The new Defected WWWorldwide series will see three weekly events from Friday 19 June – 3 July, reflecting the label’s summer of club events that have been postponed due to the global pandemic. Partnering with Twitch to use its ‘Squad Stream’ function to stream music events for the first time, the events will feature three virtual rooms with DJs playing concurrently in each, as they would in a nightclub.
For the first event on Friday 19 June, New Yorkers Louie Vega and The Martinez Brothers will headline in Room 1, with Eli Escobar and Luke Solomon in Classic Music Company’s Room 2, plus Defected resident Darius Syrossian and more to be announced in Room 3.
Friday 26th will see a Pride celebration hosted by Defected’s sister label Glitterbox. The Glitterbox x Pride event has been programmed in collaboration with New York nightclub House Of Yes and Brighton Pride, where Glitterbox was due to appear this summer, hosting their own rooms alongside Glitterbox’s main room. DJs playing the Pride special include The Shapeshifters alongside Billy Porter in a throwback performance, Horse Meat Disco, Fat Tony, NYC’s Jellybean Benitez, Kiddy Smile, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Ralphi Rosario.
The final event on Friday 3 July will take the audience back to Ibiza, with Ferreck Dawn and Sam Divine in Defected’s Room 1, Mambo Brothers, David Penn and Manu Gonzalez in Café Mambo’s Room 2, and Mike Dunn and Terry Farley in 4 To The Floor’s Room 3.
Adapting Twitch’s gaming functionality for the purpose of bringing people together through music, the events will get even closer to a real clubbing experience, allowing viewers to dip in and out of different rooms at leisure.