For five days and nights, the biggest names in electronic music played at various venues across Derry including Roman Flügel, Gerd Janson, DVS1, Steve Bug, Avalon Emerson and Paula Temple. A highlight of this year’s festival was the performance by the Ulster Orchestra of a collection of new music created at Celtronic Studios by Ireland’s leading electronic music star, Phil Kieran and three local musicians. As always, the festival celebrated the best local and national talent via showcases of club nights and record labels and the Celtronic Emerge programme.
This year the festival introduced a ‘no phones on the dancefloor’ policy which was well received by dancers and artists alike. A spokesperson for the festival said ‘Thanks to all those that came and danced and made the atmosphere at this year’s festival so special. Thanks to the 99.99999% who observed our phone free dance floor policy at all times. In these ‘always online’, ‘always connected’ times, this has been a massive achievement and the absence of phone & camera technology returned the dance floor to it’s original purpose – dancing.’
In the absence of cameras from the festival itself, Celtronic’s photographer Emmett McLaughlin documented the festival by photographing the headliners at key locations across the city of Derry.