After its inaugural event last year, Ultra Music is expanding its presence in Singapore in September to a two-day festival experience. The upgraded event includes Phase One headliners Afrojack, Axwell^Ingrosso, deadmau5, Kygo, DJ Snake and Nero Live, and will form the third major ULTRA festival in Asia alongside ULTRA Korea, which wrapped its fifth year this month, and the upcoming third edition of ULTRA Japan, also in September.
In August Defected will host its first full festival at the Garden Resort in Tisno on the Adriatic coast. The festival is set to bring five days of pure house hedonism to this spot with a line-up of artists and DJs, featuring underground artists together with bigger-named DJs for a week of music. The label’s forthcoming release ‘Defected In The House Croatia’ represents what the festival will be all about. The compilation is in three parts, each mixed by a producer from the Defected family that is possibly making waves in the house music world right now - Kai Alcé, Crookers and Dario D’Attis, who are all key players on the bill for Defected Croatia.
Dutch DJ, Fedde Le Grand, recently marked another milestone in his career by releasing the 200th episode of his ‘Darklight Sessions’ podcast. Starting the shows over three years ago, Fedde aims to showcase the best in new house music from across the spectrum. Not limiting himself to any one sound, and giving airtime to upcoming talents from around the world, he has possibly provided a valuable stepping-stone for some of dance music’s rising producers giving recent support to the likes of Raiden, Zilverstep and Merk & Kremont.
Space Ibiza recently released an emotional video that documents the final Opening Fiesta at the legendary Ibizan venue. Recorded in Spanish and subtitled in English, the six and a half minute video of the opening party on Sunday 5 June 2016 shows the full spectrum of emotions generated from all involved in the club. Including clubbers, performers and headlining DJs this video captures it all.
Classically-trained multi-instrumentalist, Gryffin, recently released the acoustic session video for his debut single, ‘Heading Home’ featuring Josef Salvat, via Darkroom/Interscope Records. Gryffin apparently has a reputation for focusing on musicality in all of his work, so this acoustic session is a natural next step for him to further showcase his instrumental skills.
With a busy schedule in tow, Spanish tech house duo Chus & Ceballos release their latest compilation, entitled ‘Balearica 2016’. The album has been curated by the Stereo label bosses to take in a wide range of house styles that should work in a range of settings from sunset to sun up, and from outdoor terrace parties and to the more intimate clubs.
Dennis Ferrer returns to Defected with a full-length album later this year, and lead single ‘Right Thing’ is the first taste of this new project.
DJ Pippi releases his ‘Bocadillos Variados’ album on the Music For Dreams label on Friday 1 July 2016. The 12-track album features Pippi’s own style of global house music and deep soulful Balearic grooves and includes the single ‘La Serenata’ with Kenneth Bager, and track ‘So Beautiful’ featuring Barbara Tucker. The album also features contributions from producers and musicians Tuccinelli, J.L., Victor Martin (Eurythmics), Cesar De Melero, Paul Powell & Tracy.
Pirupa releases the ‘Rising EP’ this Monday on the NONSTOP label. With this production featuring Bon Homme, Pirupa is a DJ/producer who has been attracting attention over the past few years. Originating from Italy but residing in London, he has signed productions on a list of record labels including Drumcode, Crosstown Rebels, Desolat, Snatch!, Get Physical, Defected, Saved, Noir Music and many more.
On Friday 29 July, psychedelic electronic artists The Orb will perform their seminal debut album ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’ in full for the first time ever, to mark its 25th anniversary. For this special sliver jubilee gig, Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann will be joined on stage at Electric Brixton by the original cast of collaborators who helped create the music on this influential, era-defining milestone, plus a special punk icon whose music heavily influenced The Orb.
As the track titles suggest, Dave Angel wanted to go all out techno for his new release for John Digweed’s Bedrock. ‘Power’ and ‘Venom’ are two tracks to mark another return to the label from one of the key figures in the UK’s techno scene. Knowing that John is a fan of that classic 303 bassline / acid sound and had previously given a lot of support to his ‘Tomahawk’ track from the ‘Voodoo EP’ (Beddigi47), Dave felt it was time to delve deeply into the favourite toys that he’s been working creatively for the last couple of years - the TR-8 and TB-3 machines from the new Roland Aira Range, for this latest offering.
DJ Magazine (DJ Mag) recently announced the date and line up for its 25th Anniversary party at Space, Ibiza, during the venue’s final year. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the magazine is hosting its biggest DJ Mag birthday event in Ibiza, on Thursday 30 June, and will feature DJs - Anja Schneider, Derrick May and James Zabiela, with more artists to be confirmed. The party is part of a series of celebratory parties, which have included a joint birthday with Fabio & Grooverider at Phonox in London, a DJ Mag take over at Egg LDN with Dennis Ferrer and Tania Vulcano and an industry launch at Work, London featuring Danny Rampling, James Zabiela, Danny Howells and more.
