Celtronic Brings the Party to Derry

The not-for-profit dance festival entices national and international dance acts to the Maiden City

This month sees the return of Northern Ireland's largest and longest running electronic music festival, Celtronic, taking place at several venues across Derry~Londonderry from June 29 to July 3.

'We set up this festival in 2001 in order to bring attention to the many excellent local electronic acts and DJs,' says organizer Gareth Stewart. 'It's great that we're still here showcasing the best international DJs and live acts alongside the best Irish producers and artists at the moment.

Stewart is currently busy putting the finishing touches to this year's programme, and with several gigs of own lined up before the festival starts, it's surprising to hear that for Stewart, Celtronic is a labour of love.

'It's different to other music festival in Northern Ireland, as it is entirely non profit, which keeps ticket prices as low as possible and also means we can showcase world class acts in intimate spaces.'

Such spaces include the cosy surroundings of Sandinos and Mason's bars, although the festival also takes in larger venues such as The Nerve Centre and the Gasyard Centre.

Celtronic has previously played host to artists such as legendary Belfast DJ, producer and soundtrack composer, David Holmes (a personal favourite of Stewart's) alongside stalwarts such as Tom Middleton, who is set to return again this year.

As always, just about every sub-genre across the electronic music spectrum is catered for. Be it grimy dub-step, beat-heavy techno or sleazy electroclash, all facets of the scene are covered.

Highlights this year include Detroit techno legend Carl Craig (stopping by as part of his world tour before he sets off to Sonar, Exit and other European festivals) as well as renowned Cornwall noisenik and Wagon Christ brainchild, Luke Vibert.

Belfast's favourite retro-tinged electrofunk artist Space Dimension Controller (listen below) and Ireland's leading electronic music expert, Phil Kieran, will also be performing. Justifiably, Stewart is proud of the festival.

For Stewart, Celtronic not only helps to put Derry~Londonderry on the map, but also offers something unique for die-hard electronic music fans and first timers alike. 'The atmosphere is great, it's affordable and these are top class acts you normally just wouldn't get the chance to see in these types of venue,' he adds.

'It's a great thing for the people of Derry and there is always a great vibe throughout the city. It's just five days and nights of brilliant music and entertainment, and everyone is welcome.'

Visit the Celtronic website for more information and to book tickets.