Back on board after her unfortunate cancellation in 2022 is Daria Lourd, AKA Bored Lored. Searching for emotional release within her sets, she covers the full scope ranging from girly edits to acid-flecked breaks. This thriving queer queen continually adds to her own Bandcamp and to labels like T4T LUV NRG (Eris Drew & Octo Octa) with infectious club tracks that explore house, broken beat, drum & bass, jungle, UK bass, Florida breaks, and beyond.
Originating in Memphis and currently living in Oakland, DJ and producer Bored Lored is a multidisciplinary and versatile artist. Rooting in Oakland’s underground rave community, Daria’s DJing skills were shaped. Daria was very productive in 2023 releasing 2 LP’s (“3213123” and “Name It”) which are both the perfect showcase of her inimitable approach to electronic dance music.
Also joining us on Saturday is Dominik Humeres Correa, better known as DHC. DHC is an expression of sonic fierceness, an embodiment of passion and intrinsic queer force that surges through their music. Delivering a lively blend of dreamy drum & bass, fiery trance, and mesmerizing progressive beats, DHC heats up their crowd.
For some, DHC will be better known as S-candalo when teaming up with their sister THC: an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Being a familiar presence in clubs and parties with a distinguished electronic music reputation, they played e.g. Panorama Bar, Venus Vessels and La Noche. DHC will heat up the OLT on Sunday with bass in your face, vocal flair and transmittable style.
The melodies of the Canada born and London based Serena AKA Peach, gracefully transition between the silly and the sensitive. Excited by the space between house and techno, this ball of energy fuels her crowd with infectious sounds and musicality. As both DJ and producer, Peach has risen to prominence as one of the most desired artists in the underground music scene.
Residing in London as well, the Chilean-born Shanti Celeste adds to the electronic music scene with her elevated state of being and her label Peach Discs. Celeste also flawlessly fuses elements of house and techno, delivering vibrant vibes and mesmerizing moments.
Teaming up on Saturday for a sexy/glamorous/exhilarating 3 hour B2B in OLT, these two complementing sources of energy are to be trusted to lift up the dance floor and take you on a journey. Being familiar faces, they interact seamlessly and radiate bliss to their audience.
To close the weekend off in style, Contrair proudly welcomes Avalon Emerson to the stage. The style of this American electronic music producer and DJ goes beyond the limitations of time and genre, recontextualizing dance music from previous eras among contemporary sounds, complemented by her own productions and edits.
Avalon's selections reflect a deep knowledge of house, techno, new wave, EBM and rave, demonstrating the adaptability of a seasoned selector. In the past few years, she has become a fixture on all floors of Berlin's renowned Berghain nightclub and has graced the stages of major festivals such as Coachella and Pitchfork. Considered one of the most creative DJs of the modern techno scene, Avalon Emerson brings her infinitely deep record bag to Antwerp for a proper send off after 2 blissful days of Contrair Open Air.
Playing and programming keyboards since she was a child, Eris Drew aka High Priestess of the Motherbeat will set aflame/spin records at the OLT on Sunday. As an exceptional selector, Drew links the realms of techno, garage, trance, and electro, but even nature recordings play a major role in her perspective on electronic music.
Octo Octa, New Hampshire-based DJ, producer and live performer, tells her story as a radical queer trans woman polyamorous witch. Active for nearly a decade, she’s leveled up in recent years fueled by the rising tide of North America's queer DJ scene. Her style incorporates house, techno, and breakbeat, but always infused with her distinctive personal touch and a relentless focus on the dancefloor.
Celebrating trans love and visibility (along with the potent healing magic of the dancefloor), Eris Drew & Octo Octa join forces for a 3 hour B2B that will leave a mark in the pages of Contrair history. T4T LUV NRG, the record label run by these lovers, reflects the strength they draw from each other. Playing together liberates them and unleashes their rock and roll spirits. (Their love for oldschool house and rave is surpassed only by their love for each other.)