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Welcome to Dekmantel Festival 2022's liveblog! A chance for you to keep track of what’s happening throughout Dekmantel Festival aan 't IJ and our programme in the Amsterdamse Bos, with photos, videos, background info and live updates. For more practical information and timetables, check out the Dekmantel app, our program page or the Dekmantel Festival website. For any assistance, email us at [email protected]. For now, stay tuned!

From 3PM onwards, you'll be able to dance along the Boiler Room stage with the video in the right bottom corner or Boiler Room's YouTube channel.

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Sunday 7 August - 23:30

A big, big Thank You!

Dear Dekmantel Festival 2022, what an incredible week(end) it has been... It might take a moment to overcome our current speechlessness, but right now all we can say is ‘Thank You’. To our treasured artists, crew and visitors: you are a dream. Good night, be safe, and see you next year!

We hope you'll join us next year again. Pre-register here for 2023.

Sunday 7 August - 23:15

Fearless.

Not only did Sherelle just play her first Dekmantel Festival slot, she also played her first Dekmantel Festival closing - and, obviously, killed it. What a way to conclude three brilliant days at our new stage, home to all things fearless, The Nest.

Sunday 7 August - 23:00

Sherelle, star in the making.

Among Sherelle’s most iconic sets is a Boiler Room session from 2019, recorded in – where else? – her hometown London. It’s a moment that’s been instrumental in the breakthrough and growth of the UK artist; while Sherelle moved through a nearly supersonic selection of footwork, jungle, drum ‘n bass and juke, the room came dangerously close to bursting at the seams. There was only one possible conclusion: Sherelle, star in the making.

Last Friday, Amsterdam got a similar moment of its own, with Sherelle making her Dekmantel Festival debut in the Boiler Room. Once more, that driving mix of UK gold, with just the right sprinkle of warm chords and a fiery layer of warped, uplifting vocals. Finally, we got to feel the relentless yet beautiful story Sherelle’s become known for.

Sherelle’s festival trip doesn’t end there, however. Tonight, the artist finished her Dekmantel ’22 homerun by closing our new stage, The Nest, for the hungrier-than-ever crowd still standing. And again, there was only possible conclusion: now a full-blown headliner with the power of at least a dozen — this is Sherelle’s world, and we’re living in it.

Sunday 7 August - 22:45

7 hours!

Seven hours of Antal and Hunee, if that ain’t a Dekmantel dream… Endless love to these two legends for once again letting us share in their magic.

Sunday 7 August - 21:45

Transformation is key

There’s a special kind of DJ who’s able to keep your jaw on the floor all set long, no matter if you’re spending 60 minutes on Soundcloud or four hours on the dance floor. Juliana Huxtable is one of those DJs. When the American selector steps into the booth and takes control of the CDJs – technology which she loves to uses to the extreme extent – questions like ‘how did we just get here?’, ‘where is this going?’ and ‘how the hell does she do it?’ pop up left and right.

First and foremost, Juliana Huxtable is an artist. Not only has her interdisciplinary work been exhibited from MoMA in New York to Art Basel in Hong Kong, her artistry also informs the way she approaches and handles music. In an interview with RA, she recently explained: ‘I am in love with music as an aesthetic and sensuous experience yet also as an embodiment and reflection of social, economic and political information. A deep desire to understand, witness and speak to the complexity and complexities of the world drives everything I do, and music is no different.’

On a dance-floor level, this translates to Juliana Huxtable’s DJ sets reflecting a constant state of flux. Hard techno makes way for pop vocals, industrial morphs into cyberpunk: transformation is key, with styles and tempos shifting and tracks following each other at an astonishing speed – that is, if they’re not being layered in the first place... When Juliana Huxtable reaches the height of mixing, cutting, looping and chopping, even the universe can’t contain her.

Sunday 7 August - 21:30

Final demolition

There’s a reason we scheduled Herrensauna on our last evening: there might be little UFO II left after the current demolition by CEM, MCMLXXXV, SPFDJ and Héctor Oaks is completed... Out - and proud - with a bang.

