Thu 23 Mar 2023 • Bene & Karl
6 REASONS TO LOVE THE FLASH 2023 LINEUP
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Need more convincing that this year’s lineup is our best yet? Here’s why we’re deliriously excited
With great booking power comes great responsibility and a great lot of Excel work, too. Sure, when you’re creating a lineup for a microfestival like FLASH, you’ve got a little less to think about; but it’s got to be all killer and absolutely no filler, with no negative space in the poster to hide in. Well, at the risk of sounding a little smug, we’re confident that the FLASH 2023 lineup is our best effort yet, bringing world-class selectors, cutting-edge producers and returning heroes to Tuscany for three nights of La Dolce Vacanza spent eating, drinking and dancing. A combination of crowd-pleasers and cult-favourites, we make sure that you have the best time whether you’re a dance music aficionado or just dancing while fishing for lardo.
Only had a quick flick through the acts? Taken a cursory glance but not hovered over your cursor? Here are six reasons to love the FLASH 2023 lineup.
We’ve Got the Baddest of Them All
If you haven’t heard on the grapevine, FLASH 2023 has got a platinum-certified, Number 1 artist and she’s the Baddest of Them All. The first UK female DJ to hit the top spot in twenty years, Eliza Rose is set to be the talk of Tuscany when she whips up a fresh pesto of UKG, bass and ravey classics. Having commanded seas of fans at the likes of Lost Village, Field Day and Outlook, here’s a chance to catch her in the smallest crowd she’ll likely ever play again. Stick on new two-stepper ‘Better Love’, pour yourself a glass of rosé and get ready to enjoy the biggest tune of summer 2022 in summer 2023.
Two of Aussie’s Finest are Here
It’s no secret that we’ve got more than an ounce of Oz regulars at FLASH, plus our very own via Cairns-born co-founder. Naturally, then, we’re continuing to big-up down-under through two of Australia’s finest DJs, starting with the return of DJ BORING who owned Friday night last year. We’re also stoked to be bringing HAAi to FLASH for the first time, who’s Phonox residency made every weekend a big one and also created one of the most gorgeous LPs of 2022, Baby We’re Ascending. That 23 hour flight’s worth it!
You Won’t Miss a Single Act
The beauty of a one-stage micro festival? You’ll never miss out on an act; no clashes or huddling in front of a crumpled flier working out who to see and who to swerve. If you’re sufficiently fuelled by pizza, pasta and Pet Nat, you’ll be able to watch every single artist on the FLASH 2023 stage, plus, who knows, the odd impromptu set-up that isn’t even on the poster.
Inside Moves Return to the Pool
Northern Ireland must have felt positively quiet on the third weekend of May last year; scores of Belfastians came over to Tuscany to catch local favourites Inside Moves spinning early-evening heaters by the pool. Naturally, we’ve invited the boys back for a second serving, so expect another warm-up set that threatens to overturn the gazebo and replace the entire pool with swills of spilled beer, wine, negroni, Aperol, prosecco and tears.
There’s Some Ace Rising Talent
Even dance music enthusiasts and personal Resident Advisor advisors to their other residents might not have heard of a couple of our acts, but, ragazzi, you’ll be glad to hear their music. Tai Lokun is loudly carving out a reputation thanks to slots on NTS and Rinse FM, sets at Love Saves The Day, Lost & Found, Love International and Lost Village (and that’s just the Ls!) and a style revolving around skippy, shuffling beats and choppy tempos. We’re also hyped to welcome Manami to the famiglia, a key player in Bristol’s bass scene and now winning over new fans thanks to a slot on Noods and closing We Out Here's Worldwide FM stage last year. If you needed proof it’s fate: her first ever tune? ‘Plastic Italo’.We Can All
Teach Barry How to Swim
And to complete the lineup? Enter, floating on a lilo, Barry Can’t Swim, the Edinburgh-born DJ making waves thanks to his energetic sets that fuse together jazz, house, techno, jungle and whatever else he’s getting off on. Following his 2021 debut EP ‘Amor Fati’ and joining Ninja Tune, Barry’s been featured by Radio 1, Mixmag and The Blessed Madonna. Now, he’s coming over to Tuscany and it’s going to go swimmingly – and on that note, expect an unofficial class to help Barry go from aqua averse to leaping salmon overnight.