The Red Bull Music Academy has become a globally-recognised platform for unique music projects since its inception in 1998. Each year, the Academy takes over an inner city space, transforming it into a bespoke venue for musical innovation where aspiring music makers from all over the world are joined by pioneering legends to learn about music history and technology. Previous lecturers have included Bootsy Collins, Nile Rogers, Carl Craig, Bob Moog, Steve Reich, Erykah Badu and the Mizell Brothers as well as more recent successes such as MIA, Oneohtrix Point Never, Peaches and Magnetic Man’s Skream.
Underground bassline partystarters the Urban Nerds celebrate reaching their fifth birthday with a massive bash on Saturday, May 26th at London’s Scala. They’ve compiled a diverse selection of UK bass artists past and present to mark the occasion with the Newham Generals, Rudimental, Gorgon City, Marcus Nasty, Klashnekoff, Rattus Rattus and IC3 getting behind the decks to spin the tunes.
Norman Jay MBE will serve up an afterparty in the name of the Queen when the good times DJ presents his Diamond Jubilee Festival afterparty at The Clapham Grand on Sunday, June 3rd. A Right Royal Carry On will see ‘the People’s D’ take to the stage with his legendary wheels of sound the Good Times Bus.
An ex-Communist deep-sea fishing vessel is one of the spectacular stages planned for the first Bloc Festival in July. The two-day underground dance music event is relocating to the capital promising production levels that will set the bar higher than ever before – and the first details of its stages have been revealed.
Buster Shuffle’s eagerly anticipated second album, ‘Do Nothing’, is set for release on Monday, June 4th. They’ll be giving a taste of the album at the London International Ska Festival at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday, May 5th which also doubles as the launch party of double A-side single “Come In/Elvis vs. Wag”.
Birmingham’s new superclub LAB11 enters its sixth week with the first LAB11 Presents special headlined by Desolat Records head honcho Martin Buttrich. On Saturday, May 5th Buttrich will play an extended set, renowned for his virtuoso use of synths, drum machines and effects. He’ll creatve a stunning live show as his technical talent is combined with a liberated music taste that has resulted in a flourishing career spanning over two decades.
The sound of Germany’s clubbing hotspot Berlin will be heard at London’s EGG over the May bank holiday weekend. Celebrating its ninth birthday on Saturday, May 5th, the club’s regular Berlin Berlin night will welcome Monika Kruse, Hamburg duo Kaiserdisco and electronic icon D.Ramirez as well as Edwin Oosterwal, C.J. Hartmann and Pagano for a party that will last well into Sunday.
Glade Fest have announced the following acts for their PYROMID stage on Sunday and its looking house-tastic.
Ahead of the release of second album Do Nothing on Monday, June 4th, Buster Shuffle will kick off a UK tour including a double A-side single launch party at the London International Ska Festival on Saturday, May 5th at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
Soundcrash presents a one-off joint headline show for the desert soul rebels Tinariwen and cosmopolitan folk singer/songwriter José González on Thursday, May 3rd. London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire will host the pair of acts for the first and only time together for a night of exquisite world music.
Boston party starters and masters of the slow jam Soul Clap are the next guests at the A Night With… series. On Saturday, June 9th they’ll get behind decks for eight hours at The Loft Studios in West London as part of their Efunk album tour. The duo have already been to Miami, Rome, Paris, New York and Berlin – for London they’ll bring their Everybody´s Freaky Under Natures Kingdom sound with the aim of leaving people grooving and moving together in intergalactic harmony.
Eastern Electrics Festival has announced a major change in this year’s debut event. It will be moving from its Clapham Common venue announced last month to a new space.
FOUND at Vauxhall’s Hidden is back for the summer, kicking off with a Clone Records night on Friday, May 11th presented by TRIX and Streets of Beige. Gerd, Conforce, Untold and Genius of Time will represent imprints Basement Series and Royal Oak for a major label showcase. On Friday, June 1st Heritage returns with a secret line-up and there’s more secrecy on Friday, June 8th for a special FOUND event.
