Fabio heads up dance acts at Wickerman 2010
Dr Huxtable and Big Toe’s HiFi also set for Dumfries and Galloway festival
While the likes of The Charlatans, Tony Christie and The Futureheads will be playing across the weekend, the Wickerman Festival has a very strong dance presence with the Axis Sound System Reggae Tent (featuring the likes of Dr Huxtable and Big Toe’s HiFi), while Skiddle once again take things up a notch in the Bass Camp. Rocking out to beats, trance, hardcore and drum & bass with Kutski, Sonny Warton, Jordan Suckley, Utah Jazz and many more keeping the tent moving.
However, for many it will be the headline set from Fabio that will get their bpms racing. A DJ since the early days of club culture, he was at the coalface as drum & bass was first shaped from the lumpen rock that was dance music. ‘We were all house DJs back in ‘88,’ he explains. ‘We speeded up the breaks and people just went crazy. We loved house music but this was edgy, we just found that the energy level went through the roof. This was our own thing, an urban, London take on dance music.’ Starting his career at pirate radio station Phase One, he then moved on to Kiss FM and helped to bring D&B to the masses on Radio 1 alongside frequent DJ partner Grooverider. ‘There weren’t superstar DJs when I was growing up. There was just Jimmy Saville,’ laughs Fabio.
Never one to plan out his set, Fabio likes to keep things spontaneous. ‘I like to play a couple of tracks, see the reaction and take it from there. As a DJ you have to be able to adapt to any situation.’
East Kirkcarswell Farm, Kirkcudbright, Fri 23 & Sat 24 Jul.