A vinyl lover’s guide to GALA Festival 2023

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The Vinyl Factory explores the DJs, performers, and choices for vinyl enthusiasts at this year’s festivals.

The festival season is approaching quickly, and the third May Bank Holiday is packed with events. GALA, a festival in Peckham Rye Park, is one such event, taking place from May 26 to 28 for its seventh edition.

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Featuring a cross-genre lineup of electronic and dance music, GALA promises to be an early highlight of the season. We’ve delved into its extensive lineup to highlight some must-see vinyl DJ sets. Our picks range from the club-ready energy of Saoirse to The Pickle Factory’s stacked curatorial turn.

Here are five vinyl sets at GALA 2023 that The Vinyl Factory is excited about.


Saturday at The Pleasure Dome

Irish DJ, producer and Body Movements founder Saoirse takes to The Pleasure Dome on Saturday. Saoirse’s high-energy, club-rousing sets see her glide effortlessly across genres to constantly curate a party-starting vibe, whether performing at queer events, mega-clubs or festivals worldwide. Expect endless good times.


Sunday at 25 Years of Rush Hour

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Amsterdam record label and store Rush Hour, DJ, producer and Lifetones boss Hunee will get the weary heads of Sunday festival-goers back on track with his dancefloor-driven eclectic selections.

Cami Layé Okún

Friday at Giant Steps

Cuban selector and record collector Cami Layé Okún has made a name for herself through shrewd selections from the worlds of African and Latin American dance music. Her monthly NTS show, Insolar, is a highlight of the station’s programming and her vinyl-only set is guaranteed to be a treat for fans of grooves and discovery.

The Pickle Factory: Donato Dozzy, Paquita Gordon, The Ghost, Hamish & Toby, and Malika

Saturday at Patio

East London venue The Pickle Factory takes over the Patio on Saturday to curate an unmissable collection of vinyl sets. From the hypnotic techno of established Italian legend Donato Dozzy to the contemporary sounds of rising London vinyl fanatics, Hamish & Toby, The Pickle Factory are putting on a line-up that captures the eclecticism and vinyl appreciation of their permanent spot in E1.

Charlie Bones

Live streaming all weekend on Do!!You!!!

A man that needs no introduction, everyone’s favourite radio host, Charlie Bones, will be livestreaming all weekend at the festival on his Do!!You!! platform. For those wanting to catch Mr Bones at the festival or anyone who’s missing out at home, check in with him across the weekend for highlights from the festival and selections from Charlie Bones’ huge record collection.

Tickets for GALA Festival 2023 are on sale here