This week: Frankie Knuckles, vintage disco edits, Sankeys East, Craig Richards launches his own festival, Kraftwerk, New Order and more
1. The life, work and legacy of the late, great Frankie Knuckles [pictured] are the subject of a new documentary film. The film, Frankie Knuckles And The Roots Of House Music, is the latest installment in TVOne's Unsung series, and features contributions from the likes of Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk, Jesse Saunders and Steve 'Silk' Hurley. You can watch it here.
2. Troubled dance music monolith SFX, which owns Beatport, Electric Zoo and Mysteryland, among other brands, but filed for bankruptcy in February, has reinvented itself as LiveStyle Inc. Founder Robert Sillerman is out, Randy Phillips (formerly CEO of AEG Live) is in, and it's understood that the new company will concentrate on running festivals across a range of genres, not just electronic/dance music.
3. With fabric set to reopen, the club's management team have issued another transparency statement regarding the monies raised for the #saveourculture appeal. The appeal raised a total of £333,618, the statement reveals, of which £100,000 remains untouched. But there's still no firm news as to how the excess cash will be spent: they simply say, "We're looking at several ideas including charitable status or a trust to ensure proper financial governance of this large amount, which is currently in a segregated account and all details of it will be reported monthly."
4. Speaking of all things fabric-related, long-term resident Craig Richards is starting his own festival. Houghton will take place at Houghton Hall in Norfolk on 11-13 August, with artists already confirmed including Andrew Weatherall, Adrian Sherwood, Nightmares On Wax, Seth Troxler, Ivan Smagghe, Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, Mr Scruff, Trojan Soundsystem, Roman Flügel, Midland and Ben UFO.
5. Sankeys will be opening a brand new nightclub on Boxing Day. Sankeys East is in Romford, Essex, and will be the fourth club in the Sankeys portfolio (after Ibiza, Tokyo and the original Sankeys in Manchester). Meanwhile over in NYC, a new 1,800-capacity venue called Brooklyn Steel will open in Williamsburg, Brooklyn early next year.
6. The line-up's been announced for Iceland's Secret Solstice festival, which will be held in Reykjavik on 16-18 June. Confirmed acts include The Prodigy, Kerri Chandler, Dubfire, Wolf+Lamb, Novelist, Dusky, John Acquaviva and Soul Clap.
7. BBE is to release a two-volume compilation called The Men In The Glass Booth, which is made up of re-edits by some of New York's founding fathers of disco and house, including Walter Gibbons, Jellybean Benitez, John Morales, Francois Kevorkian and Tee Scott. Each volume will consist of five vinyl 12-inches, with the complete set consisting of 30 tracks from the likes of First Choice, Double Exposure and The Salsoul Orchestra.
8. Also on the remix comp flex are Mancunian pioneers New Order. The three-CD set New Order presents Be Music gathers together remixes the various band members have done for other artists under their collective Be Music alias over the years, and includes cuts from Quando Quango, A Certain Ratio, Section 25, Fujiya & Miyagi and many more. It's out on Factory Records on 17 February.
9. Kraftwerk have added a couple of extra dates to their 2017 UK tour. The Düsseldorf veterans will now play Oxford's New Theatre on 6 June, and the Brighton Centre (which is in Brighton, obviously) on 7 June. Tickets are on sale now and will no doubt sell out just as quickly as the original dates so be quick!
10. Also on tour in 2017 is Thundercat. The bassist and Flying Lotus collaborator will play 21 dates in the US and Canada in February and March, before embarking on a further 21 dates in Europe in March/April. UK readers can catch him in Bristol (Thekla, 22 Mar), Manchester (Gorilla, 23 Mar), Liverpool (Invisible Wind Factory, 24 Mar) and London (Heaven, 28 Mar); he'll also play Vicar Street in Dublin on 27 March.
11. The nominations for the 2017 GRAMMY awards were announced this week. Dance/electronic artists up for the prestigious awards include The Chainsmokers, Flume, Underworld, Louie Vega, Underworld, Tycho, Steve Aoki and Jamie XX.
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