Revealed Recordings label boss Hardwell and possibly one of the imprint’s most exciting young stars, Thomas Newson, have put their production touches to a new collaborative effort entitled ‘8Fifty’. The track was written during their recent Revealed North American Bus Tour road journey and is aimed for big room spaces, which is fitting given the track also marks the 250th release on the label.
In just under two years, Outburst has attempted to make its way to the centre of trance’s agenda. It's signed breakout singles, established new artists, defined its own sound and possibly cornered its own market. It’s also proved to be catalytic in the resurgence of its initiator, Mark Sherry. Independent in approach and sound in equal measure, the label’s attracted underground artists, established names and possible legends. Among them have been the likes of Adam Ellis, David Forbes, Tempo Giusto, 2nd Phase and Aimoon, as well as artists such as The Space Brothers, Scot Project and Johan Gielen.
27 seems to be an important age. It’s when a handful of talented artists came to a premature and striking end – like Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix. And now, Space Ibiza joins the famous 27 Club as it exits the scene that it has helped to build. It all began when Pepe Rosello first launched the club in 1989 during the second ‘Summer Of Love’, the year that Ibiza as we know it was being born, and the year that dance music took hold of youth culture across the world.
L-Wired Events and Tom Knight in partnership with Pride in London present Smirnoff Pride At Night, the official Pride after party at Electric Brixton on Saturday 25 June 2016. The event, which aims to unite the whole LGBT+ scene in the spirit of Pride, features a line up of DJs including Smokin Jo, Seamus Haji, Tasty Tim, Rich B, Mark-Ashley Dupé, Adam Turner, Lady Lola, Yvette Lindquist, Lady Lloyd, Tayylor Made, Sipz C, bICA, Cathal, with live PAs to be announced.
Having topped the techno charts and seen support from Adam Beyer, Pete Tong, Joris Voorn, Kolsch, Richie Hawtin, Anja Schneider and many more, The Enemy featuring the voice of Felix Da Housecat has possibly become one of the standout cuts so far in 2016.
Four weeks away from kicking off and after the announcement of the weekly line up scheduled for the Main Terrace, ONYX recently announced the artists who will be in charge of the music for Space Ibiza’s Sunset Terrace and who complete the program that aims to entertain techno lovers in Ibiza this summer.
Carl Cox’s ‘Final Chapter’ at Space begins next Tuesday with his 15-week farewell season kicking off on 14 June. Joining Carl on the main stage for the first event is Cadenza Records’ Luciano and Spaniard Christian Varela. Elsewhere, there’s Germany’s Matthias Tanzmann, BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits, Michel De Hey and Clara Da Costa, who hosts the Premier Etage stage with Javier Carballo and Hanfry Martinez. Plus there’s Quini!, Paul Darey, Jack De Marseille and more all featuring on the bill.
Solomun recently revealed the line-up for his +Live nights, which take place in Ibiza’s Destino and Ushuaia. The night finds the Diynamic label boss playing a set of his own, with a hand pick guest performing a live set. Each party kicks off with Igor Marijuan from Ibiza Sonica Radio at 4pm, then from 6-8pm offers a Diynamic label artist playing the warm up. Next, the live act plays from 8-9pm, then Solomun takes the reins for the final hours of the party.
After three years in the making and a lifetime of mutual respect, Defected Records welcome Todd Terry to join their list of House Masters, with an album covering all the highlights from his back catalogue. With this anthology, Todd takes his rightful place amongst the likes of Masters At Work, Frankie Knuckles, Dennis Ferrer, Bob Sinclar and Heller & Farley on the House Masters roster – artists who probably represent house music at its innovative, pioneering best.
Two Indonesian brands Potato Head and Ismaya Live collaborate again for the third annual Sunny Side Up Tropical Festival, with the event now taking place over two days at the Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, Bali. This year's festival will offer a combination of live acts and DJs. Artists confirmed so far to appear include Disclosure (DJ), Mark Ronson (DJ), Ta-Ku, Breakbot, Sam Feldt, George Maple, Hermitude and many others.
Inspired by 2015's two-day festival in Telluride, CO - Pretty Lights will host “An Episodic Festival” - a series of multi-day events this summer and autumn, complete with a live band featuring Derek Vincent Smith, Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns. Each stop will host a variety of special guests, curated by Derek Vincent Smith.
Tonight sees the start of the fifth season of Music On at Amnesia Ibiza, where Marco Carola, Paco Osuna, Stacey Pullen, Leon and Joey Daniel are charged with kicking off the first night of the techno and house adventure. On the Terrance, Marco Carola will be accompanied by Leon, an essential Music On family member since 2012. Leon has completed successful residencies with Music On Ibiza, Miami and NY, and just a few months ago the Italian DJ and producer launched his second album, ‘Rave On’, on his label Chelsea Hotel Records.
Last year marked a new era for Ibiza as the island apparently hosted its first ever electronic music festival – Creamfields, which recently announced its return on Friday 5 August. This year’s’ event will take place during BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza weekend and this year’s 10 hour party will be taking over the Space venue.
