Forward-thinking dance music clubnight FOUND is venturing out of its regular haunt at Hidden to close off Shoreditch’s Earl Street for a outdoor party in September. The event will showcase the underground sounds of house, techno and progressive beats on Saturday, September 29th.
Players Club is going to Holland’s Solar Weekend Festival with Robert Hood, Ben Sims, James Ruskin and Mark Broom. After last month’s event at Es Vive Hotel during the Inernational Music Summit inIbiza, EPM and Bulletdodge Records are taking their collaborative project Players Clubto the techno stage at Extrema festival Solar Weekend on Sunday, August 5th.
Isle of Wight’s festival season closing event Bestival continues to add to a line-up that already includes Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine, New Order, The xx and Sigur Rós. UK singles chart toppers Rudimental will be making their Bestival debut this September and fresh from her recent trip to Los Angeles, Kate Nash will be joining them. Dan le sac, whose much-anticipated debut solo album Space Between The Words, is set to be released imminently will be making a solo appearance while regular sparring partner Scroobius Pip will offer up a slice of his acclaimed Distraction Pieces album.
With an eclectic line-up that includes Metronomy, Atari Teenage Riot, Death In Vegas, Iggy And The Stooges, DOOM, Battles, Africa Hitech and Henry Rollins OFF Festival 2012 in Poland’s Katowice aims to showcase cutting edge artists over its three days in August. Hosted at the Three Lake Valley from August 3rd to 5th, the seventh year of the festival aims to build on being awarded the accolade of Best Medium-Sized European Festival in 2011 by the European Festival Awards.
Celebrate the final bank holiday weekend of the year at a Shoreditch free street party on Sunday, August 26th. Bookstock returns to Leonard Street from 12noon to 8pm featuring the Dub Pistols, We Were Evergreen, Mark Archer, Bikini Beach Band and more.
Detroit techno heavyweights will join forces for the seventh annual SCP Backpack Music Festival this August, raising thousands of dollars, backpackes and school supplies for the inner city’s children. This year’s festival will be held from August 4th to 5th at New Center Park in Detroit’s vibrant Midtown featuring Derrick May, techno music innovator Mad Mike of Underground Resistance and Juan Atkins. Nearly $30,000 in money and backpacks filled with school supplies have gone to about 1,500 students since it’s inception. Organisers hope to meet or exceed the seven year total in 2012.
On Saturday, July 14th Datsik will headline a night of electro, dubstep and drum n bass at London’s Koko curated by The Playground. He’ll be joined by Modestep, Dismantle, High Rankin, The Prototypes and Dirtyloud.
Norwegian pianist and the driving force behind the dance-oriented New Conceptions of Jazz movement in the mid 1990s, Bugge Wesseltoft is bringing his seven person jazz group Bugge ‘n’ Friends to London on Thursday, July 12th. He will headline at the newly-launched Oval Space in Bethnal Green with support from Jazzanova and special guest Ashley Beedle.
Top turntablist DJ Kentaro and newcomer Anchorsong will headline a night of Tokyo’s finest at Londno’s XOYO in July. They’ll be joined by some of the finest turntablists in the UK such as DJ Cheeba, DJ Woody, Reso and DJ Irk on Saturday, July 14th.
Last year’s Ultimate South West Four competition saw a lucky winner and friend jet off to Ibiza for a unique clubbing experience that included VIP access to the London festival too. Now it returns, hosted in conjunction with Amnesia, Pacha and SW4 arena hosts Together, Subliminal and All Gone Pete Tong: this is your chance to win the superstar DJ experience. An all expenses paid holiday most can only dream of, possibly the biggest prize clubland has ever seen.
Summer Sunday afternoons in west London are about to get a taste of experimental electronica in the sun with the launch of Casablanca at Loft Studios. On July 1st Anja Schneider, And.Id, Gerd Janson, Simon Baker, Rob Mello, Derren Smart and Carsten Klemann will get behind the decks with Mobilee Sessions taking centre stage at the Kensal Green venue for the first of the fortnightly Casablanca parties.
For the third year Berlin Music Week is back with a new concept including the Business-Platform ‘Word On Sound’ and new Club Festival, taking place at venues across the city in September.
