For another edition, DGTL Barcelona took place at Parc Del Fòrum, an enormous concrete park on the very limits of the catalan capital. The location could be described as intriguing, labyrinthine and industrial, perfectly fitting the underground Techno style of the artists at the Generator Stage. Shipping crates were placed to delineate the stage and spice things up, something which showed the amount of work the organizers put into the event.
The relentless, thumping drum kicks shot by the massive Funktion-One stacks filled our bodies with the heavy grooves, making the Generator Stage our home for the weekend.
We have to admit that the quality of the acts was always amazing. Ben Klock’s massive 3-hour set with a precision only people like Ben can afford. Dax J’s closing set was something we’ll always remember. Slammer after slammer, his ravey, trancey and jungle-like sounds mixed with Techno (giving it an unusual flavor) sent the crowd into a frenzy. Surrounded by containers, the red lights and the smoke transported the ravers into a dark and sweaty warehouse.
Under the boiling sun, the HEX Barcelona co-founders, PØLI & Lorenzo, debuted at the festival and delivered a nice and remarkable vinyl set to heat up the dancefloor, which was already filling up.
The stars of the weekend were yet to come though. Oscar Mulero and his unparalleled EQing and track selection skills messed our minds up with dark, sinister textures. Seen from outside, the smoke released by the machines created a foggy atmosphere, blocking the nearby range of vision. Oscar was a true gentleman and he perfectly knew he wasn’t the one closing the festival, so after ripping us apart with some hard beats, 30 mins before ending he slowed down the pace, just in time to give us space to breathe before the last set.
Rødhåd and his timeless, loopy Techno that lifts the dancefloor higher and higher was the perfect way to put an end to DGTL. Powerful, hypnotic and with anvil-sized kick drums, just the way we like it.
We already can’t wait for next year, DGTL is always an unreal experience.
Text by Fran Escudero
Photos by Oriol Reverter