Joining Dizzee Rascal on the main stage at Shakedown Festival in Brighton are Professor Green, Katy B, Stooshe, Clement Marfo and The Frontline. Taking place on Saturday, October 6th in Stanmer Park, Shakedown will cap off the festival season with a day event of beats, bass and electronic rhythms.
Industry have unveiled plans for their first event in Birmingham featuring Booka Shade, Carl Craig, Dubfire and DJ T over the Jubilee Weekend. We Are Industry on Sunday, June 3rd will start at 12noon with an outdoor party on Floodgrate Street in Digbeeth until midnight before moving inside for an afterparty until 6am.
There are just under five months to go until the Fort at Punta Christo in Croatia hosts the debut Dimensions festival. Produced by the team behind Outlook, Dimensions will take place in September hosting top names in house, techno and electronica.
All tickets for the Secret Garden Party 2012 have sold out in record time. It marks a second cause for celebration in a year the festival celebrates its 10th birthday.From humble beginnings in 2004, the Secret Garden Party’s appeal has grown organically over the years, its ethos of fun, friendliness and participation connecting to a new generation of festival goers. It has remained independent and non-corporate in its outlook – billed as a festival of the arts where everyone is the artist.
We Love… has been putting on parties at Space for 12 years this season and will help the Ibiza superclub usher in its 23rd birthday with a DJ set from big beat favourites The Chemical Brothers performing in the Discoteca. Having previously played at We Love… in 2008 and 2009, The Chemical Brothers return having become hugely a respected dance act able to continue to move with the times and reinvent themselves.
Joining headliners Death in Vegas, Beardyman and Fat Freddie’s Drop at the three day festival in Hertfordshire that is Standon Calling are !!!, Crazy P, Willy Mason, the Trojan Soundsystem, Greg Wilson and more. Running from August 3rd to 5th, the independent event has a Journey to the Ends of the Earth theme this year along with a dog show, the only festival swimming pool in the UK and a homage to the Olympic games.
Superstar house DJ Avicii will headline the O2 over the Queen’s Jubilee weekend. On Monday, June 4th the 22-year-old Swede will get behind the decks and is sure to play hits such as “Levels”, “Fade Into Darkness” and “Seek Bromance”. He was recently seen alongside Madonna at Ultra Music Festival 2012, which helped sell out the first release of tickets already.
A one-off festival to commemorate the late Joe Strummer is coming this summer. From Friday, August, 17th to Sunday, August 19th a secret location in Somerset countryside will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the legendary Clash frontman. Strummer of Love will host 5,000 visitors with the aim to re-connect with the original concept of a festival – a joyous celebration in the fields. The line up is yet to be announced, but will comprise of friends and fans of Joe’s paying respect to the influence that he has had on their lives and music.
Headway East London’s Dance Marathon is back in London on Saturday, April 28th. Registration is now open for the annual fundraiser for the brain injury charity at York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Although the Isle of Wight’s Bestival has compiled an eclectic mix of music acts for September including Stevie Wonder, New Order, The xx, Sigur Rós, Friendly Fires and Orbital, but there’s a lot more happening at Robin Hill Country Park besides. Entertainment lies around every corner with attractions old and new between Thursday, September 6th and Sunday, September 9th.
Entertainment legend Sir Bruce Forsyth is swapping television for an outdoor stage this summer as he makes his first appearance at a festival. The Price is Right and Strictly Come Dancing presenter will be at Hop Farm Festival at Kent’s Paddock Wood over the weekend of Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st.
The Red Bull Music Academy rocks up to The Big Chill Bar on Monday, April 16th for a free night of bass music from 7pm until 1am. Academy team member, Deviation host and Radio 1 presenter Benji B will DJ alongside MC Judah, and last year’s Academy graduate Om Unit will also get behind the decks. Big Chill residents will lend their support to the soulful, forward-thinking, bass-filled beat music from old classics to new sounds.