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The Hydra: Ninja Tune Presents Solid Steel 25th Anniversary: Four Tet + Coldcut + The Orb + Actress + Trevor Jackson + Illum:Sphere + DJ Food + Cheeba + DJ Moneyshot + PC + DK + Hexstatic + James Mountain
Coldcut, The Orb and Actress will be playing DJ sets only.
The solo electronic project of Kieran Hebden of post-rock band, Fridge. What you get here is a beguiling and baffling journey into sound; a mixture of folk-inflected electronica and lo-fi murmurings incorporating elements of jazz, techno and hip-hop. His first two releases were NME singles of the week and his 2005 album, Everything Ecstatic has secured him the title of King of folktronica.
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Formed in the eighties, the tag team of Jon More and Matt Black have triumphed over the boundaries of electronic music, remaining one of the most prominent forces on the dance scene. They launched Ninja Tune in the early nineties, now home to a diverse collective of talent, such as DJ Food, The Herbaliser, Mr Scruff, Roots Manuva and more.
Multi award winning pioneers of light and sound, the duo are still going strong. Living proof that, with a dash of skill and a carton of elbow grease, Jack did finally master all those trades.
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The brainchild of Dr Alex Paterson - former Killing Joke roadie, member of Kill Bloodsports, and an employee of EG Records - The Orb were at the forefront of the development of ambient house with the euphoria-inducing sounds that have made them international club favourites.
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Actress AKA Darren Cunningham, alongside creating some of the most interesting records to emerge from the UK underground scene in years, is the founder and owner of cult label Werkdiscs and winner of the 2010 Wire Magazine's album of the year.
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AKA The Underdog. One of the best producers around, with a punk rock attitude to match.
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Chief selector at Hoya Hoya, RBMA graduate and electronic pioneer, Illum Sphere's one of the most in-demand producers and DJs today. Championed by Mary Anne Hobbs and Gaslamp Killer, Illum Sphere is all about forward-thinking production and DJ sets.
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The current incarnation of DJ Food, stepping into the worthy shoes of Coldcut. Stalwart of the Ninja Tune label, and presenter of the Solid Steel radio show, this is a world class DJ who will bring slices of hip-hop, novelty and Ninja-ness in equal (and very skillful) measures.
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Representing Solid Steel and resident with Detectives Of Perspective, Bristol's DJ Cheeba is not your average DJ, known to cut and paste anything and everything you've ever seen.
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The ever-eclectic DJ Moneyshot has won a mad decent following for his killer mixtapes, bubbling live sets, and party-smacking tunes. He’s an all round good egg, and jaw-droppingly nimble ‘pon the decks. His style is mad tight, and best described as “dancefloor beats, booties and bass with hip-hop skills". A fellow Solid Steel compatriot and XFM disc-jockey, Moneyshot has smashed parties across the globe.
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Audio Visual Extraordinaire, Ninjatune regular, Solidsteel Main Man, Music Maker and DJ, aka Darren Knott. His style is an eclectic mix of House to Hip Hop, breaks and beyond, avoiding a night of just one style and leaving plenty of room for both the latest tunes and classic rarities. Expect a memorable set, coupled with awesome projected video trickery.
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Hexstatic are VJ/DJ hiphop duo Stuart Warren Hill & Robin Brunson. Together they have been breaking new ground in audio & visual entertainment since 1995. Hexstatic started experimenting with video at the first Big Chill festival & then went on to become resident VJs at Ninja tune's Stealth night & a host of other UK clubs. If you've yet to see one of their gigs (which is full on live experience), you should. It's as simple as that!
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