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Calvin Harris to headline Defected Virtual Festival 3.0; how to watch

A global gathering of house heads including the debut of Love Regenerator aka Calvin Harris, and names such as Sam Divine, David Penn, and Mambo Brothers.

After two successful editions that had virtually gathered millions of fans around the world, Defected returns today with the 3.0 edition of its Virtual Festival with the debut of Love Regenerator aka Calvin Harris.

On what is traditionally one of clubland’s busiest weekends, Defected Records will continue their Virtual Residency this Good Friday with an all-star line-up of international talent, including Calvin Harris’ debut appearance for the house music institution as Love RegeneratorDefected are encouraging music fans to stay inside to enjoy world-class DJ’s streaming directly from their own homes and studios, alongside exclusive never-before-heard sets from previous Defected events. 

With the first two Defected Virtual events already receiving over 5m views, positive reactions flooded in via BBC Breakfast, Radio 1, Radio 2 and Channel 4 News, as well as Pitchfork, Forbes, Le Monde, and many more global media outlets with a reach of over 335m. Due to the overwhelming demand from its audience Defected are committing to continuing the broadcasts for as long as possible, while again encouraging donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund with a button appearing alongside the stream.

Defected Virtual Festival 3.0 Calvin Harris Love Regenerator
Defected Virtual Festival 3.0 lineup schedule

Detected Virtual Festival 3.0 and Calvin Harris

Headlining the virtual event, Calvin Harris will DJ under new alias Love Regenerator, which he debuted earlier this year. Said to be inspired by, “early rave, breaks, techno, and house,” this stream will be one of his first DJ sets under the alter-egoHighlights will also include DJ sets from Defected residents Sam Divine, David Penn, and Mambo Brothers, who will be doing a unique Ibiza sunset-inspired set, delivering the Balearic vibe to people’s living rooms around the world. House legends Roger Sanchez and Mike Dunn join the line-up alongside South Africa’s inimitable Black Motion and masked house master Claptone

Defected helped define the sound of house music I was listening to as a teenager; I associate the old grey and blue 12” covers with so much happiness and inspiration… Since day one every release has been of quality, and when you think about it – with the amount the industry has changed since 1999 – to be smashing it out the park more than ever is a beyond incredible feat! – Calvin Harris

The stream will provide an essential soundtrack to the current lockdowns being enforced around the world, and a welcome uplift for those in isolation.Defected’s ‘Our House.Your House. United. Together’ message accompanying this week’s event is clear, encouraging people to stay home and connect virtually through the power of music.

Next in the residency, Defected’s sister label Glitterbox will host its debut Virtual Festival on Friday 17th April, with a line-up including Bob SinclarPurple Disco Machine, Natasha DiggsMelvo Baptiste and Simon Dunmore, plus more to be announced in due course.

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