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TONIGHT! Defected Virtual Festival 5.0

Starring A-Trak, Danny Howard, Claptone and more

2020 May 08     
2 Bit Thugs

So far Defected have raised $675K for the WHO's COVID-19 Response Fund

By now most of you will be more than aware that Defected have been staging virtual festivals every weekend since the UK's coronavirus lockdown began. So this is just a quick heads-up to let you know what's happening tonight.

The star of tonight's show is A-Trak, who's playing his first ever set for Defected, which should definitely be worth checking – this is a man who won the DMC World Championships at the tender age of 15, after all! That was back in 1997: since then he's worked mostly in the fields of hip-hop (he was a member of the legendary Invisibl Skratch Piklz) and EDM, but let's not forget he was also Armand Van Helden's partner in Duck Sauce, so it'll be interesting to see what he reaches for tonight.

Joining him will be Danny Howard, Duke Dumont, Clapton, Offaiah, Roberto Surace and Sonny Fodera – all names you might more typically expect to see on a Defected line-up – but also Selena Faider and Soulmajestik. "Never heard of them!" you say? Well of course you haven't, because they're the two winners of Defected's DJ For The World competition, which launched at the start of the virtual festival series. Hailing from France and South Africa respectively, these two bedroom spinners beat out over 750 other entrants from around the world to win a half-hour set each, so again, we look forward to hearing what they can do. Who knows… this could be the very first chance to hear a next-generation superstar in action!

As ever, anyone tuning in is encouraged to make a donation to the World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Response Fund, which you can do by clicking a button next to the stream. So far, virtual festival viewers have donated some $337,500 to the Fund, which Google has doubled to $675K – fantastic work, so well done to everyone involved!

Defected Virtual Festival 5.0 is already underway (yeah, we got our times muddled… but you CAN rewind!) and runs through till 10pm – tune in by finding Defected on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

Next week will see sister brand Glitterbox hosting their third virtual festival, for which the line-up is still TBA.





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