The Peacock Society Festival Preview

One of a handful of wintertime European dance music festivals, The Peacock Society Festival is set to bring a range of top acts to the heart of Paris. Running over two nights in mid-February, the festival will be held in and around a warehouse in the Parc Floral, part of the largest public park in Paris. Having been established four years ago by the WELOVE promotion company, who have their hands in successfully running a number of festivals and nights across Paris, The Peacock Society Festival looks like a perfect way to blow off some winter cobb-webs.


The Friday night’s headliners cater to both traditional house and techno fans. One of the original house innovators, Larry Heard aka MR Fingers will be bringing his live act. For Brits, this is probably reason alone to head to Paris for the weekend, as the house innovator hasn’t graced our shores in over two decades. Ben Klock, the Ostgut Tun regular will also make an appearance, bringing top-draw minimal techno.


Lower down the bill, we find Omar-S, Floating Points and Fatima Yamaha. Omar-S released an exceptional album last year, The Best, so the Peacock Society will be an interesting bench mark to see what the Detroit native has instore for 2017. Bjarki also appears for a DJ set on the Saturday. Best known for his hard techno work, Bjarki has just set up a new record label, bbbbbb, on which the first release was a re-pressing of a 1992 breakbeat hardcore rave track. The single included a remix by Bjarki as a B-side so it will be interesting to see if this sound is more heavily emphasised in his set.


The Saturday night line-up, while less stacked, is also highly promising, including Âme, Seth Troxler and MODESELEKTOR. All well-known crowd pleasers, there shouldn’t be too much of a problem keeping the crowds going until 7 AM on the Sunday morning. For those who like it a bit techier, Ø [Phase]’s brand of minimal techno offers a break from the house/tech-house dominated Saturday line-up. Over the course of the two nights, there will also be screenings of films and documentaries related to dance music culture and short talks by artists performing at the festival.


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