Sunday 7 August - 21:15

The bass rolls on

The reverberations of British soundsystem culture seem to be just about everywhere these days. From underground raves to festival main stages, the bass rolls on. Alongside a handful of compatriots, Batu is amongst those responsible for spreading the good word. The Timedance label boss, innovative producer and boundary-pushing DJ has spent years establishing his hometown Bristol as the epicentre of forwarding-thinking bass experiments.

Famed for polyrhythmic drum monstrosities such as ‘Inner Space’, a track made up of stabbing beats and screaming sirens, it seems nobody around knows how to manipulate frequencies quite like Batu. Yet his most recent album has signalled something of a departure. Opal, released earlier this year and written entirely during lockdown, is a pensive, almost spiritual, introspective journey. The warbling basslines are muted, replaced by gossamer vocals – including the voice of serpentwithfeet – and echoing, organic percussion. The record stands as testament to the dexterity of his skills, demonstrating an ability to build truly incandescent compositions that are beautiful as well as banging.

As a DJ, he’s regarded as royalty, having been awarded the title of top talent by Mixmag in their 2017 roundup. His set at Selectors earned a place in The Guardian’s ‘Best Mixes of 2018’ list, resulting in him taking not one but two headline slots at the 2019 edition of Dekmantel. For us, it’s all there from the very first track – ‘2562' by Vibedoctor, which is also an apt title for Batu himself.

Sunday 7 August - 20:45

The magic of B2Bs

Back to back, front to front, side to side. Every B2B has a different dynamic, but one thing is for sure: today's collective efforts were for the books that we'll keep forever.

Sunday 7 August - 20:10

LSDXOXO

In LSDXOXO’s latest video, the multi-disciplinary artist makes love – well, nearly – to fellow performer Earthearther; nails out, bodies out, devil horns securely in place. His crooner-like vocals roll over a beat that hints at breakbeat, r&b and noughties electro, but doesn’t quite fit any of those moulds. The visual could be described as current-day MTV, but also as highly queer and bloody punk. As always, LSDXOXO artfully moves between an assemblage of roles, genres, time references, continents and scenes.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, RJ Glasgow first rose to underground acclaim in the US, becoming an essential figure at the GHE20GOTH1K nights in New York City. Upon moving to Berlin, his fierce sound – craftily layering pop tracks and vocal samples between Baltimore club, ghetto house, hardcore, electro and techno – was frowned upon at first, but soon started to infiltrate European electronic communities. Establishing his own international club night, remixing the work of artists like Kelela and Lady Gaga, and signing a record deal with XL recordings, all solidified what was evident from the start: LSDXOXO is a force to be reckoned with.

Fundamental to LSDXOXO’s entire career, both as a DJ and producer/performer, is the reclaiming of Black queer spaces. In addition, traditional dualities – mainstream versus underground, pop versus punk, cultured versus camp – are playfully erased the moment RJ steps onto the stage. Did you really just hear Kylie Minogue at Dekmantel Festival? Absofuckinglutely. The future is fluid; its sounds is hard, fun, hot and irreverent.

Sunday 7 August - 20:00

A space odyssey

Our space odyssey with Interstellar Funk never ends. On the heels of releasing an incredible album on Dekmantel Records—check it out in case you missed it - the artist returns to spirit away the Selectors stage.

Sunday 7 August - 19:45

Eclectic, emotive and electric

Eclectic, emotive and electric as ever - otherworldly selector Elena Colombi just landed on our Connects stage with Bud.

Sunday 7 August - 19:30

"Female figures grow from the tree, maturing like fruit, until they are ripe and drop to the ground"

Helena Hauff’s acid experiments and pummelling sets earned her a household name. Now, the Hamburg DJ and producer is tracing it all back to the source.

Helena Hauff has been thrifting. Antique rugs, specifically. During the prolonged absence of clubbing, the Hamburg DJ and producer found inspiration within the intricate stitchwork of artisanal furnishings. “I found this amazing Senneh rug from around 1800, it’s depicting a Waq-Waq tree!” she enthuses. “The carpet shows different stylised animals, phoenixes and the female reproductive system. They grow like fruit from the Waq-Waq tree.” Waq-Waq is an imaginary island in Persian folklore on which only women live. The island, ruled by a faithful queen, is centred around the fertile Waq-Waq tree; the lifesource in which the exclusively female population reproduces and self-perpetuates. Female figures grow from the tree, maturing like fruit, until they are ripe and drop to the ground.

