A Ninja Tune legend is to head-up a task-force of DJs to deliver past, present and future sets from one of the most important musical genres of the 20th Century at London’s Big Chill House. New monthly residents Mixcloud will give a lesson in the history of hip hop with a Latin Grammy Award-nominee taking centre stage on Saturday, February 26th.
The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is returning to the UK following a cultural swap which saw London and Miami switch their traditional Saturday night’s out. London’s Troxy saw 2,000 revellers enjoy a Miami-style night out, and now Hatfield, Edinburgh and a third city to be voted for by you will see repeat visits from across the Atlantic.
One of the most prolific electronica artists Luke Vibert revives his Wagon Christ moniker this year with a new album and an appearance at London’s XOYO.
Another successful new year party behind them, London’s eastern electrics crew have announced their first major event of the year on the second May Bank Holiday. On Sunday, May 29th the Great Suffolk Street warehouse will see DJ Koze, James Holden, Loefah, Martyn and Braiden bring the noise with three major promotions fuelling three arches of techno, house and dubstep.
London’s underground party collective the Urban Nerds are hitting Shoreditch’s newest hotspot XOYO for further adventures in grime, garage, dubstep, funky and UK bass on Saturday, March 26th. Returning for the first time since their Halloween special last year, crack house pioneer DJ Zinc will lead the line ahead of Newham Generals, Hot City, Engine-Earz and Rattus Rattus & Klose One in room one.
:London’s newest nightclub Pulse opens on Friday March 18th with a special guest bringing his Pacha Ibiza club night to the venue. Erick Morillo will ease Pulse into the capital’s nightlife with his Voodoo Nights landing in the UK for the first time.
The newest UK underground dance music festival returns for its second year in an enchanting forest clearing in Anglesey, Wales. The four-day Gottwood Festival is an intimate event for 3,000 beat-lovers from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3.
House Rules returns in March with Space Ibiza resident and Circus head honcho Yousef, Cream Ibiza resident Gareth Wyn, rising Swedish star Oliver Ingrosso and the freshest London talent Jon Bills.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday for the two-day Parklife Festival in Manchester this June. Following the success of the first summer event organised by the team behind the Warehouse Project, Parklife is back for two days this year.
The world’s biggest drum and bass live act Pendulum have announced their only London show of 2011: closing South West Four on August Bank Holiday Sunday. The Australian band will be the last act on stage at Clapham Common’s two day event, closing the weekender with their immense sound.
In Brooklyn, New York, amidst waves of richly textured melodies and driving beats rises a haunting voice
intoning messages of modern hope and despair that will invade your memories. This is the sound of Home Video: high-school friends Collin Ruffino and David Gross from New Orleans who have been collaborating since their first short video in 1997. After originally recording for electro powerhouse Warp Records, the band are self-releasing their second album, The Automatic Process, available to download on February 25 with a physical to be released on March 25.
A New clubbing experience is coming to south London in an old warehouse space transformed into a music venue. On Friday 18th March 2011, Pulse will make its mark on the city’s club scene by opening its doors for the first time. Formally used as a wine vault, a Thames Link depot station and the last undeveloped Virgin railway space on the South Bank, the owners promise to deliver one of the best nightclubs that the capital has to offer.
London’s Fabric will host the first EPM party kicking off its label launch tour celebrating 10 years of working with the top DJs, promoters and clubs on the electronic music scene. On Saturday, February 26th Robert Hood, Orlando Voorn, the Detroit Grand Pubahs and Kone-R will take over Room 2 to mark EPM’s 10th birthday and the release of a compilation of 10 exclusive and unreleased tracks from their friends in the world of electronic music.
Techno powerhouse Cocoon is coming to a secret London location this April headed up by a marathon eight hour, back-to-back set from Romanians Raresh, Pedro and Rhadoo. As the first major event of the year for Cocoon, it’s set to be a big one.
Following the news Dave Grohl will be awarded the prestigious NME Godlike Genius Award at this year’s awards show, Grohl will also take to the stage with the Foo Fighters to headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011 at Wembley Arena on Friday, February 25th.
Carl Craig’s Planet E label turns 20 this year so that can mean only one thing: a big party! On Saturday, March 5th legendary producer and multi-faceted experimentalist remixer Carl Craig is bringing the sound of Detroit to London with Francois K, Radio Slave and Paul Woolford already confirmed as support.
Perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2011 by entering this year’s emerging talent contest.
US rock legend Dave Grohl is to be crowned NME Godlike Genius 2011.
Bloc Weekend is serving up two treats for the final day of its three-day festival this year: a full live show from Laurent Garnier and collaborating with Belfast techno institution Shine for support in the form of Matthew Dear.
The fearsome Buraka Som Sistema take over London’s XOYO for a special one-off DJ/MC set later this month to take a break from recording session for their new album, due out after the summer.
Back when the sun was shining and snow around Christmas time seemed as unlikely as ever, Clapham Common’s came alive for South West Four. Over two days Armin Van Buuren and Fatboy Slim headed up a line-up of top DJs and live acts including Carl Cox, Vitalic and Steve Aoki. Next year’s event has been confirmed as taking the usual bank holiday slot of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2011.
A secret line-up featuring everything from minimal tech and deep house to uk funky, garage, and 2-step will see ATG and Urban Nerds host the perfect party for those who just can’t get enough of the early doors 2011 dance vibes. Their London after party on new year’s day will see acts spread across two floors at the intimate Queen of Hoxton venue in Hoxton.
The long-running compilation series Late Night Tales is celebrating 10 years by remastering three of its most memorable selections and making them available digitally for the first time. In addition, Jason Swinscoe, aka The Cinematic Orchestra, spent two years working on his Late Night Tales album, which went through transitions and variations over time. For a very limited time Late Night Tales are giving away an early version of the mix featuring many tracks that didnt make the final version for free, mixed and edited perfectly.
The presence of Techno aristocracy and new collaborations sees Bloc. add to an already exciting underground dance line-up at the indoor festival, including a delve into the roots of acid house and a look into the future with rising stars.
Foodscape Artist Carl Warner unveils his new creation — A tribute to comedian Billy Connolly. Carl was inspired after seeing Billy’s stand-up show Live in London 2010 at the Hammersmith Apollo in January and decided to create a landscape of Billy’s face made entirely out of Scottish food ingredients.