FLASH Festival drops line-up including Eclair Fifi, DJ Boring, Bradley Zero, Yu Su…

Our hints have been simmering away gently like an arrabiata sauce; but now we’re ready to reveal a line-up that’s just as spicy. We’re proud to have curated a list of artists that we think are at the top of their games, their reputations all built on careful song selection and an ability to always read the vibes.

We’ve hand-picked acts from Australia to London, inviting them to become part of the FLASH family in our Tuscan Eden for three ace nights. We wouldn’t dare to say that the roster is a flash of genius – but you might. Let’s meet ‘em (listed alphabetically):

Bradley Zero

Last year, we had Rhythm Section alumni Chaos in the CBD repping the Peckham crew in Tuscany. Now, we’re bringing the founder of the squad. Zero became a hero in London’s nightlife scene back in ­­­2009, his collective based on spinning the best in groovy world music and soulful house. From there he moved on to crafting the early Boiler Room line-ups, before setting up his Rhythm Section INTL label, backed by support from the likes of Giles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs. Expect Zero to bring the grooviest of numbers.

DJ Boring

Cult Aussie selector DJ Boring doesn’t live up to his name – but that’s obviously a great thing. Floating onto the scene with dreamy lo-fi breezer ‘Winona’ in 2016, he’s quickly built up a sound based around pumping, euphoric and hypnotic house. Boring by name, head-rushingly exciting by nature, expect a Vitamin D infused buzz like no other.

ECLAIR FIFI

Cutting her teeth on the pirate stations of Edinburgh, Éclair Fifi is in the crème de la crème of underground DJs right now. Her sound is a magnet for hands-in-the-air moments, baking together Detroit techno sounds with smatterings of Chicago house, rave – leading her to Radio1, Rinse FM and NTS residencies across the way. Add her visual art to her CV, and she’s become a creative to be reckoned with – and the icing on the cake of our line-up.

Laurence Guy

There’s a reason we’ve invited Laurence Guy back for a second year – and that’s that he’s a really, really, really good DJ. Relentlessly, unrelentingly digging through crusty crates and dusty dives, he’s always equipped with peak time bangers. It’s no wonder then that he’s had a string of ace releases on Church Records, Mule Musiq and Studio Barnhus – and now he’ll be carting them over to play through the Tuscan dusk.

Loods

Send Loods. We reckon that should be the emergency text of any dead party – the Aussie DJ knows how to shutdown any lockdown with his funky, loopy house tunes. From dropping two sell-out records on his buddy Mall Grab’s label to dishing out mixes for Boiler Room, Rinse FM, NTS and Triple J, he’s become as much of a party shopping list as natural wine and Italian cheese (just us?) Saves your shapes for this set.

Raphaël Top-Secret

This message will self-destruct, so be quick. Often spied in the depths of a Parisian flea-market, sifting through stacks of old records, RTS is a true genre-hopper. Anything from boogie to rap, ambient to rave goes, as long as it’s ace. Recently curating the ‘Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop from Europe 1980-1991’ compilation on the esteemed Music From Memory, he’s going to bringing some clandestine magic to the FLASH DJ table. Destructing in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Yu Su

We’re outrageously excited to have Yu Su at FLASH. The Canadian DJ is one of the coolest in the game right now, spinning dreamy left-field dance music while keeping tabs on acid and craving the odd rave banger. Flatteringly, her sound’s pretty hard to explain – which means you’ll have to come check her out. Oh, and if you need any more persuading – her ‘Truants’ mix was just chosen as one of Resident Advisor’s mixes of the decade.

If that line-up wasn’t enough, we’re bringing a batch of European party-starters to warm-up with some fiery heaters:

BEASTIE

Barcelona based Italian crate digger, armed with fittingly monstrous tunes.

Bella

Known in the Amsterdam underground for turning parties from zero to eleven in a matter of minutes.

Disconnected

Based in our local town Castiglion Fiorentino, these guys are all about bringing serious disco grooves.

Menu Malin x Mauresque

French duo known for weaving together psychedelic trippers with afro-house rhythms.

Pinello

Back after performing at our inaugural event, Pinello stoically usurped techno for funk and soul when living in Kreuzberg, and we love him for it.

Rantil

Based in Berlin, he’s a disco-house DJ who peppers his sets with unexpected tasting notes.

The Camels

They haven’t got the hump with us yet, so they’re back at FLASH riding some proper rhythms.


Speaking to FLASH Director, Benedetta Venturini on what makes FLASH Festival shine

A sun-soaked festival serving up beautiful beats with the finest Tuscan eats.

14th – 16th May 2020
Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany

IT’S FLASH 2020 TIME! WELL, NEARLY. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?

The third edition of FLASH! We are incredibly excited to expand our FLASH family bringing more people from around the world to our Tuscan eden of FLASH.

I am so proud to say that every year we are bringing more and more to the table, making sure that the program is refined to perfection. We have now established a special buzz around the festival and tickets are on sale now so go go go.

HOW DID THE FESTIVAL COME ABOUT?

At the time, Karl and I were living in Berlin surrounded by very inspiring people and creative places. We had just spent a crazy five years working on world tours and festivals around the world.

I dreamt to create a music festival that celebrates the nature, style and taste of Tuscany. An experience that combines music with food and wine and to be able to gather like-minded people, travellers and friends from around the world to experience Tuscany in a new, exciting and fun way. And there you are…

WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME? WHY ‘FLASH’?

I always thought of the festival experience as a moment in time, a sudden FLASH. Something unique that only happens once and you cannot replicate it. Only if you are lucky enough to live it and be there at the right time.

THERE’S CAREFULLY SELECTED FOOD, WINE AND ARTISTS. WHY IS CURATION SO IMPORTANT?

Tuscany is a way of living, always searching for the finest taste and best quality to bring to the table. I thought why not combine the deepest love for food and wine that Tuscans have (that I have) with those genres in vogue that best suit this incredible panorama?

Let’s say that Tuscany deserves it – for its natural beauty and its unstoppable pursuit of art in history.

WHAT DOES FLASH – APART FROM GALLONS OF NATURAL WINE – BRING TO THE TABLE THAT NO OTHER ITALIAN FESTIVAL DOES?

The multi-sensorial festival experience. FLASH goes beyond music, combining it with food and wine activities that bring people to live together through an immersive 3-day experience.

It’s catching the latest artists vibing clubs and parties around the world in an intimate setting, with your mates, old and new, without being squashed in the crowds.

LASTLY – WHY TUSCANY? WHAT IS TUSCAN CULTURE?

To be able to bring other people and travellers to see Tuscany with my eyes and live it like a real local. For many years I brought Tuscany to them through my hand-made gnocchi classes, home-cooked dinners, my love for olive oil and, obviously, my accent! That’s why I decided to start FLASH, to let the others to experience Tuscany in a real authentic way, through an immersive festival experience.