Over the last five years, 51st State has been the "goto" festival for anyone who loves the transatlantic house sound. Connoisseurs from across the country congregate to celebrate a scene that has produced so many talented DJ and producers over the decades.
Now going onto its 6th year at its spiritual home of Trent Park in North London, 51st State tends to "pull out all the stops" by providing their loyal following with heavy hitter headliners from both sides of the Atlantic. With the next instalment now just under a week away, we thought it might be a great time to look at some of the artists that have graced the Grove Oddessy main stage over the last six years, as well as looking forward to this years acts that are about to smash it out of the park.
2015 - Masters at Work
Even though they are back again for 2021, this legendary duo took us on a magic carpet ride that electrified the crowd when they took to the decks in 2015. Their set on the day was a medley of classic house anthems which for us cumulated in them dropping Kerri Chandlers "Rain" to rapturous applause from the crowd.
2016 - Kings of House (David Morales, Louie Vega and Tony Humphries)
No words can describe this trio of epic house proportions. The sunset headline set was littered with anthems encompassing tracks like Jaydee "Plastic Dreams", “Alison David & The Black Science Orchestra – Sunshine (Farley & Hellers Faith On A Sunday Vocal)” as well as “Christopher Cross – Ride like the wind.” which all set off the 51st state faithful.
2017 - Masters at Work
51st Can't seem to get enough of these guys and to be honest, I can see why they returned 2 years on. The duo has produced music together under the names MAW, KenLou, Sole Fusion, Hardrive, and Nuyorican Soul and has worked dancefloors across the globe so 51st State 2017 was no different.
2018 - Carl Cox and Bobby and Steve
A man that needs no introduction, Carly Cox has been there and done it all. Announced as a special guest, his 2018 set was a moment to behold as he ran through tracks like Aly Us "Follow me" and classics such as Raze "Break for Love" causing a frenzy in one of North London's scenic parks. See the video of his set below.
We also wanted to shout out a special UK duo who has championed House music from the very start. In 2018 we witnessed the mayhem this duo caused when they played the main stage early on in the day. To say they set the precedence for things to come would be a massive understatement, they truly got the vibes rolling in the middle of the afternoon and set the pace for the rest to follow. We also just want to express our support right now to Steve from the duo, who has been affected by a rare brain injury from battling Covid. Our thoughts are with his friends and family and if you can support then head over to their fundraising page where the money will be used to adapt Steves home to allow him to be around his family and friends.
2019 - Kerri Chandler
This year was special and for us and one of the most memorable due to our favourite DJ "King Kerri" being billed for the main stage. Undoubtedly one of the greatest DJ's in House music and the 2019 51st state instalment cemented this fact. A classic set accompanied by Kerri adding extra vibes with his synthesiser was a pleasure to witness and cemented the fact why he is one of the greatest names in House.
2021 - Masters At Work & Hannah Wants
Back again like renegade masters, we cannot wait to see what MAW have in store this year. The Duo recently announced the return of MAW records, which will feature heavily throughout their 2021 set and feature some unreleased gems.
Also featuring for the 1st time ever is the delectable and talented Hannah Wants who will bring her the bass to the Found Stage.
They have released 9th and final stage tickets here priced at £71.50 plus booking fee