E-Coli’s 10 acts not to miss at Balter Festival 2018

The Balter Festival founder has rounded up a few of his favourites from this year's lineup

E-Coli lineup Balter Festival 2018

Balter Festival 2018 is fast approaching with another three-day bender at Chepstow Racecourse from 8– 10 June. Easily one of the most eclectic festivals we’ve been to, with over 200 acts across 10 unique stages, we’ve asked Balter Festival founder and DJ E-Coli to let us in on a few of the acts he wouldn’t miss for all the Buckfast in the world. 

From a rare UK date from Lisbon’s underground party starters Pás De Problème (their only festival performance this summer), to an appearance from MC Devvo, who has stepped briefly out of retirement to gas up Balter’s The Caravan stage; E-Coli has given us his top 10 acts not to miss this year.   

If you read our Balter Festival 2017 review, you’ll know that Balter Festival is about much, much more than the music; but with such a juicy lineup on offer this year, you’d be sorry not to punctuate your mischievous wanderings with some of these stand-out sets.

1. Pás De Problème – Saturday – 9-10pm, The Caravan

‘Turbo-folk, knees-up, mad seven-piece band from Portugal, Pás De Problème are headlining the main stage on Saturday night and guaranteed to send any dancefloor crazy.’

2. Ed Rush – Saturday – 1-2am, The Hex

‘An absolute legend of DnB, Ed Rush is coming in as the special guest as part of the massive Critical Music takeover on Saturday night.’

3. KOAN Sound – Friday – 12.30-2am, The Hex

‘Combining glitch, dubstep, drum and bass, and fantastic production, Bristol’s KOAN Sound are headed to Balter after a long time spent tucked away in the studio. We can expect some new music and an incredible live show from Friday night’s headliners on The Hex stage.’

4. Henge – Saturday – 1-2am, Balkanical Circus

‘Earth’s primary exponents of Cosmic Dross coming from deep outta space to demilitarise. A cult band that you do not want to miss!’

5. Abba Gabba  – Saturday – 11pm-12am, The Disco Ball

‘The musical marriage you didn’t know that you needed: Gabba versions of Abba classics that really must be seen to be believed. Abba Gabba return to Balter Festival for their only performance this year.’ 

Live at Balter 2017

We're keen for Balter this coming weekend, if you want to see Abba Gabba it will be our ONLY GIG THIS YEAR! Here's some of our set from last years festival, amazingly put together by 3Dimensional Media

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6. Nubiyan Twist – Sunday – 9-10pm, The Caravan

‘With jazz, afrobeat, world and hip hop influences, Nubiyan Twist are a powerful 10-piece band. Compounding a horn section and full band with the entrancing vocals of frontwoman Nubiya, they will be bringing the weekend to a close on The Caravan stage.’

7. Wrong Music – Friday – 8pm-2am, The Drawing Room

‘Turn back the clock with notorious old skool breakcore crew Wrong Music, as they play together for the first time in seven years. Featuring DJ Scotch Egg, Shitmat, Ebola, Ladyscraper, Floorclearer, Judith Priest, Mully, Demon Cabbage Sorry and Roger Species.’

8. The Sunday Soundclash – Sunday – 8pm-12am, The Hex

‘The reigning champions Rumble in the Jungle take on newcomers Tremor Soundsystem. Rumble have Bryan Gee, DJ Hybrid, Solo Banton and residents, while Tremor are bringing down JFB, Dutty Moonshine, Dope Ammo, Father Funk and their residents. It’s going to be heavy!’

9. Inja – Sunday – 4.45-5.45pm, Sika Studios

‘A poetic lyricist and steadily rising star of the UK underground,  Inja spreads positivity and vibes wherever he goes.’

10. MC Devvo – Saturday – 6.15-7pm, The Caravan

‘The pigeon kicking, 10p knicking, original Donny Soldier from Yorkshire brings some lyrical comedy to The Caravan stage. The Burberry wearing, Buckfast swilling MC comes to Balter Festival as part of a brief stint out of retirement, so this is definitely one not to miss.’

8 –10 June – Balter Festival
, Chepstow Racecourse

Photo by Robin Hill


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