1. Sound 2. Visual
Orbits | A sacred geometry
Mysterious designers of fluid sonic constructions, A Sacred Geometry are musical architects who impose order and harmony over the apparent chaos of sound that surrounds us. With several chapters released since 2016, their seemingly infinite compositions have proved to be perfect vessels for the transcendence of our reality. Look and listen closely for the connections.
Orbits | amulador
What does it take to keep you as enthusiastic about electronic music today, as you were 20 years ago, after you´ve seen so many things in it come and go? In our opinion, this happens when deep down inside, you are still a music fan, first and foremost. For a long time a vital part of the Portuguese scene as a DJ, promoter and Gare Porto founder, recent years have seen Pedro Rodrigues pour his heart and feelings into his Amulador alter-ego, and dare to imagine his ultimate festival become a dream with Orbits, the time has come for a new era to begin.
Orbits | Aurora Halal
Aurora Halal‘s music reveals new potential within forms we believe to know all too well. From the simplest of elements she creates a sensuous neon universe of techno, feeding desires, stimulating cravings. Think of it as the perfect soundtrack for a shared awakening from A Mutual Dreaming, a concept explored in her parties of the same name organized by her in her native New York. Explore the possibilities.
Orbits | Blind Observatory
Blind Observatory can make an imaginary ride on the tail of a comet seem like a real possibility for those who listen to him. With his vast cosmic brand of techno, it actually feels as if he has done it himself already. Dedicated as Orbits is to overcoming limits and breaking boundaries, listening to his tales of exploration is essential to our own journey. Close your eyes for the discovery of one the most mind-expanding DJs in the scene right now.
Orbits | Burnt Friedman
It‘s as if he has tapped into the pulse of the Earth itself in a way no one else has. By himself or in partnerships with Jaki Leibezeit of Can, and more, German experimentalist Burnt Friedman has carved a unique and indescribable place for himself in the modern electronic scene through his subversive and challenging style and mastery of rhythmic languages. One of the most fascinating guides you could wish for in the discovery of new paths.
Orbits | Chris SSG
Tokyo-based aussie´s Chris SSG´s venture into the DJing world has been a natural extension of his activity with the much-missed blog mnml SSGS. He led us to fascinating new paths through techno, ambient and experimental music back then, and continues to do so much the same now, focusing on the presentation of ambient music as a viable and impactful complement to the more beat-driven sounds usually found at electronic music events. It‘s no exaggeration to say that the musical life of many in the Orbits team owes Chris a lot, so we just had to have him be a part of this debut event.
Orbits | DASIL
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Orbits | Dj Deep
A fundamental protagonist of the affirmation of french dance music as one of the most vital currents in modern electronics, DJ Deep showcases how to perfectly blend the classic and futuristic in house and techno, bringing to Orbits a powerful reminder that in order to discover new ways, we must explore what came before. His is a 360-vision of what makes our bodies move.
Orbits | Efdemin
Someone recently said that no one makes techno shimmer quite like Berlin´s Phillip Sollmann does. From the melancholic to the uplifting, there´s a wide range of emotions to be felt from his work both as a DJ and as producer, which proves that techno can be a profoundly human music form. Tough times don´t necessarily require tough music, and even when Efdemin gets more hard-hitting, the soul his always there. Getting together with Marco Shuttle means a unique opportunity for inner and outer discovery for our modern day explorers.

Orbits | Evigt Mörker
Eternal darkness might be alluded to in Evigt Mörker‘s moniker, but there is room for light, color and hope in the music he brings us. The Swede´s compositions feel heavenly and organic in equal measure, like the soundtrack to an entrancing ritual performed by an alien tribe. His presence at Orbits represents the perfect method of displacing an entire forest to another dimension.
Orbits | Fjäder
Her music floats with the lightness of a feather and is moved by the fire of passion. Swedish artist Ida Matsdotter seems to be on a quest to harness the power of the elements and shape them into a sound that can deeply affect it´s listener. From ambient to deep techno, her creations on labels like Dasha Rush‘s Fullpanda or Hypnus sub-label Kabalion are simultaneously a caress and a welcome to our gathering.
