We take a trip down memory lane as we look at the complete record of Life Festival posters since the festivals inception in 2006. From the festival’s origins as a largely psytrance event to the present day, with Carl Cox headlining the weekend, it’s safe to say the festival has changed both musically and visually.
Life Festival 2023 boasts its biggest lineup to date, with headliners Carl Cox, Amelie Lens, Mall Grab, Patrick Topping and more arriving to West-Meath for the 15th edition of the festival. The festival started from the ground up and its evolution to becoming a powerhouse electronic music festival has been well documented throughout the years.
Take a look at Life Festival through the years.
Life Festival first stretched it’s legs as a festival in 2006 on the weekend of the the full moon in June of 2006.
The second edition of Life Festival came in 2017, championing local artists with a focus on psytrance.
The 2008 edition of Life Festival saw the festival focus on UK driven bass sounds as well as dub and reggaeton with notable acts such as Max Romeo, Skream, Calibre and more featuring at the festival.
The 2009 edition of Life Festival is a bit of a landmark year in the history of the festival as the team started to book more house and techno focussed acts including Carl Craig, Green Velvet, Oscar Mulero & rave legend Altern 8.
The 2010 edition of Life Festival see’s the team cross paths between UK influenced sounds with house and techno as Ben Sims & Surgeon headline alongside LTJ Bukem.
The festivals 2011 edition see’s the team boast their strongest team sheet to date with seminal acts Jeff Mills and John Digweed headlining the festival.
The 2012 edition see’s the festival continue to climb in notoriety as Jamie Jones headlines the festival at the peak of his popularity. The team also welcomed Planetary Assault Systems, Blawan & Martyn making 2012 forward thinking in its plan to push divergent sounds.
2013 see’s the festival turn the programming up a gear as they welcome a number of distinguished guests including Groove Armada, Seth Troxler, Modeselektor, Kerri Chandler and more. This was notably BICEP‘s first appearance at the festival.
2014 see’s Groove Armada return for the second year in a row alongside a lineup that is littered with contemporary UK sounds from Four Tet, Jamie XX, Joy Orbison, Karenn and more.
The 2015 lineup see’s the biggest shift in sound as the festival welcomed seminal hip-hop artist Nas to perform his celebrated album Illmatic. The festival also welcomed a number of contrasting sounds such as experimental IDM from Squarepusher to minimal techno from Ben Klock and hip-hop from DJ Nu-Mark from Jurassic 5.
2016 see’s the Life team revert back to a more house and driven focussed festival with headliners Paul Kalkbrenner, 2many DJs, Jamie Jones, Laurent Garnier, Jeff Mills and more.
The 2017 edition of Life Festival welcomed British drum & bass band Rudimental at the height of their fame alongside DJ EZ, Duke Dumont, Alan Fitzpatrick, Bjarki and more, giving the festival a more accessible base of electronic acts.
2018 was a turning point for Life Festival as they welcome their biggest act to date, Fatboy Slim alongside Armand Van Helden, Bugzy Malone, Fatima Yamaha and more.
2019 was the only year Life Festival didn’t have a complete poster with the acts for the weekend, but the festival did host a number of heavyweights in the world of house and techno including I Hate Models & Kerri Chandler. The above stage times represent a focal point in the careers of KETTAMA & Tommy Holohan as they debuted on the District 8 stage.
2020 was the one that got away, as life Festival announced the biggest lineup to date which unfortunately was not meant to be as the pandemic swept in.
2022 was an iconic return to dancing after a two year sabbatical for the festival as they welcomed Camelphat, Nina Kraviz, Sonny Fodera and more.
2023 looms with the festival biggest ever lineup that welcomes the king of house and techno Carl Cox to Mullingar alongside Eric Prydz, Patrick Topping and more.
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