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The Northern Irish house DJ gears up to play Creamfields this August Bank Holiday weekend (25-28 Aug). Apart from a few minor additions, he tells Big Issue North, it’s pretty much his perfect festival.

How would you describe your sound?
Happy house music with a lot of summer vibes to it. I love vocals.

Tell us what you’ve been up to since last summer?
I have been working hard in the studio making as much music as I can I’ve been working with a lot of vocalists lately. I have also been playing a lot of gigs off the back of Keep It Comin’, which has been a lot of fun.

What festivals are you playing this year?
I am back at the amazing Creamfields for the fourth year in a row. It gets better each year. I am also playing at the MTV festival in Northern Ireland with Martin Garrix and many more. I’m really looking forward to that one. It’s still early days so hopefully I’ll be able to add some more dates to that.

Who else are you excited to see at the festivals?
Eric Prydz is always a must-see for me. I always look forward to seeing a lot of new DJs that I have never seen before. I also like checking out unknown talent at festivals – that’s one of the best things about festivals compared to clubs.

If you could curate your own festival what would the line-up look like with artists dead or alive?
Hard question. Daft Punk would be my headliner, Carl Cox is a must-have, the Chemical Brothers are another. Other than that I think the Creamfields line-up this year is pretty much perfect.

What’s your best festival memory?
Watching the Chemical Brothers at the beach party in Northern Ireland – amazing.

What’s in your festival survival kit?
Ear plugs, old trainers and fresh socks.

Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
Good hospitality for the customers. I think any festival with good hospitality is on to a good thing.

Antonia Charlesworth

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