Sasha announced for House of Barefoot as Northumberland Dance Festival plans gather pace
Global DJ star Sasha is the next big name to be added to the House of Barefoot lineup which will make its Northumberland debut this summer, inviting fans to get up and get closer to the music and the offering, says -il, “a complete festival experience on an intimate scale”.
The Grammy nominee, who first burst onto the acid house scene in the early 1990s, will take the stage with fellow dance music legend John Digweed on June 2, kicking off of the four-day bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The three-day House of Barefoot, which is described as the first boutique dance music festival in the North East and will take place at a site at Reed Farm in Stamfordham, already boasts big names such as James Zabiela and Hernan Cattaneo on the lineup and recently announced additions are an added boost to what organizers are aiming to be a world-class event with an intimate atmosphere.
Sasha, who is credited with bringing DJing into the digital age – taking it from the traditional turntable and mixer to live audio engineering equipment – has won awards for his pioneering DJ sets and remixes. He and John Digweed first joined forces in 1993, when acid house was at the height of its popularity, and they have since toured the world; to meet again in 2016 after a six-year hiatus.
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Now fans can catch up on day one of the festival which has tickets on sale now, with flexible payment options available to help make it affordable. Then the next day, June 3, it will be the turn of “El Maestro” Hernan Cattaneo, described as the most successful DJ in South America, as well as Bristolian Nick Warren – who is also half of the electronic duo Way Out West – and Spain coach Henry Saiz.
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Tech-house icon James Zabiela and tech-house DJ Danny Howells will close the final day of the festival on June 4. Dance music fans can make the most of the festival atmosphere by camping out and organizers say they have limited the festival’s capacity to ensure people can relax and unwind while enjoying the club vibe of the main stage. . Festival director Jonny Stobart said: “You could expect to see lineup like this in cities like Berlin, New York, London and big festivals like Creamfields and Soundgarden with tens of thousands in attendance. .
“Imagine a range like this with only 2000 capacities. That’s exactly what we created with House of Barefoot – we want to give people the opportunity to see some of the best DJs in the world in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.” In addition to camping, there will be caravan and motorhome pitches available on site as well as glamping options, with access to showers.
The music scene is expected to be equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and there will be plenty of street vendors and bars. For festival tickets from June 2-4 and information on the flexible payment plan option, see here.