Ben Hemsley picked up the Best Producer gong, played a trancetastic set, and now graces our cover as we head into 2024 still reaching for the lasers. The Geordie boy wonder’s story is expertly told by Harold Heath from page 46 onwards.
Immediately following that, we profile all the other Best Of British winners, including our pick for Outstanding Contribution — the only category that wasn’t put to the public vote — which deservedly went to Rinse FM.
Elsewhere in this issue we meet queer collective Horse Meat Disco as they celebrate two decades in the disco house game (page 87); look at the intersection between dance tracks and video games (p94); pick out future stars we think will soar in ’24 in our Ones To Watch feature, with all nominees having a mix aired on BBC Radio 1 in January (p105); and a lot more besides. 2024 is going to be a good year, I can feel it in me bones.