The line-up for Belgium’s Dour festival has been completed, and there’s a rich vein of acts to enjoy.
From humble beginnings in 1989, Dour has gone on to become one of the country’s preeminent live events. The festival – winner of best medium-sized festival at the European Festival Awards in 2010 – spreads a catholic array of acts across four days and six stages.
There’s no shortage of enviable dance names. Julio Bashmore will be representing house music’s vibrant new generation, and Scuba will, a la Personality, be tilting all over the shop. Ben Klock and London Elektricity will showcase their defiantly live brand of breakbeat, and Mosca and Battles will get pulses raising throughdifferent means. Squarepusher will also be carting along his astonishing Ufabulum live show.
For those looking for more cerebral thrills, there are a stack of clever-clever electronic names to enjoy. Actress will be appearing off the back of his astonishing R.I.P release, and Mount Kimbie will be bring their watercolour vision of dance music. Clark will be a big draw, and Pantha Du Prince will offer a twinkling version of house music. James Blake will be spinning records, and Shlohmo, Dimlite and Caribou are all on board too.
Plenty of interesting hip-hop, too. A freshly reunited Black Star will stop by, and metal faced villain MF DOOM will be donning the mask. The Pharcyde, due getting the long overdue reissue treatment, will be appeasing fans of psychedelic hip-hop. And it’s difficult to miss the towering presence of grunge behemoths Dinosaur Jr. and industrial powerhouse Ministry. There’s also a wealth of reggae and local music to enjoy to boot.
The festival runs from July 12-15 at Plaine de la Machine à Feu in Dour, Belgium. Tickets and further line-up details can be found at the Dour website.