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Weekend Primer #30

Ten things to talk about on the smoking terrace this weekend

2016 Aug 19     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Calvin Harris, Space, Pete Tong, Steve Aoki - and a whole new way to DJ using fast-food packaging...

1. Money magazine Forbes has announced its annual DJ Rich List. Calvin Harris tops the chart, with estimated earnings this year of £63M. He's followed by Tiesto (pictured), David Guetta, Zedd, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Skrillex, Kaskade, Martin Garrix and, at No 10, poor old Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, who are having struggle by on a mere $15.5M between them. Perhaps we should organise a whip-round...

2. Upset about Space closing at the end of this Ibiza season? Fear not, because the club may well be returning at another venue, according to Carl Cox. The long-term resident - who first broke the news of Space's closing in October last year - told Ticketmaster: "Plans are on the table for it opening at another site, but it won’t happen for at least two years and will it be the same? We don’t know. I don’t know whether I will be involved because there are so many variables. At the moment I am quite looking forward to getting three days a week of my life back."

3. Speaking of club closures... following the suspension of Fabric's licence comes news of the demise of Passing Clouds in Dalston. Passing Cloud had been operating on a slightly iffy footing anyway, ever since the building's new owners tried to evict the club earlier this summer, only for supporters to break in, squat the premises and carry on. This week it was reported that bailiffs had seized all the club's equipment, but a statement issued by Passing Clouds says that the kit was merely being taken into storage while the club looks for a new venue.

4. New albums to keep an eye out for include Last Refuge Of A Scoundrel, the eighth studio long-player from D&B veteran Dom & Roland (Metalheadz, 7 October); Connected, the debut album by Shadow Child, which features contributions from Huxley, S.P.Y and T Williams, among others (Food Music, 14 October); and a deluxe 10th anniversary reissue of Movements, the debut album by Booka Shade, which includes a second disc of new remixes from the likes of Eats Everything, Patrick Topping, Dennis Ferrer and M.A.N.D.Y (Blaufield Music, October).

5. Heidi will be 2016's final 'quarterly resident' at London's XOYO. The Canadian DJ will take over from Oneman, whose current three-month residency finishes at the end of September. There's no word yet as to what line-ups she's got planned, but we're told to expect an announcement soon.

6. Following a well-received set at Glastonbury this year, actor Matt King is to make his London DJ debut as Super Hans, the character he played in cult comedy series Peep Show. Moth Club is the venue, 14 September is the date, and anyone attending can no doubt anticipate a party that goes beyond fun, and ends up really quite nasty...

7. A US court has ruled that Steve Aoki is not liable for breaking the neck of a fan called Brittany Hickman, after he stage-dived directly onto her head at a Hard Rock Cafe show in San Diego back in 2012. Hickman's family had sued the EDM cake-thrower for $10M after he refused to pick up her medical bills; their case has now been dismissed, but it's understood the ruling comes in the wake of an out-of-court financial settlement.

8. The New York ballroom scene is one of dance music's most intriguingly arcane sub-subcultures - somewhat ironically, given that this whole 'music characterised by the emission of a series of repetitive beats' thing started in New York gay clubs in the first place. But now, in the wake of a couple of films that have explored the culture, comes Qweendom, a new compilation of 11 ballroom tracks put together by DJ Michael Cox of the Fade To Mind crew. It's out now, so get to know...

9. Back in the 80s, George Clinton asked Do Fries Go With That Shake?. Perhaps now he needs to do a remix called Do Flares Go With That Marguerita?, because selected Pizza Hut outlets in London have been dishing out their meals in a box that doubles as a scratch controller for music stored on your laptop or phone. You'll need to download a compatible DJ app, but still... what a time to be alive!

10. Pete Tong is taking his All Gone Pete Tong party brand on the road, with a series of 18 dates in the US and Canada between August and November. It's the first time the AGPT brand has toured properly, despite their having hosted many successful festival stages and one-off parties, and Tongy will be joined on the trek by the likes of Felix Da Housecat, Kölsch and Claptone.

Tiesto pic: Nan Palmero/Flickr/Creative Commons





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