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Weekend Primer #21

Our regular Friday news round-up

2016 Jun 17     
2 Bit Thugs

Sick of hearing about the Brexit referendum and/or the US elections? Here's 10 other things to talk about this weekend

1. It hasn't been a great week for nightclubs around the world. Not only have London's Silver Bullet and Amsterdam's Cruquiusglide announced that they're having to close (due to an expiring lease and new, stricter noise regulations, respectively), but it's feared Berlin's world-famous Berghain [pictured] may also fall victim to city council plans to create a "family entertainment district" in the surrounding area. Boo, hiss, etc.

2. All Tomorrow's Parties also announced this week that the peripatetic ATP festival is no more, but it's better news from Burning Man. Not only have the team behind the US desert festival bought a 3,000-acre ranch some 20 miles north of the festival site - thus ensuring they'll always have a location - but they're also launching a European offshoot, with the three-day Where The Sheep Sleep festival taking place in Veluwe in the Netherlands on 29-31 July.

3. While we're on the subject of European festivals, the full line-up has now been revealed for this year's Tomorrowland, which is being held on 22-24 July. Head to Boom in Belgium to catch the likes of Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Armin Van Buuren, Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Sander Van Doorn, Sasha, Tiesto, Eric Prydz, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki and Danny Howard in action.

4. Also announced this week was the full line-up for Innovations In The Sun, the week-long D&B festival that takes place in Barcelona, Spain on 28 June-5 July. As we've come to expect it's a star-studded bill, featuring the likes of Andy C, Hype, Friction, TC, Ed Rush, Skibadee, Grooverider, Ragga Twins, Nicky Blackmarket, Congo Natty & Tenor Fly and many more. Week-long packages start from £250 (not including flights).

5. Dutch legend Jaydee is revitalising his old record label First Impression, the imprint via which the man behind the immortal *Plastic Dreams helped launched the careers of artists such as Trancesetters and Junkie XL. The label shut down operations around the turn of the Millennium, but now it's back with a string of new signings including Ricky The Dragon, Franco La Cara, Rick Dyno and Jaydee's own 18-year-old daughter, Jada.

6. Also making a comeback are Brit-funk legends Cymande, known for evergreen 70s gems such as Bra and Brothers On The Slide. Founders Steve Scipio and Patrick Patterson reformed the group last year to record a new album, A Simple Act Of Faith, and this week they embarked on a short US tour - some 42 years after their last one.

7. The Dirtybird BBQ has become something of an institution in recent years. This year sees them hosting four events in San Francisco (12 August), Seattle (14 August) and Brooklyn (11 September) plus - just announced - a two-day BBQ in Detroit on 27-28 August. Line-ups are still TBC, though - as are details of a potential fifth BBQ in sunny Miami.

8. Closer to home, grime star Stormzy nearly bit off more than he could chew this week. After jokingly tweeting that he wanted to take his fans to the Thorpe Park amusement park for his birthday, he was inundated with requests from people wanting to go. Bless him, though: he's risen to the challenge and now what we're pretty sure what will be the first ever 200-strong grime-rollercoaster fusion event is well and truly on!

9. Music and tourism, eh? It'll never catch on. Oh wait, it already has: a report published by UKMusic.org this week reveals that last year saw a 16 per cent rise in visitors coming to Britain to attend festivals and gigs, helping the sector to add £3.7 billion to the UK economy.

10. US DJ download pool Promo Only is now available to DJs in Europe. It's one more for the mobile and wedding-type DJs but it that's you, hit up Promoonly.UK to find details of subscriptions starting at £15 per month.

Berghain pic: Oh-Berlin.com/Creative Commons via Flickr

 

 

 

 

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