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The one and only Avalon Emerson debuts at Substance!

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50 Most Exciting DJs Right Now

While these lists are obviously not without their flaws, we were pleased to see Substance regulars come in at No 1 (Helena Hauff), No 2 (Ben UFO), No 3 (Objekt) and No 5 (Dj Stingray), with some bookings who are locked in for 2018 also scoring very highly ;-)

Check out the full list here


Substance X Paradigm Warehouse Rave

Huge collaboration incoming wrapping up Audio Day at Paradigm Electronic Arts Festival, a Warehouse Event showcasing some of the most innovative Live Electronic Music Acts and DJ’s on the planet right now.

Mumdance – XL / Rinse FM
Lorenzo Senni (Live) – Warp
Eclair Fifi – Lucky Me / Rinse FM
Joe Howe (Live) – Sound Pellegrino
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Mumdance is one of the UK’s most respected DJs and producers, honing an influential and often imitated sound that draws from grime, techno, experimental sound design, hardcore and more. Holding down one of the most popular shows on Rinse FM, inspired by both the anything-goes attitude of Radio 1’s legendary John Peel and the focused style of the dance music forefathers who originally inspired him to start DJing.

Mumdance Weekly Rinse FM Residency: https://soundcloud.com/mumdance/sets/mumdance-weekly-rinse-fm

Tireless investigator of dance music’s mechanisms and working parts, The Italian producer’s amazing deconstruction of sounds and culture of the 90’s, carefully analyzing it’s constituent parts for reuse in a very different context, with repetition and isolation as key concepts.

“Do It Differently. Fly on Your Own Wings. Rave Voyeurism Is Not A Crime”

Forthcoming Release on Warp: https://bleep.com/release/88990-lorenzo-senni-xallegrox-the-shape-of-trance-to-come

The Scottish artist and illustrator started DJing at 16-years-old on pirate radio at InterFACE FM in London, and has since gone to host an In New DJs we Trust residency on BBC Radio 1 airing to over a million live audience, the LuckyMe show on Rinse FM and now, NTS.

Renowned for a series of European headline tours and club residencies; from curated parties in Paris, Coachella, ADE & The Warehouse Project – balanced with special guest sets at the likes of Ed Banger’s 20 Years of Party and MoMA PS-1 in New York, Fifi’s peerless energy is in part due to her consummate knowledge and love of weird and rare music. Her sets traverse Latin Freestyle, italo, techno, hip hop and RnB – fearlessly peppered with emergent unsigned demos.

Watch Eclair Fifi’s Debut Boiler Room set From Dekmantel Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXIcsgqreX0

Synth Funk, Fun electronic Sound Design & Composer

Classically trained on both Piano & Saxophone, Joe took to electronic music via permissive high school teachers, an old Atari ST equipped with a rudimentary version of Cubase and a slightly broken SH-101 and has been steadily recording and releasing music since 2005.

His countless projects include collaborations with Momus and several releases under the moniker Ben Butler & Mousepad. Now signed to Sound Pellegrino (Paris) Joe has appeared on SND.PE Vol 3, 4 & 5 as well as his own EP “EXEP”, which stands for “EXtra Extended Play”.

As a testament of their immediate charm, tracks: “Groove-script” and “Zip” from the release have both been licensed by KENZO for the unveiling of their recent capsule collections.

7 Hour Party – Event starts at 8pm
Get down nice and early, Headline acts on throughout the night.


11th Birthday Tickets Now on sale

Heads up that tickets for our huge birthday bash with the Hessle Audio Trio (Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Pangaea) are ON SALE NOW and flying out the door.  This will be another sell out, so you know what to do!

RA Ticket link  |  FB event 


The Best of … Gerald Donald

So, ahead of this Friday’s monumentally huge Gerald Donald / Arpanet show – his first ever Edinburgh appearance and the Scottish debut Arpanet show – we thought it’d only right to ask some past guests what their favourite track Gerald Donald was. Fascinating!

BEN UFO: Arpanet - Wireless Internet

SURGEON: Dopplereffekt - Infophysix

TESSELA: Drexciya - Black Sea

DJ STINGRAY: Dopplereffekt - Scientist

HELENA HAUFF: Der Zyklus - Biometric ID

JOHN HECKLE: LAM - Balance of Terror EP

DJ ROLANDO: Drexciya - Dr. Blowfin's Experiment (Somewhere in Detroit)

DJ PETE: Arpanet - Illuminated Displays

BLEACHING AGENT: Japanese Telecom - Mounting Yoko

MGUN: Drexciya – Birth of a New Life

VELOCITY FUNK: Arpanet – Infinite Destiny

GAVIN RICHARDSON: Abstract Thought – Hypothetical Situations (Bermuda Triangle & Galactic Rotation!)

DOMMM: Japanese Telecom – Making of Ultraman

ADAM RICHARDSON: Der Zyklus - Formenverwandler

NOSTRA TERRA: Glass Domain - Interlock

RA Preview / Arpanet Tickets On Sale!

Big ups RA!

10th birthday (28 Oct, 5am license) tickets flying – get yours here, now!

Arpanet (25 Nov) tickets now also on sale – get them here :)


10 Years of Substance – Friday 28 October 2016



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Ben UFO Incoming / 20 Years of The Bongo

This is going to be a bit special. Hands down one of the greatest dj’s of our time – at long last – plays Substance, kicking off the Bongo’s month long 20th birthday celebrations. Expect huge imported sound and visuals.  Get your ticket now from Resident Advisor.


The Guardian / RA Club of the Week Picks

Substance selected among the UK highlights in The Guardian and the Scottish highlights by Resident Advisor



Killekill Incoming …

On Friday 13th May we join forces with Berlin club and label juggernaut Killekill to deliver a special Bongo Club party celebrating their 8th birthday and 25th release compilation. Lineup TBA soon …

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