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Minimal Found Its New King at Kappa Futur Festivalkappa_main_2

Review Festival Italy By Chandler Shortlidge – Posted On 12 Jul 2016

A 4 Min Read

“Rar-esh is the new Ri-car-dooooo!”

Hearing an excited Italian man shout that at me as we danced to the Romanian selector’s chilled, summery beats this weekend at Italy’s Kappa Futur Fest, I couldn’t help but agree. His tricks with the mixer built new rhythms on top of old. His ability to shift through energy levels was unparalleled. He even sashayed across the stage like the Chilean veteran, waving and smiling at the crowd all the same. And while the similarities were in many ways skin deep, one thing was clear: minimal had found its new king at Kappa.

Taking place in a giant, disused car factory in the industrial city of Turin, Kappa is an incredible sight to behold. Huge, rusting steel girders slice their way high above you in every direction. An immense overhang provides shade for the main stage, while trees and grass line the surrounding area, providing places to relax and take a break from the action––or in the case of the park-like Dora stage, where Raresh took the decks at a surprisingly early 5PM time slot on day one, provide a beautiful space in which to spend the day raving under the sun.

Raresh at Kappa Futur Festival, photo via FuturFestival Facebook

It was a display that was almost impossible for Ricardo to match. And while he certainly brought all the Villalobos charm and charisma that’s made him one of dance music’s most inimitable and beloved selectors, it was clear that the next generation is good and ready for their time in the sun.

Elsewhere, the House stage provided plenty of warm rhythms and a welcome place to relax as the Kings Of House supergroup of David Morales, Louie Vega and Tony Humphries cut their way through some of the best music of the weekend. The only problem was the stage’s lack of accessible shade. And with the temps reaching near 30 on day one and the sun beating down relentlessly, my only option was to pony up 10 euros and buy a Burn and vodka for the free hat and sunglasses it came with. Clever bastards, Burn.

Little Louie Vega at Kappa Futur Festival, photo via FuturFestival Facebook

Highlights across the thankfully cloudier second day included Sven Väth, who provided some of the biggest records of the weekend. It takes a special kind of person to play almost every record from start to finish like the veteran German selector does, but when your tracks are endlessly inspiring, like the monstrous Kölsch remix of Vâth’s “Robot,” you let the music do the talking. Apollonia were on at the same time, and after Vath’s set woke me up and eased my day one hangover a bit, I made sure to catch the last hour or so of the French trio’s set.

They were of course on top form, providing an endless string of snappy, funk-flavoured house to keep everyone dancing, and luckily provided the after party set at Chalet later that night. The trio were so good, in fact, that I was told Ben Klock declined to take over for them to finish off the night. As a massive Klock fan, I was admittedly a little disappointed, but it would have been a Herculean task, even for him.

As the sun set on day two, Nina Kraviz proved why she’s one of today’s biggest techno selectors with an energetic, acid tinged set that perfectly suited the cavernous, industrial surroundings of the main stage, followed by an equally heavy closing set by festival favourite Ben Klock, who finished the weekend like the master he is.

Kappa Futur Fest is a relative newcomer to the global festival scene. And while the majority of the crowd were Italian, with its wildly unique surroundings, great bookings, and well thought out design, it’s hard to imagine Kappa will remain an Italian secret much longer.

Main image by Simone Arena – SIMPOL-lab