Best Ever Festival Sets To Stream Online: Techno

Best Ever Festival Sets To Stream Online: Techno

With a lot of time to occupy and quarantine blues to shift, nothing fills a void with joy more than discovering and indulging in musical goodness. And with the current trend of live-streamed concerts and sets emerging every day, there's more than enough to shake off your cabin fever.

Equally, transporting back in time and reminiscing about fun-fuelled times is a useful distraction from the bombardment of worrying news.

With this in mind, we thought it'd be fitting to take on a whistle-stop tour of the best steamable techno sets, a genre that was built on uniting people and forming a community to escape the harsh pressures of reality. Jump on the nostalgia train and strap in for a ride of timeless techno.

808 State - Glastonbury, 1992

Indulge in some rare footage of acid house revolutionaries, 808 State tearing it up at Glastonbury in '92, blasting through hardcore, house, techno, and breaks. The shaky camera, funky outfits, and loose enthusiastic dance moves just screams illegal rave energy, and not many people channeled this as well as 808 State in their prime.

Orbital - Glastonbury, 1994

Here is another Glastonbury performance, from another iconic acid house outfit, Orbital. This NME stage headline performance remains to be one of the duo's most groundbreaking moments to date. 

Having released their debut self-titled album and subsequent record Orbital 2 prior to Glastonbury, Orbital were under the spotlight and flying the flag for UK electronic music. However, the TV coverage of their 1994 performance propelled Orbital into the masses, cementing dance music as more than just an underground sound. 

Underworld - Pinkpop, 1998

Over a momentous 40 years, Underworld have been prominent players in the electronic music scene, headlining festivals across the globe and releasing countless techno anthems including one of the most iconic dance tracks of the decade, 'Born Slippy (Nuxx)'.

This particular set at Dutch favourite Pinkpop shows the duo at the prime, with Rick Smith and Darren Emerson effortlessly cruising through their thunderous back-catalogue, whilst frontman Karl Hyde dances loosely with an occasional energetic vocal.

Carl Cox - Dance Valley, 2001

One of dance music's most legendary names, Carl Cox has been a key player in the house and techno scene since its beginnings, holding a residency at Ibiza's iconic club Space and topping festival bills worldwide.

Not only an incredible selector, but the British DJ is also one of the friendliest in the game. This set showcases Carl Cox in control of the thousands of ravers in front of him, taking them on one techno-fuelled journey - oh yes, oh yes!

Ricardo Villalobos - Exit Festival, 2010

A notorious figure in the underground electronic music world, Ricardo Villalobos is as flamboyant as he is skilled. The way he operates the decks is almost incomparable to any of his peers, displaying no fear in playing oddball tunes, abrasively cutting between tracks, or looping the same sound for 10 minutes.

This sounds somewhat pretentious but Villalobos executes this with such flair, making him a joy to watch. Here he is at Serbia's Exit Festival at the top of his game.

Surgeon - Dimensions, 2015

Surgeon is undoubtedly one of techno's finest producers and DJs, mastering the style of slick, pacy stripped-back techno which never loses its groove or focus. Whether he's playing with Regis as British Murder Boys or solo, Surgeon captivates the dancefloor with hypnotic yet tireless techno bombs.

Like in this wonderful set at Dimensions, Surgeon's preferred way to play is with a fairly minimal live setup, but it goes without saying that it packs a punch!

Helena Hauff - Flow Festival, 2017

Undoubtedly the female boss of electro, Helena Hauff has taken the world by storm with her uncompromising sound, which certainly takes no prisoners. Her sets are rough and ready, drenched with high energy and charisma, and stitched together with incredible mixing.

She's one of techno's most in-demand DJs, and each time she steps up to the decks, she proves why. Her set at Finland's Flow Festival is a prime example of Hauff's sound and skill-set. 

Blawan - Dekmantel, 2017

Possessing a heavy inventory of blistering tracks as well as having as the ability to ignite any dancefloor, whether that be a sweaty dark room or a large festival stage, Blawan is a techno powerhouse. His productions and sets are heavy and hypnotic, yet boast a stand-out edge that fails to tire. This is displayed within Blawan's headline set at the iconic Boiler Room stage at Dekmantel.

Rødhad - Time Warp, 2018

Rødhad is a DJ who, despite not conforming to an easy-listening sound, and instead, churning out ruthless and gritty techno has risen to the top, establishing himself as an electronic music heavyweight. Well-loved and respected, the German DJ packs out clubs and festival stages worldwide, each time taking the reigns and controlling the crowd like a puppet master. 

DJ Stingray - Katharsis, 2018

DJ Stingray is a master of his craft with unmatched technical skills and a record collection packed full of techno and electro gems and dancefloor belters. Over a 30 year extensive career, Stingray remains one of the greatest electronic music artists, continuing to dazzle crowds with meticulous mixing and unreal selections. This set at Dutch techno giant Katharsis remains one of Stingray's best streamable sets, and it's not hard to see why. 



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