Ah, February. A wintery backwater of limp Valentine’s bouquets, misguided decisions to ditch caffeine over Lent, and silent prayers for spring to come the fuck on.

Until now, that is. Because thanks to the creative brains behind A-grade boutique dance music festival The Social, there’s a fist-pumping, jaw-clenching Winter edition to write home about, and it’s tomorrow. Yes, you heard right.

House and techno heads will be familiar with September’s end-of-summer knees up The Social, which last year brought the likes of Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, Four Tet, Joy Orbison and DJ Koze to Kent’s idyllic Mote Park.

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Making an early all-star return this weekend, The Winter Social finds its new home in Kent County Show Ground, a venue that captures the great outdoors while also boasting some knock-your-socks-off warehouse space.

Revellers can expect seriously high spec production levels to back up a sublime line-up featuring Adam Beyer, Art Department, Ame (Dj Set), B.Traits, Eats Everything, Eli & Fur, Joris Voorn, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles, Nic Fanciulli, Nina Kraviz, Russ Yallop, Steve Lawler, Yousef, and Rob Cockerton.

Incredibly, final release tickets are still available at £48.50 here; who says you can’t crank your festival game into gear a few months earlier than expected?

Words: Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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