Secretsundaze announce two 1-day festivals and their first new resident DJs in 20 years

Influential London DJs and party crew Secretsundaze stride into their 21st year with bold plans, new residents and two one-day festival concepts that each bring something fresh to the capital.

Secretsundaze turned twenty in 2022 and marked the occasion by moving firmly forward with shows across Europe including Glastonbury as well as the debut live performance of the new sister act Spirit of Sundaze Ensemble. Always a step ahead, founders Giles Smith and James Priestley now welcome two exciting new talents to join them as residents.

“Cosmo Sofi and Macca are two of our favourite emerging DJ talents in London. We’re big fans of their radio shows – Sofi previously on Worldwide FM and Macca the notorious One Glove show on NTS Radio. Both played wicked sets for us last year at Secretsundaze and we’ve become good pals since – we really vibe with them, which is super important to us. We hope that with this new resident series and the wider platform Secretsundaze offers, as well as the support of our community of dancers, we can help them on their way to becoming well-deserved firm fixtures on the club circuit.” – James Priestley

The pair will get to showcase their skills at a special Secretsundaze Residential event on Saturday, March 11th at Corsica Studios, which will hold fond memories for many after some great events there in the past. This time, James and Giles dig deep and play all night long in room one while new residents Macca and Cosmo Sofi curate room two. They each play back to back with guests of their choosing: Macca pairs off with NTS cohort Sofie K while Cosmo Sofi links with the eclectic Soundway Records affiliate and esteemed digger Norsicaa.

Giles Smith and James Priestley

Prior to that, the Spring season officially opens on Saturday, February 18th with a first-ever Secretsundaze event at Low Profile Studios. It is an intimate warehouse space on an industrial estate in Haringey, North London which will be transformed with subtle production into the warm, vibey space which is so strongly associated with Secretsundaze.

On Thursday 6th April – Good Friday eve – the party returns to Colour Factory. This time it plays host to a carefully chosen mix of DJs and live acts which the team continue to showcase including the UK live debut of hotly tipped, Berlin-based Stella and the Longos. Their superb “Détends Toi” release on Cosmic Romance Records was a firm hit with tastemakers across the board including the likes of Hunee & Antal. Their unique sound drawing on zouk and boogie with Stella’s fiery verses adds real sensuality next to offbeat rhythms.

Joining them will be New York’s prominent Dee Diggs, a core part of the Big Apple’s queer scene with a sound rooted in expressive house music plus Suze Ijo who hails from the ever-excellent Rotterdam scene, is a regular on Operator Radio and works at the legendary Clone Records. Add in new Secretsundaze resident Macca, the fast-rising collector and selector that is Meg Paine plus man of the moment Alex Kassian and you have a bumper party indeed. Tickets will be on sale from 12:00 (GMT) on Monday 13th February at RA.CO.

Saturday, May 6th at 60 Dock Road London sees the first of the two new festivals. Organised in partnership with The Cause, ‘Secretsundaze Festival of Dance’ will be a one-day event showcasing all that the brand new venue has to offer and encompassing open-air and indoor areas.

“We’re gassed to announce a brand new festival concept this year. It arrives slap bang in the middle of our extra May bank holiday weekend as we take over one of London’s most exciting new spaces – 60 Dock Road. ‘Festival of Dance’ runs across a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces from day into night with our signature Secretsundaze shades of underground house leading into harder and dreamier spheres as the day progresses.” – Giles Smith

Next up, Secretsundaze presents ‘Multi Multi’ festival on Saturday, July 8th across several Hackney Wick spaces. Last year’s pilot was a roadblock success so this year it comes back bigger and better with more venues, dancefloors and increased capacity. The Yard’s sun-soaked courtyard and all of Colour Factory’s ever-expanding areas will be in use alongside the canal side terrace at Crate, the warehouse at Studio 94 and the inimitable Boat Live. In total there will be four open-air dance floors plus three indoor nighttime sessions. Much-loved DJ crews and labels will each bring their own sounds so expect multiple crews, multiple venues and multiple vibrations.

Pre-sale ticket registration for Secretsundaze’s Multi Multi festival and Festival of Dance is available HERE.

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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.