2014 was the year Malta was firmly put on the map as Europe’s hottest new music destination, thanks to festivals such as Sunscape. With no sign of slowing down, 2015 sees 50 acts, 15 international artists and 3 international label showcases across 4 stages, in what is set to be an unforgettable three days and nights.The first release of Sunscape 2015 sees alternative acts such as Shpongle play a coveted DJ set. Shpongle are the original progenitors of the psybient genre – a unique sound made up of world music, psychedelic trance and ambient. Since 1996 the English duo have been performing sold out concerts to tens of thousands of people across the world and have won a loyal following as a result. Joining them is a live set from Goldfish, a South African dance group generating jazz-infused electronica and whose performances have opened shows for the likes of Basement Jaxx, Faithless and Fatboy Slim.
Not only this, Sunscape is delighted to welcome the first of three showcases FACT vs Serialism. Spanish outfit FACT was born in Barcelona and have been hosting memorable music experiences worldwide since 2010, whilst much respected Berlin based Serialism Records will bring their eclectic roster to Gozo’s beautiful shores. Their showcase will see a very special collaboration that will provide a top-notch musical selection from artists including Romanian duo Livio & Roby who have been putting their own supernatural twist on house music for 10 years via labels such as Desolat and VIVa Music. Konrad Black has been enveloping dancefloors since the late 90’s with his dark and shadowy techno and his work with legendary Wagon Repair label has made him one of the most in-demand producers and remixers around. Crosstown Rebel’s Azimute sees a brand-new project from Quenum & Cesare & Disorder – Quenum being one of the founders of Cadenza and Cesare and acclaimed DJ and producer in his own right. Finally, Rick Maia, DJ Herr (both FACT Worldwide residents) and Joe Le Groove from Guy Gerber’s Supplement Facts label, are all set to play at Sunscape 2015.
All new for Sunscape 2015 is a Drum and Bass Stage hosted by Jamais Vu presenting: Legends of Drum & Bass with heroes of the genre Fabio and Grooverider, playing individually their own unique blend of jungle, drum & bass and Fabio’s own sub-genre, liquid funk. Joining them is fellow pioneer Jumping Jack Frost who has been on the scene since the late 80’s, starting at the infamous Fridge nightclub in Brixton and going onto to play with the likes of Carl Cox and The Prodigy. Finally, former BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra producer DJ Bailey and DnB/Jungle producer DJ Randall will both take to the stage.
Much more than just a music festival Sunscape Festival will programme several areas that celebrate Art and Lifestyle. The Art will feature collaborative installations by local and international Artists, Designers and Architects, Art Exhibitions, Live Art, Face Painting, Body Art & Henna, Visionary & geometric art and poetry. The Lifestyle area will include eclectic empowering workshops, talks & meditations throughout the day plus a carefully curated holistic area with Ayurvedic massage, Reiki Healing, Swedish body massage, aromatherapy massage and much more. There will be a sequinariun, tarot readings, meditations, sunrise & sunset yoga and even surfboard yoga, plus Pilates and Thai Chi and water sports with diving, jet ski, paddleboat and para sailing.