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Weekend Primer #130

The week's dance music news in handy bite-sized pieces

2018 Jul 27     
2 Bit Thugs

THIS WEEK: Warehouse Project, fabric, Mercury nominees, Madhouse, Kraftwerk, Bassnectar, No Sleep festival, Joris Voorn and much, much more

1. Manchester's The Warehouse Project announced their full 2018 season programme this week, and as usual it's a veritable electronic music smörgåsbord. There are way too many names to list here, but things kick off on 22 September with Seth Troxler, Dixon, Peggy Gou, Mall Grab, Midland B2B Roman Flügel and more. After that the likes of Pete Tong, Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Artwork, Solardo, Heidi, Claude VonStroke, Andy C, Hype & Hazard, Goldie, Four Tet, Ben UFO, Honey Dijon, Mella Dee, Hunee, Moodymann, Patrick Topping, Green Velvet, Marcel Dettmann, My Nu Leng, TQD, Alan Fitzpatrick, Chris Liebing, Pan-Pot, and many more are due to visit - and that's just up till the end of October, while live shows will come from Ross From Friends, Jon Hopkins, Underworld, Bicep and Sasha. This will also be The Warehouse Project's last season at their traditional Store Street location. For full details all the way through to 26 December, hit up their website.

2. Down in London, fabric will celebrate their 19th birthday with a 30-hour party on 20-22 October. The first wave of artists were annnounced this week, with Craig Richards and Terry Francis joined by Apollonia, Dan Ghenacia, Dax J, Dyed Soundorom, Joy Orbison and Sonja Moonear, among others, with more names still TBA. Again, check the website for full details.

3. Not to be outdone, the line-ups for Printworks' autumn/winter season are expected shortly. All we can tell you so far is that the London megavenue will be playing host to some 25 live and electronic shows before the year is out, so stay tuned... oh, and you might also want to pre-register for tickets here.

4. London night czar Amy Lamé has spoken about Hackney council's controversial new licensing policy, which will see venues subject to a midnight curfew, saying in part: "I have asked Hackney for an urgent meeting to see if it is possible to work out a solution that protects the local community whilst making sure London doesn’t go backwards in its progress towards becoming a truly 24-hour city." In the meantime, around 100 protestors gathered outside Hackney Town Hall at lunchtime today to voice their anger at the new regulations.

5. Congratulations to grime MC Novelist, who's been nominated for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize. The shortlist is otherwise pretty rock and pop-oriented, with the likes of Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine and Noel Gallager's High Flying Birds all in the running, leading some to accuse the judges of "playing it safe" this year.

6. This week saw electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk become the first band ever to play a live set in which one musician was performing out in space. German astronaut Alexander Gerst was the man in question, joining in the band's performance of 1978 track Spacelab live from the International Space Station using synth software on his tablet. Kraftwerk themselves were in the rather more prosaic location of Stuttgart, where they were playing the Jazz Open Festival. Anyway, watch...

7. Kerri Chandler's long-running Madhouse label are to release a 25th birthday compilation on 7 September. Both mixed and unmixed versions of 25 Years Of Madhouse will be available, as well as an eight-track vinyl sampler featuring cuts from Kerri himself, Roog, Matrix, Kamar, Sebb Junior and more. A week prior to that on 31 August, house lovers will no doubt also want to check out the new Defected In The House compilation, which comes from Liverpool lad Melé and features tracks from Luciano, Jimpster, Joeski, Robert Owens, thatmanmonkz and many more.

8. Twice-yearly UK festival Forbidden Forest is moving to a new location for its next event. The 8 September festival will take place at Wymeswold Forest in Leicestershire, with MK, Huxley, Shadow Child, CamelPhat, Darius Syrossian, Lauren Lane, Pirate Copy, My Nu Leng, Redlight, SASASAS, DJ Hype, Randall, Route 94, Hector Couto and Dennis Cruz just a few highlights of an impressive line-up. For full details, click here.

9. Further afield, Barcelona's Brunch In The Park continue to expand, with BITP parties scheduled this season in Lisbon, Madrid and Valencia as well as in Barcelona. Maceo Plex, Roman Flügel, Âme, Edu Imbernon, John Talbot, Paul Kalkbrenner, Amelie Lens, John Digweed, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Dave Clarke, Vitalic, Black Coffee, Seth Troxler, Tiga, Dixon, Agoria, Henrik Schwarz, Derrick May, Dubfire and Nastia are just some of those set to play the Sunday parties in the four cities between now and October.

10. Meanwhile in Belgrade, Serbia there's a brand new addition to the European festival calendar. No Sleep Festival is a new multi-site event from the team behind EXIT, and has evolved out of EXIT's No Sleep Novi Sad stage. Much of the line-up for the inaugural event on 16-18 November is still under wraps, but artists announced so far include Nina Kraviz, Dax J and I Hate Models.

11. Over in Ibiza, the first of Radio 1's two live broadcasts from Cafe Mambo is underway even as we speak. But tune in from 7pm on Sunday to catch Annie Mac, Benji B, Cassius, Krystal Klear, Mark Ronson, Monki, Octavian and Purple Disco Machine in action, along with a 'very special guest' who's still TBA.

12. Joris Voorn has announced a North American tour to take place this September, with dates in Chicago (13 Sep), New York (14 Sep), Detroit (15 Sep), Toronto (20 Sep), Montreal (21 Sep) and Miami (22 Sep). And sticking with things Stateside, elrow take over Brooklyn Mirage this Sunday for 10 hours of B2B action, with Eats Everything B2B Patrick Topping, Will Clarke B2B Sante and more.

13. In EDM Corner, US bass music star Bassnectar is to host his own all-inclusive festival in Mexico on 27 February-2 March. The Barcelo Resort on the Riviera Maya is the location and the line-up will include Bassnectar himself, Rezz, The Glitch Mob, Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Digital Mystikz and many more.

14. Finally, do you have fond memories of the 90s UK garage scene? If you do, then So Solid Crew's Ashley Waters (Asher D) wants to hear about them - his production company is working on new TV documentary about the era. Submit your misty-eyed recollections online here.