In some ways, Hauff’s own mythology is similar to that of the Waq-Waq kingdom: she is a singular force, sustained by the fruits of her expansive mind. Her acid productions, which span leftfield techno, industrial and electro, are disarming in their simplicity, as if it were nature’s will. Like the fabled island, there’s a divine logic to her methods, aided only by her carefully-curated vinyl collection and arsenal of vintage analog machinery – which includes a trusty Juno-60, Roland-303 and an MPC. “Science shapes my way of thinking about the world, but music is something I create intuitively. I tend to overthink everything, but my interest in physics and the fact that I listen to a lot of electro kinda fits...” she says with a mischievous wink.

The full interview will be available after the festival through a to be announced platform. Keep an eye out for more information…

Sunday 7 August - 19:15

Count with us: UFO I, UFO II...

Our sibling stages UFO I and UFO II have seen nothing but fire in the past days. Before we wrap things up with a final bang tonight, a visual impression of some amazing scenes!

Sunday 7 August - 19:00

The Nest, a home to pioneers

When Gqom king DJ LAG drops his bass-heavy beats, the earth trembles. Dekmantel Festival 2022 just welcomed the South African pioneer to The Nest, our brand new stage for groundbreaking sounds.

Sunday 7 August - 18:45

Track ID

Antal & Hunee are unearthing the finest disco jams for a non-stop dancing and smiling crowd at the Greenhouse.

Sunday 7 August - 18:30

Captain Terenzi

Moving on to bigger things, it’s Roza Terenzi taking over our mothership for the very first time. We can’t imagine a more qualified mainstage captain.

Sunday 7 August - 18:00

It's okay to sweat

Cashu & BADSISTA just gave Amsterdam a fiery taste of São Paolo’s thriving underground. UFO II hasn’t felt any hotter today.

Sunday 7 August - 17:30

Dance like you're in Istanbul

Living proof that Altın Gün are one of Amsterdam’s most exciting acts? Today's masterclass in Anatolian psych folk, live from the Greenhouse at Dekmantel Festival 2022.

Sunday 7 August - 17:15

Interview Helena Hauff

Helena Hauff’s acid experiments and pummelling sets earned her a household name. Now, the Hamburg DJ and producer is tracing it all back to the source.

Helena Hauff has been thrifting. Antique rugs, specifically. During the prolonged absence of clubbing, the Hamburg DJ and producer found inspiration within the intricate stitchwork of artisanal furnishings. “I found this amazing Senneh rug from around 1800, it’s depicting a Waq-Waq tree!” she enthuses. “The carpet shows different stylised animals, phoenixes and the female reproductive system. They grow like fruit from the Waq-Waq tree.” Waq-Waq is an imaginary island in Persian folklore on which only women live. The island, ruled by a faithful queen, is centred around the fertile Waq-Waq tree; the lifesource in which the exclusively female population reproduces and self-perpetuates. Female figures grow from the tree, maturing like fruit, until they are ripe and drop to the ground.

In some ways, Hauff’s own mythology is similar to that of the Waq-Waq kingdom: she is a singular force, sustained by the fruits of her expansive mind. Her acid productions, which span leftfield techno, industrial and electro, are disarming in their simplicity, as if it were nature’s will. Like the fabled island, there’s a divine logic to her methods, aided only by her carefully-curated vinyl collection and arsenal of vintage analog machinery – which includes a trusty Juno-60, Roland-303 and an MPC. “Science shapes my way of thinking about the world, but music is something I create intuitively. I tend to overthink everything, but my interest in physics and the fact that I listen to a lot of electro kinda fits...” she says with a mischievous wink.


The full interview will be available after the festival through a to be announced platform. Keep an eye out for more information…

Sunday 7 August - 17:00

Helena Hauff, exclamation mark.

We wouldn’t let our big festival comeback happen without the one and only Helena Hauff. Goosebumps, all over, all over again.

Sunday 7 August - 16:30

Track ID

This one, selected by Parris at the mainstage, is going to stick with us for a while.

