After a lengthy nine edition-run, Defected Records bid their Virtual Festival farewell on May 22 with a bombastic lineup and Carl Cox to reign in the closing party. The venerated British selector occupied the headlining spot for Defected Virtual Festival’s final showing, spinning alongside Boys Noize, MK, Idris Elba, and more. Taking to the decks live from Melbourne, Cox seamlessly delivers an hour-long set of unmatched energy on par with his legendary status.
The Virtual Festival closing encompasses selections from Darius Syrossian, Elio Riso, Jose Nunez, and more picks. The set also features an exclusive remix of Geraldine Hunt’s “Can’t Fake The Feeling” from the Ibiza staple. Journeying through a curatorial collection of house flavors, Cox dips into tribalistic tints, underground learnings, groovy beats, and disco euphoria as he mixes a steadfast dance floor pulse until the very end.
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