From 17-19 June , Secret Project Festival touches down in Portugal for the very first time.
After successful editions in Los Angeles, Miami and Amsterdam, Secret Project is taking to the sands of Praia da Rocha in Portimão on the country's south coast for a typically star-studded showcase of house, techno, drum and bass, disco, bassline and more.
Pulling no punches with the lineup, the organisers have called upon the great and the good of the dance music world to populate the poster – from veterans of their scenes like Sven Väth, Shy FX, Richie Hawtin or Andy C through to some of the most exciting newer superstars that electronic music has to offer.
You can check out the full lineup on our Secret Project Festival guide, but we're picked out just a handful of names you absolutely shouldn't miss when July rolls around.
One of Brazil's biggest dance music exports, if not the biggest, ANNA has carved out a path with her brand of techno that manages to balance the most driving, industrial and heavy-hitting elements of the genre with subtler grooves, melodies, and euphoric soundscapes.
Having honed her skills since the age of 14, playing in the nightclub her father owned near São Paulo, it's no surprise that ANNA has such a mastery of her craft.
Better known by some people as Redlight, it's been a couple of years now since Clipz resurrected the moniker which had garnered him near-legend status in the world of jungle and DnB in the early years of this millennium.
Back with a bang, his sets as Clipz bring the unmistakable high-octane energy of drum and bass, old-school jungle flavours, and a plentiful smattering of his trademark remixes, edits and bootlegs, spanning 90s RnB, hip-hop classics, reggae anthems, and more.
Dubfire B2B Nicole Moudaber B2B Paco Osuna
This one might be cheating, seeing as you're getting three modern titans for the price of one. But this techno triumvirate have established themselves as united force on several occasions in the past, doing the business in some of the biggest rooms and on the biggest stages.
My Nu Leng
There's an argument to be made that the Bristol duo played a significant role in laying the foundations for the likes of Holy Goof, CruCast and more lead the bassline revolution and take the sound to new global heights (both acts are also on the Secret Project lineup for this year).
But where those other names have honed in on the higher-octane, more bombastic side of things, My Nu Leng regularly navigate their way through many facets of the bass music spectrum and soundsystem culture, spanning jungle, breaks, dubstep, garage and grime as well as the bassier end of house and techno.
Having flirted with chart success in the early part of his career, the two decades since have seen Eric Prydz occupy a fascinating position in the world of dance music.
Undeniably at home alongside the more mainstream, EDM-adjacent superstar DJs, his sound nonetheless feels closer to the heyday of Ibiza clubbing, brining in elements of euphoric trance, classic electro-house and melodic techno into his unmistakable progressive house sound. All of which makes him equally at home with some of the more 'underground' names in contemporary electronic music.
And that's without even mentioning the technically spectacular live shows and incredible visuals creations.
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