Axwell Λ Ingrosso recently revealed their video to ‘Thinking About You’, which was released last Friday. The video sees the duo make cameos in possibly a way you’ve never seen before, taking the face swap craze to an entirely different level.
elrow will be curating a stage on Saturday 3 September at Electric Zoo: Wild Island this Labor Day weekend on Randall’s Island in New York City. The brand’s arrival on Wild Island will mark the first ever stateside appearance for the Spanish party series, who were ranked as the number #11 club night of all time by Billboard magazine after apparently establishing a reputation all over Europe for throwing raucous, colourful bacchanals with high quality dance music and creative themes.
Found Festival recently announced that its official after party will be held at Electric Brixton on Saturday 11 July. Found: Later continues the party just minutes away from the festival site in Brockwell Park from 9pm for an all night session until 6am at one of Brixton's grandest venues, Electric Brixton!
Wow, what a top weekend! The first thing we love about this festival is that it’s right on our doorstep, it literally is just five minutes in a taxi away, or as experienced last night, a drunken walk home. After the top shenanigans of Saturday, where the lineup included Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Rødhåd, Laurent Garnier and SLAM, Day Two had a lot to live up to and thankfully it didn’t let us down.
The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival celebrated its fourth edition yesterday at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum. With DJs including Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Rødhåd and Laurent Garnier plus SLAM and Gary Beck, this was a tremendous start to the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Back in the year 2000, Robbie Rivera probably became a worldwide known artist with the track 'Bang'. The single was released on multiple labels worldwide and it sold over 250,000 copies on vinyl and CD singles. 'Bang' reached Number 13 on the UK National Chart and was on rotation on major FM stations around the world.
With just one day to go, the Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival recently revealed the full festival offering including improvements that aim to make the forth consecutive Riverside Festival the best one yet. Taking place at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, the festival features a new site layout, multiple bars and an earlier start time of 14:30. Look out too for a unique hospitality area and world class production aiming to delight over 12,000 fans on the banks of the River Clyde once again.
As the White Isle opens its doors to this year’s party-goers, Toolroom delivers their 2016 guide to what they think will be this summer’s hottest hits. Out this week, the compilation is another great insight to the UK-based label, whose head honcho, Mark Knight, continues to be one of the best DJ exponents of the label's sound.
With just over 3 months until the Defected Croatia 2016 festival in Tisno (11-15 August), Defected In The House recently announced their return to Ministry of Sound on 2 July as part of the label’s Road To Croatia series. This will be the last time the Defected family gathers in the UK before setting out for five days of house music in Croatia with 70 DJs, and follows the party at the club in April. Headlining the Box is Roger Sanchez, fresh from the release of his ‘Strictly Roger Sanchez’ compilation for Defected Records. The album is a definitive musical guide to possibly one of the world’s greatest house music figures and, with the Box being the space to hear classic house music on its sound system, expect to hear some of his back catalogue during the night.
Following last year’s series-opener from Airwave, Audio Noir accepts Bonzai’s ‘In The Mix’ baton-pass and heads up their second ‘Progressive Sessions’. Over the last few years, the Australian has built up a decent release list. Most recently, his ‘Progressive Tales 2’ EP proved to be an example of both his musical savvy and – across its three tracks - heterogeneous styling. Having released his ‘Artificial Star’ album debut last year, through ‘In The Mix 002’, he turns his attentions to another career ‘first’.
Celebrating 10 years as a label, Rekids founder Radio Slave delivers a new production with a remix from Ostgut Ton’s Marcel Dettmann. Since its birth in 2006, Matt Edwards’ Rekids has possibly played host to some of today’s most renowned names in house and techno, including the likes of Nina Kraviz, Roman Flügel, Shed and Mr. G.
Sundays At Space recently confirmed their full summer season which contains confirmed appearances from 2manydjs (Dj Set), Annie Mac, Danny Tenaglia, Dennis Ferrer, Derrick Carter, DJ Pippi, DJ Sneak , Green Velvet , Guti (Live), John Digweed, Josh Wink, Kevin Saunderson, Maribou State (DJ set), Matador and many more.
Dance music label Global Underground recently announced that on 1 July it will be releasing an exclusive limited edition “Collectors Edition” box set of the US Billboard #1 album, - ‘GU025 Deep Dish, Toronto’. Included in the package will be a 116 page hard back Toronto Travelogue Book, Limited Edition GU Postcards, GU Luggage Tag and a 24 page “Book Pack” Deluxe Version of the CD all housed in a bespoke red GU Box.
Italy’s Mauro Picotto has been involved in electronic music since the late-90s and released a handful of records via his Alchemy imprint and BXR of which he stands in as A&R and in-house producer. Here though Mauro is back on his Alchemy imprint with a new project in the shape of ‘AYALA (Can You Feel)’, a collaboration between himself and Barney Scott and on offer here is a sampler comprising three tracks from the package.
