The Afternoon Umbrella Friends are excited to launch S H A D E, a new Techno-centric music event series. On Saturday August 20, we are flying rising techno star, WESKA, from Toronto as our first headliner. Weska has been releasing consistent, fire productions on well known labels such as Drumcode, Mute, Cocoon, Bedrock, and Factory 93. Read his bio below to learn more!
Part of what makes techno music — and the people that follow it, dance to it, and create it — so universal is what inspires it.
As a producer, Weska drew inspiration from the melodies from the likes of John Digweed, Steve Angello, and Eric Prydz. Although his sound hasn’t always remained the same, his mission has: to make people dance. First, for his friends at house parties, then in small clubs in the university town of Kingston, Ontario, and on to big rooms in Toronto, and then around the world.
Fast forward to 2015, Weska saw his first support from Adam Beyer Live from Space Ibiza on his legendary Drumcode Radio. This was a breaking point for his career, his mindset completely switched, and nothing else mattered but making music. And it paid off - in early 2017 Weska received massive support from the legend himself Eric Prydz, leading him to open for Eric in Toronto, followed by an extended offer to join him at his Creamfields Steel Yard Epic 5.0. show in London later that year. A strong set generated an even bigger honor to play at Prydz’s Hi Ibiza Residency that summer. This proved to be only the beginning of his success in 2017 with releases on Suara, Kraftek, Odd Recordings and Tronic Records to name a few. A strong 2017 laid the groundwork for his 2018 debut on Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings with Kevin De Vries, and the most widely recognized techno compilation to date, Beyer’s A-Sides on Drumcode Records. Determined to cap off 2019 on a high note, Weska committed his ‘Polarize EP’ with longtime friend and mentor Bart Skils to the techno juggernaut, Drumcode Records.
In 2020, Weska debuted his Wave series. These releases have given him full creative expression and allowed him to truly showcase the evolution of his sound. The Wave series is also an ode to his other love: surfing. The way Weska sees it, waves are powerful, ever changing, in constant motion, and continuously evolving: they’re a Force of Nature that mirrors the energy and flow within his music.
Weska’s 2021 started with a heat of a release, dropping an EP on Insomniac’s underground label Factory 93. The title track Meru soon became a hit and Weska’s top selling track on Beatport. He then followed up with two remixes for Norway’s Ora The Molecule on the iconic Mute Records imprint. Then came Wave’s 7-9. Just when you think his 2021’s release schedule couldn’t get any better, Weska teamed up with Oscar L for a two tracker on Truesoul.
Kicking off 2022, Weska partnered with Bart Skils again for a monster chart-topping drop on Drumcode with their Shades of Summer EP. Shortly after, his long-awaited and handpicked remix for Quivver came out on John Digweed's legendary Bedrock Records imprint. He remains focused, ambitious, and humble on his journey through music, and continues to prove why he's a name to watch in electronic music.
In the deep psychedelic murmurs of the High Deserts you may come across a unique blend of slick, rubbery beats and ominous wild howls that creates an inviting yet sinister feel in the dust. Britton is a Southern California based DJ and producer known for his dark minimal style of techno. Inspired by socal's underground collectives and full moon gatherings, Britton has developed his own sound to compliment warehouse and outdoor environments alike.
In 2015, a close-knit group of music lovers started to attend festivals together and jokingly dubbed our family “The Camp with No Name.” An event photographer captured our crew, taking special notice of our friend with an ankle sprain – dancing the hardest – with their walker and a mini umbrella attached. We were asked to type the phrase “Afternoon Umbrella Friends” on an email subject so the photographer would know which photo to send! The rest is history…
Seven years later… Afternoon Umbrella Friends (AUF) is a group of umbrella-obsessed musicians, artists, and producers, who share a common vision to actively build and grow a community that works together to:
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This is a 21+ event, IDs will be checked at the door.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds.
COVID-19 Policy: To attend and/or participate, all attendees who are medically eligible to receive the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccinations must be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC OR have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entry to the event.
See you on the dance floor soon!