IRELAND’S summer festival season will be kicking off on the shores of Lough Ennell outside Mullingar in just over four weeks, when Life 2017 gets underway.
Now in its twelfth year, the festival attracts some of the world’s premier underground electronic musicians to the picturesque grounds of Belvedere House, for three days and nights of camping and music.
This year’s line-up is the festivals best yet, with a global collaboration of techno musicians including favourites Eats Everything, Nina Kraviz, Patrick Topping, Alan Fitzpatrick, Maya Jane Coles, DJ EZ, Rudimental and Duke Dumont.
There will be a strong contingent of Irish DJs at this year’s festival including Sunil Sharpe, DJ Deece, Kaily, Jamie Behan and Maedbh O’Connor.
One of the most hotly-anticipated DJs at this year’s festival will be Resident Advisor’s poll-topper, Dixon.
Born Steffen Berkhahn, the German DJ and Producer grew up in East Berlin and where he began aiming for a career as a professional footballer or a long-distance runner, an ambition that was thwarted due to injury.
In the early 1990s he began DJing under the name Dixon in Berlin clubs such as Turbine, Tresor, E-Werk and WMF.
For several years he held a weekly residency at WMF with Mitja Prinz, which he describes a key experience in his formative years as a DJ. His residencies at Tresor, WMF and later Weekend Club all involved playing long sets. In a city known in particular for techno music, Dixon established a reputation as a deep house DJ.
Dixon’s global prominence as a DJ has grown over the years through appearances at clubs and festivals worldwide. He was voted No. 1 in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ Poll in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In terms of style, German newspaper Die Welt credits Dixon with “bringing back vocals, drama and grand emotions to the dancefloor” after the electronic dance music scene was dominated by minimal techno.
Life Festival takes place on the grounds of Belvedere House, Mullingar from 26 to 28 May. For further information or to purchase tickets visit www.life-festival.com.