Kappa Futur Festival Review - Svan Vath, Jamie Jones, Solomun and more….. - Saturday July 11th and Sunday July 12th - Turin, Italy
Since 2013 Kappa Futur has grown in stature and is now arguably Italy’s leading festival. On the 11th of July 2015 25,000 techno fans descended on the Parco Dora former Fiat factory in the centre of Torino.
The line up rang true of an event worthy of international acclaim, with the main stage home to many of the scenes leading names. Acts such as Ben Klock and Marcel Detterman were joined by Solomun, Seth Troxler and the Martinez Brothers and Pan Pot on the first day. Each delivering sets worthy of a cinematic setting, yet it was Sirusmodestelktor’s live show that drew the crowds for the last hour before the 12am curfew.
Elsewhere on the ‘Kings Stage,’ New York legends, the anointed ‘Kings of House,’ David Morales, Louie Vega and Tony Humphries thumped out classic hit after hit. Age really isn’t a factor when it comes to DJs. Across the line up we saw those such as Sven Vath and DJ Harvey who still play out every weekend and with all that experience of reading the audience, are able to send any club or festival into overdrive. Which is exactly what Morales, Vega and Humphries did and have been doing for the past 20 years. Simply on an enjoyment level alone they were the musical highlight of the festival.
After managing to navigate a taxi to the outskirts of the city a select few arrived at the after party, nestled in the woods this open air club was at capacity until 6am. With no acts announced it was Ben Klocks surprise appearance for a set at 2am which raised the energy levels once again, dropping DJ Deeons – Freak Like Me was a particular stand out moment of joyous exclamations from weary dancers who had been going since the festival opened at 12.
The second day of any festival is when the most interesting people appear, Kappa Futur was no difference and it was clear some had simply continued the party since Saturday, but if anything this exacerbated an already warm and welcoming, largely Italian, crowd. Re-connecting with dancefloor soldiers from the night before it was warming sets from some of the other stages away from the Main Arena, which always held the attention of the majority of the crowd, that were the order of the early part of the day.
At the Dora stage, nestled in the trees, local Torino resident Munir Nadir impressed with a solid selection before Pillow Talk took to the stage for a rousing live set. Recondite’s live set toughened things up further before Kolsch took to the stage. Although some sound issues plagued the first few tracks the sets was awesome. That was the only fault found with the sound all weekend that throughout was an example all festivals should seek to follow. This was quickly rectified and his smooth blend of tech house certainly kept the crowd happy.
Heading back to the main stage for the final act, you got a sense of the anticipation, it felt as though the entire festival had crammed in front of the main stage for Italian hero Joseph Capriati. His set didn’t disappoint as his up front techno saw arms raised at regular intervals, there was a real sense of witnessing something special and for a lot of the crowd emotional. With a big group of the festival organisers joining him on stage, you could sense as well that Capriati was feeding off the energy and with one of his last track the anthemic sing-along, Underworlds – Born Slippy, the roof of the main stage at Parco Dora was almost blown off one last time.