The third edition of Boxed Off took place last weekend in Fairyhouse Racecourse with their biggest lineup yet. Some of the biggest electronic music acts headlined the event as well as another fantastic local element. We called on local DJ and Boots & Kats tour manager Karl Guest to give his two-cents on the stand-out acts he saw either side of his performance on the Toast stage after Detroit Swindle.

Detroit Swindle

– The Dutch duo stepped up for their second appearance at Boxed Off, having played at the first edition of the festival in 2015. They delivered a high energy set, flawlessly mixing between hard hitting house records and fast-paced disco bangers which kept everyone in the tent moving from start to finish. If you haven’t managed to see them play in the past, I’d strongly recommend doing so as they were definitely one of the stand out acts at this year’s Boxed Off.

AJ & Charlie Garrett 

– AJ and Charlie are two of the longest standing residents at Toast Dublin. If you’ve been to any of the infamous Toast Stages at the likes of BD, Boxed Off or Life Festival over the last two years, you’re likely to have seen them in action. They played an incredible set which got better and better track by track as they moved effortlessly from funky disco numbers to raw, jackin’ house cuts before handing over to Baltra.  

Jeff Mills

  A true pioneer of the scene and all round Techno god, Jeff Mills gifted us with two hours of sorcery as he closed out the festival on the District 8 stage in front of a mesmerised crowd of party-goers. Mixing tracks old and new with ease while delivering pulsating 909 jams is something Jeff Mills has become renowned for, yet, no matter how many times you witness it, you will still be blown away by it. Hard hitting drum patterns and euphoric bleeps and bloops resulted in a trance inducing two hours of Techno as the Detroit legend delivered yet another masterclass.

Boots & Kats

– From selling out venues around the country to stand out performances at the likes of Life Festival, Longitude and Electric Picnic, Boots & Kats have really cemented their place within the scene over the last year and they showed us why that is the case as they stepped up to close out the Toast Stage at this year’s Boxed Off with another outstanding performance. The lads played a wide variety of styles ranging from disco, house, acid and even some trance as they brought the festival to a close in front of an eager crowd who were left craving more. There seems to be no stopping these fellas as they go from strength to strength. 

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