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MADE 2016 - Dusky, Low Steppa & Tom Shorterz pick three acts not to miss

Written by
Jon Cook

This weekend, MADE returns to Digbeth for three days of music, food and incredible vibes. Things kicks off on Friday evening with a street food festival courtesy of Digbeth Dining Club, before dozens of the world's best DJs and performers take to the stage on Saturday for an all-day rave in the open air, followed by a very special show from Hacienda Classical on Sunday.

Ahead of the festival, we tracked down a trio of the biggest acts playing on Saturday and asked them to pick out three other performers from this year's festival that they recommend you really don't miss. Read on for who Dusky, Low Steppa and Tom Shorterz will be moving their feet to this Saturday at MADE.


House duo Dusky are responsible for some of the biggest and best tracks of recent years, with their forthcoming solo album 'Outer' due on their own label 17 Steps in October. Here's here they won't be missing on Saturday...

'One of our oldest friends and the best DJ we know. He played after us at our first ever live show in London earlier in the year and smashed it. Versatile, able to play across a range of genres and always on-point with his selection.'

'Hugo came to our attention following his 'Control' EP for XL. We got in touch and signed a track called ‘Restart The Sun’ for our 'Floor To Floor' compilation on 17 Steps. He’s got an interesting sound and mixes up different influences in a very individual way.'  

'Boddika has been consistent as both a producer and DJ for years. He’s a real pioneer and hero of the UK scene.' 



Local lad Tom Shorterz needs little introduction to Brummie crowds, regularly smashing dancefloors to bits at his 02:31 night at Rainbow with his own bass-heavy take on the 4/4 sound. Here are three acts Tom suggests you definitely catch at MADE 2016...

'Toddla brings a different kind of vibe. Always weighty, I've seen him play in Birmingham many times and every time he's absolutely taken the roof off.'  


'One of Birmingham's finest. His energy on the decks is next level. He's someone who I've grown up with as a DJ, but still to this day he gets me hyped when he's on the 1s and 2s. Oh yeah, and his tune 'Nasty' is one of the biggest bangers around.'


'Andy is an absolute wizard on the decks; a serious DJ. I've seen him a handful of times at festivals, but to catch him on my doorstep is gonna be extra special. D&B DON!!!'


Another member of Birmingham's rising stable of bass-house stars, Low Steppa is so highly rated by the guys behind MADE, they've given him his very own stage at this year's event. Expect the likes of Mark Radford, Sonny Fodera and Tommy Vercetti playing alongside the man himself - and read on for three other acts Low Steppa won't be missing at MADE 2016...

'A must-see: absolute filth and a don from Birmingham! I just saw Chris at Electric Forest, as he was playing right after me. It was savage.'  

'These guys play the sickest sets, so the vibes will be unreal. They're both talented in their own right, and together they're insane. Don't miss them on my Low Steppa & Friends stage.'

'Not much needed to be said here, been a fan of these guys for years. Let rip and enjoy!'  

MADE Birmingham takes place on Friday July 29 - Sunday July 31 in Digbeth, Birmingham. For more info head to the MADE Facebook page.

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