Live Transmission: Battlestar Eclectica at Rec Rock Festival 2017

Rec Rock Festival opens it’s gates next week, and The Waveform Transmitter’s Andy Weights will be on hand to talk you through his experience at the festival. Here’s what he’s looking forward to.

Rec Rock Festival opens it’s gates next week, and The Waveform Transmitter’s Andy Weights will be on hand to talk you through his experience at the festival. Here’s what he’s looking forward to.

Always eager to find out what’s happening in a festival’s dance tent, The Waveform Transmitter is about to go and find out, follow us in but remember, always keep your hands inside the carriage!

Next weekend 15th – 17th September, the Rec Rock Festival opens its gates for 3 days of eclectic music, arts and entertainment. Set in the visually mouth-watering landscape of the Peak District….Clough Head Farm to be exact.

Spread across 5 stages, it is certain there will be something for everyone. Whether it’s the big-hitting acts taking to the stage in The Barn, or the tantalising Tim Peaks tent, the home-grown talent in the Eccles Pike. Maybe the lure of the Tipi Unique will grab you, or perhaps like us you want to find the chest thumping, dirty-neon, underground, electronic vibrations, brought to us by Battlestar Eclectica.

Mixing together a diverse range of electronic music styles, here is a breakdown of what you will find on each night – Disco, House and Techno on the Friday, alongside Breaks, Bass, DnB, Hip Hop, Juke and Jungle on the Saturday, if that isn’t quite enough to make you wobble it’ll be going off on the Sunday with Afrobeat, Boogie, Funk, Reggae, Soul, and 80s fun. Quite a lot to take in, so let’s not dilly dally, here’s our top 5 artists to keep your ears out for over the weekend.

M62 Records takeover

Long-e, Tubz and Lucent from M62 Records will be bringing their popular Bassline/ Garage/ Dubstep vibes to the party, their take overs are always immense and are guaranteed to get you in the mood. The brand specializes in incisive, infectious, and incendiary tracks that have seen the label begin to infiltrate the UK Bass music scene.

DJ Alex R

This much travelled, sound adventurer brandishes his own wicked style of drum & bass laced with drum-step and a dash of dub-core, this guy tears the house down with top notch beats and intelligent musicality that combines to create a mesmerizing, original sound.

Hold it Down DJs

Self-confessed patchwork posse of nomadic DJs and adventurers of the night life, with the simple aim of turning up, playing great records, dancing like idiots, sharing a cracking few hours then shuffling off into the night. With a sound drawn from the vast realms of Disco, House and Techno, but fully expect boundaries to be crossed. If you’re after the latest bandwagon trends then they’re probably not for you. If you’re after a good time, jump aboard.

Tom Long

For all your underground, electro, minimal, techno needs, look no further than Tom Long. Here to thrust us into la la land with monster truck sized, arpeggiated synths and thunder clapping beats. It’s bound to be dark, the lights and visual effects will be blurring as we get down to some serious raving.


House and techno producer Sneakbeats will supply the kind of grooves that us underground heads are always on the scout for. Rocking the TR8 drum machine in recent live performances and not content with only making you move, this sound-onoughts set promises to send our minds stratospheric! Your body will just have to follow.

Not to mention the talented likes of ASAKA, Benny Maths, Bugsy Wan, The Stilton Warriors, discodick, Gary Powder, Zen the Sharpshooter, the oddbwar, frank fluffer, Ricky Midnight, The Mixnots, Tony Loco, Doughnutburger, Rich Furness, Miss Kendal, Jango, woky, horza, holmsey, Impurity, TknklDfklteez, and DJ Curdle.

A special mention to Salvage Radio‘s own Herbie Green, who’s set we will not be missing and is ready to erupt red-hot, minimal, electronica-infused techno-lava all over your face.

Alongside poetry and spoken word performances, AV provided by Jomotopia and Charlie Tothill will be lighting up the evenings, with a range of activities providing entertainment for children of all ages. Four on-site bars should take care of the drinking and a food court packed with street-style cuisine from all over the world should see to those hunger pangs.

Weekend tickets cost just £50 for adults and includes three-night’s camping on-site at the Clough Head Farm venue, with children aged 11 and under going free. There are also tickets available for families.

Situated 20 minutes south of Stockport town centre and between Manchester and Sheffield, there are good rail links plus designated free parking for drivers. Also, a special bus service is being organised to go from Liverpool Friday afternoon and return Monday morning, check the festival’s Facebook page for details

Rec Rock Festival is supporting homeless organisations Lifeshare and 1859 Empty The doorways, the profits are going towards a charitable, community cause.

What more can you ask for, see you at the front! in the meantime, buy your tickets right here.

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