USA house artist Oscar G drops a double album on Nervous Records this week with appearances from Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak, Byron Stingily, Pablo Fierro, Oba Frank Lords, Stryke, Lazaro Casanova and Katiashe. Oscar G rose to fame (with Ralph Falcon) as one half of Murk, the Miami based brand that possibly stands along DJ entities Masters at Work and Deep Dish as America’s most enduring and impactful DJ/producer teams.
NYC's Quentin Harris makes a return with a new single with regular vocalist cohort Jason Walker, titled 'Stronger'. A song that speaks of empowerment after moving on from a toxic relationship, it finds Jason belting out a heartfelt vocal over a soulful piano led groove, with brass stabs, harmonies and Quentin's Hammond production. Def Mix’s David Morales flexes his studio skills, delivering a pumped up Muscle Mix armed with a breakdown that's laced with strings and piano, aiming for those peak-time floors.
Producer/DJ EDX received two EMPO Awards for Best Indie Dance / Nu Disco Artist and Best Remix of the Year with his Indian Summer remix of Sam Feldt's ‘Show Me Love’. In 2015, he was responsible for possibly some of the biggest tracks of the year, including his original, ‘Belong’, ‘Revered’ and his Ibiza Sunrise remix of Robin Schulz’s ‘Sugar’ that apparently went on to receive gold and platinum certifications in various countries.
Gorgon City share the next instalment of their ‘Kingdom’ release with new video for ‘Impaired Vision’ featuring Tink. & Mikky Ekko. The video, filmed in Chicago, and shot by director Will Robson-Scott offers an engaging visual accompaniment to the track, providing a contrast of colour, texture and space. Impaired Vision is the third track from Gorgon City’s ‘Kingdom‘ project, featuring one of US rap’s rising stars Tink, and it was written and recorded in the duo’s London studio with vocalist Mikky Ekko.
Danny Howard will host his own night at BCM Mallorca this summer. Taking its name from his label, Nothing Else Matters will run from 7 June right through to 13 September 2016, with Danny and guests playing every week. Danny recently launched his label through Sony RCA and the first single from 99 Souls ’The Girl Is Mine’, reached number 5 in the UK charts and probably established the label as one to watch.
Martin Buttrich has probably solidified his name as a quality underground act. Whether it be releasing his own productions or pushing eclectic new artists through his Poker Flat imprint and his co-owned Desolat recordings with Loco Dice, he has continuously pushed forward with his music. A pioneer of underground music, his endeavours cross over and translate to mainstream audiences via remixing the likes of Tori Amos (nominated for a Grammy in 2003), Madonna and Muse.
Back to Basics celebrates 25 years of parties with London crew Percolate at Oval Space this Saturday, 14 May. Headlining the event is founder Dave Beer, plus long-time residents Tristan da Cunha and 20:20 Vision boss Ralph Lawson, and close associate Clive Henry. The brand has been a weekly-now monthly-Saturday event for 25 years (1991-2016), has possibly dictated house trends in the north of England in that time, and has many parties to its name.
T in the Park festival organisers recently announced that DJ Diplo, Foy Vance, Basement, Dua Lipa, Gerry Cinnamon, Frances, JP Cooper and The Amorettes will be joining the line-up for T in the Park 2016, whilst Silicone Soul, Pan-Pot, Scuba, Jasper James and Harvey McKay complete the line-up of the Slam Tent, with James and McKay starting the party early as the Slam Tent opens on Thursday 7 July.
‘Music From Porcelain’ is the companion album to Moby’s book of memoirs entitled, Porcelain, (Penguin Press; 17 May). The album is a collection of newly re-mastered versions of classics including ‘Go!’, ‘Honey’, ‘Natural Blues’ and ‘Bodyrock’, among many others, combined with an apparently hard to get collection of classic electronic music recordings from artists from 808 State to A Tribe Call Quest. ‘Music From Porcelain’ is released 10 June on Thrive Music.
This August, Motion in Bristol will be hooking up with gay club nights across Bristol to bring an entire day of ‘underground music with plenty of sass.’ Bitch, Please! welcome Honey Dijon, who draws from a wide repertoire of musical styles and combines old skool Chicago house, disco, tech-house to tribal, funk and soul.
Possibly one of the UK’s most unique festivals, Boomtown Fair, comes to London to celebrate the summer season. Part of the ‘Boomtown Gatherings’ parties, the Mayfair London Extravaganza will takeover Electric Brixton this Saturday, 14 May.
With less than two and a half months until it kicks off, Destination Ultra – Croatia Music Week, recently announced new acts that will perform across the week. As part of Ultra Europe’s Phase Two announcement, deadmau5, Nero and Rødhåd are set to play on the Dalmatian Coast this July, with all three acts performing at the festival for the first time. Additional Phase Two support comes from Adventure Club, Apollonia, Technasia, Thomas Jack and Vicetone. The week has a real RESISTANCE™ feel to it this year, with things starting on Thursday, 14 July at the Giraffe Palm Beach House with a RESISTANCE™ themed Opening Party that will be headlined by UMEK and some of his 1605 Music Therapy label mates.
