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.
Reggae Roast have announced their first ever New Years Eve Party. After a series of rammed dances at The City Arts & Music Project, they return to The Big Chill House for a major NYE parties in London.
Looking for something a little different this New Year’s Eve? Well look no further as Camino present Sam And The Womp’s New Year’s Eve Hat Party bringing in the New Year in fine style with a high-energy Balkan, ska, dub, Latin and rave-out party and a huge womp of gypsy-dubstep for pudding. Add to this the opportunity to eat in the Kings Cross venue’s restaurant and you’re in for a real treat – and be sure to bring your hat!
Underground dance music festival Glade is to return in 2011 after it’s cancellation earlier this year. The event, which originated as an underground dance stage at Glastonbury before launching as an independent festival, has set a date of June 9th – 12th.
The Big Chill House continues it’s Big Chill Presents parties with a Clash Magazine special to round off 2010. Saluting some of the magazine’s favourite acts of the year, get along to the venue in Kings Cross, London for a free night of electro, dubstep, reggae, dancehall and hip hop.
Formed in the 1970s and still touring today, The Cure have been revealed as Bestival’s first headline act for 2011. The band will take a trip across the Solent to the Isle of Wight for their only European show of next year to be the main attraction on the Saturday night – and that’s just for starters.
So this is Christmas and what the hell have you done? Sod all? Well, you’ll be pleased to hear, TV channel Dave has actually been very busy. Its put together a 50 question quiz all about the year 2010 while at the same time rummaging down the back of its sofa to find £10,000 with which to reward one of you lucky bunnies.
Limited seated tickets have been released for deadmau5’s Earls Court show after the standing allocation sold out. All 15,000 of the standing tickets have been snapped up as the Canadian act becomes the first electronic dance music artist to headline the venue. He’ll be taking to a stage graced by Pink Floyd, Madonna and Oasis, and fans have been told to snap up the additional seats quickly.
The legendary Darren Emerson will head up a Christmas edition of House Rules at Brixton’s Plan B on Saturday. Following the sell out November night which saw Swedish House Mafia protege AN21 perform, Emerson will bring 2010’s nights to a rousing close.
Kasabian, The Chemial Brothers and Paolo Nutini have been confirmed for RockNess next summer. The three day-Scottish festival on the bank of Loch Ness is building on it’s Line Up of the Year award at the 2010 UK Festival Awards with a first announcement that signals another selection of top acts for June 2011.
Carl Barat, White Lies, Caribou, Crocodiles and Warpaint are just some of the acts taking part in the NME Awards Shows when they kick off in 2011. From February 1st until February 23rd London venues will be filled with some of the most influential, established and cutting edge acts around.
If you know you want to be back at Eastsnor Castle Deer Park from Thursday, August 4th to Sunday, August 7th next year, then you should get Friday, December 3rd in your diary. That’s when a limited nuber of adult weekend tickets will go on sale for The Big Chill 2011.
Brooklyn’s AC Slater is flying in for the ninth Urban Nerds party with a 4am license and plenty of bass heavy goodness of dubstep, electro, grime, garage and drum & bass.
Bloc Weekend has unleashed a mammoth dollop of its fifth birthday line-up with news Aphex Twin will be bringing his acclaimed show to Butlins Minehead after making a series of festival appearances in 2010. The recluse seems to be coming out of his shell and performing more frequently – good news for his fans. The good news for Bloc is he’s joined by a cast of underground electronic dance music’s finest for the landmark event in the festival’s history in March.
Anyone who was lucky enough to witness the marvel of Dark Carnival: Notes From Underground at The Old Vic Tunnels earlier this year saw the space under Waterloo station come alive with creative energy. Now a new project will see the tunnels transformed into a whimsical underground town for two nights featuring music, poetry, theatre, cabaret, comedy, interactive performance, dance and spoken word.
GOLD’s celebration of one of the most iconic sitcoms from the past 20 years continues with this exclusive compilation of clips and favourite moments. After GOLD’s sneak behind the Royle’s sofa, uncovering unseen material and revelations about how the sitcom and characters were conceived, it’s time to hand over to the cast and the legion of celebrity fans to pick the bits they hold with highest esteem.
Legendary dub originator Scientist lands in the UK on Thursday to celebrate the release of his new Tectonic album Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space. The tour kicks off in London at Fabric before visiting Dublin, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton and Bristol. The tour will see Scientist perform a live dub mix of renowned reggae group The Upsetters, originally Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s house band before going on to form the nucleus of The Wailers. Tectonic boss Pinch and dubstep luminaries Mala, Loefah, and Pokes complete the line-up.
Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everthing and The Vaccines will line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2011. Renowned for giving the freshest new acts their first taste of national notoriety, past alumni include The Arctic Monkeys, The Horrors, Franz Ferdinand and Florence & The Machine. This year’s live show combines some of the most exciting, groundbreaking and visceral acts available, kicking off on Thursday February 3rd in Glasgow and crossing the UK until February 19th.
American experimental electronic music genius Matthew Dear is to headline the BLOC room at eastern electrics – Back To The Tunnels NYE 2010. The producer is riding high on the success of his third album Black City – a brazen collaboration between Dear and three other musicians, where Dear’s melancholic vocal drifts hauntingly over a funky yet wonky
tech-meets-synth pop track. His minimal techno will be a highlight of the new year underground party in London.
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