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Weekend Primer #56

15 things to talk about on the smoking terrace this weekend

2017 Feb 17     
2 Bit Thugs

Starring Fuse, BPM Brazil, Berghain, Tiesto, The xx, Dusky, Dixon, Junie Morrison RIP, Goldie, Bassnectar and much more

1. London and Ibiza house/techno institution Fuse are to return to their original home of 93 Feet East in Shoreditch next month, for the first in a series of three all-day events showcasing their Infuse label. Infuse co-founder Seb Zito [pictured] has curated the line-ups and will headline all three, joined on 4 March by Ferro and Odd, on 1 April by Javier Carballo, Jack Wickham and Joseph Williams, and on 6 May by Fabe, Mariano Mateljan and Stuart Hawkins.

2. Berghain in Berlin is opening up a new floor. The new space will go by the name of Säule and opens on 23 March with live performances by experimental artists Alessandro Adriani, Deena Abdelwahed and Natalia Escobar, followed by DJ sets from Dis Fig, Illum Sphere and Laura Clock. Meanwhile at Manchester club Factory 251 (formerly Paradise Factory) it's a new ceiling that's required, after theirs collapsed on Sunday night. The club was full at the time, but thankfully no-one was seriously injured.

3. The line-up has been announced for this year's IMS closing party at Dalt Vila on 26 May. There's a back-to-back theme this year, so if you've ever wanted to see Maceo Plex B2B Tale Of Us, B.Traits B2B Jesse Rose, Seth Troxler B2B Miss Kittin, Pete Tong B2B Nicole Moudaber or Manu Gonzalex B2B Lollino, now's your chance! Masters At Work will also be there, wearing their Kenlou hats for two separate sets: Kenlou B2B Martinez Brothers and Kenlou B2B Dixon.

4. Speaking of Dixon, he's just announced a world "tour" (if you can call eight shows in nine months a "tour") called All Night Long. The tour starts in Milan on 24 March, and ends in Frankfurt in November. Also hitting the road are Dusky, who've just set off on a string of eight live dates across the UK in February (now that's more like it!). It's not too late to catch them if you're in Glasgow, Leeds, Brighton, London or Oxford.

5. Meanwhile, The xx are definitely not touring: they're staying put for their eight-night residency at the 02 Academy, Brixton on 8-15 March, and have just announced the support acts, who include Sampha and Joy Orbison (8/3), Kelela and Ben UFO B2B Beatrice Dillon (9 3), Robyn and Benji B (10/3), Francis & The Lights and Floating Points (11/3), Cat Power, Jehnny Beth and Siren DJs (13/3), the London Contemporary Orchestra (14/3) and Floating Points (live) and Gilles Peterson (15/3).

6. RIP this week Walter 'Junie' Morrison, founder of soul/funk legends The Ohio Players. The keyboardist, vocalist and producer, who was also a member of Parliament/Funkadelic in their late 70s heyday, was 62 years old. The news broke on Twitter in a post by LA artist Dam-Funk, on whose 2015 album Invite The Light Morrison appeared, but the cause of death has not been made public. Among those to pay tribute on social media were Q-Tip, ?uestlove and Solange.

7. In the finest Tenaglia tradition, the Martinez Brothers will be hosting a 24-hour party at Space during Miami Music Week. The marathon session takes place on 26 March, though the line-up beyond the Bros themselves is still TBA.

8. BPM Brazil, which was due to take place for the first time in April, has been called off in light of the tragic shootings in Mexico last month. It's understood that the inaugural BPM Portugal will still go ahead in September as planned. There's better news though from Rio de Janeiro, where the ninth annual Rio Music Conference has just taken place, with panellists and speakers including Anderson Noise, Gui Boratto, Renato Ratier, Victor Ruiz and ADE founder Richard Zijlma.

9. New albums to look out for include Dread Times, the eighth studio album from digidub stalwarts Dreadzone (Dubwiser, out today); Endless, the debut long-player from Italian techno duo Tale Of Us (Deutsche Gramophon, 31 March); and The Journey Man, the first studio album from Goldie since 1998's Saturnz Return (Metalheadz, 16 June).

10. The first names have been announced for the MDRNTY Cruise, which has been organised by the team behind the Caprices festival and which sails from Genova, Italy to Barcelona, Mallorca and Ibiza and then back to Genova on 16-20 September. Sven Väth, Mathew Jonson, Sonja Moonear, Dana Ruh, Ilaria Alicante and Anthea will all play onboard the 294m vessel, joined by over 40 artists still TBA.

11. Sonja Moonear also stars alongside Ricardo Villalobos, Move D and Roman Flügel in a new documentary called If I Think Of Germany At Night. Directed by Romauld Karmaker, the film follows the DJs as they tour the world, and debuted at the Kino International in Berlin on Sunday. And while we're talking all things cinematic, look out too for a forthcoming documentary about the late Biggie Smalls, provisionally entitled Notorious B.I.G: One More Chance.

12. Birmingham is getting a new nightclub in the form of Scru, a 1,000-capacity venue in Digbeth that will expand to a capacity of 1,500 in April, and then 4,000 in July, when the outdoor terrace will open. No line-up details have emerged yet, but we do know that Fridays will be dedicated to various bass music styles under the Continuum banner, while house and techno dominate at [scru:club] presents... on Saturdays, and that the club is set to open some time in March.

13. Up in Blackpool, Pier Jam returns to the North Pier on 30 April, with a line-up that features Amine Edge & DANCE, MJ Cole, Sam Divine, Preditah, Tchami, Jamie Duggan, George Kwali, TIEKS, James Hype, Official Nancie and many more across two outdoor stages and two indoor arenas. The 4,000-capacity event runs from 2pm-11pm and tickets are on sale now.

14. While we're on the subject of festivals, Bassnectar is heading up a new two-day bash in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Basslantic City (see what they did there?) takes place at a secret location on 28-29 April, and artists announced so far include Bassnectar himself, ill.Gates, Caspa, EPROM, Nosaj Thing, Ninth Child and The Widdler.

15. And finally... congratulations/commiserations (depending on your views on flying) to Tiësto and Paul Van Dyk, who are now officially the most-travelled recording artists of all time. That's according to Dutch travel website TravelBird, who collated the full career tour itineraries of dozens of artists and found Tiësto has now travelled 1.56 millon miles in the course of his DJing. That's 62.5 times around the world, or 6.52 times the distance to the Moon! PVD isn't far behind on 1.44 million miles, while Bob Dylan (1.39M), Metallica (1.31M) and Aerosmith (1.01M) complete the Top 5.





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