This summer is Carl Cox’s final ever season at Space Ibiza. Kicking off on 14 June, Carl returns for a record 15 weeks, with a big line up for every single party. Opening the season, Carl is joined by Luciano and Cristian Varela in the main room, whilst on the covered terrace there’s Matthias Tanzmann, Michel De Hey and BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits.
After recently rebooting his HEY! Records label, Dutchman and long time dance artist Michel de Hey serves up three new cuts this month. His ‘Basic Eggs’ EP is the latest in a slew of new releases that the label has in the pipeline. Each track from it has been road tested around Europe and has been proven to work, with the title track making it onto the official ‘Extrema Festival’ mix CD.
Carl Cox recently launched a text to donate initiative with charity music foundation Last Night A DJ Save My Life (LNADJ) in support of children in conflict zones via War Child. The text donation initiative is part of LNADJ’s fundraising campaign including a nationwide DJ contest, which will see winning DJ, Holly Louise, play with Carl at the House The House event at the House of Commons on 11 May. Holly will be the first female and youngest DJ to play in the House.
Ultra Music Festival recently announced that the first round of tickets for the 2017 event will go on sale on Monday 9 May at 1pm. Tickets will only be available to those who register and will be sold at the same prices as last year. Tickets will be available for a limited time.
Trap duo Flosstradamus are taking their HDYNATION [Pronounced Hoodie Nation] brand up a level with the launch of their label, Hi Def Youth, which will see its first release on 13 May with Party Thieves’ ‘Undrafted’ EP’. The EP includes four songs consisting of three tracks and an intro dedicated to his nephew Jon.
DJ Pierre returns to Memory Box in London on Friday 13 May. Apparently documented as the creator of acid house with his seminal ‘Acid Tracks’ as part of the group Phuture, alongside this he solely created his Wild Pitch sound, a sound which will be his set at the gig. He played his first Memory Box in July 2015 and apparently it was one of the best Memory Box parties so far.
Dutch act Kraak & Smaak drop the debut single from their upcoming album, ‘Juicy Fruit’, a collaboration with Grammy-nominated Mayer Hawthorne. ‘I Don’t Know Why’ sees Kraak & Smaak throw down the gauntlet in a popping boogie track with the Tuxedo frontman delivering his sweet and catchy soul melodies over the top.
With Ibiza season just around the corner, Glitterbox hits Ministry of Sound on 7 May, hosting DJ sets from Basement Jaxx, Shapeshifters, Aeroplane and more. Established in 2014, Glitterbox aims to be a celebration of dance music – the DJ, the sound, the space, the attitude, the ambience and the audience.
Sharam, one half of dance duo Deep Dish, gets set to drop his second artist album which continues to tell his story through the prism of a warehouse, where he first discovered his love for dance music in Washington DC’s underground club scene. Comprised of a collection of tracks he’s held in the vaults waiting to release as a cohesive concept, ‘A Warehouse’ revisits his roots across 13 tracks that traverse from early-80s Giorgio Moroder inspired disco to futuristic, dark and hypnotic clubby affairs with D&B inspired sounds - illustrating house music’s metamorphosis into different sub-genres and the house offshoots Sharam possibly helped shape.
Off the back of ‘Kunai’ - their Rodrigo Deem-team-up, April sees Las Salinas return to the release front lines. Their latest Vandit offering steps over to the vocal side of the trance fence and additionally finds Shaulli Harari & Israel Bircher drafting in the talents of LA-born-and-based singer/song-writer Shannon Hurley. If her name is ringing anyrecognition bells, over the last five years, the songstress has apparently made a name for herself, lending vocals to the productions of Giuseppe Ottaviani, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Protoculture, Ronski Speed and host of others from the trance frat.
Ahead of the release of his Body Language mix for the Get Physical series, Tim Green offers up two exclusive tracks from it - one original and one remix. Over the last decade Green has put his touch to a stream of club tracks, releasing through labels such as Cocoon, My Favorite Robot, Dirtybird and Get Physical. As a remixer he has apparently been in demand, lending his musicianship and production to the likes of Friendly Fires, Cassius, Seth Troxler and Kidnap Kid.
Old Skool Factory, known for presenting old school nights, are bringing Jazzy Jeff to London, for a one-off, one-night only session this Saturday 30 April. The multi-platinum selling, award-winning DJ brings his inimitable sound, skill and style to Electric Brixton for a night of dope beats.
With the European summer fast approaching, Manchester label Freakin909 aims to evoke those beachside-Ibiza-vibes with its latest release ‘I Won’t Back Down’, a potential sun-drenched house number.
