Eight Must-See Performances at Big Burn Istanbul 2017

With so many performers on the line-up for this year’s Big Burn Istanbul, it can admittedly be a bit overwhelming to try and plot out which artists to be sure to catch. After several listens through the helpful, official Spotify playlist, as well as to various SoundCloud pages, I’ve managed to set aside some personal highlights for this year’s three-day electronic music extravaganza.

For those totally out of the loop, this year’s festivities run from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July and see performances from Loco Dice, Dixon, Acid Pauli, Andre Galluzzi, Anthea, Argenis Brito, Autarkic, Ayman Awad, Barnt, Bedouin, Boot & Tax, Dani Casarano, Dualitic, Felipe Valenzuela, Furkan Kurt, Hubble, Isolée, Janina, Javi Redondo, Jeremy Olander, John Acquaviva, Kalebrese, Lake People, Lawrence Klein, Lollino, Luciano,  Mira Joo, Nick Höppner, Nastia, Nicolas Lutz, Nicole Moudaber, NU, Onur Özer, Patrice Bäumel, Peter Ratkay, Richie Hawtin, Ryan Elliott, Subb-an, Valentino Kanzyani, Vera, and more.

Various ticketing options include daily passes, two-day passes, three-day passes and the option to buy a three-day pass that includes the option of camping. All tickets are available via Biletix.

So with no further ado, here are eight highly anticipated performances from this year’s line-up:

Luciano – This longtime Swiss-Chilean DJ and mastermind of Cadenza Records is one of electronic music’s juggernauts for good reason. From humble beginnings in Santiago, Luciano has pushed his blend of techno house over the years and influenced plenty of new artists in the process. Relocating to Europe in 2000, the last two decades have seen him perform for millions at some of the world’s most popular venues, alongside the biggest names in the game.

Nicole Moudaber – This Lebanese techno DJ offers a serious dose of energy to those looking for more wild, upbeat electronic sounds in their festival experience. Her background of being a promoter, radio host, and record label owner all further her case of being all about the music. Plan on this being one of this year’s fiercest performances.

Richie Hawtin – Another internationally acclaimed member of the old guard, Hawtin’s unique style of minimal electro house has kept people dancing for decades. 2010’s Plastikman 1.5 is testament that he’s capable of evolving his sound and staying on par with contemporary DJs, while his business acumen has remained ever-evolving and supported plenty of up-and-coming artists. His recent collaboration to create Play Differently will continue to push the electronic music scene in new and interesting directions.

Acid Pauli – Local electronic enthusiasts will be quite familiar with Martin Gretschmann’s club-catered performances, as he’s repeatedly performed in Turkey over the years. Drawing from a seemingly endless array of samples, Acid Pauli’s sets sway between genres and influences, all while maintaining his unique brand of upbeat vibes to keep crowds happy.

Bedouin – The aptly named duo of nomads Rami Abousabe and Tamer Malki might be Brooklyn-based, but their enchanting rhythms and swaying melodies show off a wide range of international influences.

Hubble – Another appropriately named performer for this year’s festivities, Hubble’s atmospheric, jazz influenced music can perhaps be best described as spacey. With long, drawn out soundscapes, you’ll find yourself lost in these ambient rhythms.

Dualitic – Seemingly one of the lesser known artists at this year’s festival, one of the most notable qualities of the French native DJ is the diversity present in his mixes. Although with an obvious favoritism towards tech house, there is certainly a bit of experimentation taking place here and it’s easy to find yourself shaking your hips in the process.

Anthea – This Berlin-based DJ is undoubtedly one of the best finds in the process of exploring this year’s line-up. Her love and dedication to house and techno are always apparent. Her often long, ongoing tracks avoid repetitiveness and dance among fresh, inspiring sounds. Can safely assume that her sets carry the same degree of confidence.

Image courtesy of the organizer.

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Tarik Yassien
Tarik Yassien is an American who relocated to Istanbul in an effort to connect with his Turkish roots. His passions here include the cuisine, nightlife and football culture.


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