Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, this summer was the sixth consecutive year that Kappa Futur Festival was identified as Italy’s leading Techno celebration.
Proving to be yet another significant weekend on the 2017 calendar in the industrial city of Turin, a thunderstorm of 45,000 Techno addicts strong united together as one under the shelter of an antiquated local car factory for two terrific 12 hour tastes of underground music heaven.
First appearing on our festival radars back in 2012, this inimitable and simply magnificent concept truly is a heart-stopping sight to behold. Attracting all of the biggest heavyweights from the realms of House and Techno, Kappa Futur Festival is divided up into three separate stages. The stripped-back overhang of an old car factory provides shelter for those in amongst it at the Jager Stage whilst trees and grass surround the Burn and Dora stages for the rest of the weekend’s antics.
No longer much of an Italian secret, we nestled in amongst a very mixed European crowd over at the Burn stage as we explored the breathtaking wonders of Kapp Futur with Smart Bar regular, The Black Madonna. An increasingly respected name on today’s underground scene, this spectacular technician effortlessly glided through another fluent and dynamic vinyl display. Arguably the most uplifting moment of her performance came when she worked in Nadastrom’s ‘Save Us’.
Next on our agenda was none other than Hot Creations boss, Jamie Jones. Cool, calm and collected, the Paradise founder worked his way through the motions delivering a dilatable taste of Techno through Pig & Dan’s ‘I Want Your Mind’. Rocketing out his trademark stripped-back House with groovy basslines and head-bopping vibrations, Jamie ignited further eruptions from the crowd with ‘Fake’ by Dennis Cruz and Jesse Calosso & Jean Pierre’s remix of AJ Christou’s ‘One, Two Three’.
Taking charge of main stage operations next was Cocoon mainstay, Ilario Alicante. Italian born and bred, the meteoric rise of Alicante was on full display for the world to see. Originally a clubber, the Pachamama favourite fused a deep connection with those on the dance floor. By working in the likes of Joris Voorn’s ‘MPX309’ and ‘Mekong Delta’ by Len Faki, the Livorno local explored a diverse range of sounds from his locker as he spread his Techno wings even further.
Globally renowned for her outstanding taste in idiosyncratic electronic music, трип temptress Nina Kraviz arrived on the Jager Stage in electrifying fashion as she stamped her authority on the Kappa faithful with her badass attitude and charismatic presence. Both uncompromising and energetic, her ambient and minimalistic selections of Bjarki’s ‘Polygon Pink Toast’ later followed by Winx by Josh Wink and plenty of her own unreleased material proudly illustrated that unmistakable Kraviz twist during the latter stages of the opening day.
Educating dance music enthusiasts in a three-hour vinyl masterpiece of the highest degree, Cocoon head-honcho Sven Vath was in-demand and in-command. Remaining more crucial and relevant than ever before, Papa Sven and his dancing sibling, Holger, had early day two arrivals magnetised to the Jager Stage from start to finish. Both an icon and a visionary, his insertion of ‘Maximaal’ by Secret Cinema & Egbert – an outstanding choice further showcasing Sven’s obsession for quality heavy-hitting selections and nothing less.
Continuing the manipulation of the minds of the Turin massive next was Ellum Records chief, Maceo Plex. The almighty American proceeded to inject the veins of those stood before him with galactic proportions of funk and feel with the likes of ‘Naked’ by Kai Anschau Feat. Mallory N. A personal highlight of his set came when he dropped ‘Conjure Balearia’. This was the perfect peak-time beast taking over the main stage crowd with a huge rolling bassline, epic build-ups and plenty of FX to stimulate dance floor senses.
Armed with a multifaceted focus, the driving force behind Afterlife, Tale Of Us, were greeted by a roaring cheer from their fellow Italian natives as they ascended to the decks. Real names Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri, Tale Of Us shook Kappa loyalists to their very core by breaking out of poetic and emotional boundaries as they worked in their latest collaboration with Ovend, ‘Red Sky’. Meticulous in their selection, their enthralling production then moved those watching into another dimension of musical perception.
Opting for a change of scenery, we then decided to welcome in the sunset over at the Burn stage with Innervisions co-founder, Dixon. Recognised as someone who has always maintained the importance of delivering an authentic message when performing, Dixon’s Turin outing was no different. His emphasis on attention to detail and enduring quality had worked wonders for all.
With darkness now upon us, we returned to the Jager Stage to get up close and personal with Italian stallion, Joseph Capriati. Dark, thunderous and insightful, Capriati underlined exactly why he deserved to be on closing set duty as he sparked exhilaration within the crowd with Eli Brown’s ‘3am’. Heralded as one of the stand-out performances of the weekend, Capriati unveiled further aces with inclusions like ‘Solar System’.
Blending together an overflowing collective of underground heavyweights, a wildly unique structure design and undoubtedly one of the most passionate audiences on the festival calendar, Kappa Futur Festival proved why it is the one bucket list box that the entire world needs to tick.
Photo Credit By: Simone Arena – Simpol-Lab