Taking place in early August this year, Houghton Festival returns to Norfolk, UK after three years of cancellations due to COVID-19 and extreme weather.
The festival has announced the final additions to its line-up, including soul and jazz icon Roy Ayers plus Deadbeat featuring Tikiman, Osibisa and Maketoi who are set to play live electronic sets.
Previously announced names include Ricardo Villalobos, Zip, Yu Su, Ben UFO, Peach, Jane Fitz, Nicolas Lutz, Batu, Evan Baggs, Margaret Dygas, Raresh and Bobby.
“The curation of the festival will always revolve around juxtaposition and variety. The care and consideration with which we present the music is incredibly important to us,” mentions the festival’s Creative Director, Craig Richards.
Richards was also appointed to curate Wonderfruit’s The Quarry last year, making it his third time on the job.
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The open-air, wooden dancefloor stage featured top names from the Asian underground scene, one of them being Thailand’s More Rice Records crew whose members DOTT and Elaheh are invited to perform at Houghton Festival in August.
Speaking to Mixmag Asia, More Rice Record Store’s music curator, Elaheh, mentions “I think DOTT had first connected with Craig and Bobby after his set at the Quarry in 2019. With all the music he puts out there is no question he deserves this booking. It was already great news when he got the booking, and even more surreal to find out I would be joining him!”
Elaheh also states how last year’s Wonderfruit provided the crew with the platform they needed to showcase their sound to a wider audience.
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“This is a big honour for us as we are fans of the festival itself. It really is a dream come true in every sense of the word,” adds Elaheh.
Back in December 2022, Richards appointed the Thai producer to kickstart The Quarry on the third day of Wonderfruit. On the final day, DOTT and other members of the More Rice crew became the final act of the festival, closing out the Solar Village.