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Weekend Primer #129

17 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2018 Jul 20     
2 Bit Thugs

STARRING: DJ Harvey, IMS College Malta, fabric, Warehouse Project, Diynamic London, Rinse FM, Tony Pike, Yoshitoshi, Oliver Heldens and much, much more...

1. The new Mission: Impossible movie will feature a cameo appearance by none other than DJ Harvey [pictured]. The legendary selector plays himself in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which is in cinemas from 27 July.

2. Over 30? You'd best stop reading iDJ, then, as you have no interest in discovering new music! At least, you don't according to a survey of 1,000 UK residents by music streaming service Deezer - a survey to which we say "bollocks!". And that's swearing...

3. Hackney Council in London has, despite opposition from local businesses and residents, approved a new licensing policy that will see all new licensed premises subject to a default 11pm curfew during the week, and a midnight curfew at weekends. Among those responding to the Draconian ruling was Midland, who tweeted: "Shout out to our Government for trying to make us the world's first truly 12-hour city with a 24-hour tube line."

4. Tune in to Rinse FM tomorrow (Sat 21 July) for a 15-hour takeover by Crosstown Rebels, which marks the label's 15th anniversary. DJs will include David Morales, Davide Squillace, Satori and DJ Tennis, as well, of course, as label founder Damian Lazarus.

5. IMS College, the educational spin-off from Ibiza's International Music Summit, returns to the island of Malta on 14-15 September. This year's highlights include a keynote interview with Dubfire and speakers from the likes of elrow and Beatport, as well as all the usual seminars, workshops, tech showcases and, by night, parties. A full two-day pass costs €50, or just €25 if you're happy to give the night-time parties a miss. For full details, see their website.

6. DJ Paulette, formerly resident at The Haçienda's long-running LGBT night Flesh and at Pike's Hotel in Ibiza, showcases another string to her creative bow with an exhibition of her paintings at The Lowry gallery in Salford Quays, Manchester. The exhibition, titled Homebird, runs from 22 September-14 October, and admission is free.

7. The Man From Mo'Wax, a feature-length documentary about the career of James Lavelle, is due in cinemas on 31 August, and this week the trailer was posted online. So here it is.

8. Some new and upcoming releases to look out for include new albums from Animal Collective (an audio-visual offering entitled Tangerine Reef, which is out via Domino on 17 August) and DJ Shadow (the nine-track Live In Manchester, which is accompanied by a documentary DVD, and is out now on Mass Appeal), and The Prodigy's new single Need Some1, which trails their seventh album No Tourists (due in November).

9. Manchester's The Warehouse Project have announced details of this year's opening party. Saturday 22 September will see the usual Store St location welcoming Seth Troxler, Dixon, Peggy Gou, Mall Grab, Midland B2B Roman Flügel, DJ Seinfeld, Call Super, Willow and more, and tickets are on sale now. Details of the full Warehouse Project season are expected very soon.

10. Down in London, fabric follow-up last week's announcement of the season's FABRICLIVE line-ups by revealing details of their other Friday night party, FORMS. There are showcases from Circus, Housekeeping, Avotre, Shall Not Fade, Swing and Monki & Friends, and appearances from Louie Vega, Derrick Carter, Max Chapman, Leftwing & Kody, Heidi, Pan-Pot and too many more top-flight DJs to name! So as ever, see their website for full details.

11. In other club news, a couple of Egg LDN nights to mark in your diary include a five-hour set from Darius Syrossian on 17 August and an "extended" set, whatever that means, from Danny Tenaglia on 22 September... Moodymann, The Black Madonna, Robert Hood, Eats Everything and Len Faki are all confirmed for Terminal V's Halloween party at Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre on 27 October... Richy Ahmed headlines the opening of 93 Feet East's new night Disco Disco in London tomorrow night... and 13 September will see a 13-piece orchestra performing the hits of Daft Punk at Glasgow venue Saint Luke's & The Winged Ox.

12. Moving on to festival news, and here in the UK the line-up has been announced for Diynamic Festival London (Morden Park, 8 Sep), with artists including Solomun, Adriatique, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, HOSH and Magdalena... MADE in Birmingham (28 July) and Boardmasters in Cornwall (8-12 Aug) are the latest festivals to offer free drugs testing courtesy of harm reduction charity The Loop... and Steve Lawler, Danny Howard, Nathan Barato, Waze & Odyssey and Lee Foss are among new additions to the line-up for ABODE In The Park (Finsbury Park, London, 23 Sep).

13. Further afield... Russia's Present Perfect festival (St Petersburg, 27 July) has Nina Kraviz, Larry Heard, Ben UFO, Roy Ayers, Objekt and more... newly added to the bill for Spain's Into The Valley (Fuengirola, 28-30 September) are Floating Points, Larry Heard, DJ Seinfeld and Hunee... and Maceo Plex takes his Mosaic party to Belgium's Tomorrowland (Boom, 29 July) where he'll welcome guests including Stephan Bodzin, Peggy Gou and Dino Lenny. Meanwhile the 32-day GEM Fest in Georgia, which was scheduled to kick off on 9 August, has been cancelled after local authorities refused the event's licence.

14. There's good and bad news from Ibiza this week. Let's get the bad news out of the way first: Tony Pike, founder of the legendary Pike's Hotel, has announced he's suffering from skin and prostate cancer. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the 84-year-old's treatment. Meanwhile local activist group Prou! continue to wage war on the club scene, this week writing to local councillors to demand "immediate action" against the island's beach clubs. Boo, hiss, etc.

15. But in better White Island news, Eden is to host a series of four Yoshitoshi showcases this season, with Sharam headlining all the events joined by Dense & Pika and Coyu (23 Jul), Catz N' Dogz and Artbat (13 Aug), Victor Ruiz and Reinier Zonneveld (27 Aug) and Noir and Jonas Rathsman (17 September). OC & Verde will also play all four parties. Meanwhile over at Blue Marlin, a BPM Festival pre-party on 16 August will see Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato playing back-to-back, with support from Jesse Calosso and Da Vid.

16. In studio news, Germany's Mode Machines announced a new hardware sequencer this week. The analog/MIDI SEQ 12 features a 12x16 matrix-style design (that's one LED for each of 16 steps for each of 12 channels) and is available now from their website at the introductory price of €999 (£890 approx). And at completely the opposite end of the pricing spectrum, look out for Sample Magic's latest sound library, the fairly self-explanatory 90s Deep House & Garage, which offers 649 24-bit WAVS, 405 Apple/Rex2 loops, 169 MIDI files and various Ableton/Reason/Logic instruments, all for just £14.99.

17. Finally, in EDM Corner, Oliver Heldens is the latest DJ/producer to star in Dutch label Musical Freedom's series of "artist focus" micro-documentaries, and you can watch his episode below.

Editor's note: The Primer is longer than usual today: it's been hard to find time for news this week, after the loss of a young relative to suicide. If any iDJ readers are experiencing problems with depression or other mental health issues, PLEASE consider contacting one of the organisations listed here. We'd hate to lose you, too.

• In memoriam Theo Young 1998-2018. Gone too soon.•