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Weekend Primer #66

14 things to talk about on the smoking terrace this weekend

2017 Apr 28     
2 Bit Thugs

Starring: Jesse Rose, Love Parade, elrow, Sasha, Roni Size, Pukka Up, Defected Croatia, Ableton Loop 2017 and more

1. Having declared last year that he'd be retiring in 2017, house hero Jesse Rose [pictured] has now announced details of his farewell DJ tour. And he's certainly going out with a bang: the trek which lasts right up until November sees him playing 49 club and festival dates right across the globe. A B2B set with Seth Troxler at Pacha Ibiza last week was just the warm-up: along the way he's got more back-to-back action lined up with B. Traits, Junior Sanchez, Doorly, Claude VonStroke, Cassius, Eats Everything, Roman Flugel, Doc Martin, Davide Squillace, Riva Starr and Henrik Schwarz.

2. German courts have ruled that the organisers of the 2010 Love Parade in Duisberg, which saw 21 people killed and 500 injured in a stampede, must stand trial for negligence and manslaughter. A date for the trial(s) has yet to be announced.

3. elrow have announced the first names for the debut of their Family & Friends festival, which will take place in Salou, Spain on 15 July. Jamie Jones, Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin headline, while also on the bill are Jackmaster, Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn, Art Department, Adam Beyer, Guy Gerber, Damian Lazarus, Paco Osuna and many more.

4. Meanwhile, those attending Liverpool International Music Festival in Sefton Park on 21 July will get to hear DJ Spoony presenting a live set of UK garage classics as played by the Royal Northern College of Music's 40-piece Session Orchestra. He'll be joined by fellow scene luminaries such as Elizabeth Troy, Lonyo, Master Of Ceremonies and Kele Le Roc.

5. A remixed version of Sasha's Scene Delete album will be released by LateNightTales on 19 May. Those doing the remix honours include Matthew Dear, Plaid, Kiasmos, Rival Consoles and Sasha himself.

6. Breda in the Netherlands is to host what's being billed as "the world's biggest techno festival". The three-day event on 14-16 July is called The Gathering, and is the brainchild of Dutch promoters Techno 24/7 and UK counterparts sub:Merged. No line-up has yet been announced, but the organisers promise 150 artists across 10 stages, and hope to attract 100,000 people.

7. Over in Ibiza, this season's Pukka Up boat parties will feature headline sets from MK and Hannah Wants. Pukka Up are also hosting a new Saturday night party at Eden called Tropical Wonderland.

8. Ableton have announced the dates for this year's Loop, the company's annual conference for artists and performers who use their software and hardware products. Loop 2017 will be held at Funkhaus in east Berlin on 10-12 November.

9. Roni Size will be performing his 1997 album New Forms in its entirety at a series of special live shows this summer. Catch him at Oval Space in London tonight (28 April), at Manchester's Moovin' festival on 26 August, at the Downs Festival in Bristol on 2 September or at Hospitality In The Park in London on 23 September.

10. The full programme of events has been revealed for this year's Defected Croatia festival. As well as Glitterbox and Defected In The House events, there will be parties hosted by the likes of Soul Heaven, Classic Music Company, Traxsource and Data Transmission. See here for full details.

11. The next installment in fabric's long-running mix album series will come from Panorama Bar resident Steffi. fabric94 is out on 16 June and will feature 15 specially commissioned tracks spanning "abstract house, electro and techno".

12. The latest version of Propellerhead's Reason DAW, Reason 9.5, will support VST plug-ins for the first time in the software's history. You'll have to wait till the end of May to get your hands on a copy, though.

13. In club news: Motion in Bristol is undergoing extensive refurbishment of its outdoor areas, with the revamped and significantly expanded external spaces due to come into play from 26 August. XOYO in London have also just overhauled their second room with a new soundsystem, better sound insulation and a new centrally placed DJ booth, while over in Germany, Dresden has a brand new nightclub called objekt klein, which opened last week. The club has two rooms plus an outdoor area.

14. EDM superstar Zedd has followed in Dr Dre's footsteps and launched his own branded headphones. Developed in association with Japanese company DoubleZero, they're available now, priced $199.99 (£160 approx).





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