South West Four 2014: who's playing?

Clapham Common's two-day dance music festival is back and bulging with the planet's biggest DJs

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On the August bank holiday weekend, where can you find a stupefying selection of the world’s biggest DJs? An Ibizan superclub? A Vegas pool party? A Croatian boat rave? Actually, it’s in the lush, green surroundings of Clapham Common.

Now in its eleventh year, dance festival South West Four (which takes place Saturday August 23 - Sunday August 24) has a reputation for bringing in the earth’s finest selectors and the 2014 instalment is no exception. Check out some of this year's biggest SW4 acts in the slideshow below:

  • Deadmau5

    World-dominating rodent.
    It’s hard to underestimate the global reach of mouse-mask-sporting DJ Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5. After years of releasing club-friendly electro-trance anthems, he’s going deeper, releasing underground techno and favouring darker beats in his DJ sets. A little less cheese for this mouse, then.

    How big? Deadmau5 has over nine million Facebook ‘likes’. That’s more clicks than there are people in Switzerland.

    Deadmau5
  • Above & Beyond

    Stadium-smashing trance trio.
    UK-based act Above & Beyond might not be a household name, but tens of millions of people around the world both know and love them. Their mix of fist-pumping house and uplifting trance has taken them touring around the globe, led them to remixing Madonna and Radiohead and landed them Vegas superclub residencies.

    How big? A&B played to one million people on a Brazilian beach on New Year’s Eve 2007.

    Above & Beyond
  • Jamie Jones

    House music tastemaker extraordinaire.
    If you want to find out what the hell ‘deep house’ actually is, just ask Jamie Jones. Having quietly become one of the biggest deep house DJs on the planet, Jones has laid the groundwork for the sound of UK clubbing through releases (particularly his remix of Azari & III’s ‘Hungry for the Power’) and his record label, Hot Creations.

    How big? Jones was crowned the world’s top DJ in a 2011 poll by dance portal Resident Advisor.

    Jamie Jones
  • Sasha

    Wales’s biggest export since rarebit.
    The Welsh Wizard nickname has been given to many people, but most deserving is progressive house kingpin Sasha. When was the last time Ryan Giggs knocked out a banging house set to thousands of people in Buenos Aires, eh?

    How big? Sasha was nominated for a Grammy in 2004, for his remix of Felix Da Housecat’s ‘Watching Cars Go By’.


    Sasha
  • Loco Dice

    Dicing with dancefloor domination.
    The crisp tech-house weaved by this German producer (and former hip hop DJ) is minimal in style but maximal in impact and popularity – proven by numerous festival headline sets and running his own party in Ibiza, Used + Abused.

    How big? Dice has been a resident DJ at revered German club Tribehouse for a decade.

    Loco Dice
  • Laurent Garnier

    French techno maestro.
    Years before Daft Punk unleashed French dance music upon the world, Laurent Garnier paved the way with his jazz and hip hop-dusted techno, expertly demonstrated on killer tracks like ‘The Man with the Red Face’ and ‘Crispy Bacon’.

    How big? Garnier was a resident DJ at legendary Manchester club The Haçienda in the late ’80s.

    Laurent Garnier
  • Claude VonStroke

    King of the booty-shaking groove.
    Forget the porn star-ish DJ moniker and just listen to the beats thrown down by this San Franciscan dude. Head of the Dirtybird label, VonStroke is a master of infectious tech funk that demands to be danced to.  

    How big? CVS’s first release, a track called ‘Deep Throat’, sold 15,000 copies. On vinyl.


    Claude VonStroke
  • Netsky

    The new face of drum ’n’ bass.
    This young producer’s rolling, air-punch-friendly take on D&B has won him a staggering amount of fans. For SW4, he’ll be breaking out his epic live show, which has wowed audiences around the globe and should do the same on Clapham Common.

    How big? Netsky has topped both the Belgian album and singles charts. He’s only 25.

    Netsky

Deadmau5

World-dominating rodent.
It’s hard to underestimate the global reach of mouse-mask-sporting DJ Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5. After years of releasing club-friendly electro-trance anthems, he’s going deeper, releasing underground techno and favouring darker beats in his DJ sets. A little less cheese for this mouse, then.

How big? Deadmau5 has over nine million Facebook ‘likes’. That’s more clicks than there are people in Switzerland.




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