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Weekend Primer #92

13 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Oct 27     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Tony Humphries, We Are FSTVL, Richie Hawtin, Nile Rodgers vs Carl Cox, elrow, Roni Size, French noise laws and more

1. Tony Humphries [pictured] and Leftfield have been added to the bill for Shoom's 30th anniversary party at Pulse, London SE1 on 8 December. Danny Rampling announced the new additions yesterday via Twitter.

2. Dubstep star Rusko has announced that he has been given the all-clear by doctors, following his diagnosis with stomach cancer back in May. He added that he's now keen to start work on new material - and that he's planning some special shows in aid of cancer charities, though no details have yet been announced. Brilliant news!

3. As the dust settles on this year's Amsterdam Dance Event, the organisers have announced the official attendance figures - and it's been another record-breaker, with some 395,000 people flocking to the Dutch city for the conference-cum-festival this year.

4. Speaking of festivals, the first names have been announced for the 2018 edition of We Are FSTVL, which takes place at Damyn's Hall, Upminster, UK on 26-28 May. Among those on deck duties will be Carl Cox, Andy C, MK, Marco Carola, DJ EZ, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Joseph Capriati, Eric Prydz, Jackmaster and Sam Divine.

5. With a deluxe 20th anniversary edition of the classic New Forms dropping (as previously reported) on 10 November, Roni Size has announced a short UK tour that'll see him playing tracks from the album live for the first time as a solo performer. Catch him at The Marble Factory, Bristol (22 Feb), 02 Forum, London (23 Feb), Institute 2, Birmingham (24 Feb) and Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds (25 Feb).

6. elrow are to host their biggest-ever event in the UK next year. Some 25,000 attended Elrow Town in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this year, but elrow say the 2018 party on 18 August will be even bigger, though there are no real details as yet. Before that, the Spanish party brand will be making its debut Down Under in January, with parties at Shed 14, Melbourne on 13 January and at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney on 20 January. Nic Fanciulli and wAFF will headline.

7. Richie Hawtin will be touring Germany in November. Don't expect a stadium spectacular, though: for this tour he's heading to much smaller clubs with, according to Mixmag, an average capacity of just 250. There are stops in Dresden, Rostock, Leipzig, Erfurt, Munich and Cologne - see his Facebook page for full details.

8. Also hitting the road are Ben Sims and Kirk DeGiorgio, under their Machine banner. The tour starts at Sala El Jardin in Gijon, Spain tomorrow night, then visits Rotterdam, Leeds, Venio (Netherlands), Dublin, Lyon, Granada (Spain) and London, before ending in Porto, Portugal on 30 December.

10. Tune in to Pete Tong's show on Radio 1 tonight to hear the first airing of a previously unannounced collaboration between Nile Rodgers and Carl Cox. Entitled Beat The Track, it's the apparent result of a meeting at this year's Ultra Music Festival and will feature in Tong's Essential New Tune slot.

11. The next album from Sheffield disco/lounge/Balearic duo Hiem is entitled Hotspace, and is out today on Nang Records. Look out for an iDJ interview coming very soon! Also dropping today is the debut single from Better Lost Than Stupid, a kind of electronic supergroup featuring Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann. The track's called Alto and comes on Skint/BMG.

12. Laurent Garnier, Dan Ghenacia and synth pioneer Jean Michel Jarre are among the signatories to an open letter sent by French musicians, DJs and promoters to the newspaper Liberation, protesting against new noise regulations introduced by recently elected president Emmanuel Macron that will see clubs forced to reduce both their overall volume and bass levels. They question, "Who would want to pay money to go somewhere where the music has been reduced by these restrictions to a mere echo of itself?" If your French is up to scratch, you can read the full missive here.

13. And finally.. a man in Canada was fined this week for singing along too loudly to C&C Music Factory's Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) in his car. Taoufik Moalla, aged 38, was given a ticket in Montreal for "screaming in a public place".





Tags: Tony Humphries, Leftfield, Shoom, ADE, Rusko, We Are FSTVL, elrow, Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Nile Rodgers, Laurent Garnier, Dan Ghenacia, C&C Music Factory, Hiem, Better Lost Than Stupid, Ben Sims, Kirk DeGiorgio, Richie Hawtin, Roni Size