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There are but few artists whose anonymity remains so well intact as it does with Gesloten Cirkel. The only fact that really matters is that the all-encompassing music of Gesloten Cirkel is to reach all ears. It varies from acid-house to badass techno with robot-like sounds and silky synths.
This ultra-productive producer once started at the iconic A1 Record Shop in Manhattan. He is the founder of L.I.E.S Records with which he instigated a new wave in the electronic scene in NYC. His years working at A1 made him a diverse DJ who plays across the board, equally skilled delving into the worlds of techno, house, or even disco depending on the circumstances at hand.
Identified Patient made a strong uprise through some of the finest musical imprints while filling dancefloors across the country and throughout Europe. Prepare for a highly energetic set with a rich track collection rooted in wave and the darker side of techno.
Chicago-based DJ Rahaan will boogie the stage with his non-typical mix of dance music. Whether it is producing, remixing, editing or putting up a grand show, this guy does not seem to think twice!
Special Synth Set
The man with golden hands and a mysterious calmness: piano pioneer Matteo Myderwyk. For Clash XXL he will bring an arsenal of synths to build a magical set to take us round the edges of ambient, electro and minimal.
aether (i.c.w. boris acket)
Aether a spatial audiovisual live performance. Walls of materialized laser light constantly reshape the environment, organically modulating synchronous to the surrounding sound. The audiovisual composition symbolises the natural elements, created live by use of modular synthesizer and custom software.
Romanian duo Khidja grew up with Ottomanic lautareasca music and gypsy folk. Today they mix middle-eastern electronic music with organic sounds. Synthesizers combined with cult instruments like setar, ney or saz and grungy guitars that are reminiscent of the Krautrock era.
A tumultuous period in the Rotterdam club scene made Philou Louzolo aware of how much deep tech is rooted in African sounds and rhythm. His ambition and creativity made him rise through the ranks fast with his signature tropical house sound.
Portugese multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Surma gets compared to Björk, Joanna Newson and Portishead. Her stage floods with amps, percussion instruments, microphones, guitar pedals and sample pads with which she layers her music with much finesse.
Philip Vermeulen builds overwhelming installations and brings us his project: Flap Flap. This huge canvas pulsates and creates hypnotizing and stroboscopic patterns. It balances between the physical and the digital; between fear and fun but above all messes with your perception of sound and movement.
The name Working Titles alludes to the unfinished. Boris Acket and Kaap value the magic of the first untouched creation that is fully analog. Their life motto: “let the machines speak!”. Rumbling Motor City drum breaks, noisy synths and ghostly voices, Working Titles has it all.
incandescence - Rain
As a boy he fell under the spell of the aesthetics that welding machines and grinding poles produced in his father’s workshop. In the rain of sparks of Incandescence you experience the beauty that can be found in a metal workshop.
For the past two years, Groningen foundation Art of Clash organized several daring events in sometimes unusual locations whereby it invoked clashes between electronic music and visual art. On 6 and 7 April CLASH takes over the Oosterstraat (VERA, OOST and Grand Theatre) with electronic music, art installations, performances, lectures and workshops during CLASH XXL Festival. The weird yet perfect combination of a rave, an art museum and a festival you never knew you needed.
We work together with a lot of great partners: CBK Groningen, Galerie With Tsjalling, Grand Theatre, Jonge Harten, KopjeK, NP3, Noorderlicht, OOST, SIGN, Simplon, Soundsofmusic Festival, Studium Generale, VERA, City Central, Here and Now, Experience Groningen.