It’s time for an electronic music mix-off and in the blue corner is Reloaded's Richard Durand, whilst over in the red for Riel is that man Sied. This month, the two duke it out on the remix of Tiësto’s classic track, ‘Traffic’. At the front end of the year, the two Dutchmen were ‘talking Tiësto’ and specifically chewing over his back catalogue. The consensus was, that when it came to raw floor power, ‘Traffic’ was his MVP!
We ran this feature earlier in the year, but as it's taking place tonight, it seemed like a good time to run an updated version! With all tickets selling out three months in advance, tonight will see nearly 350 clubbers descend on The Admiral Bar in Glasgow for a night of classic house and trance music. So how did it all start? Read on to find out more...
Sundays At Space recently announced their first phase of DJs for the summer season and it includes 2manydjs (DJ set), Danny Tenaglia, Darius Syrossian, Dennis Ferrer, Derrick Carter, Guti (live), Heidi, John Digweed, Nick Curly, Riva Starr and Yousef, who will all unite for the final season of Sundays at Space. Many say that no visit to Ibiza is complete until you've sampled the unique experience that Space has to offer and this summer will be your final chance to do it.
Taking place tomorrow night, this event seems to have captured the imagination of the whole of Scotland! Having apparently sold out two dates in Manchester and a night at London's Royal Albert Hall in a matter of minutes, Haçienda Classical's first Scottish concert comes in conjunction with UK promoters, Colours, at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena on Friday 22 April. The events sees FAC 51 The Hacienda and Manchester Camerata collaborate with the DJs who shaped The Haçienda's sound – Mike Pickering and Graeme Park.
Twenty years after their international debut, French multi-platinum selling band Air will release their first anthology album ‘Twentyears’ on 10 June. Air - Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel – have personally selected the core ‘Best Of’ tracklisting which features on all of the album’s various formats. The album will initially be available on double CD, double LP and digital formats and a limited and numbered Super Deluxe Edition will follow on 22 July. It compiles the original format’s double CD and double LP with a third CD which features Air’s remixes for artists including David Bowie, Beck, Depeche Mode and Neneh Cherry, as well as an exclusive collector’s poster.
Glitterbox is about to embark on a summer series of events beginning on 7 May at Ministry of Sound with Basement Jaxx, The Shapeshifters, Aeroplane and John Morales. This party will launch the ‘Glitterbox Ibiza 2016’ album, selected and mixed by Defected Records’ head and Glitterbox resident Simon Dunmore. On 28 May, Glitterbox will present its own programmed arena at We Are FSTVL with DJs Todd Terry, Joey Negro, Roger Sanchez, Norman Jay and Simon Dunmore, plus vocalist Barbara Tucker.
Soundon Festival recently announced that it is moving from 30 April and 1 May, and will now take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August. The two day music event, celebrating 30 years of dance music culture, from acid house to the latest urban sounds, will remain at Essex Sports Village, a 48 acre greenfield site in Purfleet. All current ticket holders will be refunded in full, before being issued with a free weekend ticket for the new dates.
Vandit Nights lands at Ministry of Sound in London on Friday 22 April 2016 for their latest showcase. Deck-side will be Alex M.O.R.P.H., Ben Nicky, Chris Bekker and Tristan D., adding their own style to the label’s specially invited guest for the evening, Kyau & Albert.
Last year DJ, producer and songwriter Paul Harris (Dirty Vegas) debuted on Enormous Tunes with his track ‘One Night Lover’. The track apparently went through the roof and reached almost four million plays on Spotify and hit the download charts of all relevant online stores. Now he is back with a follow-up single, ‘Glow Of Love’, which he hopes to have the same success, as the track offers top male vocals, production and progressions.
Cream is preparing for another summer season as it returns to Amnesia to take over Thursday nights on the White Isle for 15 parties starting 9 June through to 15 September, featuring an array of debut performances and well known residents. As the longest running UK club brand on the island which celebrates its 21-year residency at Amnesia this year, the brand delivers another big line-up for the summer.
Following Claptone’s recent win as Best House DJ at the IDMA’s in Miami, he has released his latest production, a new EP entitled ‘Heartbeat’. In addition to the namesake track from his album, ‘Charmer’, the ‘Heartbeat’ EP includes Doorly’s remix of ‘Anything’ as well as a brand new track, ‘Before I Lose My Mind’, which features vocals by indie-pop outfit Say Yes Dog. The three-track release personifies him at his finest; it’s complex, relatable and evokes arcane emotions while remaining upbeat and engaging.
Dutch DJ/producer, Hardwell, was recently inaugurated into Amsterdam’s Madame Tussauds waxworks museum. Providing a pin-point for what is culturally relevant, Madame Tussauds has showcased hyper-realistic waxwork figures of world-class leaders, sports stars, musical mavericks and more across its multiple locations globally, including their Dutch branch that was the first international attraction outside of London operating for over 45 years.
The Social Festival returns on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September 2016 to its new home, The Kent County Showground. On the Friday, the event will deliver a blast from the past as Sasha and John Digweed go B2B at the festival’s fourth edition, as they headline the Meadow Arena, hosted by Mixmag.
