Stereofunk returns to Strathclyde Park next month for the first festival of the summer and this year is celebrating it’s 10th birthday.
Festival director Stevie Lennon can hardly believe it has been a decade since he started the Stereofunk brand and is delighted to have seen the festival grow every year, even if it means he can have less fun.
Stevie said: “We started Stereofunk 10 years ago to run events in the likes of castles and mansion, but it got to the stage we could have sold them out two or three times over.
“Seven years ago we had the idea of moving the event to Strathclyde Park and establishing it as the first festival of the summer and I’m delighted to say it has worked out.
“At the start you want to hang out with people and have fun, but as it has gone out there is so much responsibility with running a large event that I now get my enjoyment from seeing everyone else having a good time.
“I still love DJing and while people expect me to get up on the decks, it’s hard to concentrate on your set when you are worried about whether there is enough toilet roll in the loos or enough beer at the bar.”
Stereofunk has become known as the first place to see top international talent with the likes of Fedde Le Grand, The Bingo Players, The Vigo Thieves and Oliver Heldens appearing in previous years.
Stevie said: “You have to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in the dance music world and follow the trends.
“EDM has exploded in America, but we’ve had it for the past two or three years, and whether its been house or techno or whatever in the past, you have to give your audience what they want to hear.
“We can’t afford the fees of the superstar DJs so we look to get those who are on the rise, you look at Oliver Heldens, we had him last year and now he is headlining T in the Park.
“Similarly this year we have Steerner coming over from Sweden and he is going to be huge, while Timmy the Trumpeter, who actually plays a trumpet during his set is making quite a name for himself.”
As it has expanded Stereofunk isn’t just about dance music these days with a number of tribute and unsigned bands using the event to gain exposure.
While the event remains restricted to one day, this year taking place on Sunday, May 3, Stevie hasn’t ruled out it taking over the whole weekend one day.
He said: “It’s amazing to think when we started at Strathclyde Park we had just two marquees , now we have multiple stages and selling out to thousands of people who queue up from early in the morning to get in, with this year looking like it’ll be another sell-out.
“I always wanted to emulate T in the Park and I’d never say never about adding a second day in the future, but that would be a big step.
“For now everyone has a spring in their step and looking forward to everyone joining us in May to mark the 10th anniversary of Stereofunk.”
Over 100 DJs and 12 live bands will perform across seven arenas this year.
The Stereofunk Main Arena will play host to the king of new house music, international DJ and producer Huxley supported by Mash (Mixmag) and Seventh Distrikt.
Headlining the Terrace Outdoor Stage and appearing at a UK Festival for the first time will be Timmy Trumpet, supported by Steerner and, adding to the international flavour, the mysterious 2 Faced Funks from Holland.
In the Dance Classics tent you’ll find Christina Novelli and Clyde 1’s George Bowie.
After great performances in 2013, Stereofunk welcomes back The Complete Stone Roses and The Kings Of Lyon, supported by the Antarctic Monkeys and The Happy Mondaze.
Flying the flag for the unsigned bands is Little Eye, winners of the Sunday Mail’s ‘Best Unsigned Act’, alongside Sunshine Social, We Came From Wolves and Break The Butterfly.
All come highly recommended by XFM’s Jim Gellatly who is hosting the main stage and performing a DJ set on the day.
Stereofunk opens at noon and runs until 10.30pm, with tickets costing £30 (£40 VIP and £55 VIP) available from www.tickets-scotland.com.
Anyone who enters the event before 2.30pm will be entered into a free prize draw to win a holiday for two to Ibiza.