Sunday 7 August - 15:45

Two superstars go back to back

Two superstars go back to back in a 7 hour set that’s certain to feature plenty of feel good bangers, disco, house, immortal anthems and choice rarities.

Having opened Rush Hour in 1997, Antal is the founder of the eponymously named imprint renowned for its on-point output and re-issues of obscure gems. Over the decades, both the record store and label have been absolutely instrumental in shaping the Amsterdam sound as we know it. Fellow vinyl collector Hun Choi – otherwise known as Hunee – shares many of the RH head honcho's proclivities. In fact, following a move from his longtime Berlin homestead to the Dutch capital, in 2015, Rush Hour put out Choi’s debut album Hunch Music. The release remains a fan favourite, embodying the summertime feels, rainforest rhythms and colourful twist of synths which mark out a huge swathe of his selections. DJing is probably what Hunee is most famous for – his nimble-fingeredness behind the decks is marked by effortless swerves between genres. The pair are equally matched in their penchant for deep cuts – choice tracks which lean towards the cosmic, cinematic and tropical side of dance music. We predict disco curve­balls, boogie delights, African beats and techno gold, with each track sure to be a thing of true passion.

This will actually be the second time that the duo graces Dekmantel’s line-up. Back in 2017 – in a set that was so nice, we had to ask for it twice – they appeared together to spectacularly close the main stage. Re-live their final track'Touch Me In The Morning' by Marlena Shaw – and watch out for Hunee’s expert cutting and filter action.

Sunday 7 August - 15:30

A dose of detailed divine

If god is in the details, upsammy just blessed us with a dose of the divine. Here's a snippet from her boundless, carefully constructed set at Dekmantel Festival 2022.

Sunday 7 August - 15:15

A steaming hot Greenhouse

If you came to Dekmantel Festival with fixed expectations, Nabihah Iqbal came to shake them up. A celebration of the wonderful and the wonderfully weird, like this edit of a forever jam by Azah Kamal.

Sunday 7 August - 15:00

Clean and green

How beautiful is our home for the weekend? Please remember to keep the Amsterdamse Bos clean and green during Dekmantel Festival 2022, and use the correct bins for recycling your festival waste. If you want to smoke on site, portable ashtrays can be picked up at the entrance.

Sunday 7 August - 14:30

Track ID

rRoxymore's excellent selections welcome you today at the Mainstage when entering the festival, here's one we enjoy a lot!

Sunday 7 August - 14:15

Interview Nene H

As a producer and DJ, Nene H – otherwise known as Beste Aydin – is endlessly transfixing. There’s an intoxicating vibrancy to all her output, reflective of a love affair with music that’s lasted a lifetime.

Coiled around each chord is not only her knowledge as a classically trained composer but also expansive thematic underpinnings tackling subjects such as family, cultural identity and the healing rituals of dance. Renowned for her high-energy, full-throttle DJ sets, this year she’s playing at Dekmantel festival for the very first time. It’s a debut that promises to blast away the cobwebs, full of lithe techno, banging electro and kickdrum momentum pitched at lightspeed.

Born in Istanbul and raised in Izmir, the first instrument she mastered was the accordion. "I grew up in Azerbaijan, and there everyone owns an accordion,” she tells me. “We play it at weddings, at gatherings.” While Eastern styles were integral to her childhood, European orchestral instruments tended to be reserved for Westernised, affluent households. “I’m from a progressive, forward-thinking family. But we are traditional in a sense. We didn’t listen to Western classical music, and I wouldn’t have had a piano if it hadn’t been for a friend of my grandparents. She was an elderly woman from Brussels who had converted to Islam. We would visit her home where I’d practice, and she’d be really impressed. ‘Only four years old and she’s already so good,’ she would say. ‘When I die, I’m going to leave her the piano in my will.’ But when I turned 11 and she was 81, it became clear that she was probably going to live a very long time. So it was gifted to me then, while she was still alive.”

The full interview will be available after the festival through a to be announced platform. Keep an eye out for more information…

Sunday 7 August - 14:00

Stages: materials & detail

A lot of thought and care preceded the stage build-up of Dekmantel Festival 2022. Beyond our focus on design details, the majority of all stage materials was either re-used or sourced to be recycled. Check out the editorial feature on Dekmantel Festival’s stage design for more.

