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Weekend Primer #122

12 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2018 Jun 01     
2 Bit Thugs

THIS WEEK: Carl Cox, Goldie, Let It Roll, Ravers vs Nazis, Glitterbox, Dwayne Jensen RIP, Gorillaz, Martin Garrix and much, much more

1. The full line-ups were announced this week for Carl Cox's three roaming One Night Stand parties in Ibiza this summer. Monday 2 July will see Coxy [pictured, as if you needed telling] joined at Amnesia by guests including Adam Beyer and Cassy, on Tuesday 10 July the big man himself plays all night long at Pacha, and on Friday 10 August his guests at DC-10 will include Burnski, East End Dubs, Enzo Siragusa, tINI and more.

2. Drum & bass legend Goldie found himself nearly £2.5K in the hole this week, following an incident at last year's Glastonbury festival when he scuffled with a security guard who'd refused him and his daughter entrance to the backstage VIP area. Goldie had already pleaded guilty to the offence and turned up at Bristol Magistrate's Court this week for sentencing, where he was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £500 compensation and £883 costs.

3. The house and techno community in Detroit has been in mourning this week following the death of DJ/producer Dwayne Jensen. An accomplished jazz drummer and a stalwart of the Motor City scene since the mid-80s, he had worked over the years with the likes of Kevin Saunderson, Derrick Thompson and Scott Grooves, and ran the Fathom, Beat-U-Down and Session labels. The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

4. A heartfelt iDJ "well done" to the thousands of clubbers in Berlin who turned up to the city's Leipziger Square on Monday, for a protest rave that saw chanting from a march by the extreme right-wing AfD party drowned out by the massed techno soundsystems. A spokesperson for the organisers said: "Berlin club culture is everything the neo-Nazis are not. We are progressive, queer, feminist, anti-racist, inclusive, colourful... and we have unicorns."

5. Police in Portsmouth have arrested three local men on drug supply charges, following the two tragic deaths and multiple hospitalisations at the festival which we reported on last Sunday. Mutiny attendees and drugs safety charity at The Loop have also suggested that the festival lacked adequate supplies of clean drinking water, although the festival organisers strenuously deny that was the case.

6. On a happier note, there's a new Gorillaz album on the way! Well, a happier note unless you've got some kind of weird Gorillaz phobia, of course, in which case move on to 6. below. Anyway, it's called The Now Now, it's out on Parlophone on 29 June and jazz-funk legend George Benson, Snoop Dogg (more about whom shortly) and Chi-town house originator Jamie Principle all feature as guest artists.

7. Moving on to club news... Glitterbox make their US debut at New York's House Of Yes on 21 June, with special guests Tedd Patterson and Sabine Blaizin... 8 September will see Tale Of Us's Afterlife party making its NYC debut at The Brooklyn Mirage, with a rather impressive line-up featuring Recondite, Adriatique, Robert Hood, Matrixxman and Patrice Baumel... and Aphex Twin plays his first Berlin show in 15 years at Funkhaus on 1 November.

8. The biggest of this week's festival line-up announcements came from D&B extravaganza Let It Roll. Taking place at Milovice Airfield in the Czech Republic on 2-4 August, this year's festival - their 10th birthday, no less - features nine stages hosted by the likes of Ram, Hospital, Viper, Technique and Spearhead, and is headlined by Andy C, Camo & Krooked, Netsky, Noisia, Pendulum and Wilkinson. Also on the bill are DJ Hype B2B Hazard, SASASAS, Alix Perez, Calyx & Teebee, DJ Marky, London Elektricity, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, S.P.Y, Rockwell, Ragga Twins, DBridge, Danny Byrd, Hybrid Minds and, well, pretty much everyone except your Auntie Vera. Unless your Auntie Vera is also one of The Prototypes, in which case, guess what?

9. Elsewhere on the festivals tip: the line-up for Wildeburg in the Netherlands (13-15 July) includes Akufen, Mano Le Tough, Nightmares On Wax, Gerd Janson, Detroit Swindle and many more... British Murder Boys, Actress and Helena Hauff are among the attractions at Atonal in Berlin 22-26 August)... and Denis Sulta tops the bill at Skye Live, a brand new festival taking place on Scotland's idyllic Isle of Skye on 21-22 September.

10. In EDM Corner... Martin Garrix is to play two homecoming shows at Amsterdam's 13,000-capacity RAI exhibition centre on 19-20 October (to coincide with this year's ADE)... Axwell ^ Ingrosso have suggested that there may be some Swedish House Mafia shows in the US next year... and we're told Boys Noize and Skrillex have been back in the studio together, with new Dog Blood material rumoured for later in the year. Deep, deep joy all round.

11. On the hardware front, the biggest news this week was the annoucement of a new Serato controller from Pioneer DJ. The four-channel DDJ-SX3 replaces the DDJ-SX3 and adds an extra mic channel, new mic FX and Pioneer's Sound Color FX. It's available from early June, priced £969. Allen & Heath, meanwhile, posted a teaser video on Facebook this week regarding a new Xone mixer, the Xone:96. Full details are expected on 9 June.

12. Finally, Snoop Dogg is now the proud holder of the world record for the biggest-ever glass of 'paradise cocktail', better known in hip-hop circles as gin and juice. Officials from the Guinness Book Of Records were on hand at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival in California on Tuesday to watch him mix 180 bottles of gin, 154 bottles of apricot brandy and over 140L of orange juice in a 132 gallon glass. Cheers!