Sunfall is a new day festival in London’s Brockwell Park on 9th July. You could be forgiven for thinking that the market for such festivals has become saturated, with similar line ups and asphyxiating licensing restrictions regularly marring such occasions. However, the success of Junction 2 as a first time day festival proves that these events can still be hits. If any newcomer was positioned not to fail in this market, it is Sunfall. There are a couple of reasons for this.
Firstly, Sunfall is the brainchild of the same people who brought you Dimensions and Outlook, both huge heavyweights in the festival game. This, coupled with partnerships with Resident Advisor and Stamp the Wax make Sunfall a tantalising prospect.
The second reason is intrinsically linked to the first, but is worth mentioning because it makes a huge difference to the festival. It almost goes without saying but, having been curated by the names above, the line up for this festival is one to get excited about, not only because of its quality but also the sheer diversity that is brings. The pairing of Outlook and Dimensions has meant that there is a wealth of electronic music on offer, from the darkest depths of dub-techno to the serotonin secreting realms of disco and funk. There really is something for everyone.
However, as undeniably stellar as the line up is, this is not what makes Sunfall such an attractive proposition. The real thing that sets Sunfall apart from its counterparts is the way that the stages during both the day and the night bills have been carefully put together with the result that there is clear cohesion and each stage has its own identity. Too often at festivals nowadays are we forced to ask why a particular name has been put on that stage. This is not the case at Sunfall.
The South Stage, with the likes of Digital Mystikz, Goldie b2b dBridge and Zomby could be one for the dubset and jungle heads. Over on the West Stage you are likely to find techno, and all forms of it, from the industrial 4×4 of Ben Klock, to the experimental sounds of Shackleton. The North Stage is home to some of the world’s best selectors. If hearing tunes that have less that 100 hits on YouTube is your muse, then the likes of Hunee, Jeremy Underground and Joy Orbison are likely to get your heart racing, not even factoring in the headliner Omar S.
Due to the nature of a main stage, it shouldn’t be surprising that this cohesion is a little tenuous here. The 2 names at the top of this bill will be the reason that many punters paid the ticket price. The perennial enigma Moodymann and the Grammy nominated Jamie XX will be sure to play an eclectic mix of tunes spanning any number of genres.
However, Sunfall’s draw is not merely limited to the music. There are also a number of other attractions that have been put on for the enjoyment of festival goers. There is an independent record fare, showcasing the work of 28 independent labels, for the perusal of those who may be looking for a break from the music. Another aspect of Sunfall that has excited me personally is the ‘Knowledge Arena’. It is all too common for people to attend these festivals, dance and listen to the music without any understanding of what they might be listening to. Yet with music production and creation workshops and also talks given by artists and industry professionals, Sunfall has demonstrated its commitment to musical education, the importance of which cannot be understated.
These things coupled with one of the line ups of the summer, means that there is little chance that Sunfall will slip into the same mediocrity that has plagued the majority of day festivals in London.
Here is an act from each stage that we think that you should catch on 9th July.