Gustavo is one half of legendary Portuguese duo Freshkitos and one of Gare´s founders, while Tiago has been a mainstay of the techno and house scene of the north of the country for years. Their meet-up is a sure shot of experience and taste when it comes to assuring us that our launch into Orbits will have all the groove and push we need.
Orbits | Hiver
Though still relatively young in existence (2012), italian duo Hiver play and create with the confidence of veterans, as shown on their releases on Vidab or Curle or their residence at the famous Dude Club in Milano. Despite what their name might hint at (it is the french word for “winter”), Hiver‘s music feels as warm and colorful as a summer afternoon, while as driving as a rocket launch to space. And that means they are obviously a perfect match for Orbits. The magic and mystery of Hiver finds its ideal stage.
Orbits | Hydrangea
We're sure Hydrangea won't mind us saying that her music seems to have been deliberately created for an event like Orbits. Listening to her simultaneously powerful and delicate creations on respected labels like Semantica and Silent Season, one gets the feeling that Mother Nature is a constant presence in them, acting as a guide and a teacher. We couldn‘t imagine a better context to hear her sounds fully bloom.
Orbits | Jacopo
Although most well known for being the label manager of the always on-point Midgar label, the fact is that Jacopo Severitano is some sort of techno renaissance man, a multi-disciplinarian who asides from running Midgar, creates beautifully distinctive visual art for clubs and events, and is a blinding DJ too, full on inventiveness and knowledge. Driven by a clear vision and a burning passion, the impact Midgar is having on the scene since its inception is proof that great things are often born from a dream

Orbits | Jane Fitz
Not long ago that she was being called “the most underrated DJ in the UK”. But celebrated sets at the prestigious Freerotation Festival and the residency at London‘s Pickle Factory, amongst many other incredible highlights, have ensured to make no secrets of Jane Fitz talent. Jane boasts what is probably one of the deepest record collections of any performer at Orbits, and that means that while it is impossible to predict what her set will be like, we are sure that it will leave a defining mark on the festival.
Orbits | Kinetic
That Kinetic still sees his DJing career as an improbable sequence of happy accidents, says a lot about his approach to the music he loves and how to show it to people. Accidentally or not, the fact is that although starting late into his thirties, he´s appeared multiple times at the most important clubs in Portugal, usually opening for some of deep techno´s biggest names, or at festivals like Boom or Forte. In the end, this is what happens when you love music so much that every option availabe to show that love, to tell stories and communicate with it, becomes a need as vital as breathing.
Orbits | Marco Shuttle
Marco Shuttle is one of techno´s most accomplished creators of illusion. We believe he could take to the role of the DJ at a party in Alice´s Wonderland, as if it were a handmade suit. As heard on releases on his label Eerie, Donato Dozzy´s Spazio Disponibile or Peter Van Hoesen´s Time To Express, the italian´s art can make you dream of faraway lands or distant planets. His pairing with Efdemin for a very special b2b at Orbits brings the promise of a musical odyssey.
Orbits | nørbak & sepypes
It´s safe to say that Nørbak is one of Portugal´s rising stars when it comes to mind-twisting techno, has proven by his releases on labels like Affin and Circular Limited. In outer space, he meets Sepypes, one of the most dedicated purveyors, both as DJ and promoter, of this shadowy sound in these shores. A perfect dark alliance is formed.
Orbits | Peter Van Hosen
The best definition we could ever give you of Peter Van Hoesen comes from himself: mental body music. That means music that speaks to your mind while making every atom of your being move. His uncannily focused versatility and his knowledge of pure sound represent a perfect bonding of dancefloor power and adventurous experimentation. A master in the connection of the organic and the otherworldly, Peter Van Hoesen‘s art is a perfect embodiment of Orbits‘ vision.
Orbits | RE:NI
re:ni‘s steady ascension is a reassuring example to us all, of the importance of letting the music do the talking. Her DJ sets are powerful reminders of dance music as a catalyst for freedom, resilience, inclusiveness and protest. She‘s also former member of London‘s all-female collective SIREN, promoters of underrepresented women and non-binary artists on their own monthly radio show on NTS. re:ni is able to seamlessly connect genres and ages with a purity that we believe will surely refresh the dancefloor at Orbits.