Brothers Danny and Kieran (aka Krankbrother) are apparently known for organising some of London’s parties in unique and unusual spaces. Whether it be a street, rooftop, railway arch or warehouse they strive to bring a different experience to the clubber and this event series is no different. This time though, they launch Never Be Found Out at the very top of a skyscraper in central London. Complete with 360 views, the venue provides a rare opportunity to dance whilst the sun-sets across the city.
After another successful Miami Music Week, Spanish tech house duo Chus & Ceballos are launching an new events brand in association with their label Stereo Productions. Hot on the heels of their latest and new album, ‘Nomads’, this new project is entitled Iberian Republica and will consist of worldwide showcases at various top venues.
Madness recently announced the next artists for their House Of Common festival this August Bank Holiday Monday. Joining the band will be Mike Skinner and Murkage present Tonga, Ms. Dynamite, Congo Natty & UK All Stars, Kiko Bun, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. These names will appear alongside Toots & The Maytals, David Rodigan and Norman Jay MBE.
Electric Daisy Carnival returns to the Milton Keynes National Bowl for its fourth year on Saturday 9 July, with four stages hosting some of the world’s biggest artists across the dance music spectrum. EDC is a festival for all the senses, with focus on production and entertainment all day and night - including the brand new Crystal Village stage which makes its debut this summer. Standing 30 metres tall by 70 metres wide, it houses cascading waterfalls, a fog-breathing dragon, over 400 video tiles, 28 lasers, flames of all colours, 15 co2 cannons, whilst EDC’s giant signature owls preside over the action.
We Are Rockstars have already announced their monthly residencies for the summer with Stormzy who kicks off the season with his first of four #Merky shows on Friday 3 June at the opening party at Ibiza Rocks Hotel. The full line up for the fifth 16-week series of open-air, poolside shows is now confirmed, featuring a diverse mix of possible music legends and fresh, influential talents, with names from across house, D&B, garage and grime. A line up that’s testament to the mix of styles and sounds that the brand represents on the White Isle.
With pre-release support from the likes of Carl Cox, who premiered the House Of Virus & Tom Finn Remix at Awakenings ADE last year, ‘Mushrooms (Remixes)’ officially dropped on Freakin909 this week. Featuring two remixes from the House Of Virus & Tom Finn and a further reimagining from Want More & Can’t Say No, the label is bringing Jefferson’s ‘Mushrooms’ bang up to date, with the blessing of Marshall himself.
Having begun their journey as DJs and producers last year, Ibiza’s Mambo Brothers aim to catapult themselves into the limelight with their recently released debut ‘Momento’, which is out now via Toolroom Records.
Leeds-based house producer Josh Butler has returned with the second release of KAHU, his 3-part, 6-track vinyl-only series, which is out now. Josh has also recently announced that he is set for a 13-date Ibiza residency for Tribal Sessions at Sankeys Ibiza, starting 7 May, where he will be performing on a headline run through till season end in October.
Back in 2013, through Vandit, Alex M.O.R.P.H. introduced trance fans to the talents of German-Croat duo Corti Organ. MIxMag proceeded to hail their co-op ‘Magnum’ as a 9/10-scoring “seriously annihilating piece of floor-flooring gear,” adding that it was “so tasty you’ll want two of them!” Accruing spins from PvD, Paul Oakenfold and Armin van Buuren, it was followed by more club tracks, (‘Butterfly’, ‘Half Life’ and ‘Narrow’ among them), which have apparently catalysed Daniel and Nikola’s recording careers.
Since opening in March 2014, Studio 338 has been aiming to secure Greenwich as the go-to hotspot for anyone looking to party in London. Since its inauguration, it has continued to try and push boundaries, investing heavily in the venue; with the installation of a glass and steel 'Atrium' being the latest major announcement just a couple of months ago. Recently, they went one step further by releasing news that for apparently the first time ever, London will get its very own full scale party beach arena.
Apparently after a record-breaking number of votes, the results were recently revealed for DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs Poll 2016 and this year’s edition has a new winner, Space Ibiza. The results were unveiled via a social media countdown on DJ Mag’s Twitter and Facebook. This year’s victory marks Space Ibiza’s fourth win, beating their own record from 2014. With the 100 clubs coming from 36 different countries, these venues are the lifeblood of electronic music; their dancefloors play an important role in shaping new sounds, scenes and genres, hosting resident DJs, rising new talent and huge international names alike.
London label and party Solid Grooves is heading to Ibiza for a second summer, taking up residency each and every Thursday at Vista Club at Privilege. Following on from an apparently impressive season at Sankeys Ibiza last year, the 2016 season kicks off on 9 June. Vista Privilege — where Do Not Sleep and Elrow made an impact in 2015 — is a club with big glass walls allowing views out over the White Isle. When the sun comes up, it makes for a magical setting that is probably an essential Ibiza experience.
