This weekend, the annual electronic music festival of Lyon, Nuits Sonores, will return for its 15th anniversary edition. In celebration, organizers have locked in the festival’s biggest and best program to date, with renowned selectors Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, and Jon Hopkins each picked to host and curate the daytime lineups. Today, The Black Madonna hosts kickoff festivities, with a range of top-notch international artists set to play including Honey Dijon, the quickly rising Korean selector Peggy Gou, Optimo, Derrick Carter, and more. Highlights of Thursday’s nighttime program include Roy Davis Jr., a DJ set from Palmbomen II, and Yussef Kamaal. On Friday (curated by Nina Kraviz), make sure not to miss sets from Bjarki, Levon Vincent, and a closing performance from Fred P, before an immersive nighttime experience lead by artists like Moscoman, Aurora Halal, and the always incredible Floating Points. Saturday should also be impressive, with Jon Hopkins bringing on the likes of Daniel Avery, Randomer, and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Nathan Fake. To close out the massive 15th birthday celebration, make sure to catch Soichi Terrada as well as a live set from Bulgarian heavyweight KiNK. Last minute tickets to Nuits Sonores and the full program can be found here.
This weekend also marks the return of California’s foremost transformational festival, Lightning in a Bottle, which will take place again at Lake San Antonio near Bradley. For this year’s festivities (which include the highly anticipated return of actual water in the lake), DoLab will not only debut over 10 new structures, but also several new interactive experiences and panels as well as a high quality musical program that ranges from house and techno to indie-dance and bass music. Highlights of the bill include headlining performances from Bob Moses, Kaytranada, and Bonobo, while artists from the likes of tINI, Leon Vynehall, Israeli progressive house icon Guy J, and Joel Mull will all perform at the infamous Woogie stage. This year’s trap and bass-oriented Thunder stage should also impress, with Machinedrum, drum & bass trio Ivy Lab, and Sam Gellaitry all scheduled to perform. Last minute tickets to LIB are still available; get them here. More information about the festival can also be found here.
And back across the pond in London, Unleash is partnering with Baby Ford’s legendary label Trelik for a special Bank Holiday edition at Studio Spaces. Nighttime programming is set to feature an exclusive and extended performance from BFZ, the collaborative project of Baby Ford and Zip, as well as sets from Cabanne, Petre Inspirescu, Alex Celler, and more. There is also an after party scheduled during the day on Sunday, featuring Parisian house master Djebali. Tickets can be found here.