Backdrop’s third birthday celebration on Friday May 4th with Anastasia Kristensen will be our final ever party. We are incredibly grateful to all of you for dancing with us, it is very humbling and inspiring to have shared a dance floor with some of the most passionate and open minded music lovers we have ever met. You are all what has made Backdrop so special and we are very excited to have one more opportunity to unite once again under the power of this music that binds us. We will be sharing some of the many fantastic memories we have shared with you all over the coming weeks & would love to hear about some of your highlights also. Once again, thank you to those who have sweated with us, played for us, helped us, told your friends about us, read our features, listened to our podcasts, sold tickets or worked in the venues. We will never forget what we all achieved together. See you all for a Bank Holiday send off, we would be really grateful if you could join us for a final throw-down. Tickets available here : https://bit.ly/2IXEUx9
Our resident, Dr. Joseph, played with her at No Bounds Festival in Sheffield’s Hope Works and her set before Jeff Mills was as ruthless as it was creative. Her relentless energy and happiness behind the decks is also very contagious! Since then she has shelled it out at Tresor, all across North America, Fabric and many more rave caves and warehouses. Ears have pricked up the world over on hearing this powerful, dynamic style of techno being dished out with such freedom and finesse.
Her recent record on Mord was also a mean dance-floor head-shredder. Not constrained by any pretension or ego & following in the footsteps of Helena Hauff, Jane Fitz, Saoirse & Zener Brothers, she embodies everything we hope for in a Backdrop guest and we are proud to bring her Newcastle debut. Dr. Joseph, Simon & Noissi.mE will be opening proceedings and Headphone Magic will be heading up room 2 for this birthday celebration. Thank you so much for helping us to reach this raving milestone.
We are also constantly searching for artists who we know will bend your mind and contort your body, but who you may not have seen play yet. Without doing so, we cant keep things affordable, nor can we play our part in helping such artists get the exposure they rightly deserve. That is what is so exciting about what you have afforded us to build. We now have an opportunity to share the talents of those you may never have heard of, to be totally mind blown by a local DJ you never knew even collected records, or to have a guest artist who normally plays to thousands play for 300. Without doing all of this we feel we are doing you a disservice.
Resident Advisor had this to say…“Kristensen’s rise in the dance music scene has been quick. She went from being an unknown quantity at the beginning of this year to playing festivals like Unsound and Berlin Atonal just a few months later. If you haven’t had a chance to experience her DJing on her recent trips around Europe and North America, then her RA podcast gives you a good idea of what you’d hear: vintage Aphex, IDM-inflected techno, rolling electro and a cheeky edit of an old tune for good measure. “It’s not easy to make techno feel new, but the young Danish DJ Anastasia Kristensen offers a fresh perspective. Her view of the genre is wide-eyed and all-encompassing—she’s as likely to play old-school electro, Pan Sonic and vintage rave music as she is anything by a contemporary techno producer. (A recent video of Kristensen playing intense hoover synth leads on the Copenhagen metro attests to her penchant for old-school techno.) She plays tracks that have unusual three-dimensional textures, tracks that move and shake in unexpected places, tracks that shimmy across the stereo spectrum in dazzling clarity. She can DJ at a techno club one night and play with Mumdance’s experimental Different Circles crew the next. In other words, she likes techno that breaks up the genre’s straight-ahead march, which is why her sets are so captivating— she keeps dancers on their toes as they await the next breakdown or unexpected left turn. Kristensen’s rise in the dance music scene has been quick. She went from being an unknown quantity at the beginning of this year to playing festivals like Unsound and Berlin Atonal just a few months later. If you haven’t had a chance to experience her DJing on her recent trips around Europe and North America, then her RA podcast gives you a good idea of what you’d hear: vintage Aphex, IDM-inflected techno, rolling electro and a cheeky edit of an old tune for good measure.”