Sunday 7 August - 13:45

Track ID

DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Loradeniz just made her Dekmantel Festival debut at the Connects stage in collaboration with Bud. A smooth sound tapestry of electro, breaks, post-punk and wave, to name just a few. This one definitely made us spark!

Sunday 7 August - 13:30

Good for the heart, mind, body and soul

Good for the heart, mind, body and soul, doctors should prescribe Sadar Bahar and GE-OLOGY (Mark Grusane) like vitamin D. The pair have a limitless supply of sunshine spirituals, joyful disco and stunning gospel devotionals, so get ready to be taken to church. But first, a history lesson. Let's start with GE-OLOGY, the creative mastermind behind multiple Gold and Platinum certified LPs who has produced for the likes of Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Collecting vinyl since the age of 5, as a teenager, GE-OLOGY attended the famed Baltimore School for the Arts, where he was part of a hip-hop group with a little-known rapper named Tupac Shakur. With recent releases on Theo Parrish's imprint Sound Signature and Dekmantel records, his productions are homages to old-school house, rife with 808-kicks, sensual piano hooks and ecclesiastical vocals. As for Sadar Bahar, the venerated Chicago DJ has a strictly vinyl-to-vinyl ethos. He has described his addiction to buying records as "30-year disease, a sickness." Driven by an "unquenchable desire to create one of the best collections ever," he filled his home with records, and once it was full to the brim, began storing them in his mother's basement.

The Selectors stage is a fitting home for these two, who both personify that title to a T. While it's safe to say that a few rare cuts will make it into their b2b, the duo aren't afraid to play out dancefloor heaters that everyone knows – think Blondie, The Police and Eddie Harris. Just as infectious as their selections is Bahar and Grusane's shinning stage presence – prepare to see two veterans show you how it's done.

Sunday 7 August - 13:00

Welcome back

For the last time this weekend, we’re all set to welcome you to the Amsterdamse Bos. See you soon; the doors of Dekmantel Festival 2022 are now open.

Sunday 7 August - 12:30

Yesterday's last blast at UFO I

VTSS truly takes no prisoners. If last night’s UFO I closing is any indication of today’s grand finale, prepare for mayhem.

Sunday 7 August - 12:00

Nene H is making her very first appearance at Dekmantel

If the festival blues are already setting in, then never fear, there’s still plenty to pack in before departing the forest. Opening up UFO I, Nene H is making her very first appearance at Dekmantel. It’s a debut that promises to blast away the cobwebs, full of lithe techno, banging electro and kickdrum momentum pitched at lightspeed.

Stay put for Helena Hauff. Possibly one of the best videos on the internet is Hauff wrestling an inflatable unicorn at Bangface festival in 2018. At Dekmantel, she’s back and ready to serve up a deadly serious flow of jittery acid, electro and techno debauchery. The following words prophesize her set: electrifying, punishing, visionary.

After all that darkness, it’ll be high time to let the sunshine in – Antal and Hunee are natural serotonin enhancers with medicinal grade disco, boogie and ultra-deep cuts. If their closing show from 2017 is anything to go by, a 7 hour b2b at the Greenhouse should be Christmas come early. A second luminary b2b partnership is Willikens & Ivkovic on the Selectors stage. Comprised of the two celebrated solo artists Lena Willikens and Vladimir Ivkovic, occasionally, the pair amalgamate their names under a unified moniker, an alias which signals an almost telepathic understanding of one another. Fall into a trance as the Salon des Amateurs residents dig into their record bags, unearthing '90s psychedelia, kosmische, deconstructed dance and dub.

Sending us off at the main stage, Batu, the time-space manipulator and visionary leader of Timedance records is scheduled to blow the roof off. His propulsive selections rooted in soundsystem culture gear towards frenzy-starting, polyrhythmic drum tracks, dark funky house, jungle breaks and dubstep riding four-into-the-floor.

Sunday 7 August - 10:30

Good morning!

Good morning Amsterdam! How are you feeling? Are you ready for the final day of Dekmantel Festival 2022? Tell us in our Discord server!