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Weekend Primer #64

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

2017 Apr 14     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Preditah, Paul Oakenfold, Tube & Berger, Toby Smith RIP, Ibiza line-ups, festivals galore, and look out - there's an illegal rave about!

1. Ibiza party crew elrow [pictured] have announced the line-up for their Saturday nights at Amnesia this summer. The season begins with a 'summer of love'-themed party on 3 June and runs through till 30 September, with guests set to include Alan Fitzpatrick, Art Department, Claptone, Detlef, Eats Everything, Matador, Nathan Barato, Patrick Topping, Richy Ahmed, Riva Starr, Sante, Sidney Charles, Skream, Technasia, Waze & Odyssey and many more.

2. In other Ibiza news, Darius Syrossian and the Do Not Sleep crew return to Tuesdays at Sankeys Ibiza from 27 June to 26 September, while Richy Ahmed's Four Thirty Two party makes its White Isle debut with a one-off event at Vista Club, Privilege on 1 June, with special guest Mathew Jonson. DJ Harvey will also be taking up an Ibiza residency on top of those he announced last week in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon and New York - catch him at Pikes Hotel every Monday from 7 August to 25 September.

3. The next installment in fabric's long-running fabriclive CD series will be mixed by Preditah. fabriclive 92 will feature contributions from the likes of Wiley, Skepta, Joker and Swindle, and is out on 26 May, with a launch party at the club on 9 June.

4. German tech-house duo Tube & Berger have a new album on the way. We Are All Stars is out on Kittball Records on 19 May but before that, there's the brilliantly named single International Corporate Motherfuckers, which is being released in aid of children's charity It Began In Africa on 14 April.

5. Paul Oakenfold has been busy getting higher than you or I have ever been. No mind-altering substances were involved, though - the 53-year-old DJ trekked up to base camp on Mount Everest on 11 April for what was, at 17,000ft, officially the highest-altitude DJ set ever performed - a record-breaking feat that raised funds for victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.



6. Some sad news this week: Toby Smith, the original keyboardist with Jamiroquai (he left the band in 2002), has passed away at the age of 46. The cause of his death has not been made public. Spare a thought, too, for avant garde electronic musician/composer Mike Vainio, one-half of Finnish duo Pan Sonic, who also died this week, aged 53.

7. On a happier note, the team behind Village Underground in east London have announced plans to reopen the former Hackney Arts Centre, an art deco venue in Stoke Newington which has been disused for over 30 years, as a multipurpose arts space for music, theatre, public lectures and more. The project is currently in a period of public consultation, after which Village Underground's plans will be submitted to Hackney Council for approval.

8. While we're on the subject of London clubs, Egg LDN celebrates its fifth birthday with a mega-blowout party weekend on 5-6 May. Part 1 sees Erick Morillo playing from 11pm to 7am on 5 May; details of Part 2 are still TBC. Meanwhile, 29 April sees Black Coffee returning to the UK capital to play for Housekeeping at One Embankment, with support from H.O.S.H.

9. We told you a week or two ago that Ultra would be launching its first Australian festival in 2018. Now more details have emerged: the inaugural antipodean bash will be in Melbourne in February under the banner "Road To Ultra", after which two proper, full-blown Ultra festivals will be staged in Melbourne and Sydney in 2019.

10. Over in the US, two big festivals announced their line-ups this week. Middlelands in Texas on 5-7 May (brought to you by the same people that are behind Electric Daisy Carnival and Lollapalooza) has Major Lazer, Andy C, Bassnectar, Friction, Kaskade, Marshmello and Bonobo, among others, while Greatest Day Ever in New York on 15-16 July is headlined by Dillon Francis and Diplo, with Green Velvet also on the bill.

11. Closer to home, Austria's Volt festival marks its 25th year on 27 June-1 July with Fatboy Slim, Pendulum, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and Fritz Kalkbrenner, while new additions to the Defected Croatia bill on 10-15 August include Kenny Dope, Claptone and Honey Dijon.

12. Like your hip-hop? Then you might like to know that Cornell University in New York has posted over 1,700 items from its Adler Hip-Hop Archive online, including photos, magazine articles, press ads, party flyers and other memorabilia. Check it out for yourself here. The material represents about five per cent of the entire archive, which is maintained by the university for academic research purposes, and which was compiled and curated by Def Jam's original VP of Publicity, Bill Adler.

13. And finally... you've all seen the video of an impromptu drum & bass rave that took place on a Tube train in London this week, but the problem isn't limited to London: Leicestershire Police have set up a special task force called Operation Mastif to crack down on any illegal raves taking place in the county this Bank Holiday weekend. In the interests of co-operating with the boys in blue, we'd heartily recommend that if any iDJ readers DO hear of any such events taking place in their area, they do their bit by going along - y'know, just in case the dibble need witnesses later, or something. And don't forget to take a whistle so you can alert them to any signs of misbehaviour!

Have fun, stay safe and spread the love...





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