zap! bang! Magazine’s favourite underground electronic music festival Bloc is about to undergo a major revamp for 2012. After celebrating its fifth birthday at the flagship Bultins in Minehead, the highly praised three-day March event is moving out of the seaside resort and into later months.
The Electric in Brixton opens in September with a stellar line-up and the chance to win tickets to all the shows in October and November including performances from M.A.N.D.Y, Flux Pavillion, Gilles Peterson, Kissy Sell Out, Skism, Funtcase, Dogde & Fuski. The new Brixton venue on the site of the former legendary clubbing hotspot The Fridge goes live from Saturday September 24th with Felix Da Housecat and DJ Hell.
One of London’s best-loved record shops, Phonica Records, celebrates its eighth birthday in October with Leftroom, Heidi’s The Jackathon and Phonica itself hosting arches at a warehouse party. With a line-up that reflect why Phonica Records is still at the cutting edge almost a decade on, the three rooms of booming bass, booty-shakin’ and throbbing beats will sound on Saturday, October 1st.
Award-winning documentary filmmakers Michael Watts and David McNulty are calling on festival fanatics to share their festival spirit by helping fund their new project about the origins of Glastonbury. Their Spirit of ‘71 film will chronicle the events leading up to the first Glastonbury festival in 1971 – and you can get a credit at the end of the documentary by donating to what will be an insight into the most famous music festival in the world.
Electric Brixton will open its doors on Saturday, September 24th on the former site of famous nightspot The Fridge. Following a £1 million facelift, the former cinema will be able to handle festival-sized productions and stadium set ups. Chicago’s legendary Felix da Housecat headlines with support from DJ Hell, Hannah Holland, JoJo De Freq and more.
Pete Jordan’s Spectrum night is coming to The Electric in Brixton – the new name of famed venue The Fridge, revamped and set to open its doors once more. Spectrum will welcome The Japanese Popstars, Jakwob, South Central and more on Saturday, October 1st for the first monthly party.
For the seventh year running The Isle of Wight’s Bestival has sold out. All 50,000 tickets have been snapped up for the 18-stage event headlined by The Cure, Pendulum and Bjork as well as fancy dress, a roller disco, crazy golf and other antics from Thursday, September 8th to Sunday, September 11th but there is still a way for envious festival-fans to get on board.
The East side of London often gets overlooked during the August bank holiday weekend, but this year a stree party of its own will see revellers enjoy music, dressing up, games, food and booze featuring The Correspondents, Little Boots, Brassroots and Sink the Pink. Organised by Shoreditch’s The Book Club, the Bookstock Street Party will take over Leonard Street from noon to 9pm.
Ease the end of the festival season with a new rock ‘n’ roll film from the makers of Awaydays Powder will be released on Friday, August 26th telling the story of Liverpool four piece The Grams, capturing the energy and excitement of a band breaking through, complete with all the trappings of sex, drugs and band rivalries.
Manchester ravers will have their fingers crossed for a rebirth next year as the city’s premier clubbing series the Warehouse Project has revealed it is to call time on its annual residency below Piccadilly Station on Store Street. On January 1st, 2012 the doors will close for the last time on what has been a exciting cavernous space to hold all-night parties with one final show that is so anticipated, it’s already sold out. There’s another 15 weeks of shows to choose from, though, with more than 250 artists performing live or spinning the tunes.
Get a taste for the new Modeselektor album Monkeytown six weeks before its release with 45 second clips added to their soundcloud account. Including collaborations with Thom Yorke, Busdriver, Anti-Pop Consortium, Apparat, Otto von Schirach, Miss Platnum, Siriusmo and Gordon Boerger, the release date of Monday, October 3rd is highly anticipated.
The underground bassheads Urban Nerds are back over carnival weekend for the perfect warm up to the two-day Notting Hill street party. Their fifth year of antics in the build up will see them host a party at Shoreditch’s XOYO featuring Schlachthofbronx, A1 Bassline, Mele, Rattus Rattus & Klose One and Mista Men. Expect reggae, moombahton, garage, funky, electro and, of course, bass
With just four weeks until Bestival, this is you chance to not only win a guitar from headliner The Cure, but also a lifetime’s supply of tickets to the annual Isle of Wight festival.
Eric Prydz and a supporting cast of more than 30 live acts and DJs will hit Alexandra Palace on Saturday, November 26th as the house megastar plays his third and final 3D show in London this year.
Keep your August bank holiday fueled with beats thanks to Norman Jay and Swedish House Mafia star Max Vangeli at Brixton’s Plan B.
The UKF Bass Culture Festival at Alexandra Palace has announced DJ Fresh, Zane Lowe and Mistajam as the first acts to join headliners Chase & Status in November. DJ Fresh will headline the second stage while Radio 1’s Lowe and Mistajam will be on the main stage. Underground giants Drum & Bass Arena and Get Darker will go head-to-head hosting arena three.
A battle of the genres will erupt at London’s KOKO when electro takes on dubstep at The Playground in September. In the electro corner will be Californian DJ/producer Steve Aoki along with Does It Offend You Yeah?, Mixhell, Autoerotique while the dubstep corner will feature Modestep, Bar 9, Roksonix and Genetix. Expect bass body shots and dirty synth uppercuts as the contest is fought on the dancefloor.
Richie Hawtin has upgraded the live incarnation of his Plastikman alias for a UK tour in December. Following an impressive selection of festival performances last year, Hawtin will bring his award-winning live show to Manchester, Glasgow and London in a new 1.5 format as it continues to evolve by pushing forward the combination of technology and live performance.
Eddie Halliwell has taken the step from DJ to producer with is debut tunes and giving fans the chance to remix them. Famed for being frenetic and technical behind the decks, Eddie’s tracks will be available from Monday, July 25th.
Friendly Fires have joined the Bestival line-up, set to perform a unique live experience by exploring the past, present and future of a mystery music genre. Playing the RizLab area where artists will experiment and push boundaries to create innovative music, Friendly Fires will perform with special guests for a one-off performance.
Manchester’s famous raves hosted below Piccadilly train station by the Warehouse Project will come to an end on New Year’s Day 2012. The promoters have released an official statement in the run-up to the 2011 series of parties confirming this will be the last time they grace the space on Store Street.
House music revolutionary Maya Jane Coles has been added to the August Bank Holiday Sunday eastern electrics line-up. The emerging talent is an exciting producer and DJ, held in admiration by Laurent Garnier, Steve Bug and Jamie Jones for her deep tech house while Joy Orbison, Skream and Benga rate her dubstep project Nocturnal Sunshine.
Get ready for a sub-shaking winter festival: Chase & Status will headline Bass Culture, an all night party at London’s Alexandra Palace on Friday, November 25th. The duo will play live along with 30 drum & bass, dubstep, hip hop and electro acts.
We stumbled across Fortress of War a while back when it played a fest under a previous title and now are happy to have been alerted to the forthcoming UK DVD and Blu-ray release via G2 – check out the new trailer:
Celebrate Balken cuture with some of electronica’s top acts at the natural amphitheatre of Ridgewood Park in Knoyle, Wiltshire. Over two days and nights, the intimate Underhill Festival will see 2,500 revellers get down to 60 acts including electro maestro Erol Alkan, dubstep pioneer Martyn and the exciting Alex Metric, put together with help from favourite Bristol and Bournemouth promotions along with Balkanarama.