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9 acts not to miss at Dialled In Manchester

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Featured image: Avlien Avel Shah


Dialled In is an artist-led platform that showcases South Asian creativity and culture through music and art. They champion artists from underrepresented communities, celebrating South Asian culture while creating a space for the diaspora in the UK.

Since 2021, they’ve been busy with international projects, including a V&A late and the inaugural Boiler Room Pakistan.

Now in their fifth year, Dialled In makes its Manchester debut this July with day festival Dialled In Manchester at NIAMOS, Nia Centre in Hulme, Manchester, on Saturday 20th July.

Photography: Avlien Avel Shah

Expect over 30 live acts and DJs across three stages with custom sound systems, workshops and food stalls. With a line up spanning pop, rock, indie and folk, house, jazz along with plenty of electronic and club music – from bass, breaks, grime and house and beyond, there promises something for everyone.

Here’s our hand-picked selection of acts you won’t want to miss…


1. PXSSY PALACE

Pxssy Palace are a group of DJs renowned for celebrating international nightlife and queer identities. Don’t miss them at the festival as they champion emblematic sounds and genres from electronic dance, to hip-hop, desi bangers, dancehall, and much more, creating a unique and diverse sound.


2. ARTHI 

Arthi is a multi-genre DJ and journalist. She has sold out and headlined shows across Europe. Arthi fuses a variety of sounds from the UK and across the globe from Afro-beats, reggaeton, and dancehall to electronic and garage. Don’t miss her high-energy blends of your favourite genres.


3. Girls Don’t Sync’s G33

G33 is part of a female DJ collective, Girl’s Don’t Sync. The group has broken barriers whilst having fun and blending a genres. G33 creates a unique mix of Asian, Arabic, and Italian genres that reflect her culture and heritage. Even though G33 is taking the stage solo her mixes are sure to be one of a kind. 


4. METZ N TRIXX

Metz N Trix is a musical duo that are considered pioneers of the British Asian music scene. They began in 1998 and created an East-Western fusion of music. Their music style combines their background as MCs with different genres of music from R&B, UK Grarge, and Drum and Bass which is uniquely incorporated with Bhnagra to give it a South Asian twist and an overall captivating show. 


5. SAMRAI 

Samrai is a Manchester-based DJ and producer, he is also the co-founder of SEEN Magazine and the collective Swing Ting. He comes from a Sikh Punjabi background which inspires his mixes of electronic dance and South Asian sounds. Samrai’s music is a cultural experience as he is influenced by his roots to dip into different genres bringing together a diverse audience. 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. FLORENTINO

Florentino is a British-Colombian producer and DJ. He combines his Latin American heritage with the UK’s low-end focus by marrying the sounds and rhythms together creating sonic music. He creates a unique mix of soca, dancehall, and reggeaton that promises a club workout with nonstop dancing and its upbeat tempo.


7. BENGAL SOUND

Bengal Sound is a rising star in the Bristol brass scene. He is sure to deliver dance floor bangers with his talent of mixing his Bengali culture with his past of living in south London. Don’t miss his spontaneous mix of unique rhythms with hints of his family’s heritage and early 200s hip-hop, R&B, and dubstep. 


8. Haaji Ka Halva 

Haaji Ka Halva, not Halwa like the delicacy, is a musician, visual artist, and DJ. She is just beginning her journey into her solo music career after being a longstanding member of Liverpool’s Busk With Us collective. Her music combines upbeat pumping tempos, and euphoric breakbeats with playful jungle tracks. She is a truly unique talent you must see!


9. DJ Radical Sista

DJ Radical Sista, also known as Rani Kaur is a DJ legend and cultural activist. She was the first female DJ on the Daytimers scene. Her raves at the Daytimers saw the likes of Ballyjagpal and Punjabi Hit Squad. She uniquely mixes bhangra, garage, and Bollywood with hip-hop mashups. Dialled In is bringing her along to the festival as a very special guest, so don’t miss her taking the stage. 


Dialled In Manchester will take place on Saturday 20th July, 2024, 12-10pm at Niamos, Nia Centre, Manchester. Tickets are now on sale at dice.fm. Follow @dialledin_

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