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1. Mixed news from London clubland this week. On the downside, it was announced that Dance Tunnel in Dalston is going to close in August, after Hackney Council refused to grant the club a 5am license. On a brighter note, Four Tet (pictured) appears to be hatching plans to start a club of his own, saying he wants to buy the disused Trocadero and turn it into “London's equivalent of Berghain”.
2. The shortlists have been announced for the Billboard Music Awards in the US. David Guetta, Major Lazer, Zedd, DJ Snake and The Chainsmokers will vie for the Top Dance/Electronic Artist award, while Top Dance/Electronic Album will be a battle beween David Guetta, Major Lazer, Zedd, Odesza and Jack U.
3. Speaking of Skrillex, when he's not being half of Jack U he's been busy making a (sort of, a bit) future garage-y track called Pretty Bye Bye with LA producer Team EZY and vocalist Njomza that EDM blogs have been going mad for. You can hear it on OWSLA's Soundcloud page.
4. Notorious B.I.G has been brought back from the grave! Well, in hologram form. It's understood the hologram will feature in a Faith Evans vid, and may also make an appearance at some of Puff Daddy's live shows. And while we're on the subject of avatar-y type things, Hardwell now has his own waxwork figure at Madame Tussaud's in London.
5. The Avalanches have announced their first live shows in 15 years. The Australian band will play three summer festival dates: Primavera Sound, Barcelona (1 June), Field Day, London (11 June) and Splendour In The Grass, Sydney (22 July).
6. Speaking of festivals, a company called Picobong have invented some remote control, music-synchable sex toys, complete with an accompanying app called Remoji... apparently so you can pleasure your partner across a field. They're on Indiegogo and no, we're not linking to them.
7. Also making a comeback, albeit after a paltry three years' absence, are Detroit Grand Pubahs, whose My Own Black Horizons EP, dropping 22 April on DJ Pierre's AA Records label, will be their first release since 2013's Acid Dreams EP.
8. US label Yep Roc are reissuing a whole raft of classic reggae albums from the Studio One stable. First up will be The Wailing Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers' Cosxone Dodd-produced debut album from 1965, complete with the original cover (the one that shows the trio clowning around, not the one where they're standing around looking cool and inspiring 2-Tone mascot Walt Jabsco).
9. In this week's Chus & Ceballos news, the Iberican veterans will be appearing alongside fellow Spaniard Wally Lopez at The Egg in London next Friday. The night runs 11pm-7am, Gardy's also on the bill and tickets are £10 in advance.
10. THIS weekend, in the meantime, sees a Wolf + Lamb takeover at XOYO in Camden. The Brooklyn-based house duo will play for six hours and if you hurry you might still get one of the limited £5 tickets.
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