Teebs, Nosaj Thing and Eskmo make up a trio of headliners for XOYO in Shoreditch on Thursday, July 12th as Soundcrash presents another night of forward-thinking electronica acts. They’ll be joined by some special guests on the night.
Azari & III, Damian Lazarus, Andrew Weatherall and Huxley complete the line-up but one for the first Eastern Electrics Festival on Saturday, August 4th. They join more than 40 other house and techno acts appearing across seven stages at Area 12 on the Greenwich Peninsula, London.
Following the huge launch of Cocoon Ibiza at Amnesia last night, London Warehouse Events have announced the next phase of the story in London: Cocoon Heroes – Into The Magic. On Saturday, December 1st the first large-scale indoor Cocoon show will be held in London with Sven Väth at the helm. He’ll be joined by a hand-picked line-up of headline DJs and guests from the Cocoon family and beyond to play the 14 hour party kicking off at 8pm in the London Please Gardens.
Experimental house and techno comes to FOUND when Blink presents Glass Table at London’s Hidden. Jimmy Edgar, Catz N Dogz, Tom Demac and Kyle Hall will play on Friday, June 29th representing Hypercolour’s sister label.
Urban Nerds return after their fifth birthday for their annual Notting Hill Carnival warm up party. On Saturday, August 25th, the underground party-starters will host acts such as Breakage & MC Wrec, Mala & Coki, Kode9, Jackmaster and True Tiger at Scala in Kings Cross.
GlobalGathering – the UK’s most diverse and progressive electronic music festival – returns to Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July featuring headline performances from Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, Friendly Fires, Chase and Status, Nero, Annie Mac, Sub Focus, Magnetic Man, Boy Better Know and many more promising to make the 2012 festival the highlight of the summer for dance music fans.
Hidden’s FOUND series brings Berlin’s revered house and techno label Fachwerk to London to mark its 25th release. Mike Dehnert will lead the showcase in Room 1 on Friday, June 15th while Well Rounded Records take over Room 2.
Will Dutta will be joined by collaborators Plaid and Max de Warner when he launches his new album Parergon at the Southbank Centre on Wednesday, June 20th. Pianist Dutta may not yet be out of his twenties, but he can already boast a résumé embracing everything from Russian conservatoire residences to stellar electronic DJ collaborations and fearlessly innovative, yet always accessible performance and record productions. This live show is an opportunity to hear his latest material produced with Plaid and Max de Warner.
Booka Shade, Dubfire and DJ T. headline an impressive electronic music line-up at We Are Industry in Birmingham on Sunday, June 3rd. Along with Lowjak, Burnski, Maxxi Sound System and Manik, Industry are set to fire up the city with three areans of music across an outdoor terrace and two-room warehouse.
If you’re aren’t going to Spain’s Sonar festival in June but want to indulge in three days of cutting edge beats and bass, you can get along to the third edition of Só Not Barcelona. While not on the scale of the electronic music event behemoth, it is a series of free nights at London’s Big Chill Bar featuring Preditah, Kwistax Kicks, and Photonz.
Bristol’s Motion will host an evening of burlesque, magic, singing showgirls and vintage dancing with the Flaming Feathers on Saturday, June 9th. Motion will be renovated into a beautifully embellished cabaret, complete with a 1940s repertoire enriched with crimson draping, intimate candlelit dining and luxurious table service. Expect an elegant and graceful show that mirrors a post-war jazz club with outstanding performances from critically acclaimed and talented performers.
East London will get a street party inspired by Notting Hill Carnival on Saturday, June 9th with an afternoon of electronic music. Promoters krankbrother who live by the ethos that no two parties should be the same, will close down Clifton Street in Shoreditch and provide a stage with performance from Wolf + Lamb, Guti, Stimming (Live), Adeline and krankbrothers.
We’re less than four weeks away from getting outside and dancing to some of the finest electronic music in the countryside surrounding Houghton Hall in Norfolk. This year’s headliners include techno deity Sven Vath, Andy C’s Alive show, electro king Vitalic, Detroit’s Jimmy Edgar and a UK festival exclusive appearance from Plantage 13 acts Stephan Bodzin and Oliver Huntemann.