Next up on our 5 Essential Festival Cuts series in collaboration with BD Festival is one of the most in-demand DJs in the country, Chantel Kavanagh. The Dubliner serves up 5 ecstasy-laced festival cuts from classic bounding hard-house to ethereal 90’s trance, this is a love letter to the golden age of the Dublin rave scene.

Not many names in the Irish scene carry as much weight as Chantel Kavangh‘s, the young selector is one of the most sought-after and coveted grassroots acts on the Irish festival circuit. Having thrown down to colossal crowds at Life Festival, BD Festival, Emerge, Boxed Off, Longitude and more, she’s without a doubt one of the most powerful names across the dance music scene in Ireland. Honing in on a nostalgic sound that is deeply routed in warehouses and fields across Dublin City in the 90s and 00s, Chantel breathes an air of wisdom as she boasts an in-depth knowledge of seminal rave music.

The genre-bending DJ has established herself as one of the most celebrated DJs in Ireland, and the youngster has managed to capture the minds of a new generation of ravers. Bringing an infectious sound of old-school rave, Chantel’s pulsating grooves and blissful melodies have been entrancing dancefloors for over half a decade now.

Chantel Kavanagh selects his 5 essential festival cuts ahead of his return to BD Festival.

Dask – Must Get Ears

HEATER. No description is needed. The perfect opener. Sets the mood for the duration of the set

Clubwatchers – I Need Your Love [Top Side Records]

Bouncy organ belter with those classic-sounding rave stabs and female vocal chops. Certain to lift the energy of the crowd

Club Caviar – Pouring Love [Blue Records]

Fast tempo, catchy melodies and uplifting lyrics. A characteristic in most of the tracks from my sets. This one fits right in at peak time of a set.

Malugi – Hot right now

An infectious rhythm that captures the spirit of the dance music scene from the 90s. Top top track.

Rollercoaster – Damn! (Extended Mix) [Klubbkontrol]

A staple tune in my sets. Old school goodness with a rap Acapella.

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