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Weekend Primer #33

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

2016 Sep 09     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: VIVa Music, fabric: the fightback, Andy C, Gilles Peterson, Donna Summer the musical, a shape-shifting MIDI keyboard and more...

1. Steve Lawler's VIVa MUSiC label is 10 years old, and to mark the occasion they're releasing a series of three EPs entitled Decadedance. Parts 1, 2 and 3 will drop on 21 October, 11 November and 18 November respectively, and feature cuts from (deep breath) Groove Armada, Phil Weeks, Harvard Bass, Junior Sanchez, Eats Everything, Andrea Oliva, Emanuel Satie, MANIK, Mathew Jonson, Catz N' Dogz, Livio & Roby and, of course, Mr Lawler himself.

2. Gutted that fabric's closed? Of course you are - so be heartened by the news that an official campaign to save the club will launch next week, spearheaded by the Night Time Industries Association and backed by a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for legal fees and so on.

3. D&B legend Andy C is to undertake an 11-date UK club tour under the 'Andy C presents...' banner in October/November, starting at the Soundclash Festival (just outside Bournemouth) on 1 October and finishing at Motion in Bristol on 26 November.

4. Gilles Peterson has launched a new online radio station called Worldwide FM. With a London HQ and satellite offices coming soon in LA and Europe, the station debuted on Monday and is a joint venture between Peterson, Boiler Room and Thris Tian from NTS. Find it at

5. Edinburgh's Nightvision - a multi-venue events series brought to you by two of the city's leading promoters, Xplicit and Musika - have plenty of treats in store for north-of-the-border clubbers this autumn and winter, with headliners including Groove Armada, John Digweed, that Andy C bloke again, Mr Scruff, Bondax, DJ Deep and My Nu Leng.

6. A musical about the life of disco diva Donna Summer is coming to Broadway. It'll be directed by Des McAnuff, who also directed Jersey Boys, and rehearsals are already underway. It's not the first time this has been attempted: Summer was working on (but sadly never completed) an autobiographical musical of her own called Ordinary Girl shortly before she died.

7. Drugs safety charity The Loop have issued a warning about 'orange Tesla' ecstasy tablets that are currently in circulation, as they've been found to contain up to 240mg of MDMA - that's roughly three times the dose in a 'standard' pill. Be careful out there.

8. Beatport have been taking a look at their genre classification system, and a revamped genre list will take effect from Monday (12 September). The new system introduces new genres including 'big room' and 'future house', and generally aims to more effectively separate commercial EDM from more underground styles.

9. A new club called Claire is opening in Amsterdam, on the site of the much-missed Studio 80, which closed last year. House, techno and disco will form the backbone of the music policy, with an emphasis on local talent but with a number of big-name guests including Chez Damier, Gilles Peterson, Detroit Swindle and Matthew Herbert also set to appear in the coming months. The club opens on 19 October - just in time for ADE!

10. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter is the KOMBOS modular MIDI keyboard. The Bluetooth device breaks down into sections so you can easily carry it around, and choose what keyboard size (from 25 to 61 keys) you need for the particular task in hand. With a week to go, they're just a few grand short of their $25K target, so if you want one, check out the Kickstarter page pronto.

11. Paul Van Dyk fans got a shock last week, when a bizarre racist tweet was apparently sent from his account. But a follow-up tweet soon confirmed that it was the work of hackers, who'd also been busy stealing customer data from his website. All sorted now, we're assured.

12. Australia's getting a new three-day festival called Pitch next year. Brought to you by the teams behind the Beyond The Valley and Friends Of Friends festivals, it'll make its debut on 10-13 March, at an undisclosed location in the state of Victoria, though the line-up is still TBA.





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