Orbits | Retina.it
It‘s been close to thirty years since this Italian duo have set out on a path that they can proudly say was made on their own terms. Retina.It were one of the first idm live acts to ever come out of Italy. Their music, a collision of sound particles and inventive beats, is born out of desire for pure and unfiltered artistic expression. Retina.It‘s work has always felt somewhat ahead of it‘s time, and we are privileged to have them show us another glimpse of the future.
Orbits | ruuar
A long standing friendship forged by an almost obsessive love for electronic music, Ruuar is a duo from Viana do Castelo who consistently blow minds with their knack for finding the perfect story to tell in every context, from classic loop techno to the genre´s most psychedelics strains. The sound of thunder and the flash of lightning will be felt at Orbits.
Orbits | sebastian mullaert
It‘s hard to say what‘s more impressive: Sebastian Mullaert‘s incredible technical abilities with his instruments, or the fact that he can create music with the same fluidity as any of us breathes. What this means is that beyond his skill, there‘s an extraordinary mind and an enormous soul making it all work. And the results are mind-blowing livesets that, frequently reaching 4 hours, are the musical equivalent of extending an infinite tapestry leading to the skies. He is human, after all, but what Sebastian Mullaert creates is otherworldly.

Orbits | Shackleton
One of the most singular artists to have emerged from the UK electronic scene in the past decade, Sam Shackleton´s trajectory in music has always been difficult to label, but in recent years he has begun to inhabit a genre all of his own. From the British occult tradition as presented by Coil, to middle-eastern mysticism and african voodoo, it is pure world music, but like no other world music you´ve heard. In fact, if we had to explain to an alien what the music on Earth is like, we would probably pick Shackleton as the best example. A mandatory presence and listen.
Orbits | the lions
The Lions are two absolute godfathers of the portuguese underground scene, David Rodrigues and Afonso Macedo. For those that have followed them for years, they are masters and inspirations, and the kind of guys who´ll have you wondering at every set “where the hell do they find these records!?”. The prospect of these two let loose on the fields of Orbits is mouth-watering.
Orbits | V I L & TEMUDO
A place like Orbits is the perfect spot to find a duo for whom even the sky is not a limit. V i L and Temudo are probably the portuguese techno producers getting more plays from techno´s elite, including releases on the legendary Synewave, a status reinforced by their relentless gig schedule and the launch of their own Hayes Collective seal. Everybody wants them, and Orbits is about to get a very special b2b by these two.
Surely one of the most mind-blowing revelations in the techno scene in recent times, Japan‘s Wata Igarashi has been an increasing presence beyond his home country, with his colorful, even kaleidoscopic vision of techno, laid out on labels like Peter Van Hoesen‘s Time To Express, The Bunker and main home Midgar. His DJing matches the technicolor soundscapes painted on his records, and we get the feeling that S. Gião camping grounds will witness one of the most potent mixes of psychedelia and nature, that it ever has seen.
Orbits | Yagya
Creating music the way a consummate painter would paint the nature around him on a canvas, Iceland‘s Yagya has quietly reached cult status amongst ambient and dub techno fans throughout the years, with hallmark works like Rhythm Of Snow and especially Rigning. His music is emotional, enchanted and atmospheric in a unique way that is sure to flow through the airwaves at Orbits like a cool breeze.

Orbits | Yassine
A Gare Porto collaborator and resident for many years, Yassine is seen as one of the most reliable warm-up DJs in the country. However, with a patiently built presence in many other roles in events throughout the country and beyond it´s borders, Yassine has above all proven the power of the coherence in his vision of music and the benefits of constant musical discovery. We can take you deep or he can take you to great heights. Yassine is a true techno worker.

Orbits | Bruno Capucho
Bruno Capucho was born in Oporto in 1984 and holds a degree in Scenography Design. Throughout his career he has been developing work in the most diverse areas: Theater, Performance, Sculpture, Installation, Music and Cinema. Bruno focuses his work on the public, exploring the senses and forms of language through the creation of environments, images and objects.
Orbits | Echo Higuchi
Echo Higuchi, is a fashion designer and visual artist.
She is the founder and creative director at ECHOWEAR designs and created custom pieces for stage acts such as Thievery Corporation, Quixotic, and Hannah.
She is also member of the Golden Dawn Arkestra band, combining stage custom design with live performance both as a dancer and musician.