On 14 June Carl Cox embarks on his last and longest ever season at Space, Ibiza - Music Is Revolution – The Final Chapter, running for 15 weeks. Following last week’s announcement of the first DJs confirmed to join Carl, the brand’s now back with more names added to the bill. John Digweed returns to the party, along with other familiar faces to the Revolution such as Fatboy Slim, Ovum label head Josh Wink and Intec’s co-leader Jon Rundell.
Following its debut in 2015, HYTE returns to the dancefloors of Amnesia Ibiza this summer. Once again a close-knit family of residents will be calling the night their home this season; Loco Dice builds on the momentum of his 2015 return to the terrace to helm another season on the very dancefloor where it all began for him and Chris Liebing will be firmly cementing his status as possibly Amnesia’s techno kingpin. After a decent 2015 summer, Berlin's Pan-Pot will be back, and Mar-T, Cuartero and Caleb Calloway, will be bringing their electric energy.
Norwegian producer and co-founder of LA-based label Next Wave Records, Bearson, returns with his latest single ‘Want You (ft. Cal)’, his first major release on Ultra/Epic Records/Sony. His last track, ‘Imposter ft. Mark Johns’ premiered via Vogue, and apparently was accredited with being the "shining beacon of post-tropical house" through his "splashy feel-good vibes with a slightly smarter, slightly more old-school vein of electronica."
Defected recently announced the next wave of for its new festival in Croatia, which takes place between 11-15 August 2016 at The Garden Resort, Tisno. Defected Croatia 2016 will see possibly some of the world’s finest house music talent playing both beach and main stages, with daily boat parties adding to the outdoor clubbing experience.
Detroit Love, Carl Craig's brainchild that is designed to bring together and support the sounds of Detroit and take a little of the techno brotherhood to clubs and festivals the world over, will takeover the Sankeys Lab in Ibiza, every Thursday from 7 July - 13 October. With a line-up of artists mostly from Detroit, or artists who have been inspired by the sounds of the land of techno, it aims to bring Ibiza the best sonics from this space to the underground Lab of Sankeys.
Markus Schulz recently dropped his 17-strong tracklist for his forthcoming artist album, ‘Watch The World’. Following the release of its vanguard singles, ‘Destiny’ and ‘Facedown’ (for which Schulz co-wrote lyrics), it sees the producer assume an album songwriting role for the first time. Comprised of a hybrid of vocal numbers and instrumental anthems, ‘Watch The World’ (his sixth long-player; out 29 April) features singers both greenhorn and experienced, known and new.
Pukka Up is back for Ibiza 2016. Its Sunset Boat Parties will return every Friday from 3 June and every Tuesday from 7 June, where island dwellers can expect water shows from a world champion flyboarder, CO2 and confetti cannons, DJs, Pukka Up hostesses and more. With after parties at Together (Tuesdays) and Insane (Fridays), plus entry to Ocean Beach Ibiza included in the ticket price, you can now literally party all day and all night.
Yousef’s Circus will be continuing their event series with another showcase at Egg London on 16 April, following on the back of an apparent sold-out show at Liverpool’s Art’s Club in February. The event brings to town Circus boss Yousef alongside Secondcity and Kydus. The London venue has become as important and apparent to Circus as much as its Liverpool home with a roster of decent line-ups showcased under the Circus bill over the last few years. Making his Circus London debut, after his debut at Liverpool’s Arts Club last February, is Secondcity.
Paris-based, Romanian electronic music composer and DJ, BOg, returns to John Digweed’s Bedrock label for his first release of 2016. Having been deeply passionate about music since childhood, BOg has risen to his current prominence through releases on the likes of Crosstown Rebels and Alex Niggemann’s Soulfooled label, in addition to Bedrock. Some of 2015’s musical highlights for some were his original track ‘Ava’ and his remix of the Bedrock track ‘Emerald’ on the ‘Re_Structured’ album, along with a nine-minutes of ‘Rakuten’ on ‘Underground Sound Of Ibiza 2’.
On 14 June Carl Cox embarks on his last and longest ever season at Space, Ibiza - Music Is Revolution – The Final Chapter. This year Carl will be taking a nostalgic look back on his history at the club, bringing back selected DJs from all previous 14 seasons, along with a huge array of new talent. With just over 10 weeks to go until the opening party, the line-up is already taking shape. First names confirmed include DJs such as the French-born Francois K, US house DJs Danny Tenaglia and Masters At Work and the UK’s Sasha. On the techno front there’s Sweden’s Adam Beyer going b2b with Ida Engberg plus Italy’s Marco Carola and Joseph Capriati.
Global Rhythms will be taking over Brixton this Easter Sunday 27 March 2016 for the afrobeat meets house party’s first ever day and night event. The daytime event sees the brand hosting POP Box Brixton, alongside pop-up cocktail bars and food vendors, whereby al fresco dancing will continue until dusk, when the whole shebang moves over to Electric Brixton for a live music and DJ party.