Sound System 2016: Jonnie Wilkes, Optimo

As the world’s finest Sound System continues our mission to bring true sound to festival-goers, we asked some of the many DJs and musicians who’ve experienced it to tell us what makes it so special.

Jonnie Wilkes co-founded legendary Glasgow night Optimo in ’97 and has been providing some of the most eclectic club nights ever since. We caught up with him last month at Primavera Sound and asked him about the System and what made it sound different. He conceded that there had been a general improvement in festival sound over recent years, but pointed out this also meant the sound had become generic:

“When you hear this system – and I heard it immediately as I came across the site – there’s a character to it and I think it’s the character of the sound that can touch people”

Optimo will be headlining Sound System at WOMAD on Sunday 31st July.

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