who’ve played at BPM in the past or other songs the BPM crew thinks you should know.
A label showcase and a window onto events like the Dirtybird BBQs and the upcoming Campout, this SoundCloud channel is a full-on bassline bonanza. Find the “Road to Campout” mixes to whet (and wet!) yer canoe for the SoCal shindig every October.
With 749 uploads, the Mad Decent SoundCloud channel is another prolific—and terrific—label showcase. Get schooled here before attending the bumpin’ Block Parties across the U.S.
The Do Lab:
The producers of festivals like Lightning in a Bottle, Woogie Weekend and the Dirtybird Campout electrify their SoundCloud presence with live sets galore. Press play to be transported to any one of their rad California events—and beyond.
We know, we know: Burning Man is not a music festival, but it is a hub for so much creativity, and music is an undeniable part of that. The org’s own SoundCloud serves as a public service, storyteller and docent. You don’t have to look much farther, though, for accounts from large sound camps and art cars like Robot Heart, Disco Knights, Mayan Warrior, Dusty Rhino and White Ocean.
A spinoff of Burning Man’s Robot Heart art car and camp, Future Future puts up a steady drip of exclusive and mini-mixes that generally stay true to their tech-house roots. (No word yet on when FF003 might take place.)
Wanna see what you missed at the intimate ‘back to nature’ rave known as Noisily 2016? There’s 17-hour catch-up, as well as various re-posts and podcasts, on their SoundCloud channel. The English festival returns to the rolling hills of Leicestershire July 6-9, 2017.
Popular Dutch festival DGTL prays at the altar of “music, art and revolution.” Reflecting “delightfully risky” lineups of DJs known and rising, DGTL’s SoundCloud channel captures sold-out events in Amsterdam and Barcelona, as well as podcasts with featured talent.
Bringing the sounds of the Redwood forest festival to your ears, the Northern Nights SoundCloud re-shares tracks by some of electronica’s biggest artists (Zhu, Major Lazer, Autograf) as well as mixes from its own July event (don’t miss this set by Gorgon City).
“Mu-” in Mutek refers to the idea of mutation, and since 2002 Montreal’s digital creativity and electronic music festival has done just that, sprouting editions in Mexico City, Barcelona and Tokyo, and continually exploring avant-garde programming. This SoundCloud has previews, Hall of Fame recordings, and dispatches from the Canadian showcase.
A tribute to “house, techno and love,” Desert Hearts is a label as well as a series of festivals and one-off City Hearts events. Their 2016 “Live @ Desert Hearts” playlist is 77 tracks and 151 hours long! Now that’s a gift.
ARISE Music Festival:
More to explore!
A version of this article originally appeared in Fest300.
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