This week: Grammys 2018, Sonar, Artwork, Anjunadeep, Awakenings, Fabio & Grooverider, Hot Since 82, Hacienda Classical, Studio 54, Miami hip-hop, Carl Cox and LOADS more...
1. Kraftwerk [pictured], Louie Vega, LCD Soundsystem, Bonobo, Four Tet, CamelPhat and Gorillaz are among those nominated for the 2018 Grammy Awards, in (variously) the Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Remixed Recording categories. Another electronic pioneer, Brian Eno, also gets a nomination in the Best New Age Album category.
2. Speaking of Bonobo, LCD Soundsystem and Gorillaz, all three will be playing live at next year's Sonar festival in Barcelona, which takes place on 14-16 June. You'll also be able to catch live performances from Richie Hawtin, Bicep, Wiley and Kode 9, while among the DJs appearing at the festival will be Tony Humphries, Laurent Garnier, Black Coffee, Helena Hauff and Diplo.
3. After several years of hosting stages and throwing parties under the Art's House banner at festivals and clubs worldwide, Artwork is going the whole hog and launching it as a festival in its own right. The inaugural Art's House festival will be a one-day event taking place at the open-air Three Mills Island venue in east London on Saturday 11 August, though the line-up is yet to be revealed.
4. Art's House isn't the only new festival on the London horizon, either... or even the only new festival at Three Mills Island that weekend! Because the following day (Sunday 12 August) will see Above & Beyond's Anjunadeep label hosting a one-day festival of their own on the very same site. Again, there's no word as to line-up yet but tickets go on sale on Monday (4 December), starting at just £20.
5. Rattling quickly through some other festival news... Lovebox (13-14 July) and sister festival Citadel (15 July) are following Field Day's lead and moving from East London's Victoria Park to Brixton's Brockwell Park, after Coachella bagged exclusive rights to the former for 2018; Snowbombing Canada returns for its second year on 5-8 April with Odesza, Gorgon City, Felix Da Housecat, Justin Martin and more; Hospitality In The Dock on 30 March's full line-up has now been revealed, with Camo & Krooked, Bad Company and Congo Natty among the headliners; Awakenings in Amsterdam (29 March-1 April) has Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Marcel Dettman, Ben Klock, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Rødhad, Dubfire, Monika Kruse and other techno titans; and finally the Boardmasters surfing/music festival in Cornwall (8-12 August) will star Chemical Brothers, Bicep, Fat Freddy's Drop, Annie Mac, Jamiroquai and Craig David.
6. London club 93 Feet East, which closed back in 2013, is to reopen. The Brick Lane venue will host a 12-hour (4pm-4am) reopening party on 27 January with Sidney Charles, Santé, Archie Hamilton and Patrice Scott, followed by another the next day starring Jan Kreueger, Molly and Rich NXT. Regular Saturday nights will then recommence from 3 February.
7. Sticking with London events a moment, Hot Since 82's Labyrinth take over the Tobacco Dock on 31 March, with the rather mouth-watering line-up of Hot Since 82 (obvs), Dubfire, Eats Everything, Matador (live), Butch, Guti & Martin Buttrich, Lauren Lo Sung, William Djoko and Matthias Meyer. And that's just Phase 1, so watch this space for further announcements.
8. A few key new and upcoming releases to look out for include... Cabarza's Acid Reflux, which is the debut release from a new label called NRTHRN XPRESS that's headed up by industry veterans Jonathan Waller and Ricky Stone, and that will fuse tech-house and rave influences (15 December); Blue, which sees NYC hip-hop/D&B producer T.R.A.C teaming up with D&B stalwarts Calibre (V Recordings, 8 December); a new Slam/Green Velvet collab called Take Your Time, out now on Soma, that will be the last in the Soma Track Series of EPs; and last but by no means least Fabriclive 96, which has been compiled and mixed by Skream and features tracks from the likes of Radio Slave, Jon Rundell, Alexkid and Floorplan (fabric, 19 January)
9. The legend that is Carl Cox is hosting a special one-off event at a 17th Century castle in Ireland next year. Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath will see the great man himself playing a three-hour set on 25 August, joined by guests from his Intec stable and beyond. On a side note, it's quite sweet to see how excited US EDM sites have been getting about this one - it's like they can't quite believe castles are a real thing...
10. A couple of bits of less happy news... 40 club-goers were injured in Tenerife last Saturday night/Sunday morning when the dancefloor collapsed beneath them. The accident occurred around 2.30am in the Butterfly Disco Pub in Playa De Les Americas, with dancers tumbling through to the cellar below. Luckily, only two were seriously hurt. Meanwhile in the US, police in various states are reporting a sharp upswing in fatal drugs overdoses caused by the super-strong opioid Fentanyl - a quarter of them having unwittingly used powder cocaine that was laced with the drug.
11. After a series of sold-out shows in 2017, orchestral-dance fusion project Hacienda Classical returns for another tour next year. Executive producer Peter Hook (New Order) and DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering will be taking their all-new selection of reworked dancefloor classics to the Braehead Arena, Glasgow (19 May), Castlefield Bowl, Manchester (30 June), Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh (18 August), Royal Albert Hall, London (28 September) and the First Direct Arena, Leeds (29 September).
12. Feeling lonely? Then you might like to know that there's an all-new dating site just for lovers of electronic music. Check out www.technodating.uk - on the off-chance you meet the love of your life, you can invite us to the wedding later.
13. Students of music history may be interested in new book The Cipher: A History Of Hip-Hop In Miami 1995. Essentially a collection of articles and photographs from the now defunct magazine of the same name, plus some previously unseen material, the book features interviews with the likes of DJ Craze, Pitbull, Lil' Kim and Kool Keith, and is available on Amazon now.
14. If your musical tastes are more mirror ball-oriented, on the other hand, then you'll be glad to know that new documentary STUDIO 54 will premiere at 2018's Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer, the film charts the rise and dramatic fall of the legendary 1970s New York disco of the same name.
15. Finally, look out in the new year for the birth of a brand new D&B label. Well, actually, there'll be loads of new D&B labels launching next year - there always are! But only Procreation Recordings will be the first-ever joint label venture from number one drum & bass twosome Fabio & Grooverider. The name is a neat little nod to the fact that, despite their long partnership behind the decks, the two have previously always maintained their own, separate label empires - Prototype (Grooverider) and Creative Source (Fabio).
Kraftwerk pic: Raivo Vanags/Positivus Festival
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