In the last 5 years she has been leading the decor design dept. at Art Seen Alliance working for events such as Euphoria Festival, Art Outside and Voice and Exit at Austin, Texas. 
She started her career in 1998 making custom leather designs, such as bags and healing stone necklaces, under the brand dragon’s backbone.
Orbits | João Beira
João Beira, or, João Data, is a visual artist and art director. His work focus on the integration of digital environments directly over physical elements such as nature and live performers. His other passion is to do real time generative visuals.  Founder and creative director of Datagrama, a collective of visual artists that does real time visualizations for artist such as Tipper, Emika, Quixotic and Sorne. His work has been displayed at events such as SXSW, Burning Man, Lollapalooza, EDC, Simbiosys, Okeechobeefest (US), Kernel Festival (Italy), Midi Festival (China), B2 (Moscow) and Boom Festival (Portugal). In 2016 he finished his Ph.D in digital arts at the University of Texas, Austin, and a master degree in Multimedia art from the University of Porto, Portugal. He is currently a professor at the University of Texas, Austin and lecturing this semester at University of Porto, Portugal, as visiting professor. His thesis, “"3D [Embodied] Projection Mapping and Sensing Bodies: A Study in Interactive Dance Performance".
Orbits | luis antero
Sound artist. Since 2008 he develops an ongoing project in collecting the immaterial sound heritage of the areas of Beira Serra and Serra da Estrela in Portugal, through field recordings that can be found at his personal website (link below). Luís is the curator of the Green Field Recordings netlabel, an endeavor that is exclusively dedicated to publishing works based on field recordings, and of the radio show O Coleccionador de Sons, broadcast on Rádio Zero and Rádio Universidade de Coimbra from 2009 to 2013. Lugar Sonoro is his second radio program, with bi-weekly broadcasts from Rádio Boa Nova, in Oliveira do Hospital, with podcast at lugarsonoro.bandcamp.com. He is a guest artist in charge of recordings in the project Sons do Arco Ribeirinho Sul in the town of Barreiro, the artistic director of the sound archive of the historic center of Coimbra, the sound archive Sons da Montanha: Sound Archive of São Martinho de Anta (from Miguel Torga), the Shist Villages Sound Archive, among others. Have a degree in Artistic Studies.
Orbits | mariana
Born and raised in Porto, Portugal, Mariana L. Ferreira has been engaged in the performing arts since 1999. She holds diplomas from Balleteatro Professional School in Porto, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater in California, Circomedia Center for Contemporary Circus and Physical Theater in Bristol U.K. In 2007 she finished a BA in Theater from the Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrikstad, Norway and recently, in June 2017 she has completed an MA in New Performative Practices|Choreography at DOCH in Stockholm, Sweden where she has developed her research in her multi disciplinary art practices, assembling theater, circus, dance and some singing. She has met and worked professionally for choreographers and directors internationally, as well as, at times developed her own work solo or in various independent ensembles. 
Orbits | Openfield
Founded in 2015 by five local artists from Porto, Portugal, Openfield sets out to explore the powerful combination of art and technology to deliver fresh and immersive experiences. As of today, the team at Openfield has come together to create a wide range of interactive and performance-based media artwork that has helped shape how audiences perceive artistic experiences in both public and private spaces. Furthermore, the physical space where Openfield operates (a.k.a. the Lab) is an ideal venue to build collaborations with other creators, in the form of workshops, talks, performances and exhibitions. Openfield is: Francisca Rocha Gonçalves, Ivo Teixeira, Nuno Alves de Carvalho, Rodrigo Carvalho and Tiago Rocha.
Orbits | ras rasmusson
Raswoods make custom order woodworks. “We make spaces warm and alive using woods in irregular harmony”. Work experience includes restaurants, cafés, offices, festivals, hostels, hotels and lodges. With sun powered tools we shape woods like raw beams, exotic woods, bamboo, combining metal and wood, second hand furniture etc.
Orbits | Tiago Cerveira
Tiago Cerveira express through photography and video, the
immaterial and material patrimony of the Portuguese Beira Serra Region. As photographer, the project “O Meio e a Gente” is intrinsically connected at features of identity of this region, where he was born and raised. After the tragedy of last October Forest fires he has been focusing his work in the post-fire look, developing the web documentary "15 memories of fire".


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